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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

wjcofkc Re:I wish them the best... but (218 comments)

You are probably right, and in respect to cooperation space I am most concerned. It is only a matter of time before a nation (probably China) declares a region in orbit theirs. Worse, I suspect someone will eventually try to lay claim to some or all of the moon (again, likely China). It is sad because science, especially space science, should engender cooperation. If anything ever inspires us to drop our imaginary borders, it will be science. Conversely, if we go extinct, science will be the weapon.

about a week ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

wjcofkc I wish them the best... but (218 comments)

I accept that China is now a leader in science and technology. I wish them the best on this project and I am sure it will yield fantastic science. I just hope by "international collaborators" they mean more than the Russian Federation. As an American, I hope we get in on the action.

Just one thing though: if you are going to go to the trouble to build such a big and expensive machine, why not build a linear collider? I realize it would take more land, but I'm sure they have it and the science would be even better. Correct me if I am wrong, but after the second refit of the LHC, isn't the next big international European science project going to be a big honking linear collider? At that point, it won't matter that China's collider is bigger, you can get more interesting results from a gigantic linear collider. Although the idea of a super-proton collider does tickle me a bit.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

wjcofkc Slashdot, please don't... (69 comments)

Slashdot editors,

Please don't ruin this by turning it into a video interview where you don't actually ask anyone's questions like you did the last one.

Sincerely,
Speaking for a lot of us.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

wjcofkc Will we know when we create it? (69 comments)

Considering we have yet to - and may never - quantify the overall cognitive process that gives rise to our own sentient intelligence, will we have any way of knowing if and when we create a truly aware artificial intelligence?

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 9.3 Released

wjcofkc Re:What is BSD good for? (77 comments)

Also the ports tree is a joy to work with. It also offers a much more sane environment for editing and managing configuration files. Not to mention the excellent FreeBSD handbook and well thought out, easily searchable documentation in general.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

wjcofkc Smart Guantlet (381 comments)

With a flexible OLED display that wraps around my entire forearm. Not sure where to put the battery, but I would not be surprised if that turns out to be a future tech.

about two weeks ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5

wjcofkc KDE has come a long way (87 comments)

I remember the first time I compiled it at version 0.6.3 - It was a hopelessly pathetic win95 clone. I was sure it would go nowhere. Then the 1.0 release came along and it was clear it had a future. I don't much care for KDE myself, but I do note it's contribution.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

wjcofkc Re:I wish them well (146 comments)

Everyone in this thread has made excellent points regarding the problems with re-using the main engines, as well as using solid rocket boosters. I see the folly.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

wjcofkc I wish them well (146 comments)

I don't understand the criticism regarding the use of modified space shuttle engines and a coolant system from the Air Force. As far as I am aware, we never lost a shuttle due to main engine failure, and the Air Force is pretty good at not blowing things up. I have been following the SLS for awhile, and if they can manage to pull off the overall designs they have in mind without budget cuts or severe cost overruns ruining things, I believe it will be a fine rocket. Otherwise SpaceX is well on their way toward manned flight and their heavy lifter among other things, so I think were pretty well covered.

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

wjcofkc could have been should have been. (42 comments)

If this series had been presented in the traditional ask slashdot format, it would have garnered at least a couple hundred comments and an interesting discussion. You know, the one where the most highly rated questions are presented, coupled with the user name of the person that asked it, and followed by the response - all in text format. I don't see where anyone's questions are actually being presented here. How could this have gone so wayward? We deserve an explanation as to the thought process that ruined something that could have been great. You had the attention of Lawrence Lessig and you fucked it up. I don't get it.

about a month ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

wjcofkc Re:The problem is not switch speed (183 comments)

It'd mean starting over from scratch with a whole new architecture, redoing decades of work in hardware and software.

So? I would say that is bound to happen eventually anyhow. Traditional integrated circuits are quickly on their way to becoming a stick in the mud. Something fundamentally different will have to replace them eventually.

about a month ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

wjcofkc Re:Moore's Law (143 comments)

The reason Apple stuck with the Power architecture for so long, was because IBM promised them quad and greater core chips running at 8 Ghz, air cooled, by 2005. Needless to say, they didn't even come close to delivering. It was that failure that led Apple to switch to x86.

about a month ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

wjcofkc Architecture (143 comments)

