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Comment: Re: How about this? (Score 1) 466

by supervico (#43214939) Attached to: Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy
I'm also opposed to the switching for the same reasons you mention (I come in to work at 7:30am for that reason), and even signed the White House petition online... but then a coworker presented one good point: when kids go out in the morning and stand outside waiting for their school bus, it would be safer for them to have some daylight. I'm still opposed to the switching, but I can also see her point of view as a good argument since it affects millions of children.
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+ - Humans smell in Stereo->

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Xemu writes "Humans can locate an odour source thanks to a feature called stereo sniffing, says researchers in an article just published in Nature Communications. To further enhance odorant location capabilties, mammals combine serial sampling with bilateral nasal cues. Much like your average teenager in a dark basement would locate that smelly sock. Blocking one nostril makes it harder."
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+ - WSJ: IBM Security Tool Can Flag "Disgruntled Employees"->

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supervico (1874506) writes "An article on the WSJ's CIO Journal describes IBM's new security tool using Big Data that would scan employees' email, social media, and browsing history to flag disgruntled employees who may reveal company secrets

From the article: "The new tool, called IBM Security Intelligence with Big Data, is designed to crunch decades worth of emails, financial transactions and website traffic, to detect patterns of security threats and fraud. Beyond its more conventional threat prevention applications, the new platform, based on Hadoop, a framework that processes data-intensive queries across clusters of computers, will allow CIOs to conduct sentiment analysis on employee emails to determine which employees are likely to leak company data, Mr. Bird said. That capability will look at the difference between how an employee talks about work with a colleague and how that employee discusses work on public social media platforms, flagging workers who may be nursing grudges and are more likely to divulge company information. 'By analyzing email you can say this guy is a disgruntled employee and the chance that he would be leaking data would be greater,' Mr. [Sandy] Bird [CTO, IBM’s Security Systems Division] said of IBM’s new tool."

Could an employer really introduce this new surveillance technology/policy that can go back "decades" on your emails/browsing history, even if only to set a behavioral baseline? Or would they have to do this "going forward"?"

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+ - Why it pays to be nice->

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An anonymous reader writes "Oxytocin is a shy molecule – the brain must be coaxed into making it – and then it disappears rapidly, with a three-minute half-life. So, how can we measure virtues? Rather than asking people if they were moral (who would say no?), researchers tempted subjects with virtue and vice by putting a stack of money in front of them. If they trusted a stranger with their money, the money would grow, but then the stranger may or may not be trustworthy and share the largess with them.

By taking blood from participants, researchers showed that the more money people received showing trust, the more their brains produced oxytocin. And, the more oxytocin in their systems, the more money they reciprocated to the person who had initially trusted them."

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+ - The Second Industrial Revolution in the USA->

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Orion Blastar writes "Science and technology have advanced to the point that human beings can be replaced with robots, AI software, and machines that can do the work without a salary. This is leading to a second industrial revolution in the USA, and massive layoffs and a change in the economy. How will you survive?"
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+ - Bacteria May Create Microbe-Assisted Gold Rush

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An anonymous reader writes "Medieval alchemists may not have been able to turn other materials into gold, but a specific bacterium certainly can. The species forms nanoscale gold nuggets to help it grow in toxic solutions of the precious metal. The findings, published in a paper in the online journal Nature Chemical Biology, examined bacteria which could one day be used to collect gold from mine waste."

Comment: Re:DISCOVERY CHANNEL (Score 1) 256

by supervico (#42451819) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is Your New Years Eve Tradition?
Nah, I'd say invest in a WDTV Live (which I have) or Roku box (heard they're good too), and save yourself the monthly cable fees. Those boxes are usually ~$120... add the $8/mo for Netflix or Hulu Plus, and you won't need cable subscription... AND you don't get ads, you control what you want to see when you want to see it, etc. As an added bonus, these boxes play most media files from external hard drives connected via USB, and have HDMI connection out to TV. Netflix and Hulu have documentaries on nature, war, social issues, etc. that can keep you busy for weeks on end.

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