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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

m00sh Re:Recent claims by whom? (203 comments)

What a load of PC "humans are the only baddies in the world" bollocks.

Chimpanzees have a well documented history of intra-group hierarchical violence, violence against females and extra-group murdering raids. This is nothing new. Anthropologists have known this stuff for decades.

In Matthew Lieberman's book Social, he has a chapter on this.

Especially entertaining is what he wrote regarding the bonobos. They are essentially the free love orgy and hippies of the primate world. And, chimps are the violent and brutal ones.

So, whatever the primates do, there isn't a definite reflection on humans. We all share the fact that society and social connections are the most important things in our lives but it can go in multitude of directions - from hippie to killers.

13 hours ago

Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

m00sh Re:Tenure-hunting discourages risk (203 comments)

In my opinion the peer-review should be changed to a double-blind system: the reviewer should not see name and affiliation of the authors, and judge the work as it would grade an undergrad paper (i.e. harshly). Like this I believe the signal-to-noise ratio in journals would increase, and only good papers would get published. At that point, I'd be willing to accept impact factor as a measure of worthiness of a publication. Until then, it's just friends judging friends, with nobody wanting to piss off anybody else. Minor revisions, congratulations, you're published.

There are many many double blind review systems.

The world of research on a specific topic is very small. If you write a paper, you can probably guess who will review it. Also, the reviewer can also guess who wrote it.

If that doesn't happen, then it goes to the guy who drew the short straw and you get a pointless review criticizing pointless things from a person who knows nothing about the field but is in the review committee for whatever reasons.

about two weeks ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

m00sh Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

How about we just stop invading other countries where we know people don't like to see Americans? If we had opted out of the second Iraq war, we could have saved thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and our own collective faces on the international stage. To top it all off we wouldn't need to be having this discussion at all. We didn't accomplish anything with that war. I know that is not a popular opinion here, but it is the truth.

Under the sanctions, Iraqis were suffering. The child death rate was soaring, there were food shortages and there were thousands of deaths. The power of Saddam Hussein was actually growing and he was getting richer and more powerful while the population was suffering.

Which was all caused by the first Iraq war which was the result of arming Saddam Hussein so that he would fight Iran. We were fighting Iran because they were hostile to us because of supporting the unpopular Shah dictator. We supported a military coup that put the Shah in power because oil was nationalized by then Iranian government. The Iranian government nationalized the oil fields because they were outright owned by foreign oil companies and didn't think it was fair. I don't know what happened before that.

Just a chain of dick moves and greed all the way.

Other nearby countries using their oil resources wisely have done very well and are the countries with the highest per capita.

about two weeks ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

m00sh Re:Isnt it weird? (311 comments)

Not really. People with World of Warcraft accounts don't have iCloud stored nudies.

They do have nudies, but nobody wants to see them.

Or if you ask them, they'll send you the nudies all day.

about two weeks ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

m00sh Re:dumb as fuck celebrities (311 comments)

Your life is already under a microscope. You can't go to the supermarket without a crew from TMZ following you and paparazzi are camped out on your lawn.... just how freaking stupid do you have to be to post nude pics of yourself to the cloud?

I'm going to start a consulting agency to the stars, called "Common Sense", and get paid to distribute my common sense to people who obviously have none of their own.

Here's a free tip: If you don't want nude pics of yourself spread to the web, don't take nude pics of yourself!

Or even better yet, never be nude. Always wear clothes. Then, there there is absolutely no chance of nude pics.

about two weeks ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

m00sh Re:Find My Friends password flaw (311 comments)

The "iBrute" exploit code didn't become available until earlier this week.

The iBrute was just an open source project to exploit this. Before that there were many people offering tools to break iCloud. Do a search and you'll see results from May 2014 about the bug.

about two weeks ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

m00sh Around or on top of millitary bases? (237 comments)

The article says ...

What we find suspicious is that a lot of these interceptors are right on top of U.S. military bases.

The summary says ...

Many of them are built around U.S. military bases.

Way to slant the summary to make it look like Chinese towers rather than our towers.

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

m00sh Re:Not only iCloud at fault (336 comments)

Looking at the EXIF data attached to the photographs, where it's available, and the structure of the filenames I can see that only some of them came from iPhones/iCloud. I can also see photographs from Android phones (Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy 5s) likely acquired via Google Drive, other photographs clearly taken from Dropbox accounts (the dumps include default dropbox files), and many clearly taken from Twitter and Facebook private messages (filenames are a dead giveaway). Some of the filenames look like those you would get from a recovery or backup programme rather than an auto generated one, which chimes with what victims have said on Twitter regarding deleting the images months or even years ago. In any case there are clearly multiple sources and as usual Apple Derangement Syndrome is in full swing. Likely as not this was related to the heartbleed bug. Large amounts of passwords were acquired around that time, and were probably being used on multiple services. It's equally possible that this wasn't a breach at Apple et al but a breach of Amazon Web Services or Microsoft's Azure as those services are used to backup data from iCloud, Google Drive, and many others. What's worse for some of the celebs is that the pictures contain GPS data that could compromise their homes.

