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Comment Re:That's just great... (Score 1) 378

I'm in the same boat with my Dell, but it is 9 years old. I use it for business trips because all I ever have time for is responding to email, maybe open some spreadsheets. Everything else I need I can get from my phone. I like the old Dell because it has a ridiculous battery life since it is just a Core Duo 1.2 GHz with a battery nearly half the laptop's weight.

Submission + - High cholesterol 'does not cause heart disease' new research finds (

An anonymous reader writes: Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

So much for settled science.

Submission + - Peter Thiel's Lawyer Wants To Silence Reporting On Trump's Hair (

An anonymous reader writes: Follow the report that Gawker has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after facing multiple lawsuits funded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, it's being reported that Thiel's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, is threatening to sue Gawker for reporting on the company that made Donald Trump's hair, claiming copyright prohibits Gawker from republishing his threat. He sent the company a letter on behalf of Edward Ivari, the owner of the company Gawker suggests may be behind Trump's hair. Gawker said it was sent a six-page letter that claims the story "was 'false and defamatory,' invaded Ivari's privacy, intentionally inflicted emotional distress, and committed 'tortious interference' with Ivari's business relations." Gawker reporter Ashley Feinberg suggested in a lengthy Gawker story that Trump secretly underwent Ivari International's $60,000 "microcylinder intervention" treatment, with the company's offices located on the 25th floor of Trump Tower. Gawker called Ivari's claims "ridiculous," and noted that the statements at issue were pulled from his own publicity materials and from public records of a 2001 lawsuit against the company.

Comment Re:Playing King of the Hill (Score 1) 153

This is completely correct, but the solution is not forking, as many will suggest. Recognizing that there are different views on everything should be accomplished not by just having different paragraphs in the same article, but entirely different articles with different maintainers under the same title, with presentation clearly calling out the different maintainers. Further, you could make the articles clearly part of someone or some group's approval.

This way people who want to understand the differing viewpoints on various topics can see how they are presented by the people who believe in that viewpoint. While this may muddy the water, I believe this would be superior to the current debacle because it would eliminate the bureaucrats and their fiefdoms from polluting the overall resource with their petty games, which is, by far, the very worst and most discouraging part of Wikipedia for both editors and readers.

Comment This is it! This is the time for Linux! (Score 1) 565

Well, if Linux on the desktop developers can get their act together before Windows 7 expires, they may well get all the computers that I personally administrate. I have decided Linux is going to be in competition even with Apple for my patronage, but I'm definitely not doing anything with Microsoft so long as the terms of their agreement dictate that they own everything done through their OS. I just won't have any part of it.

Submission + - Survey: Consumers Like ISPs To Play Favorites on Mobile Data Caps (

itwbennett writes: A new survey commissioned by mobile carrier trade group CTIA finds that 65% of adults were likely to sign up with a new mobile carrier that offers data cap exemptions and 85% percent of adults (94% of millennials) were likely to use more data if it was what CTIA calls 'free data.' CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell said this finding is not surprising and says it indicates that consumers want 'the freedom to choose what works for their mobile life.' The more than 50 advocacy groups that last month called on the FCC to rule against zero-rating plans likely see it differently. In a letter to the FCC the groups argued that zero-rating plans 'present a serious threat' to the open Internet.

Submission + - Amazon's AWS charges $30 to change registrant details

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon recently started offering domain registration as part of its Route 53 offering. Shortly after I registered a new domain name, I wanted to change the registrant from "Person" to "Company", but the Route 53 web page has that option disabled with a message "To change registrant name or organization, open a case." When I opened a case, the support team responded with:

We've been advised that because there is a manual change required here the process is a bit more in-depth. This TLD ( requires manual process to change owner and will induce a cost of $30.00 + tax.

Does anyone else find it strange that a company that's known for automating just about everything still manually changes registration details and then charges more than the cost of the domain registration itself?

Submission + - DA who refused to prosecute cops voted out (

chromaexcursion writes: Common wisdom is that DAs who prosecute cops lose elections.
Chicago has broken the rule. The DA who refused to prosecute killer cops lost in the primary.
If that seem inflammatory, there is no doubt the cops are killers. They've admitted doing it. The issue is whether a crime has been committed.
Finally a little justice.

Comment Re:Reserve Currency (Score 1) 558

The part of their argument that really bothers me is all of the other things criminals use. For example, pretty much all criminals use cars and roads. Should we ban cars and roads? They all go to grocery stores. Should we ban grocery stores, too? The logic fails - the criminals do all of the things that everyone else does, except that they go out of their way to harm others.

Comment Larry Summers doesn't know about inflation. (Score 4, Informative) 558

Apparently, Summers doesn't understand how inflation works.

$500 of 1969 dollars would be worth: $3,267.97 in 2015

$500 of 2015 dollars would be worth $76.50 in 1969

$100 of 1969 dollars would be worth: $653.59 in 2015

$100 of 2015 dollars would be worth $15.30 in 1969

Source: Inflation Calculator.

The Federal Reserve has been working hard for the last 100 years to reduce the value of U.S. currency. It is not necessary for Congress and the Department of Treasury to aid them any further in the endeavor as they seem to be getting along just fine.

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