Friday, June 10, 2016

Things I learned lately - 10 June

  • Norway is readying a bill that will effectively ban the sale of non-electric vehicles by 2025. Instead, Norway will likely invest in making its roadways and parking lots electric-car compatible. The country already has the largest percentage of electric vehicles on the road at 24%
  • The statement that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is based on uncorroborated studies, not controlled experiments. It is also important to note that many studies suggesting that breakfast should not be skipped are sponsored by cereal manufacturers, not independent labs. In fact, some of these studies suggest that eating cold cereal is healthier for you than fruit, or eggs, or meat.
  • Camelcamelcamel is a web site that, when you input the URL for an Amazon product you might buy, will tell you if that discount price they're claiming is a real discount, or has the site always asked that price.
  • One of the biggest health safety issues is the illegibility of a doctor's prescription. Almost every pharmacist will tell you that that scribble is just an accident waiting to happen. But nobody dares to tell doctors that they need to stop doing it.
  • There are 8-inch floppy disks still in use at the Pentagon's Strategic Automated Command and Control System, which coordinates US nuclear forces like nuclear bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • If you're rich, you can watch first run movies at your home, that are still in the theatre. The system you'll need is called Prima, the hardware costs $35,000 to install and every time you watch a movie, that's $500. It's protected with your bio-metrics too, so your visiting mother-in-law can't just fire up the latest flick at 3am.

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