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Mitchell Tsai
The Era of Cloud Computing [Jeff Koegel, New York Times - 6/2/14] http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014...
Industry analysts at IDC figure that if largely cloud-based things like mobile apps, big data, and social media are counted, over the next six years almost 90 percent of new spending on Internet and communications technologies, a $5 trillion global business, will be on cloud-based technology. - Mitchell Tsai
Amazon and Google won’t say how many servers they run in linked data centers around the world, but estimates are as high as 10 million computer servers, for each. Microsoft’s Azure service runs close to one million servers. - Mitchell Tsai
And the scale at which the big companies operate creates all sorts of advantages. “We see folks at traditional computing companies, and we can’t even have the same conversation anymore,” said David Campbell, who oversees technology at Azure. “They’re just not learning what we do about power and software when we get past one million servers.” - Mitchell Tsai
Google has developed its own semiconductors optimized for the cloud, executives say, while Amazon has in at least one case re-engineered how a 50-megawatt power substation feeds one of its computing centers. - Mitchell Tsai
Take data storage, now as low as a penny a gigabyte on AWS. That is about one-hundredth of its cost when AWS began. That kind of price collapse is about six times faster than posited by Moore’s Law, ...twice as much capability every 18 to 24 months. - Mitchell Tsai
“Now you can get microprocessors for 25 cents that have a network connection to the cloud, where computing systems can understand context, and how to optimize behavior,” Mr. Campbell said. “We’ll create an amazing amount of economic value.” - Mitchell Tsai
He added: “Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource. Anybody who claims to have a crystal ball about where this is heading is kidding themselves.” - Mitchell Tsai
Micah
friendfeedCommentAnchor - New User script & Bookmarklet to add a permalink to each comment - http://wittman.org/project...
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friendfeedCommentAnchor [v0.1.0] - http://wittman.org/project... - A user script, a bookmarklet and an alternative configuration userscript (has autoCommentAnchor turned ON). To add a permalink to each comment. The hyperlinked text default is "#" (you can change it in the Configuration section to "permalink", "linky", etc in the user script). Works in single post and stream modes. Tested on Firefox and Safari. - Micah
Special Note ~ Post image: NOT A HASH TAG :) - Micah
I started the group ffhacks to house a concise listing of user scripts: http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks . If you have a script that works on the current version of FriendFeed, and you're its author, write a comment on http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks... with the link and I'll share the original friendfeed post to the group. - Micah
Does it only work to other users with the script enabled? - Andrew Trinh
The anchor is the comment <div> container id which has been there all along; there simply has not been a user interface to conveniently access it. So yes, a URL with the anchor will work for anyone regardless of script usage (tested in Firefox & Safari). - Micah
Wow! Great work. - Svartling from iPhone
Thank you, Svartling :) - Micah
This is awesome Micah, well done! :D It's really non-intrusive too. - Mitch
splendid work Micah! - vijay
Thanks, guys. - Micah
fantastic. precisely what I had in mind. only tested the bookmarklet so far...I'll have to check out the userscript later. - chrisofspades
chrisofspades - right on :) - Micah
i like bookmarklets. - Franc, a rememberer
everybody subscribe to Micah's ffscripts group! http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks - Franc, a rememberer
Hi, Franc :) - Micah
Hey Micah. how's it going? ;) - Franc, a rememberer
Thank you, Micah. So you listened? http://ff.im/2uBFP <http://friendfeed.com/search...> - ianf ⌘
ianf, yep. I try anyway. I remember one or two conversations you had anchors - I've wanted access them for a while too. Cheers! - Micah
#hashanchors should have been there by default, so that you could spend your time on more creative things rather than fixing FF. In fact, absence of this key element of hypertext, granular addressability, tells me that FFeeders really do not care for comments - they're ffodder to the OPs, which are the only ones that rank anything in the hierarchy of submissions around here. I don't... more... - ianf ⌘
Great feature Micah Wittman thanks. another bookmarklets suggestion plz browse this: http://friendfeed.com/friendf... - Nimaa
Installed the script and like it. - Miss Elle
Thanks, Miss Elle. Take a look or even subscribe to http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks to check out more scripts. - Micah
*BUMP* for John E. - Micah from iPhone
How did I miss this? - AJ Batac
Just don't let it happen again. :D - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Very cool! - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Reiss - 15 or 16 fundamental desires. http://www.scienceblog.com/communi... #Psych
