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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

Tony Isaac Re:What I want to know is ... (232 comments)

Clearly, what we need to do is pass a new law to make it illegal to stow away in a plane's wheel well!

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Tony Isaac Re:Fine logic (194 comments)

This time, the price increase is less than 15%. The first time around, it was 100%. Big difference!

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Tony Isaac Legal requirement to provide benefits (306 comments)

Uncle Sam has seen fit to stipulate that all full-time employees must be provided benefits such as health insurance. Full-time is defined as "over 30 hours per week." So guess what? Companies that hire low wage workers limit their hours to less than 30 per week. So now they are WORSE off than they would have been without the law, because they can't make more money by working more hours!

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Tony Isaac Password strength is overrated (167 comments)

In my 25 years working in IT, none of my passwords, weak or strong, have ever been hacked. Even my teenage sons, who have no idea about password strength, or site security, have never been hacked. And I doubt YOU can point to a single instance of someone hacking YOUR password.

Does password hacking happen? Yes, of course. Should we be careful? Yes. But there are much greater dangers, such as malware (which you no doubt HAVE had a personal brush with).

So if we need to put up with annoying security measures, let's at least focus on the more relevant dangers, rather than forcing us all write down our passwords and stick them to the bottom of our keyboards!

2 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Tony Isaac Re:It's Not Really Oracle (161 comments)

Well, Oracle WAS dumb enough to take on the project in the first place!

5 days ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

Tony Isaac Re:I think you're working from a few false assumpt (235 comments)

If software were a closed system, you might be able to argue that the number of bugs is finite. But it's not.

For example, if you know what you are doing, you can write code that is immune from SQL injection attacks...today. But SQL will change, and it is possible that in the future, SQL will add a feature, or experience a change, that will introduce a bug into your software that will make it once again possible to inject SQL, using an entirely new approach.

Given the complexity of the interactions between various systems within the computer, and the software being designed, there really IS an infinite potential for bugs.

5 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Tony Isaac Nobel Prize is a measurement??? (292 comments)

The author argues that it's taking longer for physicists to receive Nobel Prizes. Maybe it's the Nobel Prize process that's slowing down! Maybe the Nobel Prize committee no longer knows what they are looking for! Maybe the Nobel Prize committee is hamstrung by political correctness. Whatever the reason, how does the length of time it takes to award a Nobel Prize, have anything to do with the actual progress of science???

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Tony Isaac Re:Don't despair. (351 comments)

Scary diseases aren't limited to undiscovered tribes. We have flesh-eating bacteria in the U.S. If you are looking for the sky to fall, you don't have to go to South America. In other words, you might be right, but even if we stayed away from these tribes, we wouldn't necessarily be safer.

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Tony Isaac Re:So? (351 comments)

How about a third option: alive and part of modern society! It is not an either-or proposition. The thing to do here is figure out what is killing them, and find solutions!

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Tony Isaac Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (1037 comments)

Unfiltered information might make people think, but it certainly doesn't make them smarter. If you have done Google searches for things like conspiracies, alternative medicine, paranormal phenomena, etc., you will find that there is a lot of absolute idiocy out there on that unfiltered Internet.

When it comes to God, only one of the two groups is right: those who believe in God, or those who don't. Neither side seems to me to be doing a lot of THINKING these days, but a whole lot more accusing and finger-pointing.

about two weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Tony Isaac Security wasn't even on the radar (149 comments)

The people who invented TCP/IP weren't even thinking about security. The network they imagined was one that went between a few buildings on the same campus. Nobody dreamed of the need for security at that point, any more than Alexander Graham Bell was thinking about voice security when he invented the telephone.

about three weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Tony Isaac Re:i literally have 50+ iphones (161 comments)

It probably says that you waste a lot of money!

about three weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

Tony Isaac Re:How, exactly, do we know? (127 comments)

It is, actually, possible to measure such things.

Consider GPS, which relies on the accuracy of atomic clocks in orbit. Each GPS satellite has its own independent clock, which must be accurate to within about 40 billionths of a second, over the life of the satellite. http://gpsinformation.net/main... If the accuracy of one of the satellites' clocks is greater than that threshold, your GPS unit will incorrectly report your location. The accuracy of GPS coordinates is one way to calculate the accuracy of the atomic clocks in orbit. Multiply the error rate (in billionths of a second) times the life of the clock, and you can arrive at a number of years it will take for the clock to be 1 second off.

Similar types of calculations can be done with these new, faster clocks. No, it's not necessary to wait 300 million years to see if the clock is one second off. That number is simply an extrapolation.

about three weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

Tony Isaac So universities should teach marketing hype? (163 comments)

The "Internet of Things" is, I think, driven mainly by manufacturers who want people to have an excuse to buy their new thing, which everybody already has, and works fine. Maybe universities should be teaching smartwatch programming too!

No. Universities should teach programming and technology basics. If corporations want to try to convince us all that we need an Internet-connected stapler, they aren't going to go looking for university graduates that have an IoT degree! They'll figure it out all on their own, with people who have ordinary computer science degrees, or even with people who don't have a comp sci degree.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Tony Isaac Re:Wales full response (517 comments)

While Chiropractic might have some positive effects, too often Chiropractors sell their services as a cure-all. My parent's childhood chiropractor wanted to be our primary care physician, claiming that Chiropractic could cure colds and other diseases. Chiropractic's founder, D. D. Palmer, claimed his technique cured deafness, even though there are no nerves related to hearing that pass through any part of the spinal column. So even if Chiropractic has some benefits, its practitioners certainly do claim that it can do far more than it actually does, a habit which damages any credibility it might otherwise gain.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicin...

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Tony Isaac It's not the hardware (377 comments)

If you've ever written software that is ported to multiple platforms, you know that the performance of the ported version can only match the original, if serious performance tuning is done. Performance of ported software is not a measure of the hardware, but of the effort put into making it work better.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Tony Isaac Not cheap enough, or soon enough (125 comments)

Microsoft has always tried to position their phones and tablets as "premium" devices, selling for more than comparable competitors. That's really hard to do when you are the disruptor, trying to break into an established marketplace. Google played the game right, coming into a smartphone marketplace that was dominated by iPhone, as a lower cost option that was "just as good." Over time, Android earned the respect of the marketplace, and eventually they gained dominance.

Microsoft devices were, from the beginning, more expensive than comparable phones and tablets from other vendors. But they had no killer app, and a lot less apps to offer. So why should we all pay more for less?

If Microsoft is serious about making inroads into the mobile market, they are going to have to push bargain-basement devices, until they, like Google, can gain enough market share to get a foothold with pricier models.

about a month ago

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Newsweek will go all-digital in 2013

Tony Isaac Tony Isaac writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Tony Isaac writes "Newsweek has announced that it will cease print publication at the end of the year, going all-digital. The new digital edition will still be based on a subscription model. Who will be next?"
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