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Comment: Re:It was U.S. government supported FRAUD. (Score 1) 180

by hawkinspeter (#49028285) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol
Too true. Thai food is another problem - proper Thai food won't have any wheat, but buy it from a supermarket and you get crab cakes covered in breadcrumbs and its ilk. I take the view that if it's in a packet in the supermarket then it's probably got wheat in it somewhere (unless I check).

Comment: Re:It was U.S. government supported FRAUD. (Score 1) 180

by hawkinspeter (#49027843) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol
Funnily enough, I often encounter the opposite - foods that shouldn't contain gluten often have wheat added to them (presumably because wheat is a cheap ingredient). Things like onion bhajis (which are traditionally made with gram flour) in supermarkets are now made with wheat instead. I've picked up packets of soft tortillas that are advertised as "corn tortillas", but they're basically wheat tortillas with some corn added to them. WTF?

+ - US health insurer Anthem suffers massive data breach

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the United States, has suffered a data breach that may turn out to be the largest health care breach to date, as the compromised database holds records of some 80 million individuals. Not much is known about how the attack was discovered, how it unfolded and who might be behind it, but the breach has been confirmed by the company's CEO Joseph Swedish in a public statement, in which he says they were the victims of a "very sophisticated external cyber attack." The company has notified the FBI, and has hired Mandiant to evaluate their systems and identify solutions to secure them."

+ - Health insurer Anthem hit by cybersecurity breach->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Health insurer Anthem Inc , which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees.

The information accessed during the "very sophisticated attack" did include names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data, but no medical or other financial data, the company said.

This is why you NEVER give your SSN to your health care providers."

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+ - Data Breach at Health Care Provider Anthem Could be Largest Ever

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Attackers have compromised Anthem Inc., one of the larger health-care companies in the United States, gaining access to the Social Security numbers, birth dates, names, employment and income data and other personal information of an untold number of customers.

The company says it is not sure yet how many customers are affected, but Anthem claims to have 69 million customers across its product lines. In a statement, Anthem, which was previously known as WellPoint Health Networks, said that the company was the victim of a targeted, sophisticated attack.

Given the size of the Anthem customer base, this could turn out to be one of the larger data breaches in U.S. history. The scope of the information the attackers obtained could give them broad access to victims’ personal lives.

“If confirmed, we are dealing with one of the biggest data breaches in history and probably the biggest data breach in the healthcare industry. If you are wondering what it means for individuals, in a few words: it is a nightmare,” said Jamie Blasco, vice president and chief scientist at AlienVault."

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 823

by hawkinspeter (#48882745) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
I'm also a cyclist, but I don't think engine noise is that critical. I get a lot of info about where a car is behind me from the noise that it makes, but the majority of that is the noise of tyres on the road. Engine noise is only useful in warning me when someone is aggressively accelerating (presumably to overtake).

Also, it's perfectly legal for deaf people to drive cars and ride bikes, so relying on sounds for safety doesn't work for everyone.

Comment: Re:Colour me apprehensive. (Score 1) 94

Nope, Alien makes a lot more sense than Prometheus no matter how you try to spin it. At least when they stick their face into an opening egg, they've still got their helmet on. The overall plot (evil company wants to smuggle an alien back to earth by flesh-wrapping it in a crew member) at least makes some kind of sense whereas Prometheus just doesn't (dying man decides to visit alien planet who had something to do with early humans so that they can keep him alive for some reason).

I don't even understand what the Engineer at the beginning was doing. His DNA somehow spawned humans except that we're clearly evolved from other life-forms on Earth, so maybe the Engineer spawned all life on Earth. Except, that would mean that he spawned all the dinosaurs and just got lucky that mammals ended up becoming the dominant life-form to eventually evolve into humans. How is that even supposed to work?

Comment: Re:Speeding not always an issue (Score 1) 335

by hawkinspeter (#48704879) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras
There's a difference between accelerating to a similar speed as the traffic you're joining and accelerating so that you wheel-spin past a single vehicle. It would take a bit of algorithm tuning to get it right, but I imagine that certain sections of road (especially junctions) require quick acceleration. There's also sections of road that you don't want to be accelerating ferociously e.g. before blind corners.

Comment: Re:Speeding not always an issue (Score 2) 335

by hawkinspeter (#48703741) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras
If you're going to be using "science", then a good first step would be investigating the correlation of accidents and speed. Speed by itself is not a reliable indicator of the recklessness of the driver.

I'd prefer more intelligent sensors/cameras that penalise aggressive acceleration (i.e. sudden rate of change of speed in close proximity of other road users) or can detect lack of awareness of the driver.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky