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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

SecurityGuy Re:Did anything improve? (285 comments)

How do you plan to measure this, exactly? I get your point that the end goal is competent adults, not test performance per se, but I've firsthand seen how my own kids can fail to get a concept well enough, and that leads to not getting the next concept, and so on. If you're not good at addition, you won't be good at multiplication, and so on through high school and you're just HOSED when you need to be good at trigonometry.

Come on, people. Science works. Things that work are...testable. If you're advocating some educational strategy, but reject the notion that it's testable, you're rejecting basic science. If that describes you, kindly keep your hands off education policy.

about two weeks ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

SecurityGuy Re:meh. (285 comments)

I don't think it's corruption, necessarily. Some people are just rabidly pro-Apple. Some people don't (yet) get that technology isn't an education silver bullet. When you get people who think technology is a silver bullet AND love Apple products, you get things like this.

about two weeks ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

SecurityGuy Personally, I *HATE* those things. (102 comments)

I don't mind dealing with computers. I don't mind dealing with people. I hate dealing with computers that pretend to be people. "Wait a minute while I look that up for you." (pretend typing noise) NOOOOOO thanks. If people want a more human experience, they're saying they want actual humans, not computers that pretend to be humans.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

SecurityGuy Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

The point of having it is very simply that people screw up eventually. Drive long enough, and you'll make a serious mistake. Most of the time, you'll come through it with no harm. Occasionally, you'll wreck your car. Occasionally, you'll kill someone. The point is also saving time. I don't have enough of it. If I could claim back the hour of my day I spend driving, that'd be great. The point is removing an unpleasant task. I have family 6 hours away I'd like to see more, but 6 hours in a car is unpleasant. If I could get in the car about midnight and wake up in their driveway at 6am, that'd be fantastic. Don't tell me to take the bus/plane/train, either. That's either more unpleasant or lots more expensive.

Keep in mind, this whole idea is predicated on developing cars that drive better than you do. If that doesn't happen, none of the rest does. It seems like the people who get all bent out of shape over the idea think we're going to put automated cars on the road that are WORSE at driving than people are. Why would we ever do that?

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

SecurityGuy Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

I have family in Canada who aren't happy with the system there and had to come here (US) for treatment due to stupid long waits. I suspect health care is one of those things that works "fine" for the majority of people because the majority of people are "fine" and don't need it. A good friend of mine is permanently disabled and on Medicare, which works "fine" for her, too, aside from a month or so wait to get on it. After that, it appears that when she needs to go to a doctor, she does. When she needs meds, she gets them. When she needs to see specialists, she sees them.

If the US can't come up with an efficient-enough bureaucracy to make it work there, then it's really time to change how you guys do things.

Well, yeah, that's probably true, but even if we do, single payer still means no options. You're happy with your system now, but when it gets changed down the road and you're no longer happy with it, what are you going to do? I can switch plans at work once a year. If I want private insurance, I can pick up the phone and buy it. If I want to see any doctor, I can walk in and pay them. With single payer, what are you going to do? Change countries?

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SecurityGuy Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

True, it doesn't, but it does delete the key which is used to encrypt everything. With no key, it's gibberish, indistinguishable from random data. Or so claims Apple, anyway. If you have better data, I'd be most interested to see it (and freely admit it's possible ANY vendor is lying about their security precautions).

Personally, I find it quite possible that Joe RandomUser would "delete" pictures, etc, and not know how to do a proper wipe. Heck, I had to look it up, but it took knowing that in general "delete" means "remove the pointer to". Casual users mostly don't know that.

about three weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SecurityGuy Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

Encryption that works now can be broken a year from now

Not remotely. If you find 256 bit AES broken in a year, let us know.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

SecurityGuy Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

Exactly. There's one example where you say it works fine, and one where it's apparently pretty bad. Do you see why I don't want to take the crapshoot? It's hard to unwind. If people want to opt in, I don't have a problem with that, but don't compel everyone into the same boat and hope it actually floats. The VA is a concrete example that it might actually be worse.

Ice cream doesn't cause health issues. I eat ice cream. I also exercise 3-6 times a week. That won't stop politicians and their "sin taxes". Maybe your government is wonderful and all that tax money would go to make sick people well, but we mostly turn taxes into bureaucracy. I don't want more.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

SecurityGuy Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

How's that working out at the VA these days?

That perfectly highlights the problem with having only one option. When that option is bad, you can't go somewhere else.

There's also absolutely nothing anywhere that keeps lawmakers from deciding that people who eat too much ice cream should be taxed on it, you know, to offset the increased healthcare costs they impose on "the system".

about three weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

SecurityGuy Re:dont care (150 comments)

This'd be one of those false dichotomies they talk about. You can actually care about both of these. I don't want anybody reading my email or listening to my calls. I also want my property wired to the gills with sensors only I can read. If I choose to share that data with a company, I want a big red button marked "Forget everything you know about me.", and I want them audited to prove that they actually do it.

