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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

hawkinspeter Re:Update yo software (163 comments)

You can smugly assert that you were "secure", but everyone else can smugly assert that "you're doing it wrong!" by not testing or having any kind of backups to rollback any unwanted changes.

3 days ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

hawkinspeter Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (252 comments)

Yes - if you can incorporate a form of exercise into your daily routines then it's a lot easier to keep regularly active.

It can also be a lot of fun to just walk/cycle/run somewhere just because you fancy it rather than because you need to go there. I think it increases the enjoyment you get from exercise if sometimes you do it "just because you can".

3 days ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

hawkinspeter Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (252 comments)

There's lots of different ways of getting exercise and different methods work better for different people. The trick is to find an activity that you enjoy doing that is also a form of exercise. It can be as simple as walking around exploring your environs, or maybe base jumping is more your style.

I agree that pounding a treadmill in a gym is boring as hell, but put me on a bike with some countryside around and I'm happy as a pig in a Jewish vegan festival.

3 days ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

hawkinspeter Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (252 comments)

That's going to take a while to overcome and unfortunately you will have to WANT to overcome it rather than someone just telling you to do so. This is one of the problems of being on the artificial, processed food rollercoaster - once you've been riding it for a while, it's really difficult to change your course.

3 days ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

hawkinspeter Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (252 comments)

Exercise should be fun - you just need to find a sport/activity that you enjoy enough so that it doesn't seem like a chore.

Healthy food probably tastes horrible to you as you're not used to it. That's one of the problems with too many sweeteners (sugar and artificial ones) and salt being pumped into everyday food. If you can wean yourself off of the processed food bandwagon, your taste buds will return to a more normal state and ordinary food will begin to taste delicious.

3 days ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

hawkinspeter Re:LHC (91 comments)

Although there hasn't been any paradigm shifting science come out of the LHC, I wouldn't say there's been zero output. We now have figures for the Higgs that have ruled out a large number of possible theories. Before performing the experiments, no-one knew for sure what the results were going to be - we could easily have had surprising results that disagreed with the Standard Model.

You might think that the statistics are useless, but they're very useful to particle physicists.

5 days ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

hawkinspeter Re:LHC (91 comments)

It's very difficult to predict which areas of science are likely to produce valuable discoveries. However, due to the incredible success of science throughout the last century (at least) it's quite a safe bet to invest in science and technoloy.

Here's an interesting link about the economic effects of publicly funded science: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/technology/report/2012/12/10/47481/the-high-return-on-investment-for-publicly-funded-research/

However, science can take a while to pay off, so at the moment, the LHC doesn't look good value, but who knows what we'll be up to in 50 years time?

5 days ago
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Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

hawkinspeter The Tattered King (110 comments)

Repairer of Reputations?

about a week ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

hawkinspeter Re:I forgot this (158 comments)

I haven't read all of your post yet (I need to go and cook some dinner etc), but I've had a quick look for Hellbound as it sounds interesting.

Just to confirm - it's not the Chuck Norris film is it?

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

hawkinspeter Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (158 comments)

To my mind, it sounds closer to a description of the Tao than what I traditionally think of as God (although I'm an atheist, so my thoughts on God are not really a benchmark). The big problem is that God is such a charged word that carries a lot of baggage with it.

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

hawkinspeter Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (158 comments)

Okay. That's a definition of God that I've never encountered. It doesn't fit well with all the religious stories that tell of an angry vengeful God that sends plagues and demands worship etc.

If God is a shorthand for the ground of being, then why do so many people go to war about which is the correct one and how you should worship him/her/it?

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

hawkinspeter Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (158 comments)

There's a number of different hypotheses for how the big bang got started, but it's tricky to figure out the maths/effects so that we can figure out what fits all our available data. (You can't really explain the existence of a god as there's nothing to measure and no meaningful experiments that can be refuted).

If you don't know what created the creator and yet believe that she exists, then why do you need a creator?

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

hawkinspeter Re:Why (218 comments)

Not only Klinsmann, but the US players wokred incredibly hard.

As a disappointed England supporter, I wish that our team had put in even half the effort of the US team. It especially annoyed me when they put in a lack-lustre performance in their third match because they were already out - if you're a professional footballer (soccerer) and you're playing for your country at the world cup, I don't understand how you can not be excited and thrilled to show your mettle.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

hawkinspeter Re:Why (218 comments)

Some of us think that nationalism is a sign of immaturity. To think that because you happened to be born on the same land-mass as a bunch of other people, makes you somehow special, is just ridiculous.

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

hawkinspeter Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (158 comments)

Just a quick question - if God created everything, what/who created God? And please, no turtles all the way down.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

hawkinspeter Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

You had it lucky, I got 10 years for tweeting a recipe using kaffir limes - I had no idea it was an offensive South African word.

about two weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

hawkinspeter Re: Expect the Republicans... (105 comments)

They're over in Ireland - we don't really take them seriously. Even when they were exploding US-funded IRA bombs, we just kept a stiff upper lip and refused to be scared by them (I still can't believe that they failed to explode Thatcher with that Brighton bombing).

It makes me laugh that the USA used to be so happy to fund terrorism and now they get so crazy scared of terrorists that they allow their government to run rough-shod all over their constitution.

about two weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

hawkinspeter Re:They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (235 comments)

If you've got a known medical condition that renders you suddenly incapable of safely driving a car without warning, then maybe you should let someone else drive?

about two weeks ago

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BBC ignores 50000 austerity protesters outside BBC in Portland Place

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a month ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "It seems that the BBC didn't notice a crowd of 50,000 protesters right outside their front door on Saturday. The march was organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity on their one-year anniversary and was led by comedian Russell Brand who has become a figure head for the movement. He called out for a "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution".