(1) Curiosity -- desire to learn (2) Food -- desire to eat (3) Honor (morality) -- desire to behave in accordance with code of conduct (4) Rejection -- fear of social rejection (5) Sex -- desire for sexual behavior and fantasies (6) Physical exercise -- desire for physical activity (7) Order -- desired amount of organization in daily life (8) Independence -- desire to make own decisions (9) Vengeance -- desire to retaliate when offended (10) Social Contact -- desire to be in the company of others (11) Family -- desire to spend time with own family (12) Social Prestige -- desire for prestige and positive attention (13) Aversive Sensations -- aversion to pain and anxiety (14) Citizenship -- desire for public service and social justice (15) Power -- desire to influence people - Mitchell Tsai
Who am I? The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities [Paperback] http://www.amazon.com/Desires... - Mitchell Tsai
At least 12 of the 15 fundamental desires seem to have a genetic basis, Reiss said. Only the desires for citizenship, independence and fear of rejection don't appear to have a genetic component. "Most of these desires are similar to those seen in animals, and seem to have some survival value," Reiss said. "This indicates they are genetic in origin." - Mitchell Tsai
http://www.personalityplusinbu... (1) Power, the need for influence of will (2) Independence, the need for individuality (3) Curiosity, the need to think (4) Acceptance, the need for approval (5) Order, the need for organized, stable, predictable environments (6) Saving, the need to collect (7) Honour, the need to be... more... - Mitchell Tsai
3 basic themes in book. (1) First, every need, want that we have can be reduced to 16 desires. Reiss openly offers to amend these desires by adding another if anyone can prove the need for another core desire. (2) Secondly, every person has a relationship with all 16 of these desires... having a high desire, being in a neutral range or having a low desire in each area. “How we... more... - Mitchell Tsai
[Revised 5/13/14] My ordering of desires (High to low): Curiosity - Eating - Tranquility - Romance - Social Contact --------- Saving - Physical Activity - Idealism ---- Independence - Acceptance - Order ---- Honor - Power -Family - Vengeance - Status - Mitchell Tsai
I'll share my own prioritized needs later tonight. - Zu from AOD from iPhone
Reiss 16 desires in religious people [Ohio State University - 5/2004] http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive... - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Global Study: Kids Today Are In Worse Shape Than Their Parents Were [Marilynn Marchione, AP, Business Insider - 11/20/13] - http://www.businessinsider.com/global-...
Global Study: Kids Today Are In Worse Shape Than Their Parents Were [Marilynn Marchione, AP, Business Insider - 11/20/13]
It takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile (1.6 kilometer) than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17. (American Heart Association conference featured the research on Tuesday) - - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Considering the kids' parents are my generation's children, and we were told the same thing when we were kids, I am not surprised. Back then they blamed it on cars and TV. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
It's a gradual thing in the developed world. With each generation we seem to get more sedentary. - Spidra Webster
Mitchell Tsai
The evolution of beauty: Face the facts, What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm [Economist - 11/16/13] - http://www.economist.com/news...
The evolution of beauty: Face the facts, What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm [Economist - 11/16/13]
Dmitry Belyaev tried to breed silver foxes to make them tamer and thus easier for farmers to handle. He found the animals’ coats developed patches of colour; their ears became floppy; their skulls became rounded and foreshortened; their faces flattened; their noses got stubbier; and their jaws shortened, thus crowding their teeth. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Bret Taylor
You can now get a daily or weekly email digest for anybody's feed on FriendFeed. You'll get a daily or weekly email with the most popular posts from that person's feed. To get the email, click the "Email/IM" link at the top of anyone's feed, and select the "Best of day" or "Best of week" email option.
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You can see all of your email settings at http://friendfeed.com/setting... - Bret Taylor
Thanks Bret! :) - Matt Ruiz
Thanks to Kevin for doing a great design for what turned out to be a more complex set of UI options than we had originally anticipated, and thanks to Tudor for implementing the email backend. - Bret Taylor
Great! Thanks! Love FF! - Scott Monaco
I now get the FriendFeed Feedback posts as a Best of Day email so it doesn't fill up my feed, but I don't miss feedback. I also set up a "Best of Day" email for my "Technology people" friend list so I get a pretty good overview of tech news every day via email. - Bret Taylor
This is a really cool idea Bret, I wish you can make that an RSS feed option as well. I'd be much more likely to read summaries in RSS than in email. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Lovely. Thanks guys. - Mitchell Tsai
Casey: Thanks for the tip. What's the 7 before the "?" mean in the URL? The number of likes or replies needed to be included? - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
this is killer, the random influx of email during the day was kinda getting fail-ish. I love the daily digest. - Drew Lucas
Very cool! Any way to get archives of previous months? (especially helpful for those of us who leave the internet for weeks at a time...) - Mitchell Tsai
WOW. that's really helpful! - K.D.
