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Comment: Re:Instead of auditing, monitoring, and transparen (Score 1) 385

by thetaco82 (#35703072) Attached to: US Open Government Sites To Close
Title X dollars do not go to abortion clinics. They fund STD testing, contraceptives, lab work, etc. The funding of abortions is expressly prohibited by the act. In a time when roughly half of our annual pregnancies are unplanned, cutting Title X dollars will actually INCREASE abortions due to reducing the availability of contraceptives. Duh.

Comment: Slime molds (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by thetaco82 (#35240372) Attached to: Ants Build Cheapest Networks
Reminds me of this: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/slime-mold-grows-network-just-like-tokyo-rail-system/
Some researchers placed food sources in the same configuration as Tokyo Rail stations and then introduced a slime mold. From TFA

Initially, the slime mold dispersed evenly around the oat flakes, exploring its new territory. But within hours, the slime mold began to refine its pattern, strengthening the tunnels between oat flakes while the other links gradually disappeared. After about a day, the slime mold had constructed a network of interconnected nutrient-ferrying tubes. Its design looked almost identical to that of the rail system surrounding Tokyo, with a larger number of strong, resilient tunnels connecting centrally located oats. “There is a remarkable degree of overlap between the two systems,” Fricker says.

Comment: Re:Baby talk? I swear at my computer! (Score 1) 170

by thetaco82 (#19991601) Attached to: Computer Program Learns Baby Talk in Any Language
Babies are a good example of this, but I think that the human brain is just good at teaching itself stuff. Why can't we build a mechanism without always solving the perceived problem? Our brain has evolved to learn and use stuff, so we shouldn't always forget about the simple decisions. And stuff.

Is it my imagination, or do people focus on the side effects of their perceived area of interest a little too often? There's always a simpler and more useful way to get something done while simultaneously making future decisions easier. In a strategic sense, of course. Not that I have an opinion about anything...
Carry on.
Internet Explorer

+ - IE7 and FF 2.0 share vulnerability

Submitted by hcmtnbiker
hcmtnbiker (925661) writes "Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0 share a logic flaw. The issue is actually more severe, as the two versions of the Microsoft and Mozilla browsers are not the only ones affected. The vulnerability impacts Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7, and Firefox 1.5.0.9. "In all modern browsers, form fields (used to upload user-specified files to a remote server) enjoy some added protection meant to prevent scripts from arbitrarily choosing local files to be sent, and automatically submitting the form without user knowledge. For example, ".value" parameter cannot be set or changed, and any changes to .type reset the contents of the field," said Michal Zalewski, the person that discovered the IE7 flaw. There are Proof of concepts for both IE7 and firefox"

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