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Comment Three Words (Score 1) 108

Near. Field. Communications.

It seems pretty irresponsible to me that pacemakers and other implantable medical devices are accessible via WiFi and/or cellular data. Communication with the device in question should require a proximity measured in inches. Yes, it might still be possible with a strong transmitter and a sensitive receiver to extend that range to some tens of feet; but in that case the success of the attack is way less likely than one which can be launched from almost anywhere in the world.

Comment Re:What information was muzzled? (Score 1) 197

CBC News ? really ? This must be the most politically biased media in the country... There is no reason for this company to be public, if not being a cash-cow for "artists" and unions...

Hyperbole AND off topic - good show! So you don't trust the CBC, eh? Then how about Global News?




x0ra ? really ? This must be the most politically biased member of Slashdot... There is no reason for this member to be here, if not being an apologist shill for Conservatives and corporations...

Comment Re: Deja vu (Score 0) 197

You think the guy who grew up in the household seeing daddy say, "Just watch me" is going to be good for the country?? Scientists unmuzzled? Don't make me laugh. Civil liberties in Canada are now walking dead... Mark my words, Canada is fucked.

Another Canadian here. I don't entirely agree with you, but you've made a reasonable argument in a reasonable tone. Fucked if I know why you were downmodded. People really need to get out of the habit of modding down out of mere disagreement with a point of view.

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 2) 108

I wonder how large the difference is between 3D printer resin and the stuff my dentist uses - especially since the UV exposure time for dental resin seems really short. Mercury amalgam fillings are probably bad for health, but maybe resin fillings aren't a whole lot better.

Comment Re:so whats easier (Score 1) 109

Totally agree with everything you just said.

Exploiting basic human urges is simply a more cost effective means to ensure people who already watch this shit, continue to watch it.

This doesn't apply only to TV and consumerism. Conscious manipulation of large populations goes at least as far back as our transition from hunter-gatherers to storers of food and, by extension, wealth. It may go back even farther. It's the old 'bread and circuses' concept. But at some point the people being manipulated catch on to the fact, and then revolution is likely. I keep wondering why we haven't had one already - perhaps people are now so brainwashed that they will never wake up?

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 140

All the focus should be on the content!

No, the focus should be on allowing the user to view, organize, and access the content in a way that is intuitive and convenient. Of course, the components of this ideal are vastly different across the user base - hence Firefox addons and 'about:config'. Firefox's market share has gone down as Mozilla has tried to force a more uniform, less configurable browser experience on their users - I doubt that a new browser with even less configurability is going to gain much traction.

Comment A page from the Jesuit playbook (Score 1) 170

Ignatius Loyola is purported to have said "Give me a child until he is seven, and he will be mine forever". Sounds like The Zuck believes that too.

The sad thing is that a large percentage of the population-at-large will probably think this initiative is a good thing, instead of seeing the dangers inherent in it. What better way to extend and entrench the hold that corporations have on the lives of 'free' citizens?

Submission + - No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private (dailycaller.com)

schwit1 writes: Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act(HIPAA)protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law.

Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care industry and safeguard patient privacy. But HIPAA allows federal bureaucrats to get patient records merely by issuing administrative subpoenas, or civil investigative demands.

These bureaucratic edicts bypass the Fourth Amendment's requirement that a judge must give prior approval before government can search or take an individual's property. Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) thus have access to any records they believe to be "relevant" in cases of alleged health care fraud.


Maybe You Don't Need 8 Hours of Sleep After All (theatlantic.com) 315

schwit1 writes: You've heard of the Paleo diet, but the next big thing in health may well be the Paleo sleep schedule. A UCLA researcher studied three hunter-gatherer and hunter-farmer groups -- the Hadza in Tanzania, San in Namibia, and Tsimane in Bolivia, "who live roughly the same lifestyle humans did in the Paleolithic," as NPR reports -- and determined our ancient ancestors may not have slept nearly as much we thought, and may have actually slept less than modern Westerners. "People like to complain that modern life is ruining sleep, but they're just saying: Kids today!" Jerome Siegel tells the Atlantic . "It's a perennial complaint but you need data to know if it's true." Siegel found that members of the three aforementioned groups sleep between 5.7 hours and 7.1 hours per night. That's less than is recommended for our health, yet the groups seemed very healthy indeed. (And if you're feeling insomniac, some earlier Slashdot stories about sleep are also pretty thought-provoking.)

Comment Re:New truthful slogan (Score 1) 166

More disturbing is that people are going to pay to be subjected to ads.

Even worse than paying to see ads, is paying to BE an ad. I'm talking about all those millions of people who buy and wear clothing that is prominently branded with the manufacturer's name and logo. If clothing makers want me to be a walking advert for them, they can bloody well pay me for the privilege, just as they pay the owners of billboards.

Submission + - Replacement of writers leads Gartner's predictions (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Gartner's near-future predictions include: Writers will be replaced. By 2018, 20% of all business content, one in five of the documents you read, will be authored by a machine. By 2018, 2 million employees will be required to wear health and fitness tracking devices as a condition of employment. This may seem Orwellian, but certain jobs require people to be fit, such as public safety workers. By 2020, smart agents will facilitate 40% of mobile interactions. This is based on the belief that the world is moving to a post-app era, where assistants such as Apple's Siri act as a type of universal interface.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison