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Comment: WHY is Social Security information, or indeed ANY (Score 0) 74

by johnwerneken (#47409473) Attached to: Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

First, it's not hard to get, if you are (1) close to the target or (2) the NSA or (3) a criminal or (4) hang around some in one of the first three groups.

Second, if people and institutions are tending to rely on this information to make decisions about particular individuals, they are just wrong. They ought not to and if they do they should be incarcerated fined and sued for damages.

Granted all that data can model groups, or insurance companies and many other similar activities just would not work. Useless in dealing with people one at a time, whether on has friendly or hostile intent.

Finally, people evolved and until recently - no more than 12,000 years ago - invariably lived so that all knew everything about everyone they dealt with. That is the normal for homo sapiens. Privacy, anonymity and so on are artifacts of incompetent technology, and seem thought to be of value because commonly said incompetent technology has been unwisely if not maliciously used.

Gossip isn't intrinsically malicious - just an effective way of pressuring people to conform, and the least violent and intrusive such thing so far discovered.

Comment: Re:Linux? (Score -1) 145

by johnwerneken (#47341961) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Entirely agree. ALL ,laws and regulations are THEFT, as they enforce existing privileged positions, save only for those relating to the tendency and desire to PROHIBIT physical harm, property theft or damage, or the threat of either. Of course 'property' itself is a sort of privileged position as is physical health and life, but one DOES seem to need SOME ground rules in order to be able to interact with others.

Comment: Some things are too important to save money on. (Score 0) 135

by johnwerneken (#47195915) Attached to: MIT Used Lobbying, Influence To Restore Nuclear Fusion Dream

Some things are too important to save money on. Fusion is one; space expansion is the other.

The Manhattan Project was an expensive undertaking, even for a rich country fully mobilized for war. Competing methods were given unlimited funds and two different methods were pursued to completion.

Comment: so what (Score 0) 95

by johnwerneken (#46810083) Attached to: The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

Not that I'm a fan of prejudice. But history, economics, power, and politics are all very useful very valuable and much more to my liking than arbitrary opinions about what constitutes a social ill or a social good. WE DECIDE what is good or evil BASED ON history, economics, power, and politics, AND WE SHOULD - it crowd sources morality, as Darwin and God intended - that's what morality IS - what benefits the herd and it's members, as determined by the behavior and the resulting history, economics, power, and politics of the herd and of it's members.

Go join a Church of your choice, fool, and leave the real world to realists.

Comment: To Hell With Level (Score 0) 430

by johnwerneken (#46119701) Attached to: Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

NO ONE except tiny vested interests in any give case gives a hoot about anything being level, or fair. And so what is we all are part of SOME insignificant interest group, Such as Christians for example. Or far smaller clan bands.

There are very few things that apply to us all - pretty much the secure enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and equality before the law.

Other than that, may the Devil please take the hind-most asap.

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. -- John G. Pollard