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tbo Re:Seriously, some people are so ideologically (548 comments)

I also have first-hand knowledge of both Canadian and US systems, and I am much, much happier with the US system. Of all my relatives living in Canada, the only ones who haven't been screwed or put on a long waiting list are the ones who haven't been really sick.

Ever since moving to the US, I've had great health care. I have great health insurance, and aside from the occasional hassle with having to re-submit a claim, I've had no problems with the system. I get treatment quickly, and I get to choose my own doctor. My primary care facility has electronic medical records, and is very organized and efficient.

The US system isn't perfect: it's expensive, and it's tough if you don't have good coverage through your job. There's always the worry of what to do if you lose your job. That said, I still prefer it strongly.

Health care reform is actually really two largely separate issues:

1) How do we keep the per-person cost of healthcare under control (e.g., improved efficiency, rationing...)?
2) What do we do about the large number of uninsured people?

Current health care reform efforts in Congress have largely failed to solve (1) through efficiency gains, and are focusing more (2) by expanding coverage. What this means (as the CBO has said) is that total health care costs will rise even faster, as the number of covered people goes up.

We need to make healthcare more efficient before we expand it. If we don't, we'll either end up with massive rationing, or with healthcare consuming an even larger (and faster-growing) chunk of our GDP.

more than 5 years ago

Acorns Disappear Across the Country

tbo Re:Actually its a normal occurence (474 comments)

The AC is right. In grad school, my wife studied population genetics of coast live oak (quercus agrifolia), and she saw the same boom-and-bust cycles of acorn production. The boom years are known as "mast" years--not sure what the bust years are called.

This is just a normal cycle, and, as usual, the media's reporting of science is atrocious.

more than 6 years ago



tbo tbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tbo (35008) writes "I'm an academic researcher in the field of quantum computing. I'm interested in learning what the IT community is doing to prepare for future developments in quantum computing and the resulting security implications — in particular, the compromise of most or all known public key cryptosystems.

Although large-scale quantum computers may be a decade or more away, this still has immediate implications for those with long-term forward security requirements (i.e., data that must stay secret for a long time). Does your organization have data with substantial forward security requirements? How do you deal with protecting that data against future advances in cryptanalysis? Has your organization considered quantum key distribution or other new cryptography technologies?

Another concern is replacing the present-day public key cryptography infrastructure with something immune to quantum computers. A malicious person with access to a single large-scale quantum computer could use it to crack the root certificate authorities' private keys, thus enabling him or her to fake certificates for anything they want and perform undetectable man-in-the-middle attacks against banks and e-commerce sites. Since it's very hard to revoke and re-issue root certificates, this would only have to happen once to do serious damage. What are people planning to do about this?"




tbo tbo writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hmm... This is the first I've seen of this journal feature (or a lot of the other new Slashdot features), as I've been hanging out on www.plastic.com for a while. Maybe this will lure me back...

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