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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (582 comments)

Well, there is also this page about the known possible side effects of various vaccines http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/va.... The MMRV vaccine is known to cause permanent brain damage in very rare cases. Critics of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecom... claim that it serves to conceal information about the real risks of vaccinations, and disincentivises vaccine manufacturers from developing vaccines without severe side effects or from developing tests to identify kids at risk of the more severe side effects.

That being said, my daughter is vaccinated because the rates of serious side effects are so low that it only make sense.

2 days ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Hypermiling (364 comments)

Passenger vehicle average for 2012 = 35.6 MPG. On the list you linked there are TWO bikes on the list with MPG lower than 35.6. The median number, at a glance, looks to be about 42 MPG, that's about 15 percent better than the average passenger car. So, how do you figure that the average MPG for motorcycles is worse?

Besides, the DOT average is bogus anyway because they count by the models of car that are available, not by what actually sells

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Hypermiling (364 comments)

Did you even look at the two charts you linked?

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re: It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

No, not really. Most customer facing ISPs are really there for one thing - they connect customers to tier 1 and tier 2 backbone providers. This costs a fair amount of money and creates choke points for their customer's traffic. Along comes Netflix and says "Lets peer!". They connect their networks and neither party charges the other for data transfer. The ISP pays less to the backbone providers and saves money, and Netflix pays less to the backbone providers and saves money. It is a win-win.

But, AT&T doesn't like this arrangement. AT&T is a major ISP AND a tier 1 backbone provider. Netflix is potentially taking money out of AT&T's pocket by peering with ISP's that use AT&T's backbone. When Netflix asks to peer directly with AT&T's using Netflix's usual ISP agreement, from AT&T's perspective, they would be giving away backbone transit services for free.

about three weeks ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Let me... (91 comments)

Don't you mean, "if it exists yet..." ?

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

In my grade school they discouraged students from learning outside the classroom. It made it harder for the teachers to keep everyone at the same level, and harder to teach the class. One student was told --in front of the class-- to stop practicing math outside the classroom because he knew multiplication before the teacher was ready to teach it. I was actively held back from higher level reading classes when I was in the 5th grade, presumably because no one wanted to take the time to teach the one kid who read Tolkien and science text books for fun. That was in the 80's. Maybe things have changed since then.

about a month ago
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Excuse (183 comments)

At first glance, I read that as "you and your elk"

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

RatherBeAnonymous Re:How do we fill the energy gap? (712 comments)

Sure, we would have fewer premature deaths from respiratory illnesses, but that would mean more non-working octogenarians and nonagenarians. Studies out of Europe have shown that keeping people smoking and obese is much more economically viable because they tend to be productive up until retirement, or near-retirement, age, then die of a short illness. "Healthy" people, on the other hand, live a long time, fighting off repeated illnesses for a decade or two after retirement. Eliminating coal would probably have a similar effect.

http://daveatherton.wordpress....

I am playing devil's advocate here. I don't believe we should keep coal just to kill off retirees. After-all, I plan to be one someday.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Evil? (572 comments)

What was the point of SSL Certs? Easy. To create an industry to skim money from companies doing e-commerce. There are dozens of certificate authorities that are trusted by web browsers and any number of intermediary signing authorities that chain their certs to the trusted root cert signers. Any one of these signing authorities could be compromised and made to issue certs that pass a web browser's rudimentary security checks. The concept of using trusted third party cert signers is not necessarily a terrible one, but it's out of control. Sure, bad certs get revoked, but that depends on the web browser getting updates; something that can not be assumed. And from my experience, the average user has no idea what a cert is, what it does, and why they get warnings about bad certs, so they just blow through the warnings anyway. At least with an SSL decrypting gateway in place, it can be better trusted to be updated about revoked certs and be configured to reject SSL connections using faulty certs.

If you go shopping for SSL certs, you will find companies selling all manner of certs with escalating trust levels, and it's all bullshit. Nobody except an IT pro has any idea of what the difference is between a basic $100 cert and a $1000 super-duper platinum trusted true business identity certification. The difference - is more buzz words and a bigger greener status bar at the top of your browser window: A status bar that no one will notice. All it does is bring more money to the cert signers and make the e-commerce vendors THINK they are safer.

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Time to lose Daylight Savings Time (310 comments)

Though to be fair, it may save some traffic accidents due to allowing more people to drive home in the daylight

Not where I live. Here, It causes more accidents. I commute east in the morning to go to work, and west in the evening to go home. There is a period of about two weeks in the Spring and two weeks in the Autumn when the Sun is just above the horizon during rush hour, in just the right position to half blind drivers, causing accidents. Correction... without Daylight Saving Time, this would happen only twice each year. But because of DST, this happens 4 time a year. Twice on the spring, and twice in the Autumn.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:No (572 comments)

You presume SSL is secure in the first place. Is the destination server compromised? Did someone share a virus on your Dropbox share? Is there some malware making an SSL tunnel to the outside and using your machine as a gateway to attack the servers? Is someone using a proxy to download undesirable shit on company time. Is your ISP's DNS cache poisoned and you are being redirected to a fake site using a forged SSL cert from a compromised certificate signing authority? Security is messy.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:No (572 comments)

It doesn't have to be a question of abuse, it's more a question of security. If your firewall/intrusion detection systems don't decrypt SSL, they can't scan it for viruses/malware/intrusions/etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Evil? (572 comments)

At my last job I did this to a limited extent. I decrypted filesharing sites and services so that I could scan files for viruses at the gateway before they made it to a computer. However, financial and medical industry sites were specifically excluded from decryption, due to the liability issues, and we publicized the fact that we were scanning encrypted traffic.

There are genuine uses for the technology. More and more sites are going to SSL all the time. That makes impossible to sniff the traffic for virus and intrusions. For schools and libraries, many of which are required to filter for content, unencrypted SSL prevents the content filters from working correctly. I expect that more employers will turn to this in the near future. Doesn't everyone expect

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Horrible coffee (769 comments)

I've never had that issue with French presses, but I'm usually using ~1 quart versions, so the temperature of the glass isn't a problem. I suppose it could be a problem if your press is smaller. But, you can solve that problem by warming the press first with some excess boiling water.

I generally only make coffee on weekends. I usually make 4 cups on Saturday morning and immediately pour it into one of these: http://www.zojirushi.com/produ... It's the best thermal cafe I have ever seen. I can brew 4 cups on Saturday, drink two cups, and leave the rest for Sunday morning. 24 hours later the coffee is still hot enough for drinking.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Horrible coffee (769 comments)

You try and tell the young people of today that and they won't believe you

about a month and a half ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

RatherBeAnonymous Re:As a max time limit before entering public doma (360 comments)

I propose we limit copyright to a term no greater than that of patent, and require that the source code of any software be provided in the copyright filings so that it cannot be lost.

Copyright protection is automatic. You don't have to file for it. Anything you write that is an original work is protected automatically, even one-off comments on a technology news site.

Patents are where I see a potential for saving public domain. Many, perhaps most, Slashdot users here will disagree with me, but I don't think code should automatically qualify as speech, nor should most code enjoy copyright protection. Most code is more analogous to a machine than to literary text or visual art. Machines, when broken down to their lowest components, machines are devises that use energy to transform matter into different forms. Code is a construct that uses energy to transform data into other forms of data. Code can be art, like a painting or a sculpture, and it can be used to convey information and ideas, like a book or a play. But by and large, most code is written to do a job, like cellphone firmware, or to be a tool, like a web browser or a word processor. Code like this should not be copyrighted, but it should be patentable, just like the machines they are.

Here is where patent law has failed us. Software patent applications should, by law, include full source code or at least psudo-code. If you look up the patent information for any physical machine, you could follow those designs to reproduce that machine. Not so with software patents, which are notoriously vague.

Moreover, if a piece of software is protected under patent, it should not get the benefit of copyright protection, or vice-verse.

about 2 months ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

RatherBeAnonymous Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

802.11a is not really a problem. It runs as fast as g out of the box, and the 5GHz band has about 6 times the bandwidth available in the 2.4GHz band. The industry needs to bite the bullet and jump to 5GHz support for new devices that need high throughput, and use 2.4GHz for slower devices that need range over throughput.

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

RatherBeAnonymous Re:meanwhile.... (513 comments)

Except for RAM, the vast majority of PC users will never fully max out their machine. They won't even get close to what the CPU can do. Even 10 years ago when someone asked me what kind of PC they should buy, I would tell them to buy the oldest machine they can find with twice as much memory as they think they need -- because in my experience, lots of RAM contributes more to the longevity of a machine than loads of CPU.

I disagree in one respect - cache counts. From my experience, the main-line Intel CPUs typically have two to three years longer useful life than Intel's budget cripple-ware CPUs.

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

RatherBeAnonymous Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

I think Vista's real problem was that MS let PC manufacturers slap it on underpowered hardware. I used to get Vista laptops in with 2GB of RAM and integrated video, but they came from the manufacturer with all of the Aero Glass glitzy features turned on. The users would complain constantly about how slow they were. I'd upgrade them to 4GB and turn off Aero, and they were suddenly very nice machines.

about 3 months ago
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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

RatherBeAnonymous Re:I use cash (408 comments)

There are no transaction fees, either for you or for the businesses you patronize. If you want to support local businesses, use cash.

about 3 months ago

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