The protesters started their march outside the BBC to protest against the broadcaster ignoring the impact of the cuts on the impoverished. Sam Fairbairn (the national secretary of the People's Assembly) spoke to the crowds at the end of the march, outside Parliament, saying "Make no mistake, these cuts are killing people and destroying cherished public services which have served generations".

Although this event seems to have been ignored by a lot if the UK press, it is covered by a few of them: Daily Express, The Independent and The Huffington Post."
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China rejects 545,000 tons of US genetically modified corn

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 7 months ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "The BBC is reporting that US corn that was found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain. Although China doesn't have a problem per se with GM crops (they've been importing GM soybeans since 1997), their product safety agency found MIR162 in 12 batches of corn.

"The safety evaluation process [for MIR162] has not been completed and no imports are allowed at the moment before the safety certificate is issued" said Nui Din, China's vice agricultural minister.

The Chinese are now calling on US authorities to tighten their controls to prevent unapproved strains from being sent to China after the first batch of corn was rejected in November due to MIR162."

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Doom comes to Kickstarter boardgame project

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a year ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Kickstarter backers are up in arms and accusing the head of developer The Forking Path Erik Chevalier of fraud following the cancellation of a tabletop game that successfully brought in nearly $123,000 on the crowdfunding website.

According to Chevalier, the project — a game called The Doom that Came to Atlantic City — ran out of money following 13 months of development despite earning nearly four times the amount originally asked for through Kickstarter. Chevalier began the Kickstarter campaign in May 2012, asking for $35,000 to create the title.

"The project is over, the game is cancelled," he wrote. "Every possible mistake was made, some due to my inexperience in board game publishing, others due to ego conflicts, legal issues and technical complications. No matter the cause though, these could all have been avoided by someone more experienced and I apparently was not that person."

Chevalier added he hopes to personally refund the full amount to his backers beginning with those who pre-ordered the game through its official webstore.

"Unfortunately I can't give any type of schedule for the repayment as I left my job to do this project and must find work again.

"Again, I never set out to con anyone or to perpetrate a fraud but I did walk into a situation that was beyond my abilities and for that I'm deeply sorry." A number of backers since claimed to have reported Chevalier to the Oregon Department of Justice. According to the designer, he has contacted the department himself in response.

"While they gave no promises their agent didn't feel that I'd committed any fraud. I am going to provide them with more information and work with them to see what I need to do to make this right in their eyes. I will also be contacting any other agencies who receive reports in order to provide them with a transparent view of the scenario from all angles."

Angry backers are of the opinion that the project money was used to fund Erik's move to Portland and to set up a video production company (formerly Suicide Pact LLC and now renamed as Intrinsic Gray). Additionally, it appears that Erik had to have legal action threatened by the game designers themselves before agreeing to come clean about the wasted money."
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MIT blocking release of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service files

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  1 year,2 days

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Lawyers representing MIT are filing a motion to intervene in Wired's Kevin Poulsen's FOIA lawsuit over thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz.

It looks like MIT are afraid of the public finding out about the individuals who thought that sending Aaron to prison (for the digital equivalent of checking out too many library books) was a really good idea. Does that justify a non-governmental interfering with a FOIA request?"

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Ruby-on-Rails allows remote-code execution on over 240,000 websites

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Popular programming framework Ruby on Rails is affected by two critical security vulnerabilities — one allowing anyone to execute commands on the servers running affected web apps.

The bugs both involve the parsing and handling of data supplied by visitors to a Rails application. The CVE-2013-0156 hole is the more severe of the two because it allows remote-code execution against any Ruby on Rails application that has the XML parser enabled — a feature switched on by default. According to security tools firm Sourcefire the flaw allows hackers to run system commands on the server with the same level of privileges as the app.

Both vulnerabilities can be resolved by updating to the latest version of the Ruby on Rails platform.

But what makes the holes particularly nasty is that, until the patches are applied, every application running on the insecure open-source framework will be vulnerable — like castles built on sand and the tide is rising: at least 240,000 websites powered by RoR are thought to be at risk."

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Caught on camera: quantum mechanics in action

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 2 years ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Scientists at the University of Glasgow have captured images of ‘quantum entanglement’ on camera for the first time.

In quantum mechanics, entanglement is one of the bizarre behaviours exhibited by particles where the rules of classical physics are broken and seemingly impossible events are a reality.

Described by Einstein as ‘spooky action at a distance’, entanglement is the phenomenon whereby two particles act as one system even when separated by immense distances.

The entangled particles are in a superposition where their individual state isn’t known. However, as soon as one of them is measured or observed the other will take on a correlated state instantaneously, seemingly violating the speed of light.

Being able to exploit such behaviour would have major applications in communications encryption and could underpin the next generation of computer technology, known as quantum computation.

Their paper is available from Nature"

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Microsoft drope 'Metro' name for Windows 8

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 2 years ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "The BBC is reporting that Microsoft is dropping the 'Metro' name for the new Windows 8 UI. Apparently, the catchy new name they've settled on is 'Windows 8 style UI'! This has happened due to a (potential) trademark dispute with Metro AG , a German retail giant.

I'm wondering if Microsoft planned this to get publicity for their new OS and UI or whether they just forget to check on how 'Metro' is used around the world."

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Man claims cell phone taken by DC police for taking photos

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 2 years ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Just one day after Chief Cathy Lanier made it illegal for MPD cops to take recording equipment, a 26-year-old local man had his phone taken as he was trying to record a violent arrest. They eventually gave back his phone, but without the memory card which also contained photos of his daughter along with the record of the alleged police brutality."
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