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Antivirus Software that Cries Wolf

Whichever managers decided to start marking mining software as 'viruses' or 'malware' are doing a grave disservice to the integrity of the software industry. Labelling something that isn't a virus a virus because of some ideology is not only dishonest, it undermines trust of the user base. Whether or not one disagrees with mining, it's not the purview of antivirus software to "decide". Your job as antivirus software is to tell us if it's malware or not. That's it. I don't see it as a small thing. It's a fundamental violation of a sort of 'implied contract' that has been in place for decades that I should be able to trust that my anti-virus software is simply working to protect me from just that - viruses and other classes of malware. Now I no longer know what their agenda is, but it's clear they have other agendas. A sort of 'trust' is broken. I'm supposed to be able to trust that the anti-virus vendor is trying

New blog address

I will henceforth be posting new articles at the following address:  http://djoffe.com/blog/

Painting / Underpainting Process Video

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Rethinking African Political Structures Along Ethically-grounded Lines - Draft Thoughts

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[This article constitutes some rough 'draft thoughts' and is a work-in-progress, potentially subject to substantial re-editing - input and comments welcome - these ideas are not 'fully-formed', and it's a complex issue. The slightly ambitious question is really, what political changes 'should' we make in Africa if we were to broadly expand liberty and increase the protection of individual rights.] "Africa Before the Scramble, 1876" The concept of "illegal immigrant" as it pertains to African countries is historically based primarily on colonially defined borders (e.g. Berlin Conference 1884-85 , i.e. the "Scramble for Africa", and later 'tweaks' to the lines drawn on maps ... in some cases the colonists even effectively drew these lines right through local communities , splitting them - e.g. the Batswana groups have been split across four countries: Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe). As compared to p

New paintings

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I'll be exhibiting four new paintings at the Members Exhibition of the Arts Association of Bellville, opening Wednesday 2 March 18:30 and running until 19 March (public library building, Carl Van Aswegen St, Bellville, Cape Town -33.9019889,18.6265181). Please stop by and have a look if you're around. (If any interested buyers, or if you want any more info etc., please contact me via this form .)

New oil paintings

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I'll be submitting these two small oil paintings for the fundraising exhibition " Tiny Treasures II " ( more info ) at Art.b community gallery in Bellville (Cape Town) (8 - 29 July 2015) (stop by and have a look if you're in the area!) Nude by Window - Oil on canvas 20x20cm Woman on Couch - Oil on canvas ( click here for painting process video )

Some Science on Low-Carb Diets

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The 'tl;dr' summary here is that basically, with relatively minor caveats, scientific studies generally increasingly seem to show low-carb diets to be either as good or better than alternatives, for both weight loss, and other health markers: [Added 2016] The effects of ketogenic dieting on skeletal muscle and fat mass 2014 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4271639/ " Lean body mass increased to a greater extent in the VLCKD [ Very low carbohydrate (<5 %), high fat (>70 %) ketogenic diets ] ... as compared to the traditional group. Ultrasound determined muscle mass increased to a greater extent in the VLCKD group ... as compared to the traditional western group. Finally fat mass decreased to a greater extent in the VLCKD group " [Rauch et al, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2014;11(Suppl 1):P40] [Added 2015] Dietary Intervention for Overweight and Obese Adults: Comparison of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets. A Meta-