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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Canada moves to counter U.S. privacy threat

One of my clients recently asked me whether their data is at risk as I work for an American subsidiary of a Japanese company. I did not know how to answer. Any advice?

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Please wrap you car keys in tin foil

Slashdot has a this bit about the 30-bit crypto key in your hi-tech car key being cracked. Owners of car keys with RFIDs in them are advised to wrap them in tin foil when not using them - seriously.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Animal-Human Hybrids

Chinese scientists report having created living embryos based on rabbit eggs and human cells. The chimera lives!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Younger siblings protect against MS

This is an interesting study, Higher infant sibling exposure in the first six years of life was associated with a reduced risk of MS, possibly by altering childhood infection patterns and related immune responses.

And this effect was not minimal - meet this criterion and your risk is reduced by 90%.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Is caffeine good for you? What about kava?

I am always interested in reading new studies on my favorite addictive compound, caffeine. It was interesting to run into this piece regarding the monkey on Fiji's back, kava. There are a slew of organizations claiming the beneficial effects of kava springing up around the world (i.e. this address (PDF format) to the December 1, 2004 International Kava Conference held in Suva), while another camp touts its risks (i.e. the FDA). Is there anyone who has tried kava that would be willing to share their experience?

A guide to ripping and encoding music

I have always wondered how true audiophiles go about ripping CDs. Certainly they do not use Windows Media Player? This piece from ars technica answered all of my questions and pointed me to the tools to make really good mp3s.

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