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Comment Re:Funny story... (Score 0) 166

You are lucky. The Surgeon General made me fat overnight. I was at a definitely not fat Body Mass Index of 25.2. Suddenly they changed the definition of fat not-fat cut off from 26 to 25. Suddenly I am fat. My sugar is 99 and my BP is under 120. There is some talk of making sugar target 90 and BP target 110. I am going to be made very unhealthy by these bureaucrats, and become eligible to be prescribed expensive medication.

Comment Loopholes closed in Quantum mechanics? (Score 1) 208

I don't get it. I thought the loopholes in classical mechanics is the quantum mechanics. If you close the loopholes and make it deterministic, then you are back to Newton, baby! Its all canon firing balls horizontally but what would happen if due to curvature the earth surface falls more rapidly than the canonball.

Comment oh, man. Prepare for another round. (Score 2, Interesting) 86

Last time it was the Sorbanes-Oxley act. The company security policies were changed by a committee mainly run by lawyers. These 300$/hr billing rate guys have never logged into anything, always had a bevy of flunkies who did all the access to the computer, who printed out emails and who typed back the responses scrawled on the print outs. The main intent was to show that they had strict security policy in court, rather than implement policies that will actually improve security.

Passwords must be changed every ninety days, it must have one upper case, one lower case, one numeral, one non-alphanumeric, and no reuse of passwords, no substring can be a word or date found in the dictionary. A bunch of uninformed jury would be impressed, that was all the point. That it would force people to write down the passwords in sticky notes and very cleverly paste it on the underside of the keyboard is not realized by the bozos, or if it did, it did not bother them. More like, "yes!, Exactly! this process would net us enough scapegoats and sacrificial lambs to be thrown under the bus! I approve!!" would be their response if they understood what would really happen.

Not all government agencies are like that. FAA and NTSB have a decent reputation. If they realize pilots are not following procedures or checklist they would try to understand why and try to make the procedures easier to follow. (I think they would perform even better if we remove from FAA's charter "promotion of air travel" and make it exclusively concentrate on safety of air travel. )

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 2) 184

Your frustration is due to some fundamental misunderstanding about the role of the schools. You seem to think the aim of the school system is to inculcate some deep love for knowledge, induce great free thinking, foster creativity, yada yada yada...

No sir/madam. The purpose of school system is to produce lots of people who would do boring, uninspiring, mindless things day in day out. Creative free thinking people cause trouble, question set ways of doing things and generally make things rough by rocking the boat. Yes, there is some need for creative thinking problem solving people. But a few that maintain their creativity despite the school system are enough.

This is what free market is thinking and this is how it has structured incentives and people and schools are shaped by the invisible hand.

Comment Not really sure what it shows (Score 1) 21

Cell phone movement patterns coincided with annual peaks of German measles (actually renamed Liberty measles during World War I anti-German frenzy in USA) in Kenya. Not sure what else would correlate with annual events. Rains, migratory animals, pollen, food prices, seasonal foods all have some annual rhythm. So there is going to be high correlation between all annual events. So I really don't get what this cell phone movement correlation withe G measles really means.

Comment Re:What, this is idiotic! (Score 1) 280

What? Germany follows the goblin rules of ownership? The goblin law: Maker always owns the creation, muggles and wizards who pay get a lifetime use license and the habit of wizards to pass goblin made objects from person to person without paying license fees to the goblin maker is considered a grave violation of goblin rights.

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.