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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

symes Re:So ... (218 comments)

There has to be a balance between the risks associated with this research and possible gains. Given the potential cost to human life it is hard to understand why this research should continue. Particularly as it is the community in which the lab is based that will inevitably suffer most should there be an incident.

about 3 months ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

symes Re:Boards or ROM's (133 comments)

I hope you never need neurosurgery.

about 5 months ago
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They're Spying On You: Hacking Team Mobile Malware, Infrastructure Uncovered

symes That's it (48 comments)

I'm dusting off my old Motorola 8000 DynaTAC.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

symes Re:I dislike Beats... (188 comments)

In particular, they have made over ear headphones popular. Which is great as those in ear things make my ears hurt. I wouldn't buy Beats but do have some nice earphones and don't mind wearing them in public.

about 6 months ago
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Twitter Capitulates To Governments, Censors Users

symes Who? (91 comments)

Trying to find out whose twitter feed is causing all the commotion, but no joy. It would seem entirely appropriate to simply retweet the tweets.

about 6 months ago
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The Big Bang's Last Great Prediction

symes Bothered (80 comments)

IANA astro-physicist - but something bothers me about the big bang theory (or at least what I know about it). Why just one? Why aren't we able to detect other big bangs elsewhere? And another thing - we theorise based on what we are able to measure and observe. While we seem to have a theory that fits the data available, surely it is quite possible that our data are just unique to our locality. Seems like we are looking into someone's CA backyard and trying to say something about volcanic action in Iceland.

about 6 months ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

symes Signs (88 comments)

This reminds me of those signs you sometimes see in car parks "the owners will not be held responsible for any damage to your vehicle." I am reliably informed that this is not true in all cases. If, for example, the owners fail to maintain equipment or the building adequately and you can attribute cause of damage to their dereliction of duty they can be held responsible. Putting up signs does not usurp consumer rights.

about 7 months ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

symes Re:Looks like a pretty low death rate. (71 comments)

If you risk infection in the course of activities you have to undertake, like driving to work, then fine. But I for one would not choose to subject my self to a risk of .2% through infection by this flesh munching turd monster. And if infected I would rather take a course of pills to erradicate it from my body, even if there were transient side effects such as explosive diarrhea.

about 8 months ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

symes Re:Hmm.. (40 comments)

I agree that the usual suspects, Facebook, Twitter and so on do very little. However, I have recently set up an account on Researchgate - a platform specifically for scientists to share their work, and have been modestly surprised. I have been able to connect with researchers, particularly more junior ones who I would not usually come across, and their work. In so doing I've found some very good studies in my area that I didn't know about.

about 8 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

symes Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Substituting one god for another isn't going to effect your well-being to any great extent. Substituting homeopathy for medicine will.

about 8 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

symes My experiences (408 comments)

I visited a homeopath once. I had dreadful allergies and was quite desparate. So off I trundled to the homepaths tent in the festival I was attending. There they did some sort of reading and asked a few questions. They opened a huge old book and spent a few moments throughtfully reading through various passages. Then delivered the news that I needed arsenic. Only this poison could help me. They procused a small plastic bag containing small spherical white pills. I complained that I was not keen on taking arsenic in any shape of form. So they explained that they started with a huge vat of water with a little bit of arsenic in it. Took a tiny drop of that water and diluted it further, and once again until only the essense of asenic remained. There wasn't any arsenic in those pills. By this time I was laughing so hard I had completely forgotten about my allergies. I left with a big smile on my face and used the sugar pills in my coffee.

