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Right now many people are shocked because a healthy young giraffe was killed last Sunday in Copenhagen Zoo. The truth is that there is no difference between those who saw it necessary to kill Marius the giraffe and the rest of us who see it as a necessity every time we sit at the dinner table and eat dead animal bodies. Have we already forgotten about the dolphin slaughter in Japan a few weeks ago? We then pointed our fingers at the Japanese as we now do at the Danes.

Pigs, cows, fish, and birds are just like dolphins, giraffes and other animals: sentient and subjectively conscious beings. The animals we eat every day are exposed to the same suffering and death as Marius the giraffe, and in our capacity as consumers of animal products and animal entertainment (zoo) we are the ones who finance it. Why do we react differently to the death of a giraffe or a dolphin than we do to the death of the other animals whom we have no problem putting on your plates?

There is nothing exotic in exploitation and death. Do we want to take all animal interests seriously? Then there is only one choice. Go vegan.
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You're right, everyone should be vegan.
I am, since my birth... It helps a lot, because I don't know how meat tastes... So I don't want to eat it again... :)
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Phillip denies reality through lies and misrepresentation.
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Uninstall Skype click to call chrome extention

I became annoyed with Skype’s click to call Chrome extension lately, not only because I never use it, but it feels very intrusive most times. The Skype Click and Call function highlights phone and contact numbers on webpages and emails, and a Skype call can be initiated by clicking the highlighted number. The situation got unbearable after a Skype upgrade, when Chrome started to freeze occasionally, obviously, the immediate suspect was Skype’s click to call function.

Read more:  http://www.techmount.com/index.php/20131014/uninstall-skype-click-to-call-chrome-extention/
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Space Pens vs. Pencils

Via +I fucking love science over on another platform.

Things are very rarely as simple as they seem... it's easy to mock when you don't know the context.
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Chrome Bugs Allow Sites to Listen to Your Private Conversations

By exploiting bugs in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your microphone, and listen in on anything said around your computer, even after you've left those sites.

Even while not using your computer - conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised.

Source: http://talater.com/chrome-is-listening/
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I'm amazed by all of you who passed the 30k mark so soon. I'm barely scratching the 15k and that's with great effort. 
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+Sean O'Leary My daughter (6½ yo) knows there is no tooth fairy, but she loves to keep the story going. I'd like to believe most children are the same.
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iPhone fingerprint scanner hacked again

A German security firm SRL claims a vulnerability in Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner and iCloud allows a hacker to access a locked device and potentially gain control over an owner’s Apple ID.

SRL points out that Airplane mode can be enabled on a stolen phone from the lockscreen, which turns off wireless connectivity and so defeats the remote wipe facility.

This can be accessed without requiring a passcode, could be a major vulnerability when it comes to physically stolen devices.

Read more: thehackernews.com/2013/10/iphone-fingerprint-scanner-hacked-again.html
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Connections between personality types and phishing

Phishing scams are some of the most effective online swindles, hooking both savvy and naive computer users.

New insights from researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) point to two factors that may boost the likelihood that a computer user will fall prey: being female and having a neurotic personality.

In a preliminary study, the researchers sampled 100 students from an undergraduate psychology class, most of whom were science or engineering majors. Participants completed a questionnaire about their online habits and beliefs, including details about the type and volume of information they share on Facebook.

They were also asked to rate the likelihood of negative things happening to them personally online, such as having an Internet password stolen. Finally, participants answered the short version of a widely used multidimensional personality assessment survey.

Shortly thereafter, the researchers used the email provided by participants to execute a real-life phishing scam, attempting to lure the students to click a link to enter a prize raffle and to fill out an entry form containing personal information. Like many phishing scams, the "from" field in the email did not match the actual address, and the email contained spelling and grammatical errors.

"We were surprised to see that 17 percent of our targets were successfully phished-and this was a group with considerable computer knowledge," Lewis said.

The majority of those who fell for the scam were women, and those women who were categorized as "neurotic" according to the personality assessment were likeliest to fall for the phishing scam. Neurotic personalities are characterized by irrational thoughts and a tendency toward negative feelings like guilt, sadness, anger, and fear.

There was no correlation between men's personality types and their vulnerability to phishing.

"These results tell us that personality characteristics may exert considerable influence when it comes to choices about online behavior, and that they may even override awareness of online threats," Lewis explained.

The team found no correlation between participants' level of knowledge of computer security and their likelihood of being phished.

The researchers also examined the connections between the amount of personal information participants admitted to sharing on Facebook and personality traits. Those categorized as having "open" personalities tended to share the most information on Facebook, and to have the least restrictive privacy settings on the social networking site, thus increasing their vulnerability to privacy leaks.

"In the moment, it appears that computer users may be more focused on the possibility of winning a prize or the perceived benefits of sharing information on Facebook, and that these gains distract from potentially damaging outcomes," Lewis said.

The researchers also uncovered an inverse relationship between those with "openness" and "extroversion" as personality traits and the likelihood of their being phished or sharing copious information on Facebook. Among the cohort studied were 12 people without Facebook accounts. All were men, none fell prey to the phishing scheme, and all were least likely to be characterized as "open" or "extroverted."

While the researchers emphasized that their study sample was small and further investigation is needed, they believe that insights into how personality traits impact decision-making online may aid in the design of more effective computer interfaces, as well as security training and education. As this experiment tested a single type of scam-prize phishing-future work may explore whether other personality types prove vulnerable to different types of scams.

Source: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15693
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Complete utter techhead, writer and a whole lot of other things.

Free and critical thinker, secular humanist and  agnostic atheist. Love the way nature works, it's our habitat and what keeps us alive.

As a critical thinker, I like posts that make me reconsider my position on the world and the way  it works. More so, if they are engaging and encourage discussion.

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