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28 May 14:00

New Nessus Targeted Email Notifications and Monitoring

by Paul Asadoorian

When scans are complete, Nessus can now send an email with scan results and remediation recommendations to the recipients of your choice. This can be done for individual scans or set up in conjunction with scan scheduling to monitor the discovery of critical vulnerabilities or other conditions and automatically deliver the findings to the appropriate people.

15 May 17:25

Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcut + Cheatsheet Download

by Kim


chrome-keyboard-shortcut-thumbIf you’re a regular Chrome user, chances are you know your way around the program by using your keyboard. By now, you might hit “Ctrl + N” to open a new window or Ctrl+T to open a new tab, but there are dozens of other helpful keyboard shortcuts for Chrome that you might not know about.

For instance, holding down “Ctrl + Shift + T” (Windows and Linux) reopens the last tab you closed. Holding down Shift and then clicking on a link opens the link in the new window, while “Ctrl + Shift + link” opens it in a new tab.

Here are more navigation keyboard shortcuts for Chrome:

Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + PgDown Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + PgDown Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + PgDown Goes to the next tab. If there's no tab, then it goes to the first tab from the left of the browser.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab, Ctrl + PgUp Ctrl + Shift + Tab, Ctrl + PgUp Ctrl + Shift + Tab, Ctrl + PgUp Goes to the previous tab
Ctrl + W, Ctrl + F4 Ctrl + W, Ctrl + F4 ⌘ + W This closes the current tab or pop up window
Press Backspace, or Alt and the left arrow together. Press Alt and the left arrow together. ⌘ + [ Goes to the tab's previous page in browsing history
Press Shift + Backspace, or Alt and the right arrow together. Press Alt and the right arrow together. Press Shift-Delete or ⌘ + ] Goes to the tab's next page in browsing history
Alt + F Alt + F N.A. opens the Chome or Tools menu, where most Chrome settings can be accessed and changed.
Ctrl + H Ctrl + H ⌘ + Y Opens the History page
Ctrl + J Ctrl + J ⌘ + Shift + J Opens the Downloads page
Ctrl + Shift + B Ctrl + Shift + B ⌘ + Shift + B Shows/hides the bookmark bar
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Ctrl + Shift + Delete ⌘ + Shift + Delete Opens the page for Clear Browsing Data
When browsing web pages, you can also do a lot with keyboard shortcuts. Below are some examples:
Ctrl + L or Alt + D Ctrl + L ⌘ + L Highlights the URL in the address bar
Ctrl + D Ctrl + D ⌘ + D Saves the current page as a bookmark
Ctrl + Shift + D Ctrl + Shift + D ⌘ + Shift + D Saves all open pages in a new bookmark folder
Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter. Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter. Type a URL, then press ⌘ + Enter. Opens a URL in a new tab in the background
If you have a Mac, there are certain shortcuts that are specific to the device. Here are some of them:
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + Shift + I Emails your current page.
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + , Opens Preferences from the Chrome menu
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + Option + J Opens the JavaScript Console.
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + : Opens the Spelling and Grammar dialog.
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + ; Checks your current page for spelling and grammar
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + Shift + Z Repeats your last action.
N.A. N.A. ⌘ + Z Reverts your last action.

It takes a bit of practice (and this cheatsheet) to master these shortcuts, but it’s well worth it. Soon, you’ll find that you don’t always have to rely too much on your mouse. Doing stuff within Chrome by using only your keyboard is possible, and hopefully this article gives you a head start.

Download Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

Can’t get enough of this? We have prepared a downloadable cheat sheet for you so you can access to it when you need it.

Download it here.

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07 May 04:58

Meet Charles Ramsay, Internet Hero and Gentleman

by Xeni Jardin
Charles Ramsey rescued three women in Cleveland Ohio today—women who had been missing for more than a decade. The interview he gave to local news after the rescue is a thing of beauty. Beauty and lulz. I predict he'll be auto-tuned and immortalized as a meme shortly. (via guyism)

24 Apr 14:03

Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas

by Riva Greenberg

I considered titling this “Anna Floreen Was Diabetes-Free for 5 Days,” because she was and now she’s not. And I’m curious what that transition has been like — picking up your chronic illness again after you dropped it from your shoulders and walked off into the sunshine, so to speak.

April 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, days I’m sure Anna Floreen will never forget, she was effectively “cured” of her Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Anna participated in the Massachusetts General Hospital Beacon-Hill study.

She was among approximately 30 T1D patients testing the performance of the “bionic pancreas” outside the hospital. She was, however, hooked up to an IV monitor overnight, restricted to a three-mile radius and had a nurse by her side at all times.

2013-04-18-ScreenShot20130418at1.42.50PM.pngAnna Floreen wearing the bionic pancreas

Anna’s had type 1 diabetes for 24 years, since she was 6 years old. Yet that early week in April, she didn’t. She didn’t have to figure out how many carbohydrates were in every morsel of food she ate and how much insulin she needed to take to cover it.

She didn’t have to guess if her workout at the gym or her walk to work would cause her blood sugar to go too low, and then wonder whether or not to go or prepare for possible low blood sugar.

She didn’t have to poke her finger 10 times a day to see her blood sugar number. That’s 50 pricks she didn’t have to feel. Or worry as she fell asleep that she might get a severe low blood sugar during the night and not wake up.

That is what makes T1D so relentless and dangerous. Throughout the day, every day, one has to think and act like a normal functioning pancreas, the organ that controls blood sugar. That is also what makes this study exciting and hopeful.

The Bionic Pancreas

The bionic pancreas consists of three pieces of hardware. There’s an iPhone with an app that contains the system’s control software and algorithm and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

The CGM’s sensor/transmitter, worn under the skin, streams glucose (blood sugar) data to two connected infusion pumps. One delivers insulin to lower blood sugar and one delivers glucagon to raise it. Based on glucose levels transmitted every five minutes from the CGM, the app determines and dispatches how much insulin or glucagon should be delivered to maintain ideal blood sugar levels.

If Anna’s blood sugar began to veer toward hypoglycemia (blood sugar below 70 mg/dl (3.8 mmol/l) — the dreaded side effect of insulin that can cause coma and even death — the pump containing glucagon released some to raise Anna’s blood sugar. If Anna’s blood sugar began rising too high, the insulin pump sent a precise amount of insulin into Anna’s blood stream to curb the rise and bring it back down into the normal range between 80 mg/dl (4.4 mmol/l) and 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/l).

The bionic pancreas and its algorithm are the genius of biomedical engineer Edward Damiano. Damiano is also the father of David, who got Type 1 diabetes at 11 months. That’s when he began working on an automated “closed loop” system that would regulate blood sugar and relieve patients of the daily decisions and actions they must now perform.


Anna’s Experience

Anna blogged each of the five days she wore the bionic pancreas sharing her experience with the thousands of visitors to the Type 1 diabetes online community, Glu. Anna works as Glu’s Community Outreach Manager, and I recommend you read her posts. You will see how far technology has taken us.

I interviewed Anna five days after her trial participation wanting to know a bit more about the emotions she’d expressed, and also what it is like to suddenly be disease-free and then ill again.

Anna wrote in her first post, “The best part so far has been the lack of worry, emotional guilt, and shame that accompany all of us too often when it comes to decision-making between me and my ‘external organ’ pump that I’ve had a solid relationship with for over a decade.”

Anna told me over the phone, “The 24/7 of diabetes eats away at your mental aptitude and spirit. I would wear 10 sites on my body if it meant I didn’t have to deal with the constant thinking, and the embarrassment, shame and guilt that accompanies diabetes each day. I stare at my CGM and base my self-worth on a trending number graph! How crappy is that, and people don’t get it.”

“During the trial I felt so free. My brain was free of decision-making and dreading the consequences of my decisions. No more thinking should I have taken the subway instead of walking to prevent that low? Should I not have had that extra chocolate kiss at the holiday party? The lack of worry was amazing.”

What most people don’t know about T1D is the emotional stress of all day trying to keep your blood sugar within a narrow, prescribed, acceptable band. Anna tells people it’s like stepping on a scale 24 hours a day. The moment before you do, you feel the shame and guilt of maybe discovering you gained weight. She said many people with Type 1 diabetes feel that 24 hours a day.

As for what it’s like to lay down your disease and pick it up again ,Anna indeed went through bionic pancreas withdrawal.

“For days I was angry at diabetes again,” Anna said. “I thought I would be much more motivated to take care of my diabetes, knowing the potential for it to be in phenomenal control. But it was like I was diagnosed all over again. I didn’t want to do anything.”

“During the trial everything was done for me,” said Anna. “So much so even the nurse asked me, ‘Do you want to prick your finger or do you want me to do it for you?’ You do it, I said. Imagine having someone prick your finger being a treat!”

The outpouring of support from the online diabetes community, having so many families and friends thank Anna for what she did and knowing she’s provided important data from the trial motivated Anna to take care of her diabetes again.

She’s also inspired by having experienced something she never thought she would, the day she didn’t have to worry about her diabetes. She hopes the trial inspires others to trust that research and technology arebringing us closer to a cure.


Defining the Cure

One of the last things Anna shared both surprised and didn’t surprise me. “I feel like I’ll always have diabetes even if there is a cure,” Anna said. “Just like during the first meal of the trial when I reached down to grab my pump and then realized it wasn’t there. Diabetes has been my life. My mindset, that diabetes perspective whatever it is, will never go away. Even if there is a cure, I don’t think I will ever feel mentally cured.”

