Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

… for a number of conditions including: erythema nodosum leprosum, multiple myeloma and a number of other cancers, for some symptoms of HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, sarcoidosis, graft-versus-host disease, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of skin conditions that have not responded to usual treatment.

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Invented-Here Syndrome

edA-qa writes: Are you afraid to write code? Does the thought linger in your brain that somewhere out there somebody has already done this? Do you find yourself trapped in an analysis cycle where nothing is getting done? Is your product mutating to accommodate third party components? If yes, then perhaps you are suffering from invented-here syndrome.

Most of use are aware of not-invented-here syndrome, but the opposite problem is perhaps equally troublesome. We can get stuck in the mindset that there must be a product, library, or code sample, that already does what we want. Instead of just writing the code we need a lot of effort is spent testing out modules and trying to accommodate our own code. At some point we need to just say, ‘stop!’, and write the code ourselves.

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Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

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Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

mpicpp writes In a reversal, Google says that porn will continue to be allowed on its Blogger site. Google said it has received a big backlash after deciding earlier in the week that bloggers will no longer be able to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity.” The ban was to have taken place on March 23.

Instead, Google said that the company would simply double down on its crackdown of bloggers who use their sites to sell porn.
In July, Google stopped porn from appearing in its online ads that appear on Blogger. And in 2013, Google decided to remove blogs from its Blogger network that contained advertisements for online porn sites. “We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities,” wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google’s social product support manager, in a post on Google product forums. “So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.

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Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook Press WA For $40M For New UW CS Building

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Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

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BlackPhone, In Wake of Gemalto Fallout, Receives $50 Million In Funding

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We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

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Fork me! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

Uber has subpoenaed GitHub to unmask netizens suspected of hacking its database of taxi drivers.

The ride-booking app maker is trying to force GitHub [PDF] to hand over the IP addresses of anyone who visited a particular gist post between March and September last year.

That gist is believed to have contained a login key used by a hacker to access an internal Uber database of 50,000 drivers. Github refused to hand over the information, leading to Friday’s subpoena filing.

Uber has also launched a John Doe lawsuit [PDF] in the district court of northern California against the mystery hacker. Uber and GitHub are both headquartered in San Francisco, California.

“On or around May 12, 2014, from an IP address not associated with an Uber employee and otherwise unknown to Uber, John Doe used the unique security key to download Uber database files containing confidential and proprietary information from Uber’s protected computers,” the lawsuit’s paperwork reads.

In a blog post on Friday, Uber admitted the database of driver names and license plates was accessed by the hacker way back in May, but the startup only noticed in September.

Uber’s security team knows the public IP address used by the database invader, and wants to link that number against the IP addresses and usernames of anyone who looked at the GitHub-hosted gist in question – ID 9556255 – which we note today no longer exists.

It’s possible the gist contained a leaked login key, or internal source code that contained a key that should not have been made public. We won’t speculate further.

Uber wants GitHub to provide…

all records, including but not limited to transactional or other logs, from March 14, 2014 to September 17, 2014, identifying the IP addresses or subscribers that viewed, accessed, or modified these posts and the date/time of access, viewing, or modification, as well as any records or metadata relating to the browser (i.e., logged HTTP headers, including cookies) or device that viewed, accessed, or modified the posts.

In other words, Uber hopes it will find an online breadcrumb trail from the gist to whoever hacked its systems. Quite why Uber has waited more than five months to subpoena GitHub is unclear, and the taxi-booking biz has refused to explain the delay.

In its statement, Uber’s Managing Counsel of Data Privacy Katherine Tassi said the breach covered “current and former Uber driver partner names and driver’s license numbers,” and is offering a year of credit monitoring for free to those whose details were leaked.

In keeping with its image as a gas tank of ethics running on empty, Uber does not provide an explanation for why it did not inform its drivers their details had been swiped until it decided to file a lawsuit five months later.

The post noted that the company had “not received any reports of actual misuse of information as a result of this incident.” ®

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? They want to replace me with a robot. This is an excellent idea. In a world of unlimited connected information, it’s about time that the middleman stopped getting in the way. Things happen, facts materialise, they end up online, then you read them. Simple, really. What’s a journalist for?

Even better, El Reg commentards will soon be able to click on a button on their machine to complain to another machine that they have wasted five minutes (or ten for the slow readers) of their lives reading a pointless weekend column written by another machine. The purity of the process is beautiful.

Let me introduce you to the new editorial board:

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In case you missed it, robot journalism caused a bit of a buzz last summer. You might be forgiven for thinking little in this field of automated writing has happened since. Unfortunately, the reason you’re thinking that is probably because the robots have already taken over and are hiding the facts from you. Watch your back! Watch the skies! Watch Apple Watch!

Seriously, the chances are that you are reading material authored by bots every day. The concept seems a bit unlikely at first but the principle is sound. Consider the example of strictly formatted, dependable, easily reportable data such as stock market figures. Websites and newspapers alike report them in the same way: “The FTSE 100 index fell by 2.2 points this morning. The public offering of Amalgamated Durables hit a peak of £2.79 at launch. A total of zero investment banking bastards were jailed for their offences today…” and so on.

Hell, you don’t even need a boffin to design a robot for this junk. The tea-boy could probably set it up in five minutes as a mail merge.

Now, take a slightly more involved example: sports reporting. If you are one of the it’s-just-some-people-running-around-a-field-kicking-a-ball brigade, may I suggest that a career in sports journalism is probably not for you. While football is exactly that – they are indeed running around a field kicking a ball – much of the way it is reported, and indeed discussed down in the pub by fans, revolves around statistics.

It’s not just a matter of which team won the game or even how many goals, but who scored those goals and at what times in the match? How many non-scoring attempts on goal were there, and how many were shots on target? Were there any penalties? Were there any own-goals? Which team enjoyed most possession (as a percentage), connected most passes, blocked most shots, or overturned most attacks? How does the result affect the league tables and the teams’ likely end-of-season standings? It just goes on and on.

All of this could be compiled and written up by a robot. Better still, the robot is less likely to use expressions such as “it’s a big ask”, drone out cliché after cliché like the Match of the Day dullards, make regular balls-ups like Chis Kamara or write utter fucking bollocks like Martin Samuel.

Of course, this raises questions about whether journalism is the same as the bland repetition of facts. It is fair to say that your average robot journalist is still some years away from risking its little robo-nuts to earn a Pulitzer prize for its investigations into child-trafficking in Western Africa. It is also true that robotic reports tend to make a very plain read – but then they tend to be about plain facts.

Take this headlines to a news story yesterday:

Apple Sends Out Invites For March 9 Event, Likely For Apple Watch [Tech Crunch]

This is a factual headline. Dull, sure, And Those Initial Capitals Are Annoying, but I’ve learnt exactly what the story’s about. Now consider the same story as covered by another site:

Nerdgasm as Apple announces ‘special event’ – ‘Spring Forward’ says invitation to March 9th indoctrination session [The Register]

Look, I’m not saying which is better in terms of impartial reporting, but it is clear that one of these two publications will suit robot journalism better than the other.

For me, though, the rise of the writing robots raises two rather different concerns. One is that robots effectively cut out the middleman between marketers and consumers, between spin-doctors and the public, and indeed between conmen and their victims.

Once, back in my computer magazine days, I was sub-editing a review of a blah software package whose product name and fortunes are as irrelevant as they were ultimately doomed to failure. I remember being struck by the oddly up-beat and overly favourable tone taken by the computer hack who had penned this atrocious write-up. Surely he understood that our house style was to be dour, sour and drunk?

So I decided to do what all sub-editors end up doing on a daily basis: rewrite the arse-wipe that bylined writers will ultimately get paid for. For background, I shouldered my way into the testing lab run by our sister title PC Magazine and stole their boxed copy of the software product in question. I had no intention of reviewing the package myself, mind: I simply wanted to check the system requirements and read the blurb that was printed on the back of the box.

Hmm, that blurb looks familiar. Where could I have seen it before?

As you have guessed, the software review turned out to be a word-for-word copy from the back of the box. Really, we ought to have seen this coming: the same writer had previously sent in a review of an OCR package, so he probably didn’t even need to retype the blurb by hand.

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