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Comment: Re: Patience, my pretty... (Score 1) 120

by konaya (#47419793) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

Yup, this sounds a bit like Y2K in retrospective. Was money wasted on it because it turned out to be a non-event, or was it a non-event because so much was spent on it?

Money was wasted on it because many parties insisted on waiting until the very last minute to do anything about it.

Comment: Re: Patience, my pretty... (Score 1) 120

by konaya (#47419749) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet
Wouldn't that make it that much harder to track down the source in the event of an outbreak? If, say, a janitor or janitrix at Acme Carwash and Research Centre is among the first people to succumb to the disease, that would be a fairly obvious clue. If he or she is inoculated, however, and merely acts as a spore carrier and infects a random stranger on the bus, the source will be that much harder to track.

Comment: Is this really news? (Score 1) 231

by konaya (#47419577) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos
Not intended as a jibe at the contributor of this article, of course, but rather a jibe at the world at large. When camera phones became common enough to get thrown away, I remember doing the exact same thing with dumpster-dived mobile phones. (I was a teenager at the time, with a customary deficiency of both moral scruples and better things to do.) Surely, anyone who has ever salvaged or otherwise second-handed any form of storage device already knows that people are notoriously bad at wiping. Now and again this resurfaces in the public eye in the form of a news article or similar. Despite this, it continues to be a problem. Why? Why aren't people learning? Why does this news topic refuse to age?

Comment: Re:No one is excluded by other people (Score 1) 608

by konaya (#47419337) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
Is it, though? The formative years are critical for developing the relevant traits, and you can hardly expect children to figure this out on their own, even though perhaps you—and, for that matter, I—just happened to unlock the programmer storyline during the great Brownian motion that constitutes the formative years of most children. We really ought to make programming a mainstream subject, preferably from as young an age as possible.

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