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Computers and Epilepsy

While reading Wired.com this a.m., I caught this little item:

Internet griefers descended on an epilepsy support message board last weekend and used JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.

The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation, which runs the forum, briefly closed the site Sunday to purge the offending messages and to boost security.

“We are seeing people affected,” says Ken Lowenberg, senior director of web and print publishing at the Epilepsy Foundation. “It’s fortunately only a handful. It’s possible that people are just not reporting yet — people affected by it may not be coming back to the forum so fast.”

The incident, possibly the first computer attack to inflict physical harm on the victims, began Saturday, March 22, when attackers used a script to post hundreds of messages embedded with flashing animated gifs.

As a fellow sufferer of epilepsy, I find this sort of thing akin to an act of war. It doesn’t matter if these people who are attacking Scientology consider this lady ‘collateral damage’, if it happened to me, I’d find some way by the gods to nuke these bastards!

I take high doses of anti-epileptic meds to stave off my attacks because even in my medicated state, my left-brain still has two areas of hyper-activity, so it wouldn’t take a whole lot to trigger a massive seisure. Thus I have to limit my computer time. And yes, I’m of the 3% who are photo-sensitive.

As computer technology gets exponentially better over the next few years, more and more activity will be done in virtual reality as the mouse and keyboard become increasingly obsolete. ‘People’ like these ‘hackers’ will have to send in their avatars also to wreak their mischief.

I’m going to make sure I carry a huge ‘Thor-Hammer’ to give them an attitude adjustment!

As an aside, I’m not a Scientology apologist. In my opinion L. Ron Hubbard was a side-show scam artist who admitted his ‘religion’ was a way to empty people’s pockets (link).

And he was a lousy science-fiction writer to boot!