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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Make Large Companies Change Security Practices (

alphaamanitin writes: I just received a email from Amazon, and thought I would check out the DKIM:DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/simple; t=1355245578. Turns out despite the big security whole and spoofing that was widely published on in Wired (sorry, don't know how to hyper link), Amazon is still using a 256 key. What are the best ways to get Amazon and other large companies to shape up? It would seem a relatively simple fix to replace it with a larger, more robust key.

Comment Good (Score 1) 2

I wish that companies, and people in general, would be able to adapt better. The reality is that these networks, like the MPAA and RIAA can't accept that their business model is about to become obsolete. So, instead of adapting to a newer better business model that fits the current technological and sociological conditions, they attempt to use law to block to newer, arguably better, business model. AlphaA

Submission + - Fox's attempt to block ad-skipping TV recorder Autohop fails ( 2

another random user writes: A bid to block a TV service that allows viewers to automatically skip adverts on recorded shows has been rejected.

Fox had called for a preliminary injunction on Dish Network's Autohop ahead of a copyright ruling.

Broadcasters Fox, Comcast, NBC and CBS have each sued Dish Networks, saying the show recordings are unauthorised.

Fox said it would appeal against the ruling. It says Autohop is "destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem".

But Dish called the decision not to grant a preliminary injunction a "victory for common sense".

Its Hopper digital video recorder can record and store prime-time content from the four major networks for up to eight days.

And the Autohop feature lets viewers skip advertisements completely — rather than fast-forwarding through them — at the press of a button.

Comment Re:DNA Methylation (Score 1) 1142

The gene is still altered. It gets methylated instead of having it's bases changed, but the gene is still the base unit. The differentiation between "genetics" and "epigenetics" is just a reflection of our historical biases in regarding "the genome" as a sequence of bases only.

Mod the parent up though, because it's an actual intelligent question and I'd like to see if Dr. (yes Soulskill, Dr, not Mr.) Dawkins agrees with me.

I would agree, but that methylation can be removed, resulting in the original genotype, thus the phenotype was selected for not the genotype. I think that it is aligned with the spirit with Dr. Dawkin's statement, if not the exact statement itself. ---AlphaA, 1113 4143

Comment DNA Methylation (Score 5, Interesting) 1142

DNA methylation seems an interesting property that has been shown to be heritable in some instances (cannot remember citation, study involving desert plants in Arizona or New Mexico, USA), changing the phenotype without the genotype. If this is inheritable, this seems to break your assertion that the gene is always the level of selection. In this case a gene producing X phenotype is methylated to produce Y phenotype, which could be selected for against (either direction) phenotype X, phenotype Y individuals net result in my hypothetical is a increased fitness and fecundity relative to individuals with phenotype X. Do you view this as escaping your assertion or a mere special case as it is still the gene being methylated. AlphaA

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Open Source "Google Earth" to manage GPS points

alphaamanitin writes: I am a biologist who makes collections every year. I am trying to find the best open source solution to track the GPS location of my collections and map it onto something similar to Google Earth, but open source. I tried Marble, but didn't like it for purpose of mapping my GPS points in a clear manner.

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