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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

jaeztheangel UK Law has changed. (288 comments)

Or is very soon about to, he has access to one of the top lawyers in the country (who also happens to date George Clooney) and wouldn't make this announcement if it could be easily repudiated. I guess this is his way of testing the waters, and calling the banners before he sets out...

2 days ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

jaeztheangel Re:not superconducting (177 comments)

apologies; thank you for the correction.

5 days ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

jaeztheangel Re:Space? (246 comments)

I've always been a bit worried about the response time for the stop button at near light speeds. Press the stop button and by the time the circuits have reacted, you're a few thousand light years beyond your target and have to turn around and go back.

Excellent point; if only humanity could invent programming technology BEFORE reaching light-speed.... :-)

about a week ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

jaeztheangel Space? (246 comments)

It would be awesome to visit the super-massive black-hole in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, and if done at near light-speed the journey would feel like the blink of an eye. Actually that's not a bad way to travel if you don't mind solitude. A blink, and earth fizzles away but you're in another galaxy... I wonder how many fantastic sites or blinks you could have before the universe ended? Failing any of that the only other place I can visit in the blink of an eye is my own town.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

jaeztheangel JAVA EE is not dead. (371 comments)

With Lambda expressions in the last release, and the renewed focus on mobile - Java is awesome. For a language which forced Microsoft to up it's game with C#, and with Linux has stormed into taking over most of financial services - it's as least as alive as COBOL. Which - like Sarah Palin - cannot be killed and will not go away. Java has the Colbert of Languages. Wildly successful, despite being in a suit.

about two weeks ago
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The Social Laboratory

jaeztheangel a viable model for society (79 comments)

but is it healthy long term?

aren't social contracts supposed to be voluntary? At least at some level?

about two weeks ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

jaeztheangel CryptoCurrencies should be produced professionally (172 comments)

Without a doubt the most troubling aspect of the market is the fraud, scamming, lying and cheating that goes on from amateur dev teams that take a half-understood slice of code, rebrand it, and then pump it up in EXACTLY the same boilerroom scams that have plagued traditional fiat markets.

The fact we need people to share their skills safely, train users, and businesses how to use crypto-currencies properly, and also ensure that those who create 'new' altcoins - are held accountable for the currencies they create, and to the people who bought into them.

It's not enough to print monopoly money - we have to build businesses first so it's worth trading for a REAL good or service.

about three weeks ago
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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 1 month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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Ecuador to forge ahead with State-Backed Digital Currency

jaeztheangel jaeztheangel writes  |  about two weeks ago

jaeztheangel (2644535) writes "Ecuador's government has approved plans to start a new Digital Currency backed by the state. With defaults in recent history, and dwindling oil reserves is this a brave move, or a foolish one?

Congress last month approved legislation to start a digital currency for use alongside the U.S. dollar, the official tender in Ecuador. Once signed into law, the country will begin using the as-yet-unnamed currency as soon as October.

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US allows first commercial drone flights

jaeztheangel jaeztheangel writes  |  about 2 months 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 3 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 9 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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