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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Chris Mattern Re:Yanis Varoufakis (153 comments)

The problem is that rewriting your debt repayment obligations without the consent of the debt holders is called "default", and the results can be fairly drastic.

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Chris Mattern Re:Well... (156 comments)

Otherwise, that could seriously change "modern" warfare. "Umm, general, they seem to be using things made of rope, wood, and stone ... none of our technology seems to have any effect."

Heh. Have you read Poul Anderson's The High Crusade? A medieval English village beats a small extraterrestrial invasion force, in part because of just that.

2 hours ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Chris Mattern Re:Cam-tastic (120 comments)

no, the problem is the pharmaceutical industry (in the case of opiates, which USED TO BE LEGAL

And when they were legal, the pharmaceutical industry sold them. Made a tidy amount of money at it, too. Why would they want to ban them?

the paper industry (WHICH USED TO BE MADE FROM HEMP)

Well, no, at least in the larger sense. There are a few isolated documented cases of making paper from hemp, but for the most part, mass production of paper has always been from wood pulp. I've heard that processing hemp into paper is actually more expensive than using wood pulp, but I can't verify that.

4 hours ago
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Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

Chris Mattern Re:That's a shame (38 comments)

Did you rush out to buy a Power Glove after watching the Wizard?

Well, of course. I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.

yesterday
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

Chris Mattern Re:Cryptography is lost (151 comments)

They've unboiled an egg. They haven't unscrambled one.

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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Chris Mattern Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (379 comments)

Presumably one in which there isn't even a facade of having rules--just whatever the boss says, goes, and they admit that's the case.

yesterday
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Chris Mattern "Baby..." (379 comments)

"...why you always gotta make me hit you?"

yesterday
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Chris Mattern Re:People need advice more than information (349 comments)

They're *getting* advice. That's the problem. They're getting *bad* advice, and they can't tell the difference.

How do they judge "much better product"? Is non-GMO "much better", in spite of the fact that extensive research hasn't turned up proof of *any* bad effects, and can provide effective nutritional advantages in many cases?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Chris Mattern Re:Simple solution (420 comments)

Aw, I wanted to do that joke! Give my regards to Pixie and Dixie.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Chris Mattern Re:Simple solution (420 comments)

Because this functionality is ctrl-c and ctrl-v all wrapped up in one using only the mouse. Because you can paste without ever taking your hand off the mouse. Left click-drag to select text. Middle click to paste. Very fast.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chris Mattern Re:its a tough subject (657 comments)

We can disagree over the rights of herd immunity, but those who maintain that refusal to vaccinate hurts only the one who refuses, as the OP argued, are just plain ignorant of the facts.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chris Mattern Re:Just Require an IQ Test (657 comments)

Pneumonia is caused by bacteria, the flu by a virus.

Wow. Then I guess viral pneumonia is a myth.

"Pneumonia" is term used to describe a disease where the lungs start to fill with fluid. This can result from a wide range of causes, many of which are bacterial infections, but it can also be caused by viruses, fungi, parasites, or other causes.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chris Mattern Re:its a tough subject (657 comments)

Prove herd immunity works - show us studies / tests / real results.
You won't be able to (just a hint).

You really should have read the Wikipedia article on herd immunity before posting this, as it details just such a case study, which quite definitely confirmed the concept.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chris Mattern Re:its a tough subject (657 comments)

*sigh* Every vaccination debate we get this ignorant argument. Vaccinations, like everything in life, aren't 100% guaranteed. They're very effective, but they don't *always* work. Also ,there are people who can't have a vaccine for legitimate reasons (often a compromised immune system). The people for whom the vaccine doesn't take, and the people who legitimately can't get vaccinated are protected if enough people *are* effectively vaccinated because there aren't enough viable carriers. This is called "herd immunity." That is why everyone who can be vaccinated needs to be vaccinated--not just for their own protection but the protection of others.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chris Mattern Re:Yes. (657 comments)

The entire guilty until proven innocent is for criminal and civil trials, not for employment.

I think you meant "Innocent until proven guilty." And it's just criminal trials, for the most part. Civil trials are usually preponderance of evidence.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Chris Mattern Re:Beam me up (657 comments)

"Snot here, Captain." "What's not there, Snotty?"

4 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

Chris Mattern Re:what about... (138 comments)

No, Harry Mudd's not *supposed* to be good-looking. That's part of the character.

5 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Chris Mattern Re:Bullshit (322 comments)

Did you read the words "new law" in the post up there?

I did. Did you read that the new law does not in fact require kids to turn over their passwords? That's the schools' own bright idea, using the law as an excuse.

5 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Chris Mattern Re:Result of the Glengary Speech . (263 comments)

Somebody who goes to college and passes some courses but doesn't graduate has succeeded. Just not as much as someone who graduates. Someone who goes to college and doesn't learn anything there doesn't get anything for it. You won't be rewarded just because you stepped onto a college campus.

Just read his life story, it's clear that trying does pay off.

No, trying plus amazing talent pays off. There are lots of other artists who tried as hard as Van Gogh. You've never heard of them. Why? Because they sucked.

5 days ago

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