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Comment: Re:Making stuff to make stuff (Score 2) 69

by godel_56 (#48006751) Attached to: How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

The solution to "can't manufacture stuff at home" is inventing cheaper manufacturing tools. I don't think we'll see replicators any time soon, but there's no reason why, for example, plumbers shouldn't be able to print plastic parts for dishwashers on-the-fly or in the shop rather than waiting for it to be delivered.

It will be better to order the part from a 3D copy shop which can afford better equipment and processes, and have sufficient volume to justify the expense.

+ - New Device Allows Fully Paralyzed Rats to Walk, and Human Trials Are Scheduled

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new technique pioneered by scientists working on project NEUWalk at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (EPFL) have figured out a way to reactivate the severed spinal cords of fully paralyzed rats, allowing them to walk again via remote control. Human trials are scheduled for next summer.
"We have complete control of the rat's hind legs," EPFL neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine said. "The rat has no voluntary control of its limbs, but the severed spinal cord can be reactivated and stimulated to perform natural walking. We can control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high it lifts its legs.""

Comment: Prementrual Dysphoria (Score 5, Interesting) 138

by godel_56 (#47961369) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

SSRIs are also the preferred treatment for PMDD and in small doses, about 5% of the usual dose for depression.

In this application it also works almost immediately, no waiting 6 weeks for something to happen. The original article I saw speculated that it affects the amount of GABA in the brain.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 635

by godel_56 (#47788465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

. . . and my daily-use TV is a widescreen, high-definition tube . It works great! Cost me only $40! And at 126lb, no one is going to steal it. In fairness, it fits the built-in TV cabinet perfectly and at the time a similarly-sized LCD model was close to $600, so it made sense to go with the tube.

With the massive power savings you could get by replacing this old junker, you could pay for a new flat screen in a few years. However you'd have to make sure it had the inputs to talk to your old signal sources. I've seen some new TVs with HDMI inputs only.

Comment: Re:New for Nerds? (Score 4, Funny) 132

It's not nothing. It's a glimmer of hope for us here in Australia, that that piece of shit Murdoch could eventually lose his near monopoly in Australian newspapers - and, therefore, a significant part of his ability to manipulate the government. And not before time.

With our luck, he'd probably sell the papers to Gina Rinehart. :-(

Comment: Re:What kind of fish? (Score 1) 180

by godel_56 (#47699455) Attached to: Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

We have an overabundance of carp here. Normally eating carp seems to be an ethnic thing around here.Even then, only an older generation bothers with it. I would like the world to come and rid the Mid U.S. of carp, so I have included the only recipe I know for carp. 1 pressure cooker 1 5-lb. rock 1 carp Pressure cook the meat till it slips from the bone (about 2 hours) let cool, discard the fish and eat the rock.

I've never tried it, but I've heard they can be OK eating if prepared correctly. The recommendation I heard was to skin and fillet the fish, and age it in a freezer for some weeks. I think they used it in a stew after that.

Comment: Vitamin D and Alzheimers (Score 1) 105

A recent study has found low vitamin D levels associated with Alzheimer's disease, as well as a bunch of other ailments. It seems like modest daily supplementation with vitamin D3 might be a good idea if Alzheimer's runs in your family.

Comment: Re:Microsoft's child porn collection (Score 3, Informative) 353

by godel_56 (#47617849) Attached to: Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

In order to successfully perform these matches, Microsoft likely has one of the world's largest collection of child porn.

Actually, no.

They get a big list of file hashes from the National Center for Exploited Children or something, and it's implemented as part of the file scan. All that happens is they check file hashes and if it matches, then they do more in-depth analysis (is it an image file? etc).

Which begs the question on the general stupidity since hashes are so trivially easy to change and it's extremely easy to obfuscate (just zip it up with a password).

People are lazy. Even ones who really know that what they do isn't really appreciated by the general population and really ought to try to cover their tracks... and don't.

Nope, from the TFA they process the image to derive a signature which can survive things like resizing, changing resolution etc. It's not just a simple hash.

Comment: Re:Hide behind todays popular hate-topic... (Score 1) 182

by godel_56 (#47609973) Attached to: The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

...and that's how and WHY they get away with this. This is against any human rights, but shout "won't anyone PLEASE think of the Children", and these agencies can get away with murder.

So that said, to any whistleblower out there who doesn't have the tech savvy that we have, I'd offer a little bit of advice, read it - and don't forget it, you might just be next if you do:

1) Download Tails. Install it preferably on a CD.
2) Remove your hard disk connection (removing the power is enough) when you intend to boot from Tails.
3) Shut down your WiFi. And only use WIRED connections.
4) Boot tails, and when you start Iceweasel - make sure to turn NoScript ON for ALL sites. It's not on by default, when the SHIELD's on!

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If you really need to be anonymous, use a computer that you bought for cash, that is ONLY used for communicating over Tor with Tails, preferably using somebody else's Wi-Fi. Even if the Feds do manage to plant a beacon on this computer, it will only show up when you are communicating anonymously. Your secure computer should be air gapped from your main work/internet computer.

+ - Tesla Model S hacking prize claimed ->

Submitted by savuporo
savuporo (658486) writes "AutoBlogGreen reports: The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw," whatever that means, to gain access to vital systems including the door locks, horn and window controls, while the vehicle was moving.

Last year, potential security pitfalls of high-tech electric and hybrid cars came to light when the DARPA successfully hacked into hybrids from Ford and Toyota. For illustration about why this might become a big deal, here is a video report about Prius ECUs and internal CAN network being messed around with while driven."

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+ - PayPal allows change of amount without customer confirmation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Like if a restaurant owner could change the billed amount in the card-terminal _after_ you entered your PIN,
or just like changing the amount in an already signed cheque by the recipient without knowledge.

The worst part is that PayPal actually calls this a 'feature' and not a BUG.."

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+ - Biggest "patent troll" slapped hard by appeals court->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Dozens of companies were sued over an old Polaroid digital imaging patent.

The most litigious "patent troll" in the US has lost a major case after the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found its patent was too abstract.

Court declines to stop software patents altogether.

The ruling from last week is one of the first to apply new Supreme Court guidance about when ideas are too "abstract" to be patented. In the recent Alice v. CLS Bank case, the high court made clear that adding what amounts to fancy computer language to patents on basic ideas shouldn't hold up in court.

The patents in this case describe a type of "device profile" that allows digital images to be accurately displayed on different devices. US Patent No. 6,128,415 was originally filed by Polaroid in 1996. After a series of transfers, in 2012 the patent was sold to Digitech Image Technologies, a branch of Acacia Research Corporation, the largest publicly traded patent assertion company. A study on "patent trolls" by RPX found that Acacia Research Corporation was the most litigious troll of 2013, having filed 239 patent lawsuits last year."

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Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by godel_56 (#47328205) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

I lost the password in a hard drive crash.

Apparently he admitted to the cops that he could decrypt the drive, but wouldn't. Which once again goes to show that when you are arrested by the cops SHUT THE HELL UP, or use TrueCrypt in "plausible deniability" mode (yes, I'm aware of TrueCrypt's current situation).

The fact that the defendant is a lawyer makes his admissions even more stupid.

Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by godel_56 (#47328119) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

It amazes me that you subscribe to the idea that a local desktop hard drive crash wiped out all email for a high-ranking IRS official... and that the IRS is essentially shrugging at any notion of ineptitude. Clearly you know fuck all about tech.

I thought so too, but when you read the Ars Technica article on what a clusterfuck the IRS IT system is, It becomes a little more believable.

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