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Comment Re:Evolve or die (Score 2) 124

You comment about "water marking" has shown that you KNOW people will pay nothing if the can, and you want to have a method to force them to pay.

Some people may pay nothing if they can. I recall Radiohead's album In Rainbows was released under a "pay what you want" program. In this case, "what you want" includes free. According to the band, most people paid normal retail price for it.

Comment Re:How stupid can you get? (Score 4, Insightful) 227

This is one area where automatic grading will cause massive skill decrease, as no auto-grader can actually assess contents.

My thoughts exactly.
Auto graders could check spelling and grammar, and to some extent plagiarism, but without a human reviewing the content, students will learn be gaming the algorithms from day 1.

Comment ViaCord (Score 5, Informative) 321

My son was born a little over a year ago, and I selected ViaCord as a cord blood bank. We evaluated a few, and they seemed to be more competent than other options. It's important to get the "collection kit" up front, and have it with you in the hospital... at least in my case, the hospital does not provide any of the supplies. Also, your wife will need to make sure that the OB/GYN is aware ahead of time about your decision to store the blood.

Comment Best Practice (Score 4, Insightful) 164

From TFA:

“We’ve got the wrong model here. I think we’ve got this model for cyber that says, ‘We’re going to develop a system where we’re not attacked.’ I think we have to go to a model where we assume that the adversary is in our networks. It’s on our machines, and we’ve got to operate anyway. We have to protect the data anyway."

Its nice to see the DoD finally catching up with basic best software practices.

Comment Re:Stop listening to observational studies (Score 2) 132

I thought the exact same thing. I'm usually pretty skeptical of any "wonder drug" claims, so I tried "following the money" to see if it was funded by Bayer or something similar, and I noticed the abstract said:

This surely means that this study probably consisted of data mining, and that's about it. That's enough to establish correlation, but correlation != causation.

Comment Re:Hactivists == cybercriminals (Score 3, Insightful) 150

But the motivation determines if it is a crime in the first place.

Kill someone with malice, got to prison, kill someone in self defense, no prob.

I don't think this article was talking about homicide.
What motivation would make it legal to hack a government or corporate system and stealing personal data?

"What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying." -- Nikita Khrushchev