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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

FirephoxRising Re:Wouldn't work on me (291 comments)

Doesn't work on everybody, but experiments show that most people will even electrocute people when told it's the right thing to do by the "authorities". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

about two weeks ago
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Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

FirephoxRising Re:Yes (124 comments)

It would mean IT security and correct procedures would be much more likely to be followed.

What are the consequences for not following correct procedures at any time? Basically none. Seriously? Major problems happen, this is backed up by your own points below. IT policy is considered a list of suggestions at most companies. This is part of the problem. It would also raise the profile of IT within the organisation As an IT worker, you don't want a high profile. The tall nail gets hammered down. You don't want to be easily visible when it's time to pick a scapegoat. An IT department is doing its job when nobody knows who you are. As an individual I agree, however IT needs to take its place as a key component of business! Yes I have worked in places where they barely noticed us because everything "just works". However this creates a rod for our own backs, they can't see what we do, so they do not respect us and think we are disposable. Too often IT is treated like the red-headed step child janitor, until it hits the fan. The janitor has better job security. And when it hits the fan, it doesn't spray all over the people who caused the problem. IT, however is in the kill box. Why correct someone's behavior or train them, when it's so much easier to just fire people. Hell, they're probably mostly contractors to begin with, so they're about as disposable as a paper towel. This is part of the problem that needs to be fixed. The focus on IT needs to come from the top however, I'm not suggesting that IT just does it. Please note: not every IT problem is caused by chair moisteners out in the cube farm. Recently our IT department lost our source control server. As in it's gone. As in there were no backups. As in the source of our flagship product just went in the bit bucket. Fortunately we were able to reconstruct from local copies on people's machines, but there's really no excuse for that sort of thing. That's just stupid and unacceptable! Why was it like that?! If they wouldn't fund redundancy and backup them it's their problem and fault, not IT. This is one case where IT being highly visible is a symptom of the problem, which is gross incompetence in IT. That's being visible for the wrong reason. Being invisible because you're doing your job well is just as bad, not in and of itself, but because of how business people think, as explained above. IT needs to be an important part of any organisation, and needs to be treated as such. Your own example shows what happens when it's done wrong. We can't just quietly do our jobs, if C level people made IT a priority and running drills with full management support is part of that, then we'd be much better off. The organisation would be too, IT is vital, it needs to be treated as such.

about two weeks ago
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Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

FirephoxRising Yes (124 comments)

Yes there should be. It would mean IT security and correct procedures would be much more likely to be followed. It would also raise the profile of IT within the organisation. Too often IT is treated like the red-headed step child janitor, until it hits the fan.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

FirephoxRising Re:It is not illegal to lie (172 comments)

Just like with music, if consumers can buy it easily and for a reasonable price, then they will buy it. Piracy is just market failure being corrected.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

FirephoxRising Re:islam (1350 comments)

Of course they made some advances, mostly however they did "borrow" from other cultures (0 from Hindu culture etc.) and like below says there were pre-islam advances. My main point was that we don't follow rules from the bronze/iron/dark/middle ages because they're totally inappropriate today. If they can't work out which bits are totally wrong for modern society (not hard), then islam need their own "Vatican Two" re-write with rules for today. They can keep 95% of it and chop out the barbaric/stupid/intolerant/slaving parts.

about three weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

FirephoxRising Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

That's where the reply time would cut in, and with some funding, Google could have people checking and denying (and penalising) the obviously false ones. Damages would also apply.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

FirephoxRising Re:Waste of money (341 comments)

So you're talking about the temporary, physical bond inside the uterus? I totally disagree that dads are less connected to their babies than mums. Sorry, but most dads today love their bubs just as much. The closer tie to mum happens later when more dads are away from the home working than mums, so the kids bond more with mum. This is not fair either and I hope that society will get over the idea of dads spending more time at home means that they're losers that couldn't make it at work.

about three weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

FirephoxRising Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

It seems simple, there needs to be a "price signal" for the rights holders, each request should cost 10c, there should be a right of reply and the search/video/whatever shouldn't be pulled until the reply time is over. If the request is false, there should be a $1000 charge levied by Google (or whoever the request was sent to) and damages may follow if it was taken down and it was wrong. The fess and penalties would be to cover Google's costs for checking the requests. I have had friends have videos pulled of their original compositions!

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

FirephoxRising Re: Waste of money (341 comments)

They were creating the basic algorithms of logic and programming! You can't get any more fundamental than that. The designed and wrote the code up until the mid seventies. The hardware guys were considered the real engineers until then. Once people realised that software was probably even more important, then men were keen to enter and eventually dominate the area. In any case, I think that any affirmative action is a waste of time, people should get positions on merit only. Females are graduating more often from university than men at the moment, they hardly need extra help. Besides, the STEM fields are being depreciated as people can see that you will do less work and get more pay/bonuses/respect in other fields. This is what has to be reversed. They will not fix it as they prefer cheaper and weaker H1Bs. Iff they really need to bring in overseas people, then let them pay them 125% of the standard pay and have to cover their sponsorship. Interest in the "vital" overseas workers would be gone overnight.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