I would be curious to know more about the architecture and all around chip specs they are using in their prototype: clock speed, memory interface, etc. The article states they are developing a version of Linux to test it on, so it's safe to say it's an established architecture. Anyway, I am excited to see the results once they have tested it on Linux. While this does not help with the density per core problem, perhaps it will help extend Moore's Law from the perspective of speed increase in respect to micro circuitry.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

wjcofkc Re:I wonder what their reasoning is...? (340 comments)

Your first idea? No. Second? Sure. Overwhelmingly it has to do with the economic sanctions we (US) slapped on them. They are not in a position to do the same back except to do business elsewhere and at home is always a good place.

about a month ago
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

wjcofkc NSA and BND (103 comments)

The missing manual.

about a month ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

wjcofkc A more contemporary example (105 comments)

I remember watching cnet on television back in the mid 1990's. When it went off the air in in favor of an all web media outlet, I thought it was the end and was actually kind of depressed. It turned out television was limiting and now cnet probably makes more money from me browsing their site then they ever did with television advertising. Likewise, I used to spend a lot of time browsing computer related magazines. I haven't so much as visited a dedicated magazine isle in maybe 15 years. Print is dying with a whimper and no one cares. Nothing to see here, not really.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

wjcofkc Thank you Elon (105 comments)

I know Elon Musk has his haters, even in the nerd community, and they have their reasons. But personally, I am thankful beyond thankful for him, his companies, and many fine employees. There is no one out there working so hard to make the Earth a better place while also opening the doors to space in order to ensure the survival of our species. I find it interesting that the business ventures he lines up are not only geared toward making a better Earth, they simultaneously serve the purpose of developing crucial technologies we would need to colonize Mars. The man is a genius, and yes I'm a fanboy.

about a month ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

wjcofkc PJ, are you reading this? (220 comments)

I am willing to bet PJ passively reads Slashdot. If this is so and you read this, we need you back now please. Now more than ever is the clarity of your legal analysis needed. I admit that I am being completely selfish in asking.

about a month and a half ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

wjcofkc Immoral and Naive (289 comments)

I would like to see the paper (email really) trail where these companies plotted to screw over consumers. After all, there is no way that this happened by accident and being deliberate means communication. I thought highly of these brands until now. Now I can only wonder how long this has been going on and how many product lines are affected. They have lost my loyalty and cannot earn it back. I will warn everyone I know to avoid all of their products and I will explain why. I have a feeling this is going to snowball into a much more publicized scandal. I just hope I don't find out any of my still currently beloved companies have been committing the same fraud.

Also, I say naive because how could they have thought in this day and age that they would not get busted? I guess they were blinded by the dollar signs in their eyes.

about a month and a half ago
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Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

wjcofkc Re:What is the Dell CEO supposed to say? (173 comments)

If you read the original article about the technology, they have competing OS development teams. One of them is working on a new Open Source "Machine OS", another team is working on developing a modified version of Linux to take advantage of what the platform could potentially offer. As long as they are bothering to do that at all, I would say they know what they are doing and have a working answer to your question:

How exactly do you propose to design an OS for that, keeping the benefits of persistent data objects, while running applications working on serialized data on top of that?

about a month and a half ago

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Georgia Law Allows Guns in Bars and School Zones

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 3 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "CNN reports Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a vast bill that will allow guns in some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports. GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it "meaningful pro-gun legislation," while the main opposing group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls the bill "extremism in action.""
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Mozilla's New Anti-Gay Marriage CEO Sparks Firefox Developer Boycott

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 4 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "betanews is reporting that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, supported Proposition 8, a measure to ban gay marriage in the state of California, even donating $1,000 to the cause, "Sadly, the new CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, who was appointed today, allegedly donated $1,000 to support a ban on gay marriage. Two developers, Hampton Catlin and his husband Michael, are boycotting Mozilla as a result."

While this article only discusses a boycott by two developers, the outrage over Mozilla's choice in selecting a new CEO is bound to boil over. As word is only just now spreading, the boycott is bound to grow. With this issue being so sensitive, the question is: how will Mozilla's shareholders react to the inevitable backlash? In the last few hours I have seen this come up in tech communities across the web. The reaction? A mass purging of Mozilla software."
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Ars Technica and Cisco Provide Another Example of Bad Security Reporting

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 4 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "It was recently reported by Cisco, Ars Technica, and reported on Slashdot that Linux based web servers running the 2.6 series were being attacked and infected with Javascript intended to allow attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor. White Fir Design begs to differ, pointing out that the websites are not even all running Linux, much less the Linux 2.6 Kernel."
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Radio Shack to Close 20% of Locations

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 5 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "The decline of Radio Shack has been painful to watch, and now CNN Money reports that they will be closing 1,100 of their stores, totaling 20% of their brick and mortar presence. Radio Shack has also publicly admitted its current stores are out of date and in need of a massive overhaul. But the number one culprit has been a continuous slide in sales down a steep slope in the area mobile device sales. A few years ago, in a bid to expand it's customer base, Radio Shack made a bid to return to it's roots as a hobbyist electronic components retailer. Apparently the extra traffic hasn't been enough to make up for their failings. The article mentions that some of their stiffest competition is coming from online retailers. The big question is, in order to ensure their survival, would Radio Shack be better off continuing to phase out their brick and mortar presence while making substantial efforts to expand as an exclusively online retailer?"
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Supernova secrets seen in X-rays

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 5 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "CNN reports that astronomers using NASA's NuSTAR telescope have for the first time mapped deep within the radioactive material from a supernova. The light from the originating star, Cassiopeia A, located about 11,000 light-years away and having had about eight time the mass of our sun, first reached Earth about 350 years ago. But that does not mean there still isn't a lot to study. Scientists using the NuSTAR, which stands for Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, launched in June 2012 and consisting of an instrument with two telescopes that focus high energy X-ray light, were able to peer deep within the cataclysmic aftermath. While there is currently no model for how the process of a supernova works, the findings in the study are a big step forward. "Until we had NuSTAR, we couldn't see down to the core of the explosion," Brian Grefenstette, lead author and research scientist at the California Institute of Technology, said at a news conference Wednesday.

There is a fairly good amount of detail in this article, and if your not opposed to flash, a fascinating simulation of their findings about halfway down."
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Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware for Thousands

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 7 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "CNN and CNET News report that thousands of users have been affected by malicious advertisements served by ads.yahoo.com. The attack, which lasted several days, exploited vulnerabilities in Java and installed malware. The Netherlands based Fox-IT estimates that the infection rate was at about 27,000 infections per hour. In response to the breach in security, Yahoo issued the following statement, "At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously. We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity." While the source of the attack remains unknown, Fox-IT says it appears to be "financially motivated." For an in depth analysis of the attack, check out this Fox-IT blog post. The Washington Post cites this incident as an reminder that Java has become and Internet security menace."
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In Air Display and Interface Technology: A Big Step Forward

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 7 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Interactive displays projected into the air in the spirit of Iron Man have been heralded as the next step in visual technology. Yet many obstacles remain. According to Russian designer Max Kamanin, creator of Displair, many the problems have now been largely cracked.

With this attempt at refining the technology, the image is created inside a layer of dry fog which is composed of ultra-fine water droplets so small they lack moisture. Three-dimensional projections are then created using infrared sensors. The projected screen currently responds intuitively to 1,500 hand movements, many of which are similar to those used on mobile devices, such as pinch and zoom. The most immediate applications include advertising and medicine, with the latter offering a more hygienic alternative to touchscreens.

The most immediate objection from home and office computer users is that they don't want to be waving their hands around all day, and while such questions as "What happens when I turn on a fan?" are not answered here, just imagine a future with a projected keyboard and trackpad that use puff-air haptic feedback with the option of reaching right into the screen whenever it applies to the application at hand — and applications that take advantage of such a technology would no doubt come along. Better yet, imagine for yourself in the comments. As always, pictures speak a thousand words, so don't neglect the articles gallery."

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Using Multi-Photon Lasers to Treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 9 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are among the most insidious and feared diseases a person may have to face. Recently, researchers have discovered a multi-photon laser technique that makes it possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause the diseases, while differentiating from the the well-functioning proteins. In theory, removing the protein aggregates can cure the disease."

"Nobody has talked about using only light to treat these diseases until now. This is a totally new approach and we believe that this might become a breakthrough in the research of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light," says Piotr Hanczyc at Chalmers University of Technology."
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Lasers Light the Way Towards a Cure for Some Degenerative Brain Diseases

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 9 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Degenerative brain disorders such Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are among the most insidious and feared diseases a person may have to face, and the emotional toll on the loved ones of those afflicted are as prolonged and devastating as the disease itself. Now, researchers have discovered a multi-photon laser technique that makes it possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause the diseases, while differentiating from the the well-functioning proteins. In theory, removing the protein aggregates can cure the disease."

