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Comment stop electing anti science politicians (Score 5, Insightful) 416

If you care about our future, and especially if you live in a red state where these charlatans seem to originate, please stop voting for anti intellectual and anti science politicians. They are only doing what they perceive the electorate has sent them to Washington to do, which seems to be to put their heads in the sand and 'pray' for a 'savior'.

Submission + - US Going The Way Of Denmark: Women Substituting Dogs For Children (nypost.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The NY Post reports, "If you’re wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29 corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny pooches owned by young US women, reports the business-news site Quartz. ... The federal data behind the report show that over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent." — Denmark, like most of Europe, has a similar if worse problem in regard to plunging birthrates which put the viability of the welfare state in question. A creative solution is the Do it for Denmark campaign, featuring this commercial. More on Denmark's challenge at the Washington Post.

Submission + - Yes. The NSA did know about, exploit Heartbleed (bloomberg.com) 1

squiggleslash writes: One question arose almost immediately upon the exposure of Heartbleed (Original Slashdot story), the infamous OpenSSL exploit that can leak confidential information and even private keys to the Internet: Did the NSA know about it, and did they exploit if so? The answer is "Yes". Bloomberg reports that "The agency found the Heartbeat glitch shortly after its introduction, according to one of the people familiar with the matter, and it became a basic part of the agency’s toolkit for stealing account passwords and other common tasks." Some National Security experts are upset about this, given the same flaw could just as easily be used by foreign governments against Americans as vice versa.

Comment Overreach? (Score 1) 130

I can certainly understand wanting to qualify a mobile app that controls an insulin pump or something like that (Appendix C), but Appendix B indicates the FDA intends to regulate applications that "are intended for individuals to log, record, track, evaluate, or make decisions or behavioral suggestions related to developing or maintaining general fitness, health or wellness" such as meal logs, calorie counters, exercise activity, brain games, etc. Sounds like you can kiss a whole bunch of useful apps goodbye as they get regulated out of existence.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."