Flyers against flyers

September 15, 2016

My approach to flyers is the same as to begging – I feel that some people have no other option but to take a self-humiliating job, and passersby can choose between supporting this system or let them starve. Of course, in a better organized society, these jobs would be replaced by some more meaningful activities. (And flyers in fact can be sometimes good, but most often they are misused, imo.) Anyhow, when I become king, or at least the campaign manager of the two-tailed dog party, I’ll definitely hire some people to distribute flyers that explain why it’s bad to take flyers.

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Food waste and global famine

August 20, 2016

People are coming up with newer and newer solutions to stop food from being wasted and thus fight famine. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced at all that any of the “don’t throw way food” solutions help at all. When I’ll become dictator of the world, I would rather propose to stop feeling guilty when one throws away food, after all, we can produce as much as we want, and throwing away would probably increase production and lower prices. Of course, this is only a guess and I might be wrong, but I really don’t see how the current approach helps, except to make western society feel less guilty.

Password with year created

July 28, 2016

I, probably similarly to most people, use the same password for most sites, with the exception of a very few places that I think people might care to hack, like banks and email, for which I use a different one. I’m also forced to use a different password for some sites that require extra stupid rules, so I keep these extra additions in a text file, or I could never remember them. Same for the sites that require me to change my password every once in a while. In fact, I would be happy to change my password regularly for many more sites, but unless I want to go through hundreds of webpages, I would soon get confused by at which place which password I use.

But there is such a simple solution to this problem. When you type in your username, the site could give you the year your password was created, then it would be enough to remember which year you had which password, and update your password to the newer one when you first visit the site in a new year (if you want to). I think I’ve seen something similar on a few sites, but only if you go to “forgotten your password” and then you can see a hint set by yourself, which is more complicated than automatically displaying the year (but of course this should also be an option for those who want it). Many sites let you reset your password if you can answer some easy question about yourself, which I don’t find safe at all.

Conditional alarm app

June 22, 2016

It seems that all the apps that wake you up can be only conditioned to “local” events, like where you are, what happens around you (except, of course, the “global” time and date). Why not something that wakes me up if at halftime Argentina is not yet two goals ahead against USA? Or if a game goes to extra time? Probably you can come up with even better conditions…

Cheapest money transfer

May 23, 2016

Open two accounts on your favorite exchange site (like Betfair or Matchbook) and bet against yourself with some very crazy odds! (Just make sure you offer the safe bet first!) Also, you might be able to pay your employees this way tax-free in the UK???

Misshop

May 22, 2016

It often happened to me that I’ve accidentally bought the wrong thing, like vinegar instead of oil etc, but I feel like this time I’ve hit rock bottom – I bought alcohol-free beer!

Betting on yourself to win

March 27, 2016

It seems that the rules about betting on yourself to win are pretty sloppy, in many cases allowed, or just prohibited by the sport body, but not by law. This is quite surprising as you could bet on yourself only on days when you feel in good shape. More details here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/magazine/what-if-an-athlete-wants-to-bet-on-himself.html

Anyhow, it seems really hard to investigate which bettors are related to you and thus many people can have insider information. This whole betting business and stock exchange is a mass.

National Betting Agency

March 18, 2016

I wonder why they don’t make in each country a national betting agency which would enjoy monopoly, i.e., it would be the only site where people can bet. Gambling companies could submit their offered odds to this agency and all the gamblers would see only the best odd when placing the bet (without seeing which company offers it). All ads and bonuses would be forbidden, just like for tobacco. And of course the agency would take some commission from the companies, and every local office would belong to a friend of the prime minister.

Driving on the other side and British English

October 17, 2015

OK, not driving, I’m just biking. It took me no time at all to get used to keeping to the left, but still every time when I meet a car at a roundabout, I always make eye contact with the person next to the driver to see who will go first… Sometimes they even show with their hands that I can and I realize only later that it wasn’t the driver…

I also wonder why the hell in English class we used to learn about kettles and missed such words as lozenge and laryngitis which appear a lot more in every day life here… Not to mention “sick”. Whenever I told someone that Kasu is sick, they always ask back how many times has she been sick. I’m like how the hell do you count that… By now we have learned “ill”…

Best 3rd place

October 10, 2015

I just realized that the rules for computing who the best 3rd place team is (in uefa 2016 qualifiers) are even crazier than usual. It can happen that a team finishes with more points after eliminating the last team of the group if it loses its last match than it would if it won. E.g., suppose Greece was beaten by Faroe twice, but Greece has beaten (theoretically) Finland once and they play again in the last round. Then if Faroe has 6 points and Finland has 5, then for Greece its better to be beaten by Finland than to win against them.