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Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

shanec Not available during US Presidential Elections (439 comments)

One slight item missing from the article...

"Due to the fear of mass suicides from the mental anguish caused by elections, the Death With Dignity Act would be suspended three months prior to all elections. "Not wanting to live like this (being exposed to non-stop presidential advertisements)" would not be sufficient excuse to superseded a very important aspect of the law, said spokesperson Dr. Marcia Angell. Everyone choosing this option must be "deemed capable of making an informed decision." It's well documented that during an election season, this is virtually, if not completely impossible."

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

shanec Man-In-The-Middle Attack, let's call it what it is (782 comments)

I ran into this with a customer of one of my clients recently. The insurance company was using a setup from Websense to snoop on all HTTPS traffic. As best as I could tell, they were snooping ALL traffic (banking, healthcare included), not just "safe" sites.

Surely this breaks privacy laws in numerous instances. HIPAA? Banking laws? Shoot, there's a federal law that could make snooping in on your NetFlicks traffic (video rentals) illegal. Ironically, if SOPA/PIPA had passed, HTTPS snooping would have been legal.

As for the moral aspect of this, and all the people that say "you shouldn't do personal stuff at work," a few points to keep in mind. 1) Only the IT staff at this company new what was going on. No one outside the IT department could find any reference, or notification. 2) This was REQUIRED on all home PC's that utilized their VPN network (kinda shoots down doing your home stuff at home). 3) From what I was told by their IT staff (remember I was a 3rd party, trying to get our networks connections to work), the IT staff regularly "audited" HTTPS traffic. That means someone in-house was regularly looking at bank account information, and health care information of their fellow employees, and they weren't making this known to the general population within the company.

I tried to get some main stream press attention on this topic a while back. No one would bite.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

shanec ID3 tags (758 comments)

More than likely any "auditing" that may occur will be based solely on ID3 tags. Simply audit all of the ID3 tags (probably just the comments field) for anything that might be incriminating. (find . -name "*.mp3" -exec mp3info2 -p '%c: %F\n' {} \; | egrep "bad tags|more bad tags")

For that matter deleting everything in the comments fields would probably remove all possibility of incrimination. (find . -name "*.mp3" -exec mp3info2 -c "" {} \;)

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Starts Mass Mirroring Effort

shanec Re:As a US Citizen, (586 comments)

If there are no non-idiot candidates left, frankly it's time to rebel.

Fortunately there's a few left...
https://twitter.com/#!/repronpaul/status/10716266021003264

@RepRonPaul
Re: Wikileaks- In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.

more than 3 years ago
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IAEA Forms Nuclear Fuel Bank

shanec IKEA Forms Nuclear Fuel Bank (224 comments)

Did anyone else read this as "IKEA Forms Nuclear Fuel Bank?"

My first thought was, "Man, those stores really do have everything!"

more than 3 years ago
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How to Deal With an Aging Brain?

shanec Nutrition, and sleep are the keys (684 comments)

I'm in a similar situation with memory loss due to a sleeping disorder. In short, the worse I sleep, the less I'm able to immediately remember. I'm not talking about things like arcane switches to iptables (I mention iptables because I was recently passed over for a job because I couldn't list all of the switches and what they are used for, in the middle of an interview). I'm talking about names of people I've known for years, or forgetting what a red-light means (thank God I'm rarely that bad, and it's never caused any accidents).

Proper sleep hygiene is absolutely necessary for both short term, and long term memory access. I say memory access because I believe most everything is retained, but the difficulty comes in pulling it back up again.

The only method I've had for successfully offsetting bad sleep patterns has been nutritional supplements. Personally speaking, I use a product called Memorin from Vaxa http://www.vaxa.com/663.cfm (disclaimer, yes I have a distributorship with the company to save money, no this link DOES NOT reference me in any way, and I will NOT be getting a kick back from any sales it generates). It has never made me jittery, or agitated like caffeine, or speed type supplements. Generally the only way I know it's working is that I'm able to remember stuff easier then normal, and focus a little better.

If supplements aren't your thing, I have a friend that has gone through a major diet change to offset excessive memory fatigue. No hydrogenated fats, no preservatives, reduced (cane) sugar intake, those type of things. Personally speaking I couldn't do it. But hey, to each his own.

about 6 years ago

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