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How KYC procedures can leak your identity
"a user’s information and paperwork could be leaked from a fraudulent ICO airdrop that requires KYC documents. Given how easy it is to spin up a fake website promoting a cryptocurrency or an ICO – as illustrated by the “HoweyCoins” website created by the US Securities and Exchange Commission to educate the public about fake offerings"

https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2018-88
identity  theft  against  KYC 
yesterday by dandv
What do recording engineers know that most audiophiles don’t? - Quora
Why when you spend thousands on audio equipment, you do hear better
against  audiophile  sound  quality  debunk 
yesterday by dandv
How is China able to provide enough food to feed its population of over 1 billion people? Do they import food or are they self-sustainable? - Quora
Fascinating. They are way more efficient than India, Europe or the US at all kinds of agriculture, plus been and distilled beverages production, despite less fertile soil, more arid climate, less coastline, and colder waters.

The planned/forced economy worked.
China  food  production  agriculture  against  free-market 
2 days ago by dandv
The Disproportional Power of Anecdotes
increase your sample size when making decisions. You need enough information to be able to plot the range of possibilities, identify the outliers, and define the average.

"The Canadian Encyclopedia states, “If the nearly 29 million (figure unadjusted) in gold that was recovered during the heady years of 1897 to 1899 [in the Klondike] was divided equally among all those who participated in the gold rush, the amount would fall far short of the total they had invested in time and money.”

How did this happen? Because those miners took anecdotes as being representative of a broader reality. Quite literally, they learned mining from rumor, and didn’t develop any real knowledge. Most people fought for claims along the creeks, where easy gold had been discovered, while rejecting the bench claims on the hillsides above, which often had just as much gold.

You may be thinking that these men must have been desperate if they packed themselves up, heading into unknown territory, facing multiple dangers along the way, to chase a dream of easy money. But most of us aren’t that different. How many times have you invested in a “hot stock” on a tip from one person, only to have the company go under within a year? Ultimately, the smaller the sample size, the greater role the factors of chance play in determining an outcome.”

many scientific psychology studies use college students who are predominantly Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD), and then draw conclusions about the entire human race from these outliers. They reviewed scientific literature from domains such as “visual perception, fairness, cooperation, spatial reasoning, categorization and inferential induction, moral reasoning, and the heritability of IQ. The findings suggest that members of WEIRD societies, including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans.”
this particular subpopulation is highly unrepresentative of the species.”
decision  making  against  generalization  bias  gold 
5 days ago by dandv
Obsess Over Your Customers, Not Your Rivals
The question is not who your competition is but *what* it is. And the answer is this: Your competition is any and every obstacle your customers encounter along their journeys to solving the human, high-level problems your company exists to solve.

One of the most important takeaways from your customer insights research should be a deep understanding of the decision traps, pitfalls, friction spots, and quit points that people frequently encounter on their journeys. Look to user data, surveys, ethnographic research, online listening, subject matter experts, and even third-party data to discover roadblocks. Use this information to do a continuous “competitive analysis”:

Understand the obstacles your customers face
Learn how and where people get stuck
Solve those problems
Understand how people overcome the obstacles and get unstuck
Understand what stops others from achieving this success
Solve those problems
And so on
Here’s the “competition” rubric we operated under at MyFitnessPal:

Competition is: Everything that makes it harder for people to live a healthy life rather than an unhealthy one.

More specifically: Biology, food autopilot, the cost of healthy food, the tastiness and convenience of unhealthy food, and everything that makes it hard to build healthy habits such as food tracking and home cooking.

Innovations driven by obstacle-as-competition insight:

