Smart, curious people consistently overestimate the economic impact of...– Marginal Revolution: Paul Krugman’s predictions from 1998
I sure hope RubyGems isn’t the utter DLL hell that CPAN is. The only time I tried shipping a product based on CPAN stuff, I wound up shipping the entire bundle as one, because there’s just no way to download it from CPAN and depend on having the exact versions of the modules you developed with available - and when they’re not, you’re stuck in a messy cycle of upgrade...
the Pentagon’s cyber-warriors need target practice in this new form of combat, and they could long ago have practised by obliterating WikiLeaks’ electrons — Barack Obama is a bigger danger than WikiLeaks by John Bolton …wut?
I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’ – Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974
Children “don’t have the sophistication” to distinguish...– TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says …that’s because (aside from maybe the intent) there is no difference.
the TSA has spent billions on those scanners, claiming they’re essential. But because people can opt out, the alternate manual method must be equally effective; otherwise, the terrorists could just opt out. If they make the pat-downs less invasive, it would be the same as admitting the scanners aren’t essential. Senior officials would get fired over that. Schneier on Security: Full...