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Comment Britain is the surveillance capital of the West (Score 2) 53

Theresa May passed what Snowden called "the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes further than many autocracies."

Before this, airports were making 3D models of flyers' faces without their knowledge or permission, and attaching such to their passport records. This happens if you go through the 'inbound' e-passport aisle. I saw this with my own eyes at Bristol Airport before a security guard shouted at me. There is no law against such data collection.

I don't know if you can get a ticket with cash but otherwise you can bet these facial/3D scans will be added to a GCHQ database.

Comment Students in distant relationships feel love more (Score 1) 312

Seeing a lover every day spoils the illusion.

(From the book)

Note there's almost no evidence presented that social media makes people dislike each other more. Oversharing leads to being disliked but we don't follow those we dislike.
My guess is that living in a social (media) bubble may nevertheless make us less tolerant of dissenting views.

Comment Impressed so many people said Gattaca (Score 2) 1222

Normally, everyone says Bladerunner. The latter is truly great, but it lacks the story and character development of Gattaca.

The only real competition to Gattaca is Donnie Darko, but few think of it as sci-fi. Amazing they both came out in 2001.

Matrix clearly superb, as is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
"Her" is a great little film, the best sci-fi since Gattaca.
Empire Strikes Back, Terminator (original) and The Thing -- all these are either perfect or borderline perfect.

Comment Need per site controls (Score 1) 213

Facebook is a monster. It can easily use over a gig.

Yeah I know many Slashdotters pretend not to use it, and some actually don't.

Also, this sounds like 80s memory management eg turn off prefetching forever. Why can't we tell our browsers what to let go of first eg:
1. Prefetching
2. LRU tabs.
3. Hi-res images.
4. Bloated JS sites eg FB.com. Heck, worth putting in special rules for this monster.

Have a default then allow it to be accessible and changed for the rest of the session. Also, a box to ask it to return memory before the OS starts swapping like crazy.

Comment Comparing essential tool to making funny faces (Score 1) 150

Without a search/directory tool, much of the web we want to access is inaccessible.

Original post compares this to a photo-swapping app that allows you to put cats ears on people, as if that's somehow a commercial threat.

Now either Snapchat thinks Slashdotters are a viable market for their nonsense and are chucking Bizx a bundle for fake content... or one of the editors really likes those cat ears.

Comment Synapses shrink during sleep (Score 1) 145

Scientific American had an article on sleep last year which favored the garbage removal theory.

Yet more evidence for this theory:


As someone who's done plenty of sleep deprivation and polyphasic sleeping, I'm about pretty sure I can actually feel the garbage being removed. It mostly happens in the first 60-90 mins of sleep. If one is woken between 30 mins and 60 mins, one's mind tends to be missing several functions. ;)

Comment When do we learn discernment about propaganda? (Score 1) 261

A lot of what we hear during elections is propaganda. We could guess that defences against it increase throughout life until senility. 16 years olds in particular still tend to live in the small cults that are nuclear families and thus lack an independence of thought. I wasn't qualified to vote until I was 30, and that's a level unachieved by a lot of people I know.

On the other hand, 0-17 year olds are completely unrepresented, yet have longer to live in the world. There's no solution to that, so there's a compromise between representation vs political understanding.

Male adolescents develop emotional maturity much slower than females. If this affects political judgement, then it's rational to allow women to vote at a lower age. I doubt this will be a popular view amongst the oft-male and sometimes alt-right Slashdotters.

Studies show that 16-17 year olds vote more than 18-25 year olds. Likelihood of voting increases from 18 onwards, causing yet more disparate representation -- a problem of all voting systems. Intergenerational differences increasingly come into play. People 60 and over become a minority in the adult world and seemingly retreat from social consciousness or other newer ideas. However, they vote more.

The study doesn't mention lowering the voting age at all, by the way.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

The people being treated with antidepressants are mostly suffering from clinical depression, which is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.

That's just a myth invented by drug companies to sell more drugs.


Long ago it was believed that schizophrenia was caused by "bad parenting" (cold domineering mothers and psychologically detached fathers). That has been utterly debunked.

Actually, you're wrong here too. It simply became unpopular.

The cause is mostly determined by genetics and prenatal nutrition.

Strike 3. Cause remains unknown.

We know it's not genetics because kids put up for adoption by schizophrenic parents are no more likely to have schizophrenia than the average person.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

This shows again a COMPLETE lack of understanding mental health.

Not a clever thing to say when your "understanding" is limited to a myth invented to sell drugs:

Drugs are used to mitigate a lack of certain neurochemicals in the brain, a PHYSICAL condition.

A myth for which there is literally zero evidence.


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