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Submission + - Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use (

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.

Comment Re:But which kind of stroke? Too thin or too thick (Score 1) 41

Basic indications for thrombolysis (clot busting) in presumed stroke.

- Persons of a certain age (typically over 18, pediatric strokes have not been studied well and typically are due to a bleed from a congenital malformation)
- There are blood pressure ranges over which it's felt that punching holes in the brain is too dangerous
- There are certain medications (other drugs that work on the blood clotting system) that, when mixed with the clot buster make it too dangerous
- You have to have a major stroke - the procedure doesn't work all that well and a bunch of complicated statistics and people yelling back and forth have made a guess with the benefit outweighs the risk.
- TIME IS IMPORTANT - this is one of the big deals. Stroke is being popularized as a 'brain attack' (which sounds too Zombieish to me). That's a bit of overkill but the longer the symptoms have gone on, the less likely that busting up the clot is going to work. THIS IS WHERE THE SPIDER VENOM may come in - by protecting the brain while you do something (or not). Would presumably work in ischemic (formed by a blood clot) or hemorrhagic (formed by a bleeding blood vessel) kind of stroke.
- You should get permission. Thrombolysis could make things better - or kill you. The improvement rate is only 25-40% (something less than thrombolysis for heart attacks). The big downside is that you convert an ischemic stroke into a thrombolytic stroke. Since blood in the brain can't leak out anywhere, you have to drill a hole in the brain which typically requires the presence of a neurosurgeon. Lots of places don't have neurosurgeons just wandering around. Yes, we've been trained in emergent craniotomy. I have this neat stainless steel drill that looks for all the world like an old carpenter drill but you don't want me to get it out of it's case. Very, very last ditch.

IF - and a big if - this pans out it could make stroke treatment much easier and more useful. It could also be used in any sort of insult to the neurologic system (trauma, etc.).. Cryosleep anyone?

But it's a big if...

Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment Re:Doctors hate us... (Score 1) 179

If you're an addict you're borderline withdrawal all the time anyway. You've paid on the installment program. But it looks like you're arguing that withdrawal is a good reason to keep using. That's no the argument I'm making at all. Some people kick and never, ever go back. Some people die before they kick. Addiction is not a constant variable. Everyone is different even if the daily dose is exactly the same.

Comment Re:Doctors hate us... (Score 1) 179

Addiction is a complex problem. You want to blame the chemical compound, but it involves aspects of genetics, education, and psychology. How come people can take heroin for years and then suddenly stop? How come some people can try heroin once and be hooked, and others can do it occasionally and never spiral downwards, while still others can try it and NOT LIKE IT and never do it again? It's easy to blame the drug. That makes it simple. It's the drug's fault. The drug is evil. Ban the drug! The reality is that life is not that simple. Less so when you involve religion, morality and politics, because then you get "solutions" that have no relation to, let alone impact on, the real problem.

Comment Re: I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 0) 267

You are seriously comparing the Fed to Zimbabwe while harping how Bitcoin is so far superior to the US dollar? The only little problem with your theory is that reality has bitcoin fluctuating in value over 30% a day whereas the US dollar is still (despite 60 years of doom and gloom prophecies) the world's go to reserve currency. If I had a good I wanted to sell in Bitcoin I have NO FUCKING CLUE how to price my good, since I don't know how much bitcoin will be worth tomorrow. Call me when you can buy a car or a house in Bitcoin.

It's ok to live in a theoretical world if your models fit reality somewhat snugly to reality. However when your theoretical world has no connection to reality it's called FANTASY.

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