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Submission + - New Methods Can Halt the Process of Dying

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: It was once thought that after the heart stops pumping blood throughout the body, a person has only few minutes before suffering permanent brain damage caused by lack of oxygen and nutrients getting to the brain cells. Now Discovery Magazine reports that developments in the science of resuscitation have made it possible to revive people even hours after their heart has stopped beating and they are declared dead. "Historically, when a person's heart stopped and they stopped breathing, for all intents and purposes, they were dead," says Dr. Sam Parnia adding that this process "could take hours of time, and we could potentially reverse that." Some insights for how to halt the dying process come from case reports of people who were brought back to life with little or no brain damage after hours of a silenced brain and heart. Studies have found that hypothermia seems to protect the brain by decreasing its need for oxygen and aborting activated cell death pathways. Still, there are limits — although body-cooling techniques have improved recovery in many patients after cardiac arrest, there will be a moment when the damage is too much and it's too late to come back. "When somebody's been without oxygen, we know there’s a whole bunch of signals that are now starting to tell cells that it's time to die. So we have an opportunity to modify that programing just a little bit, to say 'wait put the brakes on,'" says Dr. Lance Becker. However, Dr. Stephan Mayer argues that our knowledge of brain damage and dying is incomplete, and it's not always clear how much injury one has endured, and whether it's reversible. "What we've come to learn is that those notions of irreversibility of brain damage are dead wrong," Mayer said. "If you make those judgments too soon without going fully all the way, you may be actually writing people off."

Submission + - Experian sold social security numbers to ID Theft Service

realized writes: Experian — one of the three national US credit bureaus — reportedly sold SSNs through its subsidiary, Court Ventures, to the operators of who then offered all of the information online for a price. The website would advertise having "99% to 100% of all USA" in their database on websites frequented by carders.

Hieu Minh Ngo, the website owner, has recently been charged with 15-count indictment filed under seal in November 2012, charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, substantive wire fraud, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, substantive identity fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and substantive access device fraud.

Submission + - Fixing - 5 Million Lines Of Code To Fix And "Weeks" Of Work ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1. ... Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage ... experts said the technological problems of the site went far beyond the roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. ... One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly. ... One major problem slowing repairs ... the federal agency in charge of the exchange, is responsible for making sure that the separately designed databases and pieces of software from 55 contractors work together. ... and numerous people involved in the project said the agency did not have the expertise to do the job ... Insurance executives said in interviews that they were frustrated because they did not know the government’s plan or schedule ... the system provides them with incorrect information about some enrollees, repeatedly enrolls and cancels the enrollments of others, and simply loses the enrollments of still others. .... CGI Federal, a unit of the CGI Group, ... has the biggest contract and is responsible for the architecture of major parts of the system, but not for its integration.

Comment Re:Agreed! (Score 2) 219

L:ol, I re-read what you wrote and you are an idiot.

You are complaining that "a number of former Carlyle Groupers had excised that from their background and history." But the only one you cited, Beschloss, did not. How do I know that? I used the link on her view history page that says, Revision history search to search for the word "Carlyle" and it was never in the article to be excised.

So, in a story about PR firms screwing with wikipedia you post a bunch of stupid blather about your own personal issues and then hang it all on a lack of evidence. That's classic conspiracy-theory schizophrenia.

Comment Re:It failed because they went with the lowest bid (Score 1) 307

Most people have no background in Engineering Economics which has long shown the best of breed solution has the highest up front cost, with the lowest long-term costs, due to having the lowest MAINTENANCE costs. Roadways are a great example of how low bid doesn't improve the infrastructure. Best of breed is the only solution.

Submission + - Wild Games Studio take down YouTube review of Garry's Incident (

msclrhd writes: The makers of Garry's Incident (Wild Games Studio) have issued a copyright infringement claim against Total Biscuit's "WTF is... Garry's Incident" video reviewing and criticising the game, alleging this is due to the video making ad revenue. The studio gave consent to make the review and allow YouTube videos to be made — indeed, various "Let's Plays" of Garry's Incident that generate ad revenue are still available on YouTube.

