The third episode wasn’t so bad on the stupid scale, but the fourth and fifth just defy belief. There are only six episodes in the first season, so I’ll go ahead and watch the sixth, but this series is deep in “so bad it’s good” territory and threatening to cross over into “so bad it was good but is now bad again.”
Steve Blank on the explosion of entrepreneurship. He proposes that we’re at the start of a “startup revolution” similar to the industrial revolution or the scientific revolution. The limitations to mass entrepreneurship are falling away, so the growth is likely to continue and even expand.
Using statistical analysis, this UCF professor recently caught over 200 students cheating on a midterm exam. He proceeded to dedicate an entire lecture to how he caught them, how he felt (“disillusioned” and “disgusted,”) and what would happen if they didn’t come clean (they wouldn’t graduate).
Shortly after the lecture, over 200 students admitted they had cheated.
Don’t mess with statistics, people.
For children with certain kinds of drug-resistant seizures, Thiele’s clinical data show an even better response: 7 out of 10 were able to reduce their count more than 90 percent with the diet. Those statistics are as good as those for any antiepileptic drug ever made. Other pediatric neurologists get similar results. The diet has cut Sam’s seizures by 75 percent.
Another reason a low-carb diet is good for you (in this case, if you have epilepsy). These people are going low-carb to the extreme extent Dr. Bernstein does for his diabetes.
“HP Slate sees surprise demand, orders delayed into 2011,” the headline reads. Tom’s Hardware says, “HP Scrambling to Meet Demand for Windows Slate.”
Yeah, they made 5,000 of them, and got 9,000 orders. In a little under a month. In the same time frame Apple sold a million iPads. That’s 100 times as many if you’re math-challenged.
I waterboard! – Straight Dope Message Board — A guy who once swam underwater until he lost consciousness (on purpose) pours the water over his own face. His reaction: “It took me ten minutes to recover my senses once I tried this. I was shuddering in a corner, convinced I narrowly escaped killing myself.”
A note from Hitchens on whether you can cheat at waterboarding: ‘What I do recall clearly, though, is a hard finger feeling for my solar plexus as the water was being poured. What was that for? “That’s to find out if you are trying to cheat, and timing your breathing to the doses. If you try that, we can outsmart you. We have all kinds of enhancements.”’
Former Navy Seal waterboarded — Short Version. Full Version (24 minutes) It appears that he sometimes lasts for thirty or forty seconds before full panic sets in, but the interogators also talk about him holding his breath, so it’s possible he cracked within a few seconds of actually trying to breathe. He does get credit for resisting their questions through repeated 10-40 second sessions of waterboarding.
Playboy journalist — lasts six seconds.
UPDATE: 22 May 2009: Radio personality Erich “Mancow” Muller calls waterboarding torture after lasting less than ten seconds.
UPDATE: 12 November 2010: A writer for the Sun newspaper lasts 12 seconds, says that “This is no ‘interrogation technique’ but torture pure and simple”
I have to say, 24 is a lot less entertaining these days when Jack Bauer says “If you don’t tell me what I want to know, then it’ll just be a question of how much you want it to hurt.”