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Comment One of five big industries (Score 5, Informative) 415

Big Pharma is only one of five industries spending big money to keep it illegal. The rest are aggravating, too. Private prisons, prison guard unions, and actual law enforcement are also involved. Law enforcement should just enforce the laws, in my opinion. They should not be involved in lobbying for or against them, though.

http://www.republicreport.org/...

Comment Wrong race (Score 0) 171

If we really wanted to make the world a better place and invoke the space race analogy, then the race should be about getting us off fossil fuels. Better energy storage technology, rapid charging, etc. Anything that gets us off oil as quickly as possible. Look at the misery the Middle East has caused the world, and it's all over oil.

Comment Re:The real reason? (Score 2) 381

The types of foods you eat make a difference as well. Calories aren't just calories. Insulin tells your body to store extra calories as fat, so foods that spike insulin levels help make you fat. Well, guess what foods overweight people love to eat? Carbs, and piles of them. Guess what carbs do. They spike your insulin levels. Get a copy of a book called Why We Get Fat. Excellent book.

This is being written by someone that just dropped between 85 and 100 pounds and I've kept it off for going on a couple of years now. I devised some simple rules and eat a reasonable amount of healthy foods. One of my rules is, watch what fat people eat ... and don't eat that . You would be surprised how well that one simple rule works. :) The other thing I did was give up 1 to 2 sitcoms a day and get off my ass and exercise. Yes, I'm a database admin at work, so guess what I did a lot of. Sitting. I can do a 5K and smoke people half my age or more now. Three - Four years ago, I could hardly walk.

Submission + - How to Hack an Election (bloomberg.com)

transporter_ii writes: For eight years, Sepúlveda, now 31, says he traveled the continent rigging major political campaigns. With a budget of $600,000, the Peña Nieto job was by far his most complex. He led a team of hackers that stole campaign strategies, manipulated social media to create false waves of enthusiasm and derision, and installed spyware in opposition offices, all to help Peña Nieto, a right-of-center candidate, eke out a victory. ... Money was no problem. At one point, Sepúlveda spent $50,000 on high-end Russian software that made quick work of tapping Apple, BlackBerry, and Android phones. He also splurged on the very best fake Twitter profiles; they’d been maintained for at least a year, giving them a patina of believability.

Comment Re:A private NSA competitor (Score 1) 41

Yes. Nothing screams security like copying every packet that crosses your LAN and storing it into the *cloud* somewhere. This is an NSA wet dream. They don't even have to take up their own drive space to store every packet, just get a warrant (hahaha) and get the data from Amazon.

Comment Cancer epidemic from eating crap (Score 1) 121

And of course, we make ourselves vulnerable to cancer from the crap we eat and the lack of exercise. Younger and younger people are now getting cancer, so we are making ourselves good hosts from a very young age:

Once considered an older person’s disease, colorectal cancer is showing up in individuals as young as 20 years old.

http://www.havasunews.com/opin...

Comment True story...of SV40 (Score 1) 121

Between 1954 and 1963, close to 98 million Americans received polio vaccinations contaminated with a carcinogenic monkey virus, now known as SV40.

http://amzn.com/0312278721

It may sound like the stuff of conspiracy buffs, but it is in fact a true story. Doctors had to go in front of congress and testify to get the contaminated vaccines pulled.

I had a brother in the age range to have gotten this polio vaccine, and he died from a brain tumor in his early 50s. Anecdotal, yes. Dead, yes.

Comment How this got started (Score 1) 75

That one guy thought a dashboard for the college would be great. IT said, yeah, we can do that, and then when the guy left the meeting, they all looked at each other. If they pull this off, I'm going to request the feature be added where you can zoom in on someone's eyeball to see the reflection of what they were looking at. This will be so cool.

Comment Re:The age of body-worn police cameras (Score 2) 202

Both sides can be filming and it not stop a shooting, too. Here is a video where the officer had a body camera and the teen had a cell phone recording. It didn't stop the officer from shooting him: https://youtu.be/h-uXeAvpVHk

Neither version helped convict the officer, either. It was ruled justified. I lean heavily in favor of the teen, but I can see the officer spin it enough to make it sound like a legit shooting. The poor kid should have sucked it up more and did what the officer said. But still, in the same situation, I would not have shot the teen. The officer called for backup, but did not wait.

Submission + - Scientists from University College London may have cured chronic pain (modernreaders.com)

transporter_ii writes: Scientists from University College London seem to have come up with a two-pronged treatment regimen that they believe would help patients suffering from chronic pain. And in a strange irony, they did it by making it possible for mice – and one human – feel pain when they previously couldn’t. Unlike a lot of the recent medical news (anti-ageing pills?), this one seems fairly real-world and concrete. If so, this is actually a major breakthrough, which must be why it has not received a lot of press.

Comment Two camps (Score 1, Insightful) 258

There seem to be two camps of people. Those that think we will be living on mars and have fully autonomous cars in a couple of years, and those that actually look into it and see how hard it is going to be. For some reason, the media seems to prefer the first one. Reality prefers the second one.

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