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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.

Comment: WTF UK? (Score 5, Informative) 360

by Stargoat (#48669023) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

It's like the damn island hasn't heard of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. "Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,"

Mario Balotelli, a black football player with a Jewish mother is suspended a game and fined 25k pounds for posting an anti-racist picture about a multicultural Super Mario.

Luis Suarez was essentially forced out of England for using the word negrito while speaking Spanish because it happened to sound like nigger. (While John Terry was given a sentence of half the time for using the word nigger in English.)

Crazy arse porn rules.

A man is threatened with life in jail for swearing too much.

And what the fuck is an Anti-Social Behavior Order?

How can the nation that brought us Locke also be bringing us this?

Comment: Re:You want a family friendly internet? (Score 1) 294

by Stargoat (#48661629) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

WTF is wrong with the UK?

Mario Balotelli, a black football player with a Jewish mother is suspended a game and fined 25k pounds for posting an anti-racist picture about a multicultural Super Mario.

Luis Suarez was essentially forced out of England for using the word negrito while speaking Spanish because it happened to sound like nigger. (While John Terry was given a sentence of half the time for using the word nigger in English.)

Crazy arse porn rules.

A man is threatened with life in jail for swearing too much.

And what the fuck is an Anti-Social Behavior Order?

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