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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'. for example. Graph at

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:

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.':

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.

Comment Re:It has a combined address/search bar (Score 2) 688

You can search in the address bar.

Sorta - if your favorite/memory-muscle way of searching for stuff on websites is specifying the website first, then I'm fairly certain that searching for (e.g.) firefox will not give you what you'd get in the search bar in 29 - I'm seem to recall getting bitten by it in 29 way back when I couldn't figure out how to get the search bar to be visible (reset the UI was the solution) - it's certainly still broken in 31.

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