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Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

OwnedByTwoCats Re:It is about time (1271 comments)

There may be proportionally more Anti-Vaxers who are liberal than are conservatives. But the anti-vaxers are nearly unrepresented in the ranks of Liberal/Democratic elected leaders. As opposed to the anti-global-warming-ists or anti-evolutionists who are leading the Republican party in the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

OwnedByTwoCats Re:New Sign in the Doctors Office... (1271 comments)

Flu is dangerous. 20 to 40 million deaths in 1918-1919. annual deaths 250,000-500,000, more in pandemic years. US deaths averaged 40,000/year from 1979 to 2001 (by one measure).

It is true that immunity from the flu vaccine is not 100%. But reducing ones chance of contracting the disease after exposure by 2/3rds is worth it. I've gotten a flu shot every year since I last had the flu (1994).

more than 2 years ago
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Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Freeware has a lot to do with it (814 comments)

I own a mac, and have three obsolete macs in my "museum". I own a Pentium IV computer, but it runs Linux. Work provides me with a PC. But that's only for work.

more than 4 years ago
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Eolas To Sue Apple, Google, and 21 Others

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Fuck Eolas (252 comments)

Microsoft is a corporation that knew exactly how far across the legal line it could go before it would be punished. How many times were investigations into its business practices settled with "we promise we won't do it again", which they then did?

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Fahrenheit 451 (1021 comments)

The critique of "Cold Equations" on the web is also useful.

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Movies (1021 comments)

I was in High School when Star Wars came out. The first one, before it got retitled "A New Hope" and "Episode 4".

Joseph Campbell's _The_Hero_With_a_Thousand_Faces_ or the PBS Series (with its accompanying book) The Power of Myth both talk about the archtype Epic. Read wikipedia for more.

I saw the Dune movie before I read the book. It worked for me.
 

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Where was this class for me? (1021 comments)

I am quite fond of Roger Zelazny's short story "The Game of Blood and Dust". It didn't resonate at all with my daughter, who never really lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation. It's included in _The_Last_Defender_of_Camelot_, and only 5 pages long.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Files Suits Against "Malvertisers"

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Brain... locking... up... (205 comments)

I don't believe you can run an .exe file on Linux or MacOSX. You can only do that in Windows.

MacOSX tells me whenever I ask it to run a file downloaded from the net for the first time. The OS needs to get in the user's face a little, because downloaded executables carry risks that executables installed from local media do not.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Files Suits Against "Malvertisers"

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Brain... locking... up... (205 comments)

No, the voters chose Gore over Bush. Even in Florida. Somehow, the greater evil took power anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Files Suits Against "Malvertisers"

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Brain... locking... up... (205 comments)

Incorrect on so many points.

Malware does not go where the users are in other environments, it goes where the ease of exploiting vulnerabilities and the size of the market make it worthwhile. Apache is more popular than IIS, yet IIS has more discovered and exploited vulnerabilities.

A secure OS would make sure that all code downloaded from the net is identified to the user as code downloaded from the net and its source/publisher, and a secure OS does not allow the downloaded code to execute until after the user has acknowledged that it is a downloaded program and given explicit permission.

If you exclude all malware/exploits on Microsoft operating systems, Microsoft makes the most secure operating systems, because there are, by definition, no malware/exploits.

more than 4 years ago
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China Considering Cuts In Rare-Earth Metal Exports

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Not a Great Analogy (456 comments)

US Oil production peaked in 1970, at around 9 1/2 million barrels per day. Current US Oil production is down to 5 million barrels per day, and is dropping at an average around 150,000 barrels per day per year. Ten years out, if we're lucky, the US will produce 3 1/5 million barrels per day. Oh, and US demand for oil is at 10 million barrels per day and rising.

more than 4 years ago
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Relativistic Navigation Needed For Solar Sails

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Computers? (185 comments)

That's what I get for posting before whipping out the calculator. The acceleration needed to go 200 AUs in 2.5 years is only 9.5 E-3 meters/second. Or around .001g. I don't trust my calculus any more, but integrating the acceleration over that time is in the ballpark.

more than 4 years ago
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Relativistic Navigation Needed For Solar Sails

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Computers? (185 comments)

The article sounds like it's extrapolating the peak 0.6g acceleration for the entire length of the flight. Seems to me that acceleration is proportional to the light flux trapped and/or reflected by the sail, which will fall off with the square of the distance from the sun. So you can't get to the Oort cloud in just a couple of years.

What am I missing?

more than 4 years ago
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Fatal Explosion At Russian Hydroelectric Dam

OwnedByTwoCats Re:It is not the volts (336 comments)

I was fixing the lights in my basement. Circuit was live, switch was open, and I still got a "tickle" when working on the socket. Pulled the breaker, and found out that the home handyman who wired that part of the basement had put the switch on the white (return) wire. Grrrrr!

Now, do I pay an electrician to find out all the places where the wiring is screwed up? Or just double-check when I need to work on a circuit?

more than 4 years ago
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Fatal Explosion At Russian Hydroelectric Dam

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Olde News? (336 comments)

The neighbors can recover damages if the company has any assets left.

Many firms polluted, and then went belly up. Nobody to sue. Many of the former executives, of course, were richly compensated in spite of their failure.

more than 4 years ago
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Behind Menuet, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Not the best choice of languages (419 comments)

Also, in high level languages, the developer has easy access to powerful abstractions with well-tested implementations. If I know I'm going to need access to a lot of data, it's trivial to say "Map myMap = new HashMap(); while ( ...) { ... ; myMap.add( key, value); }" It's a lot more work to build the structures in assembly language to do the same thing. So the developer takes a shortcut and writes a simple linked list. In cases like these, high-level implementations that use the appropriate algorithms will beat the pants off assembly-language implementations that use simpler algorithms because coding the complex algorithm is not practical.

more than 4 years ago
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Behind Menuet, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly

OwnedByTwoCats Re:From the license... (419 comments)

why would it not be a commercially viable product?

Tiny User Base. So there's no incentive to be a developer for the platform. Doesn't support UNIX/POSIX standards, so it's not easy to port existing software to the platform. Freely available OSs have orders of magnitudes more users and developers, and far more reference material making them easier to learn. Who cares about fitting on a 1.4 MB floppy when 1 GB USB drives are practically free?

more than 4 years ago
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Behind Menuet, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly

OwnedByTwoCats Ehhh..... (419 comments)

Ehhh. The whole effort doesn't impress me. There are/were Linux distros that fit onto a floppy. OSs were written in Assembly for years.

If they can demonstrate that "remov[ing] the extra layers between different parts of an OS" simplifies programming and eliminates bugs, then they'll have something interesting. And they can have a flame war with the microkernel folks, who assert that separating the OS into separate parts that are independent and can be thoroughly tested simplifies programming and eliminates bugs.

Abstractions have a purpose; they make it easier to think about things. There are no "Files" or "Folders" (or "Directories", for those of a Unix persuasion) on your hard drive; there are only a sequence of blocks. The Operating System provides the abstraction of files. Various protocols and their implementations then provide an abstraction that "Files" and "Folders" on remote machines are just like "Files" and "Folders" on the local drive.

If abstractions make life complicated for the OS developer, but easier for the user, is it a win? It depends on whether the OS has more developers or users.

more than 4 years ago
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The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer

OwnedByTwoCats Re:Overkill? (497 comments)

Discover just (18 months ago?) changed my card numbers. Something about switching to a new system.

The mag strips is failing to be read more frequently now. What's up with that?

more than 4 years ago
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88% of Electronics Exports Reused, Not Dumped

OwnedByTwoCats Re:And what happens after that? (157 comments)

Add in Srebrenica from the 1990s. And Sabra and Shatila from the 1980s.

more than 4 years ago

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