Looks like a great addition for those who are not embedded on the site. Nice intro. - Louis Gray
Cool! - Josh Haley
Ahsan: it is somewhat random right now when the emails are sent, but we built in the backend capability to control what time they are sent, and we plan on exposing that control to users in the future. Right now, it is kind of random - sorry! - Bret Taylor
Cool! can i get a daily or weekly email digest for the "Saved searches"? - 0M0M from email
This will be incredibly useful. Thanks to all involved in the design and execution. - Kathy Fitch
Nice addition! - Michael Fidler
But what exactly is "Best"? Is it anything that has a certain number of likes/comments? - Laura Norvig
@Bret LOL THAT WAS MY PROJECT! I will release it tomorrow. But you've also did it and killed my friendfeed application **sigh** But mine has multi-reporting weekly-daily-monthly at the same time and adjustable entry count! - Alp
@Bret please consolidate me or I won't code new apps with you api! :-) - Alp
Alp: we were not trying to withhold data. Later today the documentation will be updated to reflect the ability to obtain "Best of" for users. The feed id will be USERNAME/summary/N (similar to "Best of" for lists) - Benjamin Golub
Hi Ben, that is pretty funny, I tried that URL earlier today to see if it has been secretly released :) - Paul Kinlan
Bret: While Twitter struggle to keep their fail whale under control, you guys are developing stuff like this. Amazing - Thanks! - Jim Connolly
awesome feature, this will be highly useful for my corporate group ideas / content sharing; projects, etc.... THANK YOU :) - Susan Beebe
Great work. I especially like that it works on lists too. - Meryn Stol
my inbox might say different, but I like that :-) - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Wow, this is really neat! And it links into the idea I expressed earlier, re: reducing signup friction / enabling limited guest privileges. Imagine if I could embed one of my FF rooms on my personal web site, and enable people to subscribe to that feed by e-mail with just a couple of clicks... rather than saying "you can get e-mail notifications but you have to sign up for Friendfeed first." "sign up" -- though admirably lightweight on FF -- is still a huge barrier. - Adam Lasnik
is there a love button cause I dont like this option I LOVE this option..great work guys - (jeff)isageek
Three options I would like (1) Can I select "top 100" instead of "top 30"? (2) Could I select both "best of day" and "best of week"? (3) How about older timeperiods? I'd love to get an e-mail with stuff from last week or Mar 2009? Start & end dates? Anything to help me read FriendFeed off-line would be great since I spend long periods off-line at festivals (especially during summer time) or overseas. - Awesome job guys! - Mitchell Tsai
So this works on groups too, cool! But we still cannot see Best of for groups on the site on friends lists. :-( I have several friends lists that include just groups and when I select to view the best of the page it's empty (even though if I got to the individual best of for those groups there are entries there). - Kol Tregaskes
does anyone know of a web service that can do this? (I'm thinking weekly email updates of my favorite feeds/people) I don't think there's anything like friendfeed .. - Franc, a rememberer
That's a cool feature - Xitong Liu
Emails no longer get sent except for Subscriptions. The last non-sub email I recieved was July 15th, 2011. - NOT THE CRICKET
I still get them. - AJ Batac
I get these every day. - Me
i get it - solncee
I still get it - AJ Batac
*jealous* I no longer get anything but subscription emails. - Bruce Lewis
Following US Politics that way ever since and the emails always went through: so happy this never went off course and kept a valuable record of these threads. - Zu from AOD
unutmadık :) - alperyz
Mitchell Tsai
The Bottom Billion - Paul Collier - Books - Review [Niall Ferguson, New York Times - 7/1/07] - http://www.nytimes.com/2007...
Africa's economic future - On one side of the argument is Jeffrey D. Sachs, the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the author of “The End of Poverty.” On the other is William Easterly of New York University, whose ironically titled “White Man’s Burden” lampoons Sachs as a modern version of a 19th-century utopian. - Mitchell Tsai
Collier who pointed out that nearly two-fifths of Africa’s private wealth is held abroad, much of it in Swiss bank accounts. - Mitchell Tsai
Collier’s title refers to the 980 million people living in what he calls “trapped countries,” those that are “clearly heading toward what might be described as a black hole.” Not all these people are Africans. Some live in Bolivia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Haiti, Laos, North Korea and Yemen. But 70 percent of the bottom billion live in Africa, and there is good reason to expect that proportion to rise. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App [Deborah Schoeneman, NYTimes - 11/20/13] - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App [Deborah Schoeneman, NYTimes - 11/20/13]
On Lulu, women can rate men in categories — ex-boyfriend, crush, together, hooked-up, friend or relative — with a multiple-choice quiz. Women, their gender verified by their Facebook logins, add pink hashtags to a man’s profile ranging from the good (#KinkyInTheRightWays) to the bad (#NeverSleepsOver) to the ugly (#PornEducated). - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
rönin
The Knockout Game :The Real Life Grand Theft Auto V | Spy Parent - http://www.spyparent.net/sizzler...
