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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

Soulskill posted 1 year,27 days | from the computer-says-you-are-not-yet-rehabilitated dept.

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ananyo writes "In a twist that evokes the dystopian science fiction of writer Philip K. Dick, neuroscientists have found a way to predict whether convicted felons are likely to commit crimes again from looking at their brain scans. Convicts showing low activity in a brain region associated with decision-making and action are more likely to be arrested again, and sooner. The researchers studied a group of 96 male prisoners just before their release. They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the prisoners' brains during computer tasks in which subjects had to make quick decisions and inhibit impulsive reactions. The scans focused on activity in a section of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a small region in the front of the brain involved in motor control and executive functioning. The researchers then followed the ex-convicts for four years to see how they fared. Among the subjects of the study, men who had lower ACC activity during the quick-decision tasks were more likely to be arrested again after getting out of prison, even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors such as age, drug and alcohol abuse and psychopathic traits."

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Block brain scanners by memorizing a host file (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283241)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

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apk on 4chan [4chan.org]

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INCONTROVERTIBLE FEEDBACK PROVIDING ESTABLISHED PROOF OF ALL MY POINTS:

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That was amazing. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073 [slashdot.org]

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My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41835161 [slashdot.org]

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Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579 [slashdot.org]

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put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259 [slashdot.org]

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[apk]'s done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone [else] ever could. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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Can I have some of what you're on? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40947587 [slashdot.org]

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this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565 [slashdot.org]

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oh come on.. this is hilarious. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479 [slashdot.org]

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I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339 [slashdot.org]

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Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251 [slashdot.org]

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As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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It's actually a very clever parody of APK - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229 [slashdot.org]

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Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603 [slashdot.org]

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$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958289 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429 [slashdot.org]

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And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952247 [slashdot.org]

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Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187 [slashdot.org]

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Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956781 [slashdot.org]

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golfclap - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40900827 [slashdot.org]

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The Truth! wants to be Known! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897389 [slashdot.org]

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DNS cube? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897493 [slashdot.org]

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KUDOS valiant AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777 [slashdot.org]

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Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171 [slashdot.org]

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You made my day, thanks! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469 [slashdot.org]

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Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381 [slashdot.org]

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truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795 [slashdot.org]

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It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209 [slashdot.org]

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Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175 [slashdot.org]

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APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137 [slashdot.org]

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You got that right. I think. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972239 [slashdot.org]

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Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972377 [slashdot.org]

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ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429251 [slashdot.org]

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I miss Dr Bob. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432027 [slashdot.org]

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Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951 [slashdot.org]

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Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273 [slashdot.org]

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That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107 [slashdot.org]

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I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555345 [slashdot.org]

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1. You philistine, that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832599 [slashdot.org]

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What? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832673 [slashdot.org]

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I don't know if it is poorly-thought-out, but it is demented because it is at the same time an APK parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832905 [slashdot.org]

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It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41841251 [slashdot.org]

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er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41843313 [slashdot.org]

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performance art - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847089 [slashdot.org]

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it's apk, theres no reason to care. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847097 [slashdot.org]

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Seems more like an apk parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847661 [slashdot.org]

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That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847101 [slashdot.org]

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Oh, come on. Just stand back and look at it. It's almost art, in a Jackson Pollock sort of way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41868923 [slashdot.org]

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Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41864711 [slashdot.org]

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I can has summary? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861327 [slashdot.org]

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I'd have a lot more sympathy if you would log in as APK again instead of AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41868133 [slashdot.org]

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If [apk] made an account, it would be permanently posting at -1, and he'd only be able to post with it twice a day. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41869409 [slashdot.org]

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DAFUQ I just look at? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869085 [slashdot.org]

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Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869353 [slashdot.org]

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We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869305 [slashdot.org]

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Do you know about the shocking connection between APK and arsenic? No? Well, your innocence is about to be destroyed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3472971&cid=42939965 [slashdot.org]

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Send bug reports to 903 east division street, syracuse, ny 13208 - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3483339&cid=42972783 [slashdot.org]

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Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981977 [slashdot.org]

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Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42984521 [slashdot.org]

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In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [thorschrock.com]. Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42983119 [slashdot.org]

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You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42989683 [slashdot.org]

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"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028403 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028425 [slashdot.org]

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I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43029495 [slashdot.org]

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Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43037445 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43048291 [slashdot.org]

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Best. Troll. Ever. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044811 [slashdot.org]

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I like monkeys. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051505 [slashdot.org]

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This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43052263 [slashdot.org]

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lul wut? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3510265&cid=43057839 [slashdot.org]