The Jennifer Lawrence pictures looks like they span 2-3 years. Each set has different hair colors, body shapes. My first thought was upgraded cell phones - phones that were reset but the data was still there when the user got a new phone.

The common link between these stars could be a phone retail outlet. Maybe an employee there would take the old phones, make copy of the internal flash memory before it was shipped off somewhere else.

about three weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

m00sh Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

A brute-force program to hack AppleID passwords was recently uploaded to the software-hosting GitHub. The program, appropriately called iBrute, is designed to flood AppleID logons with possible password combinations. The assumption is that the hacker would know the username, often derived from an email address.

Shortly before the stolen images were announced, the owner of iBrute announced the vulnerability — Find My iPhone did not deny access to brute force methods of figuring out a password. Early this morning, the same iBrute owner announced that the vulnerability has been closed, although there has not yet been confirmation from Apple.

iBrute is now reportedly locked out. But there is also speculation that the Find My iPhone hack was not solely to blame for all the apparently stolen files. For instance, someone could trick a celebrity user — or the celebrity’s assistant — into revealing enough information to gain access to iCloud backups. Additionally, it’s possible other online services were involved, since some of the images reportedly show celebrities using Android mobile devices.

The "find my iphone" bruteforce attack has been known for months. Search for how to get rid of "iCloud lock" and you'll see results.

I think once the iCloud password was found, then the same password was probably used to access other sites. Though I don't know why models/actresses would put dropbox and other cloud services on their phone.

I'm sure tools have been created that trawls the internet for e-mail addresses and tries to guess the password for the iCloud service. If you have the same user/pass combo in iCloud as anywhere else, then your account is probably compromised.

about three weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

m00sh Re:from the PoV of someone who has actually studie (455 comments)

...the problem, this is not only totally feasible, it is also absolutely necessary.

I prototyped a video recording device that started recording the second it was popped out of its charging/data cradle and kept going for thirty six hours straight during longevity testing - on a cellphone battery, through a HD (720p) sensor, at 30fps, with audio, onto a 64GB memory card.

Hardware can be had for less than £75 per unit. That includes the memory card.

POLICE LIE. THEY BULLSHIT THEIR WAY THROUGH COURT CASES TO SECURE A CONVICTION, AND THEY FABRICATE EVIDENCE AND FORCE CONFESSIONS. So called "public oversight" is nothing of the sort. IA are POLICE. In England, we now have Police Commissioners, who are themselves serving police officers. We are in the process of winding down the IPCC (the Independent Police Complaints Commission) which is also staffed by serving police officers. They all piss in the same fucking pot!

And get off your privacy high horse, per Judge Munby in the Stafford case: PUBLIC SERVANTS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY. If you have a compact camera, keep the battery charged and carry it with you! RECORD every interaction you have or observe with police officers. I guarantee you, you will record evidence particularly when they "order" you to delete the file! (that's called "spoliation" and the mere mention of requiring someone else to do it is a criminal offence).

I think getting police officers to wear cameras and to produce footage etc is never going to happen.

The opposite can happen more easily. Have everyone wear cameras so that if they do come in contact with the police, there are numerous video recordings. Every car will have camera, every pedestrian will be recording and every building will have security video footage. When something happens, it will be recorded by multiple observers from multiple angles.

Make it illegal for the police to take publicly recorded footage away. Ask people to record public interactions with the police, ask building owners to submit the publicly recorded videos to youtube and vehicle video recordings to piece together what happened.

about three weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

m00sh Re:"accidental" breakage (455 comments)

I'm not sure about that. I mean, they released the footage of Brown robbing a convenience store for cigars and shoving around the clerk, which happened just before the shooting, but a lot of people in Ferguson still regard him as some sort of hero or martyr.

He paid for the cigars. The shoving of the clerk was unrelated to the "theft".


about three weeks ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

m00sh Re:Biased (221 comments)

>>For the purposes of the study, science-literate is a new term which means tops in those criteria studied.

Actually I work in education. Scientific literacy is a concept that has been around for a long time, and is generally defined to mean scientific concepts that everyone should understand.

>For the matter of however it correlates to whatever way you define literacy is not the author's problem. They collected the data and Canada is at the top in the data they collected. Science-literacy is not laid out, well defined term so you go

It is, actually.

So now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

Well, there you go. Their research fits all the criteria for scientific literacy.

The test clearly test for scientific reasoning, explain and predict natural phenomenon, ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences and all the other vague, unquantified criteria that is deemed to measure scientific literacy.

about three weeks ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

m00sh Sweatpants (248 comments)

Sweatpants. That's how you get put on the no-fly list.

about three weeks ago

State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

m00sh Re:social network / free webhosting (34 comments)

GitHub has become a alternative for the 1337 haxxor set and alot of people use it for free hosting to put up a personal site

that's my experience anyway...the idea is great, a website that hosts code for coding projects...but the whole abstraction layer of calling it a 'Git' still irks's not a 'git' it's a computer file that contains code...

any frequent uses of GitHub care to comment? what does /. think?

