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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

jones_supa Re:Compound Found In Beer Impairs Brain Function (90 comments)

Most studies would probably conclude that a case a day is "just fucking terrible".

Additionally, most studies would probably conclude that any kind of binge drinking is "just fucking terrible".

2 hours ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

jones_supa Re:Compound Found In Beer Impairs Brain Function (90 comments)

Ahaa, I now found a way. Put "No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe" (in quotation marks) in Google and open the cached copy of that page.

In general the article talks about any amount of alcohol increasing cancer risk.

2 hours ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

jones_supa Re:Yeah, but... (90 comments)

I always wonder the same when I hear about resveratrol in wine or vitamins and fluorides in beer. Ethanol and its cousin compounds will likely do more damage than the good stuff does good. Have one beer per day for the unwinding relaxation from the alcohol if you want to, but that's about it, I says.

3 hours ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

jones_supa Re:Not just 9 (224 comments)

Under the hood, the NT6 core actually is still the same. With Windows 10, we will see a platform update from NT 6.3 to NT 6.4, which brings some improvements to the kernel and things like that. But they have not done a complete rework to the deep internals (like they did with Vista) which would warrant a new major version number. The silly Start Screen, Modern UI, and things like that are related to just shuffling around middleware and userspace components.

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

jones_supa Re:Wait, what? (638 comments)

Now that was some classic anti-Microsoft-rage.

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

jones_supa Re:Every other version (638 comments)

Haha, I was thinking the same. Someone at Microsoft was reading one of those lists: "Windows 7 good...Windows 8 bad...Windows 8.1 good...Windows 9...aha! We're skipping that one!"

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

jones_supa Re:Well the pattern fits (638 comments)

That's actually quite interesting. Something different to the traditional "good/bad" lists. :)

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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

jones_supa PiPO tablet (181 comments)

There's also a $81 tablet coming from PiPO.

"Pipo" means "beanie" in Finnish, by the way, hehheh.

2 days ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jones_supa Re:that was fast (164 comments)

Ok, thanks for the info.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

jones_supa Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (266 comments)

Yes, the classic Windows 2000 look is quite nice too, it's just a shame that the compositor is turned off when you use a classic theme in Windows 7.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

jones_supa Re:Which users? (266 comments)

Relax. I'm quite sure this feature can be turned off.

2 days ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jones_supa Re:that was fast (164 comments)

How is the DHCP client handling done in OS X: was there a similar risk like in Linux distros, whose dhclient scripts became vulnerable?

2 days ago
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CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

jones_supa Re:beta.slashdot.org sucks! (66 comments)

Could Slashdot start offering free SSL support for all readers?

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

jones_supa Re:Soon to be patched (326 comments)

Blaster (and Mydoom, Sasser, Loveletter, all the classics) is from the era when vulnerabilities actually were a very serious problem with Microsoft software, including Windows, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Server. Back then, Linux still did provide significant benefits over that junkpile. But times have changed.

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

jones_supa Re:highly damaging to linux on the server (326 comments)

Except that Windows probably has just as many holes only you dont know about them because they aren't public or because Microsoft has decided not to invest the engineering resources to fix them or because Microsoft has fixed them in a patch but the actual security flaw is still unknown publicly.

Innocent until proven guilty. All I see is that the Microsoft vulnerabilities are no more in the headlines.

You could as well say that Heartbleed and Shellshock are just scraping the surface, and are an indicator that open source might have more dragons lurking.

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

jones_supa Re:Nothing to do with language (326 comments)

Well, no, because a brilliant programming language would not allow the execution of code inside interpolated environment variables as part of its specification.

You probably meant "interpreted" instead of "interpolated".

