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Comment: Re:Elective surgery on a critical organ (Score 1) 333

by Tom (#47526479) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

If you must, do the surgery that is reversible - they insert a small piece of plastic that corrects the lens shape.

Do you have a name, link or any other information on this? I'm seriously interested, because I would love to get rid of my glasses (haven't had them for very long, so I'm still getting used and I don't really want to), but even without medical advice I understand that irreversible surgery on an eye is not a good idea.

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 117

by Tom (#47526443) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

Rubbish! If you are starting from scratch you have to lay the foundation.

Which foundation? Boring people for half an hour with stuff they couldn't care less about? I've seen first hand that many employees consider those security trainings either a waste of their time or a coffee break.

therefor the amount of people with genuine concern will never increase.

For all I know, the only people who think that security awareness training increases the number of people who give a fuck are the marketing drones selling security awareness trainings. People who cared before the training will get information. People who didn't care before will not care after. Why should they?

It's hard to tell if you were attempting to be condescending with that first sentence.

Not at all. If you've managed to get your people to reliably report incidents, you've managed something that a lot of companies struggle with. The problem is that culture is pervasive, so if the culture is different, you cannot change it just for this one thing, you need to tackle the entire corporate culture, and as soon as you start you have enemies, namely everyone currently profiting from the existing culture.

Comment: I still don't get it. (Score 1) 145

by Ralph Spoilsport (#47526187) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists
Why is everyone so uncomfortable with the idea that something can be lost forever? How is that a problem? I'm perfectly sanguine with the idea that information can be lost or irretrievable. I'm perfectly sanguine with the idea that the universe will die of heat death. I'm also down with the idea that the Big Rip will swallow everything up in several billion years - talk about information loss... It just strikes me as fatuous and arrogant that humans think the universe has to work a certain rational, logical, way - like the universe gives a shit one way or the other.

Comment: I had iLASIK about 11 months ago. (Score 2) 334

by grub (#47525561) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

iLASIK is done with all lasers, one to make the flap that was previously done by blade, and the usual LASIK after that. Fewer reported complications than with the older blade style. At my six month checkup I was seeing 20/10 from my left eye and 20/15 from my right. I'm 48 and previously wore progressive lenses. They adjusted my right for a closer focal distance.

It all just works, I love it.

Comment: Re:Not everyone is train-able (Score 1) 117

by Tom (#47525413) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

As one who has thousands of people working in companies that I either own, co-own, or have invested in, I can tell you that not everyone is trainable

Not everyone can train people. Almost nobody can train all kinds of people, because they need to be trained differently.

More importantly, not everyone is acceptable as a trainer. Many, especially smart people, don't like being trained by someone they consider to be their inferior.

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 117

by Tom (#47525375) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

Now, take the average IT company in Silicon Valley which spends no time training on these issues (if your company has security awareness training I'm not referring to you, your company is not "average").

Security awareness training in companies is largely nonsense. Your scenario is different not because of your memo, but because your people realize that something more important than shareholder value is at stake. And I dare to say that your weekly reminders are the secret, not any awareness training. Reminders are incredibly powerful, there's now a decent amount of psychological research to back that up. It doesn't matter if people read it at all, what matters is that they consider it long enough to activate the desired memory of adequate behaviour, which means 2-3 seconds.

And from your one incident I gather you also have a reporting culture where people are not afraid to report problems. Many companies don't have that, people constantly sweep problems under the rug because they're afraid it would damage their career to report them.

Comment: Re:This is why western nations knowingly allow ... (Score 1) 99

by LWATCDR (#47525345) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

" I doubt that Germany KNEW that we were listening in on their gov officials"
The US has anti spying agreements with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The German government knows that and the US does not have one with Germany.
Are they really that dumb?

Comment: Re:How things become property (Score 1) 6

by PopeRatzo (#47525331) Attached to: Property is Moral Opposite of Liberty

What exactly is "free for the taking"? Water? How much may I have? All of it? Half? Or only as much as I need? Do I get more if I want to take a bath, or bathe my dog, or add chemicals and pump it into the earth at high pressure to extract oil?

There's a problem with seeing anything as "free for the taking". There's always a cost. Always a value. To me, to you, to everyone.

Best to ask your neighbors, "Hey, there's water running under my land, you wanna see if we can put in a well and use it? If we pitch in, we can all use the water. That's more useful than putting up a fence, sucking up all the water and then selling it for $1/gallon. Because eventually, your neighbors will cut your throat unless you can hire some of them to protect you from the others, and that will eat into your profits.

Ain't nothing free for the taking. Think of it as free for the sharing. Even, to some extent, yourself. Do you really "own" yourself?

Former CIA spy and writer Robert David Steele talks about a very interesting concept: "true cost accounting". It means that you have to figure in externalities when you derive price. When you go down that road, capitalism starts to look very different. It's like seeing it for the first time. I recommend his books, especially "Open Source Everything". Not so much because I agree with everything he says, but because he forces you to see things differently.

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