Senator: New net neutrality plan worse than “doing nothing at all” | Ars Technica

Senator Al Franken says net neutrality rules that exempt wireless broadband and permit paid prioritization could cause “more harm than doing nothing at all.”

Source: Senator: New net neutrality plan worse than “doing nothing at all” | Ars Technica

 

If you haven’t written your congressmen about this yet, this is about your last chance to do so. Given the difficulty and rarity of serious changes to federal policies, you are going to have to live with the results for the rest of your lives.

Do you really need antivirus software? | ZDNet

Do you need antivirus software on your PC? If you’re not sure of the answer to that question, then the short answer is yes. The longer answer is that security software is only one piece of what should be a simple, straightforward, and systematic approach to your PC’s health. Here’s my seven-step program.

Source: Do you really need antivirus software? | ZDNet

 

My favorite part of this is that people are mostly getting infected by malware exploiting vulnerabilities that were patched 2-3 years ago (but YOU keep ALL the software on your computer updated, right?) and the rest of the top-10 most common are installed through social engineering. There is no software or hardware that provides security against the user’s ignorance or gullibility.

Another Hacker’s Laptop, Cellphones Searched at Border | WIRED

A well-known and respected computer-security researcher was detained for several hours Wednesday night by border agents who searched his laptop and cellphones before returning them to him.

Source: Another Hacker’s Laptop, Cellphones Searched at Border | WIRED

 

When did it become okay to check anyone, whenever, without cause or suspicion? Or, perhaps more accurately, when did everyone become suspicious?

Why the office is the worst place to work – CNN.com

Companies spend billions on rent, offices, and office equipment so their employees will have a great place to work.

However, when you ask people where they go when they really need to get something done, you’ll rarely hear them say it’s the office.

If you ask, you’ll usually get one of three kinds of responses: A place, a moving object, or a time.

Source: Why the office is the worst place to work – CNN.com

 

Obviously, as with all generalizations, there are exceptions. However, for “creative” jobs (programming, music, graphics, art, writing, designing, etc.) I think this is largely true.

Weekend Special: Reckless Medicine | Care And Cost

Less than half the surgeries, drugs and tests that doctors recommend have been proved effective.

Source: Weekend Special: Reckless Medicine | Care And Cost

“Reckless Medicine” by Jeanne Lenzer & Shannon Brownlee
originally published on 2010-11-20 in Discover Magazine, November 2010 issue

Alternate link:
http://attentiallebufale.it/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Discover-Reckless-Medicine.pdf

 

Next time your doctor talks to you about surgery, make sure you do your own research too so you can provide actual informed consent. The poor doc’s life is hard enough learning HOW to do all the things demanded of them without being omniscient statistical gods about whether or not any of it is actually right for you. It would be convenient if they could, but they could, but they are just people too. Give them a break and do your part to keep yourself healthy.