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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

codeusirae Re:The uses of schizophrenia diagnosis .. (77 comments)

"I know people with this illness, hearing voices seeing "hidden meanings" etc. It is real it is a problem for them, as well as those around them. If you do not know this from personal experience then you have little exposure to the less advantaged parts of society"

I once met such an individual, used hang round car-parks getting drunk and yelling at passerbys. A classic case of schizophrenia if there ever was one. Turns out he grew up in a small farm house with his mother. Mother dies and his brother came back moved the wife and kids in and got him commitment. After a full course of treatment both chemical and electrical, now he can't find his own arse with both hands nor remember huge chunks of his past, carries round old newspapers in a briefcase, a substitute for his lost memories I suppose. I only know this as I was the only one else who would have a conversation with him.

about 10 months ago
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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

codeusirae The uses of schizophrenia diagnosis .. (77 comments)

A diagnosis of schizophrenia is indicated when getting rid of a rival sibling in an inheritance dispute or an obstreperous wife in societies where divorce isn't allowed. Read up on R.D Lang and Thomas S. Szasz, they both state that the mental health industry is bogus.

about 10 months ago
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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

codeusirae Schizophrenic DNA .. (77 comments)

"To investigate that question, principal investigator Kazuya Iwamoto, a neuroscientist; Kato; and their team at RIKEN extracted brain tissue of deceased people who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as several other mental disorders, extracted DNA from their neurons, and compared it with that of healthy people"

Presumably these schizophrenics would have been on long term antipsychotic medication. I wonder would this account for the increase in L1. How were these 'healthy people' defined as 'healthy', who gets to do the defining and mightn't a number of 'schizophrenics' have escaped diagnose by not having come into contact with the psychiatric profession. Schizophrenics are people unfortunatly disgnosed as schizophrenics by the psychiatric profession ..

about 10 months ago
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Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

codeusirae Internet Coke Machine .. (371 comments)

"The Coca-Cola company got a range of MAC addresses allocated .. What are they planning to use them for?" ..

To use in their Internet Coke Machine ..

about 10 months ago
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How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

codeusirae Magnetic stripe on credit cards .. (146 comments)

"When thieves broke into the point-of-sale (POS) system at Target, they stole the data from the magnetic stripe on the back of credit and debit cards."

At the time. there were chipped solutions but the banks chose to go with magnetic stripes as it was the cheaper solution, this made it easy to steal the data and to replicate the cards.

about 10 months ago
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The Biggest Tech Mishap of 2013?

codeusirae Re:NSA leaking (162 comments)

"NSA leak was the most damagind and biggest tech fail. They still don't know what was taken".

Given the size of the organization and number of people that have access to NSA 'secrets', I wouldn't be surprised if the Russians don't already have the files ..

about 10 months ago
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The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

codeusirae If your machines have been owned .. (215 comments)

"Applebaum spoke about why the NSA's program might lead to broader adoption of open source tools and gave a hot tip on how to know if your machines have been owned."

Where could the code be hiding .. the BIOS, the PCI BIOS, the Video Card, the NIC, the PXE ROM or buried in the CPU microcode ...

about 10 months ago
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US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions

codeusirae Certs are next to useless .. (228 comments)

"To what extent does a CMMI certification determine a successful project outcome? CGI Federal, the lead contractor at Healthcare.gov"

Certs are next to useless in determining project outcome, all they do is generate revenue for the lawyers. How many PCI Compliant Credit Card clearing houses have been knocked off - hundreds. For a successfully project what you need is a small core team of top-notch programmers. Apart from getting awarded certs can you name any large-scale projects CGI Federal worked on that could be declared a success by reputable programmers and the end-users.

about 10 months ago
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Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

codeusirae Computer hacker shut lights off with malware? (396 comments)

'When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware'

Just who in their right mind would connect the power facilities directly to the Internet .. oh wait ....

about 10 months ago
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Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

codeusirae When it comes to modern firewalls .. (259 comments)

"When it comes to modern firewalls for corporate computer networks, the world's second largest network equipment manufacturer doesn't skimp on praising its own work"

Firewalls are next to useless given todays Oss that require randomly open ports and remotely downloading scripts/code in order to function, the security model is fundamentally broken ..

about 10 months ago
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Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

codeusirae Re:"Slashmirrored" (341 comments)

"So do we just mirror phoronix on slashdot, now?"

Since when is news about a LInux distro considered off-topic on slashdot ..

about 10 months ago
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PC Plus Packs Windows and Android Into Same Machine

codeusirae Extending the Microsoft Tax .. (319 comments)

'They are doing this through software emulation. I'm not sure what kind of performance you can expect, but this is their way to try and bring more touch-based apps to the Windows ecosystem.'

