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Water Cooler / Vertigo?
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:50:38 AM »
I haven't really thought of the condition since I watched the Hitchcock movie years ago.  Yesterday I spent the day in ER with my mother as they ruled out a stroke as the cause of her vertigo.  Up until yesterday this condition was completely off my radar, now it seems every third person I talk to has had a bout of it.

Anyway, she seems better today.  They gave her a prescription of meclizine, which seems to be helping.  I was just reading that hearing loss can also be a symptom -- this would make sense as I wished I brought some earplugs with me today as I parent-sat and she was going nuts with the TV volume.

Water Cooler / How an artificial sugar may have caused thousands to die
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:12:07 PM »

A lab-created sugar that is very stable and moisturizing started to get added to ice-cream in the 2000s.  Clostridium difficile seems to become a super-bug when it eats on this stuff in the get.  Twenty-nine thousand died from C diff in the US alone.

But you should probably read the article.

There have been many examples of the ingredients in manufactured food, often touted as healthy, that turn out to be toxic later.  Eating things that use to be alive, things your great-grandmother would recognize, avoids most of this.

Water Cooler / Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:32:35 AM »
I saw this going down the street today.

Water Cooler / 56,000 layoffs and counting: Indiaís IT bloodbath
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:21:40 AM »
One of the top employment generators until a few years ago, Indiaís $160 billion IT industry laid off more than 56,000 employees this year. Some analysts believe this spree was worse than the one during the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, hiring plummeted, with entry-level openings having more than halved in 2017, according to experts.

Water Cooler / theme suggestions?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:53:43 AM »

If you find one you like post it here.

Also, we will should probably have two, one for inner core and one for the public section.

Water Cooler / Belated Merry Christmas & Sorry for the outage
« on: December 26, 2017, 10:28:20 PM »
On Christmas Eve Jaguar hosting decided to upgrade the PHP version on this server and made it incompatible with the version of SMF we were running.  It took a while to get the board up again.  We're using the default theme for now because the old theme was not compatible with SMF 2+.  There are still quirks I'm working out.  Sorry again!

Edit: My wife says I should say something holly and jolly so...

I hope you had a Holiday season filled with joy!

Audry (6 y.o.) says "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, I hope you have fun things going on with your family"

Monetization / Amazon Seller App
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:35:45 PM »
I wouldn't call it groundbreaking, but I do like it.  The app is very convenient for getting snapshots of how your sales are doing.  It gives you a bar graph of daily sales and then if you click on a bar it will do a handy breakdown of what sold and how muck came from each item.

I don't do retail arbitrage, but the app seems like it would be very handy for that as you could scan bar codes and immediately see what the items are selling for on Amazon.


AIG = Artificial general intelligence

OpenAI's mission is to build safe AGI, and ensure AGI's benefits are as widely and evenly distributed as possible. We expect AI technologies to be hugely impactful in the short term, but their impact will be outstripped by that of the first AGIs.

We're a non-profit research company. Our full-time staff of 60 researchers and engineers is dedicated to working towards our mission regardless of the opportunities for selfish gain which arise along the way.

We focus on long-term research, working on problems that require us to make fundamental advances in AI capabilities. By being at the forefront of the field, we can influence the conditions under which AGI is created. As Alan Kay said, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

We publish at top machine learning conferences, open-source software tools for accelerating AI research, and release blog posts to communicate our research. We will not keep information private for private benefit, but in the long term, we expect to create formal processes for keeping technologies private when there are safety concerns.

Hardware & Technology / F-Droid open-source repository for Android
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:00:03 PM »
That thread about all the nasties in Android apps reminded me that I've been wanting to tell you about F-Droid.  It is like Google-Play store, but only hosts free and open source software.

Economics & Investing / Jeff Bezos > $100 billion
« on: November 25, 2017, 07:05:40 PM »

The Inc. founderís fortune is up $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, as the online retailerís shares jumped more than 2 percent on optimism for Black Friday sales. Online purchases for the day are up 18.4 percent over last year, according to data from Adobe Analytics, and investors are betting the company will take an outsized share of online spending over the gifting season.


Recent advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics have commentators worrying about the coming obsolescence of the human worker. Some in Silicon Valley are even calling for a basic minimum income provided by the government for everyone, under the assumption that work will become scarce. But many economists are skeptical of these claims, because the notion that the the economy offers a fixed amount of work has been debunked time and time again over the centuries and current economic data show no signs of a productivity boom. Fortunately, we don't need to divine the future of the labor market in order to prepare for it.

Traffic / A creative way to get traffic to a website
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:05:26 PM »
Watch ten seconds of this video starting at this point:

Now take a look at this:,caleche%20usa

Water Cooler / Life choices and health
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:52:58 AM »
I've spent the last few days in the hospital looking after my father.  He's suffering from congestive heart failure brought on from diabetes, high blood pressure and a diet very high in sodium.  The doctor outlined a very narrow path to health, but I am not optimistic about him staying the course.  Sometimes being close to death isn't enough to undo a lifetime of bad habits.

As I mentioned, I've been taking my second oldest to the gym over that last couple of years.  While she's gotten freakishly strong she also gained weight.  The reasons for the weight gain were complicated -- I guess they always are.  Several mouths back she asked me to help her with her nutrition.  I outlined the principles I eat by and helped her to adapt them to her particular situation, being a teen, in high school, working in a place with much junk-food temptations and dealing with the constant pressure her peers.  She's done an amazing job.  The image on the left was from about six months ago, the one on the right was from tonight.

The contrast between how I've been able to help my kid and my lack of ability to help my dad is really something I've thought about a lot.

Water Cooler / Bill Gates: Polio will be eradicated this year
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:56:35 AM »

According to Dr. Wenger, there are only 12 known cases of the wild poliovirus in existence today, in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. "In the last couple of years, we've seen unprecedented progress. In 2015 we could only find 74 cases; in 2016 we found 37, and then this year so far we've found only 12 in only two countries."

The reason: a mass immunization effort to orally vaccinate 2.5 billion children in 122 countries, bolstered by the 1988 launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

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