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Submission + - Obama's Feds Tried to Hack Indiana's Election System While Pence Was Governor

EmmaStarc writes: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials tried to hack Indiana’s state electoral system with at least 14,800 “scans” or hits between Nov. 1, 2016, to Dec. 16, 2016, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for national security. .Source

Comment Compatability issues? (Score 1) 240

As a software developer where stability, reliability and conformance to x86 standards are critical, Intel has always been my CPU of choice. Also as a gamer seeking the most powerful system possible, Intel has always been my CPU of choice. The only criteria AMD have ever really won on is "Performance per $", which given that I am not particularly budget-limited has never been a significant consideration to me. Certainly not nearly enough to outweigh the others.

Furthermore over decades of working with PCs I have seen a clear pattern that AMD-based PCs always seem to have little quirky things going on, such as more unexplainable blue screens etc, that just doesn't happen with Intel CPUs.

In my experience, exactly the same can be said of their GPUs compared to Nvidia's too.

Its nice to see AMD finally kicking Intel in the performance pants, because Intel are definitely overdue for some real competition at least in order to not just stagnate, however it seems to me that AMD even after decades still have other quirky little quality/reliability/compatibility issues to address that are just as damaging to their potential market deamnd as outright performance.

Comment Yet more skewed bullshit testing from AMD. (Score 0) 240

I see AMD are still up to their old tricks of trying to make gross performance statements based solely on hand-picked benchmarks that capitalize on their product having twice as many cores (or in the case of video cards, twice as many GPUs) as the competitions unit that they chose for comparisons.

I'd like to see a like-for-like benchmark between Ryzen and I7, such as single-thread at the same clock speeds. I suspect AMD won't be publishing that result anytime soon though.

Comment Re:Thats fine by me (Score 1) 130

And yet in everyday life it doesn't make a difference. Power steering, power brakes, and soon self-driving cars and trucks. Many jobs don't require sheer muscle mass any more. Besides, most men seem to be incapable of generating enough muscle effort to even change the roll of toilet paper (a stereotype that's nevertheless based on plenty of observation).

Comment Re:What's normal? What's low when you are 60? 70? (Score 1) 130

The "scandal" with ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy) was bullshit of the first degree. The Women's Health Initiative study was seriously flawed, used horse estrogen and horse progestins with over 50 impurities exclusively that would not be approved under current FDA rules (not human-identical estrogens), had a strong selection bias towards women who were far from good candidates (far too many older, obese women than representative of the population, most had been post-menopausal for a LONG tim), and the mathematical analysis, when redone by the Brits, gave different numbers.

We now know that HRT for women protects bones as well as the cardiovascular system in general. The risk of stroke is mostly for those who are +10 years menopausal when they start HRT, take progestins as well, smoke, and are obese. For women who do not meet these criteria, it's now recommended again, except in North America, where retractions of erroneous studies never receive the bad publicity they deserve. Throw in lower risks of depression and demantia and HRT should be on every woman's preventative healthcare checklist before it's too late.

The "grandfathering" of equine (horse) hormones for the treatment of menopause in humans isn't going to change because of the $$$$ the company still makes off it, even though there's a known liver risk that isn't present with human estrogens.

BTW, menopause is not a "normal part of life." There are only humans and 2 species of whale (out of more than 80) that go through menopause. It should be treated as the genetic disorder that it is.

Comment Re:How about muscles and virility? (Score 5, Informative) 130

We talk about osteoporosis in women, where 34% of all women will at one point in their lives break a hip, but in men it''s far worse - 56%. And 1 out of 10 people who fractures their hip never goes home. If taking a pill can avoid spending the rest of your life in long-term care, it's probably worth the risks. Quality of life is paramount.

The easy way to find out is get a bone density scan on your spine and femur. (the ones that just do the forearm or heal are bs in comparison). It will alert you to osteopenia as well as osteoporosis.

More studies are needed because the effects of hormones can vary greatly depending on the individual, as well as at what point in their life they're at. Identifying those who would benefit while ruling out those at greatest risk (or better yet, treating them like adults and letting them make the decision after being given all the information - you know, "informed consent", rather than "no, we've decided it's too risky for you, take our word for it").

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