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  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    I'm finally to the point where I'd pay premium prices for an e-book, if I could get it the same day the hardcover comes out. That's not true of technical books yet, as they end up full of my scribbled...
  • Commented on Confessions of a (half-assed) news avoider
    I wonder if the news companies have stumbled onto a U-shaped curve... Imaging plotting annoyance/avoidance against bad news: at no bad news, annoyance is high and I don't read the paper: it's pap. At a little bad news, it attracts...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Chernobyl Reindeer. As a running joke, we've been planting amazingly ugly plastic reindeer on each others' lawns for some years. You don't want to be away at christmas, for fear the chernobyl will show up. They got the name because...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Belated pointer: James Fallows has a mildly complimentary post from a happy CD publisher, about Amazon. This is in response to Mr Fallows' previous critical review. See http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/JamesFallows/~3/Idsb4L4tq6o/story01.htm...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Side comment: "The News - a User's Manual" may be a counter-agent to the media's brayings....
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    In general, I'd like to see strong security as a default. SSL, alas, is neither strong, default nor particularly secure. It's also a pain to set up. Amusingly, there is a proposal in draft for an EU prohibition on dangerously...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    Returning to the topic at hand, it makes some sense to have the data available under stringent controls to small, trustworthy groups of researchers. It's hard to anonymize large data-sets, and de-anonymizing them is frighteningly easy. Using Google BigQuery would...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    May I niggle off-topic? "Identity theft" used to be "impersonation", which I prefer. (Banks are on the hook if someone impersonates you, but will try to argue "you had your ID stolen, it's your fault" now that identity theft is...
  • Commented on The Importance of Being Geek
    I don't have a woman badge, but I had to take "girl lessons" from my wife as I became more involved in management. Sometime I can see the differences, especially in dialect, but often it's just subtle, non-obvious differences, like...
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