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Comment A drowning pimp clutching at a DMCA straw (Score 1) 1

Nothing to worry about...

Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about our users published online. We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds and are pleased that the provisions included in the DMCA have been effective in addressing this matter.

All dating sites are high value sites and will be sooner or later targeted by thieves. But the timing of this theft is especially unfortunate for the company's IPO plans. Maybe a group of data-thieves is in the shadows suggesting a multi-year multi-million dollar "penetration-testing" deal with Ashley Madison.

Submission + - Ashley Madison Hack Could Expose Up to 37m People Having Affair 1

Mickeycaskill writes: A hacker has started releasing information stolen from Ashley Madison and has threatened to reveal the extramarital affair site 'sentire customer database unless it is shut down.

The hackers known as Impact Team have so far published samples of account data as well as maps of internal company servers, employee network account information, company bank account data and salary details.

It is unclear how the data was obtained, but Ashley Madison says it has now closed the access points used by the attackers. The company has not provided further details or whether any, presumably nervous, customers have been affected.

Comment Re: With a diplomatic immunity,... of course (Score 2) 213

Easy. Tomorrow Assange joins a French Foreign Legion using a ("declared identity") Jacques Clouseau. A day later he gets into a fist fight with a person working for the Ecuadorian embassy. Bloody nosed "Jacques Clouseau" then applies for a French citizenship under a provision Français par le sang versé" ("French by spilled blood").

Next day "Jacques Clouseau" gets his French citizenship granted. One hour after that France announces couple of new diplomatic post opening in London. A day later "Jacques Clouseau" applies for that position and gets selected. France sends a letter to British foreign office informing of a newly selected French diplomat "Jacques Clouseau" who will be shortly arriving to French embassy in London. British Foreign Office welcomes the new French diplomat to England.

A French diplomat "Jacques Clouseau" then steps out of a Ecuadorian embassy.

Comment Re:This never works (Score 2) 304

Very much so. DRM for audio-visual content can and will always be circumvented - as long as humans need to be shown the content in decrypted form. Once a media file is shown in decrypted format, someone will record and convert it into non-DRM format.

If someone manages to create a really paradigm shifting and exiting media format "scent enhanced oculus-3D-hologram vibrating world with transparent multi-layering technology", then there may be temporary chance for effective DMRs - but even then only until alternative (open source) DRM-free formats are created.

Comment Obese called the Internet router disabling cruel (Score 1) 91

Yes, I actually thought this would be the greatest weight loss game kind of system ever - "gain weight lose your Internet connection"

But no, the target customers thought removing the Internet connection or television was not a funny game at all.

instead it would be so "terrible",... and customers would happen to be forced to "disable", "remove", "destroy" etc. the thing..., because they don't need a baby sitter... because they are so damn good in losing weight. Maybe, China is arranging some kind of holiday camps to its food addicts too?

Submission + - Motivating Scale: Lose Weight or Lose Your Internet Connection / TV

colordev writes: A Finnish startup company has an interesting value proposition: "If your weight isn't going down your TV or computer will not power up tonight."

So, if your computer, brand-new television or coffee maker wants you to use an exercise bicycle tonight, would you then exercise for 5 minutes or 15 minutes? Or would you even agree to lose weight?

If the answer is yes, it has come to this, the machines have just started coercing us.

Maybe this is a small step in mankind's journey of becoming pets of machines

Comment Re:not North Pole drift (Score 1) 80

And even faster than that...

The magnetic north pole had moved little from the time scientists first located it in 1831. Then in 1904, the pole began shifting northeastward at a steady pace of about 9 miles (15 kilometers) a year.

In 1989 it sped up again, and in 2007 scientists confirmed that the pole is now galloping toward Siberia at 34 to 37 miles (55 to 60 kilometers) a year.

Comment Re:I support Mr. Mikko Hyppönen (Score 1) 248

I would go as far as calling US a one party system; the party being "a rich peoples party". In order to make it look less like so, they have simply divided the party into two halves! Both party-half having half of the representatives in senate and half of the representatives in congress. And each party-half ruling the White House after the other party-half has had its turn.

Comment Re:Don't stop your meds! (Score 2) 218

The (good) effects of antipsychotic medicine are best illustrated by remembering how those resulted "an emptying of psychiatric hospitals".
From wikipedia's Chlorpromazine article...

The effect of this drug [Chlorpromazine] in emptying psychiatric hospitals has been compared to that of penicillin and infectious diseases. But the popularity of the drug fell from the late 1960s as newer drugs came on the scene. From chlorpromazine a number of other similar antipsychotics were developed. It also led to the discovery of antidepressants.

Chlorpromazine largely replaced electroconvulsive therapy, psychosurgery, and insulin shock therapy. By 1964, about 50 million people worldwide had taken it. In 1955 there were 558,922 resident patients in American state and county psychiatric hospitals. By 1970, the number dropped to 337,619; by 1980 to 150,000, and by 1990 between 110,000 and 120,000 patients.

Anyone with a personal stake or interest in schizophrenia, should think about those numbers very carefully. A comforting thought for anyone impacted with schizophrenia is that it is mostly of biological origin and there will be improved and better targeting medicine available. A horrible horrible thing is that I may have discovered a very good target protein for designing a medicine which would fix the schizophrenia's key illness mechanism. As a newly graduated biochemist I thought pharmaceutical companies or university PhD programs would be interested about this "discovery"; as I even had a letter of recommendation from a pharmacy professor (a specialist in psychiatric medicine) certifying that I have apparently discovered a new & interesting model of schizophrenia. When applying for all relevant job positions all over the world, I soon found out exactly no one was interested. Apparently the HR departments were unprepared for this kind of "innovative" applicants.

It isn't very funny, considering I spend a year! at a university library building a disease model; read ~10,000 Medline abstracts, 100+ full articles, 10+ full books. All that just for the purpose of following all the known clues that might lead to the schizophrenia's root cause. Oh and I started that massive modeling because I knew I was very good in building abstract models; for example patent office had been kind to give me patents. And the situation isn't particularly funny for the schizophrenics and their family members eater. ~10% of schizophrenics will end up killing themselves during their lifetime. Considering the average lifetime prevalence of schizophrenia worldwide being ~0.7%, you could estimate there being 7 billion * 0.007 = 49 million schizophrenics out there and about 5 million of them will commit suicide. If we further assume a post diagnostic average lifespan being 35 years, that gives us a an estimate of 142,000 schizophrenic suicides per year - roughly 400 suicides per day. And I've been sitting for years on information that might significantly change those numbers.

So dear schizophrenics (and your beloved relatives), Yes it really is ironic that the information you need the most in this world may already have been found (who knows maybe even by other researchers) but that critical information may just have be neglected. And don't blame me for that!. I really begged a relevant job or any kind of grant money from all possibly instances - even instances which are supposed to exist just for financing making this kinds of "discoveries" starting from NARSAD and ending to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

The only one who has seen that novel schizophrenia model is that pharmacy professor - who warned me he would give the 20 page handout tough review. Couple of weeks later I called him and asked "am I barking a right tree? In short, his answer was: "YES".

That said, schizophrenics should not kill themselves, nor quit the medicines. One day there will be a new kind of specifically targeting antipsychotic medicine; without the side effects of these current (quite unspecifically) binding antipsychotics. Oh yes, and someone really claims to want to find the cause and cure for the schizophrenia they can feel free to finance a PhD study position for me - in which no actual medical experiments are needed. The model is new, good, and enough ready to be written on paper. If you are a Bill Gates and want it, finance it.

Comment Re:interesting (Score 2) 123

Thank's fot the FUDBAR. Now tell us what is safe and what will better promote peoples privacy, democracy and the development of human rights.

> Just to remind you Mr. Anonymous Coward a hundred of million persons were killed by their own governments during the last century. What makes you think govermnents 20 years from now will not execute jews, communists, homosexuals, retards or gypsies like they did in Germany(in 1930-40's), or they will not execute people living in cities or wearing glasses, Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christians, Western-educated intellectuals or educated people in general or people who had had contact with Western countries or with Vietnam, or with any previous government, or disabled people, or the ethnic Chinese, Laotians or Vietnamese like they did in Cambodia (in 1970's), or they will not execute capitalists like they did in Soviet Union(in 1920's), or will not execute muslims like they did in Bosnia-Herzegovina (in 1990's), or will not execute Tutsies like they did in Rwanda(in 1990's), or they will not execute the well educated class like they did in China (in 1960's), or they will not randomly kill people of other religious groups like they did in Iraq (in 2000's) or they will not bomb to pieces urban areas which do appear to be supportive to a currently reigning dictator like is happening in Syria (in 2013).

Now pick your country for the next decade, Are you feeling lucky, punk? or maybe you still like the current development e.g. the great firewall of China and some high profile websites starting to use HTTPS.

I think TOR-like backbone to the future Internet is a great idea. Some tweaking, sweat, toil and tears and it will be a great system.

Comment proven wood gas technology since 1839 (Score 4, Informative) 228

It works. During the WWII there were around 700,000 wood gas powered automobiles in Germany, France, Sweden and Finland. As those were back then able to power buses and trucks, it's plausible to think modern designs also producing 20kW of bio power - as advertised.

Finland's eco-mobilist association has a gallery of hobbyist build wood gas mobiles, some even with designs specs and tips. Chairman on the Finland's currently most popular party, which unfortunately isn't The Pirate Party which among others has pirate bay and privacy activist Peter Sunde as a candidate in the coming EU- parliament election, has build his own wood gas automobile - " El Kamina" which by the way is build on top Chevrolet El Camino, which...

No, I didn't just wrote that

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