In-app bar code scanner to make it easy to track packaged foods
Massive food database, so users never have to enter nutritional data
Social features and challenges for support, accountability, and competition
Recipe-logging features for home-cooked meals
Content, marketing, and PR campaigns featuring user success stories, advice on making and breaking habits, cost-effective recipes and cooking tutorials, and other messages tailored to remove the frictions commonly encountered on the journey from unhealthy to healthy.
And it’s working. People who have even a single friend on MyFitnessPal lose twice as much weight as people who don’t use the app’s social features. MyFitnessPal users who log home-cooked recipes lose 40% more weight than those who don’t. The bar code scanner and food database are consistently mentioned by users who have lost weight despite having been unsuccessful with all manner of diets before. And over 120 million people worldwide now use the platform.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos once said, “If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we’ll turn out all right.” I take this one step further: If you can stay focused on eliminating the obstacles along your customers’ journeys, your company will turn out much more than all right.
against  competitive  analysis  competition  marketing  business  development 
13 days ago by dandv
Most Amazon Brands Are Duds, Not Disrupters, Study Finds - Bloomberg
Turns out most Amazon-branded goods are flops that don’t threaten other businesses at all, according to Marketplace Pulse. In a study, the New York e-commerce research firm examined 23,000 products and found that shoppers aren’t more inclined to buy Amazon brands even when the company elevates them in search results.
against  Amazon 
13 days ago by dandv
Rajneesh movement - Wikipedia
The cult featured in the Wild, Wild Country Netflix documentary

Bioterror attacks in the mid 80s
against  religion  cult 
14 days ago by dandv
Is Colombia's oil company Ecopetrol killing citizens for profit?
Sulfur level of gasoline 20 times higher than what is allowed in gasoline sold in the United States and the European Union

The national government is largely dependent on its oil company to pay its bills. Imposing stricter environmental regulation would directly affect the country’s treasury.
pollution  air  quality  against  Colombia  Medellin 
16 days ago by dandv
Carbs vs. fat research update
No date, no links to studies, no comments section.

"if you’re still stuck in the high carb bodybuilding dogma, this may open your eyes"

Very Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet (5% of calories from carbs) led to higher increases in lean body mass than a traditional western diet, for college-aged men doing resistance training. Increased testosterone too, along with HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
-- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4271639/

Just "low" carb diets reduce testosterone - https://www.testofuel.com/tf/does-a-ketogenic-diet-affect-testosterone-levels/

So don't stay in the gray area of ~30% of calories from carbs.

Video (irrelevant footage): youtube.com/watch?v=Y2l61X8ILT0
keto  diet  weight  lifting  resistance  training  bodybuilding  study  against  carbs 
17 days ago by dandv
Ketamine-Derived Drug Spravato For Major Depression Gets FDA Approval : Shots - Health News : NPR
[[Many doctors who have become comfortable offering ketamine for depression probably won't switch to esketamine, said Dr. Demitri Papolos, director of research for the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation and a clinical associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.he hopes that doctors who are currently using ketamine continue to do so. "It'll be a lot less expensive and a lot easier for their patients [than esketamine]," he said.

And animal studies show it's possible that old-fashioned ketamine is a more potent antidepressant than esketamine, Papolos said.

Esketamine "may not be as effective as a generic that any psychiatrist or physician can prescribe without restrictions," Papolos said.]]
depression  treat  cure  drug  ketamine  against  esketamine 
25 days ago by dandv
San Francisco could be home to thousands of new millionaires by the end of 2019, and it's sparking a 'housing madness' in the already wildly expensive city - New Haven Register
Meaty stats. Full editorial piece at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/style/uber-ipo-san-francisco-rich.html

[[even conservative estimates predict hundreds of billions of dollars will flood into town in the next year, creating thousands of new millionaires

That's something for a location already well-acquainted with wealth. The Bay Area is the wealthiest location of the 25 most populous metropolitan areas in the US, according to 2018 data by the US Census — the median household income brings in $98,710. It's also home to the third highest number of billionaires in the world, according to a Wealth-X census.

nearly 60% of tech workers can't afford homes in the area — and that's on a six-figure salary; the average tech worker in the Bay Area earns $142,000 a year

And that's among those who stay — San Francisco's housing market is so dire that nearly half of its residents said in a 2018 Bay Area Council advocacy group survey that they plan to soon move away


"Even if just half the IPOs happen, there's going to be ten thousand millionaires overnight," Herman Chan, a Sotheby's real estate agent, told Bowles. "People are like, 'I'm not going to sell till next year, because there are going to be bajillionaries everywhere left and right.'"]]

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against  San-Francisco  BayArea  housing  cost 
26 days ago by dandv
Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good - The New York Times
Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper. The texture of life, the tactile experience, is becoming smooth glass.

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The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol.

All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.

As more screens appear in the lives of the poor, screens are disappearing from the lives of the rich. The richer you are, the more you spend to be offscreen.

Milton Pedraza, the chief executive of the Luxury Institute, advises companies on how the wealthiest want to live and spend, and what he has found is that the wealthy want to spend on anything human.

Screen exposure starts young. And children who spent more than two hours a day looking at a screen got lower scores on thinking and language tests, according to early results of a landmark study on brain development of more than 11,000 children that the National Institutes of Health is supporting. Most disturbingly, the study is finding that the brains of children who spend a lot of time on screens are different. For some kids, there is premature thinning of their cerebral cortex. In adults, one study found an association between screen time and depression.

In Silicon Valley, time on screens is increasingly seen as unhealthy. Here, the popular elementary school is the local Waldorf School, which promises a back-to-nature, nearly screen-free education.

There is also the reality that in our culture of increasing isolation, in which so many of the traditional gathering places and social structures have disappeared, screens are filling a crucial void.

Mr. Wang said people can form a bond very easily with anything that talks with them.

Early results have been positive. In Lowell’s first small pilot, patients with avatars needed fewer nursing visits, went to the emergency room less often and felt less lonely. One patient who had frequently gone to the emergency room for social support largely stopped when her avatar arrived, saving the health care program an estimated $90,000.

Humana, one of the country’s largest health insurers, has begun using Care.Coach avatars.
loneliness  elderly  care  virtual  avatar  against  screen  time  luxury  human  contact 
27 days ago by dandv
Science Says Having a Kid Is One of the Crappiest Things That Can Happen to You - VICE
"By some measures, new parents are more miserable than people grieving their spouses."

German people in particular say they want an average of two kids, and then only have one and a half. This statistic suggests that a huge number of people who want kids think better of it after they have that first one. Why would that be?

The study blames a "drop in well-being surrounding first birth," also known as "unhappiness."

The drop in the reported happiness of new parents is beyond the level you might expect from sleepless nights, and dealing with poopy diapers. In fact, somewhat alarmingly, the unhappiness didn't set in until the first and second year after the birth. And when it did, it was some major misery.

people report an average drop of 0.6 for a divorce, and one full point for experiencing unemployment or a spouse's death. The birth of a first child? That blows them all out of the water at an average decline of 1.6.
children  kids  parenting  happiness  against 
28 days ago by dandv
Digital Exile: How I Got Banned for Life from AirBnB
Pretty much like Amazon Communities banned me.

"Please understand that we are not obligated to provide an explanation for the action taken against your account. Additionally, we consider this matter closed and will no longer reply to any inquiries regarding your account."
against  Airbnb 
4 weeks ago by dandv
Emergency room bills: what I learned from reading 1,182 ER bills - Vox
[[one hospital in Tennessee charged a patient a pretty reasonable $1 for bacitracin — while another hospital in Seattle charged $76 for the exact same ointment. Since prices aren’t made public, it was impossible for these (or any) patients to know whether they were at a hospital that charges $1 for a squirt of antibiotic ointment or one that charges 76 times that amount. 34 percent of emergency room visits lead to out-of-network bills in Texas — way above the national average of 20 percent.

And, much like the bills with high prices, these bills are really hard to prevent. Out-of-network doctors won’t often mention that they don’t accept the patient’s insurance; they might not even know.

patients can face steep bills even if they don’t see a doctor or have their ailment treated. They can decline treatment and still end up with a hefty fee.This is all due to the key fee I’ve been investigating this year: the ER facility fee. This is the fee that ERs charge for walking in the door and seeking care, something akin to a cover charge at a bar.

Hospital executives often argue that these fees help them keep the lights on and doors open for whatever emergency might come in, anything from a stubbed toe to a stroke patient.

But experts who study emergency billing question how these fees are set and charged, noting that they are seemingly arbitrary, varying widely from one hospital to another. A Vox analysis of these fees, published last year, shows that the prices rose 89 percent between 2009 and 2015 — rising twice as fast as overall health care prices.

How do I avoid a surprise ER bill? Or how can I get my ER bill lowered?

I wish I had a good answer, but I don’t. Patients are usually at the mercy of the hospital when it comes to ER billing.

