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Comment: Let's not jump to conclusions. (Score 3, Informative) 284

by jaeztheangel (#47395387) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain
The Claustrum as an area of the brain has been well established as an area of orchestration of various sensory subsystems. It has been studied for over two centuries[1].

These studies clearly demonstrate that the Cl is richly innervated with a wide and diverse array of neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. Lesion, stimulation and recording experiments demonstrate that the functional and physiologic capacity of the Cl is quite robust. A recurring theme of claustral function appears to be its involvement in sensorimotor integration. This may be expected of the Cl, given the degree of heterotopic, heterosensory convergence and its interconnectivity with the key subcortical nuclei and sensory cortical areas. The Cl remains a poorly understood and under investigated nucleus.

It makes sense that a major loss of function is associated with interrupting the Claustrum - but there are several nuclii in the brain - the Hippocampus being one. Claiming it is the 'one true center of consciousness' in the brain doesn't account for the countless studies which reveal just how complex the operation of our neural networks actually are, and may be premature.


  1. [1]The claustrum: a historical review of its anatomy, physiology, cytochemistry and functional significance. Edelstein LR1, Denaro FJ.

Comment: Re:and yet cryptocurrencies remain immune...! (Score 1, Insightful) 74

by jaeztheangel (#47294517) Attached to: Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

If a system is insecure a "good" architecture is irrelevant - you're still screwed.

Dear John

Please can you explain how BitCoin is vulnerable to Heartbleed?

I think good architecture is essential to good security. That's why I posted.

Many Thanks

Jawad Yaqub

Comment: Çreationism and Northern Ireland (Score 1) 649

by jaeztheangel (#47267283) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools
Growing up in Holywood, Northern Ireland I went to a very religious independent grammar school.

While atheists and even atheism itself was generally frowned upon I have to say as the first Muslim and non-pink person to attend - I was very glad to have gone there and grown.

Despite what people may think the teaching there is some of the best in the UK and even with the deep and sincere commitment to faith you have an equally deep and sincere commitment to scientific enquiry and truth. We were never taught creationism, and any school or teacher considering it would have been politely but firmly shown the door.

I guess the thinking was us kids would need our wits about us out here to survive.

+ - US allows first commercial drone flights

Submitted by jaeztheangel
jaeztheangel (2644535) writes "The United States Aviation Authority has authorized BP to use unmanned aircraft to survey pipelines, roads and equipment in Alaska. In a move likely to spark interest from other major players (Google, Amazon) US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said allowing the use of unmanned aircraft for research was an "important step toward broader commercial use of unmanned aircraft"."

Comment: Anaemic Responses (Score 3, Interesting) 72

by jaeztheangel (#47177843) Attached to: Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City
I woke up this morning and found myself wondering - if I met Snowden what would I ask him?

Then I realized, he's managed to turn the focus of the world back onto the invasion of our selves, social and personal, by governments.

So I'd ask: "why then, is the response so anaemic?"

Who we are used to be about our bodies, our family, our social interactions day to day. Suddenly as technology began to increase our reach - we found all forms of communication first monitored, then censored by governments, and their corporate proxies.

I don't deny them the right to protect themselves, but it seems to me that 'they' are 'us'. We all want status, and security, so we aim for money (counters printed by them), power (positions, and authority rationed out by them), and I don't know a single business leader or politician who doesn't defend themselves by setting up legal structures to deflect blame or absolve themselves.

What we need perhaps is to take the tools of the internet and create something new - looking at BitCoin and its resilience in the face of massive corporate and government opposition I think what worries them is they'll first cede control of the coinage, and then cede control of the courts.

Coins are important - we used to rely on governments to stand by their currency but with BTC and related currencies we can now create unforgeable, and publicly verifiable money. No need for banks, and their associated parasites.

Courts are also vital - well aware that people are tried in public as much as in private - both the etiquette and the frameworks for legal accountability are shifting towards the individual. I'm heartened by the approach of the EU, and glad that Google is moving forward to implementing privacy carefully and thoughtfully.

Sorry for writing so much, please let me know what you think privacy will be like in 5-10 years - and critically - if you think we'll be able to be private citizens again, or is it already too late?

Thank you.

Comment: Re:Off the Flight Path... (Score 1) 264

[...]offers up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.

That is precisely my point. The fact of aiming a laser can't be enough - so it comes down to intentions. Those of the person accused - and their accuser.

A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.