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Comment: Not a big change (Score 2) 231 231

by wbackner (#47902487) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria
This is just a variation of what is used in many schools in the USA. Kids have an account that their parents put money in. Then, in the cafeteria, kids type in their account number to pay for lunch. This new system eliminates kids having to learn and remember their account number.

+ - Community-sourced news site,, goes live 18 18

Submitted by umafuckit
umafuckit writes: is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site.

Comment: Re:Business Plan (Score 1) 246 246

by wbackner (#45705367) Attached to: The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder
I'm not sure where you heard this but we're not yet at the point where we can diagnose with brain scans. In research there may be differences that are found between ADHD and non ADHD groups. However, that is a lot different for putting a person in and MRI and correctly classifying them. If you have any sort of reference that shows correct classification, as opposed to just finding differences, then please share the citation.

Comment: Re:Didn't we already know this? (Score 1) 160 160

by wbackner (#45621425) Attached to: Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice
Also, most parents report improvement when their children are on restrictive diets due to confirmation biases and how our minds work. When something is difficult to do we usually will notice and remember the evidence that it worked. Keeping children on a restrictive diet is hard to do. In order to not feel bad about putting in all of this hard work for no result, parents tend to "see" the improvements even though empirical evidence has shown that special diets do not affect ASD symptoms.

Comment: Re:Interesting findings, for the lazy (Score 1) 160 160

by wbackner (#45621331) Attached to: Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice
You are correct, people with ASD have many more comorbid psychiatric conditions than most people realize. In fact adolescents with ASD tend to see the symptoms differently than their parents. The article is paywalled right now, but psychiatric conditions are a very real problem for many people with ASD.

+ - Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X at WWDC->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off his company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco with a short video emphasizing the importance of design, particularly that which evokes some sort of emotional connection such as love or delight. But that sentimental bit aside, this WWDC was all business: huge numbers of developers attend this annual event, packing sessions designed to help give their apps an edge in Apple’s crowded online marketplace (some 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, Cook told the audience during his keynote). Apple also uses its WWDC to unveil new products or services, attracting sizable interest from the tech press. This time around, the company introduced Mac OS X "Mavericks," which includes “Finder Tabs” (which allow the user to deploy multiple tabs within a Finder window—great for organization, in theory) and document tags (for easier searching). Macs will now support multiple displays, including HDTVs, with the ability to tweak elements between screens; Apple claims the operating system will also interact with the CPU in a more efficient manner. On top of that, Apple rolled out some new hardware: an upgraded MacBook Air with faster graphics, better battery life (9 hours for the 11-inch edition, while the 13-inch version can draw 12 hours’ worth of power). Apple has decided to jump into the cloud-productivity space with iWork for iCloud, which makes the company’s iWork portfolio (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) browser-based; this is a clear response to Office 365 and Google Docs. And finally, the executives onstage turned back to iOS, which (according to Apple) powers some 600 million devices around the world. This version involves more than a few tweaks: from a redesigned “Slide to Unlock” at the bottom of the screen, to the bottom-up control panel that slides over the home-screen, to the “flat” (as predicted) icons and an interface that adjusts as the phone is tilted, this is a total redesign. As a software designer, Ive is clearly a huge fan of basic shapes—circles and squares— and layering translucent elements atop one another.
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+ - Sharing HBO Go Accounts Could Result In Prison-> 2 2

Submitted by coolnumbr12
coolnumbr12 writes: In a recent New York Times article called “No TV? No Subscription? No Problem?” Jenna Wortham noted how she used, “the information of a guy in New Jersey that I had once met in a Mexican restaurant.” Dave Their of Forbes admitted that he used his sister’s boyfriend’s father’s account in exchange for his Netflix information. But this is stealing under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which makes it a misdemeanor with a maximum one-year prison sentence to “obtain without authorization information from a protected computer.” It is also a violation of the Digital Millennium Copy Act because it is knowingly circumventing a protection measure set up to prevent someone from watching content like “Game of Thrones” without paying. Forbes points out that a crafty prosecutor could also claim that using an HBO Go password without paying is a form of identity theft.
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Comment: Re:The Elephant In The Room (Score 1) 602 602

by wbackner (#42172947) Attached to: No More "Asperger's Syndrome"
Obviously you do not know what you are talking about. This is not about "popular" rejection of Freud. Professionals in the field no longer use it. And what would you say about the research linking genetics and autism. You may not be able to understand how genetic and nurturing effects on children can be separated, but I assure you that there are plenty of professionals who spend their time doing just that. It is easy to blame parents. Some are bad and some are wonderful. Until you spend some time working with these families maybe you should reserve your opinion since it seems to lack a factual basis.

+ - Apple's A6 Details and Timeline Emerge->

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MojoKid writes: "For a CPU that hasn't seen the light of day, there's a great deal of debate surrounding Apple's A6 and the suggestion that it may not appear until later in 2012. The A6 is a complex bit of hardware. Rumors indicate that the chip is a quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU built on 28nm at TSMC and utilizing 3D fabrication technology. While the Cortex-A9 is a proven design, Apple's A6 will be one of the first 28nm chips on the market. The chip will serve as a test case for TSMC's introduction of both 28nm gate-last technology and 3D chip stacking. This is actually TSMC's first effort with an Apple device. The A4 and A5 have both historically been manufactured by Samsung."
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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 594 594

by wbackner (#33545056) Attached to: Family To Receive $1.5M+ In Vaccine-Autism Award
You are correct. Intensive ABA therapy which is one of the most costly treatments (and best empirically supported, there are lots of meta-analyses) costs around $40,000 a year. The cost is basically just paying a full time aid to do the treatment. And that isn't even a lifetime cost since it is an early intervention. Even if you were to say that you needed a full time aid for the entire life that is only about $40,000 a year with adjustments for inflation.

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