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anonemouse

  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Sorry, no; there's a huge difference between unscrupulous employees providing unethical people information on whatever individuals they want, and providing everyone information on everyone. The former is a tiny individual risk that you will become of enough interest to someone...
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    Have your study participant families submit Subject Access Requests to the supermarkets whose loyalty programs they're enrolled in....
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    Nope, just means I'd have to find some other info to go from 15 possibles to 1 definite. I don't know medical records well enough to say what could be used. It's a game of "Guess Who?" with everyone in...
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    You miss my larger point: given your scenario, it took me ~15 minutes (including diversions to do my actual day job) to come up with a scheme to de-anonymize someone from it. And I'm bad at this stuff. Anonymization of...
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    [I]f you could track every family that buys a particular brand of shampoo, then you could notice health correlations with using that shampoo.* (That's surely beyond our capabilities now, but maybe not in 20 years or so.) Link your study...
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    OK. Now take your sickle-cell anaemia sufferer and match their vaccination dates with all others the same age, and you've confirmed they were vaccinated in school. Look up vaccination records for the schools and you have them ID'ed to ~1/30....
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    Meanwhile, we lose data. You're assuming our right to the data trumps everyone's individual right to privacy; that's not a straightforward assumption, and one that runs into real difficulty in some societies - for instance French censuses do not record...
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    So I say we should make a good-faith effort to make things anonymous, and create a social climate where people who admit they have tried to find other people's individual medical history get a whole lot of scorn for it....
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    Your sanitized records (minus names and addresses and overtly identifying data) should be public to anybody who wants to do big-data epidemiology. "Overtly identifying data" - please define your terms. For instance, the date someone was given a diagnosis is...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I've yet to read them, but if you're looking for more Pratchett SF he wrote an SF trilogy with Stephen Baxter......
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    TCOM takes off specific books, but they're very influential specific books; they're background radiation in all fantasy. I mean, Bravd and the Weasel are thoroughly and Pratchett-admittedly Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, but anyone who doesn't recognise them (such as...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I generally recommend "Small Gods" as one of the most self-contained and with some of the best one-liners. Read it and then read the annotations and see how many references you missed! (Everyone misses some; he drew from so many...
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    Property rights in drugs and related production and distribution equipment are extremely weak. It's something else, and something clearly even more pathological than contemporary financial capitalism. An outlaw trade is governed by a prisoner's dilemma co-operation between participants in pretending...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    Woody Guthrie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_machine_kills_fascists...
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    Bad example, I'll grant; I should learn to keep my figurative mouth shut when sleep-deprived. A maid or housekeeper who worked a day or two a week to help with the heavy cleaning?...
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    You're talking about what's often referred to as the "gig economy": have an Ebay store for cat-trees, an Etsy one for safes, signing up with Ponoko to manufacture 3D prints, install Uber on your phone in case someone's going your...
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    They're servants, of a model used back in the first half of the previous century - servants amortized over several members of the middle class (taking in washing being a prime example)....
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    Not Audible, but here's the Clarkesworld reading of Peter Watts' The Things - John Carpenter's The Thing, from the point of view of the Thing. A well read, very creepy story....
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    I think most people agree that a god can't be just anybody or anything. God can't be a homeless guy with bad teeth -- gods have to be majestic, not somebody that dogs pee on and cops bully. Either you...
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    It may also be relevant that BillyBob the Televangelist's definition of God impinges on others' quality of life; I don't get the impression Dirk is campaigning for daily prayer to the anthropomorphic Strong Nuclear Force in schools, so his definition...
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    If anything, the Soviet antipathy towards religious institutions indicates that they saw them as rivals. And vice versa, of course, from the Wobblies ("There'll be pie/In the sky/when you die..." as answer back to the Salvation Army's attempts to...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    The proposition that (a) it is possible for intelligent life to have evolved within this galaxy, but (b) it could only happen the once seems to me against Ockham's Razor. The intersection of the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Why need a worm? The Internet Census compromised 1.2 million embedded devices (routers etc.) by trying to log in to them with default or empty credentials....
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    How about all those Chinese missions, or the Indian satellites? I'm not sure what Yutu's anthropomorphized Weibo account does to your hypothesis. (Some samples in this article.)...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There is nothing preventing an interpreted language on a non-Von Neumann architecture -- why do you think that is? Sorry, you're right - I was thinking JIT and got very confused....
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Your OS including your believed-secure web browser is in ROM that can be changed only when you physically push that button. That's executable and non-executable memory right there (has to be or else you just move the attack to rewriting...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    My first demand is a boot rom and kernel that can't be tampered with except when I physically push a button to let the existing code update itself. AKA the destruction of the von Neumann architecture, rendering all interpreted programming...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    You're proposing a solution that requires an Internet Dictator, the discarding of >30 years of sunk costs, the summary execution of Intel, the reversing of the architecture decision made at the very foundation of computing - which implies the discarding...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Except the malware under discussion is specifically designed to infect USB keys to carry information out of air-gapped networks and instructions in....
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    I dunno about attack bats, but there was the bat bomb......
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