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Comment: Re:Even 100,000,000,000,000 is too small (Score 1) 207

by Archangel Michael (#48225855) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

My very secure password, is well over 100 bits of entropy. Easily extendable when the time comes.

But that is not the problem. We're using a Secret for single factor identification. Real identification is multi-factor and requires non-secret means for identity, and then a secret for proof of identity. Non-secret identification requires a web of trust. Online systems have neither non-secret web of trust Identification nor proper secret proof of Identification.

Comment: Re:Since when is the EFF considered "Cool"? (Score 1) 258

by LWATCDR (#48225151) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

1. Your constant use of Scumbag. Why? What harm has facebook done?

2 "Better still would be to give them nothing by not using Facebook."
Why? I get value out of Facebook.

3. "As does everyone. What is your point? You're still giving them more information than you should."
Than I should? You need to learn the term opinion. Your judgment is not backed by any overwhelming proof or frankly any proof at all. BTW calling Facebook "scumbag" is in no way proof.

Fine stay off of facebook. I wonder if you are using TOR to post to slashdot since the time of post could be used to connect your posts to an ip address and then use that to find your identity.

Comment: The hard question is. (Score 1) 55

by LWATCDR (#48224327) Attached to: Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

What if we can cure macular degeneration but the cure takes a dedicated team of people 20 days to grow the new cells and then costs $1,000,000 dollars? so a person can see for the last 10 years of life?
When that same $1,000,000 dollars can provide clean water to a village of 200 people?
While it is not a zero sum game what happens when it gets more and more expensive and adds value for less and less of a persons life?
What happens when you can live forever but at a cost of a billion dollars a year?

Comment: Re:Humanity and Humanities (Score 1) 513

by Jason Levine (#48223843) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

The push for standardized tests has one goal: Prove students are failing.

If you can show students are failing, then you can blame teachers for the failure. If you can do this, then corporations can rush in to "save" them with new course materials (bought with millions in taxpayer money, of course). Even better, the corporations (e.g. Pearson) run the standardized tests, grade them, and aren't held accountable for the test quality or grading accuracy. So Pearson can make the tests show that kids are failing which leads to more Pearson sales to "help our kids succeed."

It gets even worse when my state's governor (Cuomo) talks about enacting the "death penalty" on public schools that don't hit marks he sets for the standardized tests. Meaning, he'll close these schools down and replace them with charter schools - business run schools that are exempt from most testing and can choose which kids to accept and which they will reject.

With two kids in public schools struggling under EngageNY, my wife and I are right in the thick of this. We're part of a growing group of parents who refuse to allow their kids to take these high-stakes tests, despite FUD and push-back from people who want more testing.

Comment: Re:Common Core (Score 2) 513

by Jason Levine (#48223763) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Really? Because it doesn't seem to be part of New York's EngageNY enacting of Common Core. EngageNY is a set of scripts for the teachers to read to the students. The students are expected to answer the questions in EXACTLY the way that EngageNY says they will answer them. If they get the right answer by taking a different path, they are marked as wrong.

This doesn't even get into the high stakes testing that is being pushed as needed to prove that our students are learning (really being used to "prove" that the students are failing and that the teachers need more corporate/government oversight). This winds up shifting class focus from learning your lessons to preparing for the tests.

Comment: Re:Retired developers (Score 1) 154

by LWATCDR (#48222903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

" It is obvious that any current contributors would be most interested in working on it future, more than any other potential contributor."
No it isn't. I worked on a device driver for a Linux based SBC at my last job.
I have zero interest in working on that for free now that I have a different job.

Comment: *sigh* (Score 2) 34

by gstoddart (#48222825) Attached to: Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

Betzig came up with his Nobel-winning microscope (PALM) when he'd grown frustrated with the limitations of other microscope technologies. The so-called lattice light-sheet microscopy that he describes in Thursday's paper was the result of his eventual boredom with PALM.

*sigh* And some of us have yet to get bored with "pull my finger".

Comment: Re:Steering? (Score 1) 152

by gstoddart (#48222025) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

Well, what are the bounds of this before it becomes illegal?

OK, you're a frequent customer, and I'm willing to give you a discount. Sure, fine.

Now, imagine someone charges you 10% more because you're not white. That's obviously going to be pretty illegal, one would think.

If the mechanism for this, or the fact that it's even happening isn't transparent, then it's fairly arbitrary.

Comment: Re:The Cult Leader will solve the problem! (Score 1) 122

by Jason Levine (#48220015) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

By that reasoning, I should listen to everything Dr. Oz says because he's a fully licensed and trained medical doctor (cardiologist), right?

Or maybe being in one medical field doesn't make you an expert in all medical fields?

(Even more so if you have a political agenda to advance and thus reason to ignore evidence that doesn't agree with your views.)

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long