No the git comes from the fact that Linus is a git.

about three weeks ago

State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

m00sh Re:business model (34 comments)

Not all of the code on GitHub is open source, but the majority is -- handy, when that means an account is free as in beer, too.

I'm not privy to any details of GitHub's finances or business model, but most likely it's a good thing that there are non-open-source projects using GitHub, because that's probably what's paying for the free open source use. I've recommended to several clients developing proprietary software the use of GitHub rather than running their own in-house repositories, because the interface is easier for them to use and they don't need as much in-house expertise to manage things. Because Git is distributed, they could of course do both, or easily transition away from GitHub later, and that's a selling point.

Wasn't the whole point of git to not have central servers and such? That you could use a directory or any other source as a repo instead of centralized server repos.

about three weeks ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

m00sh Re:Biased (221 comments)

"[O]nly 25% of Canadians surveyed agreed with the statement "We depend too much on science and not enough on faith", as opposed to 55% in the U.S. and 38% in the E.U."

Seriously? I was expecting a survey of scientific literacy to be about, you know, scientific literacy, not asking people the relative merits, as it were, between science and religion.

I'm not sure how this proves, quote, "Canada is a nation of science geeks." It's a complete non-sequitor. It doesn't even match the data, in which 58% of Canadians couldn't understand basic science concepts from newspaper stories, and in which Canada ranks 19th out of 29th in science degrees (by percentage).

Contrawise, Americans, sure, value religion probably more highly than other countries, and might even think that we could use more religion, but that is not a question of scientific literacy or attitudes towards science in and of itself. It seems to presuppose the long-discredited Conflict Thesis, which states that religion and science are inherently always in conflict.

The clincher for me - which indisputably shows the authors' bias - is that Canada ranks #1 in people protesting GMOs and nuclear power, and the authors consider this a good sign that their population is scientifically literate!

The authors should get back to ...

Well, Canada is top of the science-something from the data.

For the purposes of the study, science-literate is a new term which means tops in those criteria studied.

For the matter of however it correlates to whatever way you define literacy is not the author's problem. They collected the data and Canada is at the top in the data they collected. Science-literacy is not laid out, well defined term so you go

euphorically sniffing their own armpits, and stop pretending to be scientists. Or whatever you call the people that work at science museums.

about three weeks ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

m00sh Re:Age Discrimination (120 comments)

It is sad to see that Mr. Pendleton had an experience similar to my own. I was laid off the year I turned 48. Unlike him, however, I stayed in management despite hating it and still became unemployed. I hope Mr. Pendleton finds success and happiness in whatever he chooses.

From the stories I hear, I think I will have to figure out an exit plan by 45-46.

I really hope I can get my own business as consultant or something else with a bunch of people who are in the same boat as me. I really hope I can strike out as a startup and hire young programmers and not be firable.

about three weeks ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

m00sh Re:Incredibly wise advice (120 comments)

I think the reason there's no job security in programming is because basically, nobody's really doing any "programming" these days.

Modern programmers know less about machines and languages than they do APIs and UIs. Everything is so object-oriented and encapsulated, and there are so many square pegs developers are asked to fit into round holes, they're not really designing stuff as much as working on an assembly line sticking various parts-pieces together with no real sense of oversight of the big picture.

Yes, the big picture.

The big picture is what gets one person fired and another a promotion.

The big picture is what gets a guy a multi-million dollar salary while the other one is glad he gets to keep his job for another month.

The best way to get the big picture is to connect, talk to people and see where everything is and looks like is going. Our lives have become so isolated and compartmentalized now. We do our thing in the cubicle and come home and watch TV and Netflix and ponder about what to buy next. No wonder we end up becoming disconnected husks who can't see anything outside their own shell.

about three weeks ago

Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

m00sh Re:Burners (76 comments)

If anonymity with a cell phone was important you'd be spending that subscription fee on a new burner every week.

Don't they do this with SIM cards? You buy a SIM card with x number of minutes with cash and then burn it in a week and pop in another one.

Or leave the phone at home but have it call you in your new sim and relay the call.

about three weeks ago

Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

m00sh Re:Congratulations, India ! (67 comments)

I can teach you: pay people smaller salaries. Compare average income in India and The West to see why cost of building stuff is different. The cost of a potato is the income of the person who grew it.

Total BS. With high tech projects, countries with lower per capita cannot compete because they cannot afford to buy the component pieces. Even if you have lots of people with low salaries in a warehouse, they can't just create the parts needed in a short time. Even if you have the components, you cannot just train people in a short time to integrate components that nobody in the country has used before.

You say the cost of potato is the income of the person who grew it. But, what about oil? The price is about the same throughout the world. Even making parts would cost a lot more since the even the raw materials are a larger portion of the budget.

I'm not an expert on India but what seems like a out of nowhere thing is usually a project started decades ago with lots of vision, leadership and direction. It's not just a lower salary so cheaper product thing.

about a month ago


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