I have talked to some patients who have successfully negotiated down their emergency room bills. Most of those people applied for financial aid, requested a prompt pay discount, or found an error on their bill.

Some especially savvy patients have even had luck arguing that their facility fee charge was coded incorrectly — that the hospital used a billing code that should be reserved for really intense, complex visits when their visit was actually pretty simple. I’ve noticed that these patients tend to have a doctor in their family who can help them make this type of argument.

Most patients who have successfully negotiated down a bill tell me it wasn’t easy. Erin Floyd from Florida told me about her experience reducing two of her daughter’s bills — one by 90 percent and one by 45 percent — through a combination of financial aid and prompt care discounts.

And then there are, as Slate has noted, patients who have had their bills reversed after journalists wrote about them. Our project, for example, has resulted in $45,107 in medical bills being reversed after Vox began inquiring about those charges.]]
against  USA  emergency  healthcare  cost  insurance 
4 weeks ago by dandv
Can't edit your own reviews – TripAdvisor stupid policy
Not even an attempt at an explanation, like to prevent kickbacks.
edit  review  policy  against  TripAdvisor 
5 weeks ago by dandv
Jeremy Burge 🐥🧿 on Twitter: "For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Now it can be searched and there's no way to disable that.… https://t.co/lGI1r7HWTm"
Using a phone number to sign up for services has been the single greatest coup for the social media and advertising industries. One unique ID that is used to link your identity across every platform on the internet.

That is why every startup wants your phone number.

Every public WiFi network that asks for a phone number to access it? Shared with advertisers. WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram? Shared. Phone networks themselves: until last month, sharing your exact location by phone number.

It's shocking that this one number is used for usernames, authentication (2FA), advertising tracking, geolocation and more. And it's the same piece of info you have to give to a random plumber to come and fix the boiler.
privacy  against  Facebook  phone  number  surveillance 
5 weeks ago by dandv
How to Not Get Sick in South America | Ecuador Abroad
Prefer well-cooked foods
Wash & sanitize hands often
Avoid fresh veggies/fruit; if you buy them, bleach them
Avoid street food
travel  health  advice  against  South-America 
6 weeks ago by dandv
What’s in a codec? HEVC versus VP9 — NGCodec
VP9 is open source. So is AV1, which provides even better compression.

"One of the main obstacles delaying H.265/HEVC adoption is the licensing and royalty situation, which is confusing and still subject to uncertainty."
video  codec  VP9  AV1  against  H.265  HEVC 
7 weeks ago by dandv
MOVE an injury not RICE | This Changed My Practice
"Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) is a popular method of dealing with physical injury (1). However, this treatment might not be the best recovery method for all injuries."

"Excluding fractures, cord, or catastrophic injuries, I get patients moving post injury and doing range of motion exercises as soon as possible.

For foot and ankle injuries I recommend drawing the alphabet with the toes.
For knees: stationary biking with low tension.
For shoulder injuries: pendulums, pole walking, and Nordic ski.
For neck pain: rows and ellipse.
For back pain: walking, swimming, and yoga.
For lower limb fractures: water running and seated weights.
For upper limb fractures: walking and the recumbent bike."
recovery  injury  against  RICE 
7 weeks ago by dandv
The Magic of Education - Econlib
If professors don’t teach a lot of job skills, don’t teach their students how to think, and don’t instill constructive work habits, why do employers so heavily reward educational success?  The best answer comes straight out of the ivory tower itself.  It’s called the signaling model of education – the subject of my book in progress, The Case Against Education. 

