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Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain? 758

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the you-are-a-machine dept.
New submitter kyjellyfish writes "Research published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that your parents 'Left or 'Right' party affiliations are not the only factor at work shaping a person's political identity. Differences in opinion between 'Lefties' and 'Righties' may reflect specific physiological processes. In research performed over 10 years ago, brain scans showed that London cab drivers' gray matter grew larger to help them store a mental map of the city." From the article: "Other scans have shown that brain regions associated with risk and uncertainty, such as the fear-processing amygdala, differ in structure in liberals and conservatives. And different architecture means different behavior. Liberals tend to seek out novelty and uncertainty, while conservatives exhibit strong changes in attitude to threatening situations. The former are more willing to accept risk, while the latter tends to have more intense physical reactions to threatening stimuli."
Security

Viruses Stole City College of S.F. Data For Years 93

Posted by Soulskill
from the measuring-failure-in-decades dept.
An anonymous reader sends this quote from an article at the San Francisco Chronicle: "Personal banking information and other data from perhaps tens of thousands of students, faculty and administrators at City College of San Francisco have been stolen in what is being called 'an infestation' of computer viruses with origins in criminal networks in Russia, China and other countries, The Chronicle has learned. At work for more than a decade, the viruses were detected a few days after Thanksgiving, when the college's data security monitoring service detected an unusual pattern of computer traffic, flagging trouble."

Comment: Re:Realities and Incentives (Score 1) 732

by billhuey (#35636756) Attached to: Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

Dude, this is a chronic problem with east coaster's. They have a shitty job market, they came from an expensive but not necessarily great Ivy league blah blah.

Folks on the west coast simple don't understand nor sympathize with that. We have high caliber University of California schools with their nuke labs and we simply don't feel inferior to folks on the east coast. We have silicon valley, 3 DoE labs, 2 NASA labs. We have great opportunity even in a down economy because the sector with the most potency with regards to technology is largely in Silicon Valley or south San Francisco.

All of you folks are going to the next easiest thing within your particular box. Have you thought about changing the rules of the game by getting out ?

Comment: (Re:Overly simplistic) But not inaccurate (Score 1) 732

by billhuey (#35633352) Attached to: Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

Anonymous coward eh ? After my experience with the financial industry, can't believe anybody that has any real engineering skill would work for complete fuckers like GS and other institutions in those fields. All of that crap is a extension of this Connecticut private school and Ivy league school elitism that has no basis in any of the good American values we'd normally express to other human beings we care for in our community.

Some of it is east coast versus west coast. I went to a UC, we have highly ranked science/engineering schools and we simple do not feel inferior to that east coast mentality while paying 1/3rd the costs for higher education and 1/100th of the attitude problem.

Oh, btw we have Silicon Valley

Comment: Re:Goldman Sachs - Worst Finance Company To Work F (Score 1) 732

by billhuey (#35633274) Attached to: Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

Start looking at the possibility of drug use issues (cocaine) as result of his personality changes. Folks don't just change unless there's something like that driving it. People get better as times goes on as a function of maturity no become more assholes thinking their ego is the only thing that has any effect on the world.

Comment: Re:Some criticisms of Gnome are not baseless (Score 1) 247

by billhuey (#35473082) Attached to: The Full Story Behind the Canonical vs. GNOME Drama

That's bullshit, you look at the bug list and you see all sorts of pointer object mashing bugs. Strong evidence of the ineffectual nature of GObject is how limited the OOP is in that system. Collection classes anybody ?

You should have just eaten it and use one language like Objective C that would have allowed for migration of existing code since it's still C but with a proper dynamic messaging system. I've made this point for years but the nits in GNOME community just don't fucking get it while investing tons of work into a deadend technology like C# for these purposes

Comment: Re:Some criticisms of Gnome are not baseless (Score 1) 247

by billhuey (#35473042) Attached to: The Full Story Behind the Canonical vs. GNOME Drama

They should have built an object glue to GObject into a very mature Objective-C system and called it a day. They'd then have a migration path for existing C code and the ability to use dynamic message passing without shit like CORBA. It's a really simple solution that the GNOME community has completely ignored since development in that organization is stalled. Maybe Ubuntu will be able to pushing some changes with all of this dissent.

Facebook

Twitter Fights US Court For WikiLeaks Details 268

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-not-gonna-take-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Micro-blogging site Twitter is opposing an order from a US court to reveal the account details of supporters of WikiLeaks. Twitter has called on Facebook and Google to reveal whether they also received similar court orders. As part of the US government's investigation into WikiLeaks, a court ordered Twitter, in mid-December, to give details of accounts owned by supporters of the whistle-blower site. Twitter has protested against the subpoena and informed the individuals whose account information has been requested, while raising the possibility that other social networking players have received similar orders."

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 762

by billhuey (#34594482) Attached to: Stargate Universe Cancelled

Agreed, this show was just too sophisticated for folks to *get*. Depressing ? fuck what are folks thinking about in the US ? You'd be too if you were running out of food and don't know what the hell is going on next.

So many parallels to real life yet the audience for that show just didn't have the self-awareness to get how identifiably the characters are to actual intelligent people. It might have done better in Europe or another audience.

Comment: Re:It was just okay (Score 1) 762

by billhuey (#34594380) Attached to: Stargate Universe Cancelled

The show was absolutely better than both SG shows and possibly better than BSG in a number of areas regarding per episode human interaction. The problem with the show was the audience. The audience isn't sophisticated enough to *get* the writing for the most part, the depth of the characters and how they're used in the arc.

Keep in mind, instead of watching Charlie Rose for being informed of our of political process folks think that cable news, CNN, FoxNews, etc... is new. That's what the US culturally degraded to, sports and detachment from people and things around them. Same for our own self-awareness. The same crowd complaining probably doesn't have any.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous... I hate network execs (Score 1) 762

by billhuey (#34592552) Attached to: Stargate Universe Cancelled

I like SGU better than both previous SG series in general. What folks called 'soap opera' I call psychological which is something that the normally male dork demographic doesn't connect to. The series is a bit of a mind fuck and you can tell it's converging on something a season or so in the future which is a sign of writing that's better than most on SyFy. The writing has been better overall than the SG[A] shows and has had less filler shows as a percentage than BSG overall.

The only problem here is that I'm one of the few defenders of the show and therefore one of few ardent watchers of it.

Linux

The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop? 472

Posted by timothy
from the in-and-out-and-in-and-out dept.
pinkeen writes "I've used Linux as my work & play OS for 5+ years. The one thing that constantly drives me mad is its IO scheduling. When I'm copying a large amount of data in the background, everything else slows down to a crawl while the CPU utilization stays at 1-2%. The process which does the actual copying is highly prioritized in terms of I/O. This is completely unacceptable for a desktop OS. I've heard about the efforts of Con Kolivas and his Brainfuck Scheduler, but it's unsupported now and probably incompatible with latest kernels. Is there any way to fix this? How do you deal with this? I have a feeling that if this issue was to be fixed, the whole desktop would become way more snappier, even if you're not doing any heavy IO in the background." Update: 10/23 22:06 GMT by T : As reader ehntoo points out in the discussion below, contrary to the submitter's impression, "Con Kolivas is still actively working on BFS, it's not unsupported. He's even got a patch for 2.6.36, which was only released on the 20th. He's also got a patchset out that I use on all my desktops which includes a bunch of tweaks for desktop use." Thanks to ehntoo, and hat tip to Bill Huey.

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