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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:you're all insane. (1051 comments)

People used to die from smallpox. Now they don't. That's good enough evidence for me.
How many deformed kids did you grow up with due to polio? Zero? Oh, me too. I wonder why that is.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Not the real problem (1051 comments)

Citation needed.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:So how far are you willing to go? (1051 comments)

We're not talking about forced vaccination. You just have to be vaccinated to attend school.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Offer 'Em Ten Bucks (1051 comments)

This is actually a really good idea.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Personal inviolability (1051 comments)

So be it. But you can't come to school if you aren't willing to protect public health. That's the deal.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Freedom of choice (1051 comments)

Free country, sure. You're free to be foolish and suffer the consequences. You aren't free to drive on the sidewalk, discharge your firearm at a Walmart for target practice, or take a shit on the president's desk.

Similarly, we should not be free to endanger public health with disease. If you want to remain unvaccinated, do so in your own backwoods shack, away from us. Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Vaccines are totally safe (1051 comments)

Yeah, I'm totally going to trust a naturalist with no formal training to give me advice on advanced medicine. Especially when they are selling herbal remedies at the same time.

Don't think vaccines are safe? Try polio, rubella, whooping cough, and measles. See how safe you feel when your kid might catch one of those at school.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Simple solution (1051 comments)

We don't have that ability.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:No (1051 comments)

That would never happen. How could you pass that rule? If you did, how would you ever enforce that?

Better to simply specify that people must be vaccinated to attend school, get a government job, and receive public benefits.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MetalliQaZ Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Again, here is someone who didn't look at the request and doesn't understand why it was rejected. Just lap up that SJW narrative and don't think about it. You get an A+ in modern activism.

What happened here is a request was deferred for valid technical reasons and then removed because of intra-project politics. Those same politics led to the forking.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MetalliQaZ Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

You're blinded by your strong support of activism. The issue is the way that Joyent threw the guy under the bus. They said, in essence, "We would fire this guy if we could, but he's totally not an employee. We hate him as much as you do, so don't hate on us!" And they said it in a very public way. That's alienation. Oh, they forked it? Big surprise.

If you actually looked at the merge request he rejected it for being a worthless change. He didn't invest any value in a change that had no functional improvements and didn't even make the documentation any clearer. It was just churn. He didn't reject it on the grounds that pronouns should be masculine.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MetalliQaZ Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Wow, after reading that blog post, I suddenly understand exactly why they're forking themselves away from Joyent. And to be honest, I'm now expecting that Io.js will become dominant over Node.js in time, which is the opposite of what I thought yesterday.

Apparently Joyent doesn't want to focus on the product. 99% of people who depend on Node.js don't give a flying fart about what pronouns are used in COMMENTS in the library.

about two weeks ago
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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

MetalliQaZ Re:Favoritism! (82 comments)

How come when I update my monster.com profile it's not news?

Because nobody uses your crappy software.

about 2 months ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

MetalliQaZ Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

I don't completely agree with this. Yes, it will cost a fortune to skip commercials, but that is because the commercials are still tied to the legacy business model. They exist to make money for broadcast television, and have been a solid revenue stream for cable television for decades. If people can switch their content delivery medium and skip commercials, the demand for the commercials from the customer side (the customers are the advertisers) will plummet, and the legacy model will collapse. Once the legacy model has faded away, I doubt there would be any real requirement to make ad skipping outrageously expensive. I expect it would be more like a Netflix+Hulu model. You pay for delivery, then access to ad-less back catalogs would cost a bit of money, and access to "live" episodes would be either a nominal fee or commercial supported.

about 2 months ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

MetalliQaZ Needs better proof (235 comments)

I don't doubt this kind of thing is happening. The government has been moving itself into ever darker shadows of secrecy to avoid oversight, while at the same time has been violating privacy rights of its citizens ever more egregiously. This is not a problem with any particular party or political viewpoint. This is just the nature of power. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The powerful elite will always consolidate and expand. In this country, the One Ring of Power is the law system, and the magic is provided by technology. I believe Ms. Attkisson.

