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Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 122

by St.Creed (#47931161) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Just this week I read an article describing a study that had the following results: of the mice that were given antibiotics that killed the clostridium bacterium, 99% developed an allergy to nuts.

This year there's a rash (:P) of articles showing that the immune system and gut bacteria are much more interconnected than previously thought.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 950

by St.Creed (#47930677) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You may have Godwined the conversation but it's probably justified. Except it's not nazis, but more likely fascists (though the distinction is probably pretty moot if you live there, but I doubt we're going to see industrial death camps (you need math and chemistry for that)).

Why fascists? Because their social composition is made up from the same type of loser. The people joining ISIS are not, in the main, very successful with their lives. Petty criminals, dropouts, etcetera. And ISIS gives them the chance to become part of something larger, where they can say "Fuck you, I may not be good at math - but you know? We'll just BAN math!".

They can rape and loot and mutilate as much as they want, without sanction. They don't have to listen to all those people who have more power because they are whiter, or smarter, or richer, or all of them combined - they can just grab a gun and feel power in their hand. It's the old attraction of the small worm aspiring to be a big dragon.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 950

by St.Creed (#47930537) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Wombs don't produce unthinking slaves. They can create a large amount of children that will turn into discontent youth later on, but if ISIS wants to hold power somewhere, that doesn't work so well for them - it only helps them when it's in someone else's territory where the discontented youth will see them as the solution, not as the problem. The Arab spring is all well and good when you're profiting from it, but not when it happens to yourself.

Comment: Re:In combination with an accurate summary ... (Score 1) 311

by St.Creed (#47817847) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Not "your password" but "any password".

Using the correct answer to a security question, you can reset the password for the backup. After that, you can download it and then apply the password you just entered. So the security is as strong as the weakest link, in this case still most likely the security questions.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by St.Creed (#47817809) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

f you don't want people to see pictures of you naked, don't take the pictures.

Yes, it's probably too much to ask for some security on your private files, nowadays. Options like "only sync photo's with permission" or "Do not sync" folders are way to complex to implement. So let's put the burden of dealing with failing technology on the consumer. After all, that worked really well for car vendors, right?

I foresee the day when Apple et al are going to pay HUGE settlements in class action suits if they keep up this rather cavalier attitude towards security.

Comment: Re:false flag (Score 1) 34

by St.Creed (#47810487) Attached to: NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

There will not be teeth to this. There are no teeth to any NATO measures.

The summary could just as easily read:

At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the NY Times, the 28 member states are expected to talk about some shit that no one will do anything about. Not for the first time, they will pass a meaningless resolution without teeth that no one will pay attention to.

And just like with other attacks, they'll just... log them.

Comment: Re: Blame Africa (Score 1) 134

by St.Creed (#47751063) Attached to: 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

I am an African American (not by choice)

Really? Not by choice? Weird. Where I live, we all get to choose our skincolor right up to our birthdate. After that it's set in stone, though. But thanks for clearing that up for me. Otherwise I'd have thought you'd volunteered or something.

Oh, and by the way? Get help. You obviously cought Trollitis from a tree that snuggled up close.

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by St.Creed (#47741033) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

I've never seen people fired because they are smart - they are often hired because they are smart, but they are often passed over for promotion too....

Being smart isn't the only reason for promotion. For instance, 10 years ago I was not promoted to a senior position where I worked at the time, and I was pretty upset about it. I mean, I was competing with former kindergarten teachers, in an IT position. Should have licked them without even trying, right?

Wrong. The next step up required all sorts of "soft" people skills that I only graduately received by training and experience. Looking back, my boss was right at the time from his POV. So while smart people get passed over for promotions all the time, it's usually because their intelligence has specialized in just one direction, where the next level up requires more diverse skills. I know several senior scientists that I'd never promote to head of anything. But they're extremely smart. However, they need "handlers" and those are the people that get promoted to a position of more authority.

In some companies this source of friction is reduced by giving people a technical promotion track - with the pay, but without the authority and need to manage other people. I think that would help a lot.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr