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Comment Re:social experiments (Score 1) 311

As such, it costs $10,000 or so according to my doctor.
Yeah, the states have absurd prices for medical procedures. In a private clinic in germany the price is about EUR4000 to 5000.
I discussed this with him at length at one point. And no, reversing a vasectomy only has a 85% success rate if you do it within the first year after you got it. The likelihood of success decreases over time until, after about ten years, it's basically zero.
That is wrong.

The success rate is 85% after ten years and then decreasing slowly by about 3% per year.
So for a 50 year old who got vasectomy at age of 20 it is still around 50%.

And this: "condomes don't change the feeling" is just wildly untrue. I don't know, experiences may vary, but my own experience is that there's a very dramatic difference and I've tried plenty of different types and styles and sizes of condom. Huge difference.

I only used condomes when I was young, basically the first 10 years: there is no real difference except the fact that you have to put them on at some point.

I suspect that you mean vas clamps. No it is just the opposite, you get inflatable small "balloons" injected into the spermatic duct, so they can not grow together as in the clamp way. There is even a super new thing with a kind of magnetic lock so you can basically activate and deactivate it at will.

Comment Re:Extraordinary claims require ... (Score 1) 200

Indeed. But Occam's Razor only applies to a conclusion's relation to the information you have at hand. It is conceivable that if you collect enough information the same heuristic can lead you in a different direction.

It should be able to confirm his genetic relationship to his putative great-great-great grandchildren, and thus let a lower limit on his age. That and other documentary evidence of him and his descendants could make his age seem plausible. In a world with seven billion people, outliers can be very unusual indeed.

Comment Re:Oh boy. Another scam. (Score 1) 68

America did not invent copyright law, only the brain dead american variation they invented.
Go google ... oldest copyrights are assigned to Albrecht Dürrer by the Pope at that time.
During Roman tiimes there where law suits about copy catting designs ... pottery usually ... or glasses.

Comment Re:social experiments (Score 1) 311

Vasectomy is not permanent.
You can revert it and the likelyhood of success is something like 85% if you are younger than 60 and it is not longer ago than ten years.
There are new vasectomy ways which are 100% reversible.
And no, condomes don't change the feeling, actually with their plenty of variations of extra juice in them they can be quite usefull to intense your feelings or calm them a bit down (depending on the additions in them) to last longer ... the later is pretty usefull if you are a young adult.

Comment Re: iOS sucks! (Score 4, Informative) 73

I only was once in an apple store, but it was an amazing experience.

That was in Paris close to the Louvre, I forgot my iPad charger at home, so I bought a new Charger and a canle.

While I was looking through the different chargers and picked what I wanted a lady approached me and aksed if she could help me, and I said, no I have all I want.

So she said "ah, oki, want to pay in cash or with card?" So I replied "with card", and she said: then you can pay right away here (without me needing to go to the cashier)

So she took out her iPhone 4, made a photo of my credit card, and asked a seond later: "you have this email adress?"

"Yes?"

"Do you want a bill as PDF to that eMail address?"

"Yes!"

"And this is credit card is keyed to your iTunes Account?"

"Yes?"

"Do you want to be billed via the iTunes Account?"

"Yes!"

Actually I should have asked her when she finishes working ... she was about my age but typical french, strict hair in a bunny, dark skin and hair, in a small black dress. Likely with ancestors from north africa.

Annyway, I avoided the queue at the cashier, payed where I was standing, got a 'real bill' via email ...

The shop was full with 'servants' like that, probably 30 - 40 people serving customers. In france it is typical that shops have a bit more 'clerks' or workers than in germany ... but that topped every thing I ever have seen before.

Of course there was a chill out area, with free WiFi etc. too ...

Comment Re:Fair use (Score 1) 164

It would be fair use only if used infrequently. For example, if you want to quote someone else's article in your article, that's fair use. However, if your entire business is dependent upon making snippets from thousands of articles, that's no longer fair use, it's commercial use.

No, you're wrong.

First, fair use applies to both commercial and non-commercial uses. For example, when Mad Magazine did a movie parody, that would be fair use, even though the magazine us sold for an increasing cheap price and is a commercial venture.

Second, the previous poster didn't really explain it well. Fair use is when a copyrighted work is used without permission in a way that, but for fair use, would be infringing, but which is not infringing because it is in the general purpose of copyright to allow such a use. It's evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and is completely fact dependent. This, any particular use might be a fair use, but not just any use actually is.

There's a test for finding out whether a use is fair or not. It has four factors, though it isn't a matter of adding up how many factors go one way or another, and depending on the case, one factor might be treated as outweighing another. Plus, it's just a tool; other factors can be considered too.

The factors are: 1) the purpose and character of the use, such as whether the use is for profit or not, whether the use would advance the progress of knowledge by resulting in something new or otherwise helpful; 2) the nature of the work being used, such as whether it is fictional and therefore very creative and worth protecting, or factual, and therefore not worth protecting quite so much (how a work presents itself is also often relevant in copyright; if you claim that something is a fact, even though it's made up or is just a hypothesis, others may get to treat it as a fact) as well as whether the work being used has already been published or not; 3) the amount of the work used, and how important to the work that portion is; and 4) whether the use will have a negative effect on the value or market for the work (positive effects are not considered).

Snippets of this type -- in aggregate, mind you -- have repeatedly been found to be fair use in the US because for the first factor, although the use is commercial in nature, it provides a benefit to society in being able to search for this material (which of course requires as much material as possible to be used in constructing the index, even though the index itself, as opposed to the results of a search, is not made available), the second factor may weigh against the use depending on the material being indexed, but it is not treated as being very important, obviously the whole work must be used to make the index for the index to be useful, so the third factor doesn't matter, and for the fourth factor, it doesn't harm the market for news articles to be able to find them and to see in one or two lines why they match your search terms. It doesn't matter if that's the business model.

And if you think this is extreme, look at time shifting, which is bad on all of the first three factors, but is sufficiently successful on the fourth so as to be fair use (in a general way, since again it is highly fact dependent)

Comment It's hard to believe. (Score 5, Interesting) 105

The amount of data you need assemble a global navigation system is enormous. You don't hire some intern to transcribe data out of Wikipedia, you license it from companies like Tele Atlas.

Now for geographic place names you'd turn to sources like the USGS GNIS system for the US, whatever the local equivalent of GNIS is, or for places that don't have that datasets like GNIS the DoD's Defense Mapping Agency.

It can't possibly be that Bing gets their place/position data mainly from Wikipedia. The only thing I can think is that they did some kind of union of all the geographic name sources they could find in order to maximize the chance of getting a hit on a place name search, and somehow screwed up prioritizing the most reliable sources first.

Comment Re: It's research... (Score 1) 143

Tee hee! Back in the day, one of the points I made to the old farts was that I had passed the 20 WPM exam and had my K6BP call to show for it, but refused to use the code on the air until the requirement was gone. Nobody spat at me or punched me out, the worst that ever happened was a poor behaving slim using my call and a postcard from the ARRL observer who thouht it was me.

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