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Bruce Schneier On Airport Security 582

the4thdimension writes "Bruce Schneier has an opinion piece on CNN this morning that illustrates his view on airport security. Given that he has several books on security, his opinion carries some weight. In the article, Bruce discusses the rarity of terrorism, the pitfalls of security theater, and the actual difficulty surrounding improving security. What are your thoughts? Do you think that we can actually make air travel (and any other kind of travel, for that matter) truly secure?"

Comment Re:Back your data up (Score 1) 283

Most non-tech people don't think that they need offline backups of what is in the cloud. Sure, they know that they need to backup their word documents, but most non-tech people don't think they need to back up things such as email or contacts.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 419

"The company says autistics have a talent for spotting imperfections, and thrive on predictable, monotonous work."

Sounds like manager material to me.

No... because people with autism are terrible at dealing with people. Their social skills are horrible. I'll give you an example. Many autistic children have to be taught how to recognize and make facial expressions. They do not figure it out on their own.

Comment Re:High Functioning Autism (Score 2, Informative) 419

Yes, high functioning autism people CAN be successful in the business world, but it is more of a exception rather than a rule. Not being able to communicate well or understand abstract ideas is a real problem in the business world. It does impair them from doing complex work. Everything for an autism person MUST be concrete. I can see why this would lead to success in programming, but they would fail at many other professions.

Comment Re:Dupe (Score 3, Insightful) 419

That is because mental retardation was an umbrella diagnosis that didn't convey any useful information. Most people with any kind of mental disability were given that diagnosis. As we learned more about these kinds of disabilities, we began specifying different kinds of mental problems. It's like the difference between calling a person educated and calling them a physicist.

Devices To Take Textbooks Beyond Text 115

An anonymous reader writes with a New York Times piece about the tumultuous transition to electronic devices, instead of printed materials, for text. "Newspapers and novels are moving briskly from paper to pixels, but textbooks have yet to find the perfect electronic home. They are readable on laptops and smartphones, but the displays can be eye-taxing. Even dedicated e-readers with their crisp printlike displays can’t handle textbook staples like color illustrations or the videos and Web-linked supplements publishers increasingly supply. Now there is a new approach that may adapt well to textbook pages: two-screen e-book readers with a traditional e-paper display on one screen and a liquid-crystal display on the other to render graphics like science animations in color."

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