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New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

jaeztheangel Reputation is Subjective (100 comments)

Because you can't bank on someone who may fall out of fashion in an instant.

Ask those poor people now stuck with Rolf Harris artwork.

about a week ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

jaeztheangel Re:Everyone (73 comments)

well, we've already taken the coinage back from them (bitcoin). Perhaps it's time we decentralised the courts?

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

jaeztheangel Everyone (73 comments)

Or just the "boys club"?

This would create an oligarchy, not a democracy.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

jaeztheangel Let's not jump to conclusions. (284 comments)

The Claustrum as an area of the brain has been well established as an area of orchestration of various sensory subsystems. It has been studied for over two centuries[1].

These studies clearly demonstrate that the Cl is richly innervated with a wide and diverse array of neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. Lesion, stimulation and recording experiments demonstrate that the functional and physiologic capacity of the Cl is quite robust. A recurring theme of claustral function appears to be its involvement in sensorimotor integration. This may be expected of the Cl, given the degree of heterotopic, heterosensory convergence and its interconnectivity with the key subcortical nuclei and sensory cortical areas. The Cl remains a poorly understood and under investigated nucleus.

It makes sense that a major loss of function is associated with interrupting the Claustrum - but there are several nuclii in the brain - the Hippocampus being one. Claiming it is the 'one true center of consciousness' in the brain doesn't account for the countless studies which reveal just how complex the operation of our neural networks actually are, and may be premature.

References

  1. [1]The claustrum: a historical review of its anatomy, physiology, cytochemistry and functional significance. Edelstein LR1, Denaro FJ.

about three weeks ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

jaeztheangel I miss it. (132 comments)

It saved me so much time. And hassle.

about three weeks ago
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Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

jaeztheangel Re:and yet cryptocurrencies remain immune...! (74 comments)

If a system is insecure a "good" architecture is irrelevant - you're still screwed.

Dear John

Please can you explain how BitCoin is vulnerable to Heartbleed?

I think good architecture is essential to good security. That's why I posted.

Many Thanks

Jawad Yaqub

about a month ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

jaeztheangel Çreationism and Northern Ireland (649 comments)

Growing up in Holywood, Northern Ireland I went to a very religious independent grammar school.

While atheists and even atheism itself was generally frowned upon I have to say as the first Muslim and non-pink person to attend - I was very glad to have gone there and grown.

Despite what people may think the teaching there is some of the best in the UK and even with the deep and sincere commitment to faith you have an equally deep and sincere commitment to scientific enquiry and truth. We were never taught creationism, and any school or teacher considering it would have been politely but firmly shown the door.

I guess the thinking was us kids would need our wits about us out here to survive.

about a month ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

jaeztheangel And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

I've always felt stronger after the Holy Month - that surprised me as a kid. Nice Article.

about 1 month ago
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Aspiring Astronaut Gideon Gidori Invents a New Holiday: Star Day (Video)

jaeztheangel Re:I wish he succeeds... (46 comments)

Why does he deserve it? Just because he's "good"?

Good point.

A person without a dream is a tragedy unfolding.

about 1 month ago
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Aspiring Astronaut Gideon Gidori Invents a New Holiday: Star Day (Video)

jaeztheangel I wish he succeeds... (46 comments)

he deserves it. good kid.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

jaeztheangel Anaemic Responses (72 comments)

I woke up this morning and found myself wondering - if I met Snowden what would I ask him?

Then I realized, he's managed to turn the focus of the world back onto the invasion of our selves, social and personal, by governments.

So I'd ask: "why then, is the response so anaemic?"

Who we are used to be about our bodies, our family, our social interactions day to day. Suddenly as technology began to increase our reach - we found all forms of communication first monitored, then censored by governments, and their corporate proxies.

I don't deny them the right to protect themselves, but it seems to me that 'they' are 'us'. We all want status, and security, so we aim for money (counters printed by them), power (positions, and authority rationed out by them), and I don't know a single business leader or politician who doesn't defend themselves by setting up legal structures to deflect blame or absolve themselves.

What we need perhaps is to take the tools of the internet and create something new - looking at BitCoin and its resilience in the face of massive corporate and government opposition I think what worries them is they'll first cede control of the coinage, and then cede control of the courts.

Coins are important - we used to rely on governments to stand by their currency but with BTC and related currencies we can now create unforgeable, and publicly verifiable money. No need for banks, and their associated parasites.

Courts are also vital - well aware that people are tried in public as much as in private - both the etiquette and the frameworks for legal accountability are shifting towards the individual. I'm heartened by the approach of the EU, and glad that Google is moving forward to implementing privacy carefully and thoughtfully.

Sorry for writing so much, please let me know what you think privacy will be like in 5-10 years - and critically - if you think we'll be able to be private citizens again, or is it already too late?

Thank you.

about 2 months ago
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$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide

jaeztheangel Re:Off the Flight Path... (264 comments)

Definitely! Good point.

about 2 months ago
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$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide

jaeztheangel Re:Off the Flight Path... (264 comments)

[...]offers up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.

That is precisely my point. The fact of aiming a laser can't be enough - so it comes down to intentions. Those of the person accused - and their accuser.

about 2 months ago
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$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide

jaeztheangel Off the Flight Path... (264 comments)

Planes get lost, re-routed etc ALL the time. Think a nightclub with laser advertising, plane flies overhead, or helicopter. Can they be punished?

about 2 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

jaeztheangel All I'll say... (224 comments)

Is privacy requires work.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

jaeztheangel I wanted to solve rubik's cube (153 comments)

When I was a kid I burned my right hand at age 5. I couldn't write, and I had recently gotten a rubiks cube. I wondered how to solve it and worked it out in my head. When my bandages came off I solved it in one day. Because I couldn't open it up or play with it I had to think about it, it made me hungry to play with and understand everything. Something I still feel to this day.

about 2 months ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

jaeztheangel Re:Nothing short of a Fatwa... (304 comments)

or perhaps they just don't care. :-) i hate it when demagogues start shouting, don't you?

about 2 months ago

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US allows first commercial drone flights

jaeztheangel jaeztheangel writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jaeztheangel (2644535) writes "The United States Aviation Authority has authorized BP to use unmanned aircraft to survey pipelines, roads and equipment in Alaska. In a move likely to spark interest from other major players (Google, Amazon) US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said allowing the use of unmanned aircraft for research was an "important step toward broader commercial use of unmanned aircraft"."
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McDogeCoin might be coming to McDonalds

jaeztheangel jaeztheangel writes  |  about 2 months ago

jaeztheangel (2644535) writes "McDonalds is holding an online competition to submit a custom burger with voting to decide which delicious invention will stand a chance of being served in UK restaurants for a week. TheDogeCoin community quickly submitted a whole load of shibe-related burgers and voted them to the top. The most popular of which is currently the McDogeCoin by the enigmatic “John Smith”"
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Memories passed down through Genetics - Nature Neuroscience Confirms

jaeztheangel jaeztheangel writes  |  about 8 months ago

jaeztheangel (2644535) writes "Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory , animal studies suggest. Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. A Nature Neuroscience study shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their “grandchildren”. Experts said the results were important for phobia and anxiety research."

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