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‘Am I drunk Enough’? Study finds out how Young Adults decide whether they are too drunk or not!

The study revealed that after attaining a level of drunkenness youngsters may also switch to a non-alcoholic beverage at different times

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New York, October 18, 2016: College students go on drinking until they attain a certain level of drunkenness, after which they adjust the pace of their drinking by sipping as opposite to gulping in the beginning, a study has found.

Young people decide whether they’ve had enough to drink the same way the cruise control on a car “decides” whether to accelerate or hit the brakes, the researchers explained in the study that aims to analyse drinking behaviour the way engineers might analyse a mechanical system.

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“The way the students made decisions about drinking actually resembled the single most common feedback controller that’s used in engineering,” said Kevin Passino, engineer at the Ohio State University.

“It’s called a proportional-derivative controller, and it measures how far a system has moved from a particular set point and adjusts accordingly. It’s the same as cruise control on a car,” Passino added.

The study revealed that after attaining a level of drunkenness youngsters may also switch to a non-alcoholic beverage at different times throughout the night to maintain the initial level of drunkenness.

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Analysing the high-risk drinking behaviour among college students via engineering methods might reveal relationships among complex factors that would otherwise remain hidden, said John Clapp, a professor at Ohio State.

“We’re looking for the best points to intervene strategically so that we can aid a person in their decision-making and potentially derail problematic behaviours,” Clapp said.

A team of social workers and engineers at the university used mathematical models to help explain the factors that drive alcohol consumption.

They performed portable alcohol breath tests, and over several studies, they accumulated data of blood alcohol content (BAC) — a percentage measure of alcohol in the blood — on nearly 1,500 students.

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At the start of the evening, the researchers quizzed the students about how drunk they intended to get, and then they tested the students’ BAC several times over the following hours.

The data showed that students who reported wanting to feel “buzzed” adjusted their consumption to maintain a BAC around 0.05, while those who said they planned to get “very drunk” averaged around 0.1.

The results appear in the journal IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?