Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic".  Benjamin Franklin.
    • Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job
    • Pandora is supporting legislation that would lower the royalty rates that Web radio services pay labels and artists to play music. The music industry, which had scheduled a pow wow last night to discuss how to battle Pandora's legislation, says that the sector has been shrinking for more than a decade while Pandora's executives are banking millions. They say creators can't take any more hits.
    • A top aide to Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto says votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state will force the Mexican government to rethink its efforts at trying to halt marijuana smuggling across the Southwest border.
    • In other words, if our underlying assumption -- that there are 7 million votes outstanding -- is correct, then the African-American vote only increased by about 300,000 votes, or 0.2 percent, from 2008 to 2012. The Latino vote increased by a healthier 1.7 million votes, while the “other” category increased by about 470,000 votes.


      This is nothing to sneeze at, but in terms of the effect on the electorate, it is dwarfed by the decline in the number of whites. Again, if our assumption about the total number of votes cast is correct, almost 7 million fewer whites voted in 2012 than in 2008.

    • Of course, Fox has the opposite view. "Dish is marketing and benefitting from an unauthorized VOD service that illegally copies Fox’s valuable programming," Fox said. The company has vowed to appeal the decision
    • Next time you get a new card from your bank, don't be surprised if it has a keypad and an LCD on it. 

      Meet MasterCard's new "Display Card," which basically combines the usual credit/debit or ATM card with an authentication token. The authentication portion features a touch-sensitive keypad and LCD display -- hence the name "Display Card" -- for reflecting a one-time password (OTP). 

    • I think one of the pros said this year, "If you have to ask why, you'll never understand." I think that's so true about IRONMAN. You will never understand the draw, the feeling of accomplishment, the pain and the true reasons each athlete strives for this until you've been through it. 
    • The implications for Colorado are serious. Economically, it could both bolster the already legal medical marijuana industry and do damage to the illicit dealer. It could also lead to a tourist boon, the likes of which Colorado has not known since the chairlift.
    • M2M in buildings, for example, could integrate security, maintenance, electrical and water systems for better management. In the home, M2M technology could help consumers efficiently control and optimize usage of appliances, electrical and water systems. In health care, the technology could monitor patients wearing implantable monitoring devices no matter where they may be
    • In record numbers, people are doing their work on laptops and devices that have never been touched by an employee at Microsoft or Intel.  We all knew this was going to happen.  And now we have proof.  So much for the good old days of the Microsoft-Intel alliance.
    • Urban Outfitters, a major retailer, announced that it will no longer have cash registers in its stores, instead equipping salespeople with iPod Touches and self-service iPads for their customers.
    • Future devices embedded with ChromaID technology can read and record natural chromatic markers by structuring light onto a substance, through a liquid or gas, or off a surface. Once scanned, the technology captures the reflected light in a simple Photodiode and provides a unique ChromaID profile. The ChromaID profile can be matched against existing databases to identify, detect, or diagnosis markers invisible to the human eye
    • But now there are other options for determining how fast or slow your engine's running. Two high-tech gadgets available at many health clubs and weight-loss centers promise to give you a more accurate assessment. One is called BodyGem and the other is New Leaf. With both, you breathe into a mouthpiece or face mask that determines your body’s exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide while at rest. The devices then spit out your individualized RMR, which Bryant and other experts say is more accurate than the mathematical formulas.


      The RMR figure can then be used, along with estimates of how much energy you burn each day through physical activity and how many calories you ingest, to tailor-make a fitness and diet plan — how much more you need to exercise and how much less you need to eat —to help you achieve your weight-loss and fitness goals.

    • Many methods exist for calculating your metabolic rate, but one of the best ways to get an accurate measurement of it is to use equipment that measures your resting metabolic rate (similar to your BMR) by examining your oxygen input and carbon dioxide output. Several hand-held devices are available today for the public, but these can be cost prohibitive and not completely accurate.
    • Talking about shale gas, Welch said:


      We have a chance in this country to make this the American century. This gas thing is huge. The gas and oil that we have found is in the first inning. It's like the internet in 1990. We're in the first inning of a great American century

    • My wag is that after we win the trial (remember, the jury has to find just one of 30 patent features have been infringed), is a pps of $1.50, after Daic's 28% and receiver's percent (15%?). Then, we sell the patent. Estimated sale value: $1.5 billion. Final pps after expenses and creditors paid, $3.50 - $8.00
    • CLYW shareholders are thus in the unique position of all or nothing. If TM wins the 2013 case, shareholders get nothing for their years of investing and waiting. If CLYW wins and then sells the patent, CLYW shareholders will have their lives completely changed by an insane return of dollars on pennies spent on the shares. The stock cannot be traded on the market anymore but can, of course, be bought and sold privately.
    • The creation of a warfare/welfare state consensus under both Republicans and Democrats lumbered the federal government with crippling levels of debt. Using the tax code to buy off segments of the population shrivelled income, while liberalism’s language of class war made it hard to build a consensus for reform.
    • In 2012, Obama is the candidate of the warfare/welfare establishment that has dominated American politics for eighty years.
    • Romney offers an alternative not only to Obama but also to Bush. He offers an alternative to whole New Deal, big spending, debt hiking, contraception distributing, sexy state circus
    • The Romney/Paul ticket seems to have grasped that America simply cannot continue the way it is going. In a globalised world, smaller government is more competitive and more competitive is more beautiful.

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