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Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 81

by BarbaraHudson (#48197645) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

And I say this as a Christian rather than the typical rabid atheist Slashdot poster

I don't have rabies, you insensitive clod!

Don't h8te on rabies or I'll bite you, you insensitive clod!

Q. What is the first thing to do if you get bitten by an animal with rabies?
A. Get a pen and paper.
Q. Why?
A. To make a list of people who deserve to get bit.
Q. How will that help?
A. It won't but it will certainly make you feel better :-)

And the inevitable s/rabies/ebola/g;

+ - Samsung admits to software bug on 840 EVO SSDs->

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. The 840 EVO is one of the companies most affordable SSDs, as it retails for under 50 cents a gig. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or just covers up the bug by simply moving data around the SSD."
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+ - 80s ads are responsible for the lack of women coders-> 2

Submitted by gollum123
gollum123 (810489) writes "From NPR, Back in the day, computer science was as legitimate a career path for women as in medicine, law or science. But in 1984, the number of females majoring in computing-related subjects began to fall, and is now as low as 20 percent compared to those other three.It's a surprising trend that NPR's Planet Money has uncovered, and the show's latest episode seeks to answer a simple question: Why? According to the show's experts, computers were advertised as a "boy's toy," and combined with early '80s geek culture staples like the novel Hackers, as well as movies like WarGames and Weird Science, the knock-on effect was to exclude women."
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Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 412

by BarbaraHudson (#48197469) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
took only seconds to find.

Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

For years, scientists have said “not exactly.” Eating too much of any food, including sugar, can cause you to gain weight; it’s the resulting obesity that predisposes people to Type 2 diabetes, according to the prevailing theory.

But now the results of a large epidemiological study conducted at UC San Francisco suggest that sugar may also have a direct, independent link to diabetes. Sanjay Basu, MD. PhD.

Researchers examined data on global sugar availability and diabetes rates from 175 countries over the past decade. After accounting for obesity and a large array of other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher Type 2 diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates. Their study was published Feb. 27 in PLOS ONE.

The study provides the first large-scale, population-based evidence for the idea that not all calories are equal from a diabetes-risk standpoint.

“It was quite a surprise,” said Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and the study’s lead author. The research was conducted while Basu was a medical resident at UCSF and working with Robert Lustig, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the paper’s senior author.

“We’re not diminishing the importance of obesity at all, but these data suggest that at a population level there are additional factors that contribute to diabetes risk besides obesity and total calorie intake, and that sugar appears to play a prominent role.”

Specifically, more sugar was correlated with more diabetes: For every additional 150 calories of sugar available per person per day, the prevalence of diabetes in the population rose 1 percent, even after controlling for obesity, physical activity, other types of calories and a number of economic and social variables. A 12-ounce can of soda contains about 150 calories of sugar. In contrast, an additional 150 calories of any type caused only a 0.1 percent increase in the population’s diabetes rate

The mechanism may be unclear, but the risk for type 2 diabetes increases by 1% for every 150 calories of sugar ingested, as opposed to 0.1% for any other form of calories. The smart thing to do is to drop the sweet stuff.

Comment: Re:Whatever euphemism softens the blow (Score 1) 155

by kwbauer (#48197417) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

And their is no "theft" involved with an agent using a perp's account when the perp is not in a position to be using it either. Neither is my pretending to be you in any way taking away your ability to be you. As long as all I do is open accounts and defraud other parties, I have taken nothing from you; I took it from them. The fact that yet other third parties see my activity as a reason to not do business with you is still not my fault. It is a misunderstanding between you and them that has nothing to do with me. Identity theft is as real or not real as IP theft.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 81

by BarbaraHudson (#48197393) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Amazing, you get the wonderful selection of the totally shit OTA channels.

You can't even watch all that TV,
500 channels, none of it free,
Too many reality TV shows to see,
For those who mistake reality,
With the crap they see on TV,
But with OTA advertisers can't be
Using my TV to spy on ME!
Burma Shave

Comment: Re:Charge them market rates for it. (Score 1) 53

by BarbaraHudson (#48197299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

Or it's simply that the existing volunteer(s) don't want to do it any more, and nobody thought to ask the other 1,400 people if some of them would want to take over the task. Especially since each volunteer probably knows half a dozen people, so the potential pool is closer to 10,000.

The best way to guarantee
you don't get help that might be free
is not to ask, 'cuz we forget
them that don't ask, well, they don't get!
Burma Shave

Comment: Re:Across Devices? (Score 1) 81

by cayenne8 (#48197203) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

I don't get this.

When I'm watching something I enjoy, either via OTA HD or Netflix, the last thing I'm going to do is "quick! switch to another device!"

Watching a film, documentary or "episode" is much more enjoyable watched in one sitting. If I have to switch to another device I will watch at a later time when my attention isn't split. never watch a movie and have to go to the can?


Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 81

by BarbaraHudson (#48196835) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices
In my experience, the difference between a bad signal and a great signal is sometimes less than 10' in terms of antenna positioning. That being said, not all antennas are equal. I'm using a $70 outdoor antenna zip-tied to the balcony. It works for me, but YMMV.

Are we running light with overbyte?