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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Knowledge is the solution (1050 comments)

Frankly, that sound like a eugenics argument. We have somewhere around 3 million births every year in the US. Our population will not shrink if a few thousand or tens of thousands more people die per year. However, the increased burden of illness could severely damage our economy and reduce everyone's well being. In addition, choosing vaccinations or not is not a matter of intelligence, but rather of ignorance. That is something that can not be cured by modern technology or by evolution.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Knowledge is the solution (1050 comments)

It is my kid. I looked at all of the research I could on all of the vaccines on my daughter's schedule, and decided to get them all. In particular, I was hesitant about the chicken pox vaccination. Because seriously, who dies form chicken pox? Apparently, about 100 kids in the US per year, before immunization for the virus became widespread. As small as that rate is, the odds of her dying from chicken pox were greater than the odds of having a serious reaction to the vaccine.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Knowledge is the solution (1050 comments)

The oral Polio vaccine comes to mind. It has a small but measurable chance of causing Polio and was banned for use in the US in 2000.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Knowledge is the solution (1050 comments)

This is what modern westerners fail to understand. Without childhood immunizations we would be facing hundreds of thousands of childhood deaths each year in the US and Europe from preventable diseases. Our immunization programs have been so successful that modern parents don't know what it was like to loose siblings and classmates to measles or to see friends and relatives crippled by polio and have to be placed in an iron lung.

Yes, vaccines have problems. No, companies should not be sheltered from prosecution for producing dangerous medicines, but lets put everything in perspective. I'll gladly trade a few illnesses or deaths caused by vaccines for the mountain of dead caused by diseases.

http://www.unicef.org/immuniza...

about a week ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Slashdot? (238 comments)

The proxy is most likely transparent. When a web browser attempts an HTTPS connection the firewall responds to the client as if it were the server and sends a self-signed public key. Then it makes a connection to the destination server in the client's stead. Firefox complained because corporate IT had not installed the firewall as a trusted CA, like they had when they installed Chrome and IE. Realistically, IE inherits its certs from Windows and certs can be installed via Active Directory.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Sounds good to me (238 comments)

This is an easy one.

User: "Hi, I'm getting an error message when I go to my bank site."

Tech Support: "Oh, that's normal. Just click here, check that box, and then OK. In the mean time, go to our Internet troubleshooter. It will make sure you never see this error again."

User: "Thanks! You've been exceptionally helpful and I'm going to send your supervisor a positive review!"

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Trick Helps Smash Record For the Largest Quantum Factorization

RatherBeAnonymous Douglas? (62 comments)

A computer of such infinite and subtle complexity that organic life itself will form part of its operational matrix. And it shall be called... the Universe.

about two weeks ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

RatherBeAnonymous Re:PBS had a documentary... (103 comments)

UK milk floats were entirely battery powered for decades, delivering hundreds of pints of milk to every house in the local town - they just used lead acid batteries and charged overnight. If you ever got stuck behind one, you quickly (!) found out the limitations of the technology of the time.

Limited? Perhaps they were, but they did provide for some thrilling television.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

RatherBeAnonymous Re: Obama screwed us intentionally or intentionall (308 comments)

I'd rather have that than the BS backroom deals than we have now. People won't stand for ISPs that nickle and dime them for watching video streaming services. On the other hand, people will put up with having to pay 2 bucks extra per month to Netflix and Hulu.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

RatherBeAnonymous Re: Yeah right (308 comments)

I'd rather see the government seize the last-mile infrastructure under public domain rules. Let the local municipalities and counties operate and maintain the physical plant and let others sell Internet service to the populace.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Yeah right (308 comments)

AT&T pausing their gigabit rollout when the President announces that he wants to make broadband a utility is completely reasonable. They have no idea what is going to happen, so it is hard to justify continuing to spend $$$ with the network upgrades.

Really? It's not like The Feds are going to swoop in and seize AT&T's network infrastructure. The only effective difference regulations will make is is whether AT&T will make significant returns on their investment or obscene returns. The President can't force the FCC to act or to act quickly, and he can't dictate the shape of regulations. It will take regulators months to finalize any changes, assuming they do it at all, and will likely not going to go into effect for a long while after that. So AT&T is really putting a large portion of their business on pause for the next many months to a year because of something a President said in a press release that literally changes nothing? I don't buy it.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

RatherBeAnonymous Re:$3,500... really?? (286 comments)

According to TFA, the workers were brought in to "help install the company's computer network and systems in connection with the move of the company's headquarters from Foster City to Fremont." That sounds more like IT technician work, which is not exempted from overtime in California.

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

RatherBeAnonymous Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

Most wilderness areas are restricted to day trips only, i.e. no camping, without a permit.

about 3 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

RatherBeAnonymous Re: Repeat? (460 comments)

"Highly" trained?

about 3 months ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RatherBeAnonymous Re:double non-taxation (324 comments)

There is an easier way to sum up the "Double Irish".

Ireland taxes companies based on where they are managed, but the US taxes companies based on where they realize profits and loses (as do most countries). A US company will set up an Irish subsidiary but manage it from the US, or anywhere else outside of Ireland, then transfer it's intellectual property to the subsidiary, who licenses use of said IP back to the parent company. The parent company realizes no profits in the US after paying licensing fees to the Irish subsidiary, so the US collects no taxes. The subsidiary is managed from a foreign company, so Ireland collects no taxes. That's it in a nutshell.

There are further complications where a second Irish subsidiary will be formed plus a Bermuda based shell company, but those are just for dotting the i's and crossing the t's. A further trick can be used with a Dutch company, aka. a "Dutch Sandwich", to minimize taxes even more.

about 3 months ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Depressing News (171 comments)

Oh, peace... SHUT UP!

about 3 months ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Depressing News (171 comments)

All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

RatherBeAnonymous Broadband should be equal to broadcast quality (533 comments)

That sounds great and all, but it sill makes no difference when the major ISPs won't pay for enough upstream bandwidth to support their customers. I'd like to see the FCC enforce a consumer SLA that guarantees USABLE bandwidth.

about 3 months ago

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