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Comment Security? (Score 1) 112

The Microsoft-owned service takes pride in [...] the security it offers their data

Oh? https://blog.linkedin.com/2016...

In 2012, LinkedIn was the victim of an unauthorized access and disclosure of some members' passwords. [...]

Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members

Comment The study wasn't about abstinance (Score 3, Informative) 643

Why is a study about homosexual and bisexual behaviour actually being on the increase (eventual source of the 'story',) that doesn't mention abstinence in it's heading or abstract being hijacked into a news story about something the study wasn't exploring?

The number of U.S. adults who had at least one same-sex partner since age 18 doubled between the early 1990s and early 2010s (from 3.6 to 8.7 % for women and from 4.5 to 8.2 % for men). Bisexual behavior (having sex with both male and female partners) increased from 3.1 to 7.7 %, accounting for much of the rise, with little consistent change in those having sex exclusively with same-sex partners.

(emph mine)

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 837

Well, that's because tobacco products cost society a huge amount of money in health care costs

If you're going to cite the costs of healthcare while they're still alive, you're going to have to net off the savings made by them dying earlier and not incurring the health costs of looking after long-lived dementia sufferers and government pensions not paid out.

People who live longer cost "the health system and taxpayer" more than those that die earlier of $SIN_DU_JOUR.

Comment Re:An interesting piece of data for idiots to misu (Score 1) 182

Well I guess the article clarifies that coffee in moderation has some positive effects...

So does drinking in moderation. Google 'alcohol j-graph'.

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publ... for example. Graph at http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publ...

Moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer from an early death or various diseases, and it's not until you get to around 80g/ day of ethanol (8 UK alcohol units, 4.6 US alcohol units) that you are back to the same risk level of a tee-totaller.

Comment Re: This was _outlawed_ in the USA? (Score 5, Informative) 545

No, if that were the case they would instead repeal the old law.

Which they're not doing. A recent case: http://www.freerangekids.com/m...

On Nov. 18, Maria Hasankolli of Wallingford, CT, came home in the early hours of the morning after visiting a relative at the hospital. She overslept while her 8-year-old stepson got himself ready for school — and missed his bus. The boy, Lucan, decided to walk to school on his own, two miles away, and was about halfway there when a business owner spotted him and called the cops. The cops drove Lucan to school, then went to his home, woke Hasankolli and clapped her into handcuffs.

She was driven to the police precinct, had her mug shot taken, and was given a $2500 bond. Her court date is this Wednesday. The charge?

Risk of injury to a minor.

Comment Stop using "user-ids" as "passwords" (Score 5, Insightful) 77

Once again a company decides to use something that should be equivalent to a user-id as a password and gets it wrong.

This is the same deal as it is with using fingerprints as 'passwords.': http://blog.dustinkirkland.com.....

But biometrics cannot, and absolutely must not, be used to authenticate an identity. For authentication, you need a password or passphrase. Something that can be independently chosen, changed, and rotated.

Comment Article debunked here... (Score 5, Interesting) 305


The [lack of health benefits] claim is based on the fact that most of the risk reductions in the latter two tables are not statistically significant, except for women aged 65 and over. But there is a simple reason for this which some cynical people would call a trick. A relatively small sample has been taken and then split into different age groups, sexes and consumption levels to create dozens of even smaller samples. This, combined with the fact that there are relatively few never-drinkers to use as a reference, makes it very difficult to generate statistically significant results from any individual group.

If you combined the age groups, the reduction in mortality would reach significance. If you combined the genders, it would reach significance. If you combined the various different drinking levels and simply compared those who drank moderately with those who never drank, it would reach significance.

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