According to the signaling model, employers reward educational success because of what it shows (“signals”) about the student.  Good students tend to be smart, hard-working, and conformist – three crucial traits for almost any job.  When a student excels in school, then, employers correctly infer that he’s likely to be a good worker.  What precisely did he study?  What did he learn how to do?  Mere details.  As long as you were a good student, employers surmise that you’ll quickly learn what you need to know on the job."
against  education  college  signaling 
9 weeks ago by dandv
Why I Can No Longer Recommend Google Fi - One Mile at a Time
If Google Payments is broken, your entire Google ecosystem is broken
If you can’t use Google Payments (e.g. card flagged due to unrelated fraudulent charge), you can’t pay for Google Fi
This, fundamentally, is why I can’t suggest anyone use Project Fi anymore.
against  Google-Fi 
10 weeks ago by dandv
No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium
"Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption."
journalism  revenge  against  extortion  blackmail 
10 weeks ago by dandv
“One small step for people, one giant leap for peoplekind” | The Wedge
peoplegement for a job application
streets covered in peopleholes
windows that display peoplennequins
Chinese who speak Peopledarin
military who perform peopleoeuvers
a periodic table featuring peopleganese
NYC’s island now Peoplehattan
first responders now pursue peopleiacs
we schedule peopleicures
objects are now peopleufactured
and control freaks are peoplenipulative
satire  against  feminism  Canada  politically-correct 
10 weeks ago by dandv
Determining California State Residency for Expatriate Tax Returns
* CA doesn't recognize any sort of FEIE, and taxes worldwide income
* Capital gains income doesn't count
* "Safe-harbor" rule qualifies you if you have an employment contract for 1.5+ years (546 days). You can visit California for up to 45 days per year.
* Factors that determine CA residency: driver's license, location of healthcare providers, social ties (social/country clubs!), "origination point of your financial transactions"

Alleged source: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2013/13_1031.pdf
against  California  tax  worldwide  income 
11 weeks ago by dandv
The Bitcoin hash rate for the past year, and the squeeze that crypto miners find themselves in | Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain
Around now, it’s getting to … around $4000 to mine a bitcoin.

At 0000 UTC on 27 November, the price of a bitcoin on Coinbase was $3718.96.

Or if you’re paying more for electricity. US crypto miner Giga Watt is bankrupt — estimated assets less than $50,000, estimated liabilities in the range of $10–50 million. Local coverage: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/washington-bitcoin-pioneer-seeks-chapter-11-protection/
cost  energy  against  Bitcoin  mining 
11 weeks ago by dandv
Lenovo’s warranty upgrade is a SCAM – Hacker Noon
Incompetent and SLOW AF: over 4 months to fix a screen despite On-Site service-Next Business Day Response warranty upgrade.

"If anything, I’ve learned two things from this experience:

Never, never, never get into the RMA process for a DOA (dead-on-arrival) product. Just return it, even if you are past the first two weeks period or whatever (as I was). If they tell you that “It’s not possible”, don’t believe them. Insist. If they don’t give up, contact your credit card customer service and ask for a refund. They will probably help you.
Never trust the customer service when they tell you that something “Is not possible”. That’s a LIE. In this 4 months of very unpleasant adventure with Lenovo, I’ve been told tens of times that something was not possible. It was not possible to receive a new laptop instead of replacing the faulty display. It was not possible to speak with someone from the Lenovo Complaint Management. It was not possible to ship the laptop quickly from EU instead of from China. It was not possible to receive something as a sign of apology. Well, in the end it turned out ALL of these things were in fact POSSIBLE. It was just a matter of choice: somebody had to decide to make them happen."
against  Lenovo  customer  service 
12 weeks ago by dandv
Bug #1813385 “Pressing Super+1..9 should switch to the last used...” : Bugs : gnome-shell package : Ubuntu
Do these people really care about productivity, and why do they keep breaking shit? What was so wrong with Unity that it had to be dumped?
against  Ubuntu  window  switching  UX 
12 weeks ago by dandv
Three Reasons Why the "Nothing to Hide" Argument is Flawed
1. Privacy isn't about hiding; it's about protecting information. "Simply put, everyone wants to keep certain things private and you can easily illustrate that by asking people to let you make all their emails, texts, searches, financial information, medical information, etc. public. Very few people will say yes."

2. 2) Privacy is a fundamental right and you don't need to prove the necessity of fundamental rights to anyone.

You should have the right to free speech even if you feel you have nothing important to say right now. You should have the right to assemble even if you feel you have nothing to protest right now. These should be fundamental rights just like the right to privacy.

3. Aggregation - “just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users.”
against  hide  argument  privacy  advocacy 
12 weeks ago by dandv
Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong - Vox
One high-profile effort to retest 100 psychological experiments found only 40 percent replicated with more rigorous methods. a few studies, wrongness admission isn’t usually judged harshly. “When we do see someone admit that they are wrong, the wrongness admitter is seen as more communal, more friendly,” he says. It’s almost never the case, in his studies, “that when you admit you’re wrong, people think you are less competent.”