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I admire this guy's persistence. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063797 [slashdot.org]

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It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063881 [slashdot.org]

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Tabloid newspapers have speculated for years that APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. Too bad we didn't believe them sooner! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063893 [slashdot.org]

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Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [slashdot.org], where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43064383 [slashdot.org]

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I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43069271 [slashdot.org]

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^ Champion Mod parent up. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43067371 [slashdot.org]

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I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094565 [slashdot.org]

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The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43097221 [slashdot.org]

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AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097215 [slashdot.org]

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Don't hate the player, hate the game. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526293&cid=43110679 [slashdot.org]

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If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115215 [slashdot.org]

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">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115337 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115363 [slashdot.org]

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No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto]'s tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43116855 [slashdot.org]

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The thirteenth link is broken. Please fix it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115361 [slashdot.org]

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Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216431 [slashdot.org]

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Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216225 [slashdot.org]

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YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43236143 [slashdot.org]

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I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569173&cid=43236987 [slashdot.org]

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Can I be in your quote list? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569443&cid=43237531 [slashdot.org]

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Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569425&cid=43238177 [slashdot.org]

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+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43238479 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243509 [slashdot.org]

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APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243145 [slashdot.org]

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Anyone else think that sounds like Ron Paul? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43242417 [slashdot.org]

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I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43245913 [slashdot.org]

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You make mikael christ the pet look like an huggable teddy bear - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43242373 [slashdot.org]

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oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247231 [slashdot.org]

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"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43246997 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247097 [slashdot.org]

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"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247135 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247219 [slashdot.org]

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"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247225 [slashdot.org]
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247481 [slashdot.org]

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Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43247533 [slashdot.org]

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you have a point - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247823 [slashdot.org]

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I do admire that level of dedication. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247765 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43250533 [slashdot.org]

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I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43250411 [slashdot.org]

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I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573571&cid=43251593 [slashdot.org]

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Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573679&cid=43252957 [slashdot.org]

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Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573873&cid=43255013 [slashdot.org]

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Happy now - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43237239 [slashdot.org]

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Professional. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255143 [slashdot.org]

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I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43256029 [slashdot.org]

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extremely bright - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255855 [slashdot.org]

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You provide many references, which is good. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43257043 [slashdot.org]

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Holy shit - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576121&cid=43260311 [slashdot.org]

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this is a perfect example - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578157&cid=43265127 [slashdot.org]

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You're my personal hero. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43260747 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously very passionate - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43261975 [slashdot.org]

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Is that ALL you have to say? C'mon! Tell us what you really think. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43262495 [slashdot.org]

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Thanks ... You should probably stay - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577613&cid=43262993 [slashdot.org]

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Art? -- http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569681&cid=43244883 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577639&cid=43263029 [slashdot.org]

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I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43264325 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk is a liar! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578279&cid=43265249 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578301&cid=43265657 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578229&cid=43265767 [slashdot.org]

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Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42698875 [slashdot.org]

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Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3554655&cid=43209619 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42701491 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, the hosts files have become self-aware and started hacking accounts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581857&cid=43276783 [slashdot.org]

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What mad skillz you have!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581193&cid=43273941 [slashdot.org]

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Am I the only one who enjoys this sort of insanity? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3582193&cid=43281063 [slashdot.org]

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You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3580251&cid=43270359 [slashdot.org]

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Most insightful post on the Internet - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3579259&cid=43275207 [slashdot.org]

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people are looking at me funny because I'm laughing hysterically at what a perfect APK imitation it is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581991&cid=43278203 [slashdot.org]

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [google.com] I practice.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

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Re:Block brain scanners by memorizing a host file (4, Funny)

dyingtolive (1393037) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283525)

Speaking of people with lower ACC activity..

Re:Block brain scanners by memorizing a host file (2)

TheP4st (1164315) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283687)

Hahahaha! Thank you, you actually had me laughing out loudly and my inner voice ceased screaming "Die die die AC!"

Quick decision (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283249)

First!!!

YOU FAIL IT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283275)

your skill is not enough

Good technology (5, Funny)

rmdashrf (1338183) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283261)

Now let's first use it on our politicians.

Re:Good technology (1)

geekmux (1040042) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283421)

Now let's first use it on our politicians.

That would imply that they were not above the law to begin with.

It would also imply that We the People still have control to do anything about it, regardless of the test results.

(hint: We don't.)

Re:Good technology (4, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283485)

We have the power, it's just that when half of Americans vote for people promising to bring the government to the knees, you don't wind up with the best or the brightest being elected.

Which is strange, I would have thought voting for people looking to screw up the government would be just the ticket for effective and useful governance. Who'dathunk.

Re:Good technology (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283749)

Take your defeatist attitude to Digg or Reddit. It wasn't amusing 10 years ago, and it's not amusing now. (Oh, look how cool and hip I am; I'm totally cynical and hate everything) BOOOOOORRRRRIIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG

Re:Good technology (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283801)

They tried, but the scanner commited suicide after scanning the third politician...

Re:Good technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284055)

Double-U was a test candidate, but the machine keept saying, "please insert brain"...

Re:Good technology (4, Informative)

gnasher719 (869701) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284107)

Now let's first use it on our politicians.

Totally misunderstanding what this is about.

There's a bit in your brain that tells you "don't do this, this is a bad idea" when you want to do something that is a bad idea. That bit usually stops you from getting into trouble. It will stop you from smacking your boss in the face if he upsets you, which tends to be a bad idea. It will stop you from smashing a car window and grabbing things on the seat. It will stop you from doing things that hurt you (in the end), including any badly planned crime. People where this bit of the brain is underdeveloped tend to do stupid things, including re-offending after getting out of jail and getting caught.

On the other hand, criminals of any kind who carefully plan what they are doing are not affected by this. They also tend to get caught less often.

Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283289)

So do you focus all your Rehab efforts on activities that stimulate this region of the brain, or only parole prisoners that show high activitiy in the area?

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (4, Insightful)

characterZer0 (138196) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283335)

You use this test as an excuse to keep certain people in jail for political reasons.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (5, Insightful)

geekmux (1040042) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283463)

You use this test as an excuse to keep certain people in jail for political reasons.

So, let me get this straight...you're going to continue to incarcerate me, for something I might do in the future?

Believe me, I'm not questioning whether this would actually happen or not. We've proven corruption knows no bounds.

I'm merely pointing out the "minor" issues with this concept, regardless of where our Rights have dissolved away.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (0)

hedwards (940851) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283505)

We're talking about potential parolees. This isn't corruption, this is how the system is supposed to work. Variable sentences are variable dependent upon the parole board's view of whether or not a particular inmate is likely to re-offend. Makes sense, you don't really need to keep somebody behind bars for the rest of their life, if they don't re-offend and have paid their debt to society.

Parole boards prefer to to grant parole to somebody that's likely to go out and commit more crimes.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (2)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283571)

"I'm merely pointing out the "minor" issues with this concept, regardless of where our Rights have dissolved away."

Not only would legislating nearly anything based on this border on Thought Crime, it would reflect ignorance of the basic principle that statistics do not reveal anything about individual cases.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283901)

Although this fear is certainly reasonable, one could argue that stratifying recidivism risk (in a valid fashion) would allow the system to concentrate treatment and surveillance efforts on higher risk persons. If you can focus on those criminals who would benefit from intensive therapy (and you could indeed find such a therapy), you might be more effective and less costly.

Of course, this requires a rather pollyanish view of the world, but anyone who has a financial position in functional MRIs ought to feel good about this.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (1)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283909)

Oh don't be silly. This isn't thought crime. It's pre-thought crime. The criminal hasn't even thought about committing the crime and he's already guilty!

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (1)

characterZer0 (138196) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283935)

New York State already has laws to keep some sex offenders incarcerated after they serve their sentences.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284213)

Since parole is prospective judgement of the risk of releasing one person, the decision is always going to be one of applying general knowledge to individual cases. Now we have parole officers making subjective decisions, which IMHO is just a way of mixing inaccurate statistics with personal biases. Moving away from that model to one that's based on real statistics and objectively measurable data seems like an improvement.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (2)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284473)

Well it basically happens here in Minnesota with sex offenders. After they have finished their jail or prison term they get them committed to a mental institution because they might offend again. This has been held up the courts as this is a civil commitment and not a criminal one even though the individual does not wish to be held. Thus no ex post facto or double jeopardy things preventing this. As they are convicted sex offenders no one really wants to remedy the problem and no politician will touch the issue with a 10 foot pole.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (1)

kjs3 (601225) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283527)

Look at the big brain on characterZer0. I couldn't mod up...sorry

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (1)

dragon-file (2241656) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283667)

You use this test as an excuse to keep certain people in jail for political reasons.

Wrong. You use the results of this test to get funding which you then spend doing everything you missed out on in 4 years while you were tailing this people around town waiting for them to get arrested again.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284077)

You use the results of this test to get funding which you then spend doing everything you missed out on in 4 years while you were tailing this people around town waiting for the perfect opportunity to frame them thus validating your results.

Fixed that for you.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (2)

bhartman34 (886109) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283677)

Regardless of whether this is a bad idea or not, how is keeping someone who fails this test incarcerated "political"? It seems to me that if the test is the basis for parole or release, that's the opposite of political. That's based on science. Whether it's based on good science is another question, but it's certainly not based on, "Keeping you locked up will look good to my voters", or "Giving you early release will look good to my [other] voters".

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283861)

The GP is saying that you could use this test as justification for continued incarceration after you have decided you want to continue incarceration for some other, non-scientific reason.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (2)

SolemnDwarf (863575) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283639)

Both, to be honest. There still needs to be a continuity of treatment throughout the CJ system, from incarceration through re-entry.

These scans, if accurate, will simply be another tool in the toolbox. Various assessments (old-school interview style) regarding decision-making skills are already being used. This would add another measurement tool to the mix.

Decision-making skills play a significant role, but there are plenty of other factors that help to reduce recidivism rates, such as anti-social belief systems, mental health, criminal companions, etc.

It's important people realize this only measures likelihood of re-offending. It's not a yes/no. No "pre-crime" scenarios could be used. Even if someone measured out at 99% likelihood to re-offend, it doesn't guarantee they will.

Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (2)

RatPh!nk (216977) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283863)

Decision-making skills play a significant role, but there are plenty of other factors that help to reduce recidivism rates, such as anti-social belief systems, mental health, criminal companions, etc

which according to the article were controlled for.......Doesn't mean it is perfect, but it is less of a confounding variable then you may think.

Beware of sampling bias (5, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283295)

Does the more impulsive decision-making mean they're more likely to commit new crimes, or simply more likely to get caught?

Re:Beware of sampling bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283329)

Good point.

They were all caught and imprisoned initially (2)

kawabago (551139) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283443)

So that should even selection bias

Re:They were all caught and imprisoned initially (3, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284127)

They're measuring re-arrest, not recidivism (committing new crimes). There is a difference: not all who commit crimes get arrested, and not all who get arrested have committed a crime. One of the key principles in _How to Lie with Statistics_ (excellent book) was the following:

  1. Discover that you don't have data to support a desire finding (in this case, that we can predict who will re-commit crimes)
  2. Provide data that supports some other finding instead (in this case, re-arrest rate)
  3. Pretend there is no difference between your desired finding and your actual finding
  4. ...

  5. Profit!

Re:Beware of sampling bias (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283479)

Does the more impulsive decision-making mean they're more likely to commit new crimes, or simply more likely to get caught?

And how is this impulsive decision-making different between committing crimes or other impuslive behavior (like going shopping for bananas and coming how with four bags of groceries?)

Re:Beware of sampling bias (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283543)

That wouldn't mean it was useless though. Identifying dumb recidivists would still have some advantages over not identifying either, even if it was biased that way.

However, that in combination with another bias mentioned in TFA does make me think this technique is bad news

Men who were in the lower half of the ACC activity ranking had a 2.6-fold higher rate of rearrest for all crimes and a 4.3-fold higher rate for nonviolent crimes.

Emphasis added. So it's more effective at identifying dumb drug dealers who are going to re-offend. But we lock way too many of those up already. I think law enforcement needs to be focused a lot more on violent criminals, and less focus on non-violent criminals.

So, I'm leaning toward "lets not waste taxpayer money on screening criminals with this." I think this will only pad police department budgets and will not make us actually safer. Come back when you have a way of identifying people who are going to re-commit violent crimes, then we'll start discussing whether it's worth it.

Re:Beware of sampling bias (1)

bhartman34 (886109) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283929)

Men who were in the lower half of the ACC activity ranking had a 2.6-fold higher rate of rearrest for all crimes and a 4.3-fold higher rate for nonviolent crimes.

My math may be off, but I don't think it is higher for violent offenders, if I'm reading this sentence right.

Rate * normal for non-violent offenders = 4.3
Rate * normal for all offenders = 2.6
Rate * normal for violent offenders = X


(4.3 + X )/2 = 2.6
4.3 + X = 5.2
X = 5.2 - 4.3

X = 0.9

Re:Beware of sampling bias (2)

dgatwood (11270) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284393)

Your math is off. You're subtracting non-like percentages. It is not possible to know the rate for violent offenders without knowing what percentage of "all offenders" are violent.

Unless, of course, that detail is covered in the actual article.

Re:Beware of sampling bias (2)

dgatwood (11270) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284065)

Non-violent crime isn't just drug dealers. In fact, that is probably the least likely to be affected by differences in impulse suppression. One of the major functions of the ACC is to suppress impulses, particularly in situations where you have previously learned that acting on those impulses is harmful. But you don't become a drug dealer just because you stumble upon a drug dealer and suddenly getting the urge to do that. It is a conscious decision that involves planning, networking, etc.

The non-violent recidivism that this predicts are unplanned crimes—shoplifting, buying drugs, public drunkenness, etc.—the sorts of crimes that are caused by someone acting on impulse.

What this tells us is that certain people are unlikely to ever develop the ability to resist temptation, and that the only way to prevent them from going back to a life of crime is to ensure that those temptations are not part of their lives. There are many ways to accomplish this, with varying degrees of success. For example, if someone fails this test, it would be best for them to not try to go back to their lives prior to being in prison. They should try to make a clean start, and should be very, very selective about who they allow back into their new lives, to reduce the chances of falling into the same pattern of behavior that got them in trouble in the first place. That makes this a great diagnostic test for determining how closely to monitor someone on probation/parole, to what extent they will need additional support, what sort of terms the judge should set for probation/parole, etc.

The reason this is a stronger indicator for nonviolent crimes is that the sorts of people who commit violent crimes fall into three categories: the sociopaths, the people who commit crimes of passion, and people who commit violent crimes as an unplanned side effect of committing other crimes (e.g. people who initially planned to steal something from a store, but ended up shooting the store manager after he pointed a gun at them). Of these:

  • The sociopaths are likely to commit another violent crime, but we already have ways to test for that.
  • The people who commit a crime of passion are unlikely to be in a similarly extreme situation, so they are unlikely to commit another violent crime.
  • The people who commit a violent crime because they acted on impulse might commit another one, but that would be predicted by this same test.

Two things make this test a weaker indicator for violent recidivism: the relatively large size of that middle group and the law preventing someone from legally owning a handgun after committing a violent crime (which significantly reduces the violent recidivism of the third group, though not necessarily the nonviolent recidivism).

This is not to say that the people in the third group could not obtain a firearm if they wanted to do so, but assuming these people are generally trying to stay out of jail, they aren't likely to go out looking for illegal firearms, so they probably won't be armed the next time they decide to commit a crime on the spur of the moment, and if they are, then they're probably in the first bucket, not the third.

Re:Beware of sampling bias (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283683)

I'd say a precursor to getting caught is committing a crime.

Re:Beware of sampling bias (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284105)

I'd say a precursor to getting caught is committing a crime.

... said the gaoler at Guantanamo.

Re:Beware of sampling bias (2)

plover (150551) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283707)

Does that particular bias matter? Are you thinking they're detecting "stupidity" or "carelessness" instead of "criminal tendencies"? The end result doesn't have to explain the path, although it's nice when it does.

What I think might be more interesting in is the nature of the crime vs. the mapping of activity. Are they violent criminals? Drug offenders? Insider traders? Political dissidents? I should think that each would have a different type of response: drug offenders might be react due to addiction; violent offenders might have poor impulse control which could show up in a different area of the brain; political dissidents would have the internal smug certainty of being "right" regarding their "just" cause; while insider traders could just be scheming bastards. The selection process might only work on one category of offender; or perhaps would need to be tailored to fit either the crime or the individual.

predict...more likely (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283309)

is not a prediction...like saying jumping off tall builidings is survivable for those that survive.... it's journalistic craptasticnous

Brain discrimination (5, Interesting)

i kan reed (749298) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283333)

It's not illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their brain activity. Should it be? Can you judge someone on the basis of their biology? Is it really that person's fault anymore if a part of their body predelects them to wrongdoing? Where does liability start? Can you fix people? Should you?

Too many questions about really understanding the brain that our primitive moral system could begin to address.

Re:Brain discrimination (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283565)

Odds are this would be used on people who have already committed a crime, like determining if parole is granted. I'd argue it's still discrimination if you're saying "Past history AND biology," but the issue is murkier than you're presenting it. I think it's unlikely anyone would say "lets start locking up or watching people who haven't committed any crimes based solely on brain scans."

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283581)

Everything is based on your brain activity. You own actions that come from brain activity can also alter it. Meaning doing more and more impulsive things can make you more impulsive. Since you conditioned your brain to be this way why not hold it against you?

Re:Brain discrimination (1, Insightful)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283739)

If you talk to a psychiatrist specializing in Psychosomatic medicine [wikipedia.org] they will tell you being a better person is a simple matter of will. If you want to be a good person you will be. The brain will fix itself. Mind over matter.

As a patient to one of these in a system full of them, I approve this message

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284209)

But you have to be good enough to want to be good.

And so your whole theory vanishes in a puff of meaninglessness.

but it's a hell of an excuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283777)

to make every human being run through these once a week.. you know.. just in case they might commit a crime

Re:Brain discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283797)

Can you judge someone on the basis of their biology? Is it really that person's fault anymore if a part of their body predelects them to wrongdoing? Where does liability start? Can you fix people? Should you?

Too many questions about really understanding the brain that our primitive moral system could begin to address.

You are mixing up concepts. The criminal system has little to do with "liability," "fault" or "judging." It's a matter of the functioning of society and the safety of the individual. If your actions are destructive to the society or threatening the safety of an individual, we as a society place you aside.

We shouldn't have to consider how much your actions are written into your genes or stem from your childhood experiences. Free will doesn't play a role. If you are trouble, we take away your freedom.

On the other hand, the society should never take revenge or punish you because you "deserve" to suffer. We simply should place you under guardianship where you are reasonably comfortable but have less of a chance to hurt others.

Similarly, punishment shouldn't "fit" the crime. What should be considered is the likelihood of your future misbehavior. You should not release somebody just because they have done their time.

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

He Who Has No Name (768306) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284205)

You are discounting the fact that one of the core concepts of western criminal justice systems is... revenge.

We've formalized it, and tried to build in safeguards, and taken some of the emotion out of it to try and keep it from being a mob exercise with torches and pitchforks, but at its core, sentences for those convicted of crimes is about revenge for victims. It's a rarely acknowledged aspect that dates back to the very origins of formal justice systems.

It's also rooted in the fact that, while equally rarely talked about, one of the most effective forms of rehab for those traumatized by others through violence is revenge.

You'll rarely hear anybody who works in a western criminal justice system admit this, because it's extremely politically incorrect, but it is the truth, and criminal codes back to Hammurabi, the Torah, the Roman Republic and almost every other record of formalized criminal justice in human society reflects it.

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283819)

One step away from Gattaca.

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

i kan reed (749298) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283925)

Closer, really. Brain measurements incorporate nurture in some ways.

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284043)

Fair point. Gattaca was just about genetics. In neurological theory, nurture can shape the function of the brain. It is a larger picture of a person's thought process and capabilities.

But what really matters, is having a fMRI ordered by a court a violation of your 5th amendment rights?

Re:Brain discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284051)

Given the number of such articles in recent years, I would simply state that there is ground work being done in order to push for some legislation aimed at removing more obstacles in arbitrary prosecutions, aka, more legalized witch hunts.

Re:Brain discrimination (1)

i kan reed (749298) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284193)

Given the number of such articles in recent years, I would simply state that there is ground work being done in order to push for some legislation aimed at removing more obstacles in arbitrary prosecutions, aka, more legalized witch hunts.

The premise here doesn't even remotely imply the conclusion. Studying the behavior of the brain by MRI has only recently been possible, in sufficient detail to start drawing hypotheses about brain mechanisms.

The leap from that to witch hunts implies a bit of undue paranoia.

Re:Brain discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284123)

This seems vaguely similar to one of the points Charlie Stross was trying to make in his novel Rule 34 [wikipedia.org]. See his blog post Spoilers [antipope.org] (which, unsurprisingly, contains spoilers for Rule 34), particularly point 3:

... It is a kind of science-fictional look at the police procedural, but what's really going on here is a look at the future of criminology in the context of a world where non-anthropomorphic AI (in other words, stuff that is functionally intelligent but doesn't resemble a "brain in a box", a la HAL 9000) is out there, and theories of consciousness have terminally undermined our traditional concepts of free will and mens rea.

...

... What does it mean when research in cognitive psychology strongly implies that we don't actually have "free will" in any meaningful context?

More interesting: (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283361)

"more likely to be arrested again after getting out of prison, even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors such as age, drug and alcohol abuse and psychopathic traits"

More interesting would be an article on how the scientists figured out how to account for the risk factors.

Re:More interesting: (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283499)

That article would be a rehash of the first couple of weeks of junior high science class. This subject is known as Scientific control. [wikipedia.org] In a study such as this, to the extent possible, you compare an individual only against others whose values for those variables are the same, so as to ensure you're measuring the effect you want to measure. It's basic science.

Could be a good thing (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283455)

The knee-jerk reaction will probably be to keep these people locked up for their precrimes...