More likely a pretext to extend the Microsoft Tax ..

about 10 months ago
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After 22 Years, Walt Mossberg Writes Final WSJ Column

codeusirae Netscape was crushed by Internet Explorer? (100 comments)

"Netscape Navigator: The first successful consumer Web browser, it was later crushed by Microsoft's Internet Explorer " ..

Only because Microsoft sabotaged Navigator on Windows, mainly by extending the protocols and cloning Netscape eg. a full embrace strategy and excluding them from the development program and implementing a common Netscape/Corel attack group

"What kind of date do we have about how much software companies pay Netscape? In particular I am curious about their deals with Corel, Lotus and Intuit"

about 10 months ago
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Massive Android Mobile Botnet Hijacking SMS Data

codeusirae Android malware FUD © (117 comments)

"MisoSMS is wreaking havoc on the Android platform"

This is BS, how does this malware get on to the device in the first place, does it require user action or can it install silently and root the device.

about 10 months ago
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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

codeusirae How the FBI traced the msgs .. (547 comments)

"The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor, but the FBI was able to trace it"

It would seem that the Harvard wireless network is bugged.

about 10 months ago
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Start-Up MagnaCom Aims To Revolutionize Wireless Comms With A 10db Signal Boost

codeusirae A working WAM circuit? (1 comments)

Do MagnaCom have a working WAM circuit or just a bunch of papers?

about 10 months ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

codeusirae Are you taking the piss? (698 comments)

This *is* the real slashdot isn't it, the technology site?

about 10 months ago
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Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

codeusirae Ethanol uneconomic says OIL lobby .. (314 comments)

So what's news, the OIL lobby pays politicians to shutdown ethanol production as this would cut into their profits.

'"This issue affects chainsaws and chain restaurants," Rob Green .. said at a lunch hosted by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry's top lobbying group`. ref

about 10 months ago

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NSA has backdoors into your LAN !

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about 10 months ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "A paper released earlier this month by a group of security researchers has outlined the technical details behind a potential Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) program likely used by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and their American counterpart, the NSA.

Moreover, the researcher's say that one of the largest telecom providers in the world, BT Group (formerly British Telecom), ships hardware to the home and office with firmware that enables this secretive surveillance on a massive scale.

In a paper titled The Internet Dark Age the researchers say that BT is shipping hardware with backdoors that allow secret government access in order to make network compromise easier.

" BT are directly responsible for covertly embedding secret spy equipment in millions of homes and businesses within the U.K .," the paper states."

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Software problems hit Air Traffic Services (Nats)

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "National Air Traffic Services (Nats) — the partially-privatised company that provides air traffic control to commercial flights in the UK's airspace — said the delay in its opening was due to problems with the software used to power its systems.

The software was based on a package being developed by the US air traffic control network as part of a huge upgrade.

But the American project collapsed, leaving Nats and its software developers to pick up the pieces and raising the cost of the centre by nearly £150m on top of the original £475m."

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Computer meltdown at RBS ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "A technological banking glitch on one of the busiest online shopping days of the year left millions of shoppers unable to pay for transactions using their credit or debit cards.

Customers of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group, which includes NatWest and the Ulster Bank, found that their payments were declined, while others could not access the banks' websites or smartphone apps."

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Why 'Lord of the Rings` is Epic Pooh ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "The little hills and woods of that Surrey of the mind, the Shire, are "safe", but the wild landscapes everywhere beyond the Shire are "dangerous". Experience of life itself is dangerous ..

The Lord of the Rings is much more deep-rooted in its infantilism than a good many of the more obviously juvenile books it influenced. It is Winnie-the-Pooh posing as an epic. If the Shire is a suburban garden, Sauron and his henchmen are that old bourgeois bugaboo, the Mob — mindless football supporters throwing their beer-bottles over the fence the worst aspects of modern urban society represented as the whole by a fearful, backward-yearning class for whom "good taste" is synonymous with "restraint" (pastel colours, murmured protest) and "civilized" behaviour means "conventional behaviour in all circumstances"."

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The real diamond economy ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "The diamond invention—the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem—is a relatively recent development in the history of the diamond trade ..

The major investors in the diamond mines realized that they had no alternative but to merge their interests into a single entity that would be powerful enough to control production and perpetuate the illusion of scarcity of diamonds. The instrument they created, in 1888, was called De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., incorporated in South Africa ..."

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P0wning the Christchurch transport system ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "Kiwis could have their names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers exposed by flaws in the Christchurch public transport system that could also allow locals to travel on buses for free.

The security flaws in the contactless bus ticketing system — some known to operator ECan since 2009 — allowed an attacker with trivial effort to lookup the details of travellers via the Metro transport website."

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GCHQ guilty of industrial scale subversion ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "A British engineer who works on anti-hacking systems at Google has furiously accused the UK and US spying agencies of "industrial scale subversion of the judicial process" by tapping the company's internal networks .. a senior engineer at Google since 2010, complains that "nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process" ..."
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Naval secrets swapped for Lady Gaga tickets ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes ".. prosecutors in court papers say Leonard Francis worked his connections to obtain military secrets by lining up hookers, Lady Gaga tickets and other bribes for a U.S. commander .. Navy commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz passed confidential information on ship routes to Francis' Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA, according to the court documents ..."
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Pilot blinded at 1000 mph by helmet technical glitch ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "RAF pilots were left “blinded” by a barrage of images while flying at speeds of over 1,000 mph when a number of technical glitches hit their high-tech helmets.

The visors were supposed to provide the fighter pilots with complete vision and awareness, but problems with the display produced a blurring known as “green-glow”, meaning they were unable to see clearly.

The green glow occurred when a mass of information was displayed on the helmet-mounted display systems, including radar pictures and images from cameras mounted around the aircraft."

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HealthCare.gov: what went wrong?

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "An initial round of criticism focused on how many files the browser was being forced to download just to access the site, per an article at Reuters. A thread at Reddit appeared and was filled with analyses of the code. But closer looks by others have teased out deeper, more systematic issues."
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Coders are exceptionally dull weirdos ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  about a year ago

codeusirae (3036835) writes "My Telegraph Blogs colleague Jack Rivlin is looking for a developer, and is frustrated because he can’t find one in Shoreditch. Jack is the perfect poster child for why our kids can’t code – he’s a normal person, rather than an exceptionally dull weirdo, like the bulk of developers.

I'm all for people to learning to code – I wrote a piece arguing we should teach it in prisons earlier this year – but I think we need to be aware of its limitations. Coding is a niche, mechanical skill, a bit like plumbing or car repair.

As a subject, it only appeals to a limited set of people – the aforementioned dull weirdos. There’s a reason most startup co-founders are “the charming ideas guy” paired with “the tech genius”. It’s because if you leave the tech genius on his own he’ll start muttering to himself."

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How to fix healthcare.gov in 24 hours ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  1 year,32 minutes

codeusirae (3036835) writes "Here's the solution. Ready?

1. Keep the front page and the info pages the same. Don't change the look and feel.

2. Rip out the entire back-end.

3. Write a simple form that allows an applicant to enter all of their relevant information — the same information that would be required to fill out a paper insurance application.

4. When the user completes the form, display a screen letting them know that they've successfully applied for healthcare through the exchange and that they will be receiving forms in the mail in short order.

5. Write a simple back-end that transmits the form to the releavant insurers for the market. This could be as simple as a print-and-mail, emailing a pdf, or if we have another day or so, a queue of xml docs that each insurer can pull through a RESTful api.

And we're done."

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Slashdot will undergo planned maintenance

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  1 year,2 days

codeusirae (3036835) writes ""Slashdot will undergo planned maintenance from Thursday October 24th, 8:00 pm US Eastern Time (Fri Oct 25 00:00 UTC) to Friday October 25th, 12:00 am US Eastern Time (Fri Oct 25 04:00 UTC). During these hours, slashdot.org, m.slashdot.org and beta.slashdot.org may not be accessible."

How difficult is it to run two boxes on some kind of load balancing arrangment, where one can be switched-out, upgraded and then switched bacl in again. "This site going down for maintenence" smacks of amaturism ..."
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National security is being threatened by leaks?

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  1 year,6 days

codeusirae (3036835) writes "Ministerial claims that the publication of reports based on NSA and GCHQ documentation undermined national security prompted a scathing response from United Nations experts on freedom of expression and human rights.

"The protection of national security secrets must never be used as an excuse to intimidate the press into silence and backing off from its crucial work in the clarification of human rights violations," the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, said.

"The press plays a central role in the clarification of human rights abuses. It is clear that the revelations on the extensive mass surveillance initiatives implemented by some governments needs to be widely debated.""

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Lenovo and BlackBerry sign NDA ..

codeusirae codeusirae writes  |  1 year,7 days

codeusirae (3036835) writes "Lenovo and BlackBerry have reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that lets the Chinese concern send in the accountants in order to gain an understanding of whether the beleaguered phone-maker is worthy of an acquisition.

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that the NDA covers all aspects of BlackBerry's operations because Lenovo is interested in buying the whole company."

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