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Comment Re:I often think dietary "science" is a myth (Score 1) 242

Well, it is just yourself you want to convince, sure. But for others, you sort-of have to have demonstrated skills and that is where the PhD comes in. After all, you cannot just call yourself a surgeon or a pilot or the like either. Well, you can, but it will be meaningless. Although almost all self-styled "scientists" have no clue what they are doing and due to Dunning-Kruger are in addition unable to see that. The scientific method is a bit more involved than most people realize and that includes some pretty smart people. For example, "following the scientific method" is necessary but not sufficient. And even that part is actually pretty difficult to do and takes a lot of different forms. A single life is too short to find out all that by yourself.

Hence assuming that somebody without a PhD is not a scientist is a pretty safe bet.

Comment Re:I often think dietary "science" is a myth (Score 0) 242

Science actually works well, if practiced by competent and honest scientists. Unfortunately, there are just as many bad and dishonest scientists than there are incompetent and dishonest people in any other field. The medical fields is an extreme offender here though, probably dues to hugely inflated egos as additional problem.

Comment Can only be acieved with the "Scotty Method"... (Score 1) 212

I.e. if you carefully estimated the time, tell them you need twice that. If needed, waste some time to be accurate. Of course, even this method requires a high level of skill, because the average developer (i.e. not really good at anything) will deliver results with even more delay if given more time.

Medicine

Will the High-Tech Cities of the Future Be Utterly Lonely? (theweek.com) 104

adeelarshad82 writes from a report via The Week: The prospect of cities becoming sentient is "fast becoming the new reality," according to one paper. Take Tel Aviv for example, where everyone over the age of 13 can receive personalized data, such as traffic information, and can access free municipal Wi-Fi in 80 public zones. But in a future where robots sound and objects look increasingly sentient, we might be less inclined to seek out behaviors to abate our loneliness. Indeed, one recent study titled "Products as pals" finds that exposure to or interaction with anthropomorphic products -- which have characteristics of being alive -- partially satisfy our social needs, which means the human-like robots of tomorrow could kill our dwindling urge to be around other humans.
Security

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan's Face At the Champions League Final (vice.com) 86

Using a new facial recognition surveillance system, British police will scan every fan's face at the UEFA Champions League on June 3rd and compare them to a police database of some 500,000 "persons of interest." "According to a government tender issued by South Wales Police, the system will be deployed during the day of the game in Cardiff's main train station, as well as in and around the Principality Stadium situated in the heart of Cardiff's central retail district." From the report: Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors plus the many more thousands of people in the vicinity of the bustling Saturday evening city center on match day, June 3. Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any "persons of interest," according to the tender. The security operation will build on previous police use of Automated Facial Recognition, or AFR technology by London's Metropolitan Police during 2016's Notting Hill Carnival.
Earth

Adidas Creates Trainers Made From Plastic Ocean Debris in Bid To End Pollution (telegraph.co.uk) 80

Adidas is building on its previous commitment to turn plastic pollution into high-performance products. Next month, the German sportswear will begin selling three new editions of its popular UltraBoost shoe, all made from plastic debris found in the ocean. From a report: Helping to achieve its goal of creating one million pairs of the Ultra Boost style, Parley for the Oceans will produce trainers made from recycled ocean waste. Made up of 11 reused plastic bottles in each pair, the Ultra Boost' laces, lining and sock lining covers will be made of other recycled products, making for an environmentally-friendly high-performance product.
Government

The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, and Coal Won't Cut It (bloomberg.com) 451

An anonymous reader shares a report: Wind and solar are about to become unstoppable, natural gas and oil production are approaching their peak, and electric cars and batteries for the grid are waiting to take over. This is the world Donald Trump inherited as U.S. president. And yet his energy plan is to cut regulations to resuscitate the one sector that's never coming back: coal. Clean energy installations broke new records worldwide in 2016, and wind and solar are seeing twice as much funding as fossil fuels, according to new data released Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). That's largely because prices continue to fall. Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity in the world. But with Trump's deregulations plans, what "we're going to see is the age of plenty -- on steroids," BNEF founder Michael Liebreich said. "That's good news economically, except there's one fly in the ointment, and that's climate."
Businesses

Amazon Wants To Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom (vice.com) 202

On Wednesday, Amazon announced the Echo Look, the latest gadget in the company's new Echo-powered hardware lineup. Motherboard explains: The newly announced Echo Look is a virtual assistant with a microphone and a camera that's designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed. Amazon is pitching it as an easy way to snap pictures of your outfits to send to your friends when you're not sure if your outfit is cute, but it's also got a built-in app called StyleCheck that is worth some further dissection. [...] "All photos and video captured with your Echo Look are securely stored in the AWS cloud and locally in the Echo Look app until a customer deletes them," a spokesperson for the company said. "You can delete the photos or videos associated with your account anytime in the Echo Look App." Motherboard also asked if Echo Look photos, videos, and the data gleaned from them would be sold to third parties; the company did not address that question.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 2) 265

Pixar was unique in Silicon Valley companies in that we had deadlines that could not move. The film had to be in theaters before Christmas, etc. I'd see employees families come to Pixar to have dinner with them. I took the technical director training but decided to stay in studio tools, first because Pixar needed better software more than they needed another TD, and second because of the crazy hours.

Comment Re:Not much luck over a two-year period (Score 1) 58

Luck is involved in the parts of finding things that others have not yet found and that hence give you a high payout. In particular, this gets progressively harder and the harder it gets, the lower the payouts. So while this person made $600'000 over 2 years, a repeat performance over the next 10 years, or so is exceptionally unlikely.

An actually professional code security review does not depend on luck. It also does not try to maximize "bugs found". It looks at architecture, design, input validation, critical data-paths, etc. and more than half of the result will not be description of bugs found, but analysis of severity and conclusions to be drawn and even things that are not directly bugs, like critical data-paths that rely on one protection mechanism, configuration options that are hard to get right and breaks security (or remove one layer of protection) when done wrong, code structure that is misleading, security functionality in surprising places, etc.

The whole focus on "finding bugs" is misplaced. You will never find them all and due to the randomization aspect of this, a different attacker may just find ones you did not find, regardless of how hard you looked. In fact, it is basically always cheaper and has a better result to re-implement with highly skilled and trusted people that thoroughly understand software security. Doing background-checks on these people and making sure they are satisfied with their jobs is actually much more important than to look at the code they produce. As so often in IT security, skewed and outright wrong ideas from bad movies are prevalent in the area of code security as well.

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