The Knockout Game :The Real Life Grand Theft Auto V | Spy Parent
Umm, this is not good. "The knockout game aka The One Hitter Quitter is the deadly game that African American teenagers are playing across the nation. It is the true life version of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto (GTA). The knockout game involves a group of teenagers seeking out a helpless victim on the street to knockout with one punch. One of the teens from the group strikes the knockout blow to the victim within a matter of seconds which prevent the victim from protecting themselves. There have been numerous knockout assaults in New York, New Jersey, Saint Louis, Washington D.C., and other cities. The video below gives gruesome detail of the game." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Yeah read about this happening to a woman in DC. People are idiots. - Shevonne
In Brooklyn, they're targeting Jews specifically. - Akiva
Not sure how this relates to GTA - Rodfather
Never a good sign. - Brent Schaus
Is it really better or worse than little boys playing "army" with little plastic figures? I probably killed a few gazillion people, animals, spaceships, etc... in all my stick-figure games, fantasy role-playing, and video games. It's pretty crazy what society encourages kids to play with... - Mitchell Tsai
Melly
RT @mental_floss: Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on this date in 1985. http://t.co/D8TOfWRxt9
RT @mental_floss: Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on this date in 1985. http://t.co/D8TOfWRxt9
yah I remeber them screens !! - Peter Dawson
angry fruit salad - Big Joe Silence
Wow. I've never seen this screen before. Stayed away from windows until 3.0...because I got hooked on Mac/Lisa in late 1984 (and otherwise used VMS or unix on a Vax). - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
A Cold War Fought by Women [John Tierney, NYTimes - 11/18/13] - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
A Cold War Fought by Women [John Tierney, NYTimes - 11/18/13]
In jeans, she attracted little notice and no negative comments from the students, whose reactions were being secretly recorded during the encounter and after the woman left the room. But when she wore the other outfit, virtually all the students reacted with hostility. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Most of the aggression, though, happened after she left the room. Then the students laughed about her and impugned her motives. One student suggested that she dressed that way in order to have sex with a professor. Another said that her breasts “were about to pop out.” - Mitchell Tsai
The results of the experiment jibe with evidence that this “mean girl” form of indirect aggression is used more by adolescents and young women than by older women, who have less incentive to handicap rivals once they marry. Other studies have shown that the more attractive an adolescent girl or woman is, the more likely she is to become a target for indirect aggression from her female peers. - Mitchell Tsai
“Sex is coveted by men,” she said. “Accordingly, women limit access as a way of maintaining advantage in the negotiation of this resource. Women who make sex too readily available compromise the power-holding position of the group, which is why many women are particularly intolerant of women who are, or seem to be, promiscuous.” - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Why Does Health Care Cost so Much in America? Ask Harvard's David Cutler [David Cutler, PBS - 11/19/13] - http://www.pbs.org/newshou...
Why Does Health Care Cost so Much in America? Ask Harvard's David Cutler [David Cutler, PBS - 11/19/13]
3 Reasons (1) Administrative costs are astronomical (~25%). Next highest countries are ~10-15%. Duke University Hospital has 900 hospital beds and 1,300 billing clerks. The typical Canadian hospital has a handful of billing clerks. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
(2) U.S. spends more than other countries on many of the same things; e.g. (a) drugs (b) doctors services (c) equipment - Mitchell Tsai
(3) Americans receive more medical care, not so much in terms of doctor visits [much fewer], but heart attack victims are more likely to get open heart surgery. In Ontario, Canada, 11 hospitals do open heart surgery. Pennsylvania has roughly the population of Ontario and it has 60+ hospitals that do open heart surgery. - Mitchell Tsai
There's so much waste in the system -- our best guess is that about a third of medical spending is not associated with improved outcomes. - Mitchell Tsai
Really what we're doing is two things: one is on the demand side trying to make people smarter consumers, and the second is on the provider side, eliminating the monetary incentives to do more testing and procedures. Instead, let's move to a system that says, "do what's appropriate, make the patients better and you'll get rewarded for it." - Mitchell Tsai
Increasingly, I believe insurers will make you pay more for care that you want to do that's not medically necessary. - Mitchell Tsai
Comment: Under Obamacare ANY state can opt out if they can provide a better plan for their citizens by 2017. Vermont is going Medicare-for-all. - Mitchell Tsai
Comment: Agree, we need to eliminate unneeded and costly support personnel. Case in point, a recent visit to a local hospital for a routine blood test involved seeing a receptionist checking for order request, fasting status, then told me to wait for the next clerk checking my I D, insurance cards and status, then told me to go to the blood draw section. A clerk checked and confirmed ny... more... - Mitchell Tsai
