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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

cas2000 Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

no, but 10000 cases because of all the fuckwit anti-vaxers would be.

because vaccines have been so successful, people have forgotten how deadly and devastating diseases like mumps, measles, rubella, polio, smallpox and many others *were* - note that past tense, they were major killers now they're almost non-existant. however, they'd make a comeback if people stopped vaccinating against them.

the idiot population focuses on self-serving fake research like Wakefield's "vaccination leads to autism" bullshit and on the one in a million that has a bad reaction to vaccines, whilst completely ignoring the millions who are prevented from being killed or cripppled or born deformed because of easily preventable diseases.

vaccinating against diseases serves a useful, life-saving, purpose. it works for those who are immunised and it also works for those who, for whatever reason, can't be vaccinated (or the vaccination didn't work - e.g. vaccines often don't work for transplant patients because of the drugs they have to take to suppress their immune systems to prevent rejection) because it reduces their risk of exposure.

otoh, vaccinating against drugs is just inflicting someone else's "morality" on people.

5 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

cas2000 Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

yeah, but that doesn't matter because it'll be in the next financial quarter - and management can always fire a few more workers to cover the difference.

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

cas2000 Re:The BORG! (265 comments)

the borg only "exist" so that the star trek universe could remain happily socialist whilst still giving american viewers an evil communist menace to fear.

(also, the zombie obsession is ultimately a reflection of american paranoia about fifth-column infiltration by communists....any contact - or a bite, in the case of the zombie commies - with them and their insidious ways will doom you to become one of the enslaved communist hordes)

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

cas2000 Re:The very first thing out of his mouth (551 comments)

That's a lot of projects created to replace something that didn't need fixing. Seems to me there must have been a lot of affected people, not "a vanishingly small number" to make all those projects happen.

and NONE of them (with the possible exception of upstart because it was the default on ubuntu) gained a "market-share" of more than a few percent *UNTIL* systemd forced itself on people by becoming a hard dependency for consolekit/logind, gnome, and soon udev.

that indicates to me that whatever problems sysvinit might have, they're not annoying enough for most people to care about....and certainly not annoying enough to do anything about.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

cas2000 Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

Sysvinit requires a f'ing shell to operate.

no, it doesn't. there's nothing in sysvinit that requires init.d scripts to be shell scripts - they can be perl or python or anything else. they don't even have to be scripts, they can be compiled binaries.

the fact is that people write shell scripts - for sysvinit and for other tasks - because it's an easy and convenient language to write in.

ps. sysvinit isn't the only alternative to systemd. there are others, like openrc, that offer the fairly trivial init & cgroups features of systemd without the huge disadvantages of monolithic borging of networking, logging, ntp, udev, login etc.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

cas2000 Re:Please remember... (551 comments)

the two most important things you're forgetting are a) that 99% of that functionality is in the kernel, not systemd and b) it's possible to have an init system that assists configuration and use of those kernel features without borging dozens of other unrelated functions (like logging, ntp, networking, firewall, udev, consolekit, and many more)...openrc manages to do that, for example.

if systemd restricted itself to just init+cgroups, it wouldn't be hated anywhere near as much as it is - because there would be nothing to really hate.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

cas2000 IoT is a solution looking for a problem (172 comments)

where the fuck do these idiot boosters get their moronic examples of how wonderful IoT would be? nobody would want their fridge to turn off if the electricity price went up.

my fridge needs to keep things cold even if the price of electricity goes up for a few hours.....ruining hundreds of dollars worth of food to save 10 cents on electricty is not a good idea. food poisoning's no fun, either.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

cas2000 Re:not just a game (393 comments)

it doesn't have to be conscious and deliberate to be propaganda. simcity definitely pushes specific beliefs about how cities work and people behave. to play the game, you have to internalise those beliefs, at least for as long as you're playing.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

cas2000 Re:So.... (105 comments)

patenting particular methods or specific inventions is such an old-fashioned and obsolote view of patents.

no, these cunts don't patent a particular method for doing anything - they claim ownership of the entire fucking idea so that nobody can come up with any alternative non-infringing method.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

cas2000 not just a game (393 comments)

the thing that most players don't realise about games like simcity (and other "simulation" games including civilisation and clones, the sims, and many others) is that they're not just simulations, they're also propaganda tools with a particular model of how reality is, or should, be.

for the most part, these games push the theology of "meritocratic" free market laissez-faire capitalism - with the deserving rich being those who worked hard and the undeserving poor being worthless lazy slobs. this simulates american moralising and judgemental opinions fairly well, but not the real world.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

cas2000 Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (393 comments)

Origin may be basically a steam-wannabe, but it's without realising that the reason steam doesn't piss people off very much is that they're not arseholes about what they do - the DRM is minimal and mostly unobtrusive, and they ASK people if they want to participate in their surveys rather than just abuse the fact that their software is installed and simply steal the information.

about two weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

cas2000 Re:Not so sure about this... (252 comments)

i can say that because i have real world experience rather than just libertarian fantasy dreaming - i've lived my entire life in a country that provides socialised health care, and it works exactly as i said: they provide the health care to everyone with NO attempt to weasel out of obligations. anyone here can go to a doctor or to hospital without having to worry about whether they can afford it or not.

people get the treatment they need without any lifestyle or morality or financial checks.

furthermore, medications are both price-regulated and subsidised so that nobody pays more than about $37 for a month's supply of any drug (or about $6 if they're a pensioner or on the dole).

i know all this for a fact because a) i live here and have benefited from it, and b) i'd be dead several times over (and my family would also be hundreds of thousands in debt) if i lived in some healthcare hellhole like the US rather than a civilised country like Australia. or the UK. or Cuba.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

cas2000 Re:It is simple (755 comments)

so your god is a sadistic arsehole too? it would punish me for not believing when it refuses to provide any more evidence of its existence than shiva or zeus or thor or the invisible pink unicorn?

a god like that isn't a good god, it's evil - or, in your terms, it's the devil.

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

cas2000 Re:Not so sure about this... (252 comments)

it's funny how libertarian nutters believe in the exact opposite of what happens in reality.

in the real world, governments - i.e. providers of socialised health care/health insurance - don't give a fuck about what you do or eat, they provide the health care you are entitled to (i.e. whatever you need without regard for your finances) no matter what you do.

private health insurers, on the other hand, leap at any excuse to get out of their obligations - if there's anything, no matter how tiny or how irrelevant they can use to blame the patient for their misfortune, then they'll use it.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

cas2000 Re:It is simple (755 comments)

it's not true that science *can't* prove that a god or gods exist - it's more that a god which can't be proven to exist is a god that does absolutely nothing (if it did anything then that would leave some evidence which could be used to prove its existence) - and is therefore a god that may as well not exist, and is exactly the same as a god that doesn't exist.

a faith-only god is irrelevant - pointless.

anyone who believes in a creator god that made us into rational beings and then demands that we ignore our rationality and use only faith to believe in him/her/it (because it refuses to provide evidence of itself) is a fuckwit of the first order.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

cas2000 Re:Well That About Wraps It Up For God (755 comments)

nobody needs to disprove Middle Earth or Beowulf because nobody believes that they're literally true. more importantly, nobody uses them as justification for murder, rape, torture and slavery - or for the violent suppresion of rational inquiry.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

cas2000 Re:why (720 comments)

do you want a permanent underclass of people who have no *legal* way of making a living? when the only options people have are violent crime or starving to death, then they're not going to just give up and die for the convenience of a society that offers them nothing. only an idiot or an american - but i repeat myself - would think that is a good thing.

OTOH if they are given a chance to become part of normal society then all but a handful of the seriously fucked up and psychopaths (most of whom will shortly be back in jail) will settle down into relatively peaceful, normal lives.

the fact that the law permits such discrimination is the problem - as i said, except for some very obvious exceptions that ought to be as illegal as discrimination based on colour of skin or sexual orientation.

btw, you can shove your obvious over-compensation for your inferiority complex up your arse - the notion of american superiority is laughable. you've got more guns and more violent crime than anywhere else but you're trailing the world in pretty much everything else. i wouldn't even want to visit your fucked up fascist police state of a country, let alone live in it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

cas2000 why (720 comments)

why are americans such judgemental pricks?

when you've done your time, you've done your time. that should be the end of it and, aside from some very limited cases like not letting pedos work with kids, discrimination against former criminals should be illegal....even a fuckwit yank should be able to figure out that if ex-crims can't get jobs and have no choice but crime to support themselves then that's what they'll do.

about 2 months ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

cas2000 GG (474 comments)

A spokesman for GamerGate says "since there wasn't a women involved, we have no comment on this issue but as soon as we find a woman to blame you can be sure we'll hunt her down and dox her for our crazier members to deal with".

about 2 months ago

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