But if we can get over our medieval fascination with justice and punishment and start focusing on rehabilitation, this could be an invaluable tool both to decide where to spend most effort, and to choose between different guidance approaches.

I imagine that as we learn more about physical differences in our brains, we could use similar techniques for a rough "sorting" of other personality factors. Imagine a "sorting hat" that recommended which class a child should be in based on what teaching methods it thought would be most effective. Hopefully following its advice would be voluntary!

Re:Could be a good thing (1)

Ichijo (607641) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283977)

If we were to focus less on revenge and more on rehabilitation, as you suggest, then the sentence would be the same for all crimes. You could have shoplifters "locked up" for longer than mass murderers. And I'm not entirely sure that would be a bad thing.

Re:Could be a good thing (2)

i kan reed (749298) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284027)

My slashdot discussions have revealed to me that we will never get past that. Between the authoritarians republicans, execute-all-criminals-for-evolution libertarians, and all flavors of just-world believing nutballs, we will never manage to treat crime in an optimal way.

precrime brain scan says you stay in for 5 more ye (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283489)

precrime brain scan says you stay in for 5 more years.

Welcome to Parole Hearings in 2027 (1)

Scot Seese (137975) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283491)

Operation Mindcrime is in effect.

and the system will rig it so most people get out (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283649)

and the system will rig it so most people get out as we are out of room right now.

Consequences (1)

kjs3 (601225) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283503)

Generally unaccountable agencies, able to predict with unknown precision that an individual might, at some point in the future, commit another crime? How could this possibly not end well?

Correction (1)

Githaron (2462596) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283507)

Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Be Caught Re-offending

Re:Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283659)

Has a lovely ring of self-fulfilling prophecy to it. It would be outrageous to refuse parole to people based on brain scan... "But putting them under closer supervision couldn't hurt."

It's like loss-prevention following people with baggy jeans. The baggy jeans that get caught stealing confirm their bias.

Statistically speaking, a lot (4, Insightful)

Lucas123 (935744) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283511)

According to a 2011 Pew study, more than 40 percent of ex-cons commit crimes within three years of their release and wind up back behind bars. As reported on BBC Radio in 2005, the recidivism rates for released prisoners in the U.S. is 60% compared with 50% in the United Kingdom. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics of nearly 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states in 1994, 67.5% were rearrested within 3 years. A study of prisoners released in 1983 estimated 62.5%. In general, U.S. prisons offer very little to inmates that would keep them from repeating crimes once they're released. Perhaps we should rethink this strategy?

Re:Statistically speaking, a lot (4, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283587)

We also make it near impossible for those recently incarcerated to find work. Just try to get a non-shit job with a felony record. No wonder they go back to crime, you have to pay the bills somehow.

Re:Statistically speaking, a lot (1)

plover (150551) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283883)

OK, there are two paths to reconsider. First, we could lock them up for a shorter period of time, saving the ongoing costs of longer incarceration, but incurring the costs of additional recidivism, (harm to the public, capture, trials, and future incarceration) which we know will be at least 62.5% of them. Or we could lock them up for longer periods of time, reducing their ability to re-offend, and saving the costs of extra offenses, which would include public harm, capture, and trials.

Of the two strategies, the second seems better backed by numbers. The sharp dip in the crime rate from the later 1990s through the 2000s is thought to be due to much longer sentences being handed down to violent criminals starting in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Incarceration costs are up, but public harm is down. Spend money, get benefit.

The third option is to try to keep people (kids, mostly) from getting into trouble in the first place. I agree this is the best choice, but it has a 50 year return on investment, and teen programs rarely get politicians much positive traction. They get much better election results from being 'tough on crime' instead of being 'smart on kids'.

Or are you still believing there's a fourth option, in which we gently talk the prisoners into never reoffending, and somehow magically rehabilitating them through the use of winged monkeys and invisible pink unicorns? Because that's worked out so well.

Re:Statistically speaking, a lot (4, Informative)

gnasher719 (869701) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284221)

Of the two strategies, the second seems better backed by numbers. The sharp dip in the crime rate from the later 1990s through the 2000s is thought to be due to much longer sentences being handed down to violent criminals starting in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Incarceration costs are up, but public harm is down. Spend money, get benefit.

I read it was due to abortion becoming much more acceptable, which led to fewer kids being born into a bad family situation that would eventually lead to criminal behaviour.

I can predict it pretty good (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283603)

Out here in Manitoba, damn near ANYONE is capable of predicting who will likely re-offend.

