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Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough

definate Re:THE virus is a bit of an overstatement (202 comments)

When in Rome.

Do you guys even bother reading your own links?

...type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.

Anonymous Coward is correctly pointing out that while it's linked, the actual relationship is more complicated than that, and that is why "Eating too much sugar causes diabetes" is a myth. Rubycodez was making a joke and hence his comments shouldn't be taken that seriously, however the joke did rely upon the myth that consuming too much sugar causes diabetes, otherwise his joke wouldn't make sense. That is why Anonymous Coward's link was relevant.

about 10 months ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

definate Re:Oh, really? (1255 comments)

I know this is a casual forum, and we're mostly making light of this article, however there is a valid reason that schools have adopted this idea.

The idea is that you're rewarding the child for putting in effort, which has been shown to produce better results for complex cognitive tasks. In fact, there's been a fair few articles which have been either directly related or tangentially related to this, linked on Slashdot.

In addition to this, the student which is rewarded for their innate ability or luck, does not necessarily learn to continue to put in enough effort. This is particularly prevalent later on in life, when study for almost everyone becomes quite a lot harder, and persistence pays off.

Lastly, there is more of an appreciation for the random/luck component of the outcome, which probably makes up more than 99% of the probability of a successful outcome. I was a huge nerd at university, I put in a lot of time and effort, and I'm blessed with a reasonable innate ability to learn easily, and got grades that were quite good. However, I like almost all of the other nerds I knew, had a lot of courses that I did not achieve good grades for, when my competency in that course was amazing. Similarly I had some courses that I did achieve amazing grades for, when my competency in those courses was far below that suggested by the grade.

As always, a caveat, the topic of motivation and what drives people, is hotly debated and researched. Most of the research hasn't been that great into this, but some of it has, and those ones suggest that on average, this is a better method for raising our children.

about a year ago
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Med Students Unaware of Their Bias Against Obese Patients

definate Re:Fat Hatred (446 comments)

self pithy

If they don't feel self [concise and forcefully expressive]...?

about a year ago
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Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

definate Re:Fiat Currency (692 comments)

Did you even read the GP? The one I was responding to. Your criticism of my post, is actually you agreeing with me, that the GP's argument is absurd.

about a year ago
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Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

definate Re:Fiat Currency (692 comments)

The value of one bitcoin is exactly one bitcoin. The value doesn't change, how much you can buy with it however, does change.

about a year ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

definate Re:dd (295 comments)

I'd rather...
dd if=/dev/rand of=/dev/sda bs=1024 &

about a year ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

definate Re:Really? (1145 comments)

"No it doesn't. There'll be one guy left with one eye. Hows the last blind guy gonna take out the eye of the last guy left, who's still got one eye! All that guy has to do is run away and hide behind a bush. Gandhi was wrong, it's just that nobody's got the balls to come right out and say it."
- Seven Psychopaths

about a year ago
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MIT's Charm School For Geeks Turns 20

definate Re:You would think this is parody (217 comments)

Thanks for the review. Everything you've written makes MIT sound like an excellent school. One where you go to do some serious learnings, instead of just fuck around.

What other universities are like this?

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

definate Re:How long until the PS4 is irrelevant? (587 comments)

As my console friends remind me. There's a much greater simplicity and ease of use of the consoles versus the PCs in their eyes.

They will still buy consoles, for the same reason that your parents don't run virtualized environments to emulate other operating systems, and the same reason that most people I've met haven't cracked their Wii... it's all too complicated and frustrating for them. This doesn't preclude other people setting it up for them, but they often don't feel comfortable with it.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

definate Re:How long until the PS4 is irrelevant? (587 comments)

If what you say eventuated, I could see PS4's becoming the dominant player in the market.

Allowing PC's to play as well, and likely pirate, will dramatically increase the demand for their console, and the amount of people who would even consider buying one.

about a year and a half ago
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Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

definate Not in Australia (307 comments)

I don't know the US legal system nor it's taxation, however I do know the Australian system.

For comparison, if you were doing that in Australia, particularly if you described it the way you have, you would easily fall under the Income Tax Assessment Act of 1936 Part IVA--Schemes to reduce income tax. At which point they would use section 177F to remove the affects of any benefit you're creating for yourself, tax you on the new amount, and depending on the severity of the situation, there could be fines and even jail time.

The difficulty in Australia is that to figure out this can take quite a lot of time and money, however the ATO has special divisions that target the ones they will get the most gain from. One of my lecturers at university was one of the people who worked at the ATO on high net worth individuals to try and figure out if they were dodging tax. He had a lot of insight on methods used to find people who were living off of loans from corporations which they themselves controlled or owned, such that they were re-classifying their income as expenses. It's actually really interesting how they go about it.

