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Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 397

Well nicotine is even more addictive than heroin and tobacco is sold everywhere.

Yet withdrawal is not life threatening the way heroin and alcohol are.

Nicotine might be a much safer anti anxiety drug than the long list of
too easy to abuse drugs available to doctors.

Separated from Tobacco there is no Po210 in a nicotine product.
Some suspect Po210 combined with tar and dust is the most likely
trigger for lung cancers.

A vapor (E-cig) or patch that contains nicotine might replace many
mood altering prescriptions. There are those that daemonize nicotine
because cigarettes and tobaccos are so clearly associated with
the big C. The over reaction reminds me of C++ and some programmers.
But I should not overload this here.

Cancer is one ugly motherF*&^$r

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 397

This is only news to those who have had their head in the ground, listening to fox news and government shills.

This report is interesting in a couple troubling ways.

The most important one is that it is an example of "consensus science".

The two groups are presented as expert and citizen at large. The problem with
this is the experts are experts in sciences unrelated to alcohol or drug addiction.
Well educated "experts in their field" are notoriously under informed on other issues
but the ego and strength of conviction is often extreme and extraordinary.

Way too many smart or conscientious individuals were hoodwinked by the
the fabrication behind science reported by Andrew Wakefield. His extreme
and extraordinary conviction on the topic elevated his biased study of
twelve selected children to the global horror it is now. Worse the issues
with the MMR vaccine were ignored because the vastly larger numbers of
Autism cases (1 in 16) while serious febrile seizures in children is perhaps 1 in a
million doses.

The good news is that with the dismissal of the Wakefield tomfoolery and
all that was built on it -- new studies and new methods are at least making
some progress on the febrile reactions. Mild reactions are common yet
vastly less risky than any of the three childhood diseases in MMR vaccines.

The bad news is that Autism research has no clue that I know of for the
increase in our population. This increase is larger than I can ascribe to
school districts over diagnosing it to pad the special education staff and
budget. It is possible that the responsibility to report in schools gets them to report
any sniff or suspect behaviour and try to classify it. A spectrum diagnosis
can be astoundingly easy to make as I suspect we all have behaviours that
are suspect. Too quiet, too noisy, too social, not social enough. Statistics
indicates that 50% of our students across the nation are below average and
we must boost our standings in local, state and national tests so that 95% of the
the student body is above average.

Comment: More trouble... (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#49124281) Attached to: Is Avast pulling the Superfish stunt?

As the article indicated there is a 'good intent' but the road to ruin is
paved with good intentions.

It is getting harder and harder to trust the infrastructure of the internet.
It is the uncommon mind that distrusts what they read on the internet
(yes I read this on the internet). This adds another dimension to
the world of distrust...

The problem with false certificates and MITM is no one can trust
anything. Any forensic analysis must now state that all CAs
and DNS on the device at the time and place in question are
quality, honest and do not redirect http and https fraudulent sites.

Crap like this can be used/ subverted to insert viruses, porn, pooh of all
types on a system. Law enforcement needs to slam the door on this
or open the cells for the bazillion now incarcerated world wide for
having inappropriate content on their system and that includes kiddly

Comment: Oh skuwok you little bit... (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#49116531) Attached to: now Barbie is Wi-Fi

Now how many shades of foolishness does a device
like this present.

Cut the wires on the speaker and place it some place interesting.
hack the data stream or server and you have a nearly impossible to
discover and defend from listening device. Made in the zillions
anyone could have more than one.. so any could deny having
purchases this one.

Clearly the FlyBI and child protective services will demand full transcripts
of all the voices in a home. Since no parent can be trusted to be
a good parent all are suspect and need to be monitored up to the
time that they come off the parental healthcare coverage....

Here we go... TV plays "the slap" and thugs bash the door down
and the surviving children are swept up into CPS care seriously
in need of hearing assistance and assistance for the blind because
of the 600 flash bangs used to ignite the house. Only guide dog
breeders will see value in this.

Comment: This may be the tip of ... (Score 3, Interesting) 241

Because they are unwilling to disclose the use of these devices it is possible that
a very long list of prosecutions will be undone including this plea should the information
see the light of day.

There is some reason to believe that a court order to demand the police retain all records could be justified.
It is not clear if the records can be released but this and other actions with these tools implies the legal footing
is not clear and that the tool is astoundingly broad and effective in what it gathers.

I might note here that it has been recently disclosed that the keys to SIM card codes
have apparently been stolen by one or more TLA.
One article gave a four year window to this key theft perhaps more.
If these devices are sold and if these stolen keys are involved it gets interesting.

Comment: Learned to drive where... (Score 2) 290

by niftymitch (#49106711) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

One very real issue is where someone grew up
and learned the rules of the road. Phones and distracted
walking make it all worse.

There are nations with left hand and right hand auto driving.
Pedestrian bias is shaped by these early days and parents.

Many communities now have a large enough community of newcomers
that these habits collide on the sidewalk. Mericans in Stralia, Brits
in France, .... India, Japan, Indonesia,,.... all nations now have a large enough
influx of newcomers that this is important.

I first encountered this at airports. Then the powered walkways seemed
to make it go away but.. no it is still there....

Worse or perhaps more importantly Mericans have highly controlled cross walks
for K-12 students. Students do not learn to look all ways for traffic. They simply
step out -- many will wait for a light but many not. No officer blows a whistle and
hollers get yer butt off the road. No one hollers get a move on you are blocking
traffic. Entitlement like turtles goes all the way down...

Universities have always had pedestrian accidents as egg heads oblivious to the world forget that
they have left the safe roads of the school and stepped into townie roads. This and the
localized communities of H1B visa holder make this obvious in some parts of the US.
Other nations have the same problems with clusters of expats.

Comment: Anorexia rules..... (Score 2) 70

by niftymitch (#49106283) Attached to: Intel Core M Enables Lower Cost Ultrabooks; Asus UX305 Tested

What is it with this rush to thinner and lighter?

There is a point for many of us where thin is thin enough
and durability and battery life and even a second disk rule.

I would love to see less drive to vanishingly thin and fragile
to a more middle ground of durable, capable and functional.

The 3200x1800 display does appear inviting.
But for any power user the keyboard often matters more.

I happen to have an HP laptop that is nearly 18 years old.
It has a fine keyboard as laptop keyboards go and more importantly
the display has a lot of vertical pixels which makes it nice to read
text and code. Ubuntu keeps it ticking... I think it came with DOS ;)

Sadly the BIOS has a hard wired white list for WiFi bits so I cannot
upgrade the WiFi. It is so old that a replacement battery costs
an arm and a leg and has much less life than I like. It is not silent 0db
it has a noisy fan, it has a spinning disk.... it weighs in at 6 or 7 lb.

Darn I just convinced myself to check this one out when it hits the
local stores.

Comment: Re:Who uses any of that crap anyway? (Score 1) 129

by niftymitch (#49098809) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

You would know if it was always sending your conversations because your battery life would be terrible.

But wait....
Each and every owner of a smartphone I know complains about terrible battery life.

My gut reaction is to craft an audio tool that mumbles and speaks at my TV all day and all night when
I am not using it. I would seed it with all manner of mumble foo including banned words and implications
of my neighbors. I would turn FoX news on the internet and AM shock radio perhaps passing it through
a re-tuner (not auto tune to musical notes) and reshaper.


Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 27

by niftymitch (#49098709) Attached to: Rapid Test For Ebola Now Available

Now that Ebola is actually a threat to rich white people living in developed nations, we can expect that new treatments will be created soon.

Not so much me thinks.

A test and or a tester is very different than a cure or immunization for Ebola.
The ability to further screen someone identified by a remote non touch fever
sensor is the gold here.

Hospitals had issues sorting 80 some common infections that presented like Ebola.
The only unique Q&A answer that identified Ebola as a likely infection was "did you travel to _Africa_?".

Should Ebola have surfaced with a vengeance in one or more modern cities the options that
health departments have are few. One is to isolate the city and divide it while Ebola burns itself out.
The collapse of commerce for food and other common needs would be difficult to sort out.

And more importantly because this is not a treatment the testing and approval time frame
could be very short. And more importantly there are cities in Africa that could use it now.

There are some social implications but from the containment side of the option list
this is a good thing.

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by niftymitch (#49069809) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Where are you getting that from? I have a Samsung F6300, and they have fixed the apps via updates whenever there is an issue.

Samsung use the same smart tv software for all their models with minor tweaks, so no reason you shouldn't have updates.

Check avs forums for the owners thread, and more than likely there is a fix for whatever issue you are having.

OK model UN46D6050 From todays online chat...

Xyzzzz:: The particular TV come with 2011 smart hub interface. Thus, this particular TV does not support multiple profiles in netflix app.
Visitor: Sigh... I am disappointed. Such a fine TV matched with little or no software support. Makes me sad...
Xyzzzz: Multiple profile option for netflix is only available in F and H series models.
Xyzzzz: I can understand how important this is to you.
Xyzzzz: Netflix 3.1 app is available on your TV. This updated Netflix app will allow you to use:
Xyzzzz: Subtitles on supported movies.
Xyzzzz: Multi-Audio Tracks on supported movies.
Xyzzzz: 5.1 audio tracks on supported movies.
Xyzzzz: Full HD (1080p) on supported movies
Visitor: But not profiles?
Xyzzzz: Yes, only for the F and H series model TV's you can see that feature.

Comment: Confusing paper. (Score 1) 305

by niftymitch (#49042489) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

For a long time folk have said that moderation and alcohol go hand in hand.
For a number of reasons the first 1/2 to 1 standard drinks has a place at the table in my mind.
About the second standard drink most of the advantage is undone and by the 4th for sure
the only advantage might be social lubrication. But that is a slippery slope that gets
increasingly dangerous.

Adding the smallest amount of alcohol vastly changes the way water and
common fats interact. Surface tension changes and the ability to emulsify
fats so a lot of surface area for digestion is available improves. This solubility/ surface
interaction can also apply to fats in motion in the blood and how they interact
with plaque in the arteries. Mostly it has interaction with bile and the fat in the gut.

A number of common bacteria in the gut generate some alcohol but as a rule
this is quite small. Some cases of walking intoxication from gut bacteria are known.
Given the legal consequences of alcohol I find this biologic reality and lack of data on
this combined with wanting instrumentation precision and accuracy to be appalling.
The lack of science in this area is deafening.

Anyone that has noticed the burbling of a beer fermenter or the tooting of a
person with lots of healthy fiber in their diet should realize that bacteria
and bacteria byproducts happen.

Comment: Re:Place The Blame Where It Lies (Score 1) 370

by niftymitch (#49039589) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

I warned about this when HDMI was still just a plan in the works. ........snip.......
Allowing others to control the content you watch was always a bad idea, ........

Of interest in a freedom of speech context there is a talker and
a listener. If it is impossible to listen (or read) then the freedom of
speech has been infringed.

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by niftymitch (#49039503) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Actually, the Smart TV is abetter investment. Built in DLNA, and Netflix and Amazon apps built directly into the TV are far more convenient, not to mention the convenience of not having to have a HTPC and a lesser electricity bill as a result.

Not in the Samsung case. A wonderful Samsung screen with "smart" features and
Samstung is unable or unwilling to update the Netflix software. No Amazon app...
on my perfectly good TV AND Smart Blu Ray player. Android tablets and phones
are now seeing incompatible application update notifications as Android moves and
cell service and phone makers conspire to constipate and control the update and
bug fix process.

The life of a $1000 TV is not one or two years... If you purchase one of these about
the time the new model is out you will see a corresponding shortening of the update
stream. If you purchases it early you will see some bug fixes and feel good but
all new computer hardware will need an update just because software takes time
and testing on a simulator is so much slower than real hardware.

Sorry you have had your two updates... you are SOL.

Comment: They need to be... (Score 1) 370

by niftymitch (#49039307) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Samstung needs to be slapped with a DCMA or some such tampering
statute. A content stream is Copyright. They are modifying it for
the purpose of generating $$ and that can be illegal all across the
globe. The fact that the author and owner of the stream cannot easily
see this tomfoolery is perhaps the only thing keeping an attorney
from turning the company upside down and shaking money out.

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