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Satellite Swarm Spots North Pole Drift

colordev Re:not North Pole drift (80 comments)

And even faster than that...

The magnetic north pole had moved little from the time scientists first located it in 1831. Then in 1904, the pole began shifting northeastward at a steady pace of about 9 miles (15 kilometers) a year.

In 1989 it sped up again, and in 2007 scientists confirmed that the pole is now galloping toward Siberia at 34 to 37 miles (55 to 60 kilometers) a year.

about 5 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

colordev Re:Guilty and impossible to prove innocent (248 comments)

Hyppönen is a Finn and Finns write natively all nationalities and languages in lower-case letters. Have some tolerance for us Foreigners occasionally making some typo or two... you uninformed and insensitive clod!

about a year ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

colordev Re:I support Mr. Mikko Hyppönen (248 comments)

I would go as far as calling US a one party system; the party being "a rich peoples party". In order to make it look less like so, they have simply divided the party into two halves! Both party-half having half of the representatives in senate and half of the representatives in congress. And each party-half ruling the White House after the other party-half has had its turn.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Working With Others, As a Schizophrenic Developer?

colordev Re:Don't stop your meds! (218 comments)

The (good) effects of antipsychotic medicine are best illustrated by remembering how those resulted "an emptying of psychiatric hospitals".
From wikipedia's Chlorpromazine article...

The effect of this drug [Chlorpromazine] in emptying psychiatric hospitals has been compared to that of penicillin and infectious diseases. But the popularity of the drug fell from the late 1960s as newer drugs came on the scene. From chlorpromazine a number of other similar antipsychotics were developed. It also led to the discovery of antidepressants.

Chlorpromazine largely replaced electroconvulsive therapy, psychosurgery, and insulin shock therapy. By 1964, about 50 million people worldwide had taken it. In 1955 there were 558,922 resident patients in American state and county psychiatric hospitals. By 1970, the number dropped to 337,619; by 1980 to 150,000, and by 1990 between 110,000 and 120,000 patients.

Anyone with a personal stake or interest in schizophrenia, should think about those numbers very carefully. A comforting thought for anyone impacted with schizophrenia is that it is mostly of biological origin and there will be improved and better targeting medicine available. A horrible horrible thing is that I may have discovered a very good target protein for designing a medicine which would fix the schizophrenia's key illness mechanism. As a newly graduated biochemist I thought pharmaceutical companies or university PhD programs would be interested about this "discovery"; as I even had a letter of recommendation from a pharmacy professor (a specialist in psychiatric medicine) certifying that I have apparently discovered a new & interesting model of schizophrenia. When applying for all relevant job positions all over the world, I soon found out exactly no one was interested. Apparently the HR departments were unprepared for this kind of "innovative" applicants.

It isn't very funny, considering I spend a year! at a university library building a disease model; read ~10,000 Medline abstracts, 100+ full articles, 10+ full books. All that just for the purpose of following all the known clues that might lead to the schizophrenia's root cause. Oh and I started that massive modeling because I knew I was very good in building abstract models; for example patent office had been kind to give me patents. And the situation isn't particularly funny for the schizophrenics and their family members eater. ~10% of schizophrenics will end up killing themselves during their lifetime. Considering the average lifetime prevalence of schizophrenia worldwide being ~0.7%, you could estimate there being 7 billion * 0.007 = 49 million schizophrenics out there and about 5 million of them will commit suicide. If we further assume a post diagnostic average lifespan being 35 years, that gives us a an estimate of 142,000 schizophrenic suicides per year - roughly 400 suicides per day. And I've been sitting for years on information that might significantly change those numbers.