Comment: Why does healthcare cost so much in America? I'll give three reasons of my own, that are much more significant than his. (1) government subsidy of professional education (2) accounting regulations written by and for healthcare mega-corporations - namely, government endorsement of third party price collusion (as opposed to standard, free-market price negotiation between producers and consumers) (3) direct government intervention in the health insurance market - Mitchell Tsai
Comment: What's missing from this is that you're not telling everyone the cost of crime violence in that "we spend more on healthcare" figure. "The average cost to treat one gunshot victim at Loyola: $540,447. A stabbing victim: $245,652." - abc news "The average victim of a serious gun injury suffers physical and mental aftereffects for 20 years or more, according to Sager. That means... more... - Mitchell Tsai
http://www.nbcnews.com/health... In 2011, chronic illnesses account for 84 percent of costs overall among the entire population, not only of the elderly. Chronic illness among individuals younger than 65 years accounts for 67 percent of spending, - Mitchell Tsai
>>> This is one of the best short summaries of the major costs of US healthcare (most articles focus on 1 or 2 minor/medium issues). It doesn't touch on one of the big ones (1A) a small minority of people use 60-90% of the healthcare - who are they, and how can we improve their lives & decrease costs. It's also politically safe and doesn't look at the political reasons behind (1-2-3)... more... - Mitchell Tsai
An obvious one, the more you charge the more money you make? - Todd Hoff
Mitchell Tsai
Above, Below and Around Paris, on Foot [Andrew Brenner, New York Times - 11/15/13] - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Above, Below and Around Paris, on Foot [Andrew Brenner, New York Times - 11/15/13]
But with four of us, there was safety in numbers, and so we set out into the darkness to explore one of the city’s more hidden treasures: the Petite Ceinture. Forget the Catacombes or the Égouts; impressive as Paris’s underground bone repository (the former) and sewers (the latter) are, the abandoned rail line encircling the city offers urban hikers a new perspective. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
Jean-Claude Van Damme's Volvo splits stunt between two semis - watch (& behind-the-scenes) [Andrea Reiher, Zap2it - 11/14/13] - http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it...
Jean-Claude Van Damme's Volvo splits stunt between two semis - watch (& behind-the-scenes) [Andrea Reiher, Zap2it - 11/14/13]
Mitchell Tsai
Obamacare vs. American doctors [Marc Siegel, NY Daily News - 11/14/13] - http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion...
Obamacare vs. American doctors [Marc Siegel, NY Daily News - 11/14/13]
President Obama’s promise that you would get to keep your doctor was propaganda to me from the first time I heard it. Health care doesn’t work this way. How can you keep me as a doctor unless I decide to keep you as my patient? Don’t I have the fundamental right to choose? What happens if your health insurance plan pays me too little and overly restricts the prescriptions I write or the tests I try to order for your benefit? - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
"How can you keep me as your doctor if your new Obamacare insurance policy doesn’t include me in its shrinking network and restricts out-of-network payments? And even if I am in your network, what happens if my hospital isn’t? Cleveland Clinic and Cedars-Sinai, two of the top hospitals in the country for patient care, are accepting only one insurance plan each from their respective state exchanges." - Mitchell Tsai
Even as the main provisions of Obamacare are being shakily enacted, a new poll by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44% of doctors say they aren’t participating in Obamacare, and 23% aren’t taking patients from the failing health exchanges. - Mitchell Tsai
Keep in mind that doctors already have a substantial history of trying to escape from highly regulated, low-paying insurance. Back in 2010, when proponents of the new law bragged about the expansion of Medicaid as a core feature, many doctors were dropping out of Medicaid. The 2011 National Medical Care Survey found that 31% of doctors said they would not take new Medicaid patients. - Mitchell Tsai
And it isn’t just Medicaid. The 2013 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report reveals that only 73% of primary care doctors are accepting new Medicare patients. Last year, the Physicians Foundation surveyed more than 13,000 doctors and found that 7% plan to switch to a concierge or cash-only practice. - Mitchell Tsai
The idea that you could keep your insurance plan was more propaganda. Back in June 2010, the federal Health and Human Services Department, the IRS and the Labor Department published draft regulations for the new law that set standards for insurance plans. It was predicted that from 45% to 66% of those offered by employers as well as from 40% to 67% of individual policies would no longer be legal by 2013. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Russian Subways Now Accept Squats for Payment [Jessica Catcher, Mashable - 11/12/13] - http://mashable.com/2013...
Russian Subways Now Accept Squats for Payment [Jessica Catcher, Mashable - 11/12/13]
Thanks holly #ravingfangirl for posting this at http://ff.im/1g5F8E - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive [Annie Lowrey, New York Times - 11/12/13] - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive [Annie Lowrey, New York Times - 11/12/13]
Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young. Poverty would disappear. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic? [Moises Velasquez-Manoff, NYTimes - 11/9/!3] - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic? [Moises Velasquez-Manoff, NYTimes - 11/9/!3]
The working hypothesis is that innocuous cowshed microbes, plant material and raw milk protect farming children by favorably stimulating their immune systems throughout life, particularly early on. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
Bought 2nd iPod Touch from BestBuy (*NOT* from Apple Store) for $267.79. Lot of lessons from 1st iPod Touch whose screen cracked in 8 days, and Apple wanted $99 + tax to fix. (1) Best Buy had $40 discount - $160 not $200 (2) BestBuy has 2-yr accidental coverage for $55 - renewable (3) Immediately installed $15 InvisibleShield & $21 Griffin Case
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BestBuy accidental warranty is $35 (1 yr), $55 (2 yr), or $75 (3 yr). The 1 yr is not renewable, so I opted for the 2 yr (which might be longer than I use the iPod, I might switch to the iPhone 5 or 6 or 7). One of my friends suggested BestBuy's coverage because he's already had his iPod/iPhone fixed 3 times. - Mitchell Tsai
BestBuy's website was $10 cheaper than the store price ($179.99 vs. $189.99), so the store salesperson did a pricematch. When we rang the purchase on the register, a $20 gift card appeared, so we used the $20 gift card towards the rubberized case. - Mitchell Tsai
The Apple Store screen cover (forgot the brand) was the best decision I made on the original iPod. When the screen cracked, the screen cover kept the glass fragments from scattering. I could clean out the glass pieces at my leisure. The cover also allowed me to use a cracked screen without cutting my fingers. - Mitchell Tsai
I picked the most rubberized, bouncy cover I could find. The Griffin Armored Protector is black rubber and completely wraps around the iPod tops & bottoms, covering the front top/bottom non-screen areas. http://ff.im/101TTJ $21 at BestBuy. $12.99 at Amazon. - Mitchell Tsai
Bought $15 Zagg Invisible Shield. ($10.49 at Amazon). http://ff.im/101Una Don't know if this will work as well (or better) as the old screen cover. - Mitchell Tsai
Overpaid $12.50 + $2.61 tax ($15.11) buying the accessories at BestBuy rather than Amazon. However, I did have an expert screen installer put the cover on my iPod Touch. If I were to do this over, I would buy the accessories from Amazon first, so that I'd have them ready when purchasing the iPod. I cracked the screen on the original iPod touch before I bought a protective case. - Mitchell Tsai
I had to take off my Invisible Shield when I bought the Otterbox case I used. The fit was just too tight, and the shield kept sliding when it went into the case. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
This Invisible Shield is super-thin & stuck to the screen. Maybe it's different than the one you bought? P.S. My old one also mounted on the screen...although more removably. This Griffin one requires a spray to attach. The old one simply peeled on & off (and 2 came in the box). - Mitchell Tsai
It could be. I wonder if I'm remembering the right brand. Either way, I'm glad you got one that worked with your case. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
Set up "Find my iPhone" on new iPod Touch. Thanks Robert Patton for the suggestion. http://ff.im/1020r8 - Mitchell Tsai
Apple wanted $99 + tax to repair my iPod Touch. A new one only cost me $60 more ($159.99 + tax) at BestBuy. Glad I didn't pay Apple to fix my old iPod touch. Now I have 2 year accidental coverage on the new one, which Apple wouldn't offer on the old one (and Apple's Applecare Plus for iPhone 4 has a $50 deductible for each repair). - Mitchell Tsai
Didn't realize I had so many passwords to change for lost iPod Touch. Yahoo! (e-mail), Facebook, Instagram, FriendFeed, Google, FourSquare. Didn't have to change LinkedIn, bank, or brokerage passwords. http://ff.im/1061Ix - Mitchell Tsai
Timeline of my Apple stuff http://friendfeed.com/mitchel... - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
NLA1175 10.8V 5500MAH Repalcement Notebook Battery for Apple Macbook Pro 15" Replaces MA348LL/A - $42.99 [3B Tech] Apple wants $129.00 + tax - http://3btech.net/nl1055r...
