When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he’s gettin’ might really be fear. So I don’t carry a gun because I don’t want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I’d rather they would respect me.

NIH director: Budget cuts put U.S. science at risk

Budget pressures now force the National Institutes of Health to reject half of worthwhile research proposals, putting scientific progress at risk and leading bright U.S. minds to consider relocating.

The NIH budget peaked in fiscal year 2010 at $31.2 billion, falling to $30.15 billion for fiscal year 2014.

Due to inflation, the NIH budget has lost 25% of its purchasing power over the last decade, Collins says.

Source: NIH director: Budget cuts put U.S. science at risk

What Happened with LEGO – Reality Prose

“What happened with Legos? They used to be simple. Oh come on, I know you know what I’m talking about. Legos were simple. Something happened out here while I was inside. Harry Potter Legos, Star Wars Legos, complicated kits, tiny little blocks. I mean I’m not saying it’s bad, I just wanna know what happened.” — Prof. Cane – Community

Let’s take a look at the history of LEGO pricing and try to figure out what is going on.

If all the signs lead to the price of LEGO not increasing overtime, then why is there a common belief that it has? I have couple hypotheses:

  1. Children who were bought LEGO as gifts are now old enough to buy it for themselves and for others as gifts and they are surprised by the price.
  2. The advent of collectible LEGO sets and the internet has driven the secondary market of LEGO through the roof

Source: What Happened with LEGO – Reality Prose

Q&A Interview with Dan Greer – The Washington Post

Trust, what’s the definition of trust? You know I have a sort of personal definition of privacy and a personal definition of security. For me, trust is the availability of effective recourse. I don’t guard myself if I have effective recourse

Man, what is public these days? If I can read your newspaper from orbit, what is public? If I can tell where you are in your house by imaging through the wall, what is public? On and on and on. … Just because it’s observable without crossing the boundaries of your property, does that mean it’s public? I think if we don’t do something, that’s where it’s going. … What is the public domain? That’s really the question. Technology is changing what is public by changing what is observable, and that’s what I’m getting at. And I don’t know the answer, but I do know that if we don’t answer it, things will continue.

Source: Why one of cybersecurity’s thought leaders uses a pager instead of a smart phone – The Washington Post