So dear schizophrenics (and your beloved relatives), Yes it really is ironic that the information you need the most in this world may already have been found (who knows maybe even by other researchers) but that critical information may just have be neglected. And don't blame me for that!. I really begged a relevant job or any kind of grant money from all possibly instances - even instances which are supposed to exist just for financing making this kinds of "discoveries" starting from NARSAD and ending to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

The only one who has seen that novel schizophrenia model is that pharmacy professor - who warned me he would give the 20 page handout tough review. Couple of weeks later I called him and asked "am I barking a right tree? In short, his answer was: "YES".

That said, schizophrenics should not kill themselves, nor quit the medicines. One day there will be a new kind of specifically targeting antipsychotic medicine; without the side effects of these current (quite unspecifically) binding antipsychotics. Oh yes, and someone really claims to want to find the cause and cure for the schizophrenia they can feel free to finance a PhD study position for me - in which no actual medical experiments are needed. The model is new, good, and enough ready to be written on paper. If you are a Bill Gates and want it, finance it.

about a year ago
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Group Thinks Anonymity Should Be Baked Into the Internet Itself Using Tor

colordev Re:interesting (123 comments)

Thank's fot the FUDBAR. Now tell us what is safe and what will better promote peoples privacy, democracy and the development of human rights.

> Just to remind you Mr. Anonymous Coward a hundred of million persons were killed by their own governments during the last century. What makes you think govermnents 20 years from now will not execute jews, communists, homosexuals, retards or gypsies like they did in Germany(in 1930-40's), or they will not execute people living in cities or wearing glasses, Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christians, Western-educated intellectuals or educated people in general or people who had had contact with Western countries or with Vietnam, or with any previous government, or disabled people, or the ethnic Chinese, Laotians or Vietnamese like they did in Cambodia (in 1970's), or they will not execute capitalists like they did in Soviet Union(in 1920's), or will not execute muslims like they did in Bosnia-Herzegovina (in 1990's), or will not execute Tutsies like they did in Rwanda(in 1990's), or they will not execute the well educated class like they did in China (in 1960's), or they will not randomly kill people of other religious groups like they did in Iraq (in 2000's) or they will not bomb to pieces urban areas which do appear to be supportive to a currently reigning dictator like is happening in Syria (in 2013).

Now pick your country for the next decade, Are you feeling lucky, punk? or maybe you still like the current development e.g. the great firewall of China and some high profile websites starting to use HTTPS.

I think TOR-like backbone to the future Internet is a great idea. Some tweaking, sweat, toil and tears and it will be a great system.

about a year ago
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Carbon-Negative Energy Machines Catching On

colordev proven wood gas technology since 1839 (228 comments)

It works. During the WWII there were around 700,000 wood gas powered automobiles in Germany, France, Sweden and Finland. As those were back then able to power buses and trucks, it's plausible to think modern designs also producing 20kW of bio power - as advertised.

Finland's eco-mobilist association has a gallery of hobbyist build wood gas mobiles, some even with designs specs and tips. Chairman on the Finland's currently most popular party, which unfortunately isn't The Pirate Party which among others has pirate bay and privacy activist Peter Sunde as a candidate in the coming EU- parliament election, has build his own wood gas automobile - " El Kamina" which by the way is build on top Chevrolet El Camino, which...

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No, I didn't just wrote that

about a year ago
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Broadcom Laying Off LTE and Modem Design Employees

colordev Re:the shaft (71 comments)

TFA says "This is the original Nokia modem team, it started work on LTE, a better part of a decade ago. These are some of the guys who created the LTE standard and were involved in the original algorithm work of LTE long before other companies were developing LTE, so we believe we found some really good talent here."

Most of those ex-Nokia, ex-Renesas people are located in city of Oulu in Finland, and a few months ago all of them almost went unemployed because Renesas run out of money; right when this new modem tool was ready for the markets. And miraculously their jobs were saved by the bell... by the Broadcom's offer.

Broadcom now laying off its people is just an aftershock to Nokia's and Renesas' failures to utilize their former talent pools properly. These kind's of event, once again, hi-light the fact that Nokia was once doing all kinds of right gizmos. But unfortunately its leadership has been failing the company for a full decade now. In fact, those who have been leading Nokia during the last decade should never hired for any non-gargoyle jobs. The kind of waste of human creativity and stockholders' property they caused is just sad.

about a year ago
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Engineers Invent Programming Language To Build Synthetic DNA

colordev Re:Who will write the first virus? (51 comments)

There have been some really bad viruses out there. The worst ones may just have been too malicious to spread effectively; for example by killing hosts too quickly - think Marburg or Ebola.

A DNA a programming toolkit, known virus sequence and a PCR device... easy to predict that this will result lots of bad news.

Maybe UN should publish a short up-to-date list of potentially dangerous scientific pathways never to be taken, articles never to be published and things never to be done or sold. Research that might lead to an easy to use DNA programming toolkits should be right on top of that list.

about a year ago
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Computer-Designed Proteins Recognize and Bind Small Molecules

colordev Re:This can be the greatest breakthrough (70 comments)

Besides mad cow disease is already ancient history. What could possibly go wrong?

Uh... were you ACTUALLY asking what could possibly go wrong? Because that's usually sarcastic.

Yes, That was the sarcastic part.

Anyway, I don't understand what mad cow has to do with anything either way.

well try this, ... mad cow was caused by a badly formulated protein. a prion. In order to (some) proteins to fold into properly functioning proteins, cells have developed special tools... like "chaperone proteins. So if these "computer designed proteins" are to be used inside human body, 'some' might think that these a risk that scientists 'might' not understand all the important aspects of their creature; their own Frankenstein-protein.

Yes, the sarcastic part was hidden under the layer of science... but this is slashdot and it's ok to do that here.

The potential as doping ... well this is left as an exercise to the reader

about a year ago
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Computer-Designed Proteins Recognize and Bind Small Molecules

colordev Re:This can be the greatest breakthrough (70 comments)

I don't see this as a breakthrough. Breakthroughs are for sciences with hard walls to break.

I consider this technology opening a door to a paradigm shift in many fields. As you point out, living organisms have few / if any hard limits. However, consider that a human genome has only about 20,000 protein coding genes, so there is a certain (diffuse) limit, what those genes can naturally catalyze or achieve. Yes, there are lots of special action proteins like luciferase that are beneficial to certain specific organisms. But there are also remains a wide range of reactions which don't have a good enough or utilizable / suitable natural biological 'producer'.

For example almost all biological organisms do bad job in breaking poisons like dioxin. As this new technology advances it might be used for catalysing all kinds of specific reactions for which there's no actual need in 'traditional' living organisms.

about a year ago
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Computer-Designed Proteins Recognize and Bind Small Molecules

colordev This can be the greatest breakthrough (70 comments)

What a clever idea! Instead of making small quite unnatural medicine molecules, how about making quite natural big medicine proteins that bind to various big and small natural targets.

Yes this may be the end of meaningful doping testing, but also the end of cancers and many auto-immune diseases.

Besides mad cow disease is already ancient history. What could possibly go wrong?

about a year ago
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UK Government Destroys Guardian's Snowden Drives

colordev Re: Good! (508 comments)

But,...journalists are the new terrorists -right! Also they also put their family to risk by publishing material that the government doesn't approve. And think about their potential children, which they endanger by not obeying the rules. If all the journalists could be regularly waterboarded, maybe they would then reveal the evil secrets they know? Journalists are also often following funerals and weddings, maybe those unmanned drones could double tap some of those know gatherings of terrorist-journalists?

Reporters without borders sure sounds like a global network of these terrorist-journalists - "douple tap" that too!

about a year ago
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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

colordev Ok, this is why Wikileaks released insurance file (426 comments)

Apparently Snowden (and other heroes) had decided that any disappearing family members would trigger the tripwire that leads to releasing of insurance files. Since the journalist's spouse had suddenly gone missing (for 9 hours) and the police probably did not allow any phone calls to be made during interrogation,... Showden (and other heroes) then probably concluded they were under some kind of attack or that they were being tested. So Snowden (and other heroes) did what they had to do - what's the point of having an insurance policy that you would not use.

