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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

TheBilgeRat No profit from vaccinations? (1051 comments)

If we are going to legally mandate vaccinations, it seems that vaccinations should be absolutely free as well as the checkups that go along with them.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

TheBilgeRat Re:Constitutional Irrelevancy (446 comments)

I'm not sure how a white collar criminal prosecution of a person stealing money from investors allows insight into constitutional law. Are you claiming a constitutional right to defraud investors?

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

TheBilgeRat Re:I agree with stop & frisk... (481 comments)

...mainly because the US African American community has major cultural issues with broken families and an habitual acceptance of criminality that not enough of them are trying to fix internally. HOWEVER:...

It doesn't really matter what comes after "however". You've pretty much stated your case with "I am for unconstitutional searches of black people because I believe that they are inherently criminals."

about a month ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

TheBilgeRat Re:How about teaching civility? (481 comments)

How about teaching the police to stand up against laws that are unconstitutional? How about teaching police not to reach for their guns when they see black kids? If you don't think there's a problem of police on black crime, then you have been missing the news for the last 200 some years.

about a month ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

TheBilgeRat Oh no! (89 comments)

Where is Mythbusters going to film their episodes now?

about a month and a half ago
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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

TheBilgeRat If you read TFA... (114 comments)

You would have read this:

The findings are reassuring, Buesseler says. He measured a high of just 8 becquerels of radiation per cubic meter in the samples. Of that, he says, less than 2 becquerels came from cesium-134 traced to Fukushima. The remainder is largely from strontium-90 and cesium-137: Some of that is fallout from mid-20th century atomic bomb tests in the Pacific, and some may have come from Fukushima—these isotopes lack the half-life fingerprint that ties cesium-134 to the Japanese disaster. The total level of radiation is hardly worth worrying about, Buesseler says: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for drinking water allow up to 7400 becquerels per cubic meter. Buesseler is presenting his latest findings Thursday at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America’s annual meeting.

So, that's 6 Bq that was most likely deposited by aboveground or underwater Pacific nuke testing.

You can now return to your previously scheduled freakout over "ZOMG RADIATSHUNS!"

about a month and a half ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

TheBilgeRat Re:Nothing's gonna change. (224 comments)

Well, looking at the mods and your reply everyone took you serious, including yourself. Never mind, then! Also, taking pride in being a Wichitan post-Dole, post-Boeing and post-Joyland is rather sad. You missed the best years by far.

about a month and a half ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

TheBilgeRat Re:Nothing's gonna change. (224 comments)

This is one of the most epic trolls ever! I salute you! Its like watching Portlandia if Portlandia was a slashdot post and about Kansas.

You're probably one of those Overland Parkers - should have given y'all to Missouri anyways - your ancestors probably helped Quantrill's raiders burn Lawrence.

Before you mod me, you'd better know who Quantrill's raiders were, and the history between Kansas and Missouri ;-)

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

TheBilgeRat Re:This baffles me... (236 comments)

Although, come to think of it, he did say POWERbook. That definitely changes it up a bit. If its PowerPC, not much choice but to hop to linux.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

TheBilgeRat Re:This baffles me... (236 comments)

have you ever used Linux with Compiz (and any decorator) along with all its various plugins, plus a dock you like? You might try avant-window-navigator, if indeed it's still called that. AWN provides a maclike dock which is dramatically more configurable. In short, Compiz+AWN gives you all the same functionality and (if you like) behavior as the mac, including Expo[se] and the like. But it's just more configurable in every way. You can change every key and mouse binding, you can change behavior and appearance of most elements, you can move widgets around to new locations. It's everything the mac is, and then some — at least in the UI department.

The only place Linux falls down is applications, there's still more of them for the Mac given that the popular ones on Linux are there too.

As for what it runs like on a macbook, I don't really know, but why would it require a hack? A macbook is a PC. Linux runs fine on PCs.

Oh, sure. Jumped on compiz way back in the day - 2006 ish? Spent hours futzing with kewl eye-candy, making all my friends go 'ooh!' with the cube. But, depending on your brand of macbook, getting Ubuntu on it is not as simple as you think. And considering that all you are gaining is some ability to tweak your desktop UI? Not really worth it. Those kids in Cupertino spent some time making sure that once you did pay the Apple tax, that at least you wouldn't have a shitty OS experience.

Plus, in terms of my linux UI choices these days? Hard to beat dwm - just recompile with your altered source code and voila! Beat THAT for customization.

If I'm feeling really froggy, I'll throw Openbox on - maybe even add Tint2.

Back on topic, the Surface Pro 3 is a great little machine.

Yeah, but Windows. I don't trust Windows as far as I can throw it, not even on a desktop, and certainly not a tablet.

With so many vectors for your privacy to escape through, I never worry about Microsoft anymore. So its a closed garden. Who cares, really? By the time you would need to throw linux on it in a few years I'm sure there will be a wiki and about twenty distro flavors to choose from.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

TheBilgeRat Re:I have an idea (236 comments)

I run into this on my cell phone a lot, or at least did. If you have "enough" onboard storage, I never think about whether it has an sd slot or not. Its only when "enough" becomes "not enough" that I get testy. I guess the rule of thumb is spring for as much onboard storage as you can.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

TheBilgeRat This baffles me... (236 comments)

Off topic: I cannot imagine for one second that Ubuntu through whatever hack is required to run natively on a macbook is a better user experience than OSX itself. I get a lot of the legitimate mac bashing that goes on (expensive hardware, elitist culture, etc etc) but the OSX gripes baffle me.

I'm typing this on an early 2009 macbook my alma mater handed me freshman year. It started with Leopard and is now running Yosemite. It has a unix shell, it has vim, it has a compile toolchain (clang via xcode and gcc via homebrew), it has git...it even has x11. OSX is unix, and a darn good one. Not only that it came preloaded to edit your gnar vids from your snowboard go pro.

Back on topic, the Surface Pro 3 is a great little machine. Got one for my daughter for her graduation present, as she didn't want to learn mac or droid and wanted something to replace her aging laptop. She takes notes with the pen in her own handwriting. The keyboard/cover/thing is actually a decent keyboard - the trackpad on it is kind of meh, however. I just wish the price points were a little lower, but that's just cos I'm a cheapskate.

about a month and a half ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

TheBilgeRat Re:Holy crap... (162 comments)

This.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

TheBilgeRat Re:By yourself you know others (583 comments)

It would have to be limited in much greater ways than that - you'd have to essentially keep it and everything required to run it (power supplies, etc) inside a monstrous Faraday cage and then hope it doesn't figure out how to energize the cage into an antenna.

about 2 months ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

TheBilgeRat Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

That's why we have Think Tanks, so everyone else stops thinking.

This. So much this. And the other stuff as well. But this...

about 2 months ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

TheBilgeRat Re:Not always about the money... (161 comments)

What you're assuming is not true. Rich and upper middle class people in the UK still pay a fortune for private healthcare. Sometimes that's the only way to get around the rationed care and the impossibly long waiting lists of the UK public healthcare system.

Also and more to the point, this particular research was funded by two foundations, both of which only seem to be funded through private corporations and private individuals.

So, what you are saying is that instead of funding a single payer system correctly, the rich and upper middle class keep voting UKIP and doing their level best to gut the UK single payer system?

Take a look at the list of corporate logos and the list of private patrons that seem to back the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF). And take a look at the web site for the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF). For that second Foundation, it's less clear who the backers are, but still I don't see anything crediting the British government for providing any of the funds.

Great! Its wonderful to see private patrons acting in an altruistic manner. So...how much is that spinal treatment going to cost your average UKer when it becomes mainstream? How much would it cost your average American?

Also on that note, I have no doubt that those two foundations will receive an avalanche of funding after this announcement (both private and public funding). That's usually how things go. Everybody will be wanting to be part of their success. Personally, I hope that this preliminary result isn't a scam. If this result is really true and can be replicated by other institutions, then it will mean the end of paralysis for many people. And I just hope that's true.

Disclaimer: Please do not assume that I'm against the idea of national single-payer systems. I'm actually for single-payer systems, but I just don't think that the UK system is a particularly good example. My family has experienced the French single payer system, the British single payer system, in addition to the pre-Obama US healthcare system, and putting aside my critic of the pre-Obama US healthcare system, I find the French single payer system far better than the British one (although, it can be extremely expensive and wasteful as well).

Oops! Too late. My bad. Having said that, however, I think its important to realize that the decline of the UK healthcare system I believe to be a direct result of the adoption/resurgence of American style "conservatism" and its resultant juvenile behavior towards industries held in public trust.

about 2 months ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

TheBilgeRat Re: Golden Hammer (195 comments)

I am curious why you choose C and explicitly state !C++... Why not D, then? Heck, why not assembly for the target architecture? Those security issues you have aren't necessarily from the language but for the lack of an effective gatekeeper. If you are building large software, somewhere up the chain should be a benevolent dictator with the power to reject bad code from wherever it may originate. Any language can be abused. In my realm, it tends to be the old C coders who do the most damage because they love whipping out "optimization" tricks or abuse pointers mercilessly. The fact is most schools are graduating java coders for an "enterprise" language, and most haskellers tend to be autodidacts (Not sure of any CS department using functional languages as their go-to enterprise language).

about 2 months ago

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