2021-01-21 Paras Chopra
surgery is different than medicine. All new pharmaceutical molecules are subjected to rigorous clinical trials where they’re tested against placebo or doing nothing. In many countries, there’s no such procedure for surgical treatments. If there is a procedure for new surgical procedures, nobody is testing old ones that have been getting performed every day without evidence.
2021-01-12 Eddy Elfenbein
Nearly the entire gain of the Dow has come during the first six days of the month.
2021-01-16 Tom Parker
“If the government is going to be the one to decide what hate speech to ban, it’s not going to be the same speech as the speech you hate.”
2021-01-13 Bruce Schneier
There’s not ever going to be enough police or security at any event to stop people if they all act in unison; if enough people want to get to Vanilla Ice at the same time, they’re going to get to Vanilla Ice. Social constructs and basic decency, not lightweight security gates, are what hold everyone except the outliers back in a typical crowd.
2000-04-06 Joel Spolsky
Netscape … [made] the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make:
They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.
The reason that they think the old code is a mess is because of a cardinal, fundamental law of programming:
It’s harder to read code than to write it.
2020-12-09 Bruce Schneier
FireEye [a cybersecurity company] was hacked by — they believe — “a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities”
2020 Taylor G. Lunt
. . . I don’t agree with the pro-life opinion I expressed in this essay. This was a thought exercise: take on a position I disagree with, and try to make it as strong as possible.
2020-11-02 Joel Abbott
“Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place,” said Harris, finishing her idea of a utopia on earth.
This all sounds nice. It sounds great on the surface. It doesn’t even sound socialistic to the untrained ear. This language of “equity,” however, drives at a core idea of socialism: the uniform equality of outcome for all people.
2020-10-29 George Musser
In a series of breakthrough papers, theoretical physicists have come tantalizingly close to resolving the black hole information paradox that has entranced and bedeviled them for nearly 50 years. Information, they now say with confidence, does escape a black hole. If you jump into one, you will not be gone for good. Particle by particle, the information needed to reconstitute your body will reemerge.