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Comment: Re:I died and was brought back to life (Score 1) 351 351

by Aussie (#44561077) Attached to: Neurologists Shine Light On Near-Death Experiences

Similar experience here. Heart attack at work in 2009, revived multiple times in ambu & ER, no memory of anything between going unconscious and waking 4 days later in ICU. Same feeling of nothing, no light no darkness just nothing. Though I should mention that as an atheist that is what I expected anyway.....

Comment: Re:Enroll in Martial Arts (Score 1) 372 372

by Aussie (#42570349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

Judo here, perfect geek sport, highly technical and develops great physical control. The full contact nature of Judo also ensures an effective self defense tool, not to mention practical, fun training sessions.
I also add regular resistance training and some weekend cycling but the Judo is what I enjoy most.


Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page 412 412

Posted by timothy
from the where-you-can-be-crucified-but-not-cremated dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A 27-year old man was arrested yesterday in Greece (Greek-language original) by the electronic crime police, for creating a Facebook page "Geron Pastitsios" which made fun of an extremely respected Orthodox Christian monk who lived in Mount Athos, as well as the Greek Church. The arrest came promptly after the Greek far-right party — which holds 7% of the parliament seats — submitted an official petition asking the government to take down the page. The charges that the young man faces are 'blasphemy' and 'disrespect to the religious beliefs of others.'" What would the UN say?

Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind 287 287

Posted by samzenpus
from the locked-away dept.
MrSeb writes "A cross-disciplinary team of US neuroscientists and cryptographers have developed a password/passkey system that removes the weakest link in any security system: the human user. It's ingenious: The system still requires that you enter a password, but at no point do you actually remember the password, meaning it can't be written down and it can't be obtained via coercion or torture — i.e. rubber-hose cryptanalysis. The system, devised by Hristo Bojinov of Stanford University and friends from Northwestern and SRI, relies on implicit learning, a process by which you absorb new information — but you're completely unaware that you've actually learned anything; a bit like learning to ride a bike. The process of learning the password (or cryptographic key) involves the use of a specially crafted computer game that, funnily enough, resembles Guitar Hero. Their experimental results suggest that, after a 45 minute learning session, the 30-letter password is firmly implanted in your subconscious brain. Authentication requires that you play a round of the game — but this time, your 30-letter sequence is interspersed with other random 30-letter sequences. To pass authentication, you must reliably perform better on your sequence. Even after two weeks, it seems you are still able to recall this sequence."

Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle 193 193

Posted by samzenpus
from the piece-of-the-pie dept.
First time accepted submitter Kangburra writes "Australian government science body CSIRO said Sunday it had won a multi-million-dollar legal settlement in the United States to license its patented technology that underpins the WiFi platform worldwide. Scientists from the agency invented the wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that is the basis of the WiFi signal employed by computers, smartphones and other Internet-ready devices around the world."
Operating Systems

+ - Dennis Ritchie, creator of C & Unix reported d->

Submitted by
Whiney Mac Fanboy
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "The register & many others, are reporting on the death of Dennis Ritchie", confirmed by a google plus post by Rob Pike, a former colleague at Bell labs.

Dennis Ritchie was best known as co-creator of the Unix operating system (modern versions of which underpin most smart phones, Linux & OS X) and the creator of the powerful & elegant C programming language.

This is a truly sad day. The computing community has lost one of the giants, on who's shoulders so many who came after stood."

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+ - Dennis Ritche dead at age 70->

Submitted by pedantic bore
pedantic bore writes: Dennis Ritchie, pioneer of C and UNIX, former leader of the Computer Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs, and winner of the ACM Turing Award, is reported dead at age 70.

Dennis Ritchie was one of the inventors who, without much fanfare and almost no publicity outside of the field, revolutionized operating systems and programming languages. His influence is ubiquitious; C and POSIX are the bedrock of nearly all modern computing platforms.

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+ - Dennis Ritchie passed away->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: I've recently learned that Dennis Ritchie has passed away. Where is the Slashdot love to one of the Unix creators?. Like it or not, Unix and it's programming language, C, has been the more influential pieces of software of all times.
R.I.P. Dennis, and thanks for all the semicolons.

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+ - Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog post. [...]
The news of Ritchie's death was first made public by way of Rob Pike's Google+.

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