Alles wat Jan bezig houdt, interesseert en irriteert... en ook een beetje onzin...

woensdag, december 13, 2017

The Paradise Papers: How Ridiculously Easy It Is For The Rich To Avoid Taxes

Belasting ontwijken (let op, niet ontduiken want dat zou illegaal zijn) is makkelijk en vrij goedkoop:

zondag, oktober 15, 2017

De verschillende soorten Bitcoin

Okay, er is zoiets als de echtlegacyreal, pure Bitcoin. Bekend als XBP of BTC. 
En er zijn ook rippoffs, pretentieuze usurpators, alt coins, shit coins, en meesterlijk bedachte alternatieven, die allemaal meeliften op de naam Bitcoin. We leggen de verschillen hier uit.

Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Unlimited, Bitcoin ABC., ze staan allemaal in dit lijstje met feiten:

vrijdag, augustus 18, 2017

Song of Hope

A Song of Hope is released and you can view it at the YouTube link:

Jan Romme

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime (2013)

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime (2013)



zondag, juli 16, 2017

Go Ahead, Tell Your Boss You Are Working From Home | Nicholas Bloom | TE...

De eerste 6 minuten zijn grappig.

Daarna een interessante bespreking van een randomised trial waaruit bleek dat veel mensen (maar niet iedereen!) efficiënter werkte en meer van hun werk genoten als ze vanuit huis moesten werken.


Kindness is Underrated - CircleCI


zaterdag, april 29, 2017

Buddhism can be as violent as any other religion | Aeon Essays

Interessant artikel over boeddhisme. 

Buddhist scriptures measure internal time by how many breaths you take, and external (cosmic) time through the rotation of four kalpas, or aeons. Unlike in Abrahamic religions, time in Buddhism has no beginning. It is a constant cycle. There is no definitive amount of time given for each kalpa, but Buddhist scriptures provide suggestive analogies. In the Prajnaparamita Sutra, one kalpa lasts longer than the time required to wear away an 18,000-square-metre rock by brushing it with a piece of cloth once every 100 years.

The first kalpa is a formative and chaotic period. In the second kalpa, the chaos continues to unfold. It is only in the third kalpa in which the chaos declines, and the world enters into a rapid stage of evolution. The fourth and final kalpa is called the Age of Destruction. It ends with an apocalyptic rainfalthat destroys all life and sparks the beginning of the first kalpa. Buddhists believe that we are living in the fourth and final section of the last kalpa. The end of the kalpa will inevitably come and, when it does, a new Buddha will emerge: Maitreya, the Buddha-to-be. But Buddhists can forestall the end. The longer the Buddhist monks and their doctrine remain strong, then the slower the pace toward the end of the kalpa.

Buddhist traditions have different ways of identifying the signs of deterioration. According to legend, on the eve of the Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) becoming awakened, he was tempted by Mara, the embodiment of desire, death and rebirth. Although he conquered his desires and vanquished Mara, many Buddhists have believed that the re-appearance of Mara is a sign that the End Times have arrived. Others think that the erosion of their sacred Three Jewels signals the beginning of the end. In order to forestall the quickening of the End Times, Buddhists have fought against the manifestations of Mara and to preserve the integrity of their practices and doctrine.


woensdag, april 26, 2017

DNA's niet coderende regio's bron van nieuwe genen.

Dat “junk DNA” geen junk is was al bekend.

Dat deze regio’s van niet-coderend genetisch materiaal juist regelen in hoeverre onze 21.000 actieve genen aan staan was ook al bekend.

Maar nu is nog iets moois ontdekt: namelijk dat deze regio’s ook de bron van “nieuwe” genen kunnen zijn.


Op zich is dit logisch: dat er nieuwe genen “bij” komen is al langer bekend.

Dat dit niet door lukrake evolutie kan komen spreek ook voor zich.

En dat er een mechaniek moet zijn voor soorten om zich aan te passen is ook logisch…

Dus waar komen die nieuwe genen dan vandaan? Blijkbaar heeft een deel van ons DNA de taak nieuwe genen op te leveren:



Wat blijkt? "Junk DNA" is zeer nuttig.

dinsdag, april 11, 2017

vrijdag, maart 24, 2017

Spoordeelwinkel - De leukste en voordeligste uitjes met de trein

Research Debt

Explanation of "habitual be".

The Unit of Caring

you gave me wings when you showed me birds


[There's a] frequently misunderstood construction that linguists refer to as the "habitual be." When speakers of standard American English hear the statement "He be reading," they generally take it to mean "He is reading." But that's not what it means to a speaker of Black English, for whom "He is reading" refers to what the reader is doing at this moment. "He be reading" refers to what he does habitually, whether or not he's doing it right now.

D'Jaris Coles, a doctoral student in the communication disorders department, and a member of the African-American English research team, gives the hypothetical example of Billy, a well-behaved kid who doesn't usually get into fights. One day he encounters some special provocation and starts scuffling with a classmate in the school yard. "It would be correct to say that Billy fights," Coles explains, "but he don't be fighting."

Janice Jackson, another team member who is also working on a Ph.D. in communication disorders, conducted an experiment using pictures of Sesame Street characters to test children's comprehension of the "habitual be" construction. She showed the kids a picture in which Cookie Monster is sick in bed with no cookies while Elmo stands nearby eating cookies. When she asked, "Who be eating cookies?" white kids tended to point to Elmo while black kids chose Cookie Monster. "But," Jackson relates, "when I asked, 'Who is eating cookies?' the black kids understood that it was Elmo and that it was not the same. That was an important piece of information." Because those children had grown up with a language whose verb forms differentiate habitual action from currently occuring action (Gaelic also features such a distinction, in addition to a number of West African languages), they were able even at the age of five or six to distinguish between the two.


zaterdag, maart 18, 2017

Scientists who found gluten sensitivity evidence have now shown it doesn't exist - ScienceAlert

Scientists who found gluten sensitivity evidence have now shown it doesn't exist - ScienceAlert

Scientists Who Found Gluten Sensitivity Evidence Have Now Shown It Doesn't Exist

The scientific method in action.