FirephoxRising Re: Waste of money (341 comments)

Actually most early programmers were women, starting with Ada Lovelace back in Babbage's time. Women were the programmers for decades.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

FirephoxRising Re: Waste of money (341 comments)

This. And the sad thing is men get labelled as workaholics if they do and lazy no-goods if they don't. And then, if they do, 50% of marriages fail and she gets the kids, house etc, child support and spouse support....... SAHD (stay at home dads) are great and I know some blokes who do it, but they're in the minority and can struggle with disrespect in the community even if their partner is fine with it, which is rare. I'd love to be at home more, but I really don't have that choice.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

FirephoxRising Re:islam (1350 comments)

Yes, but we don't follow this stuff literally, it's all from the bronze age/iron age. It's the 21st century, you don't follow any book from another age blindly. Islam was formed in the dark ages, and yes they lived in the dark ages too, they just pillaged learning and thinkers from other cultures.

about three weeks ago
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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

FirephoxRising Re:growth is good... (155 comments)

While I don't want to harm business, I am sick of paying lots of tax (and GST on top, and fuel tax with GST on top of that) while big multinationals can "move" their profit offshore and pay no/minimal tax. Close the loopholes! Get rid of diesel fuel excise exemptions. That's all corporate welfare.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch and Historic Landing Aborted

FirephoxRising Re:Count down abort.. (70 comments)

Probably because problems a week before are quietly fixed and don't abort the launch?

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

FirephoxRising Re:Still useful research (224 comments)

Seems that they could just wash the beans no? Prior to grinding? Just like any other item. We buy products processed here in Australia, the do test each batch for contamination (chemical/metals/microbial), I know it's only a random sample, but it should usually protect you. There's no way that they could leave all that crap in there with our food standards, they're really strict.

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

FirephoxRising Re:Still useful research (224 comments)

We get the raw chocolate that hasn't been heated or dutched. We also use the raw cacao powder.

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

FirephoxRising Re:But... but... but... (224 comments)

It's still not really chocolate. Flavoured sugar.

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

FirephoxRising Re:But... but... but... (224 comments)

This is not chocolate.

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

FirephoxRising Re:Still useful research (224 comments)

Just eat 90% chocolate, made with raw cacao. This is what we eat, very strong, takes getting used to, but I like it now and find the ordinary stuff sickening.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

FirephoxRising Re:WHY GOD WHY (248 comments)

Interesting, I was thinking that if it's using trident, then it's basically IE. I think you're right about the fresh marketing start. I don't know if they'll be able to drop old guff, MS struggles with this...

about a month ago

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Body weight heavily influenced by gut microbes: Genes shape body weight.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about 3 months ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. So we are what we eat, what we do and what we got from out parents."
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Discovery of a mechanism that makes tumor cells sugar addicted

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about 10 months ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "For almost a hundred years ago is known that cancer cells feel a special appetite for a type of sugar called glucose. The tumor uses this molecule is like the gasoline which depends a sports car to burn faster and grows and multiplies rapidly. It is a little cash process from the energy point of view but allows a superaccelerated cancer cell division. It is what is known as the Warburg effect, which was described in 1927.
"The interesting part is to study whether future treatments that fight the tumor and also quit the energy source of the tumor cells, the tumor dies because it cannot easily be adapted to use other substrates for energy to survive," concludes Esteller."

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New ultrasound technique provides a new radiation free way to visualize tumors.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a year ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "Traditionally ultrasound has seen limited use in cancer treatment due to clarity and resolution issues. But researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have overcome this limitation by combining ultrasound with a contrast agent composed of tiny bubbles that pair with an antibody that many cancer cells produce at higher levels than do normal cells.“The SFRP2-moleculary targeted contrast agent showed specific visualization of the tumor vasculature,” said Klauber-DeMore. “In contrast, there was no visualization of normal blood vessels. This suggests that the contrast agent may help distinguish malignant from benign masses found on imaging.”"
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New anti-cancer research destroys metastatic tumor cells.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a year ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "A novel use of TRIAL anti-cancer treatment causes tumor cells in the blood to self destruct. Excitingly it appears to be even more effective in the bloodstream than in invitro studies. The new method attaches to white blood cells which enables them to be more efficient and last longer in the body."
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Australian University unveils new carbon trapping bricks.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a year and a half ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry. More efficient and stable than storing gas in the ground, the new method will sequester carbon and can work anywhere, unlike geo-sequestration which is site specific."
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New treatment for all cancers from Australia.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a year and a half ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "New protein based treatment from the University of NSW breaks down cancers by destroying their internal protein structures. The approach has been tried before but always resulted in too much damage to muscles and the heart. The new approach allows the new class of drug can attack tumours without damaging normal cells."
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Global food threat, no one know or cares?

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "Wheat stem rust has been a scourge since Roman times, in the '60s we bred resistant wheat and sparked the green revolution. In 1999 it came back in Africa, and is spreading across the middle east. It has crossed oceans before, and can decimate global food supplies, yet little is heard of this."
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