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Comment: Adobe (Score 2) 307

Adobe Reader causes me more problems than any other component, be it hardware, software, user, regulation, or program. This piece of software is such a POS, riddled with backdoors, bugs, "features", bad updates and other crashy nonsense that it makes me want to buy shares of Adobe so that I can burn them & then piss on the ashes.

Comment: Re:Subscription to what? (Score 1) 210

by Stargoat (#49150355) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

To having Communists read your stuff.

Seriously, I was buying Lenovo before now. I did not get burned on Superfish. But I'm done with Lenovo. If this is what they try get away with without effort at hiding, then what they are they spending effort on hiding? I don't need the PRC in my network also, I have the NSA for that.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 825

by Stargoat (#48974881) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

It's easy.

If a US citizen is in a country where a taxation treaty exists, follow the treaty rules. The US citizen only owes up to the maximum bracket they are in. If they are undertaxed in the foreign country, they get to pay the difference.

If the US citizen's capital should end up in a low tax country, then the US citizen pays the difference following the treaty rules. If the US citizen parks their capital in a non-treaty country, then tax them at the full rate without regard for local tax rates. That will learn them for trying to hide money abroad.

Comment: Stupid (Score 1) 825

by Stargoat (#48953797) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Let's just be like the rest of the world and stop taxing corporations. We'll save billions on trying to collect.

Then, tax capital gains like every other income. And jack up the maximum tax bracket. 50% at 1MM. No tax shelters. None. Only exception is unincorporated small business which can be inherite exempt up to 10MM.

Labor is a poor man's capital. A rich man's capital should be taxed at the same rate.

If the GOP likes the 1950s so much, let's tax them like it is the 1950s.

Comment: Re:Are people sick of the MPAA? (Score 4, Informative) 400

by Stargoat (#48716503) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

In the various documentaries I have seen regarding the First Great Depression, the movies were regarded as an inexpensive form of entertainment. Admission for a nickel ($.05). Granted, those were the days before television, so if you wanted to watch something, you had to go to the theaters. During the Second Great Depression, folks can stay at home to get a similar level of entertainment.

Comment: Hospitals are a stupid target (Score 3, Insightful) 130

by Stargoat (#48689063) Attached to: 2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

Hospitals are a pretty stupid target in comparison to banks, physical retail environments, and online stores. A hospital DB might contain a social security number, addresses, illnesses, and birthdate. So what?

If you can get into a bank, you get money account info, credit scores, security tips, former trades, credit cards, all sorts of good stuff. If you get into a retail environment or online store, it's almost as good. Basically, you get money to spend. In a hospital though, the only unique thing you find out is if someone is sick and with what. That's a pain in the ass to work with. You can try to get more info from all that PII, but again, it's a pain in the ass and available elsewhere. Other stuff is more lucrative for the investment of time, criminal risk, and energy.

If you were a terrorist, a hospital might be a bit more interesting, but the various hospital disasters I have read about demonstrate that there isn't much a hacker can really do to hurt people. Nurses at the end of the day don't do stupid things and doctors aren't much worse.

No, hospitals are a stupid place to expend effort.

Comment: Re:Entire study is retarded. It's FOOD, not activi (Score 1) 115

by hazem (#48673179) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

That was my thought too. I have trouble imagining that ancestral farming methods were any less strenuous and "bone-buliding" than even persistence hunting.

I've been reading a lot these days about correlations between the rise of agriculture (and the resulting high consumption of grains and carbohydrates) and worsened dental and overall health as well as shorter stature in humans.

I know that even with my own n=1 change in diet (from a "standard western diet" to a low-carb/high-fat) over the last year, my health, according to current "standard" markers" like BMI, A1C, fasting glucose, HDL/Triglyceride ratios, etc. has improved dramatically. The funny thing is, after this change in my diet, I'm just more energetic - I've never in my life had such a desire to just get out and be more active.

It's strange to me, but in the US, the focus in health is so strongly oriented towards keeping the heart healthy. But if you think about it, the heart is a fairly simple organ, being a pump. We can easily transplant it and even make artificial ones. I've come to the conclusion that the focus in health should be on the liver - and that what keeps the liver healthy will keep the rest of me healthy. And liver health is most easily managed by what you put in your mouth.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman