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Comment: Re:Medical Decisions (Score 1) 36

by godel_56 (#49794715) Attached to: Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong

Fire the geneticist. Your genes can't tell if you're at risk for any cancer. They can only tell if you'll have a greater risk than the average human. Acting on anything found by your genes at this point is just stupid at best.

The major breast cancer genes give the patient somewhere around an 80% chance of getting breast cancer, which in my book is close enough to certainty when death is a possible outcome.

However the associated chance of ovarian cancer is only around 50% which makes for a much harder choice for a younger woman, as having your ovaries removed would cause immediate menopause, with its own serious life changing effects.

Comment: Re:LOL democracy! (Score 1) 253

by godel_56 (#49771497) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn

Cameron is staunchly anti-freedom. What's tragic is a majority of British liked this and voted for the man and those that didn't are forced at gunpoint to come along for the ride. "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” —Thomas Jefferson “Democracy ... wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” —John Adams “Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention... incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” —James Madison “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson http://democracyisnotfreedom.c... https://encyclopediadramatica....

"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament." — Vladimir Lenin

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 827

by godel_56 (#49740311) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

tolls need infrastructure which costs money to run

Disadvantages of toll booths: 1. Require lots of new and expensive infrastructure. 2. Slows down traffic and creates congestion 3. Encourages people to drive on local streets, winding through neighborhoods, rather than on highways. 4. Doesn't discriminate on size, weight, efficiency of the vehicle, or number of passengers.

Advantages of toll booths: 1. Creates jobs for glaziers that are unemployed due to insufficient amounts of broken windows.

In my city in Australia tolls are collected by pre-purchased RFID tags and enforced by number plate cameras. If you're from out of town or only an occasional toll road user then you can pay by phone or on-line within the 24 hours following your journey.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 827

by godel_56 (#49740199) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Maybe that is backward in some locations. In Atlanta the poor live close and the rich commute AGES to get to work. My question on a per mileage charge is how is the tracking done. Reading the odometer is easy and doesn't have privacy concerns, but doesn't reflect if it was driven on private roads or out of state.

From TFA: "Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where.

Looks like another step towards a total surveillance society.

Comment: Re:Charged only if actually negligent (Score 2) 545

by godel_56 (#49694049) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I presume you would exempt parents of unvaxed children who were unvaxed for reasons beyond their control, such as

1) Could not afford shots 2) No access to health care 3) Child could not get shots for medical reasons


In Australia the shots are free and there would be obvious exemptions for kids who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, but maximizing Herd Immunity to protect these kids is another reason for vaccinating as many as possible.

Comment: Re:Full Disclosure is the only way... (Score 1) 94

I've reported serious vulnerabilities to a number of companies in the past. Generally, they acknowledge receipt of the information but do nothing to fix the problem -- e.g. a race condition, a SQL injection vulnerability, etc etc. However, when I've posted information on reddit or other internet forums, the bugs tend to get fixed rather quickly.

Full disclosure may well be a necessary evil -- sure, it allows anyone for some period of time to exploit the vulnerability; but it sure ends up getting fixed. Companies will wait months and years to fix security bugs if there is no clear and present danger.

Any time I disclose a bug to a vendor, I now tell them in the e-mail they have five days to fix it; after that it will be publicly disclosed. And I always make good on the disclosure.

I hope you make the contacts anonymously, because bad things tend to happen to whistle blowers. The "shoot the messenger" philosophy is alive and well in many companies and governments.

Comment: Re:Please explain (Score 1) 158

by godel_56 (#49660413) Attached to: Devices I have with a GPS reciever built in:

I can understand two or three, but I'm at a loss for how someone could have 6 or more GPS devices. Will someone please explain how it's even possible for a normal person to have that many?

Also some cameras have inbuilt GPS devices for tagging photos (with commensurate security and privacy problems resulting).

Comment: Belts and braces (Score 1) 26

If you really need to communicate anonymously, buy a cheap, second hand laptop for cash, wipe the HD, then communicate using the Tails OS and someone else's Wi-Fi, preferably nowhere near where you live.

Oh, and stay out of the range of any security cameras and number plate scanners when you leave the house, and leave your cell phone at home.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 1) 83

by godel_56 (#49425259) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis

Instead of asking "what now", doesn't anyone wonder why TC chose to self-destruct, invoking its own canary and refusing to let anyone keep the name? If the devs just wanted out, they could have passed on the name to a blessed successor. Even if they wanted to act petty and protect the name for no good reason, they didn't need to invoke their canary. Something about this just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Hmm, if we question whether or not we can trust that the NSA didn't get to the original devs... How can we trust that they didn't get to the auditors? "Yup, all clear! Enjoy! (Can I have my kids back now, Mr. Suit?)"

We'll never know for certain but one theory is that, being just a couple of developers doing it in their own time for no money, and perhaps with family and other concerns, they just got sick of it. However it would have been nice if the bastards could have at least given us a clue as to why they left.

One big disappointment for me is that the audit did not cover the plausible deniability function of Truecrypt, something that could be crucial if you live in an authoritarian right wing state — such as the UK.

Comment: Wire heads (Score 1) 42

by godel_56 (#49253145) Attached to: Controlling Brain Activity With Magnetic Nanoparticles


. . . injected custom-made, 20-nanometer iron oxide particles into a region of the rodents' brains called the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a well-studied deep brain structure essential to the experience of reward, which plays a central role in disorders such as addiction and depression in people

Think of Larry Niven's "wire head' addicts and the Puppeteer's Tasp in Ring World. There are potentials for both private and governmental abuse.

Comment: Australians claim alzheimers breakthrough (Score 1) 299

by godel_56 (#49244989) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

"AUSTRALIAN scientists have made a breakthrough in the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that can restore memory loss. Researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute hope to trial a planned “cheap, mobile’’ ultrasound device for humans in two years after the technique was found to work on mice.

The drug-free treatment uses ultrasound waves to break apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that cause memory loss and cognitive decline." etc.

Oops, too late.

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.