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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

Dorianny Re:Countless Comments on Prior Articles & Now (219 comments)

"The proxy account" would be a compromised North Korean computer running arbitrary code. No hacker in the world would use legitimate proxy servers to carry out attacks as you can bet that they hold logs.

about three weeks ago
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Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

Dorianny Re:The hard part is yet to come (84 comments)

Finding things that kill bacteria is easy. Finding things that kill bacteria and do not significantly harm the host, now that is the hard part.

That's exactly what they claim to have found (at least so far in tests on mice). They also assert that they think it would be extremely difficult for MRSA to adapt to this drug, as it would require a fundamental change in the structure of it as being a gram positive bacteria.

I should have specified a human host. Biotech is littered with drugs that seems to work great on test animals but have serious side effects on humans.

about three weeks ago
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Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

Dorianny The hard part is yet to come (84 comments)

Finding things that kill bacteria is easy. Finding things that kill bacteria and do not significantly harm the host, now that is the hard part.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Dorianny Re:And? (448 comments)

TFA bascially makes the point that you now have to pay for a lot of things individually on airlines that you used to get for "free", and that not everybody enjoys paying for these things. True enough, but the article brushes off the very real benefits of paying less when you get (and need) less. For example:

As fliers have learned all too well in the last decade, air flight has become unbundled. Want a bit of leg room? That will be a $50 upgrade for a seat in your airline’s “premium economy” cabin. Sandwiches are on sale for $9, a glass of wine for $7. Checking that bag costs $25, and there is a $200 change fee for your ticket, or buy a much more expensive one upfront.

However, what's wrong with bringing fewer bags, if you want to, or else paying the going price for the bags you really need?

In the cable world, I certainly can imagine someone whining about "Why do I now have to pay X for channel Y - that's a ripoff!", but I don't see how it can be a bad thing to pay less for only what you really want. It really boils down to economics: if it now is efficient to allow people to select and pay for cable channels individually, that's bound to happen. It's only a matter of time.

Unfortunately the airlines have been pushing their fees by deliberately making basic service as unbearable as possible. The seats are getting smaller while the waistlines are getting larger. A so called upgrade to a seat they can fit in is not a value added service, it is a necessity.

about three weeks ago
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Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

Dorianny Feel good technology (167 comments)

The majority of hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels by steam reforming or partial oxidation of methane and coal gasification. Not exactly zero-emissions technology.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

Dorianny Re:Lucky Charms is a health food! (224 comments)

The research says that people want flavorful healthy sounding food, not actual healthy less flavorful food. That "oats are known to be good for the heart" sticker helps them silence the little voice that says don't get this junk.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

Dorianny Don't blame science for this. (224 comments)

What the media regurgitated as findings made by scientific studies were in fact PR releases by chocolate companies filled with half truths and misleading information. Of course the worst part is how people have been convinced that a Snickers and other junk food bars are actually chocolate.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

Dorianny Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

large swathes of the population believe in Astrology.It is reported that even recent powerful world leaders Charles de Gaulle, Boris Yeltsin and Ronald Reagan consulted astrologers. While the exact impact of astrology on swaying opinion and ultimately influencing events can't really be quantized it is in my opinion certainly not trivial.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

Dorianny Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

polygraphs are as much a science as astrology.

about three weeks ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

Dorianny Re:Yes brown fat will help you (234 comments)

And exercise is the rest.

The human body is so efficiently optimized to run on as few calories as possible that exercise simply is not effective as a counter to overeating. The calories in a piece of cheesecake would take hours of moderate exercise to burn off. Of course exercise has many benefits, especially in keeping the cardiovascular system in shape which mitigates some of the risks of obesity even if not loosing weight.

about a month ago
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How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

Dorianny App Permissions (61 comments)

On Andorid. Root, install Xposed framework. install Xprivacy from the Xposed repository and enjoy fine grain control to app permissions.

about a month ago
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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

Dorianny Re:You'd cheer were it Exxon instead of Google (114 comments)

Of course we would be cheering if they went after oil companies such as Exxon because their business is implicated not only in local environmental destruction but planetary scale pollution as well.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Dorianny Re:It's hard to take this article seriously (628 comments)

The primary problem we have today is not automation, it is over-concentration of wealth. Automation will destroy jobs to the extent that the people running the companies implementing the automation wish it to. If those companies are run by people who are happy to deliver worse service as long as they can pay fewer people, then, yes, we have a problem, but it is not with the technology.

There is no such thing a technological determinism. It's people all the way down.

The true problem is a society that values material wealth above all else. The concentration of wealth is just a symptom. The irony is that if wealth were more evenly distributed it would lead to greater economic growth and increased wealth for everyone, especially those at the top.

about a month ago
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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

Dorianny Re:And where is my money?? (51 comments)

1. Think of a clever scam.

2. Scam your customers out of hundreds of millions.

3. Pay a few million to settle the charges with the government while not admitting any wrongdoing (cost of doing business).

4. Profit.

5. Rinse and repeat.

about a month ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Dorianny Supreme Leader (177 comments)

What I really want to know is how did the FBI figure out it was the work of North Korean government agents. Except for a privileged few, North Koreans are completely blocked off from the outside world and would never hear of this movie even if it won more Oscars than the Titanic. Why would North Korea reveal its capabilities and tactics in such dramatic fashion to achieve nothing of any value. It seems to me that all the speculation that was in the news recently about Kim's disappearance from public life and his possible overthrow was far more damaging to the cult of the Supreme Leader than some silly comedy.

about a month ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Dorianny Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

This story made the front page news of every media outlet including Slashdot. You can't buy that kind of publicity. When the movie is re-released in a few weeks time it will be everyone's patriotic duty to show the North Koreans we are not afraid and go see the movie.

Either that or the hackers have far more damaging data on Sony exec's. Evidence that could land them in jail perhaps?

Personally I vote for it being a PR ploy by Sony to bolster ticket sales of what was otherwise sure to be a box-office flop

about a month ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Dorianny Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

It is called geoengineering, no need for magic. Of course there is many people that would rather hope for magical pixie dust than to have human engineered solutions to the problem.

about a month and a half ago
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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

Dorianny Re:Misleading reliabilities (86 comments)

If you start late, you get to take advantage of more modern engineering, techniques, computer modeling, etc.

Not to mention a healthy dose of outright theft but that's just fine by me, after all all these resources are essentially being wasted reinventing the wheel.

about a month and a half ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Dorianny Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

If your goal is to to debate, then lacing comments with insults nullifies any useful input you may have. You effectively ruin an opportunity to give thoughtful feedback.

about 1 month ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Dorianny Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

Scientists agree that fracking activity is far too deep for it to leech out to ground water.

Hahaha. Some do.

You are in very good company with the Climate change deniers, the anti-vaccine movement and the Intelligent Design community.

about 1 month ago

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U.S. will not provide financing for new International Coal-Fired Power Plants

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "The Treasury Department declared it would no longer support any new coal-fired power plants around the world. By leading a coalition of like-minded countries including several European ones that have already announced similar intentions, they will effectively be able to block the World Bank and other international development banks from providing financing for new coal-fired plants. The policy is unlikely to amount to any real change as 75 percent of proposed coal-powered plants are in China and India, which do not rely on outside financing. It seems to me that the poorest, most underdeveloped nations that contribute the least to global emissions are the ones getting the short end of the stick from this policy."
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Talking on the phone while driving not so dangerous after all

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "New research which takes advantage of the increase in cell phone use after 9pm due to the popularety of "free nights and weekends" plans showed no corresponding increase in crash rates. Additionally, the researchers analyzed the effects of legislation banning cellphone use, enacted in several states, and similarly found that the legislation had no effect on the crash rate. "One thought is that drivers may compensate for the distraction of cellphone use by selectively deciding when to make a call or consciously driving more carefully during a call" Score this a -1 for common sense."
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Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes ""Failing such a change, ultimately the EU will become almost entirely dependent on the outside world for food and feed and scientific progress, ironically because the outside world has embraced the technology which is so unpopular in Europe, realizing this is the only way to achieve sustainable agriculture," said Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center and Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats in Spain."
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