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Comment Re:Please Explain (Score 1) 126

If there's a 30% chance that someone will fall within the designated "average" range

Why would you assume there's only a 30% chance of that someone would fall within the middle 30 per cent of the range? That would only be true if we assumed for some reason that people would be uniformly distributed throughout the range.

and assuming the dimensions are roughly independent

Given that the dimensions all concern the physical size of the candidates I don't see why anyone would expect them to be independent. Someone that is very tall would, I assume, also be quite likely to have a long sleeve length for example.

Comment Re:IoT (Score 1) 59

That's just a little bit on the silly side. You install the HOSTS file on the router, not every machine in the neighborhood. Tomato and DDWRT both have the capability, depending on precisely which version you've installed.

DO NOT expect any commercial offerings with such configurability - certainly not consumer grade products.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 59

High efficiency clothes washer. I've watched, and I can't find where it attempts to connect to anything. The price was right, the savings in water and electricity are great, so I put up with it. The wife is happy with it. As I say, I've watched carefully, and it has never made an appearance on the network. I HOPE it's alright.

If/when it breaks down, I may or may not be able to repair it.

Comment Boneheaded and with straightforward solutions (Score 1) 698

This is so boneheaded it beggars belief. The straightforward solution is to require the UEFI variable filesystem (or whatever it is called these days) to be mounted read-only, and require (UNIX anyway, but something analogous ought to work for Windows too) an application to do a "mount -o remount,rw" to do whatever it needs to do, then do a "mount -o remount,ro" when it's finished. Not as nice as having UEFI not be seriously broken, but workable, and there's not much of an excuse for things like systemd, openrc, etc. implementing this where appropriate (and for any UEFI crap that can brick a system, this is appropriate).

Applications don't like it? Tough, patch the damn things. Requireing firmware to be exposed to harm like this on any operating system is unacceptable.

Comment Re:So not because no crime was committed? (Score 1) 571

Yeah, a little evidence is needed. You can tell me that my server has been pwned - anyone can make that claim. I'll have to see some evidence before I believe it. At least a minimum of evidence. Got any logs from Shrillary's server? Got any idea when to focus on? Something, anything. Otherwise, it's pure speculation that her server was hacked.

Comment Re:So not because no crime was committed? (Score 1) 571

"I assume she was owned by every single country on earth."

I'll have to disagree with you. She was owned by persons who could wave million dollar donations under her nose. Individuals, corporations, countries, or even ET. A million dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation was all that was required to get any secret Hillary had access to. I've seen speculation, but no evidence, that her server was pwned by outside interests. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, but I've not seen the evidence to support the claim.

Comment Re:So not because no crime was committed? (Score 1) 571

If you're going to make excuses for Clinton - please make them rational. Not even you understands what you have typed here - it's senseless, and pointless.

Let's say that I have access to classified documents, detailing how to build nuclear weapons. I take out a note pad, and copy the shit off the documents, carry the notepad home, then type all that data into an editor, or into email.

You're going to say that they data is NOT classified, because it isn't MARKED "classified"?

That is the equivalent of Shrillary's actions.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

None of your comment is relevant to the issue. There are procedures for having material declassified. Until those materials ARE declassified, they remain classified.

People go to prison for mishandling classified materials. They don't have to be leaked. There need not be any detrimental consequences of the mishandling. Failure to observe protocol is sufficient to be tried and convicted.

And, the woman who lived in the White House for 8 years knows all of this. Only a vegetative idiot could possibly live in the White House for 8 years, and fail to understand how classifications work. The bitch needs to reside in the deepest dungeons of a federal prison for a few years.

Comment You seem to be rather dense, Sir. (Score 1) 571

Trump's hair is an insult to "straight white Christian males". His overall appearance is an insult. Every time I look at the clown, I want to either puke, or laugh. He doesn't have to say a damned word to insult me - he exists, and that is insult enough.

All the same, his blathering makes more sense than that of any other nominee.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

Doesn't matter what was "leaked". Mishandling classified documents is punishable by imprisonment. The bitch knew that from the very start. She was breifed on proper handling of classified documents. She just ASSumed that due to her title, she was above the law.

Fuck, man, she lived in the White House for 8 years. Just how stupid can she be, to not understand? She KNEW!

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

The woman has so much baggage, I don't see how anyone could consider voting for her. Among all the reporting on Hillary, I'm amused that women my age generally want to vote for her, but younger women are not. They resent the fact that they are expected to vote for a vagina.

Personally, I don't much care about voting for a woman. I neither like nor dislike the idea. What I demand is, that they find a woman who is QAULIFIED to be president. That may be an unreasonable demand though - it's been years since we've had a man who was qualified.

I will insist, however, that most small towns and every large city in American has at least one female resident who is more qualified than Hillary to be president. The very big cities can probably claim several dozen women each who are more qualified.

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Comment Re:Side Effects (Score 3, Informative) 41

I have a friend with Friedrich's Ataxia, and CRISPR is one of the silver bullets she's praying for. FA cripples then kills you: wheel chair by 25, dead by 40 is often the case (it hardens the heart so it can't pump). While CRISPR has some unknowns and risks, having FA is a certainty. FA affects a single gene pair, so if you can replace either side of that gene, you have solved the problem, the mitochondria will start producing frataxin again, and the nerves will stop being slowly destroyed.

There are no treatments and since it is so rare (1 in 50,000 have it in the US, 1 in 30k in Europe, almost no one in Africa or Asia), few are investing in finding a cure or treatment. FA isn't the only orphan disorder like this. So yes, I'm quite happy to see CRISPR move forward.

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