2 days ago

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Apple Fixes Shellshock in OS X

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later."
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Billionaire Agarwal Gets Inspired By Gates' Philantrophy

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  5 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Anil Agarwal, the billionaire founder of Vedanta Resources Plc, said he and his family decided to donate 75 percent of their wealth to charity after meeting Bill Gates. Agarwal said Gates and his wife, Melinda, discussed their philanthropic causes with him in Seattle last summer. "What we earn must be returned for the greater good of society," the 62-year-old said at an event yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vedanta's (VED) listing on the London Stock Exchange. "Life is not only about wealth." Agarwal has a fortune of $3.3 billion that includes an almost 70 percent stake in his company."
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DHL Goes Live With "Parcelcopter" Drone Delivery Service

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In December, Amazon announced that it intended to deliver packages to customers using drones. But its initiative was widely ridiculed for being an over-hyped announcement with little to show for it. This summer, Google demonstrated its own drone-based delivery service, using a fixed-wing aircraft to deliver little packages to farmers in the Australian outback. But now, German delivery firm DHL has beaten the tech firms to the post, announcing a regular drone delivery service for the first time, nine months after it launched its "parcelcopter" research project in December 2013. The service will use an quadcopter to deliver small parcels to the German island of Juist, a sandbar island 12km into the North Sea from the German coast, inhabited by 2,000 people. Deliveries will include medication and other urgently needed goods. Flying under 50 meters to avoid entering regulated air traffic corridors, the drone takes a fully automated route, carrying a special air-transport container that is extremely lightweight as well as weatherproof."
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Kim Jong-un Missing From Public View

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not made a public appearance for weeks, according to South Korean officials and analysts — a situation that has fueled speculation among outside observers over his whereabouts. The young strongman attended a concert by the Moranbong Band with his wife on Sept. 3, North Korean media reported, though since then, none of his activities have been publicized. North Korea analysts said it is rare for the North to keep silent about his personal affairs for so long. Observers said it is also unusual that Kim seems to have disappeared during the Incheon Asian Games, particularly because he invested so much in sending the country's national team to the event. Analysts believe it's possible that the young leader may have a health issue. Footage from a North Korean television broadcast last month showed that Kim had been walking with a slight limp in July and August. There is also unconfirmed information that he might have been wounded during sports activity."
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X."
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Ubuntu Update Breaks Some Optimus Laptops

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "According to a bug report, a recent Ubuntu 14.04 LTS update broke the desktop for some Nvidia Optimus users. Right now is known that a regression is introduced by either version 0.2.91.5 or 0.2.91.6 of package 'ubuntu-drivers-common'. Users of the Optimus platform might want to hold the package at 0.2.91.4 until the bug is fixed, especially if they are Lenovo ThinkPad users. The bug manifests itself as the desktop not being usable and the user is stuck at a purple screen."
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Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Missile Near-miss Almost 30 Years On

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "It has come to light that a Finnair-owned McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger jet narrowly avoided being shot down by a missile while en route to Helsinki 27 years ago, claimed by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday. The two co-pilots, Esko Kaukiainen and Markku Soininen, describe how the event happened during a routine flight back to Helsinki from Japan in December 1987. When the plane was crossing the Arctic Ocean, a missile appeared in the distance. The crew thought it was a Russian weather rocket on its way into space, but the missile began heading straight towards the aircraft. Just 20 seconds away from a collision, the missile exploded. The captain, who was resting at the time of the incident, never officially reported the event. The question of who fired the missile has never been definitively answered. But the pilots believe it was launched from either the Soviet Union's Kola Peninsula or a submarine in the Barents Sea. They speculate that the missile could have been a misfire or that the plane was used as training target."
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Mushroom-Like Organism May Be New Branch of Life

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "During a scientific cruise in 1986, scientists collected organisms at water depths of 400m and 1,000m on the south-east Australian continental slope, near Tasmania. But the two types of mushroom-shaped organisms were recognized only recently, after sorting of the bulk samples collected during the expedition. A team of scientists at the University of Copenhagen says the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom. The organisms are described in the academic journal Plos One. The authors of the paper recognise two new species of mushroom-shaped animal: Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides. Measuring only a few millimetres in size, the animals consist of a flattened disc and a stalk with a mouth on the end. One way to resolve the question surrounding Dendrogramma's affinities would be to examine its DNA, but new specimens will need to be found. The team's paper calls for researchers around the world to keep an eye out for other examples."
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Steve Ballmer Wrote the Text for Blue Screen of Death

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Neowin reports that Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, is actually credited with writing the original Blue Screen of Death text for Windows 3.1. In a new MSDN's The Old New Thing blog post penned a few days back, Ballmer is given credit for rewriting the text that appears on the infamous BSOD that we all know and love.

During this time period, Steve Ballmer was head of the Systems Division, and he paid a visit to the Windows team to see what they were up to, as is the wont of many executives. When they showed him the Ctrl+Alt+Del feature, he nodded thoughtfully and added, "This is nice, but I don't like the text of the message. It doesn't sound right to me."

Ballmer went back to his office, changed the text and e-mailed it back to the team a few days later; the rest is history. Steve's idea for what the screen should say was so good that the text went directly into Windows very close to its original form."
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Poll suggestion: How many web browser tabs do you have open on average?

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "How many web browser tabs do you have open on average?

— Just one
— A handful
— A dozen
— Some tens
— About a hundred
— Many hundreds"
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GOG Making Inroads to DRM-Free Movie Distribution

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Good Old Games is prepping to bring another medium into its trademark DRM-free digital distribution platform: movies! To get things rolling, the shop is already serving a couple of dozen indie films as we speak. Currently the bigger studios are waiting for someone else gnaw on the rock and prove that selling DRM-free movies works. "Their reaction was kind of funny because ... they know that DRM doesn't work because every single movie is on torrent sites or illegal places at launch or even before," Marcin Iwinski, CD Projekt RED and GOG joint-CEO reminds us. GOG plans to bring more movie titles on a weekly basis."
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LGOGDownloader is a Command Line Downloader for GOG

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Webupd8 reports about a rather cool tool for fans of Linux command line and GOG.com. LGOGDownloader allows you to download your games purchased from GOG straight from the CLI, lean and mean. Internally the software uses the same API as the official GUI downloader, which unfortunately is not yet available for Linux. LGOGDownloader can download GOG.com games (including language-specific installers if available), list and download updated files, resume unfinished downloads, repair downloaded installers, download extras such as artwork or manuals, and more. It carries the WTFPL license, which essentially means that the software is public domain."
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Predictive Modeling to Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Streaming game services always bump up against a hard latency limit based on the total round-trip time it takes to send user input to a remote server and receive a frame of game data from that server. To alleviate the situation, Microsoft Research has been developing a system called DeLorean (whitepaper) using predictive modeling to improve the experienced responsivity of a game. By analyzing previous inputs in a Markov chain, DeLorean tries to predict the most likely choices for the user's next input and then generates speculative frames that fit those inputs and sends them back to the user. The caveat is that sending those extra predictive frames and information does add a bandwidth overhead of anywhere from 1.5 to 4 times that of a normal streaming game client. During testing the benefits were apparent, though. Even when the actual round-trip time between input and server response was 256 ms, double-blind testers reported both the gameplay responsiveness and graphical quality of the DeLorean system were comparable to a locally played version of the game."
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, along with a letter to the fresh CEO Satya Nadella. 'I have become very busy,' Ballmer explains. 'I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time.' Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in 'the mobile-first, cloud-first world.'"
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Apart from minor editorial tweaks, the ISO C++14 standard can be considered completed. Implementations are already shipping by major suppliers. C++14 is mostly an incremental update over C++11 with some new features like function return type deduction, variable templates, binary literals, generic lambdas, and so on. The official C++14 specification release will arrive later in the year, but for now Wikipedia serves as a good overview of the feature set."
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Man Plays Fetch With His Dog Using a Grenade

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "On a beach in Essex, UK, a man has been caught playing fetch with his dog, completely unaware that what he is lobbing is an old grenade. The man was spotted by an off-duty military explosives expert at Marine Parade in Harwich. The bomb expert halted play and set up a 30 yard cordon around the explosive, the police and coastguard were alerted, and the grenade was removed by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers. Interestingly, this was reportedly the fifth grenade to be found in the area in as many weeks. All have been detonated by EOD crew. Police suspect the grenades are from a crate carrying World War II grenades out at sea, and have now warned beachgoers to take care. People visiting the beach are asked to dial 999 if they find any more of these devices."
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Brazilian superstar Neymar's (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on "auto-pilot", according to Japanese neurologists Eiichi Naito and Satoshi Hirose. The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience following a series of motor skills tests carried out on the 22-year-old Neymar and several other athletes in Barcelona in February this year. Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top-level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests. Researcher Naito told Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies." In the research paper Naito concluded that the test results "provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements"."

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