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Heartbleed: Revenue Canada breached, 900 SINs leaked

Another, completely Why? (1 comments)

From the article:

Based on our analysis to date, Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) of approximately 900 taxpayers were removed from CRA systems by someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability.

What can you do with 900 Canadian SINs? Maybe use them to send convincing links to a false tax payment site, but anyone who clicks on an e-mail link to a payment site could probably have been fooled without the SIN.

4 days ago

Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

Another, completely Re:It's a trick (138 comments)

If I had points, I would vote you up. My pineal gland told me to. It also told me to pass the cheese dip, but I'm out of crackers.

about a month ago

Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

Another, completely DOW (153 comments)

On first reading, I thought that would be Department of Works or something. Since when is DOW capitalized? It's named after a person.

about a month and a half ago

Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Another, completely Re:So a fake pub with drinks and a place to sit (118 comments)

Also, psychologists will frown upon any research where the subjects do not know they are part of a research project.

I'm guessing it depends on the nature of the interaction.

Anyone can listen to nearby conversations and form opinions, but that's not the same as conducting a study. If someone associated with a university tries to publish results from a study without signed permission from all participants, the university ethics board will not just frown. Tenure might save you, but students and assistant professors are in trouble. This is taken very seriously.

about a month ago

Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

Another, completely Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

That's something I still don't understand. Why does he claim the Americans could arrange an extradition from Sweden more readily than from the UK?

about 2 months ago

Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

Another, completely Re:This is impressive and all (163 comments)

She was in Lordi too? Hard to know who they really are through the masks, but they are Finnish, and electrical engineering types do get up to some strange hobbies. How did you know?

about 3 months ago

High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software

Another, completely Re:What about the windows only software? and offic (116 comments)

And you think Word does that? If you are going to write a doctoral thesis in Word, then you have my pity starting out. With LaTeX, you have a formatting area at the front, your references in a nice separate bibliography file, and most of your document is just the text you have written. Setting up a master document that includes separate documents for each chapter, allowing cross-referencing, a single bibliography, and a table of contents is possible in Word, but it's dead simple in LaTeX.

Setting it up in the first place may take a little looking into, but building a master document in Word isn't intuitive either. If it takes more than a day to get your basic file structure sorted, then you aren't trying. It's three or four years of your life that you will be writing this thing. If the format guidelines change during that time, you can fix it in one place (in fact, some procrastinating student will probably build a fresh style file to share so you don't even need to fix it yourself). How long would it take you in Word to change the margins or line-spacing for a multi-chapter document? What about copying formatted text from a research paper you just finished, keeping all the figure references and citations, but in your university format instead of the journal publisher's?

I'm in business now, and use Word and Excel regularly because that's the de facto standard. Every time I need to re-format anything in Word I wish I just had to edit LaTeX instead. It's just simpler. In the long run, it will save you time and agony.

about 3 months ago

Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Another, completely Re:Cloning sucks. (156 comments)

In other news, cloning is fun to know how to do, but totally worthless because it has no valid applications.

You left out the cloning to eliminate most variables when you give an experimental medical treatment to one animal but not to another. I'm surprised you thought about cloning sex slaves before getting to that one.

about 3 months ago

European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why

Another, completely Maybe the line is moving (304 comments)

Could this be because it's easier to get diagnosed with diabetes, COPD, or other non-healthy conditions than it was in 2002? I've heard enough anecdotal evidence to make me ask the question, but it would be nice to see a study. How many people who were considered healthy in 2002 could visit a doctor in 2013 and be declared unhealthy, and how does that fraction vary by country? Unless an article can control for that variable, the other numbers don't really mean much.

about 5 months ago

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

Another, completely Re:Call it... (263 comments)

But if all the scientists and engineers are going to work on THC, will they get anything done?

about 5 months ago

Physicists Smash Record For Wave-Particle Duality

Another, completely Re: Whatever (95 comments)

The equation is irrelevant. The Chelonian Uncertainty Principle demonstrates that the more accurately you know the momentum of a turtle, the less accurately you know its position. Since any usefully accurate value for its quantum wavelength would need very high accuracy for its momentum, you would never be able to find the turtle for which you had made your calculations, especially since they can look just like little rocks under the water and are naturally given to hiding.

The Turtle Moves!

about 5 months ago

Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

Another, completely Re:The Type (336 comments)

parent who should never have been allowed to have children

I was unaware you needed a license for that. Or did you mean to imply procreation should be regulated - perhaps by you?

Wish I could remember what movie it's from: "There should be a test before people can become parents. Beyond the practical, I mean."

about 5 months ago

Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

Another, completely Re:what about freeze tag? (336 comments)

Oh - it is also a big no-no for them to make the "gun sign" (point your finger like a gun). This includes anything that even slightly resembles making the gun sign (like making the "L" for loser sign on your forehead).

Certainly wouldn't want anyone to think you were doing something as dangerous as making a finger-gun sign when you were just engaging in the traditionally constructive stigmatization of school colleagues as losers who deserve an identifying tattoo on their forehead to protect society from accidentally interacting with their feeble selves. Catching a glimpse of a mimed gun might lead to emotional problems later in life, so it's best to clamp down on such foolishness.

about 5 months ago

Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Another, completely Re:IF YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY MUST BE IN AMERICA !! (284 comments)

Damn! I've been out of the country for a long time, and haven't followed baseball, but the Expos moved to Washington D.C.?

Why do I need to learn about things this way? Now it really is the "National" league that it always claimed to be, leaving the "American" league the old "North America" excuse.

about 5 months ago

Hackers Break Currency Validator To Pass Any Paper As Valid Euro

Another, completely Vote Parent Up (162 comments)

My first thought too. If the thing the machine sells is worth so much (maybe train tickets), then the money in there is probably still worth more than free tickets until the hack is patched.

about 6 months ago

Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

Another, completely Re:Snobbery? (149 comments)

I can't imagine enjoying The Sandman more on e-book than in those nice "Absolute" anthologies.

about 6 months ago

Army Researching Network System That Defends Against Social Engineering

Another, completely Re:Work around it (57 comments)

Just because a response is possible doesn't mean defense is pointless. The idea is just to make it difficult and risky enough that the payoff isn't worth it.

If a virus is discovered 99% of the time, then 1% can still cause a lot of damage, and erasing a virus doesn't worry the other virus installations. Detecting and investigating 99% of attempted attacks by people might worry other human attackers.

It's also easy to test whether a commercial virus scanner will detect a new prototype virus. I expect this system would be stored and used in a way to make it difficult for attackers to acquire a copy for the development and testing of social attacks.

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

Another, completely Re:Why would you want a single button??? (665 comments)

I'm not a big apple fan, but their solution in the Apple II was an Escape key with an extra-strong spring under it. Don't know when they stopped using those.

about 7 months ago

Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

Another, completely Re:The graphics were simply brilliant (374 comments)

What killed Uru for me was that it stopped being pure puzzle-solving, and added technical run-and-jump obstacles. Sure, sometimes the solution was to push a chair off of a cliff above to create something to step on in the water, but then they also required pressing the jump button at just the right time. The brilliance of Myst and the sequels was that you had all the time in the world to think about the puzzle, and when you knew the answer, you could pretty much get it to work first time. Another great thing about it was that nobody ever explained the rules, and it wasn't always obvious whether an object represented a puzzle that would help you progress, or if it was just an interesting piece of scenery.

about 7 months ago


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