Having lived with T1D for 41 years I feel the same. I also feel the same as Anna that I’ll be happy to give up the rest. The constant carbohydrate and insulin calculations, the running tape of what’s my blood sugar now, and questioning is it safe to simply go take a walk? 

It’s a brave thing Anna did. That everyone who participates in a clinical trial does. Not just risking that the device you’re testing may fail, but that it will succeed. That you will know freedom and then have to give it back.

Would you give up your diabetes, cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis only to have it back again after being free?

Damiano’s hope is that the bionic pancreas will be perfected and available by 2017, the year his son will be entering college. I’m sure there are about 3 million people who are now hoping right along with him.


Next Steps

Extensive testing of the bionic pancreas’ software-controlled system has already been done on diabetic pigs and in three successful in-hospital studies of adults and adolescents over the past 4.5 years.

The Food and Drug Administration has given Damiano and his research associates the green light to carry out the first of three longer-duration outpatient studies over the next 18 months. Participants will have less nursing supervision and greater freedom of movement.

Originally published in The Huffington Post.

The post Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas appeared first on A Sweet Life.

18 Apr 05:41

Phaistos Disc in Heraklion, Greece

Since its discovery in 1908, the Phaistos Disc has baffled experts worldwide. Though many have attempted to decipher the enigmatic code of the 241 hieroglyphic symbols comprising 45 signs , the meaning, age, and place of origin of this artifact remain a mystery.

This double-sided clay disc, roughly 10.5 centimeters in diameter and characterized by the the spiral pattern of of the symbols imprinted on its surface, was discovered by Italian archeologist Luigi Pernier during an excavation of Phaistos, the site of a Minoan palace in Crete. While the disc is named for the place it was discovered, the absence of similar artifacts in the region suggests the site is not the disc's original place of origin. Attempts to determine its place of origin, however, have proved inconclusive. Equally inconclusive are the attempts to decode the disc's meaning, and though experts and amateurs alike will no doubt continue to try, it is unlikely that a definitive interpretation will arise without similar objects to compare it to. Estimates of the disc's age have dated it anywhere from 1400 BC to 1850 BC.

The most compelling argument is that the disc was an early system of the use of movable type, as it seems to have been printed with a series of stamps, which could have been used to produce multiple copies of the same text. If this is correct it would make the Phaistos Disc the earliest example of movable type yet found. 

Predictably, skeptics have suggested that the Phaistos Disc is a forgery and a hoax, but most experts have found little reason to doubt its authenticity. You can find the Phaistos Disc on display at the Heraklion Archological Museum in Crete.

19 Apr 17:26

World's Strangest Flowers

by David Pescovitz

AKA Dorme Dorme. One of my past times when I was a kid.

Sierra magazine selected "7 of the World's Strangest Flowers." Above is video of the Touch-Me-Not, native to Central and South America but now growing many other places:

You might easily overlook this herb, with its dainty pink flowers and delicate, fern-like leaves. The mimosa pudica doesn’t just look demure, though. Barely touching its leaves causes them to fold inward and droop downward—hence the flower’s species name, pudica, Latin for “shy, bashful, or shrinking,” as well as its nicknames, “touch-me-not” and “shy plant.” The leaves usually reopen in a few minutes. Other stimuli, including warming and shaking the plant, produce the same phenomenon. The leaves fold and wilt in the evening, too, but they stay that way until sunrise…
"7 of the World's Strangest Flowers" (Thanks, Orli Cotel!)

18 Apr 06:02

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Captured in Viral Video

by Anita Li
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Warning: The content of this video is graphic in nature. Please watch at your discretion.

An explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant Wednesday night has reportedly left 60 to 70 people dead and hundreds injured, according to A viral video capturing the blast, above, has been circulating online. It is unclear whether the YouTube user who uploaded the video is the same person who filmed it

The disturbing footage shows the West Fertilizer plant in the town of West, 20 miles outside Waco, Texas, engulfed in flames. An unidentified man whose face is obscured by a camera, sits in his car (along with another person who self-identifies as his child), while filming the scene. Halfway through the 30-second video, the plant explodes, appearing to impact the vehicle Read more...

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15 Apr 15:07

1993 Vs. 2013

by Kaly

1993 Vs. 2013 (image : tech2)

10 Apr 21:20

Commissioners delay vote on Wesley Chapel park expansion

20 Mar 10:25

Implant could send smartphone alerts hours before a heart attack

by Matt Brian

A team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a tiny implant that is capable of detecting subtle changes in the blood, opening the door to the early detection of heart attacks and detailled monitoring of chronic illnesses. PhysOrg reports that the implant — which measures about 14mm and houses five sensors, a radio transmitter and a power delivery system — is able to monitor various substances in the body, including lactate, glucose and ATP, outputting important data to a mobile device.

Continue reading…

16 Mar 15:27

AC vs DC Human Pain Test

by René

Youtube Direktelectro, via Hackaday

Mehdi Sadaghdar is at it again.