"Nobody has talked about using only light to treat these diseases until now. This is a totally new approach and we believe that this might become a breakthrough in the research of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light," says Piotr Hanczyc at Chalmers University of Technology."
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Snowden Publishes "A Manifesto for the Truth"

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 9 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "In the turbulent wake of the international uproar spurred by his leaked documents, Mr. Snowden published a letter over the weekend in Der Spiegel titled, "A Manifesto for the Truth". In the letter, Mr. Snowden reflects on the consequences of the information released so far, and their effect on exposing the extent and obscenity of international and domestic surveillance, while continuing to call out the NSA and GCHQ as the worst offenders. He further discusses how the debate should move forward, the intimidation of journalists, and the criminalization of the truth saying, "Citizens have to fight suppression of information on matters of vital public importance. To tell the truth is not a crime.""
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google to Help Fix Healthcare.gov

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 9 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "The United States Government has officially called in the calvary over the problems with Healthcare.gov. Tech titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google have been tapped to join the effort to fix the website that went live a month ago, only to quickly roll over and die. While a tech surge of engineers to fix such a complex problem is arguably not the greatest idea, if you're going to do so, you might as well bring in the big guns. The question is: can they make the end of November deadline? ZDNet TechCrunch and CNN Are among the first sites reporting."
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Patriot Act Author Introduces Bill to Limit Use of Patriot Act

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 10 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "In an ironic but welcome twist, author of the Patriot Act, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is introducing the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill specifically aimed at countering the portions of the Patriot Act that were interpreted to let the NSA collect telephone metadata in bulk. The congressman has been a vocal opponent of the NSA's interpretation and misuse of the Patriot Act since Edward Snowden first leaked evidence of the program in June. On Wednesday, he wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that the “collection of a wide array of data on innocent Americans has led to serious questions about how government will use—or misuse—such information.”"
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How Should Slashdot Handle an NSA Incursion?

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about a year ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "With the fall of Lavabit and Groklaw at hand, an interesting question arises: how should Slashdot respond to the NSA if they come knocking? It is not entirely unreasonable to think that this might happen, if it hasn't already. Slashdot is after all highly trafficked by the fringes of society and is rife with seditious discussion. Courtesy of gag orders, it's difficult to know who the NSA's heavy handed dragnet operation has already ensnared. Should we expect Slashdot's editors and administrators to reflect it's powerfully counter-culture user base, and out an NSA incursion while shutting down the site, violating a gag order? Or could Dice Holdings prevent the people that run Slashdot from even knowing it was happening? These are question we should all be asking. And so I pose the question to those who administer this site: do you have a plan in case the NSA comes knocking? Is Dice Holdings in a position to keep you ignorant of NSA snooping activity? Also, to the users: how do you think Slashdot should handle their user base in response to a visit from the NSA to copy hard drives, install 'special' hardware, and lay down a gag order? If you think the question doesn't apply to us, consider that it shouldn't have applied to Groklaw either."
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Why Didn't Slashdot Go Dark Today?

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Why didn't Slashdot go dark today? Considering Slashdot is at the forefront of intelligent discussion on the SOPA bill, and that users here are at the forefront of concern; why isn't Slashdot going dark today? Was there discussion amongst the ranks? If so, what logic led to the decision to stay live? It's not like there is a play by play to keep up on. Yes, I am literally asking Slashdot."
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You'll freak when you see the new Facebook

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Hot on the heels of Facebook users everywhere crying foul over the interface changes surrounding the new Ticker and Top Stories, CNN is reporting that we haven't seen anything yet. There are more substantial changes coming that push the boundaries of publishing personal information very far."
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New York City Police Use 150-Year-Old Law Against

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "New York City police have resurrected a law from 1845 against wearing masks in public in order to begin arresting participants of the Liberty Plaza protest against Wall Streets influence on government. According to ThinkProgress, "Yesterday, seven protesters were arrested by the New York Police Department, despite being peaceful and not noticeably disrupting the normal activities of the city. The Wall Street Journal notes that the charges being brought against these demonstrators include “loitering and wearing [a] mask."" occupywallst.org has more information."
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Are Internet Explorer users dumb?

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 3 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Are users of other Web browsers smarter than the people who use Microsoft's Internet Explorer?
A new survey doesn't quite say so. But it sure as heck suggests it. This article on cnn.com explores an idea long discussed on Slashdot, that IE users fall into the none-to-bright category. With IE6 users being the dumbest and Opera users being among the brightest, what browser do you use?"

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TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly w

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security."
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