So sorry everyone, homeopathy works.

about 8 months ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

symes Why? (470 comments)

Why are scientists increasingly concerned about what some people in our society think and believe? I don't want to sound argumentative, but surely a good scientist does what a good scientist does? We are not here to force a particular world view on everyone, just carefully research and explain the world around us. In any scientific discipline there will be people with different perspectives and often these differences of opinion can boil over into quite hostile interactions. Discourse, argument and differences of opinion motivate research and science benefits from this. Research groups compete - do meticulous research to prove their view, have it peer reviewed and hopefully trash the competition in the process. This is science. This is progress. What we have here is a mentality of "you can't believe in ghosts because I am a scientist and I say so". A view that is not consistent with scientific method and smacks of arrogance. I would much rather science engaged and provoked wide eyed wonderment. I personally do not care if people want to believe in ghosts, gods, psychic powers and the like. I care that these same people can appreciate the work I do, understand it and (hopefully) find it interesting.

about 8 months ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

symes Re:Education funding and excessive medicallisation (558 comments)

While I'm very much in favour of education being better able to deal with kids' differences, I'm not sure medicalising it is the way to go.

I completely agree with this - but more with those maybe cases. There will always be a bunch of kids with very clear and profound issues and who need a formal diagnosis to trigger appropriate support. It is those kids who go through the usual developmental issues but who have uninformed helicopter parents pushing clinical staff into providing treatment in some shape of form. It is not just school. What I think we do need in some cases is professional face slappers to bring people back to the real world and just let kids grow up.

about 8 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

symes So...? (240 comments)

I sometimes wonder why such research finds the light of day. Perhaps for epidemiologists there is merit - but there dose not seem there is much anyone else can do. All sorts of these worrying little nuggets of nonsense appear. People die. It is one of the most definite outcomes of life. Those deaths can be related to circumstances outside of our control. It just promotes hand wringing.

about 8 months ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

symes Current rates (275 comments)

They current generate 7,000 — 8,000 Bitcoins per month, which, at current rates, would be worth over $4 million

And at tomorrows rates $125, and the day after's rates $1.7 billion, and the day after that...

about 7 months ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

symes Re:Asimov quote. (517 comments)

I have a different view. I would argue that there is an increase in the quantity and quality of medical science. This is increasingly pushing old fashioned ideas, anecdotes and so forth, out of discussions. In turn making those that hold on to outdated ideas more obvious. My worry is that those involved with good science, rather than being stoical and professional, forever searching for truth also become hysterical and shouty. I don't think that would help anyone.

about 8 months ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

symes In other news (255 comments)

20% of Americans have a sense of humor.

about 9 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

symes Surely (286 comments)

Any 2 dimensional representation of a 3 dimensional object will be distorted in some shape or form. Anyhow - if they are that bothered perhaps they should pop a satellite into orbit and make their own weather forecast.

about 9 months ago
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Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay

symes Better encourage rather than confront (98 comments)

Why don't they just give them all an introductory offer on Netflix or similar? Build some good will and encourage them away from downloading for free.

about 9 months ago

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Antigua applies for permission to run 'pirate' website

symes symes writes  |  about a year ago

symes (835608) writes "Antigua is seeking permission to run a website that sells music, movies and software — but ignores copyright law. The Caribbean island is due to appear before the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 28 January seeking permission to run the site."
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Can we please rethink the mod lables?

symes symes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

symes (835608) writes "Of the "Normal, Offtopic, Flamebait, Troll, Redundant, Insightful, Interesting, Informative, Funny, Overrated, Underrated" options available, I can honestly say I have never used Reduntant, Overrated and Underrated. I will usually lump Interesting, Insightful and Informative together, but tend to default to Interesting. Same with Troll and Flamebait — these just force dross below the hiden threshold so serve the same purpose. I would like to use Banal or even Vapid, but nothing seems to come close."
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Portable security

symes symes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

symes (835608) writes "Most of us with a passport will likely find ourselves, at some time or other, somewhere that is not well covered by WiFi, 3G and so forth. Occasionally we might be tempted into an internet cafe or to use the local hotels publicly accessible pc, feeding grounds for those with malicous intent. While packing a hefty dose of common sense is probably the best way of protecting oneself, what apps would those on Slashdot stick on a memory stick to help secure oneself under such circumstances?"
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UK seeks next generation of cyber security pros

symes symes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

symes (835608) writes "The UK is short of cyber police and an online competition has been launched to attract capable applicants, from the BBC: "A national competition has been launched to find the next generation of UK cyber security specialists. The Cyber Security Challenge will put entrants through a series of online and face to face competitions that will assess their abilities. The prizes on offer include bursaries towards university study as well as places on top training courses. The challenge is being run to help fill out the numbers of skilled computer security workers Britain can call on. "Defending all of our interests in cyberspace is a relatively small cadre of talented and highly skilled public sector and private sector cyber security professionals," said Baroness Neville-Jones, Minister of Security. Lady Neville-Jones said the pool of available professionals had to grow and the Cyber Security Challenge was an "innovative" way to attract people to take up the profession"

The challenge has been launched as schools in the UK close for the summer and kids everywhere are looking for something to do — the big question is how long the site will stay up?"

