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Submission + - Michael Chertoff Makes the Case against Back Doors

koan writes: Schneier on Security had an interesting link to a comment made by Michael Chertoff When asked about whether the government should be able to require back doors. He provided this response:

I think that it’s a mistake to require companies that are making hardware and software to build a duplicate key or a back door even if you hedge it with the notion that there’s going to be a court order. And I say that for a number of reasons and I’ve given it quite a bit of thought and I’m working with some companies in this area too.

More at the link. https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/07/26/michael-chertoff-makes-the-case-against-back-doors/

Submission + - What is code?->

lems1 writes: Bloomberg Businessweek writes a very interesting article on what code is. This is for the minds of the CEOs, CTOs and others in the organization who outrank you in some odd way, yet make 1/3 less salary than you!
"Here is what you’ve been told: All of the computer code that keeps the website running must be replaced. At one time, it was very valuable and was keeping the company running, but the new CTO thinks it’s garbage. She tells you the old code is spaghetti and your systems are straining as a result. That the third-party services you use, and pay for monthly, are old and busted. Your competitor has an animated shopping cart that drives across the top of the screen at checkout. That cart remembers everything customers have ever purchased and generates invoices on demand. Your cart has no memory at all."

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Submission + - Turing Manuscript Sells for $1 Million->

itwbennett writes: A 56-page notebook manuscript by Alan Turing, the English mathematician considered to be the father of modern computer science, was sold at auction Monday for $1.025 million. Turing apparently wrote in the notebook in 1942 when he was working in Bletchley Park, England, trying to break German military code.
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Submission + - Acetaminophen reduces both pain and pleasure, study finds->

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in the over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol, has been in use for more than 70 years in the United States, but this is the first time that this side effect has been documented.
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Comment Re: over-stating the capabilities (Score 1) 405

I'm constantly complaining that I have to order from actual people. Places like Chipotle have the online app so I can simply place my order and then pick it up. If there wasn't a 30 minute minimum, I would just do it in line instead of waiting to tell a person. A few kiosks have to be more convenient, in the way that they can be like the self checkout at a supermarket. They'll still have a human attendant, just for multiple machines.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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