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Fighting the Number-One Killer In the US With Data

katz Re:Waste of money (121 comments)

That's great that you eliminated processed food. Try to get your total cholesterol under 150. This page[1] mentions the Framingham Study[2], which showed that "only patients with cholesterol levels of less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) achieve the lowest coronary artery disease risk. In the first 50 years of the Framingham study, only five subjects with cholesterol levels of less than 150 mg/dl developed coronary artery disease. Rural residents in the developing areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America typically have total-cholesterol levels of about 125-140, and they do not develop coronary artery disease."

1. Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine's page on heart disease: http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/cholesterol-and-heart-disease
2. Castelli WP. Making practical sense of clinical trial data in decreasing cardiovascular risk. Am J Cardiol. 2001;88(4A):16F-20F

1 year,12 days
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Fighting the Number-One Killer In the US With Data

katz Waste of money (121 comments)

If you want to prevent heart disease, stop eating saturted fat and cholesterol and stick with a low-fat whole-plant-based diet. This knowledge is not new; this stuff has been known for almost a hundred years now, yet we're still spending money dancing around the fact that eating animals and their byproducts leads to heart disease.

Source: http://www.plantpositive.com/

1 year,12 days
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Standard Kilogram Gains Weight

katz Oh, you mean... (177 comments)

Oh, you mean the International scientific community's attempt to redefine the Kilogram? It's called the "dildo" but they are having trouble all agreeing on the proper pronunciation. So for now they're continuing to measure up against this dildo-shaped hunk of alloy that apparently gains weight over the years and every so often has to be rubbed off ceremoniously by a skilled handler with a strap of leather dipped in alcohol.

about 2 years ago
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AMD and ARM Team Up

katz Re:They should be called AAA. (108 comments)

Hey that was me up there with the bulldozer suggestion :) Thanks for letting me know it made others laugh!

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Building 120PB Cluster Out of 200,000 Hard Disks

katz Sounds like a data orgy.. (290 comments)

...for hoarding whorecookies.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

katz Missing part of his statement (553 comments)

Sounds like "anonymity on the Internet has to go away" for his business model to work. Blech.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's SkyDrive Drops Silverlight

katz Re:Netflix (358 comments)

DRM, that's the kicker. Talk about HTML5 all we want--fact is, there still ain't a standard video type. I can see MS continuing to pull all sorts of nasty lock-in strategies even with open standards.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Streaming Media Players a Passing Fad

katz Roku wants your credit card info (367 comments)

Roku's nice and all, but they did a couple of things that really turned me off: First, they make it a mandatory to sign up an online account with them on-line in order to just use the device. Yet another account, sigh. I do not understand why I need to do this if the only thing I am using my Roku player for is streaming from my Netflix account. Next, they required collecting my credit card info as part of signing up with their online account. The credit card info gets used for purchasing content through the Roku device. But I had no intention of using it for anything besides Netflix. And there's no way to get around it, which is why I called them and forced them to give me access without any credit card info. This is ridiculous. Everyone these days seems to want the maximum information they can collect on you. I'm considering returning this device in favor of another one that's not so intrusive as to demand my credit card info right off the bat and track what I watch through yet another online account.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Re:Poor Article (91 comments)

I agree with you. This is what I had meant to convey.. perhaps these attacks are already too entrenched in their systems for them to continue with any modicum of confidence.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Re:Next worm: "Stripes" (91 comments)

Israel ain't the one threatening to destroy Iran, though. Come down from your fifty-thousand-foot view some time and examine the issue critically.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Re:Next worm: "Stripes" (91 comments)

I don't consider negotiating for hostages "[getting]" on just fine". And you didn't address how today Iran is the chief financier of Hezbollah and Hamas.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Re:Next worm: "Stripes" (91 comments)

Israel and Iran got along fine until Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. Nowadays Iran is the chief financier of Hezbollah and Hamas.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Re:Poor Article (91 comments)

I bet they're running scared now, because the fact of the matter is that they can never again be certain that a worm is not operating surreptitiously on their systems. So what else do we expect them to say?

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Re:Call me a jerk, but... (91 comments)

That's not the point here. The Iranian people gain nothing from nuclear weapons testing, so this won't affect them. Good riddance.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack

katz Next worm: "Stripes" (91 comments)

Eat it, bitches.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

katz Temporary/disposable *scoped* keys (333 comments)

From here: https://spideroak.com/blog/200811201300

"Most storage providers -- if they offer encryption at all -- only use one encryption key per account. Instead, SpiderOak uses a nested system of many small scoped encryption keys. When you create a ShareRoom, the SpiderOak client makes the encryption keys of appropriate scope for the contents of that share room public.
This makes it possible for our webservers to present the contents to visitors, but nothing beyond the Share Room is known.

So, the upload transaction to create a new ShareRoom and suddenly be sharing a lot of data within your account is very small, and your ShareRoom is ready for company very soon."

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

katz Re:This is why zero-knowledge services are better (333 comments)

I would think that any reputable service would want to protect /themselves/ with a zero-knowledge policy (a true ZK policy where the customer and only the customer has the password). That way when they get a subpoena for customer data, they can hand it over without worrying about being connected to its supposed contents.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

katz Re:SpiderOak (333 comments)

Anecdotal. Perhaps your experience was not to your liking; for me it works great. Besides, you can talk to their support people and developers on IRC (how many other services let you do that, really?)

more than 3 years ago

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