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Posted on April 2nd, 2011 at 19:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


The dire state of scientific knowledge in America, from an article by Mark Roth in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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  1. Forgive the stupidity of someone moderately scientifically literate, but how is it possible to think that tomatoes don’t have genes but genetically modified ones do? I mean, doesn’t the word “modified” imply that it was there before we tinkered with it?

    (and that’s without getting into the debate over whether genetically modified food is a good thing)

  2. What percentage of adults describe themselves as strongly religious? What percentage believe, literally, everything the bible says?

  3. When thinking about this, don’t forget about all of the examples of people rejecting science. You have that science teacher in Ohio who told his students that if they didn’t know the answer to a science question to look in the bible.

RSA: SecurID Attack Was Phishing Via an Excel Spreadsheet

Posted on April 2nd, 2011 at 14:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


The much-discussed attack on RSA, which the company revealed last month, resulted in the company warning customers that the security of their SecurID authentication tokens may be reduced. Speculation about the exact nature of the attack has been rampant in the security community ever since the disclosure, and RSA has been quite tight-lipped about the details of the incident.

But on Friday the company briefed analysts about the details of the attack and then published a series of explanatory blog posts that spilled some, but not all, of the specifics about the incident.

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