Pseudo Random News and Comment

Modern China: A tale of luxury villas and displaced villagers  This is what scares me about buying real estate in China. If the land your apartment was built on was acquired by forcing the owners off, in some cases at gunpoint, there’s no guarantee the same won’t happen to you. If there isn’t a highly placed official or two buying in the same development, there are no property rights to protect you. Makes affordable developments problematic. I’ve also read of cases of multiple official government office issued deeds to the same property.

Dietary Factors Associated with Dental Erosion: A Meta-Analysis Soft drinks aren’t so soft.

Brain Networks of Explicit and Implicit Learning  Different networks and somewhat different brain structures involved. The network component should make it possible to take more conscious control of unconscious learning, though I’m not at all sure that would be a good idea in practice. They’ve stayed separate for millions of years for some reason.

Association between Serum Growth Hormone Levels and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Cross-Sectional Study  A great excuse for sports doping, “I’m trying to prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.”  It would sure beat the recent tainted road spray excuse a runner tried.

NCBI ROFL: Ovulation leads women to perceive sexy cads as good dads.  More evidence “you” really aren’t in charge of yourself. Strangest thing is they still recognize the cads wouldn’t be good dads for other women’s kids.

Apple Feels Reporting Drone Strikes ‘Objectionable And Crude’ And Rejects App  A private company is well within their rights to alienate whatever customers or developers they wish. I would avoid it, but who am I to question the wisdom of the gods? When they steal the ideas of others it’s a blessing to the universe; when others steal their ideas it’s an act of ultimate evil by the most damnable hell-spawn. It’s best not to mess with that sort of divine power.

Bitcoin: How a Virtual Currency Became Real with a $5.6M Fraud I had a feeling the first big Bitcoin fraud that become public was a in some way a government action, but this one seems entirely a private con.

Impaired Virus Clearance, Compromised Immune Response and Increased Mortality in Type 2 Diabetic Mice Infected with West Nile Virus  I’m guessing adding a kidney transplant icing on that cake wouldn’t result in improved outcomes.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sex? The Future of Copulation  The idea that robot brothels would eliminate disease concerns is stupid. Though the robots would have nothing to worry about from human diseases, they could still serve as vectors, as well as be infected with software viruses of their own. I thought of doing a brothel with Real Dolls a decade ago but thinking about the issues with between customer cleanup soured me on the deal. Startup costs were high compared to good old-fashioned human staff too.

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