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Comment Re:I guess the lesson here (Score 1) 301

Gawker has a long and sordid history of outing people left and right while claiming to be a voice for all sorts of activism.
Seems like they believe firmly in "But we are allowed to do this because we are doing it for good"

Gawker is clickbaity gutter crap and Trump seems to be equally vile but I somehow can't dislike Thiel. Gawker almost always picked targets who didn't have the funds to respond. Thiel and Gawker both played the system and Gawker finally lost.

This article makes me feel like slashdot is no longer worth reading. Sad to see but after 16 years the content is gone and the quality with it.

Comment Re:authors (Score 2) 231

Nominations look fairly balanced and reasonable so it's probably just a consequence of the membership voting as they tend to do. Literature isn't really easy to quantify so you always end up with certain social biases in time.
A bit heavy on the fantasy for my taste.

Submission + - JP Morgan Chase Attacked; data for 76million stolen

JakartaDean writes: J.P. Morgan Chase said about 76 million households were affected by a cybersecurity attack on the bank this summer in one of the most sweeping disclosed breaches of a financial institution.

The largest U.S. bank by assets said the unknown attackers stole customers’ contact information—including names, email addresses, phone numbers and addresses. The breach, which was first disclosed in August and is still under investigation by the bank and law enforcement, extended to the bulk of the bank’s customer base, affecting an amount equivalent to two-thirds of American households. It also affected about seven million of J.P. Morgan’s small-business customers. It isn’t clear how many of those households are U.S.-based.

The bank said hackers were unable to gather detailed information on accounts, such as account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth. Customer money is “safe,” the bank said in a statement to customers on Thursday.

Submission + - UK Startup Launches World's First Child Cyberbullying Interception App (ibtimes.co.uk)

concertina226 writes: A group of British fathers with backgrounds in IT, security, and law have teamed up to create an Android app that is capable of proactively controlling which apps children download onto their smartphones, as well as flagging and blocking questionable content received in SMS text messages and filtering out adult web search results.

MobileForceField is an app designed to help parents monitor and decide which social networking apps – such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter – are suitable for their children and teenagers to use.

The MobileForceField app works in the background, taking control of the child's phone. It prevents children from downloading apps where permission has not been granted. If the Google Play app store is enabled, anything the child downloads will not work until the "Allowed" switch is toggled in the web portal.

In addition, the system also has filters connected to a cloud-based database of inappropriate and offensive phrases, so if the child is sent SMS text messages from a bully containing bad language and insulting content, the text message will be proactively intercepted and blocked, and an alert will be sent to the parent from the web portal.

All web searches using browsers on mobile devices are also filtered to prevent inappropriate content from showing up in search engine results. The web portal also contains logs of the child's internet activity, recent calls and photos taken on their smartphone camera, but they are deleted after 90 days.

Submission + - Scientists Say Your Nose Can Tell When Your Death Is Imminent

HughPickens.com writes: Mo Costandi writes at The Guardian that a new study shows that losing one’s sense of smell strongly predicts death within five years, suggesting that the nose knows when death is imminent, and that smell may serve as a bellwether for the overall state of the body, or as a marker for exposure to environmental toxins. “Olfactory dysfunction was an independent risk factor for death, stronger than several common causes of death, such as heart failure, lung disease and cancer,” the researchers concluded, “indicating that this evolutionarily ancient special sense may signal a key mechanism that affects human longevity.” Jayant Pinto of the University of Chicago prepared special felt-tipped pens scented with five common odors—fish, leather, orange, peppermint and rose—and presented them one by one to volunteers. After each presentation, the volunteer was shown pictures and names of four possible answers, and was asked to select the correct one. Getting one answer wrong was considered okay, or “normosmic”, but two or three errors labelled a person as “hyposmic”, or smell-deficient, and four or five counted them as “anosmic”, or unable to smell. Five years later, the researchers tracked down as many of the same participants as they could, and asked them to perform this smell test a second time. During the five-year gap between the two tests, 430 of the original participants (or 12.5% of the total number) had died. Of these, 39% who had failed the first smell test died before the second test, compared to 19% of those who had moderate smell loss on the first test, and just 10% of those with a healthy sense of smell. Despite taking issues such as age, nutrition, smoking habits, poverty and overall health into account, researchers found those with the poorest sense of smell were still at greatest risk.

The researchers stress that it is unlikely to be a cause of death itself, arguing only that it is a harbinger for what is to come. The tip of the olfactory nerve, which contains the smell receptors, is the only part of the human nervous system that is continuously regenerated by stem cells. The production of new smell cells declines with age, and this is associated with a gradual reduction in our ability to detect and discriminate odours. Loss of smell may indicate that the body is entering a state of disrepair, and is no longer capable of repairing itself.

Submission + - Reddit Forces Remote Workers To Live In San Francisco Or Lose Job (venturebeat.com)

Kethinov writes: Having just raised $50 million, reddit suddenly decided to force all its remote workers to move to San Francisco. From the article: "Company CEO Yishan Wong took to Twitter to confirm the new employee policy, which he said was unrelated to the new investment. 'Intention is to get whole team under one roof for optimal teamwork. Our goal is to retain 100 percent of the team,' he said." The decision was not well received by everyone, with some suggesting that perhaps Yishan should get with the 21st century instead.

Submission + - FDA issues Guidance on Cybersecurity of Medical Devices (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: The Security Ledger reports (https://securityledger.com/2014/10/fda-issues-guidance-on-security-of-medical-devices) that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final guidance on Wednesday that calls on medical device manufacturers to consider cyber security risks as part of the design and development of devices.(http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm416809.htm)
The document, “Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices,” (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/UCM356190.pdf) asks device makers seeking FDA approval of medical devices to disclose any “risks identified and controls in place to mitigate those risks” in medical devices. The guidance also recommends that manufacturers submit documentation of plans for patching and updating the operating systems and medical software that devices run.

While the guidance does not have the force of a mandate, it does put medical device makers on notice that FDA approval of their device will hinge on a consideration of cyber risks alongside other kinds of issues that may affect the functioning of the device. Among other things, medical device makers are asked to avoid worst-practices like 'hardcoded' passwords and use strong (multi-factor) authentication to restrict access to devices. Device makers are also urged to restrict software and firmware updates to authenticated (signed) code and to secure inbound and outbound communications and data transfers.

Comment Does shower mean soap? (Score 3, Insightful) 250

I ask myself if the showers that kill the flora is just water or use soap.
Shampoo is something I long ago stopped using and after a short period I stopped producing excessive amounts of oil. The only times I have to shampoo is when because of a skin condition.

Using soap in general isn't something I feel is needed since a regular rinsing leaves me non smelly.

Question is if I am actually breeding these little microbes and my lack of soaping is why I don't smell or if it's simply because I'm not a smelly person as some of my friends and family asserts?

Comment Where are the bigger electric cars. (Score 2) 359

I can't see how this will work when not a single electric car is aimed at families.
Living in London I am repeatedly told I should be driving a "green" car instead of my big Renault Espace diesel. The complaint I normally get is that diesel is dirty but as far as I can find while that is true for old diesels without modern filters (+10 years old) it isn't the case with the modern diesels.
Also I almost never drive anywhere with less than 6 people in the car and walk whenever the distance is within a mile and there is nothing bulky to transport.

I have done extensive research into available electric cars but they simply aren't big enough to fit more than 3 children or 4 in a pinch when they have grown out of the legally mandated child seats.

Until we see 6 and 7 seater electrics I don't see it as being anything other than a DINK statement to show off the "green credentials".

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Piratebay found somewhat guilty

yendor writes: As reported in all major Swedish newspapers today. The people behind piratebay has been found guilty of filesharing. All four have been sentenced to one year in prison. The damages have been set to the record ammount of 30 Million SEK to be divided fairly almong the 4 defendants. There is no doubt to anyone that this will be appealed. Most experts expect this to be going thru appeals for several years more. " It has been made possible for computerusers on the Piratebay site to partake in copyrighted material. For this purpose the defendants have made crime possible by developing search functionality" said the spokesperson for the courts Tomas Norström on the press gathering that is ongoing in the Stockholm courts More details are coming and the piratebay will be holding a press conference at 15.00 CET http://thepiratebay.org/blog/150

Comment Re:Receptionist (Score 1) 432

The Electrically sensitive people have been known to suffer for persecution from people who have the audacity to expect them to have consistent symptoms along with some verifiable reactions to fields.
Mostly the poor persecuted sufferers have been able to sense fields with less than 50% accuracy, less than the test group that simply guessed.

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