Quantum computing: the majorana fermion could be the solution

Posted October 2, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: techs

Majorana fermion: the only particle in existence that can adopt both matter and antimatter characteristics simultaneously without annihilating itself in the process

Normally when particles of matter come into contact with their antimatter counterparts, the result is an intense explosion of energy

So, a particle that can take on matter and antimatter properties simultaneously would, one might think, be incredibly unstable

Quantum computers will transmit data through quantum bits, called qbits

qbits will take on a quantum state that allows them to be both a one and zero simultaneously

the Majorana fermion could be the solution
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The man’s credentials were used to order a heart procedure he had not undergone

Posted September 24, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: techs

the healthcare industry is becoming a much riper target because of the ability to sell large batches of personal data for profit

Hospitals have low security, so it’s relatively easy for these hackers to get a large amount of personal data for medical fraud.

The data for sale includes names, birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes and billing information

Fraudsters use this data to create fake IDs to buy medical equipment or drugs that can be resold, or they combine a patient number with a false provider number and file made-up claims with insurers

Stolen health credentials can go for $10 each, about 10 or 20 times the value of a U.S. credit card number

Consumers sometimes discover their credentials have been stolen only after fraudsters use their personal medical ID to impersonate them and obtain health services. When the unpaid bills are sent on to debt collectors, they track down the fraud victims and seek payment

one patient learned that his records at a major hospital chain were compromised after he started receiving bills related to a heart procedure he had not undergone. The man’s credentials were also used to buy a mobility scooter and several pieces of medical equipment, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in total fraud.

no return to baseline level of well-being for marriage or for layoffs in men

Posted September 23, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: behaviours

The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the supposed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness.
Hedonic adaptation is a process or mechanism that reduces the affective impact of emotional events.
The process of hedonic adaptation is often conceptualized as a treadmill, since one must continually work to maintain a certain level of happiness.

Desensitization decreases sensitivity in general, which reduces sensitivity to change
Sensitization is an increase of hedonic response from continuous exposure, such as the increased pleasure and selectivity of connoisseurs for wine, or food.

everyone returns to the same neutral set point after a significantly emotional life event.

individuals may have more than one happiness set point, such as a life satisfaction set point and a subjective well being set point, and that because of this, one’s level of happiness is not just one given set point but can vary within a given range.

happiness set point can be relatively stable throughout the course of an individual’s life, but the life satisfaction and subjective well being set points are more variable

50% of our happiness levels are determined by genetics

The concept of the happiness set point can be applied in clinical psychology to help patients return to their hedonic set point when negative events happen.

Because acts of kindness often promote long-term well-being, one treatment method is to provide patients with different altruistic activities that can help a person raise his or her hedonic set point

once people were released from prison, they were able to bounce back to their previous level of happiness

a negative life event can have a greater impact on a person’s psychological state and happiness set point than a positive event

people completely adapt, return to their baseline level of well-being, after divorce, losing a spouse, birth of a child, and females losing their job

no return to baseline level of well-being for marriage or for layoffs in men

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill

more than half of California’s wireless 911 calls are delivered without caller location information

Posted August 31, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: techs

“Call 911 from your wireless phone when you’re outdoors, and your location will likely be determined with relative accuracy. If you use that same smartphone indoors, however — particularly in a multi-story building — the accuracy of the call location drastically decreases”
“more and more people are ditching landlines”
“network technologies installed during the last few years made the problem worse (than before)”
“more than half of California’s wireless 911 calls are delivered without caller location information”
“accuracy of wireless calls to 911 decreased sharply between 2008 and 2013, particularly in densely populated areas”
“Existing GPS technology can be blocked or impeded by walls and ceilings when you’re indoors and by structures that block lines of sight to satellites when you’re outdoors”
“Modern GPS technology also does not indicate how far above the ground the phone is”

Source: http://www.cio.com/article/2599401/consumer-technology/mobile-phones-need-better-location-tech-for-emergencies.html

Machine learning and data science can make a complex device easier to use

Posted August 30, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: techs

“Up popped an alert when an employee installed Tor, software that enables online anonymity, which is sometimes used by cybercriminals to mask their whereabouts. Had the same user’s device made another suspicious move — like scanning the network for an administrator’s account and then trying to guess at her password by trying to log in multiple times — (this new security) tool would highlight the employee’s computer and inform a security officer that the employee was a threat with a high degree of certainty. Had the odd behavior stopped at Tor, it would have also been flagged, but not been perceived as an immediate threat”
“a security solution (must) provide enough credible intelligence to investigate thoroughly, so we’re not bogged down with false positives and unnecessary work”
“(this new security) tool uses machine learning and data science to listen, think and anticipate an attacker’s next move. It learns the typical traffic patterns and behaviors on a network, then remembers and correlates any abnormal behavior it has seen over days, weeks or months.”
“An employee who inadvertently clicked on an ad and installed tracking software would be flagged as a low priority and remediation issue, whereas an infected device that was being used to pull data out of the network would pop up as a high-threat priority.”
“If a complex device like the iPhone can be made easier to use, why can’t you extend that to a security product?”

Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/30/getting-a-clear-picture-of-a-computer-networks-security

provocation, dramatization, aesthetic Vs Pornography

Posted August 13, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: artists

we immediately see the difference (between the photographic work of Mapplethorpe) and genuine pornography. Pornography is characterized by the lack of formatting; it is intended for sexual arousal. Contrarily, Mapplethorpe is aesthetic. Sexual arousal seems to be less his goal than, perhaps, provocation, and in any case, dramatization.

Source: http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-secret-professionnel-le-secret-professionnel-du-scandale-en-photographie-et-de-mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe - Thomas - 1987

(march 2014) the sudden disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing has only six days

Posted August 12, 2014 by polydorus
Categories: behaviours

This disappearance opens the door to the wildest speculation.

With its 239 occupants, which we are absolutely without any news, the loss of flight MH370 feeds indeed all the rumors and all the fantasies
… From the most sophisticated attempts to explain, that summarizes the magazine SLATE: kidnapping by North Korean; landing in a remote corner of Vietnam; suicide driver
… Until the craziest: the time warp theory.

According to NATURAL NEWS, there would be a teleport gate in heaven through which the plane would have flown and would have been accidentally teleported elsewhere.
This does not, however, prevent other fantasies as a possible testing of military weapons or ripples in space-time resembling those of the Bermuda Triangle.

Unless the unfortunate passengers have been collected by the people of Atlantis, questions the TIME in Switzerland.

And indeed, according to a shaman quoted by the Malaysian NEW STRAITS TIMES, the plane was actually hijacked by elves and is currently suspended in midair. This is basically the theory defended by a British secret society for which the Boeing has fallen into a black hole or in a parallel dimension and was currently flying to Long Island prehistoric times.

Source: http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-revue-de-presse-internationale-lost-ou-la-nouvelle-saison-des-disparus-2014-03-14