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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

jbmartin6 Re:Herd immunity (645 comments)

Is that what 97% effective means? I took it to mean there was a 3% chance it wouldn't work at all. i.e. if it works you could not get measles from anyone, and if it fails you could get measles from anyone else who has it. I don't think it means there is a 3% of infection on every exposure.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

jbmartin6 Re:Herd immunity (645 comments)

I did not double check, but heard on the radio news this morning the measles vaccine is 97% effective.

3 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

jbmartin6 Re:Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (101 comments)

Google already gets your traffic through other means, they don't need to do something as crude as sniff the network directly. More likely this is a mechanism to try to sell more people on the non-search Google ecosystem, like TV, movies, etc.

4 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

jbmartin6 Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

This was my first thought too, but it is hard to say for sure. While agencies like this are rife with waste and inefficiency, there must be a point where budget cuts would have an impact on service even if all waste and inefficiency were eliminated. Of course the same can be said of any organization to one degree or another.

My second thought was, if their budget is cut all they have to do is reduce the scope of their mission. It isn't like their victims are going to complain about not being audited. And reduction in tax revenue is meaningless since the government will simply print money to make up the difference.

4 days ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

jbmartin6 Re:Time for Layoffs (778 comments)

That's an excellent point, thanks for bringing it up. I will bear that in mind before voting for layoffs.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

jbmartin6 Time for Layoffs (778 comments)

This is the kind of story I think of when I hear that these agencies need more money. It seems to me they are overstaffed and overfunded if they have time for activities like this.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

jbmartin6 Risk Management (177 comments)

This is the most effective form of security, and often the hardest. If you have nothing of value, there is no risk. Of course that ideal state is impossible but that doesn't mean opportunities to reduce risk by reducing the impact are overlooked.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

jbmartin6 Re:Air-gap. (177 comments)

You aren't going to appear to hide data if it is part of your data retention practice. If you can say that you were deleting everything over five years old long before any issues came to light, that isn't going to be a problem. Now if you start deleting it the day before you get the subpoena, you've got a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

jbmartin6 Re:not that weird (159 comments)

I wonder how many people in NK even have access to their national 'intranet' let alone the global Internet.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

jbmartin6 not that weird (159 comments)

The article seemed a bit overexcited to me. Is it really that surprising that they use 10.x space? It's not like Internet access is widely used in NK. And most of the other items were not what I would call weird, just what you would expect in a regime like this. Still, kudos to the author for doing this analysis.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

jbmartin6 Re:Free? (703 comments)

Speaking of economics, if the government starts providing money for students with 'good grades' to pay tuition, doesn't the college now have a huge incentive to hand out good grades regardless of performance?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

jbmartin6 Re:Free? (703 comments)

Elasticity of supply is a bit questionable in this instance. How elastic is it? It is not like anyone can just open a college, there are all sorts of barriers to entry. Accreditation, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

jbmartin6 Re: Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

I refuse to update my phone anymore, due in part to what you describe. I've had updates break data access. I've had updates take away root. I've had updates break applications. And then I had to deal with all the pointless UI changes. I will bring a new device up to date, but once I have everything dialed in I will never do a system update. If they supplied security fix only patches that didn't screw around with functionality I would consider applying those.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

jbmartin6 Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

The last line should end in "false positive" there.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

jbmartin6 Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

False negative v. false positive is very relevant here. I don't know what the rates are for a polygraph, but if there are no false positives (i.e. if it says you are lying then you are definitely lying) that would be extremely valuable even if it only works 75% of the time. When combined with other measures especially. Now if it says you are lying when you aren't that is a different story. An employer or gov agency might still be OK if the false negative is extremely low, since at worst you might reject a small percent of viable candidates. But I sure as heck would not want to take one as a criminal suspect if there was a significant chance of a false negative.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

jbmartin6 Re:His legacy is 2% (166 comments)

It is a lot more than that, the article only covers "direct" male descendants. i.e. son of son of son of son of son of son of son. If you were the son of one of his daughters you wouldn't count. So 17.5 million men should have the same last name as him, if he had one. Maybe someone else can do the math, I wonder what the number would be if you accounted for females, and how that would compare to any other person from the same time period.

about three weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

jbmartin6 Re:ROI (287 comments)

I am curious why so many people have such a negative attitude about the present. There are thousands of companies investing in products that might become useless. In fact, thousands of their products do end up being useless. They just aren't necessarily divisions of some large player.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

jbmartin6 Re:Nothing New for Sony... (391 comments)

And of course don't forget the unskippable warnings and menu animations. That isn't unique to Sony though.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

jbmartin6 Re:Nothing New for Sony... (391 comments)

I hate their products since they tend to not do what I want. For example, I have a Sony DVD player (last Sony product I will ever buy) that will not allow me to eject the disk after powering it on until it has finished reading and loading the disk that is already in there. So I have to sit there for a minute waiting just to get the damn drawer to open.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

jbmartin6 Obvious (391 comments)

This is Sony's revenge. At that price no North Korean can afford it.

about three weeks ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 7 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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