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Comment: Re:So What (Score 1) 79

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49375791) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

I suspect that evolution is involved. Those who have power in society are making the decisions and thus NEED the larger brains. Those whose grandfathers were ditch diggers and under 99% of the societies ever designed would be ditch diggers themselves, didn't need big brains and in fact were better able to survive without them.

Comment: Re:Sign up? (Score 1) 213

by Archangel Michael (#49374339) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

Nobody can "steal" my identity. I can prove who I am. What they can do is identity fraud, which I blame on those accepting FALSE identity information. If someone doesn't know me, and they accept paperwork and "trust" the person submitting it, that purports to be me, it is them that have failed, not me. I should be able to sue them into oblivion for lack of due diligence and recover all costs as well as "pain and suffering".

My identity is unique, it isn't my name (others have the same), it isn't my phone (others have one just like mine), it isn't SSN (which isn't identification), it isn't any ONE or few pieces of information. If all it takes to commit major fraud is my name, and a few other pieces of information, that just about anyone can find, then we are doomed. It is time that we stop relying on passwords and secret IDs, and rather build a web of trust, which is something no hacker can generate quickly nor easily.

We have given up security for convenience sake, and we are less for it.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 213

by ncc74656 (#49373385) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

Cite some sources? Because my state sure does not exclude basic groceries. When I look at my grocery receipt, it clearly states the tax percentage and is applied after everything is totaled up. If there is a state that does not follow this method, let me know.

Wherever you are (you don't say), I suspect your sales tax on groceries is more the exception than the rule. For just one example, Nevada doesn't tax groceries. If you're paying tax on a grocery-store purchase, it's for (1) non-food items (such as cleaning supplies) and/or (2) prepared, ready-to-eat foods (such as fried or roast chicken from the deli counter, vs. a box of frozen breaded chicken strips or a package of fresh chicken that needs to be cooked first and isn't taxed).

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 431

by Reziac (#49373311) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

If I find that particular paper again I'll let you know. And depression as a consequence of subclinical hypothyroidism is very well established, but no longer generally acted upon. It used to be routinely treated as such, but when the TSH test came to prominence, most doctors started treating to make nice test results rather than treating the patients' symptoms.... despite that all the evidence is against using TSH as anything but a crude marker that something is wrong. False negatives are extremely common.

Here's a starter kit:

I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and I've had to take up reading the Journal of Endocrinology in sheer self-defense. It's quite shocking how much well-established endocrine research has never filtered down to GPs, never mind other specialty fields, despite that a malfunctioning endocrine system can fuck up just about anything else. I've concluded it should be the first line of inquiry (since fixing the thyroid will commonly cure a whole raft of apparently-unrelated physical and mental symptoms), but most doctors act like it's the last resort.

Comment: Re:First time a Muslim packs one with explosives (Score 1) 115

by Archangel Michael (#49372997) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

KKK are christian as much as Lenin was Atheist. Except that Lenin killed way more people than the KKK ever could, in the name of Atheism (religious persecution).

Of course, I realize that Lenin was not an authentic Atheist according to all the atheists I talked to, just like the KKK isn't authentic Christianity to all the Christians I talk to.

However, ISIL/ISIS has ISLAM in their name, and have killed more people in the last month than KKK has in 70 years, so there is that strawman to also take into consideration.

Comment: Re:Delivery drones (Score 1) 115

by Archangel Michael (#49372951) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

Let me know when a drone can deliver 5 cases of liquids as efficiently as a UPS truck. And since a UPS truck is already in my neighborhood every day, it is already efficient enough (key word).

What drones are trying to reduce and eliminate the cost of drivers. I just can't wait for an Amazon drone to get robbed by something who captures it, delivering some low weight, high value target, like jewelry.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 431

by Reziac (#49371709) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Probably the most common cause of depression is subclinical hypothyroidism, specifically with low T3. One psychiatrist found that he could cure 90% of his patients by prescribing T3 to bring their active thyroid hormone level up to normal. (Prescribing T4 alone didn't work, probably because poor T4-to-T3 conversion is part of the problem here.)

How can you work when the system's so crowded?