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Comment Re:Hypocrisy at its best (Score 1) 30

Of course not, but I'm saying if your login account is Jon.Doe1975@gmail.com with an IP in Generic Small Town, Kentucky. There's a good chance the account owner is most likely the 40 something year old guy named John Doe that lives in that town. That doesn't mean the person using it was that person, but generally that is the case. Not something that holds up in court, but is useful for social engineering.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy at its best (Score 2) 30

I would say the IP address along with the other information provided (Since usernames, emails, and passwords can contain very important information like DOB, Nickname, and name) helps you narrow down to a specific person. Just an IP cannot really tell you a user, but an IP with other information can.

Comment Paying for convenience. (Score 1) 729

There are services that build to of the line PCs with the latest and greatest in them - but you'll pay a premium. Sourcing your own components and coming up with a build that fits your needs is where you save money. You either do labor and pay less or pay more for convenience. The basics of economics there.
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Crispr Wins Key Approval to Fight Cancer in Human Trials (bloomberg.com) 71

Tom Randall, reporting for Bloomberg Technology:An experimental cancer treatment that alters the DNA of patients has won a key approval to proceed with its first human tests using the controversial gene-altering tool known as Crispr. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania want to edit the immune systems of 18 patients to target cancer cells more effectively. The experiment, backed by internet billionaire Sean Parker, won approval from the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC), a federal ethics panel set up at the National Institutes of Health 40 years ago to review controversial experiments that change the human genome. The trial still needs final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The experiment targets difficult-to-treat cases of multiple myeloma, sarcoma, and melanoma. The scientists will remove blood samples from patients and alter their T-cells -- central to human immune response -- to more effectively target and pursue cancer. The T cells will then be infused back into patients and studied for the safety and effectiveness of the technique.STAT News has an article in which it discusses the probable consequences of altering the DNA of a cancer patient.

Submission + - Princeton: Sites Turn to Audio Fingerprinting to Track Users

Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers from Princeton University, conducting a privacy survey of the top one million web sites, discovered a variety of tracking and identification techniques in use, including a novel tactic that uses audio signals to fingerprint machines and browsers.

In the study, the Princeton researchers ran a set of measurements on the home pages of the Alex top one million sites. In addition to finding typical cookie tracking, the researchers discovered a small number of sites that are using the HTML5 AudioContext API to perform fingerprinting visitors. There are at least two different ways that sites are doing this fingerprinting, including one technique that produces an audio signal and then uses a script to process it.

“We tested the output of the scripts on a small sample of machines, and confirmed the values returned are largely stable on the same machine and different for different machines," the researchers said.

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