I'm not so naive as to think I'm going to get those things any time soon, but if enough people want them, ask for them, and don't buy stuff from companies that do otherwise, we'll get them eventually.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

SecurityGuy Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

Eventually the sun will engulf the earth. Long before that I'll die. Before that, I'll change banks, credit cards, whatever. Encryption only has to work long enough, not forever.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

SecurityGuy Re:In the US, insurance is a racket (1330 comments)

Is that because of the distoration insurance causes, though? We don't have to buy cars through intermediaries and they aren't ridiculously jacked up. We don't buy groceries through intermediaries and they aren't ridiculously jacked up. I think part of the reason medical costs have gone nuts, and to a degree education costs, too, is because people are separated from actually paying them. Most people don't pay for their medical costs, they pay for their medical insurance, or rather just a part of it. People don't care what things cost, they care if it's covered by insurance or not. Your premise seems to be that without insurance you'd be paying 3x as much. Maybe competition would drive the price down to what the insurance companies pay.

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

SecurityGuy Re:hero worship (242 comments)

Woz gets way more hero worship than I understand, but he left Apple WAY before they made flashy smartphones. Like 20 years before in the Apple II/Macintosh days.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

SecurityGuy Re:Lots of people can't afford a movie a week (1330 comments)

Vaccines, sure. I think you may misunderstand how insurance works. It's a risk pool. It exists so if you have a heart attack, you don't have to shell out $500,000 for treatment. That $500,000 is spread over all the people who MIGHT have a heart attack. Basically, you trade the low probability of a high expense for the certainty of a low expense. The insurance co. doesn't collect $500,000, they collect more to cover their own costs and profit. Everybody's happy.

Now, how does that work for things like vaccines, where there's a 100% chance of you getting them? Yup. No risk pooling. You pay the cost, plus the insurance company's costs, plus their profit, minus whatever discount they can negotiate as a big company, if they care to because you're ultimately paying for it anyway. Blood transfusions, not so much. I've never needed one, so I infer the risk is low. I'd rather pool that risk and pay a couple bucks a year because hey, maybe I'll need one someday. The years I don't, that money can pay for someone else's.

Birth control isn't much different. You have a high likelihood of needing an inexpensive thing. The cost is just tucked away in your premium where you won't notice it, you'll just be ticked off (again) that your premiums are so high, and wonder why they can't control costs better.

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

SecurityGuy Re:maths (501 comments)

Not tornado strong. We build 1000' tall buildings already. Building 1000' tall things that normal winds don't knock down is a solved problem.

about a month ago
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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

SecurityGuy Re:Humanless cars are a Disease (61 comments)

What is all this autonomous car crap spreading around like tumors and gout?

4 out of 5 days of the week, my commute is slowed down by an accident on a more or less straight highway. I can't figure out how people are having accidents on this road unless they're texting. Something like the car in front of them slows down, they don't notice because they're not looking at the road, and rear end someone. I had some idiot teenager total my car with 2 kids in it because he was fishing around for CDs on his floor. 40mph straight into the back of the car behind mine, which still hit mine with enough energy to total it.

WHAT is the reason for having this technology?

See above. I only have to look out the window of my car to see why I'd rather not share the roads with some drivers. I also feel like driving is a waste of my time the second a computer is better at it than I am. I'd rather read, make calls, or any number of other things.

Humans will never agree with this as an alternative to driving themselves.

I want one.

about a month ago
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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

SecurityGuy Re:Oh Joy! (61 comments)

You have a situation where you either need to get every driver everywhere to actually be good at it, or produce a car where it won't matter if you're good at it. You think the former solution is better. I really couldn't possibly disagree more.

I think you're always going to have drivers who are inexperienced, or distracted, or intoxicated, or bored, or in some other way not driving very well. To ask people never to fail in those ways amounts to asking them not to be human.

Hey, wait a minute. That's exactly what those of us who think autonomous cars are a good idea are asking. Let the drivers not be human.

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

SecurityGuy Re:Climate effect? (501 comments)

I think the point of the wall is to change the weather (short term, hours/days), not the climate (long term prevailing conditions). I think we agree that it's not likely to work that way. This will change both, if it works at all, that is. 1000' is a pretty short mountain. Then again, I'm not a meteorologist.

about a month ago
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Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

SecurityGuy Re:Going Public (51 comments)

I sure hope so. I'd love to short it. I like B&N, but Nook has been a disaster.

about a month ago
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Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

SecurityGuy Re:B&N (51 comments)

I actually like going there. I do read more on my phone than on dead tree books, mostly because when I find time to read, I usually want to do it now, not whenver I next get to the book store.

GP also raises a very good point. Electronic books used to be cheap enough that it was hard to justify paying for the paper copy just to support a store I kind of like. Now, the paper copies are only a little more, and what the heck, I can grab a coffee while I'm there, browse around, etc. If ebooks stay(ed) cheap, brick and mortar stores would inevitably die. I'd say it's iffy now.

about a month ago

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