We're biological robots

The brain is where decisions are made, everything that makes up you is contained within it. Alterations to the brain such as damage to cells or changing the amount of chemicals can alter how you make decisions.

This video shows some practical experiments that show that you can alter how someone judges the actions of another.

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Open letter to RTE regarding transphobia in “The Center”

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Dear RTE,

As a person who was born and raised in Ireland, I’ve been watching your shows since I was a child. We all had to be really quiet when our parents put on the RTE news, when you told us what was happening in Ireland and internationally. You informed our world view and we really trusted in you. Things have changed a lot since then, I’m no longer a child and I had to go through something really difficult, something I didn’t want and my parents really didn’t want. I had to transition. We didn’t want this because we had been informed, not just by you, but by countless other forms of media that transwomen were ugly freaks. To us, a transwoman was like Frankenstein’s monster, hated by everyone no matter who she was inside.

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Things to do regarding authentication in web apps

As long as the only security you provide to reset my password is my email address stop sending me emails with links that don’t automatically log me in. Particularly when it comes to “click to unsubscribe” and “verify your email” links. They make me think your application is made by people who hate me.

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Creating software copy protection and hacking it

An important part of monetizing your work is creating a situation where people are willing to give you money.

One of the ways, in desktop software, to create that situation is to prevent your software from being used or used fully without giving you (enough) money.

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Why are there rich Christians?

I have no issue general issue with those who identify as Christians, there are many who have a rather compassionate outlook on life they claim is heavily influenced by their faith.

My attitude is: as long as you aren’t affecting any non consenting parties then it’s none of my business.

However I think it’s important to address dishonesty wherever it occurs. Including when religious people live their lives contrary to the what is stated in the book they claim to live their life by.

Jesus spoke countless times against the rich people of his day. He said that it would be more difficult a rich man to get into heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of an needle. He didn’t mean an actual needle, it was the name of a small gate into Jerusalem, the camels had to bend down to get through. The point is that the rich would have to lower themselves.

In my view, to be a true christian you have to lower yourself, and I don’t mean just physically once a week, I mean you can’t have more things than other people.

Jesus said how hard it is for a Rich man to enter heaven:

Mark 10

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Let’s look at it in context, why did he say that? What happened right before?

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How to improve your fellow humans

I have a way of improving people. If you want to improve people then you might find it useful. However you are going have to bear with me, because what I’m really saying is I believe I have a method of building successful mutually beneficial relationships with people that you would like to improve. So what I’m going to have to do first is convince you that building a relationship is necessary for effective improvement.

I’ll start by explaining the background to my thinking. I have a pattern of behaviour where I try to improve others. When I was a Christian I tried to convert people to Christianity, now that I no longer have supernatural beliefs I want to convert those with supernatural beliefs to a state of non-belief. I believe I do this so that I feel superior, so that I can validate and smooth rough edges from my own ways of thinking, and so that I don’t have to deal with the results of what are, from my point of view, bad ways of thinking.

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The Pomodoro Technique Part 1

For those of you who have me in your RSS, I’m sure your surprised to see my blog reappear. I’ve taken on a new challenge to start talking about any work I do, I hope it will enhance my career and encourage me to do more of it. The problem as per usual is that I don’t have the motivation to do much after work and the more I consider how to resolve such an issue the more I find myself becoming anxious. So in a new effort to combat that I’ve started trying the Pomodoro Technique.

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Motivation, projects and what the fuck is laziness

I have a technical book that will help me in my career sitting on my book shelf gathering dust. I was able to get through a similar book before, one chapter a day but for some reason I find this book far more intimidating.
I imagine that once I actually pick it up for the second time it will be a lot easier given I know more about the subject than I did when I first picked it up, but I’m lazy.

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Golden Dawn Representative attacks other MP

A spokesman and member of parliament for Golden Dawn, a far far right (neo nazi) party in Greece assaulted another member of parliament on national TV. I wonder if the kind of people who voted for this kind of person will change how they vote after seeing this. Perhaps it will simply effect who Golden Dawn can go into government with. A lot will depend on how the party leadership handle this incident. I expect they will attempt to down play it, make excuses and shift the blame, however anything less than a full apology and firing the spokesman would be disgusting even if unsurprising.

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Sean Sherlock wants the dogs called off?

Yesterday SOPA Ireland, a law the power for judges to force Internet Service Providers to block websites took effect. The law follows the example of many other countries who similarly block websites for various reasons including child porn, phishing and copyright infringement. Inevitably these black lists are kept secret and when they are leaked to the public they inevitably contain web sites with perceivable legitimate reason for being on the blacklist.

So while this is about copyright today, it reduces our internet freedom, future generations of Irish men and women will likely never come to expect the same freedom on the internet that we enjoy today.

Today Sean Sherlock, the minister responsible for it’s introduction called for those opposed to copyright law to call off the dogs. I’m opposed to copyright law and the most I’ve ever done in relation to Irish SOPA is go to a protest. Maybe he could clarify what he meant?

He mentioned that people shouldn’t refer to this as the Irish version of SOPA, I don’t understand his point of view, SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act, the Irish law is designed to stop online piracy by blocking websites, so is SOPA. What exactly makes these laws different except their wording?

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Improving SSL on IIS6

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IIS 6 by default uses MD5 hashing and low security encryption.
if you put the following into a reg file and run it it should remove some of the less secure cipher suites used by IIS.

Update 1 : Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948963 to enable AES 256 (requires restart)

Update 2: If you install the above update or turn on FIPs compliance in your local security policy this will make you vulnerable to the beast attack.

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