NLA1175 10.8V 5500MAH Repalcement Notebook Battery for Apple Macbook Pro 15" Replaces MA348LL/A - $42.99 [3B Tech] Apple wants $129.00 + tax
Mon 10/21/13: I just bought: 'Apple MA348LL/A Battery for MacBook Pro 15" for $21 via @amazon (versus $129 + tax at Apple) [A1150, A1175 - by tMate powers] Series http://www.amazon.com/dp... - Mitchell Tsai
The 3B Tech battery didn't last 1 year. It's been flaking out for ~6 months now. Currently it powers down even when saying 84% capacity left. http://ff.im/1fZZIX Hopefully the tMate powers one will work better. Free 2-day shipping by doing a trial of Amazon Prime for 30 days - Mitchell Tsai
See http://ff.im/TgbOA for timeline of my Apple computers - Mitchell Tsai
I've always wanted a Repalcement Notebook Battery. - Akiva
Mitchell Tsai
ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/W/G/ACI/AS Computer International Direct External Slim White 8X DVD-RW ($29.99 + free shipping) [Amazon] - http://www.amazon.com/gp...
ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/W/G/ACI/AS Computer International Direct External Slim White 8X DVD-RW ($29.99 + free shipping) [Amazon]
I just bought one of these for $43.09 at Fry's http://ff.im/QaidF since my MacBook Pro's optical drive only reads 2 of the 4 DVDs I rented from Blockbuster yesterday. - Mitchell Tsai
Google Product Search http://www.google.com/product... did better than Pricegrabber. First time in 10+ years I've found a meta-shopping site better than Pricegrabber for this kind of stuff. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Went to Apple Store and they semi-fixed MacBook Pro optical drive, which couldn't read 4 DVDs I rented ( and a DVD was stuck). The tech unwarped my drive exterior, but still could only read 2 of 4 DVDs, so I bought an ASUS external DVD-RW drive for $43.09 at Fry's. Drive is only $30 at Amazon http://friendfeed.com/mitchel...
Mitchell Tsai
Bought a new battery for my 4.5 yr old MacBook Pro. $42.99 (Apple wanted $129.00 + tax) http://friendfeed.com/mitchel... Old battery only holding 828 mAh (18%) of original 5,500 mAh after 651 charge cycles. Surprised the battery lasted this long...
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See http://ff.im/1fZZIX battery info when the next battery flaked out (2013). - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
NLA1175 10.8V 5500MAH Repalcement Notebook Battery for Apple Macbook Pro 15" Replaces MA348LL/A - $43 Battery started flaking out after 1 year. Weirdness with charge capacity - sometimes shows 5000+ mAh, sometimes ~1000 mAh. Ordered a $20 replacement
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See http://ff.im/THNps, Battery info on my last battery when it was dying http://ff.im/THNZE - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Drugs that cause most harm: Scoring drugs [Economist - 11/2/10] - http://www.economist.com/blogs...
Drugs that cause most harm: Scoring drugs [Economist - 11/2/10]
Alcohol is the most harmful drug in Britain, scoring 72 out of a possible 100, far more damaging than heroin (55) or crack cocaine (54). It is the most harmful to others by a wide margin, and is ranked fourth behind heroin, crack, and methamphetamine (crystal meth) for harm to the individual. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Mitchell Tsai
Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong [Economist - 10/19/13] >50% of published research may not be replicable...(e.g. it's bunk). - http://www.economist.com/news...
Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong [Economist - 10/19/13] >50% of published research may not be replicable...(e.g. it's bunk).
