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Measles Outbreak In NYC

merdaccia A bit of common sense maybe? (747 comments)

- free vaccinations
- no insurance coverage for treatment if you are not vaccinated
- fines for not vaccinating your children

That leaves stupidity as the only reason not to get vaccinated. Hopefully the money collected from those fines is then used to do something about the stupidity.

If the fines then become an incentive for parents to not treat their children, there should be child abuse laws for not giving your child required medical care that kick in. You could also reverse it, i.e. a tax deduction for vaccination, in case the psychology works better that way.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

merdaccia Duh (478 comments)

Don't let anyone into the limo. The cameras aren't just going to walk themselves in. And just like that, your cameras will be the only working cameras in the limo. Tada.

I'm just kidding, you don't have to do anything. Nobody will want to get into your limo in a few months, and the above solution will materialise on its own.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

merdaccia Try time tracking (301 comments)

I had a similar issue, and I'm self-employed, meaning I wasn't just losing time but also money. The problem was massively mitigated when I started using Toggl for time tracking. I became averse to stopping the clock, and would fight distractions and keep working. I still need about 2.5 hours of distractions to work 8 hours, be they lunch, breaks, etc., but it's much easier now.

And use the hosts file trick to break the habit of just opening a new tab and losing 15 minutes.

This is all assuming you like what you're doing. If you don't, you won't be able to fight distractions.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

merdaccia Will governments let it survive? (768 comments)

We live in a world where the supply and movement of money are controlled by governments, central banks, money laundering laws, and financial institutions. How can BitCoin survive in this world? Middle men like banks stand to lose a fortune in fees and exchange rates, governments stand to lose a fortune in taxes if they can't track money movement, and the black market stands to gain a silent way to move value. For BitCoin to gain adoption, some major retailers need to start supporting it, but given the above risks, what stops a government from telling companies in its jurisdiction that they can't accept it?

more than 3 years ago
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ALS Sufferer Used Legs To Contribute Last Patch

merdaccia Re:This is why people still believe in god (222 comments)

He is in hacker heaven. Look around. I see are a ton of hackers paying him respect and being touched by his story, myself included. I'm pretty sure quite a few people will remember him for quite a while. If that's not life after death, I don't know what is.

Thanks for the commit and for the inspiration, Adrian Hands.

more than 3 years ago
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IE9 Released, Media Has Opinions

merdaccia Re:"Media has opinions" (378 comments)

Dude, don't you know that the whole world is shutting down nuclear reactors? Stop wasting precious electricity, and just link to the headlines next time.

Oh crap, I just wasted some too ... *tries to delete post*

more than 3 years ago
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GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

merdaccia Re:Much as I love Linux .... (222 comments)

None of us on /. need a fridge to tell us we're running out of milk. None of us have milk, you insensitive clod.

PS. Don't kiss your principal.

about 4 years ago

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merdaccia merdaccia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

merdaccia (695940) writes "Monsters&Critics is reporting that a loophole in the Windows Vista Upgrade installation procedure lets a user install Vista without having Windows XP or Windows 2000. The upgrade versions cost about 35% less than the full versions, but installing the upgrade in this manner might violate your EULA. Still, talk about a genuine advantage..."

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