The field of psychology, overall, has been reckoning with a “replication crisis” where many classic findings in the science don’t hold up under rigorous scrutiny. Incredibly influential textbook findings in psychology — like the “ego depletion” theory of willpower or the “marshmallow test” — have been bending or breaking.two solutions — among many — to make psychological science more humble, and I think we can learn from them.

One is that humility needs to be built into the standard practices of the science. And that happens through transparency. It’s becoming more commonplace for scientists to preregister — i.e., commit to — a study design before even embarking on an experiment. 

And two, there needs to be more celebration of failure, and a culture that accepts it. That includes building safe places for people to admit they were wrong, like the Loss of Confidence Project.

To be intellectually humble doesn’t mean giving up on the ideas we love and believe in. It just means we need to be thoughtful in choosing our convictions, be open to adjusting them, seek out their flaws, and never stop being curious about why we believe what we believe. Again, that’s not easy.
skeptcism  against  Trump  studies  psychology  science 
january 2019 by dandv
Living like a caveman won't make you thin—but it might make you healthy
Hadza men and women walk 4-7 miles a day, hunting wild game, harvesting honey, digging for tubers, picking berries, or fetching water and firewood.

"The Hadza get more activity in a day than the standard American gets in a week

they enjoy superb health. Obesity is rare. Heart disease and diabetes are almost unheard of. Their waistlines don't expand, nor do their blood pressures creep up with age. Adults often live into their 60s, 70s, even 80s, without benefit of statins or urgent care centers.

the Hadza don't burn more calories than average adults in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. Hadza men burn about 2,500 calories a day. For Hadza women it's 1,900 calories.

human body seems to adjust to physical activity by saving calories on other physiological processes to keep total energy expenditure in check.

"exercise is actually a crappy tool for weight loss,"

Contrary to the Paleo diet evangelists, hunter-gatherers eat a lot of starchy, sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods: tubers, honey, and even grains," studies of more than 250 hunter-gatherer populations worldwide suggest they have excellent metabolic health while eating a wide-ranging menu of meat, plants and other foods. Our ancestors, too, had diverse diets depending on the season, climate and where they lived.

"There's a ton of variability," Pontzer said.

Just go easy on the portion size.
against  Paleo  diet  exercise  weight  loss 
january 2019 by dandv
Common food additives may promote anxiety-related behavior and reduce social behavior in mice, research shows
gut health and brain health are intertwined, and that there may be common mechanisms driving the parallel epidemics of obesity, inflammatory gut conditions and behavioral disorders
mental  brain  health  against  food  additives  study 
january 2019 by dandv
Low carbohydrate diets are unsafe and should be avoided
8-15% increased mortality risk, esp. in non-obese older individuals. Meta analysis over 15 years.
against  keto  diet 
january 2019 by dandv
Is CBD a Miracle Cure or a Marketing Scam? (Both.) - Reason.com
A recent migraine clinical trial, for instance, used 200 milligrams of CBD daily. A highly rated and reviewed one-ounce bottle of hemp oil I found online delivers 8.33 milligrams of CBD per serving and contains a total of 30 servings. A person would need to consume nearly a bottle per day to achieve the therapeutic effects seen in peer-reviewed CBD studies.

Various CBD products available on Amazon contain roughly the same amount or a few milligrams more per dose—still nowhere close to the therapeutic doses used in research.

Several studies have shown that CBD has a "bell-shaped dose-response curve," as one Brazilian report notes. In that study, which tested CBD as a treatment for anxiety in adults, 57 men were divided into four groups and given three different doses of CBD, plus a placebo. The group that received 300 mg of CBD had the best results, while the placebo group, the 150 mg group, and the 600 mg group fared much worse. There is, in other words, a sweet spot.

There's no question that the explosion of CBD products is creating serious confusion, and consumers are left to try to sort the wheat from the chaff without a lot of help"

While it does contain trace amounts of cannabidiol, all of the clinical research into CBD to date has used derivatives of the marijuana plant, not hemp.

