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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

compro01 Re:Wait, wait... (132 comments)

Our government can buy up vulnerabilities from Exodus, then release them

Or just buy up Exodus, period, continue operating it as a GOC, and release vulnerabilities are they're discovered.

3 days ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

compro01 Re:what a coincidence (253 comments)

You're thinking of Type 1 Diabetes where this is for Type 2.

No, many type 2 diabetics are insulin-dependant.

about a week ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

compro01 Re:Was she cured? (126 comments)

Seems to me stupid to say a person is cured if they have to keep taking meds to prevent a relapse.
By that standard insulin is a cure for diabetes.

They thought she might have been cured as she went two years without the meds without suffering a relapse. Typically, a relapse occurs within weeks of discontinuing the medication.

But that ended up bring wrong, as she eventually did relapse, so now they need to figure out why it took so long for that to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

compro01 Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (311 comments)

She's taking a stand against someone else's repugnant behavior.

By suing what appears to be everyone except that someone else?

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

compro01 Re:yes but (302 comments)

Hobby Lobby didn't have a problem with contraceptives they were okay with 16 that is currently on the market. They didn't want to support the last four drugs which are abortifacients. Anyways, the ruling was much more. You should read it carefully.

They were okay with the 1,196 that are on the market. It was just the 4, including two types of IUDs that were problematic.

Yes, and then SCOTUS ruled the next day that Catholic-owned corporations can opt out of all birth control.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

compro01 Re:yes but (302 comments)

Me not paying for your stuff is not the same as me keeping you from having it.

"I'm not denying treatment, I'm denying payment."

about two weeks ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

compro01 Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (225 comments)

You will need to have a process of converting Fusion-generated energy into fuel.

We've had that for almost a century. The Fischer-Tropsch process. Hydrogen+carbon monoxide+energy=liquid hydrocarbons.

The whole "fuel from seawater" thing a few months ago was this, using seawater as the source for the hydrogen (electrolysis) and carbon (dissolved in seawater).

about three weeks ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

compro01 Re:CFL in Low Temperature (196 comments)

Forget about using a CFL in the cold. Go get a LED bulb for that. The one I have in my front steps light (A 22W Feit) actually seems to get brighter the colder it gets.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

compro01 Re:Legal Precedent? (495 comments)

This comes under the general category of "absurdly overbroad".

It's like pitching an entire city of of their houses because you suspect that there's criminal activity going on somewhere in that city.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

compro01 Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

That's Verisign, not Verizon.

Though not all the domains in question were .com and .net. For example, no-ip.biz appears to be out and that TLD is run by Neustar, though they're also a US corp.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

1. 9% is the "typical use" failure rate. The "perfect use" rate is hypothetical and of little consequence for practical use, as people doing things perfectly is a damn rare occurrence. It's a far better idea to promote the use of methods that are inherently screwup-proof.

2. Yes, that is probably entirely within the constitutional powers of the US federal government. What you listed is quite similar to what was mandated by the second Militia Act of 1792. Though I don't think there was ever a legal challenge to that law, so I'm not completely sure on its constitutionality.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

You got that backward, though. An IUD is considerably cheaper than the pill.

In total, yes, but with the IUD, it's all paid up front, which comes to a paycheque or two for a low-wage worker, whereas the pill comes in $10/month instalments.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

That's kind of the crux of the matter, isn't it? A month of generic birth control pills costs about $10/mo. Purchased in bulk, condoms are about $0.50/ea. Both are readily available at no cost from a variety of sources for those who can't afford them. Setting aside the heated political debate, it seems foolish to route these sorts of purchases through your insurance company, with inevitable overhead, rather than simply purchasing them yourself.

Great! The people least able to afford a pregnancy can only get the least-effective forms of birth control! Awesome! That's definitely not a bad idea.

Or we can offer them any method they want, including far more effective and foolproof ones (IUD, implant, etc.), all at the same cost, which is what the mandate is about.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

We had it before the ACA's mandate. 85% of group health plans provided it. Non-profits in all 50 States and many local governments make it available to those who can't afford it. The cost is not prohibitive even for those without insurance who don't wish to avail themselves of the aforementioned options.

You're assuming all birth control methods are created equal. They aren't.

The pill is a comparatively poor method in terms of success rate (roughly 9%/year failure rate and needs to be taken religiously every day) compared to more recent methods, such as IUDs (0.2-0.8% failure rate, depending on type. Basically foolproof as they're insert-and-forget for 3+ years) and implants (0.05% (this is actually better than the success rate for tubal ligation), insert-and-forget for 4 years).

The mandate expanded the state of things from "Oh, you're poor, so you get the failure-prone pill because it's cheap" to "Take your pick of any method, they're all covered", which is a good thing. Saddling people who can least afford a child with the most failure-prone method for preventing that is a recipe for disaster.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Bad media coverage (1330 comments)

To start with Hobby lobby was NOT against contraceptives, and offered it to their employees. They were against 'after the fact' options. Like "plan B".

HL has stated they're not against contraceptives, just the ones the voices in their head tell them are bad. And yet somehow, they didn't have a problem with them before the PPACA.

We'll see where they go now that they have their nose in the tent.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

Actually just the male Catholic judges.

Sotomayor is also Catholic, but joined up on Ginsberg's dissent.

about three weeks ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

compro01 Re:What logic! (139 comments)

There's no more reason to trust that your paper ballot is being counted correctly than your electronic ballot.

Sure there is. Up here in Canada, the counting of the ballots is observed by representatives of each candidate that wishes to send one. Unless you want to claim that all the candidates are in on it (in which case you're screwed regardless), it's decidedly difficult to mess with the counting process.

about a month ago

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