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Spanish police arrest Mariposa masterminds

symes symes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

symes (835608) writes ""Spanish police have revealed that they have arrested three men responsible for one of the world's biggest networks of virus-infected computers" the story suggests that the masterminds were far from leet "The first member of the gang was arrested in early February, when he inadvertently logged into the network without disguising the address of his computer.""
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Perfect breasts

symes symes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

symes (835608) writes "In news that might greet some readers with a sour taste but others with quivering joy, reports in the English press suggest scientists have happened upon some truly unique research findings. In a display of how shallow and how badly informed UK readers are of real science, the Daily Mail writes how one man's obsession with staring at models' breasts in magazines and newsprint is really the true pinnacle of scientific endeavor. At last, the formula for the perfect breast can be laid bare — it is one where the nipples point skywards and are located slightly above the breast's centre of mass. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, the researcher was neither able to comment on texture nor firmness and could not offer any experimental manipulations to buttress against claims of methodological incompetency."
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symes symes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

symes (835608) writes "The restrictive nature of academic publishing is sorely in need of a shake up. Bentham Science Publishers are doing just that. They are

launching more than 300 peer-reviewed open access journals during this year, under the banner of "Bentham Science OPEN". The journals will cover all major disciplines of science and are exclusively open access publications.
From the website blurb

* All articles are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.
* All articles are, for you to read, download, copy, distribute, deposit in digital repositories and use (with attribution) any way you wish. No permission is required for distribution, copying or commercial use of published articles.
* Fast publication. All submitted articles undergo a fast but rigorous peer-review procedure and submission of an article to publication is done rapidly.
* Authors publishing with Bentham Science Open retain the copyright to their work.
* Authors can publish research, reviews and short communication articles.
* Affordable article processing fees. Article processing fees rank amongst the lowest compared to those of other open access journal publishers.
* Open Access to the broadest audience. Publishing in an open access journal allows anyone with an interest in your work to read it — and that translates into increased usage and impact.
* All articles are deposited in at least one major international open digital repository (such as PubMed Central).
Too good to be true?"
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symes symes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

symes (835608) writes "
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and the Mozilla Foundation, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Internet, today announced that future versions of Eudora® will be based upon the same technology platform as the open source Mozilla Thunderbird(TM) email program. Future versions of Eudora will be free and open source, while retaining Eudora's uniquely rich feature set and productivity enhancements.
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Open access journals

symes symes writes  |  more than 7 years ago The restrictive nature of academic publishing is sorely in need of a shake up. Bentham Science Publishers are doing just that. They are

launching more than 300 peer-reviewed open access journals during this year, under the banner of "Bentham Science OPEN". The journals will cover all major disciplines of science and are exclusively open access publications.

From the website blurb

* All articles are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.
* All articles are, for you to read, download, copy, distribute, deposit in digital repositories and use (with attribution) any way you wish. No permission is required for distribution, copying or commercial use of published articles.
* Fast publication. All submitted articles undergo a fast but rigorous peer-review procedure and submission of an article to publication is done rapidly.
* Authors publishing with Bentham Science Open retain the copyright to their work.
* Authors can publish research, reviews and short communication articles.
* Affordable article processing fees. Article processing fees rank amongst the lowest compared to those of other open access journal publishers.
* Open Access to the broadest audience. Publishing in an open access journal allows anyone with an interest in your work to read it - and that translates into increased usage and impact.
* All articles are deposited in at least one major international open digital repository (such as PubMed Central).

Too good to be true?

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