Daily Archives: February 20, 2017

How to Recover Files from an Inaccessible USB or Hard Drive

A corrupted or damaged hard drive can spell disaster for you and possibly for your whole company, especially if you are not in the habit of creating backup files. However, there is still hope for a corrupted or inaccessible USB or hard drive. You can either bring the device to a data recovery professional or perform a recovery procedure yourself. If you want to save money, it is advisable that you try to recover your files on your own. This tutorial will show you how to recover files from an inaccessible USB or hard drive.Two Types of Damaged DisksIt is important to note that there are two types of disk problems. The type of damage to your USB or hard disk will determine if you can recover files on your own or if you need the assistance of a data recovery expert.1. Hardware issues: Errors caused by hardware problems will require the help of a data recovery expert. When your computer does not detect your storage device, chances are that you have a hardware issue on your drive. Abnormal noises are indicators that there is something physically wrong with your hard drive or USB. If you notice that any physical part of the storage device is missing or has been removed, then you may have to bring your storage drive to a professional.2. Software issues: If your computer detects your storage device but will not allow you access to it or if you are prompted with error messages, then there is still hope that you can fix your storage device on your own. Errors on your drive may be caused by power outages, forced shutdowns, unsafe removal of storage devices, deteriorating storage sectors, or other software issues. Using data recovery software, there is a good chance that you will be able to recover a hard drive or USB with software issues.

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Burger King cook gets $46K for being sacked over fish sandwich 

A Canadian court has awarded a former Burger King cook $46,000 ($35,000 USD, £28,000) in damages after she was fired for taking home a fish sandwich, fries and beverage.Usha Ram says her manager gave her permission to take home the food.The 55-year-old immigrant from Fiji had worked at various Burger King locations around Vancouver for 24 years.Her boss, Janif Mohammed, fired her to warn other staff against theft.In her ruling, Justice Lisa Warren found that the employers acted in an “unreasonable, unfair and unduly insensitive manner” and should have considered that Ms Ram would have difficulty finding other employment because of her age, limited education and English skills.

Source: Burger King cook gets $46K for being sacked over fish sandwich – BBC News

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B vitamins found to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia patients taking high doses of B vitamins along with their standard treatment were found in a recent study to experience added improvements. Affecting one percent of the population, schizophrenia is a debilitating disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t. Treatment with antipsychotic drugs is typically effective in the short-term, but long-term outcomes are poor—80 percent of patients relapse within five years. A growing body of research is exploring ways to improve these outcomes, and nutritional supplements are one promising approach. But results in this area have been inconsistent, leading the authors of the review to examine outcomes across multiple studies.“Looking at all of the data from clinical trials of vitamin and mineral supplements for schizophrenia to date, we can see that B vitamins effectively improve outcomes for some patients. This could be an important advance, given that new treatments for this condition are so desperately needed,” said lead author Joseph Firth.

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Prescription of psychotropic drugs doubles for US retirees

The number of US retirees taking three or more psychotropic drugs has doubled between 2004 and 2013, according to a new paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study, lead by researchers from the University of Michigan and Columbia University, found that doctors were approximately 150% more likely to prescribe psychiatric, sleep, or pain medications to patients over the age of 65.The researchers reviewed annual government surveys of office-based doctors, and focused on the prescription of at three three of a list of psychiatric, sleep and pain medications like Valium, Prozac, OxyContin and Ambien.“Between 2004 and 2013, annual polypharmacy visits by adults 65 years or older increased from 1.50 million…to 3.68 million”, the researchers state.

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Selling Food From Home Should Be Legal But It’s Not

Make It Legal to Sell Home-Cooked Food … As food delivery becomes ever more popular in the U.S., some innovators have been looking to do for meals what Uber and Lyft have done for rides. Good cooks or even professional chefs working at home can produce tasty food for people nearby, income for themselves, and tax revenue for cities and states. Or they could if it were legal to sell home-cooked food. In most states, it’s not. – BloombergHave you ever been sickened by home-cooking? We’ve had problems sometimes with food bought elsewhere but never with food that is prepared at home. Never that we can remember anyways.We’d venture to say that food prepared at home is probably as safe or safer than any other food.

Source: Selling Food From Home Should Be Legal But It’s Not | The Daily Bell

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HP hires Christian Slater to hack companies for fun


Breaking into other people’s computers seems quite popular these days.Effective, too. It can even influence elections, so I’m told.Enter the 7th Cavalry known as HP. The company on Tuesday released a series of ads in which it shows how deceptively easy it is to creep into someone’s digital everything through their computer, or even their company printer.Starring Christian Slater — he who stars in hacking TV series “Mr. Robot” — this four-part HP affair shows him playing the Wolf.This character is a hacker who literally ululates when he’s happy.In various scenarios he shows how simple it is to dupe employees into clicking on an email — or how odd it is that companies have firewalls, but still leave so much of their equipment unsecured.

Source: HP hires Christian Slater to hack companies for fun – CNET

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Source: Apple will fight ‘right to repair’ legislation

Apple is planning to fight proposed electronics “Right to Repair” legislation being considered by the Nebraska state legislature, according to a source within the legislature who is familiar with the bill’s path through the statehouse.The legislation would require Apple and other electronics manufacturers to sell repair parts to consumers and independent repair shops, and would require manufacturers to make diagnostic and service manuals available to the public.This is completely normal in the automotive sector, and I see no reason why the tech sector should be any different.

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Hens that can lay eggs from other species could save rare birds 

Genetically modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping create a “frozen aviary” to conserve rare and exotic birds.Like a seed bank for poultry, the aviary will store primordial stem cells that give rise to eggs destined to hatch male or female offspring.So far, the team from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have collected more than 500 samples from 25 different breeds. Held in a freezer at minus 150C, the cells will remain viable for decades.The researchers want to preserve rare chicken breeds that may be resistant to infections such as bird flu or have desirable traits such as high meat quality.

Source: Hens that can lay eggs from other species could save rare birds | New Scientist

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You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals

By Sam WongYou are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it might.The fundamental causes of ageing aren’t well understood. A leading idea is that throughout life, our bodies accumulate cellular damage. That might include oxidative damage to cells caused by by-products of aerobic respiration, and DNA damage – or a combination of those and other types.Vadim Gladyshev at Harvard University wondered whether organisms might also be able to acquire cellular damage from their food.Food is broken down and used as the building blocks for many cellular processes, so eating older organisms – which have more molecular damage themselves – might cause an animal to age faster than one that eats younger organisms with less molecular damage.To test the theory, Gladyshev and his team grew yeast fed on culture media made from old or young yeast and fed fruit flies food made from old or young flies. They also studied mice fed meat from old or young deer. The animals were fed their particular diet from early adulthood for the rest of their lives.The old diet shortened lifespan by 18 per cent in yeast and 13 per cent in flies. In the mice, the old diet shortened lifespan by 13 per cent in female mice, but there was no significant effect among males.

Source: You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals | New Scientist

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