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Comment Re:Turning up the volume (Score 1) 209

What you're describing is what's called an artillery notch because it's quite common among soldiers and sailors who've been exposed to too much outbound gunfire. In my case, too much outbound 5"/54 shore support back in '72, although it didn't become a problem until almost forty years later, which isn't that uncommon I gather. I've received three sets of hearing aids from the VA (I lost one from the first set and the second eventually wore out.) at no cost because it's Service Connected.

Comment Re:Vegetarians at risk. (Score 1) 134

The fact that it bioaccumulates in humans suggests that it might in food animals as well, but doesn't prove it. And, the fact that it gets excreted by humans suggests (but doesn't prove) that it doesn't. Again, we don't know enough to judge how dangerous it is, but caution is certainly indicated, especially when you consider that young children may well be much more sensitive to this than adults.

Comment Re:Vegetarians at risk. (Score 5, Insightful) 134

If the drug in question is one which bioaccumulates...

And that's the big question, isn't it? I hope somebody's looking into it, because without knowing how much it accumulates in the animal's bodies we can't judge how much of a concern it is. And, even if it isn't, the animal's waste products are probably being used as fertilizer, sending it right back into whatever crops it's used on. I'm not an alarmist, but we clearly need to know more about this.

Comment Re:Bluffing (Score 2) 192

That means they're hardened against worse than fuel-air bombs.

As it happens, the effect on personnel of a FAE in foxholes, tunnels and bunkers is considerably more drastic than it is to people in the open because the pressure wave is far more concentrated in confined spaces. Unless the NK positions are completely airtight at the time of the blast (which would render them temporarily unusable) you could easily end up with undamaged artillery that's out of action because all of the gun crews are dead. And, even if they survived, there's a good chance that the side effects of the experience would have rendered them unable to work the guns, as happened to the crews of some of the German gun emplacements defending the beaches on D-Day.

Comment Re:Because of seating capacity (Score 1) 150

This idea was not well thought out.

Actually, it might have been very well thought out. AMC may be getting some static from vocal ID10Ts who want to be allowed to ruin everybody else's experience at the theater and are demanding to be allowed to use their phones during the movies. Simply ignoring them won't work because they're too self-centered and selfish to accept the fact that they're not being allowed to act like spoiled children. Now, however, AMC can point to the fact that they did consider giving these phules what they wanted until they saw how bad it would be for business and everybody else is happy.

Comment Re:checks on the system (Score 1) 406

These are people receiving disability benefits from Social Security...

Maybe not. Some of them may be vets, using a combination of GI Bill and student loans to finance their education. If they have a condition that's later ruled to be Service Connected, their compensation comes from the VA, not Social Security. I know because when my hearing started to go about ten years ago it was ruled that it was caused by my exposure to outbound shore bombardment back in '72, and my diabetes was eventually listed as being caused by indirect exposure to Agent Orange during the same period. I'm not arguing against your basic point, just showing that there's a whole class of disabled people you've accidentally overlooked.

Comment Re:One missing detail (Score 1) 108

These techniques are applicable on any platform.

That's very, very true. And, I'm sure that a similar piece of malware that was designed to run on Linux would work, although I'm not sure if it would have access to the system files. (That depends on how it was written and what other security measures were on the target system.) My point was simply that this specific example was written with Windows in mind, probably because the potential number of targets is so large.

Comment One missing detail (Score 1, Informative) 108

It's not mentioned in the summary, but if you take the time to RTFA (Yes, I know this is Slashdot, but still...) you'll find that this is Windows specific. That's not to say that an infection can't be devastating, or that people using Windows deserve what they get, it's just making note of the fact that those of us who don't use Windows don't need to worry about it.

Comment Re:Unpossible! (Score 1) 47

I've been using SELinux for years, and I can't remember the last time I had an alert that wasn't caused by some badly-written program trying to do something it had no business doing. For that matter, it's been the best part of a year since I've had an alert. If you don't want to use it, that's up to you, but I'm happy to have it.

Comment Re:This has nothing to do with piracy (Score 1) 266

I don't think so. My thought is that there's probably a large number of people who still want to play the old version of WoW and would be willing to pay a monthly subscription to do so. It might be worth Blizzard's while to find out if there are enough people out there that want to play the older game instead of the latest and greatest to make putting some servers back up for them profitable.

Comment Re:This has nothing to do with piracy (Score 1) 266

Blizzard does not care about private servers for an old game.

Very true, but they're being short sighted here. If there are 800k users who still want to play the old version, Blizzard should bring back some servers to host the old-style game and rack in the subscription fees. In fact, if I owned stock in the company, I'd be at the next stockholder's meeting asking some pointed questions about why they're throwing this revenue stream away instead of taking advantage of it.

Comment Re:Err on the side of caution (Score 1) 55

The key word is "control".

Yes. Exactly. This is why there are Mosquito Abatement Districts where I live not Elimination Districts.

And they do a very good job, too. Back when I was young, in the '50s, mosquitoes were quite a problem in the San Fernando Valley. If there was the slightest gap in the window screens, you'd wake up with at least four or five new bites every morning until you either patched the screen or at least made sure that window was closed at night. Now, if you get more than two or three bites per year it's unusual. You may not be able to eliminate them, but that's no excuse for not even trying.

Comment Re:Err on the side of caution (Score 1) 55

Zika on the other hand is carried by mosquitoes and anywhere the type of mosquitoes that can carry it are endemic it will be a threat.

Most parts of the USA that have mosquitoes also have measures in place to control and/or eliminate them, some more effective than others. I would hope that those measures would help control this, along with other mosquito born diseases.

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