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Comment: Re:If only financial engineering was a viable prod (Score 1) 67

by asifyoucare (#47291721) Attached to: BlackBerry Back In Profit

Yes, they're a chance if they start marketing properly. They have a very strong security message for corporates, and that message is only getting stronger post-Snowden.

For corporate (not private) use, BB is the most secure phone/e-mail platform, and that's gotta be worth a lot when phones of at least two national leaders are getting hacked. For non-corporate use, they're not secure because they allow governments of India, at least, to spy on their customers.

If senior executives travel to (say) China, they'd have to be idiots to prefer iPhone or Android to BB. They should know they'll be spied on and they should know that the Chinese (and others) have no qualms using whatever information they can get for commercial gain.

This is the message they should be pushing.

Comment: Re:next 50 to 100 years? (Score 3, Insightful) 453

by asifyoucare (#46956207) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet
But if they are to us as we are to slugs, how much empathy would they have then? I don't go out of my way to kill lower life forms, but I don't particularly care when I do. Probably an advanced life-form would be scientifically curious about life on earth, but if we were their hundredth similar planet and they wanted something from the planet, they'd just take it.

Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs 49

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the man-is-obsolete dept.
Science_afficionado (932920) writes "Vanderbilt University scientists reported significant progress toward creating 'homo minutus' — a benchtop human — at the Society of Toxicology meeting on Mar. 26 in Phoenix. The advance is the successful development and analysis of a human liver construct//organ-on-a-chip that responds to exposure to a toxic chemical much like a real liver. The achievement is the first result from a five-year, $19 million multi-institutional effort led by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), to develop four interconnected human organ constructs — liver, heart, lung and kidney — that are based on a highly miniaturized platform nicknamed ATHENA (Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer). The project is supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Similar programs to create smaller-scale organs-on-chips are underway at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Institutes of Health."

Comment: Re:Why are network providers allowing FORGED packe (Score 2) 158

by asifyoucare (#46216649) Attached to: DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe
Even if those addresses didn't belong to your network, you should have had a route to them via your inside network. If you allow outbound packets from addresses in your own network AND from addresses for which routes exist on your inside network, that should cover 99.99% of valid situations.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."