Will you still trust DNA tests after this?


nytimes-31JPDNA-articleInlineKira Peikoff had her DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results
She set out to test the tests: Could three of them agree on me?

‘The answers were eye-opening — and I received them just as one of the companies, 23andMe, received a stern warning from the Food and Drug Administration over concerns about the accuracy of its product. At a time when the future of such companies hangs in the balance, their ability to deliver standardized results remains dubious, with far-reaching implications for consumers.

‘My experiment ran into hurdles from the start. After I ordered 23andMe’s saliva test kit, which for $99 promised a report on more than 240 health conditions and traits, it turned out that I could not legally send it in; the New York State Health Department forbids any labs that lack a state permit to accept specimens from a health-related test. Luckily, my in-laws mailed it from their home in New Jersey…’
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Why Using a Public Wi-Fi Network Can Be Dangerous
Even When Accessing Encrypted Websites
‘“Don’t do your online banking or anything sensitive on a public Wi-Fi network.” The advice is out there, but why can using a public Wi-Fi network actually be dangerous? And wouldn’t online banking be secure, as it’s encrypted?

‘There are a few big problems with using a public Wi-Fi network. The open nature of the network allows for snooping, the network could be full of compromised machines, or  — most worryingly — the hotspot itself could be malicious…’
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How to Live in your Truck (or mobile home)
‘Keep in mind that in order to survive and have a good quality of life, you’ll need a structure like this. The strong base allows for a healthy state of mind and affords one the wellness needed upon which to build and continue a humble life on the road.

‘The pyramid is interpreted like this: to maintain quality to one’s life, the bottom most layer must first be fulfilled. Only after that can the next layer really ever be finished, and so forth.

‘This Instructable gives an idea of how to fulfill the initial bottom layers.

‘A great book to have on your person is: How to Stay Alive In the Woods, by Bradford Angier.
Lots of basics of survival can be learned there, and it behooves one to always be prepared for the unexpected. I mention this book at this point because Mr Angier shows a multitude of ways to fulfill the aforementioned bottom tiers…’
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Do you agree?
The NSA’s Metadata Program Is Perfectly Constitutional
‘That case involved the placement of a GPS device on a car, and the justices worried that even though tailing a car does not violate the Fourth Amendment because the car operates in plain view, digital monitoring of the location of a car might give the government too much power over our lives.

‘However, until the Supreme Court overrules Smith v. Maryland, Judge Pauley has the better legal argument. Judge Leon correctly notes that the government can more easily learn information about you from third parties today than in the past. But it can’t learn much more about you using the metadata program than it could learn using the pen register in Smith. The difference between then and now lies in the number of people whose data can be searched at reasonable cost to the government, not the amount of information obtained about any individual…’
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