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Comment: Re:This looks like a canary (Score 1) 119

by Qzukk (#49171947) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

The problem with your XKCD comic is that $5 wrenches only work on one person at a time, and they have to have already decided which person they're going to use the wrench on.

PRISM and other wide-scale NSA dragnets are specifically designed to be as wide a net as possible so that they can collect everyone's information all the time at a minimum cost, and then later decide what to do with it. As the cost to spy on you decreases to zero, so does your ability to be "not worth" spying on.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 347

by blackicye (#49143721) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

From my experience, it's easy to make bad estimates because bad estimates are easy to make. If it's a big project, take your worst possible guess, and multiply by 1.5.

I've found that this rule generally holds true for most projects which have complexity or labor involved.

In the case of construction and renovation, it doesn't even need to be that big of a job to exceed the worst case guesstimate multiplied by 1.5

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 260

by blackicye (#49135751) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

he problem with instant translation is that it undermines the choice of looking up or not. Memory comes from a really strong filter. Instant translations make you look up more words, many more than what your brain can remember. It's better you just learn 2 words from that book that will stay for life than 20 you'll have forgotten by tomorrow.

I have a simple fix your this issue of yours, make the search more tedious by forcing the user (you) to solve a Sudoku puzzle before the dictionary will give you the definition.

Comment: Re:I'll tell my insurance company to get right on (Score 2) 245

by Qzukk (#49132299) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

Setting aside socialism, if the system was working anything approaching optimum for the current configuration of third party payers and patent holders and everything else, insurance companies would already be inventing (and/or buying inventors of) drugs and practically giving them away to their members (or cross-licensing them with other insurers cheap to get their members the best drugs available in multiple categories). As a side effect, insurance companies would inherently aim to reduce side effects (guess who pays when you have a heart attack because of taking some drug) rather than cover side effects up (see: VIOXX). It would also eliminate the (real or imagined) conflict of interest between finding cures and finding treatments.

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