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Comment: Strawman (Score 1) 46

by SAN1701 (#48244571) Attached to: Book Review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: a FAIR Approach
"While stressing over Ebola, the media is oblivious to true public health threats like obesity, heart disease, drunk driving, diabetes, and the like."

No, it's not. Actually, no matter how much the media repeat warnings about these issues, PEOPLE (a part of them) is oblivious to these public health issues. I dare you to watch CNN or read MSN, HuffPo or any news aggregator a day without something being said about at least one of these issues, mostly (in US) obesity. We even had a mayor on NYC that went into a series of highly controversial steps to prevent obesity (limiting size of sodas, really? Coach potatoes would buy 2 of them). it's just that some people doesn't pay attention because they don't want to change their lifestyle.

Ebola is something "new", so gets more flash from news outlets since people will cringe for, well, news. It's the way people work, unfortunately. In a BTVS season, the much bigger issues above would be the Big Bad. Ebola is just the monster of the week. Granted, it gets full attention now, but once current crisis is gone, I doubt you'll hear about it until another outbreak.

+ - Looking for a career change ? Here's what it takes->

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+ - Who can afford Open Source?->

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An anonymous reader writes "Francesco, a self-employed software developer, just wrote to me to explain why he feels he can't afford to release his school administration software under a FOSS license. In a nutshell, he says that only big organizations can afford that luxury (at least in today's Italy). What do you think?"
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+ - Wikipedia to be blacked out to fight PIPA tomorrow->

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An anonymous reader writes "Delivering what others promissed, wikipedia will block itself for 24 hours to fight both PIPA and (the now dead) SOPA. From the explanatory page: "Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.". This might be the first time I'll be happy to see wikipedia offline."
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+ - Wikipedia set for full blackout Wednesday->

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symbolset (646467) writes "Jimmy Wales confirms that the entire English language Wikipedia will be on blackout January 18th from midnite to midnite, Eastern Standard Time. The site's 25 million daily users will redirected to an education page with a call to action. Votes are still being taken on the exact implementation."
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Comment: Re:Co-op Capital Ships (Score 2, Interesting) 122

by SAN1701 (#33010742) Attached to: BioWare's <em>Star Wars</em> MMO To Have Space Combat
Agreed, treating space combat as an air combat without the ground is so silly, and Galactica should be praised for trying to change this. But the lack of laser weapons was a mistake. They make much more sense for a fight in space than the cannons the Vipers had not only talking about speed to the target to avoid defensive maneuver (when you see it, you're already hit), but also the lack of recoil, which is more problematic in the vacuum.

Since guns have grease, dirty, etc. I believe they were there to make the Viper a somewhat more "realistic" spaceship. But to me, it had the opposite effect, it was just bizarre.

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