This is a chicken game. If many key wikileaks people would suddenly disappear, then Snowden (or other heroes) would probably release both encrypted insurance files and the encryption key to the smaller (49GB) insurance file. At least I hope that's what they are prepared to do. Then the NSA and GCHQ would probably have stopped the attack, at least for a moment, and considered the nature of payload data in the first insurance file. Based on that payload NSA might then choose to risk the release of the 349 GB file or they might stop their attack... maybe even for good. To prepare for the next attack phase Snowden (and other heroes) might again have split the remaining 349GB file into a 300GB and 49GB file - the small file being there again as a similar first response tool, but also the key to the nuclear option file (349GB) might also be released at any time.

Basically the NSA and GCHQ had to get this message.

This is so stupid, Snowden is obviously an American Patriot, who still isn't really seeking to harm his country... a country that is trying to harm him as much as it can. It is not very common that asylum seekers keep protecting the country that is doing all it can to harm the asylum seeker. Thus, the today's release of encrypted insurance files was probably just an expected reply to the earlier provocation by the NSA and GCHQ.

about a year ago
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"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

colordev Re:Already being done pretty much (255 comments)

If I visit www.thepiratebay.org... it works! (or it actually redirects me to thepiratebay.sx)
If I visit www.thepiratebay.se the result is...

Error 105 (net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED): Unable to resolve the server's DNS address
The server at thepiratebay.se can't be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website's name to its Internet address. This error is most often caused by having no connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be caused by an unresponsive DNS server or a firewall preventing Chromium from accessing the network.

I really can't say which one of us has got a better censorship. But more importantly, thanks for helping me to hack around this terrible obstacle of entering the pirate bay. Now the internet feels whole again.

about a year ago
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Finland's Upper Secondary School Exams Going All-Linux

colordev Re:Headline? (55 comments)

"Hacking Contest to Secure Finland's Computerized School Exams", might be more informative.

about a year ago
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Bahrain Activists Battered By IP Tracking Attacks

colordev We owe a solution to Bahrain Activists (48 comments)

I don't know about your priorities, but "we the programmers" are important partners for those resisting true tyrannies. Thus, pursue making your programs compatible as tools of revolution - not something that will get freedom fighters and their friends thrown into jails.

Consider communicating to the internet using HTTPS, TOR or something similar. Have cell-phone pictures (atleast those from the worst totalitarian countries) by default stripped off their GPS-data and other identification data. Embrace anonymity by default. And if possible make all your communication and messaging software end- to-end encrypted. And finally help the revolunaries getting rid of incriminating evidence from the hard disks, USB sticks; for example by overwriting data not just by removing filenames.

Those who trust their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, upon your software do appreciate you going that extra mile.

about a year ago

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Marimekko googledotted

colordev colordev writes  |  more than 2 years ago

colordev writes "Today Google's search page is celebrating the first day of spring with a Marimekko-design inspired doodle.

What a great marketing opportunity for a rag company for getting some international visibility for its designs. Slashdot readers might already guess what happens when you get your products shown at the Google's front page, that's right... you get googledotted... (and slashdotted — sorry)

Marimekko knew beforehand they would be on Google's search page. If you had been responsible for Marimekko's web-site how exactly would you have prepared the company's site for that event. How much time it would have taken and what would have been the associated minimum and reasonable expected costs, if things had been done your way."
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Nokia’s CEO owns M$ stocks worth millions

colordev colordev writes  |  more than 3 years ago

colordev (1764040) writes "Yesterday’s Nokia-Microsoft deal is getting even more bizarre. First, the companies had been competitors for 15 years, both making and selling their mobile hardware and software – as well as they could. Then suddenly Nokia surprised everyone by dropped its pants and bending over.

Now there are many people questioning if the Nokia-Microsoft deal was prepared ethically or even legally right. Apparently Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop was owning Microsoft stocks, worth millions, all the time while he was negotiating with Microsoft. In addition, he still doesn’t own a single Nokia stock. From the shareholders perspective that looks really bad.

After the deal was announced yesterday, Nokia's share value fell by about 4 billion EUR ($5B). Thus, the market's immediate reaction this was a very bad deal. And if the Nokia's share value was permanently lost, I am sure many shareholders would like each of the Nokia board members to be jointly paying back those lost billions — after all they are ultimately responsible for accepting that strategic brain fart.
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Nokia,WP7,MeeGo,Symbian: platforms to die today

colordev colordev writes  |  more than 3 years ago

colordev (1764040) writes "Ex- Microsoft boss Stephen Elop has been silently running Nokia for the past five months. On Friday he will define Nokia’s future. A leaked memo already revealed he thinks MeeGo and Symbian are not competitive enough and Nokia must abandon its own platforms and join the winning team Android and or WP7. Today a Google boss hinted Nokia’s choice would be WP7 by stating: “#feb11: Two turkeys do not make an Eagle“.

What should Nokia do? Personally, I think Nokia should buy the Swiss company, which on Wednesday announced an Android-to-Maemo/MeeGo app converter. More importantly the board should immediately fire CEO (Stephen Elop), saying “thanks for opening our eyes, but you may still be MS-biased”. And yes, Nokia should bury Symbian, pee in its pants and join the Android camp."

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Symbian probably died yesterday

colordev colordev writes  |  more than 4 years ago

colordev (1764040) writes "Yesterday Nokia canceled the separate Symbian^4 and ^3 operating systems. Instead ,there would be "one constantly evolving" platform. That doesn't look like a EOL announcement — right? However, Nokia also announced it would be sacking 1800 workers and mostly from its Symbian smartphones unit. And how come, the Symbian foundation's leader suddenly also decided to resign; because of "personal reasons"? And why was Nokia, once again, so keen in emphasizing how well the Qt developed apps will work on both Symbian and MeeGo?

Alternative interpretation of these announced changes is that Nokia is gradually closing down its Symbian product line and soon Nokia's only own smartphone OS would be MeeGo. Regarding that "one constantly evolving" Symbian platform: Yes, Symbian could be still be around and evolving, just like the Windows XP is constantly evolving with its (security) updates. Outside the US Symbian is still, by far, the most popular mobile OS. But strategically Nokia focuses on gaining more success on US smartphone markets. It is doubtful if even that "constantly evolved" Symbian is enough for winning a significant market share. So, maybe the strategy is now to consider Symbian strategically dead (like XP) and see if MeeGo can do better."

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re-designing web pages by pressing one button

colordev colordev writes  |  more than 4 years ago

colordev (1764040) writes "This automatic web page face-lifting tool replaces your page's existing palette with nice alternative palettes & some unexpected visual elements. Here is a super-simple 'LIVE' page and here is a demo video showing what kind of instant designing are we talking about. The more simple your page and the server settings are, the better are the chances for successful performance.

as, there's no way Color Machine itself could survive and service a full scale slashdotting,... could you please avoid re-designing all your sites with it tonight, sorry & please."

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Nokia paying $10M for Symbian coders

colordev colordev writes  |  more than 4 years ago

colordev (1764040) writes "Today Nokia and AT&T announced a mobile software coding contest; with $10M in price money. That may be exactly what is needed for keeping the Symbian in competition with Android. I am certain LOTS of programmers are following this historic battle of the mobile platforms. Sony Ericsson told yesterday it would not be making any new Symbian devices and instead focusing in Android. That left Nokia pretty much alone with Symbian and now it likes to find new coding ‘friends’ for keeping the platform vital. Until this latest coding contest was announced the natural selection seemed to be eliminating Symbian."
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