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Book Review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: a FAIR Approach

SAN1701 Strawman (46 comments)

"While stressing over Ebola, the media is oblivious to true public health threats like obesity, heart disease, drunk driving, diabetes, and the like."

No, it's not. Actually, no matter how much the media repeat warnings about these issues, PEOPLE (a part of them) is oblivious to these public health issues. I dare you to watch CNN or read MSN, HuffPo or any news aggregator a day without something being said about at least one of these issues, mostly (in US) obesity. We even had a mayor on NYC that went into a series of highly controversial steps to prevent obesity (limiting size of sodas, really? Coach potatoes would buy 2 of them). it's just that some people doesn't pay attention because they don't want to change their lifestyle.

Ebola is something "new", so gets more flash from news outlets since people will cringe for, well, news. It's the way people work, unfortunately. In a BTVS season, the much bigger issues above would be the Big Bad. Ebola is just the monster of the week. Granted, it gets full attention now, but once current crisis is gone, I doubt you'll hear about it until another outbreak.

about a month ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

SAN1701 Re:Economically Inefficient (467 comments)

Yeah, but you seem to forget that those privately owned complexes are only profitable beyond a certain level of occupation. For they, to place somebody in prison for whatever reason is always welcome.

about 9 months ago
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

SAN1701 Re:World's Greatest Pioneer (480 comments)

Well, except for the part that Ed Harris was actually John Glenn, and Armstrong, for not being in the Mercury program, wasn't even in the movie (he started at Gemini), yeah, I agree with you.

more than 2 years ago
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Gamer Keeps Civilization II Game Going for 10 Years

SAN1701 Re:1984 (219 comments)

Totally agree.

more than 2 years ago
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Gamer Keeps Civilization II Game Going for 10 Years

SAN1701 Re:1984 (219 comments)

Mod parent up, IIRC there's no reason to believe there's an actual war between the 3 superpowers in '1984' book, apart from the totalitarian government propaganda.

more than 2 years ago
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Child Porn As a Weapon

SAN1701 Re:How easy? (774 comments)

This stems from the completely broken Christian concept that children are innocent and therefore must be protected at all costs from anything and everything.

You know what's fun? Try to discover at which age Mary gave birth to Jesus.

It's ironic in so many levels...

more than 4 years ago
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BioWare's Star Wars MMO To Have Space Combat

SAN1701 Re:Co-op Capital Ships (122 comments)

Agreed, treating space combat as an air combat without the ground is so silly, and Galactica should be praised for trying to change this. But the lack of laser weapons was a mistake. They make much more sense for a fight in space than the cannons the Vipers had not only talking about speed to the target to avoid defensive maneuver (when you see it, you're already hit), but also the lack of recoil, which is more problematic in the vacuum.

Since guns have grease, dirty, etc. I believe they were there to make the Viper a somewhat more "realistic" spaceship. But to me, it had the opposite effect, it was just bizarre.

more than 4 years ago
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Ireland May Be Next To Censor the Internet

SAN1701 Blasphemy a crime? (155 comments)

But all I said to my wife was "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah!"

more than 4 years ago
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Key Letter By Descartes Found After 170 Years

SAN1701 Re:Meditations on First Philosophy (165 comments)

Altough I think the first part of the book is much too, well, "crazy" to be taken as a menace to the church by the censors of the time, I agree, it's possible that he was only self-preserving.

more than 4 years ago
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Key Letter By Descartes Found After 170 Years

SAN1701 Re:Meditations on First Philosophy (165 comments)

Yeah, I felt the same way.

Reminds me of Einstein. Both of them made huge discoveries that ended up scaring them. Einstein negated quantum mechanics (which his works helped create), and even came with a "cosmological constant" when he saw his equations couldn't contemplate a peaceful, organized space in which he (and the rest of the world) believed at that time. Descartes have made such a gigantic leap in thinking, came to the aforementioned conclusion, that even he got scared with the implications and then came with some half-baked "proof" on the existence of God to find some relief.

I don't blame them. They were intellectual giants, but men nevertheless. Men that can be afraid of schocking discoveries, even if they came from their own, powerful, minds.

more than 4 years ago
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US Lawmakers Set Sights On P2P Programs

SAN1701 Think the other way around (180 comments)

Altough it seems a reasonable, positive, even obvious law, it might also be the first step to make it easier to sue people from sharing. If some dumb user does unawarely install something in his/her machine, not bothering to read some comprehensive, law-enforced EULA, and share some DMCA-protected content without knowing, seems to me that RIAA lawyers will have a much stronger case against them - that might be the motive they are being specific about P2P programs, and not every junk people put on their machines. IANAL, but it seems to me that "I didn't know these files were being shared" kind of defenses will hold much less under these new provisions, and it's possible this might be the hidden objective of this law. I hope some lawyer here in /., proves me wrong on this.

more than 4 years ago
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Alan Turing Gets an Apology From Prime Minister Brown

SAN1701 Sure it does (576 comments)

It makes nothing to the great dead man who suffered this injustice, but the acceptance, by the government, that it was a wrongdoing, turns it more difficult to happen again. And this is far from nothing.

more than 5 years ago

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