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Comment: Re:most biometric sensors have significant issues (Score 1) 127

by dszd0g (#48472981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

It is my understanding that retinal scans can be effected by health conditions. Pregnancy, diabetes, glaucoma, retinal degenerative disorder, AIDS, syphilis, malaria, chicken pox, lyme disease, leukemia, lympoma, sickle cell, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, and significant cholesterol change can all apparently cause a retinal scan to change. While some employees may find detection of these conditions as a good thing, other employees may find it invasive.

Research seems to indicate that iris scans change over time. Companies that use Iris scanners need to rescan everyone every year or they get false negatives, which may or may not be an issue.

I think using an ID card scan like was mentioned above, makes the most sense.

+ - CA Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Submitted by dszd0g
dszd0g (127522) writes "The Court of Appeal of the State of California has ruled in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service that California Businesses must reimburse employees who BYOD for work. "We hold that when employees must use their personal cell phones for work-related calls, Labor Code section 2802 requires the employer to reimburse them. Whether the employees have cell phone plans with unlimited minutes or limited minutes, the reimbursement owed is a reasonable percentage of their cell phone bills." Forbes recommends businesses that require cell phone use for employees either provide cell phones to employees or establish forms for reimbursement, and that businesses that do not require cell phones establish a formal policy."

Comment: Re:'no definitive conclusions can be reached' (Score 2) 341

by dszd0g (#45556717) Attached to: Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

What we know about GMOs is that there are no known examples of harm caused by them that can be reproduced by scientific peers.

You mean like Monsanto's Newleaf Potatoes?

There was first the Dr. Arpad Pusztai study that showed it caused "damage to the intestines and immune systems of rats fed the genetically modified potatoes."

Industry and the Royal Society of Medicine declared Dr. Arpad's study flawed and his study was considered discredited.

Then it turns out the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences had conducted a similar study that found similar results. Except this study had been suppressed by Monsanto for 8 years.

Major US food companies, like McDonald's and Frito-Lay, used Newleaf Potatoes for a few years before consumers complained about GMO "frankenfries."

It would be one thing if GMOs were being developed to taste better, grow larger, etc. However, most GMOs that are being developed either seem to be for either producing their own pesticides or to allow more pesticides to be used on them. It's not complex logic that putting new and more poisons on our food could cause us harm. Especially, when so many studies are coming out linking various diseases to pesticide use. Slashdot just recently an article linking Parkinson's to pesticide ( Pesticides have been linked to being a cause of Autism ( and other diseases.

Comment: Re:Heat related? (Score 2) 190

by dszd0g (#45491811) Attached to: Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

As single event upsets (SEU) are caused by cosmic particles which create alpha particles. It makes sense that equipment higher in the rack would absorb more of the alpha particles and block them from systems lower in the rack, but I am not a physicist. Alpha particles are relatively easy to block with shielding.

As the link said, this was first theorized in 1978 and supercomputer companies have been designing systems with this in mind for decades.

Comment: Re:Obnoxious 2 minute commerical for IBM crapware (Score 1) 307

by dszd0g (#45436035) Attached to: Alfred Poor Says HDTV Manufacturers are Hurting (Video)

I had been holding off on installing AdBlock Plus as ads are how most Web sites make their money, but I stopped watching this commercial at the 1 min mark and installed Adblock Plus. I plan on just disabling on sites with annoying ads though. No more youtube ads for me.

Comment: Re:French media isn't credible when they blame Isr (Score 1) 215

USA basically confirmed and said it was not a joint operation with Israel.

If Israel wasn't involved they would have denied israeli involvement.

The Israeli office of the Prime Minister denied and the USA said it wasn't a join operation. I'm not sure what more you want.

I don't know how you can argue that lack of proof that Israel was involved proves that they were.

As far as reputable sources for the Le Monde being found guilty, google "Le Monde found guilty racist defamation". There are dozens of other places that provided the news. Pick whichever ones you do find reputable. Wall Street Journal has it behind its pay wall, but I didn't want to link to a pay wall.

Comment: Le Monde found guilty of "racist defamation" (Score 1) 215

In fact, this newspaper has even been found guilty by a French court for "racist defamation" against Israel and the Jewish people in the past.


As a poster below pointed out, the NSA practically confessed to the spying:

The American authorities noted that the activities of the intelligence service "were carried out according to law."

And the documents in the article stated that the NSA said it wasn't a joint operation with the Israelis. The Israeli prime minister's office made an official statement claiming they were not involved.

All evidence points to the NSA with no Israeli involvement.

This article is nothing but antisemitism and has no place on Slashdot.

Comment: French media isn't credible when they blame Israel (Score 1) 215

If it was the Guardian making this claim, it would have some bearing. They have some authority in the leaks and have the source material to find this information.

French media just likes to blame Israel and Jews for everything, so I find little credibility to this article.

Unless I missed something in the article, everything basically says the US and Israel both deny having any involvement in spying on the French. The Guardian printed that it was the NSA that was spying on the French. While I wouldn't be surprised if Israel also spied on the French, I have not seen any such evidence provided.

The French article seems to take Israel's denial and that because Israel wasn't mentioned in the leaked NSA documents as the responsible party that obviously they must be involved.

These kind of Israeli/Jewish conspiracy theories appear regularly in French media, but they don't belong on Slashdot. My Dad's family is from France and Belgium and it is amazing some of the stuff I've seen my grandparents read in French mainstream newspapers. Antisemitism is apparently so bad in France today that Jews that had left France pre-WWII and moved back have been leaving again because they don't feel safe ( - See the "Antisemitism and Immigration" section).

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