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Comment: Re:Why Germany? They sell anything to anyone. (Score 1) 212

by u38cg (#48646975) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'
Russian non-state hackers, I would posit; I can't see the point of burning state resources on this. And I can't see anyone else with the motivation plus capability. The only other remote possibility is some sort of false flag operation to demonstrate the need for more resources from some Western agency.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 3, Insightful) 580

by u38cg (#48626551) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Why we put up with NK at all at this point is simply a matter of lack of leadership.

And the minor issue that doing anything practical puts at risk the life of every single citizen living in Seoul, population 10 million. Never mind the geopolitical risk of any conflict sucking in China, which would be a bit of a nuisance.

Comment: Re:So close, so far (Score 1) 561

by u38cg (#48513643) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

There are colleges where men are just assumed guilty of any charge of sexual assault, and cannot even question their accusers in the adjudication process

I might have more of a problem with that if it didn't lead, on average, to more cases getting decided correctly.

Equality of outcome, equality of opportunity. Neither is perfect. Enjoy your male tears.

Comment: Re:reflexes? (Score 1) 114

by u38cg (#48416111) Attached to: Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy
Requirements vary quite a lot between country. The UK is one of the strictest - corrected vision must be a certain standard in both eyes. In the US, some states allow people the UK would class as legally blind to drive. Some of these folk use miniature telescopes strapped to their eyes to see with - needless to see, field of view with these things is pretty small.

Comment: Re:Life insurance vs life expectancy (Score 1) 68

by u38cg (#48336453) Attached to: Life Insurance Restrictions For Space Tourists
Half right. You must be upfront about what you do and intend to do at the time of underwriting, but if you then take up chain-smoking while surfing on a shark, that's your business. The insurer absorbs that as normal mortality. To put it in perspective, the biggest life policies are on the order of GBP50-100m (Warren Buffet types), and the industry absorbs one or two claims of this size every year. The real risk here is aggregation risk, the fact that you'll have a dozen millionaires on these flights. That's not an issue for the insurers, really, but it is for the reinsurers and their retro pools. But even losing the top ten insured lives is smaller than a billion dollar cat which again, is barely a rounding error in reinsurance.

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