At least the color scheme is atrocious.
At least the color scheme is atrocious.
What is frustrating is how few even offer the ability to do anything else. There has been some uptake of shitty little cellphone-based systems(either using SMS or some 'authenticator app'); but RSA-type fobs are pretty much exclusively for accessing corporate systems(and, as a fundamental limitation of their design, they can only be securely used to authenticate against one entity; since, unlike asymmetric key systems, the authentication server must know the initialization seed values of the fob in order to validate authentication attempts, so anyone in a position to authenticate you could impersonate you anywhere else the same fob was accepted); and certificate-based auth is either something you do yourself for SSH(often without secure hardware for storing the certs) or something you basically have to do work for the DoD to encounter.
I'm actually currently in the process of trying to switch banks because, when I inquired about authentication options that weren't pitiful bullshit, they gave me what amounted to "that's adorable; add three or four factors of ten to your account with us and maybe I'll transfer you to somebody who gives a fuck." Blizzard cares more than that. FFS.
It's an ugly sort of business; but pragmatic.
You guys are fucked. Enjoy your draconian regulations.
To be fair, New Zealand is the country iconic for having flightless birds that are utterly incapable of surviving against species introduced to the island. It seems only appropriate that their drone situation should be similarly flightless and delicate.
(In the medium to long term, though, a malaria vaccine might be worth a great deal of money, indirectly. One of the nasty things about malaria is that it doesn't kill too many people; but it weakens and debilitates the infected on a massive scale, so regions where malaria is endemic lose huge amounts of school attendance and labor force participation to malaria, which helps keep them poor.)
I assume that the vaccine efforts are partially a matter of "Well, I'm an immunologist not a field health/education worker, so what am I best suited to do?", partially a matter of protecting people during the time they aren't in bed; and perhaps also the hope of eventually making a sufficient portion of humans resistant and crashing the population of malaria causing protozoa entirely. P. knowlesi unfortunately has an animal reservoir(some non-human primates); but some of the other common plasmodia don't, so if you could increase resistance enough you might be able to hit the point of substantial additional gains 'for free' as the number of infected mosquitos drops and the population crashes.
Aside from immediate considerations, working on a malaria vaccine probably gets some additional interest because of its greater value(both humanitarian and commercial) if climate change should cause the current range of the disease(mostly ghastly tropical pestholes filled with people who can't afford expensive drugs) into wealthier areas of the world. There may also be a basic-research interest: unlike most pathogens, plasmodia are eukaryotic; so I'm sure that the relevant specialists find all sorts of fascinating differences between the biology of the pathogen/host interaction in malaria vs. that in infections by bacteria or viruses. You aren't going to commercialize a drug on basic research alone; but if you want research to happen it certainly doesn't hurt to be novel and interesting.
In this case, perfect information is obviously not happening(if nothing else, you'd be crowned God-Emperor of HR for all eternity if you actually found a way of objectively ranking an employee's expertise with enough precision to justify the difference between their salary and the category average down to the last dollar, or even the nearest $10k in a lot of cases); but it does seem like a pretty decent example of how a situation goes from being substantially not-'free-market'(information is both imperfect and asymmetric, with Google knowing all the salaries and each employee knowing only their salary) to one that is markedly closer to 'free market'(Google knows all the salaries, each employee knows at least a fair number of salaries; and is negotiating from a position of much better price information).
I admit that my initial post was pretty snippy; I get annoyed at the cries of "SOCIALISM!!!", especially now that the Cold War is over, all the 'communist' states have either collapsed or turned into crony-capitalist states of various flavors; and the closest thing you can find to 'socialism' is capitalist countries with comparatively cushy social safety nets; and whoever the AC was pushed my buttons.
That specific annoyance aside, though, I'm actually rather fascinated by how useful(across a wide variety of disciplines) models that we know are false can be, despite their falsehood. They are wrong; but by being wrong in well defined ways that are amenable to (relatively) simple analysis they can be such a good jumping off point for examining the real world and figuring out how it must be different in order to produce the results you see.
Gaming is obviously pretty low intensity for most muscles, though the rigor of the mental drill is considerable; and the amount of carpal tunnel and similar injuries are actually alarmingly high.