"Many lower-quality producers use hemp oil imported from overseas," West explains in an email. The vast majority of CBD products available on sites like Amazon, for instance, use CBD derived from hemp, and many vendors are not clear about where that hemp was grown.

Consumers know only what they see on the label and in most cases have no third party to help them make decisions. As a result, the paper's authors warned, consumers are ignorant of the "residual presence of toxic solvents used during the extraction procedure" and do not know whether a formulation contains heavy metals absorbed from soil, excessive pesticides sprayed on the plants themselves, or non-CBD drugs designed to give users the sense that the product "works." In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested 13 different CBD products and found that only two of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label.

the market has been flooded with crappy products created by companies, both foreign and domestic, hoping to cash in on the hype.

It is against the law for any researcher in the U.S. to test a domestic CBD formulation against Epidiolex in a randomized, controlled trial.
Every year, the FDA sends hundreds of warnings like that one to manufacturers across the United States. What made its letter to the Stanleys so remarkable is that the brothers had created a drug that demonstrably treats the seizures associated with Dravet syndrome but were being told they could not say so. "To be in good standing with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulations, we simply cannot speak about our product in relation to any disease."

"Researchers in the United States face cumbersome and antiquated barriers to studying CBD, THC, and other compounds contained in marijuana, in part because the Controlled Substances Act has installed cops and prosecutors as the arbiters of what scientists and doctors can investigate and learn."
CBD  marijuana  confusion  research  treat  seizure  epilepsy  against  FDA 
january 2019 by dandv
Why is my keyboard connected to the cloud? | ZDNet
Razer bragged about connecting keyboards to Alexa
Gigabyte had ring0 vulnerabilities in its motherboard utilities.

"Gigabyte is a hardware company and they are not specialized in software," Gigabyte told SecureAuth on two different occasions in May.
stupid  against  IoT  security 
january 2019 by dandv
Open-plan offices drive down face-to-face interactions and increase use of email – Research Digest
"after the shift to an open-plan office space, the participants spent 73 per cent less time in face-to-face interactions, while their use of email and instant messenger shot up by 67 per cent and 75 per cent respectively

However, while a great deal of research has established employees’ negative feelings about open-plan offices, both in terms of lost privacy and adverse effects on communication, this is the first study to provide an objective measure of the impact of an open-plan space on how people interact."
collaboration  against  open-office  plan 
january 2019 by dandv
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
Posting on social media, after all, is a means of narrativizing our own lives: What we’re telling ourselves our lives are like. And when we don’t feel the satisfaction that we’ve been told we should receive from a good job that’s “fulfilling,” balanced with a personal life that’s equally so, the best way to convince yourself you’re feeling it is to illustrate it for others.

Exhaustion means going to the point where you can’t go any further; burnout means reaching that point and pushing yourself to keep going, whether for days or weeks or years. “You feel burnout when you’ve exhausted all your internal resources, yet cannot free yourself of the nervous compulsion to go on regardless.”

Startup workers with fancy catered lunches, free laundry service, and 70-minute commutes have burnout.

One of the ways to think through the mechanics of millennial burnout is by looking closely at the various objects and industries our generation has supposedly “killed.” We’ve “killed” diamonds because we’re getting married later (or not at all), and if or when we do, it’s rare for one partner to have the financial stability to set aside the traditional two months’ salary for a diamond engagement ring. We’re killing antiques, opting instead for “fast furniture” — not because we hate our grandparents’ old items, but because we’re chasing stable employment across the country, and lugging old furniture and fragile china costs money that we don’t have.

Even the trends millennials have popularized — like athleisure — speak to our self-optimization. Yoga pants might look sloppy to your mom, but they’re efficient: You can transition seamlessly from an exercise class to a Skype meeting to child pickup. We use Fresh Direct and Amazon because the time they save allows us to do more work.
work  burnout  longform  essay  against  USA  culture 
january 2019 by dandv
Coach Red Pill - Don't be a wage slave
Long-winded way of saying that time is not a renewable or scalable resource, and instead of selling it, you should employ others and sell their time.
video  motivation  against  job 
december 2018 by dandv
pnpm does module hard/sym linking better than Yarn
See my comment too: Parcel works with pnpm, yarn didn't.

