Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Having started 4chan when he was 15, Christopher Poole, better known as "moot", is indirectly responsible for almost every meme you've ever seen. The group "Anonymous" originated on 4chan and has since engaged in a number of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Thanks to users gaming the system, moot was famously voted the world's most influential person of 2008 in an open internet poll conducted by Time magazine. He is an advocate of online anonymity and speaks on the importance of privacy online to foster creativity and open discussion. moot has agreed to answer your questions about 4chan, social media, and privacy. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Having started 4chan when he was 15, Christopher Poole, better known as "moot", is indirectly responsible for almost every meme you've ever seen. The group "Anonymous" originated on 4chan and has since engaged in a number of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Thanks to users gaming the system, moot was famously voted the world's most influential person of 2008 in an open internet poll conducted by Time magazine. He is an advocate of online anonymity and speaks on the importance of privacy online to foster creativity and open discussion. moot has agreed to answer your questions about 4chan, social media, and privacy. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: Science

Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Having started 4chan when he was 15, Christopher Poole, better known as "moot", is indirectly responsible for almost every meme you've ever seen. The group "Anonymous" originated on 4chan and has since engaged in a number of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Thanks to users gaming the system, moot was famously voted the world's most influential person of 2008 in an open internet poll conducted by Time magazine. He is an advocate of online anonymity and speaks on the importance of privacy online to foster creativity and open discussion. moot has agreed to answer your questions about 4chan, social media, and privacy. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Understanding, improving body's fight against pathogens

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:50pm
The crucial role of two signalling molecules, DOK3 and SHP1, in the development and production of plasma cells has been uncovered by researchers. These discoveries advance the understanding of plasma cells and the antibody response, and may lead to optimization of vaccine development and improved treatment for patients with autoimmune diseases such as lupus and tumors such as multiple myeloma.
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Benefits for babies exposed to two languages found in Singaporean birth cohort study

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:50pm
There are advantages associated with exposure to two languages in infancy, as team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found. The findings reveal a generalized cognitive advantage that emerges early in bilingual infants, and is not specific to a particular language.
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Spinach extract decreases cravings, aids weight loss

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:49pm
A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95 percent -- and increases weight loss with 43 percent, research concludes.
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Computer simulations visualize ion flux

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:49pm
Pharmacologists have investigated how ion flux through a voltage gated sodium ion channel works in detail. Since this process is incredibly fast -- up to 100 million ions per seconds -- computer simulations were performed to visualize sodium flux 'in slow motion.'
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Bar code devised for bacteria that causes tuberculosis

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:49pm
Doctors and researchers will be able to easily identify different types of tuberculosis (TB) thanks to a new genetic barcode devised by scientists. To help identify the different origins and map how tuberculosis moves around the world, spreading from person to person through the air, the research team studied over 90,000 genetic mutations.
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Could poor stomach absorption of drugs reduce autism medications' effectiveness?

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:47pm
Many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms, research shows, and such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications. "There are a number of variables that can influence medication response but given how common gastrointestinal issues are for those with autism, it seems the relationship should be examined more closely," said the senior author.
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Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:47pm
The foundation of the human population explosion, commonly attributed to a sudden surge in industrialization and public health during the 18th and 19th centuries, was actually laid as far back as 2,000 years ago, suggests an extended model of detailed demographic and archeological data.
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New name for symptoms associated with menopause

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:47pm
Experts who reviewed the terminology associated with genitourinary tract symptoms related to menopause -- currently referred to as vulvovaginal atrophy -- have agreed that the term genitourinary syndrome of menopause is a medically more accurate, all-encompassing, and a more publicly acceptable term.
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Magnetic substorms may sometimes be driven by different process than generally thought

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:47pm
Magnetic substorms, the disruptions in geomagnetic activity that cause brightening of aurora, may sometimes be driven by a different process than generally thought, a new study shows.
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Aging gracefully: Diving seabirds shed light on declines with age

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:47pm
Scientists who studied long-lived diving birds, which represent valuable models to examine aging in the wild, found that blood oxygen stores, resting metabolism and thyroid hormone levels all declined with age, although diving performance did not. Apparently, physiological changes do occur with age in long-lived species, but they may have no detectable effect on behavioral performance.
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Over-the-counter pain reliever may restore immune function in old age

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:47pm
New research involving mice suggests that the key to more youthful immune function might already be in your medicine cabinet. Scientists have shown that macrophages from the lungs of old mice had different responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis than macrophages from young mice, but these changes were reversed by ibuprofen.
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Clean air halves health costs in Chinese city

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:46pm
Air pollution regulations over the last decade in Taiyuan, China, have substantially improved the health of people living there, accounting for a greater than 50 percent reduction in costs associated with loss of life and disability between 2001 and 2010, according to researchers in the United States and China.
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Rediscovering mundane moments brings us unexpected pleasure

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:46pm
We like to document the exciting and momentous occasions in our lives, but new research suggests there is value in capturing our more mundane, everyday experiences, which can bring us unexpected joy in the future.
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Hidden infection route of major bacterial pathogen uncovered

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:46pm
The pattern of infection of the bacterium responsible for causing severe lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis has been uncovered by scientists. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is usually harmless to humans, but in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) or who have weakened immune systems -- such as those who have had an operation or treatment for cancer -- it can cause infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
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Sweden: More than one third of booked operations are re-booked

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:44pm
More than one third of all planned orthopaedic surgery procedures are re-booked, postponed or cancelled completely. The most common reasons are cancellation at the patient’s own request or emergency cases having to be prioritized.
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Protein may provide key to arresting development of diabetes

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:44pm
The STK25 protein contributes to cell growth. Now researchers have discovered that the protein also affects metabolism, demonstrating that elevated levels accelerate the progress of diabetes in mice.
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Many nurses unprepared to meet dying patients, study suggests

Science Daily - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:44pm
Most nurses in their work care for patients who are dying. A study of more than 200 students has shown that many nurses in training feel unprepared and anxious when faced with the prospect of meeting patients during end-of-life care.
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