In one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key evidence of (non-celiac disease) gluten sensitivity recently published follow-up papers that show the opposite.

The paper came out last year in the journal Gastroenterology. Here's the backstory that makes us cheer: The study was a follow up on a 2011 experiment in the lab of Peter Gibson at Monash University in Australia. The scientifically sound - but small - study found that gluten-containing diets can cause gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, a well-known autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. They called this non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and other grains. It gives bread its chewiness and is often used as a meat substitute: If you've ever had 'wheat meat', seitan, or mock duck at a Thai restaurant, that's gluten.

Gluten is a big industry: 30 percent of people want to eat less gluten. Sales of gluten-free products are estimated to hit $US15 billion by 2016.

Although experts estimate that only 1 percent of Americans - about 3 million people - actually suffer from celiac disease, 18 percent of adults now buy gluten-free foods.

Since gluten is a protein found in any normal diet, Gibson was unsatisfied with his finding. He wanted to find out why the gluten seemed to be causing this reaction and if there could be something else going on. He therefore went to a scientifically rigorous extreme for his next experiment, a level not usually expected in nutrition studies.

For a follow-up paper, 37 self-identified gluten-sensitive patients were tested. According to Real Clear Science's Newton Blog, here's how the experiment went:

Subjects would be provided with every single meal for the duration of the trial. Any and all potential dietary triggers for gastrointestinal symptoms would be removed, including lactose (from milk products), certain preservatives like benzoates, propionate, sulfites, and nitrites, and fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates, also known as FODMAPs. And last, but not least, nine days worth of urine and faecal matter would be collected. With this new study, Gibson wasn't messing around.

The subjects cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets - even the placebo diet - caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn't matter if the diet contained gluten. (Read more about the study.)

"In contrast to our first study… we could find absolutely no specific response to gluten," Gibson wrote in the paper. A third, larger study published this month has confirmed the findings.

It seems to be a 'nocebo' effect - the self-diagnosed gluten sensitive patients expected to feel worse on the study diets, so they did. They were also likely more attentive to their intestinal distress, since they had to monitor it for the study.

On top of that, these other potential dietary triggers - specifically the FODMAPS - could be causing what people have wrongly interpreted as gluten sensitivity. FODMAPS are frequently found in the same foods as gluten. That still doesn't explain why people in the study negatively reacted to diets that were free of all dietary triggers.

You can go ahead and smell your bread and eat it too. Science. It works.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPad

maandag, maart 13, 2017

zondag, maart 12, 2017

ECLI:NL:GHARN:2005:AT0895, voorheen LJN AT0895, Gerechtshof Arnhem, 2004/644

Ik kwam deze interessante uitspraak tegen.

Het komt er kort op neer dat het is toegestaan een politieagent op de openbare weg te fotograferen. De agent kan wel vragen onherkenbaar gemaakt te worden (dus gezicht of naamplaatje) niet zichtbaar.

> 4.2 Met hun vordering beogen [geïntimeerden] met een beroep op het bij artikel 21 Auteurswet (Aw) geregelde portretrecht dan wel op artikel 6:162 van het Burgerlijk Wet-boek (BW) te bewerkstelligen dat [appellant] de foto's die zich in de hiervoor genoemde geheugenkaart bevinden, niet publiceert. Zij vorderen primair vernietiging van de geheugenkaart en subsidiair een door een dwangsom versterkt verbod op publicatie van de foto's. In beide gevallen gaat het om een inbreuk op het bij artikel 7 Grondwet (Gw) en artikel 10 van het Europees Verdrag ter Bescherming van de Rechten van de Mens en de Fundamentele Vrijheden (EVRM) geregelde recht op uitingsvrijheid, in dit geval het recht van [appellant] op publicatie van de door hem vervaardigde foto's.

dinsdag, februari 28, 2017

Auto prive lease, nu best wel goedkoop...

Check deze website:

Als we een Kia Picanto als voorbeeld nemen:
  • met 60 maanden contract 
  • en 15.000 KM per jaar
  • met Airco 
  • en Navigatie
dan kost dat 189 per maand, dus 11340 in de totale looptijd.

Dat lijkt veel (je hebt een Kia Picanto nieuw voor minder), maar bedenk wel dat deze kosten er ook in zitten:
  • Wegenbelasting van 27 per maand, maal 60 = 1620
  • Onderhoud, van 4 maal kleinde beurt van 150 en 3 maal grote beurt van 250, dat is totaal = 1600
  • Verzekering van 30 per maand, maal 60 = 1800
Als je de Kia Picanto zou kopen zou je dus zowel 11.340 aan aanschaf kwijt zijn, alsook 5020 aan vaste kosten. En door te leasen ben je alleen 11.340 kwijt, en niet die vaste kosten.

Wat je wel zelf betaald is de benzine natuurlijk....

dinsdag, februari 21, 2017

No, Robots Aren’t Killing the American Dream - The New York Times

Wat blijkt? Robots (slang voor automatisering) stelen niet onze inkomsten, maar achterblijvende belasting-wetgeving!
De rijken worden rijker zeg maar...

maandag, februari 20, 2017

This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Niet informatief maar wel zeer grappig 😂

This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPad

Where is cybercrime really coming from?

Bekijk deze steengoeie TED-talk:

Where is cybercrime really coming from?

Why you should love statistics

Bekijk deze steengoeie TED-talk:

Why you should love statistics

zaterdag, februari 18, 2017