A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of published research cannot be replicated. Even that may be optimistic. Last year researchers at one biotech firm, Amgen, found they could reproduce just six of 53 “landmark” studies in cancer research. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Earlier, a group at Bayer, a drug company, managed to repeat just a quarter of 67 similarly important papers. A leading computer scientist frets that three-quarters of papers in his subfield are bunk. - Mitchell Tsai
In 2000-10 roughly 80,000 patients took part in clinical trials based on research that was later retracted because of mistakes or improprieties. - Mitchell Tsai
One reason is the competitiveness of science. In the 1950s, when modern academic research took shape after its successes in the second world war, it was still a rarefied pastime. The entire club of scientists numbered a few hundred thousand.As their ranks have swelled, to 6m-7m active researchers on the latest reckoning, scientists have lost their taste for self-policing and quality control. The obligation to “publish or perish” has come to rule over academic life. Competition for jobs is cut-throat. - Mitchell Tsai
In April, for instance, a paper in PLoS ONE, a journal, reported that nine separate experiments had not managed to reproduce the results of a famous study from 1998 purporting to show that thinking about a professor before taking an intelligence test leads to a higher score than imagining a football hooligan. http://www.economist.com/news... - Mitchell Tsai
Statistical mistakes are widespread. The peer reviewers who evaluate papers before journals commit to publishing them are much worse at spotting mistakes than they or others appreciate. Professional pressure, competition and ambition push scientists to publish more quickly than would be wise. A career structure which lays great stress on publishing copious papers exacerbates all these... more... - Mitchell Tsai
A study in April by Dr Ioannidis and colleagues found that in neuroscience the typical statistical power is a dismal 0.21; writing in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Marjan Bakker of the University of Amsterdam and colleagues reckon that in that field the average power is 0.35. - Mitchell Tsai
Consider 1,000 hypotheses being tested of which just 100 are true. Studies with a power of 0.8 will find 80 of them, missing 20 because of false negatives. Of the 900 hypotheses that are wrong, 5%—that is, 45 of them—will look right because of type I errors. Add the false positives to the 80 true positives and you have 125 positive results, fully a third of which are specious. - Mitchell Tsai
If you dropped the statistical power from 0.8 to 0.4, which would seem realistic for many fields, you would still have 45 false positives but only 40 true positives. More than half your positive results would be wrong. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? Abigail Haworth, The Observer @The Guardian - 10/19/13] - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? Abigail Haworth, The Observer @The Guardian - 10/19/13]
Arm’s length: 45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 are ‘not interested in or despise sexual contact’. More than a quarter of men feel the same way. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
"Official alarmism doesn't help. Fewer babies were born here in 2012 than any year on record. (This was also the year, as the number of elderly people shoots up, that adult incontinence pants outsold baby nappies in Japan for the first time.) Kunio Kitamura, head of the JFPA, claims the demographic crisis is so serious that Japan "might eventually perish into extinction"." - Steve C
"Aoyama cites one man in his early 30s, a virgin, who can't get sexually aroused unless he watches female robots on a game similar to Power Rangers." - Steve C
"Tomita says a woman's chances of promotion in Japan stop dead as soon as she marries. "The bosses assume you will get pregnant." Once a woman does have a child, she adds, the long, inflexible hours become unmanageable. "You have to resign. You end up being a housewife with no independent income. It's not an option for women like me." Around 70% of Japanese women leave their jobs after... more... - Steve C
In Italy in the recent past we had less than zero population growth and more people over 65 than under 15 years old. It's not an Apocalypse. - Ubikindred
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Congress’s budget fights, debt-ceiling stand-offs, and spending cuts have cost the U.S. economy ~3% of GDP since 2010 ($700 billion) [Taegan Goddard's Wonk Wire - 10/16/13] - http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2013...
Congress’s budget fights, debt-ceiling stand-offs, and spending cuts have cost the U.S. economy ~3% of GDP since 2010 ($700 billion) [Taegan Goddard's Wonk Wire - 10/16/13]
The Cost of Crisis-Driven Fiscal Policy [Macroeconomic Advisers - Oct 2013] http://pgpf.org/sites... - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
A Walmart Shopping Frenzy After Food Stamp Cards Malfunction [Noah Rayman,, Time - 10/14/13] - http://nation.time.com/2013...
Customers cleared shelves and police were called in to control crowds taking advantage of suddenly unlimited spending allowed on their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, which are issued to recipients of government food stamps. Spending limits on the cards were reportedly disabled for about two hours. - Mitchell Tsai from Bookmarklet
Xerox, which runs parts of the EBT system, said a power outage during a routine maintenance test caused the glitch. - Mitchell Tsai
Walmart’s corporate headquarters told the store to continue selling to EBT card holders despite the glitch. A spokesman for Walmart later told KSLA that the company continued selling to shoppers “so that they could get food for their families.” - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell Tsai
How Often Do Gamblers Really Win? [Mark Maremont & Alexandra Berzon, Wall Street Journal - 10/11/13] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
How Often Do Gamblers Really Win? [Mark Maremont & Alexandra Berzon, Wall Street Journal - 10/11/13]
The lightest gamblers—the 10% of customers who placed the fewest wagers over the two years—also had the highest winning percentage. About 17% of them ended up in the black—tough odds but still better than the dismal 5.4% winning percentage of the heaviest gamblers. - Mitchell Tsai
Among the whole group of 4,222 gamblers, just seven won more than $5,000 (€3,698) over the two years, while 217 lost more than $5,000. That's a 31-1 ratio of big losers to big winners. - Mitchell Tsai
Poker is partly a game of skill, and the outcomes reflect that. About one-third of the poker players classified as "most involved" by the Harvard researchers ended up winning money over time, while just 10% of the rest ended up in the black. - Mitchell Tsai
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