Let's see. How about the guy that's been in prison 3 times, who has re-offended within the first few days of being released EVERY SINGLE TIME, who the last time re-offended within 12 hours of being released, who has shown absolutely NO improvement or willingness to improve himself while in prison, whom you're releasing AGAIN into the public, after a few months behind bars.

Well gosh golly gee, I wonder if there's going to be something about a violent, recently-released criminal attacking someone in the local newspapers in a day or two.

Story of our lives around here. I don't know if they need to build another prison, or start sending people outside the province, or get whoever the goddamn hell keeps releasing these people fired... but hey, if you're a criminal and looking to do violent crime with very, very little prison time afterwards, no matter how many times you're cycled through the system, move into gang-run Winnipeg! Murder capital of Canada (or at least it was... not sure if we got the crown for 2012). Do something silly like stab someone repeatedly, we'll see you back on the streets in a few months even if the only rehabillitating you did in prison was spitting on the guards instead of shanking them. And even then, I imagine we'd see you in a few months anyway.

Although, most of it is gang vs. gang related stuff, so unless you're just the unlucky bastard at the wrong place and the wrong time when a gang member or asshole is looking to beat the shit out of someone out of boredom, odds are the crimes were committed against other criminals.

how can this be used for training? (1)

uepuejq (1095319) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283669)

is it possible to devise tasks that prisoners can perform in prison which will strengthen this part of the brain?

I can't wait! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283675)

I can't wait until we can pre-screen and imprison children depending on brain scans before they even commit a crime.

Well... (1)

TheCarp (96830) | 1 year,27 days | (#43283799)

As far as I can tell from what I have seen, when it comes to being arrested or not, what you got caught doing matters, but your attitude matters too. So ability to think fast and inihibit impulses? Would that maybe include the impulse to blurt out confessions? The impulse to tell the cop what you really think about him "helping you" by confiscating that joint?

I know a few people that got more trouble than they deserved because they couldn't keep their mouths shut, and conversely those who, in almost identical situations, walked away because they cast their eyes down all submissive and sorry like and said "yes officer, your right officer, im sorry officer" even though they didn't mean a word of it.

Maybe these researchers are really on to something.

Isn't an IQ Test Cheaper and More Effective? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43283981)

Doing brain scans to detect lower levels of cognitive function in a brain...? Perhaps the researchers should scan themselves, or this whole thing can be traced to an MRI machine manufacturer.

Ahhh.. yep. From the researcher's web site front page: "The Avanto is the most advanced system of this strength in the Siemens product line. It features an ultra-short, 150 cm-long whole-body superconductive 1.5T magnet, with 5th generation active-shielding technology with counter coils,.." The scent of agenda bullshit is strong with this one.

Re:Isn't an IQ Test Cheaper and More Effective? (2)

dotar (1400363) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284113)

It's not "lower levels of cognitive function", it's "lower activity when making a decision". It absolutely stands to reason that an area of the brain largely involved in detection of errors or shortfalls from some standard, anticipation and preparation before task performance, and regulation of emotions would be less active in someone who makes poor decisions.

Minority Report (1)

cheesecake23 (1110663) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284081)

Everything from Minority Report seems to be coming true: first we get the idiotic vertical touch UI, now apparently pre-crime detection is here. Does this mean I'm FINALLY going to get my flying car?

Decision Making Abilities? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284083)

It sounds to me like people are still trying to blame criminals for there inability to rehabilitate anyone let alone repeat offenders. How could they test such things especially over time? Did they costly put criminals in a scan machine? Who are these individuals that would come willingly to be scanned before they commit crimes? This just a giant tird they are trying to smear in everyone else's face so they can receive little to no blame for the prison system failing to do anything but cage people.

criminality ia social construct (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284143)

The one thing that society badly needs, is more white collar workers,
such as bankers, convicted as criminals, where society pays for their
transgressions.

Up till then, research such as this is class warfare.

really. (1)

the biologist (1659443) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284243)

Essentially, they found that individuals with poor impulse-control are more likely to get arrested.

Let me break out the Champagne... oh wait, people already knew that poor impulse-control was at the root of most criminality... and we also already knew that the ACC was involved in impulse-control... I guess we now know that A and B = (A and B).

Here we go (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,27 days | (#43284329)

This doesn't bode well for colored folks.

Real article? (1)

perceptual.cyclotron (2561509) | 1 year,27 days | (#43284465)

Anyone found the actual source paper? The doi in the nature summary is broken, and a search for the listed author on PNAS doesn't pull up anything at all. Similarly, a search for anterior cingulate doesn't show anything recent that's even remotely related. I'd like to take a closer look at the stats here...
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