Only downside is that eslint needs eslint-import-resolver-node:
https://github.com/pnpm/pnpm/issues/739#issuecomment-363301061

See also https://iamturns.com/yarn-vs-npm-2018/#comment-4255639506
pnpm  against  yarn  npm 
december 2018 by dandv
Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 Customs fine | RNZ News
Travellers must give passwords/PIN/fingerprint. Refusal = device gets confiscated.

Smartphones and computers will be searched in flight mode (no cloud), file-by-file, if there's "reasonable suspicion", but customs isn't obligated to tell you what the suspicion is.

"Border officials searched roughly 540 electronic devices at New Zealand airports in 2017."
surveillance  New-Zealand  against  privacy  customs  travel 
december 2018 by dandv
Do children benefit from internet access? Experimental evidence from a developing country - ScienceDirect
We compare children who were randomly chosen to receive laptops with high-speed internet access to (i) those who did not receive laptops and (ii) those who only received laptops without internet. We find that providing free internet access led to improved computer and internet proficiency relative to those without laptops and improved internet proficiency compared to those with laptops only. However, there were no significant effects of internet access on math and reading achievement, cognitive skills, self-esteem, teacher perceptions, or school grades when compared to either group.
study  against  OLPC  laptop  child 
december 2018 by dandv
Eloston/ungoogled-chromium: Google Chromium, sans integration with Google
Bringing back the "Don't" in "Don't be evil"

ungoogled-chromium is Google Chromium, sans integration with Google. It also features some tweaks to enhance privacy, control, and transparency (almost all of which require manual activation or enabling).

ungoogled-chromium retains the default Chromium experience as closely as possible. Unlike other Chromium forks that have their own visions of a web browser, ungoogled-chromium is essentially a drop-in replacement for Chromium.
Chromium  fork  privacy  open-source  against  tracking  surveillance 
december 2018 by dandv
Linux MATE annoyances in the first minutes of usage
Display tearing
No Super+0..9
1px window resize borders
No Lenovo Thinkpad X1C trackpoint support
against  open-source  Linux  MATE  desktop  environment 
december 2018 by dandv
Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. - 05/03/2016
10 percent of all U.S. deaths are now due to medical error. Third highest cause of death in the U.S. is medical error

more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S.

According to the CDC, in 2013, 611,105 people died of heart disease, 584,881 died of cancer and 149,205 died of chronic respiratory disease — the top three causes of death in the U.S. The newly calculated figure for medical errors puts this cause of death behind cancer but ahead of respiratory disease.
USA  healthcare  system  death  cause  against  hospital  doctor  medic 
december 2018 by dandv
uBlock Origin Extra - Chrome Web Store
Counter anti-ad-blocker technology used by some sites.

Problem is, that tech, Instart Logic, is considered by the extension author to be "extremely hostile to users, even those NOT using a content blocker, as it allows third-party servers to read/write cookies even if a user chose to block 3rd-party cookies"
against  counter  adblock  prevention 
december 2018 by dandv
The Case Against Quantum Computing - IEEE Spectrum
A useful quantum computer needs to process a set of continuous parameters that is larger than the number of subatomic particles in the observable universe.

The huge amount of scholarly literature that’s been generated about quantum-computing is notably light on experimental studies describing actual hardware. The relatively few experiments that have been reported were extremely difficult to conduct
against  quantum  computing 
november 2018 by dandv
Corporate America's blockchain and bitcoin fever is over - Axios
Mentions of blockchain in SEC earnings dropped from 150+ in Q1 2018 to 35 in Q4
hype  against  blockchain  cryptocurrency 
november 2018 by dandv
Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point
"For those unfamiliar, Choke Point consisted of bureaucrats in several independent federal agencies taking it upon themselves to shut legal businesses – such as payday lenders and firearms dealers – out of the banking system. Given the nature of the U.S. regulatory framework, this operation was easy to pull off.

Officials at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), for instance, simply had to inform the banks they were overseeing that the government considered certain types of their customers “high risk.” The mere implication of a threat was enough to pressure banks into closing accounts, because no U.S. bank wants anything to do with extra audits or investigations from their regulator, much less additional operating restrictions or civil and criminal charges."
USA  political  abuse  against  FDIC  banks  awareness 
november 2018 by dandv
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