While I know the US is very different in this regards, I'd be somewhat surprised if something like this didn't exist in the US.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

WHOAH! NO WAY! Come on Coopers, what the fuck?

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

That price wasn't very specific, here's a better run down of prices Holden Commodores on CarSales.com.au. The *'s mean they're not sure if it's "on road" (meaning it's inclusive of all taxes) or not. I don't think it is. There was a similar ambiguity when I was looking up the US prices.

The cost of living here is a fair bit more expensive, property is often quite a lot more expensive unless you live quite rurally. Here's a better write up on that on the "Australian forum". Almost every American I've met has complained about the price of things here though.

Apparently the median household income in the US is $52,762 and in Australia it is $68,640. Though it should be noted this is without considering purchasing power, both are probably measured quite differently, and each is quoted in their local currencies... but it's the best I could find, without going into this more seriously.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

I used the wrong tenses, should have been "was" cheaper to buy. Google, and my facts still stand.

This year, or next year, the exact same car is supposed to be released as a Chevrolet SS.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

Touche.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate Re:The FED (371 comments)

Hi there, I've got a degree in economics, you're wrong. That shit's retarded.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

Canada and the US share a boarder, so it is somewhat ridiculous for them to charge more in Canada than in Hawaii, that's a fair complaint. However, what I think is even more ridiculous is a car that's made in South Australia, the Pontiac G8 is cheaper to buy in the US than in South Australia. The average price in South Australia is around $50,000 the average price in the US is around $30,000. Remembering that the dollar was at parity or close to parity. This means it was $20,000 cheaper to purchase a car that had been shipped to the US. GM has consistently done this to us, and just about every large company does this to us.

Valve actually doesn't do it that much, though some game producers that use Steam do.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

definate You are a rambling mad man (371 comments)

Sometimes I need to pretend I am a rambling mad man as a joke amongst friends. The problem is I can never quite pull of something which is coherent enough to actually be said by someone, yet insane enough to actually stand out as this guy is obviously a rambling mad man.

My go to response used to be some mish-mash of an Allen Ginsberg poem, something like...
"I passed through universities with radiant eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war, if I was expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull..."

It's good, but it's hard to memorise. Like myself, most of my friends have at least some university level economics/finance education, so from now on, I'm just going to memorise your comment, as my go to rambling mad man impersonation.

In other words, thanks!

about a year and a half ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

definate Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

I do what I said above all the time (note that I only need to remember 2 passwords though), and the bad grammar and punctuation makes little to no difference, because in my mind the badness still follows a pattern which is predictable, as if someone who doesn't know English well was writing this. These make it predictable for you.

about a year and a half ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

definate Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

Lies. I used to do this too, when I was in primary and high school, on my Cyrix 200. It used to take me about a week to crack 95-98% of the passwords, you never got to 100% unless everyone there had really weak passwords. There were always _some_ passwords which I couldn't crack in a reasonable amount of time. They were often the passwords of my friends who were doing similar things.

Over the years I had figured out a lot of different ways to break into machines. But the best way I got the hashes was by bringing along a bootable linux diskette (or CD in the later years), booting in off of that (sometimes had to get around BIOS protections first), then we could grab the sam file (or the sam.bak file). I also found some code which we compiled to a DLL, which pretended to be a Novell logon manager, and would simply dump the login and password to a text file when someone logged in. They didn't realize for a long time, and it seems even Symantec didn't become aware of this till 2002. Which was many many many years later. This ensured that if we lost an admin password, we'd just have to wait for them to log back in, and we'd have it again.

Eventually I got wise and figured out how to terminal into the domain server with one of the admin passwords, at which point I created a very official sounding domain admin account, which had permissions for just about everything. At which point I'd then brag and show my friends that I could access network shares which were off limits and print to fancy colour printers reserved only for teachers... like a gangsta.

about a year and a half ago

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Hackers release British climate science research

definate definate writes  |  more than 4 years ago

definate (876684) writes "News.com.au has an article on "COMPUTER hackers have broken into Britain's leading climate science research centre, making public thousands of private emails between top climate change scientists." where the hackers released "more than 2000 emails and 3000 documents" showing "bitter disagreements about the cause of climate change" and cheering "news of the sudden death of a prominent Australian climate sceptic". The emails go on to show a lack of objectivity and a large amount of bias amongst some lead researchers "In one email, Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the US Centre for Atmospheric Research, who supports the theory of man-made climate change, says: "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment, and it is a travesty that we can't.""."
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Trapped girls call for help on Facebook

definate definate writes  |  more than 4 years ago

definate (876684) writes "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12) found themselves trapped/lost in a stormwater drain in Adelaide, South Australia. The interesting point of this article that makes it Slashdot worthy, is that although the teenage girls had mobile phones, instead of calling for help using 000 (Australia's 911 number), they decided to notify people through Facebook. My guess is it was something along the lines of "Jane Doe is like totally trapped in a stormwater drain, really need help, OMG!". Luckily a young friend of the girls was online at the time and was able to call the proper authorities."
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Slashdot has a serious bug

definate definate writes  |  more than 5 years ago

definate (876684) writes "Since a couple of days ago I have noticed that Slashdot has a bug which prevents people who have not loaded a page on the site completely at least once, from being able to directly load links. To repeat this. 1) Close down all tabs in your browser. 2) Then clear your cache and cookies. 3) Go to this URL (you might want to copy it before closing this window and clearing it). You'll notice in FireFox it takes you to a blank page error, and in Opera it just loads a blank page. No matter how many other links you load, it will come up blank, which means all of the RSS links come up blank. So when I send someone who doesn't usually visit Slashdot to a specific story, they will not be able to load the page. I am always clearing my cache and using the RSS feeds, and have only noticed this the last few days. I've tried this on a few different machines on different ISPs, OSs, Browsers and similar. To fix it, goto Slashdot.org and allow the whole page to load. From here on all of the links will work. Why is this? Is this some sort of linking protection gone awry? Or is it just how the new ajax interface works?"
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Australians projected broadband network too pricey

definate definate writes  |  more than 5 years ago

definate writes "The Daily Telegraph reports "CONSUMERS have been warned they will have to pay at least $200 (143.72 USD) a month to use the [Australian] Federal Government's high-speed broadband network — or pay less for slower speeds." This means that the broadband network would not only still have the same monthly quotas, due to the economics of sending the data overseas, however the average user and even most power users would be priced out of the benefits of the network. Conservative estimates have it at a minimum of $100 (71.86 USD) a month, however this is almost double what the average user already pays for their connection. Additionally, this is the same administration which wants to censor the internet, a move which would further increase the costs."
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Is the sea rising?

definate definate writes  |  more than 5 years ago

definate (876684) writes "I've just read a news article on sea levels from Nils-Axel Mörner which suggests that sea levels aren't rising as rapidly as the models predict. From his real world tests over a significant amount of time there has been very little movement. Looking into his history he is a geologist and physicist, and was a professor at Stockholm University and chairman of INQUA. This seems like extremely pertinent information, and goes against the common rhetoric which people have been saying for ages. Since I am a layman I am not certain whether I should believe this person, or treat it as FUD. Can any experts in the Slashdot community comment on this information? Was the IPCC data corrected for one input alone? How does this affect predictions on the effects of global warming?"
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Unauthorized hacking at the Black Hat hacker con

definate definate writes  |  about 6 years ago

definate (876684) writes "There has been a scandal at the Black Hat hacker conference held in Las Vegas today. Three French reporters were caught "hacking" in the press network. Isn't this to be assumed? The problem is that, the press network does not have permission to be hacked, meaning there could be legal consequences for these actions and the conference. However, the irony is delicious. The three hackers were kicked out and given a life time ban. More can be read at iTWire (but not much more)."
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FireFox 3 Network Timeout Problems

definate definate writes  |  more than 6 years ago

definate (876684) writes "A lot of people have been having troubles after upgrading to FireFox 3. Randomly FireFox 3's connections seem to hang and stop returning any data. These connections do timeout, however it can take sometime. This problem is further exacerbated by FireFox 3 using persistent connections. People who are using the default settings find that FireFox will fail and then completely be unable to make any connections to any other websites for up to 5 minutes. A temporary fix for this problem was found on the MozillaWiki under Firefox3 Timeout Problem. This problem doesn't seem to be tied to any extensions or plugins and has only been reported on Windows systems so far."
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Is Slashdot using a spammer / anti-p2p server?

definate definate writes  |  more than 6 years ago

definate (876684) writes "Earlier today I updated PeerGuardian 2, it updated its lists to their "new" locations at SourceForge and I selected the anti-p2p list. I've used this application for a long time and found it to be pretty good however, today I noticed it was blocking Slashdot's new hosting provider, SAVVIS. When I had a look at SAVVIS's Wikipedia site, I noticed that they went through a spamming scandal and when I searched around I found that SAVVIS might be working with many anti-p2p organizations. This means that Slashdot is indirectly helping spamming and anti-p2p organizations. Is Slashdot really using the hosting services of a company who supplies spammers and anti-p2p organizations? Isn't there a conflict of interest there? Shouldn't Slashdot have done research on this beforehand? Should I just put in an exclusion for Slashdot? And lastly, WTF?"

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