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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

bazorg Re:Four Co-workers w/ Autistic Kids from MMR Vacci (1051 comments)

So at what age did you expect the babies in question to display symptoms of autism? Before they learned to speak?

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

bazorg Re:Knowledge is the solution (1051 comments)

5 vaccines in Europe? Lies, dear AC. Here's the schedule of vaccination for the United Kingdom:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/v...

Same for Portugal:
http://www.vacinas.com.pt/cale...

Same for Spain (click on each part of the map for regional rules)
http://vacunasaep.org/profesio...

Hare's a handy comparison/search tool for vaccines for all of Europe:
http://vaccine-schedule.ecdc.e...

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

bazorg Re:Sometimes there are reasons (1051 comments)

I do have issues with the rate and ingredients of the vaccines that our state requires us to give our children

That sounds fair if accompanied by some serious analysis. What were the quantities that you found would be acceptable and what was the basis for that decision? Were there quantities you decided to be adequate based on analysis or was it a matter of opinion?

I'm having important discussions with my wife about this matter and I feel there is significant FUD being applied by the proponents of no-vaccination. It would be good to settle on what are the objective criteria or to admit that "keep an open mind" is something that "alternative medicine" proponents only demand from those who disagree with them.

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

bazorg Re:Lets not be lemmings here folks (1051 comments)

Hey... can we have some sources and explanations for all that please? Looks like serious accusations. Got to keep an open mind, you know?

I for one need to keep an open mind to the possibility that the companies selling vaccines are the same that would sell the treatment. I have an open mind to the possibility that "chemicals" and "toxins" are dangerous in the wrong doses rather than as absolutely dangerous in all circumstances.I have an open mind to the possibility of herd immunity and immunisation from vaccines being false would mean that doctors and nurses would need constant treatment.

It would be easy to dismiss antivaccination proponents as being dumb, and fear that giving attention offers credibility when none is deserved, but I'm giving AC a chance. Offer some proper evidence instead of FUD and we can have a useful discussion. Then you can show if you have an open mind or if that's something that only applies to people who disagree with you!

about two weeks ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

bazorg Ooops (68 comments)

The user interface looks strangely similar to Galaxians.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

bazorg Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

You ask why we force drivers to have insurance?

no, actually I did not.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

bazorg Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

However, it doesn't cover commercial use of the car. So if I drive a paying passenger, neither the car, nor I, nor the passenger, nor anyone I hit, will be insured. That's driving without insurance.

I drive in the UK and I understand where you're getting. I would go a step further and say the law is not right and needs changing.

After many comparisons, I find that in the UK the premium depends mostly of the home address of the person buying insurance. Rather than accepting the current state of affairs as being "normal" and trying to fit the Uber business case into the current laws, what we should be doing is challenging why current legislation forces people to have insurance and then lets private companies justify wild changes in prices with "market factors".

For example, a Ferrari 458 with a paying passenger or a Kia Ceed with no paying passengers should not have different insurance premium for insurance covering damage to 3rd parties. Fully comprehensive insurance prices I can understand, but the current state of affairs is at least extortionate, and when it forces young people to walk or use 2 wheeled vehicles that aren't as safe as cars - much worse than extortion.

If the growth of Uber and similar services forces law makers to open their eyes, it's a good thing that they are forced to act on the scandal of motor insurance.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

bazorg Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

5) Download the installer ***WARNING!! Do not run it unless you Enjoy Cleaning viruses for fun!***
6) Go to virustotal.com, and submit the file for analysis
7) Watch the detections go off the charts.

that's a good heads-up. I think this kind of test is something to consider the next time that Microsoft releases a OS version that prevents users from getting applications outside of the Windows Store. Last time they tried, the rage against RT was loud on Slashdot and elsewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

bazorg Re:Driverless cabs (329 comments)

well, no if Uber and Lyft have the right size to be early adopters of that technology as well and keep the commission that would be paid to drivers!

about three weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

bazorg Re: 16:9 (330 comments)

Is that USA inches or UK inches?

about a month ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bazorg Re: in post-Soviet Europe... (454 comments)

My kingdom for a PC for with keyboard!!!

about a month ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bazorg in post-Soviet Europe... (454 comments)

In post-Soviet Europe I suspect it will be difficult to find differences between the car to and the stick usedvfor moving self driven cars out of the road.
once I live in the UK some of my fears may be quite specific to the way things work here. Prediction 1: insurance will go up in proportions to the distance driven by the human. More risk= higher premium and since the first gen auto-automobiles will require a licensed driver, I don't expect the insurance requirement to go away nor the price to go down.prediction 2: in the same way the m1 has variable speed d limits today, some roads will become "fully managed" by a control tower that will run gulate speed for all automated drivers. When there's a human driver in the vicinity, everyone will slow down to a speed lower than the maximum permitted to the orchestrated traffic. Everyone will moan at poorer, antiquated drivers for preventing 100+ mph speeds.prediction 3: it will be the passenger trains that will become obsolete because of self driving cars. High cost of infrastructure and of running the service will be beaten by the convenience, cleanliness and flexibility of individual electric self driven cars. The USAans will have the last laugh while the UK city councils will charge load of money for parking and for empty cars running about while their owners work and shop.

about a month ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

bazorg Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

I think that if changes are made intentionally and some countries are disadvantaged by them, it won't be handled in the same way as the current situation.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

bazorg Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

When something goes wrong, hilarity ensues.

sure, because nothing ever goes wrong in the "own everything outright" world. Nobody ever goes on holidays, the right guy is never off sick when you need them most and of course, there's always enough money to make all the right decisions in relation to performance and redundant equipment.

IMHO, whichever way you go, there will be drawbacks. Azure (and Google, AWS, etc.) outages are newsworthy, that's a hint right there. Just keep track of these events carefully so when the time comes you can try to justify bearing all costs for IT while everyone else is keeping their cash in the core business and sharing IT costs by way of cloud providers.

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

bazorg Re:Broadway Hotel, 2-4 Burlington Road West Blackp (307 comments)

One of the reviews starts with "Words fail me", I hope they all started taking photos so that this doesn't all end up in a nasty case of slander/libel.

about a month ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

bazorg Re: No (232 comments)

Well let's benchmark these things properly before saying that Chromebooks are fast and celerons are slow. On passmark the celerons have a score close to that of an old core2duo. Are we telling people to use "pay as you go" apps from Google Play instead of Microsoft's Live Essentials and those apps that come with W8 just because we can't compare Celerons with ARM SOC s?

about 2 months ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

bazorg Re:Metashopper in 3... 2... 1... (163 comments)

A quick search in the Firefox Add-on collection shows this guy here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

I haven't tried it yet, but on their marketing blurb says that "users of X, y, z.... should try PriceBlink". This suggest to me that there's already quite a few add-ons that work for shoppers. Time to give them all a try!

about 2 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

bazorg unix my backside (296 comments)

If memory serves me well, the appeal of OS X to unix pros became a selling point quite late in the Apple revival and shift to Intel CPUs. Back then, Windows XP was clearly too old, ugly, clunky and misused to be part of *any* high end PC offering. In my opinion, the OEM attempts to improve the Windows XP experience by way of pre-installed utilities were even worse.

The elegant UI and experience that OS X offered was way ahead of what Windows XP and most contemporary Linux distros could offer and that's what helped today's perception of MacBooks and iMacs are fine for their price, unlike many Lenovo, HP, etc that only sell at £300-£500 and therefore cannot have high end parts.

Now there's a lot of web-developer type of professionals who use OS X, helping sustain the perception that modern, trendy, successful, etc, etc professionals go with Apple, while the bad guys on 24 use matte black Lenovos :)

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

bazorg Re: That's An Ambitious name? (110 comments)

Voluptuous Vampire would be much more successful.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

bazorg Re:from the submitter (172 comments)

I don't know about the diversity, but agree that links should be added, not subtracted from user submissions.

about 2 months ago

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UK experts speak out against NHS privatisation

bazorg bazorg writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bazorg (911295) writes "New regulations made under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 are being pushed through the UK Parliament, promoting competition between healthcare providers. In the OpenDemocracy blog, author Caroline Molloy summarises the issue:

In brief terms, the regulations require all NHS services to be put out to competition unless the commissioners can prove there is only one provider capable of delivering them. Such decisions could be exposed to costly legal challenges.

In the same publication, Lucy Reynolds adds: If the government manages to complete the legal process now underway, almost the entire NHS budget will pass through competitive markets. This arrangement awards compensation to companies ejected from the markets by any subsequent renationalisation or reinstitution of “preferred providers”.[...]

They can enforce these financial claims through UK and EU Courts against our government. This mechanism is known as the “privatisation ratchet”: the compensation mechanism stops governments from reversing the direction of change by renationalising services after the private sector has been allowed to compete to provide them.


A broad array of health professionals, campaigners, and academic experts have spoken out against the new regulations, which are perceived as potentially aligning the UK NHS with the healthcare provision practices of the USA."

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Rick Falkvinge on child porn and freedom of press

bazorg bazorg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "Rick Falkvinge of the Swedish Pirate Party blogs on the subject of freedom of the press and foresees how users of Google glasses can be charged for possession and distribution of illegal porn. "Child pornography is a toxic subject, but a very important one that cannot and should not be ignored. This is an attempt to bring the topic to a serious discussion, and explain why possession of child pornography need to be re-legalized in the next ten years.""
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BBC chooses Microsoft DRM platform

bazorg bazorg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "The BBC chose Microsoft's DRM technology to limit for 30 days the viewing of content downloaded from their website. These downloads would allow viewers to catch up on shows that were broadcast on the previous 7 days, and they would be compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and 11 and a new product called "iPlayer". This iPlayer is not yet available for platforms other than MS Windows, which caused the Open Source Consortium (OSC) to file a complaint to national and EU authorities on competition."
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