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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

https://www.wired.com/story/malware-dna-hack

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In new research they plan to present at the USENIX Security conference on Thursday, a group of researchers from the University of Washington has shown for the first time that itís possible to encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA, so that when a gene sequencer analyzes it the resulting data becomes a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Now all we need is a way to harmlessly encode data into human tissue at will. Although a Godellian statement for one computer program won't work on others, so there's no way to render DNA truly unreadable.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

http://gizmodo.com/the-pirate-bay-added-a-cpu-hijacking-bitcoin-miner-to-s-1818488143

I actually think this is a pretty good idea. Pirate Bay may have finally solved the "how to monetize your website aside from using ads" question.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

This has some pretty heavy political ramifications, but the news itself isn't directly political:


https://apnews.com/697536f065e6470eaa5ccfc35061e7ce

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/brain-injuries-hearing-loss-attacks-on-diplomats-in-cuba-baffle-scientists/
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RobbyPants
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Josh_Kablack wrote:
This has some pretty heavy political ramifications, but the news itself isn't directly political:


https://apnews.com/697536f065e6470eaa5ccfc35061e7ce

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/brain-injuries-hearing-loss-attacks-on-diplomats-in-cuba-baffle-scientists/

It might have just gotten political. The US might pull out of Cuba and roll back recent diplomatic developments.
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Ancient History
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

https://www.thecut.com/2017/09/brownie-recipe-comment-stolen-husband-sydne-newberry.html
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Kevin Spacey has been accused of trying to have a relationship with a 14-year-old in 1986, when he would have been 26. Spacey apologized, claiming to have been drunk and remembered nothing of the encounter. He also came out, for the first time.

That first part sucks, and I have no idea how it will develop from here. If it weren't for that, finding out he's gay would have been nice in the sense of "Huh, I never knew that, and it never mattered."
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

There is more Spacey shit being reported as well,
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41829484

and unfortunately I've already had people rage about "See, this just proves 'the gays' are just sexual predators! They train themselves on boys and work their way up."

I tried to point out that it implies that straight men 'start on' young girls and 'work their way up'*, but somehow they didn't see the parallel.

*though honestly the 'work their way up' makes no sense to me. Someone who likes young boys/girls isn't actually likely to like older men/women.

But this is unfortunately (but sadly not surprisingly) being used to conflate gay=pedophile.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2017/11/indiana-jones-economist.html
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