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Comment bad study (Score 5, Informative) 220

Sorry, tracking until age 18 isn't long enough. Schizophrenia will show up a bit later if it does. Also, *having* a cat in the house is one thing - how many kids are cleaning the litterbox? Because that's the danger zone.

For those who are unaware, Toxoplasma gondii has a life cycle that relies on cats and their prey - typically rats or mice. In cats, it reproduces in the digestive system and gets crapped out. In rodents who come into contact with the cat crap, it infects their brain and makes them less afraid of cats, which benefits the parasite because it wants to end up in a cat's digestive system again.

In humans, it definitely causes miscarriages. There have been studies suggesting a link to schizophrenia, but I don't believe that's the current consensus. Something like 50% of all humans have been exposed to it, so it would be scary if so. But it might also depend on other factors.

It's conceivable that a parasite that has evolved to control host behavior could have adverse psychological effects on human hosts, thus the research into it.

Comment Re: Umm (Score 1) 387

Out of 1 billion votes cast there were 44 cases of fraud, a rate of 0.0000044%.

There is also widespread evidence that such laws are designed to target democratic voters and that they tend to target the poor and minorities.

And that "44" number is as much utter bullshit as the "13" number that the left was barfing up every time this conversation came up two years ago.

We had one case in Memphis where one member of the Ford family - I don't recall which one - received something like 50 more votes in a certain precinct than there were registered voters. In other words, if there were 100 registered voters he received 150 votes. You know, when doing fraud smart people at least pay attention to *where* to do it. Anyway, that single incident involved more fraud than you claim exists in all of history.

I wonder if you people (leftist lunatics) know this and don't care, or really are stupid enough to believe there have only been 44 cases of voter fraud. I know you're not terribly bright, but, geeze.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 199

I don't even understand the point of the claim. So the interpreter has a baked-in crypto library? And how is that different than simply #including a crypto library, which has the added bonus that you can pick any number of crypto libraries.

More to the point - this is the main problem with PHP. The idiots who "design" it think that something like this should be compiled into their interpreter and made into even more built-in function calls. The better way to handle it is exactly as you describe - allow people to add their own code and make your language robust enough to allow them to code the crypto library (or whatever) in your language.

Historically, PHP was terrible at handling binary data and such, so there was no way to do a lot of these sorts of actions in straight PHP. The workaround was to write your functionality in C and then include it as a PHP module - meaning that PHP would have a new set of functions when your module was included. This caused namespace issues and idiocy such as two sets of "functions" for handling MySQL connectivity: the "mysql_" set and the "mysqli_" set. It's like the "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" of programming languages, except "it's so bad, well, it's just bad".

Now their idea is to encourage WordPress programmers to do better by including a crypto library in their already polluted function namespace.


Comment Re:They get you off your ass (Score 1) 93

Scientific study of the benefit or harm is good. No doubt.

But, from a common sense 30,000 foot perspective, if there is even the slightest effect among the majority of these apps of embarrassing you into getting off your ass a little more often, isn't that likely to be a net health positive?

I agree. This guy's questioning the 10,000 steps metric. Fine. Maybe it isn't "best" for everybody. But I'm sure it's a hell of a lot better than sitting on your ass all day.

This is known as allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Comment Re: FINALLY! (Score 2) 262

I'm really rooting for AMD

Not only am I rooting for them, most of my PCs since the late 90s have been AMD whereas all my laptops and the majority of my servers have been Intel (with a few Sparcs & IBM Power thrown in). As AMD was lagging the past few years, I was seriously thinking of buying Intel for my next performance workstation.
Now it looks like I can continue with AMD a while longer and if Ryzen measures up, it'll be my 2017 Xmas present to myself.

Comment Re:An allegation has been made. (Score 1) 898

dismissing claims of harassment

There is an investigation in progress. Did you miss that little detail?


Did you miss the detail that when she went through "proper channels", her claims and those of other women - ALL AGAINST THE SAME MAN - were dismissed?
And that the ONLY reason there's an investigation is she's gone public, without providing proof as so many have pointed out, which caught the attention of the CEO?

Comment Re:I'll keep saying it - Global Free Press Foundat (Score 1) 387

The greatest benefit Bill Gates or Warren Buffet could leave to human kind is to use most of their money to fund a global free press foundation.

Yeah, with Democrat cronyist leftists like Gates and Buffet funding it there's no way it would have an ideological bias.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 387

Yes every President lies at some point. But few lie about things so easily disproved.

Right. Like "If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan." Or, "It wasn't a preplanned terrorist attack - it was a demonstration against an internet video that got out of hand spontaneously." I could go on and on, but you get the point. Thanks to that stupid crap, we ended up with Trump.

Comment Re:Is it (Score 1) 47

They (or another company they acquired) used to be known as SafeNet. We were evaluating their cloud-based multifactor auth system and liked it, more than the RSA SecurID / Auth Manager setup that we've had for years.
But They Who Sign Checks Without A Clue told us we have to implement Azure MFA instead.

Comment Re:She'll Never Find Another Job in Tech (Score 1) 898

Well probably because he was letting his hot wife sleep with senior management he had a pass. What really needs to be investigated was was the guy pressured into having an open relationship so senior management cold bang his wife and hence thought it OK to bang subordinates.

That stuff is hard to keep quiet. Of the 20+ rumors of harassment & dalliance that made it to my ears in the schools & jobs I've had, only 2 turned out to be untrue.
Fowler claims that multiple women had file similar accusations; it's inconceivable that he'd been chasing multiple women at the same company and no one would know he was a cuck for the higher ups.

Comment Re:An allegation has been made. (Score 1) 898

Wow, you really told me!

I guess that since you know someone who's been harassed, no investigation is necessary from now on, and we can just go with a policy of assuming that an accusation is proof. What could go wrong?


Wow, you really told me!

I guess that since you know someone who's been harassed, no investigation is necessary from now on, and we can just go with a policy of assuming that an accusation is proof. What could go wrong?


What could go wrong? Quite a bit, I suppose.
But dismissing claims of harassment, abuse & assault didn't work for the millions, possibly hundreds of millions of women since, well, forever.
And no amount of proof ever seemed to be enough, unless the accused was unpopular, had been accused before or was a minority.

Weigh that in the balance and see which way it tips.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 898

Only a few years before Bill Clinton did this, the DEMOCRATS has weaponized the same sort of misdeed to remove Senator Packwood from office

In the specific case of Bob Packwood, a cursory amount of research & a few trips down memory lane show that to be false.
Between Nov 92 and Aug 93, first the Washington Post, then the LA Times and New York Times published quite a bit about Packwood's sexual misdeeds, for an initial total of 10 women dating back to 1989.
Packwood was hardly a Democratic target as he was a strong supporter of women's issues and the initial reaction from feminists was sheer disbelief.
And WaPo held off on publishing their story until after the election.

Comment Re:A bad way to start (Score 1) 898

Senator Packwood's intern never filed a complaint against him either.

The Washington Post published accusations from 10 former female staffers in 1992, the New York Times published a long column called The Trials of Bob Packwood in Aug 1993 and Packwood still didn't quit until Sept 1995

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