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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

camg188 Health care costs rise? - No (312 comments)

From the summary:

if the evidence becomes overwhelming, the health costs rise...

This argument is starting to replace the "but think of the kids" argument. It's pointless, pulled out when someone wants an emotional reaction.
Sure, obviously some thing(activity, food, chemical, ...) can make you sick and incur medical costs. But what would happen if that thing was completely removed from your life? Immortality? Nope, some other thing will make you get sick and incur medical costs.

The point is that at some point everybody will get sick/hurt, incur medical costs and die.

Regarding the medical costs, does it really matter whether the cause was sitting, smoking, obesity, flu, cancer, accident, etc.? If you are worried about the burden of medical costs on society in general, the people who die suddenly just around their retirement age would be the least burden.

about a week ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

camg188 Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

simple, obvious...
Click the "Use FreedomBox" link
Click the "FreedomBox in the Press" link. (I guess press coverage is part of using FreedomBox?)
Click on the link to the one and only article listed (Third link now?)
Scan article, it refers to a homegrown mesh network, wtf?... Do a word search on "FreedomBox", no hits? oh, article refers to it as 2 words: "Freedom Box"
Do a word search on "Freedom"
JACKPOT (sort of):

The concept: It's a personal server, which automatically scrambles digital data to make them harder for unauthorized people to intercept. The idea is to create a personal "cloud," or online storage space, for data before the information is sent to standard e-mail or Web services.

TLDR: some kind of encryption dongle.

about a week ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

camg188 Re:Evolution (178 comments)

according to the drone operator...
according to the triathlete...
I reckon the drone operator is full of shit and just making up whatever comes to mind.

Why do you automatically believe the athlete?
Something strange is going on with "her". The article refers to Raija Ogden as "her", "she", and "Mrs".
But that picture with the article... IT'S A MAN, BABY!

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

camg188 Re:Help fund next blender open movie (306 comments)

No, because you seem to be calling me an ass. Remove the comma and all is well.

about three weeks ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

camg188 Re:Helium (143 comments)

Wind turbines and birds generally do not mix

I thought this turbine was designed to be tethered 1000 feet up. Do birds fly that high?

about a month ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

camg188 Re:14th Amendment (284 comments)

Yes. I don't know if it is accurate, but you should at least verify that google maps doesn't show area 51 before making statements like this. https://maps.google.com/maps?f...

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

camg188 Re:Why? (769 comments)

Coffee is high in antioxidants and good for your heart.

Self-Righteous Prig!

I had to give up caffeine because it was causing me to have heart arrhythmia.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

camg188 Re:If we're going to ban "driving while X"... (226 comments)

But the statistics contradict your assertions.
What do you say about the stats collected and published by the NTSB that show that fatalities and injuries from auto accidents have been steadily DECLINING for the past 20 years. The statistics are on their website. Go look them up for yourself, I did.
The stats indicate that it is safer to drive now, after the widespread adoption of mobile phones, portable video, touchscreens and a myriad of other distractions. Why would it be any different with the google glass?

about a month ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

camg188 Based on stats, there is no problem (226 comments)

Last I checked, auto accident fatalities and injuries have been steadily declining for the past 20 years despite having more vehicles on the road and more total miles driven every year.

One of the problems here is that the government loves to fix non-existent problems, but the biggest problem may be all the hyperbole used in the "news media" to drum up attention, clicks, ratings, etc. This very article is a good example. From the summary:

Given the toll on our highways shown to arise from distracted drivers

That statement is total bullshit. Show me the toll, the deadly toll laying waste to millions across our country. I'm surprised that "think of the kids" wasn't tossed in there too.

about a month ago
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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

camg188 Another brick in the wall? (110 comments)

That album was released 35 years ago.
Quit making me feel old.

about 2 months ago
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Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

camg188 remember (166 comments)

Mr. Hand

about 2 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

camg188 subsidy misnomer (117 comments)

cash giveaways from government to the entire fossil fuel industry

The last I checked, no cash was being given away to oil companies. Some people use the term "subsidies" for political purposes when a more accurate definition would be "doing business with."
The two biggest so-called subsidies are the strategic oil reserve and HEAP heating assistance. Both of which involve the government simply buying fuel, not handing out money.

It would be like saying that Boeing is subsidized because the government bought a bunch of jets from them.

about 3 months ago
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Rap Genius Returns To Google Search Rankings

camg188 Re:Rap "Genius"? (115 comments)

Summary of the video:
* Rap Genius is a website that provides crowdsourced text annotation services.
* It got it's name because it originally provided "decoding" of rap lyrics so little Joe Schmoe could figure out what "beez in the trap" means.* But now they want to provide text annotation to documents of all kinds of subjects.

about 4 months ago
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Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

camg188 Re:FB2K FTW (400 comments)

Foobar is also great for tagging and renaming MP3 files. I really like the rename function based of spreadsheet-like functions that use the tag data.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla's 2012 Annual Report: 90% of Revenue Came From Google

camg188 Re:Because they put out crap (278 comments)

but they can't fix a nearly ten year old bug with find.

OM-fn-G!
You mean they haven't fixed the bug where the FindToolbar's 'Find Previous' button in XML document tree view doesn't work!!1!

That's a pretty petty criticism. It's a feature that is rarely used. I'd bet that most Firefox users are completely unaware of it. Particularly when a there's a simple workaround. Just manually move your cursor to the top of the page and use the "Find Next" button.

about 5 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

camg188 Re:How is this news? (617 comments)

From the article:

We're not going to run out of music, but it's going to be a bit mediocre by and by.

No. I completely disagree. It's the same as it ever was and ever will be.
If you plot almost any human metric on a graph you will get a bell curve type distribution where there is always a small percentage that is the superlative of that particular metric.
The rest is mediocre because, well, that's the definition of mediocre.

about 7 months ago
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Medical Firm Sues IRS For 4th Amendment Violation In Records Seizure

camg188 Re:They're just getting a head start on Obamacare. (365 comments)

Really now?...

Where in the legislation does it say they could seize the 60 million records they are accused of taking, "despite knowing that these medical records were not within the scope of the warrant?"
Where in the legislation does it say they can target specific political affiliations to deny/delay tax exempt status or use special scrutiny as a bullying tactic?

If these aren't bright enough red flags for you:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Sec. 1502-IN GENERAL.-Part III of subchapter A of chapter 61 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after subpart c the following new subpart:
SEC. 6055. REPORTING OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
(b) FORM AND MANNER OF RETURN
(1)
(B)
(iv) such other information as the Secretary may require

Where 'Secretary' refers to the Secretary of the Treasury. This section describes what is to be reported to the IRS. Sections (i) through (iii) specify name, address, tax id number and policy information. Section (iv) is completely open ended.

about a year ago

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