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Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 2) 486

The news has reported that many of the attackers, prior to recent radicalization were shiftless layabouts with no particular interest in their religion and violated most of the popular tenets of it. They drank. They had sex. They did drugs. They obviously weren't praying on a schedule.

One of them actually owned and operated a bar (which was closed three months ago for drug-related activities).

Submission + - 2016 Presidential Candidate Security Investigation (

Fryan writes: InfoSec Institute has assessed the security posture of 16 of the presidential candidates’ websites. This is an indicator of the level of security awareness the candidate and the campaign staff has.

The recent breaches and security lapses of high profile individuals highlight the absolute need for everyone to take security awareness seriously. The hacking of the Director of the CIA’s (John Brennan) personal email account, and the storage of classified emails on a personal email server with Hillary Clinton, show how damaging a lack of basic good security hygiene can be.

Submission + - New Stanford 'tricorder" detects early stage cancer (

Taffykay writes: Science fiction popularized the tri-corder concept, but Stanford scientists have turned the idea into a real-world device with groundbreaking applications. In addition to detecting explosives, Stanford's technology "hears" cancer tumors through ultrasound waves by emitting electromagnetic energy.

Submission + - New Algorithm Recognizes Both Good And Bad Fake Reviews (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the university of Sao Paolo have developed an algorithm able to identify both good and bad online reviews in the massive daily chatter of millions of peer-community posts, and in lateral mendacities at social network sites such as Google+ and Facebook reposts and 'likes'. Two of the datasets tested in the research were from Amazon, which has a vested interest in restoring the reputation of its community reviews, and has recently taken action on the matter.

Submission + - Ultrasound Prises Open Blood-Brain Barrier to Deliver Chemotherapy (

An anonymous reader writes: The blood-brain barrier is an almost impenetrable membrane that surrounds vessels in the brain and stops harmful particles from entering. The trouble is that it doesn't discriminate, at the same time making it very difficult for beneficial molecules like medication to pass through. But researchers have now non-invasively breached the barrierfor the first time in a human subject, delivering chemotherapy drugs to a brain cancer patient with a high level of precision and paving the way for improved treatments and fewer side effects for sufferers of neurological disorders.

Comment Re:Shorter list - what Google doesn't want to moni (Score 1) 105

>At least some of those people already had a history of mental health issues.

And the surprising thing is that it seems we can't keep guns out of their hands, either. I don't think anyone would stand up and argue for the rights of the mentally ill to carry firearms, but that has been the side effect of what we have actually practised.

Submission + - Innovative operating systems/distros in 2015? 2

iamacat writes: Back in 90s, we used Linux not only because of open source, but also for innovative features not found in commercial operating systems — better multitasking, network power features like slirp and masquerading, free developer tools for many languages. Nowadays OSX and Windows caught up in these areas and mainstream distros like Ubuntu dumbed down in default configuration. So where to go for active innovation like 3D/VR desktop, artificial intelligence, drag and drop ability to mash up UI of multiple apps or just drastically better performance? Something maybe rough around the edges but usable and exciting enough to use as daily desktop?

Comment Bad compiler, then (Score 3, Informative) 246

My students regularly copy-paste from an otherwise excellent source in which plain vertical double quotes have been auto-replaced with pretty slanted quotes. GCC complains about the illegal character on line XXX, I usually have to explain, and that's it. No hair-pulling involved, only git pulling.

Comment Re:Choice paralysis (Score 1) 358

Also wanted to add that co-opting the fringe primarily seems to be happening with one party (i.e., the GOP), and that is reflected in the election results.

However, please bear in mind that in terms of political views, the US is also more conservative than the rest of western society.

What is considered left in the US would be considered pretty moderate or even center-right in many parts of the world.

In may ways, co-opting the extreme right (e.g., the tea party) and some of the libertarian values reflect this reality.

Comment Re:Choice paralysis (Score 1) 358

It may be what you prefer, but empirical studies of choice have shown that most people's choices fall along a median, and success is often the result of trying to accommodate one side of the median and most of the median.

It's the same with consumer products, and it's the same with elections.

All systems lean towards simplicity, and the more mature a system is (i.e., it's been around for longer), the more strong parties coalesce towards the median.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce