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

horza Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (582 comments)

No, you just need to be gullible.

Doctors have been taking kick-backs for prescribing drugs for years. They have a long historical record of gettings things wrong. Previously using the wrong drugs and killing a bunch of people was not too serious, a number were probably going to die anyway. However something you are giving to an entire generation of healthy children you had better be pretty damn sure there aren't going to be side-effects down the line.

Phillip.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

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

Indeed. Today we are given vaccine shots against typhoid. Before the general medical consensus was to ingest mercury as a cure. Interesting article here. Of course there was the medical backlash and studies to show no links between mercury and poisoning. All wrong. I had mercury fillings in my teeth when I was younger, which I was then told was poisonous and had to be drilled out and replaced. Very pleasant.

McCarthy has a good point. We can't keep pumping our kids full of these old vaccines without doing regular studies, and using some of the profits to ensure safer versions. Personally I will selectively vaccinate my kids up to a certain age, depending on risk factor, then they can choose themselves. I had both mumps and measles, it was hardly a big deal. If the kids are old enough it's probably even better they get it naturally and get over it than take the vaccine.

Phillip.

2 days ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

horza Re:By your definition Samsung follows all (80 comments)

Sure, I love the iPhone with a movie projector built in. Oh that doesn't exist, only Samsung does one. Apple ripped of the LG Prada and ran with it. They got lucky in their timing. Since everybody else has overtaken them. Who cares if they throw in a fingerprint sensor, they've been around forever on keyboards and never taken off. If Samsung throw it in as a 'ticklist' item not to be outdone then fine but nobody is going to buy a phone for such a gimmick.

Hope the sign on the door doesn't have rounded corners, otherwise the Samsung defence team wouldn't be able to go back into court for fear of infringement.

Phillip.

4 days ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

horza Re:Except much of the time they're right... (408 comments)

The one Apple stole from real life? People have been using slide-to-unlock on doors for centuries. Sometimes people experiment to see if there is a better way, but often they end up going with convention if that is what people are used to. This is why nobody but Apple are allowed patents on blatently obvious things that have been done before, otherwise we would have to use every phone in a completely different way and the damn things would become unusable. Slide-to-unlock is not innovating, it's trying to set a standard on something obvious and then claiming a monopoly on that standard.

Phillip.

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

horza Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Again you are insisting everything is 0% or 100%. You create a construct to try and cover a majority and hope it works most of the time. Marriage isn't a single magical thing. It's a symbolic act between two people. It's a financial tool that can be used by church/government to manipulate the birth rate. It's a legal status and can determine property ownership. It's a social status within a community. The fact is if you change the whole concept of marriage on the basis of one sole element, you have to recognise that it has an impact on all the others. I'm not saying its wrong, but that you are wrong in marriage is solely about two people that love each other. In fact people get married every year that don't care about each other just to get citizenship to a country. That doesn't mean we should abandon marriage any more than allowing gay marriage means we should allow a man to marry his horse. However all the implications should be thought out.

In France they create a special civil marriage for gay people called the PACS. They listened to what people wanted and it was hugely successful. Of course they were not allowed to discriminate against heterosexuals. The result of creating a new version of marriage that reflects our more modern society has led to now over 98% of all PACS being between heterosexuals.

Anyway all this marriage stuff is completely irrelevant. Nothing to do with the harassment and persecution of the Mozilla CEO. The hate campaign trying to lose a person their job for a personal belief they have kept firmly outside their workplace is distasteful. EVERYBODY has a belief SOMEBODY disagrees with, including yourself. If I got together an Internet lynch mob and got you fired from a job you enjoyed, I am guessing you would be a bit upset and possibly bewildered why it was you the victim when so many other people have the same belief and keep their jobs.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

horza Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

When is something a business and when is it a personal platform to launch attacks on people you don't like? Apparently Eich keeps his personal and professional separate, so I respect that. I never saw anti-gay marriage pop-ups when I installed Mozilla. Though this donation was made 5 years ago, he may well have changed his mind by now... we don't know because he keeps his private thoughts private.

However the person running OKCupid is a dick. He has given me zero proof as to Mozilla's bias against the gay agenda, in fact their web site states the opposite, therefore he is making a provably false implied accusation to try and get somebody he doesn't like fired. I have zero respect for OKCupid.

If he'd said "Don't use Firefox as our free site depends on ad-revenue and too many people are blocking ads" then I would understand. This idiotic attack-ad at somebody on a personal level is very distasteful

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

horza Re:You've missed the point (1482 comments)

Wow no. You haven't even begun to think this argument out, have you, let alone the simple circumstance if he voted the other way and the witch-hunt was in the other direction. Let's say you have a personal belief I disagree with. Do you think it would be ok for me to do everything I can in my power for you to lose your job? Even skirting within the law, I could make your life very unpleasant.

He doesn't use his work to promote his beliefs, therefore his beliefs should not affect his work. If he keeps them separate then so do we.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

horza Re:KDE, the one we want to love (51 comments)

The SuSe screenshot is pretty, much better than the Kubuntu I installed a couple of months ago which is the stock one that looks pretty poor. Still the clutter in Dolphin but at least they cleaned up the task bar. However I don't want to have to change my apps to suit my DE! The apps are far more important to me than eye candy. I should be able to double-click on a movie and have it play directly in any media player I choose to install.

I agree with cleaning up the codebase, I liked the move to 4.0 at the expense of 3.5. I like the perpetual innovation. I have KDE installed on my current machine, however I am not tempted to even log into that session until I see a major new release than concentrates on looks and usability rather than more behinds the scenes changes.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

horza Re:KDE, the one we want to love (51 comments)

I don't want to spend ages configuring. Glitches included a list of problems I included in a previous thread. Sorry but it does NOT look slick at all, the graphics look dated. I used 3.5, then switched to xfce4, then to Gnome, then to KDE 4.0, then at 4.3 switched to Unity. If it wasn't for the spyware I would definitely be sticking to Unity, it looks very polished and is easy to use. I played with KDE at Christmas and tried shifting a guinea pig family member to it even, but ended up switching all the machines to Linux Mint. So far Mint looks like my target when I reformat, though it's not my ideal desktop.

I love the idea of KDE, it pleases me technically, but take at look at the screenshot (I would like to say screenshots but there is only one): the mess of Dolphin, the Windows95 task bar. Now compare it to Unity (amazing interactive demo, as well as slick looking desktop), or these themes for the still immature Cinnamon and compare it to kde-look.org.

I've written apps using QT, it's very nice. But as a desktop it's got a hell of a long way to go.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

horza Damn clickbait (151 comments)

Why does Slashdot post such nonsense? To get suckers like me to reply I guess. Google buying Android was not in the least bit strange. The way Google makes money is adverts on web searching. People start to search web on mobile phones. Microsoft Windows phones would put their rival Bing as the default search engine. Google is looking to protect its core market.

Oculus and Facebook makes no sense at all. Microsoft and the Kinect makes sense as it's a controller they can use with their XBox. Oculus and EA, Valve, Microsoft, Sony, or even Samsung makes sense. How can Facebook help Oculus scale? What experience do they have in custom hardware manufacturing? In running a MMORPG or even a FPS?

Oculus is dead, the Sony headset will be locked to the PS, and we can forget about cheap VR headsets and playing our favourite games with it for the forseeable future.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

horza KDE, the one we want to love (51 comments)

Ah KDE, oh I so would love to love it. Instead it looks terrible, is glitchy, and suffers so many usability issues I give up after a day. I stuck with it at 4.0, through the dark days, all the way to 4.3. I tried to give it another go not long ago, as I look to move from Unity, but double-clicking on a movie file on a network drive insists on copying the 1Gb file to /tmp before playing it. No thank you.

Go to kde.org to look at the latest screenshots. Can't find it? You didn't think to look at menu item "Workspaces" and click on "Plasma desktop"?

I'll take another look after they've refactored the codebase for the umpteen millionth time. The moment I try installing I am sure they will tell me it's already deprecated as they are releasing Frameworks 6 Plasma Ultra 3.14 which won't be backwardly compatible but is waaay cooler underneath.

Make the thing usable godammit!!!

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

horza Re:Sadly for Canonical... (155 comments)

Yup the Facebook of Linux distros. The worst thing is when you are wiping all your friends and families Ubuntu and putting on Mint instead, you get the groans "I have to learn a new desktop AGAIN?". It was an uphill battle shifting people from Windows to Unity. Having to shift people between distros makes it look pretty unstable and fragmented.

On the plus side, nothing like an impending reformat to remind people to back up their data!

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

horza Re:Whatever happened to Haispex 3-D glasses? (535 comments)

I disagree. All those things you mentioned should be standard but have suffered from a mess of standardisation. With the light switch, would you like it to work with Zigbee, Insteon, Crestron, Lutron, etc? The whole HA scene is so fragmented. Where I live, all the front doors to the buildings are being replaced with RFID because people don't want a brass key to unlock stuff. The credit card industry is locked up by VISA and Mastercard so you will take what you get given.

Kids want new stuff, but they grow up getting their fingers burnt and realise that time = money and will wait for a mainstream commercial version of whatever they can buy in the supermarket. Same as you start with Gentoo as your OS, but after a couple of borked upgrades end up using Ubuntu as you can't afford for your work machine to be down for over a day.

I disagree with your last two sentences. I think people want security and safety, and often they find that in what they know. You only have to look at the crap that gets sold on something like QVC to see that gadgets sell if they appear to be backed by the apparent 'security' of seeing it on TV.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

horza Re:Lets wait and see (535 comments)

With FaceBook money, they can build their own OLED factory if need be.

Facebook are buying Oculus for $400M in cash plus some shares. The OLED factory LG just built cost $650M.

VR is not a Facebook killer, a Facebook killer will be a better version of Facebook. Google+ could have been if they hadn't screwed it up. Oculus relies on early adopter geeks, the antithesis of the Facebook supporter. Unlike Instagram and Snapchat, VR is not encroaching on the FB domain and won't be for many years. This is clearly not a good fit, hence the pundits predicting the demise of Occulus.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

horza Re:150 tabs? (142 comments)

I work in real estate and will daily go through several thousand properties for each and every client. I go through all the inter-agency databases and agency web sites, hitting open in a new tab each time there is something interesting. Having 150 tabs open is not unusual if working on more than one client at once. I have tree-style tab installed, which makes it easy to manage. I can drag and drop duplicate properties from different agencies onto each other to group them. I will then, after many many hours, eliminate properties by closing each tab until I have a top 10 open for each client.

I do not care if you do not believe me, and are telling everbody I am a liar, to everyone else I can confirm OP is not the only person.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

horza Synology NAS is excellent (114 comments)

If you don't mind home appliances, then the Synology one is the best I have experienced. Easy to use, stable, one click installs for everything, intuitive. It does the desktop metaphor but unlike all the JS libraries I've come across this one doesn't appear to lag. Well suited to its application.

In terms of server management, er probably none of them. Including the web based ones like cPanel, webmin and Plesk. OpenPanel has pretty screen shots, though you don't want to read phrases like "Please note that OpenApp always expects a clean install! Installing OpenApp packages on a non-clean system is likely to lead to data-loss or a non-functional system" so I wouldn't actually install it. All the ISPs present bottom-up approach to management, making it piecemeal. I'd rather have a top-down approach.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

horza A marginal improvement on a poor OS (194 comments)

My wife has Windows 8.1 which installed itself last night without asking on her new ultrabook with Windows 8. It's a pretty unusable OS. The tiled front screen is full of spam with no obvious way to remove anything. No obvious way to shut it down. I gave up working out how to uninstall software. The new added Start button is a help but the whole UI experience is awful. Also Chrome is messed up out of the box, everything looks blurred compared to IE, but fixable through some options. They have a LONG way to go to make it run on a laptop. I can understand people upgrading to Windows 7, it will be a while before iterations make Win8 usable.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

horza Re:Stunning. (227 comments)

According to the BBC the new Director of the NSA says:
"There's no place where it's an analyst and a database and you can search for whatever you like and there's no record and no after the fact," Mr DeLong says.

So it should be pretty easy for them to figure out which information Snowdon got and when. Unless nowhere means unless outside of Fort Meade...

Phillip.

about 2 months ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

horza The file format, not the software, is important (273 comments)

The UK government has been in Microsoft's pocket since the 1980's, with hundreds of millions flowing non-stop from the British tax payer into Microsoft's coffers. Most comments are saying this is a license negotiation tactic, and this is probably true. The decision makers have spent decades paralysed by fear, brainwashed into believing Microsoft is the "safe" option much like in the prior decades people used to say "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM".

The government needs to clearly define a set of document interchange formats. The ODF format for word-processing is a good start. This makes the software a level playing field for all vendors, closed and open source. Only 100% compatible software gets onto the government buy list.

Until now there is no incentive to anybody to write a decent competitor to Microsoft. It's a huge investment and at the end of the day the government will buy Microsoft anyway even if it squeezes the British public's purse until it bleeds. You cannot even attack markets attached to the government as Microsoft will keep shifting their file format to make any competitors subtly incompatible. With a level playing field suddenly the incentives change. The government is a huge win and a fixed goal means the game is on to try and provide the government with best value for money.

Open Office still has an important part to play as it can set the baseline. GCHQ can vet the source and then make available a version for government employees to download (Microsoft Windows, OS X, Debian, etc). It can come pre-installed on all new government machines. If Microsoft can convince a gov't department to install Microsoft Word alongside it and pay for it, good for them. It must be adding extra value.

Francis Maude is definitely on the right track, if the article is to be believed, but he has a lot of inertia to overcome. Good luck to him.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

horza Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

I have a Note 2 and depends on the ROM you install. Some support all the features, some not. Eg Paranoid Android won't, but Jedi X will. There is also a Note3 ROM for the Note. Flashing a new ROM takes about 10 mins to root and reinstall. Very easy indeed. I highly recommend trying some of the ROMs, they blow away stock in terms of security and features. You should root the device anyway so you can run Adblock Plus.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago

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Britain, not Sweden, wants to jail Assange

horza horza writes  |  more than 3 years ago

horza (87255) writes "The Swedish government has denied it appealed against Assange being released on bail, and the British government confirmed they are the ones that are asking the court to have Assange jailed indefinitely pending extradition hearings. Assange's lawyers are shocked, claiming this directly contradicts what they were told by the British prosecution."
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CCTV used in France for parking fines

horza horza writes  |  more than 3 years ago

horza (87255) writes "The city of Nice, France, is rolling out 626 CCTV cameras over town giving one of the highest levels of surveillance in the world (1.8 cameras per 1000 inhabitants). The usual rhetoric was given, that they will be used solely for reducing violent crime, but the city has now started sending out parking tickets solely based on the CCTV camera evidence."
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