Total Biscuit goes into this more on the linked video, critiquing Wild Games Studio for the copyright infringement claim and takedown of the review video.

Submission + - How is Facebook Like a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

theodp writes: In the early days of Facebook, the company would go into what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called lockdown, where no one is supposed to leave until the task at hand is done. Speaking on Saturday at Startup School 2013, CNET reports, Mark Zuckerberg remarked that the practice persists to this day. Facebook doesn't lock people in the office, but it comes "as close to that as we can legally get," Zuckerberg said to an eruption from the crowd. The lockdown isn't the first at-home-in-a-Bangladesh-garment-factory management technique Zuck's touted at Startup School. Back in 2007, Zuckerberg drew fire for advising company founders "you should only hire young people with technical expertise" if they want to be successful. And while there are no reports of Facebook hiring 9-year-old bosses yet, the LA Times reports that only young undocumented immigrants are welcome at the hackathon hosted by Zuckerberg's next month where "tech CEO's like Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, Drew Houston and Andrew Mason will be sitting side-by-side with undocumented youth [with technical expertise] creating tech products to help the immigration reform movement" (invitation to 'day (and night) of working').

Submission + - NSA hacked Email Account of Mexican President

rtoz writes: The National Security Agency (NSA ) of United States hacked into the Mexican president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.

This operation, dubbed “Flatliquid,” is described in a document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Meanwhile U.S President Barack Obama’s administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up the first case it has received on controversial National Security Agency cybersnooping.

Submission + - Do Slashdotters use Markdown and Pandoc?

BartlebyScrivener writes: I am a author, screenwriter, law prof, and a hobbyist programmer. I love MacVim and write almost everything in it: Exams, novels, even screenplays now that Fountain is available. I use LaTeX and WordPress and so on, but several years ago I discovered Markdown and the wonderful Pandoc. I searched Slashdot expecting to find lively discussions of both Markdown and Pandoc, but found nothing. Do Slashdotters look down their noses at these tools and do their work in HTML and LaTeX? I can't imagine computer geeks using Word instead of their favorite text editors. If not Markdown and Pandoc, what tools do Slashdotters use when they create documents that probably need to be distributed in more than one format: HTML, PDF, EPUB or perhaps even docx?

Comment Re:Agreed! (Score 1) 219

I became suspicious about this and noticed an extraordinary number of former Carlyle Groupers had excised that from their background and history.

Just how did you determine that they were former "Carlyle Groupers?" Is there some special IP address block allocated to former employees of the Carlyle group?

Comment Re:Seems to need an ad blocker. (Score 1) 193

> I'd rather have ads than paywalls.

The end result of all this ad targeting is the same thing, maybe even worse than, paywalls.

If they could, advertisers would only pay for ads that hit their target market. RIght now some kid living on the street in Manila can get a hotmail account because hotmail doesn't really know if that kid has any money to spend or not. But if we ever achieve advertising nirvana that kid's access will be snuffed out like the light of a candle.

Comment Re:Is this the right move? (Score 5, Insightful) 182

By releasing it, there would be a non-zero danger that it would be used for harm with little to no positive gain.

If it isn't public that severely limits the number of people who can work on finding an antidote. Even if they are making the information available to "qualified professionals" it still substantially increases the barrier to finding a fix. Hell, for all we know, someone else has already seen the same strain and been working on a cure but they only speak chinese and this extra friction to figuring out if they even have the same strain is enough to keep the two groups from collaborating.

Whether you agree or disagree with their decision, surely you must see the merit in this kind of evaluation?

When the day comes that we start seeing terrorists attacking people with obscure scientific journal data instead of simple bombs then the question might be a reasonable one to ask. Until then the question itself is hype and paranoia.

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