Having said that, she is going to need much better proof than she has or nothing will come of this. There has to be a smoking gun in the had of an actual federal agent. In this case that would be an actual order to spy, provably given by someone who is high enough to be responsible for their decisions. She will never have that.

about 2 months ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

MetalliQaZ These laws are hard to grasp (475 comments)

Let's do a thought experiment. Start with a blank piece of paper and some colored pencils. A person begins drawing a picture. The page begins as a completely meaningless object, and as marks are made on the page, it gains meaning gradually. A line on paper is not illegal, or at least it shouldn't be by any moral or ethical standard. Two lines, three lines, and so on. Each are probably completely innocent individually. If these scribbles were forming letters and words, they would be clearly protected expression, until they formed some kind of credible threat. At least, that's how I understand it.

But this isn't a written message, just a picture. A head takes shape. Eyes, nose, mouth, and hair. The subject starts to emerge. Still this is a legal drawing by any measure. Eventually enough marks are made on the page that the subject has context. Clothes, background... and actions. At some point the scene depicted by this collection of lines and smudges becomes forbidden. What was an figment of someone's imagination is now a very real crime.

How does that happen, and when? Who specifically does this law protect? Is the person who drew it a criminal, or is it only a crime when someone buys it? Is every viewer of the picture a criminal or just the ones who enjoy it? How do you tell which is which? What about the imagination that spawned the picture? Would the artist have been a criminal if they hadn't put their mental image to paper? I find these questions very difficult to answer in a way that makes sense for a society. Every seemingly obvious answer can lead to some very harmful laws.

But the main motivation is one of greater public good. A scribble that harms nobody is made illegal because by locking up the people who like the scribbles, they cannot remain free to eventually harm real people in the same way. It's a noble cause and perhaps an effective law (I have not seen proof one way or the other). However it is also disturbingly close to pre-crime. I'm not entirely comfortable with that.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

MetalliQaZ Re:More mind numbing web based games? (67 comments)

These aren't flash games. Granted, some of the games on offer actually ARE mind-numbing, but FTL definitely isn't

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

MetalliQaZ Nothing on the underlying technology? (67 comments)

asm.js is the underlying technology they used to port the games to the web. According to Wikipedia, "asm.js is an intermediate programming language consisting of a strict subset of the JavaScript language. It enables significant performance improvements for web applications that are written in statically-typed languages with manual memory management (such as C) and then translated to JavaScript by a source-to-source compiler."

about 2 months ago

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Verizon Wireless caves to FCC pressure, says it won't throttle 4G users

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  about 3 months ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Verizon Wireless was scheduled to begin throttling certain LTE users today as part of an expanded "network optimization" program, but has decided not to follow through with the controversial plan after criticism from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. All major carriers throttle certain users when cell sites get too congested, but Wheeler and consumer advocates objected to how carriers choose which customers to throttle. The fact that Verizon was throttling only unlimited data users showed that it was trying to boost its profits rather than implementing a reasonable network management strategy, Wheeler said."
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Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be "Abolished"

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  about a year ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSA’s first annual “Science of Security (SoS) Competition.” The competition, which aims to honor the best “scientific papers about national security” as a way to strengthen NSA collaboration with researchers in academia, honored Bonneau for his paper on the nature of passwords. And how did Bonneau respond to being honored by the NSA? By expressing, in an honest and bittersweet blog post, his revulsion at what the NSA has become: "Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.""
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Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes ""Today, Netflix announced that they are raising rates on monthly plans that allow customers to get unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time. The plan which originally cost $9.99 a month will now cost $15.98 a month. In addition, the company is now splitting out streaming only plans from DVD plans and consumers can get an unlimited streaming plan for $7.99 a month, or one DVD out at a time for $7.99 a month.""
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Facebook's 1-sided handling of copyright claims

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MetalliQaZ writes "Ars Technica is currently following the story of their own experience being the target of a fraudulent copyright complaint on their Facebook page. "Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked. Ars found this out the hard way Thursday morning when our own Facebook page became inaccessible, with no warning, no explanation, and no clear appeal process. To make matters worse, Facebook is not responsive to inquiries about account lockout, and the company provides absolutely zero useful direction on how to rectify a complaint.""
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