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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mjtaylor24601 Re: There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1048 comments)

Why do I get flu symptoms whenever I get the flu shot?

Because the flu shot contains antigens from the influenza virus which can trigger a reaction in your immune system similar to that of contracting the actual virus.

Why does the CDC claim that vaccines do not prevent the illness?

Because no vaccine is 100% effective and they don't want to get sued by litigious idiots that don't understand math.

Why should I allow a foreign object to penetrante my body without my consent?

For the same reason you're not allowed to drive your car on a public street as fast as you feel like: because it makes you a danger to those around you.

Are the ingredients in these vaccines safe?

Yes.

Why are there no longterm studies in the effects of vaccines, if there are what are these effects on humans?

lmgtfy

Where is all the money going from vaccine revenues?

Where do the revenues from anything go? To the people that manufacture and sell the stuff. Just because the company that makes seat belts turns a profit doesn't necessarily make seat belts a scam.

Anything else you'd like to know?

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

mjtaylor24601 Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

I haven't specifically seen it mentioned one way or the other but I have to imagine that there is. Why bother making the fee compulsory if you're going to allow people to just turn around and charge a fee of $0? Surely the lawmakers must have seen that one coming.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

mjtaylor24601 Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

Assuming the summary is correct (I know, I know), the legislation doesn't require payment by Google, it only allows the original publisher to collect payment from Google. If the small publishers want to have links to their sites show up in Google News without Google paying them, all they would have to do is send a letter to Google granting them permission. It would be up to each publisher to decide which way they want to go.

From what I've read the Spanish law specifically does not allow publishers to opt out.

"If you are a digital editor that publishes with a copyleft license, like myself, and you minimally understand how the internet actually works, you cannot decide to not charge Google News. It is compulsory. More than a right it is an obligation. Therefore, Google cannot exclude sites requiring payment from Google News. It would still need to pay for those it includes, even if they do not want to be compensated."

about a week ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

mjtaylor24601 Re:Diaspora appliance (88 comments)

I think that we need to fundamentally change the web so that Google and Facebook share their profits with us. They are after all making profits by selling your data. Now obviously they do lots of complicated analysis which is where a lot of the value added is but the raw resource is your data. You should be compensated for it.

You are being compensated just not monetarily. You get free access to search engines and social networking sites.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

mjtaylor24601 Re: Yeah right (308 comments)

Why should they be forced to lease it at less than optimal rates to a competitor? They built the network. It's their capital. No, that is an unacceptable infringement of economic liberty and property rights.

Why should I be forced to allow ATT to run cables for their network across my property? ATT wants to claim that it's their network and they should be free to do whatever they want with it? Fine, no more legal right-of-ways for you. You want to bury cables on my property? Pay me rent.

about a month ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

mjtaylor24601 Re:This is missing one of Silk Road's major featur (108 comments)

Old Testament allows men to have female children as brides, so does Islam, so do the Vedic religions.

The old testament also allows for stoning people for being "a stubborn and rebellious son". That does not, to my mind, make it a good idea.

about a month and a half ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

mjtaylor24601 Re:Look on the bright side ... (108 comments)

that is why we have dmca safe harbor laws the one good part of the dmca. its why gmail isn't shutdown for facilitating drug sales as well

I could be wrong but I think the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act only applies to copyright infringement. It's not a blanket protection against all criminal acts.

about a month and a half ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

mjtaylor24601 Re:Wait wait wait .... (553 comments)

What I'm trying to get at is that employers - as a group represented in the media - are schizophrenic or at least do not know what the fuck they want.

Yeah, it's almost as if "employers" referred to some vast group of different people with different goals and motivations...

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (74 comments)

Yes you're correct. I didn't over Tor. Perhaps I misunderstood that signing up over Tor was a requirement.

GGP: "I would never give Google or anyone else my cell phone number"
GP: "You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore."
Me: "Yes you can."

I have not tested it but I'm entirely willing to believe that account creation over Tor is more difficult.

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (74 comments)

You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore.

That's just not true. I just tested this and I was able to create a new Gmail account without specifying either a phone number or an alternate email address. Go try it yourself. There's a phone number field on the form but it's not mandatory.

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:And that's a good thing (74 comments)

This is obviously a harmful security feature. It locks people out of their accounts by assuming that they always have access to a cell phone.

Yeah if they'd been thinking at all they would have made this an optional feature that you're under no obligation to use....oh wait they totally did that. *eye roll*

Or did you never want to be able to travel abroad?

You can also print out a list of codes ahead of time to take with you when travelling abroad if you so desire. But...you know...don't let the facts get in the way of your rant.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

mjtaylor24601 Re:I have an idea (174 comments)

...or you could do it yourself, BASH is open source.

Maybe the GP is not a programmer and is thus not able to do it himself. Open source is great but it's not a magic panacea.

I suppose he could hire someone to do it for him but complaining on /. is just way easier ;-)

about 3 months ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

mjtaylor24601 Re:Old research also casts doubt on Gladwell's "ru (192 comments)

It's been quite some time since I read that book but as I remember it 10,000 hours was never presented as some iron clad rule defining how long it took to achieve mastery but rather it was a convenient notational shorthand for "lots and lots of practice is required". To nit-pick over the specific number of hours is to completely miss the point. The point was that lots of practice is required, and those that don't put in that practice (because of lack of passion or lack of opportunity) will never achieve mastery.

about 3 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

mjtaylor24601 Re:bullshit alert (795 comments)

Well, yes, Lemaitre was a Catholic priest as well as a physicist.

And Einstein was a patent clerk. Does that mean that the patent system has a lot to teach us about the theory of relativity?

about 3 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

mjtaylor24601 Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Aren't sweeping generalizations fun!

Not if they're wrong.

all sweeping generalizations are wrong....including this one ;-)

about 3 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

mjtaylor24601 Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

"asylum seekers"

You mean, greedy Third World swine with nothing to contribute, who think that they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because Whitey is rich and they are poor?

As opposed to the greedy First World swine with nothing to contribute who think they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because of who's uterus they happened to be expelled from?

Aren't sweeping generalizations fun!

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

mjtaylor24601 Re: So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Which would only be other Tor nodes. All traffic on the Tor network routes through several hops before traveling through an exit node. That's the entire basis of the technology. If it was as simple as tracing back one hop, it wouldn't be very effective, would it?

Beside the point. Comcast doesn't need to know where your traffic ultimately exits. All they need to know is whether or not you're using Tor. For that purpose detecting traffic being sent to a known Tor entry node is sufficient.

about 3 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mjtaylor24601 Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

why must we force equal distribution of gender/race/etc in everything?

Oh we don't have to force an equal distribution into everything. For example the prison population is drastically gender imbalanced and no one seems terribly bothered.

about 4 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mjtaylor24601 Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1262 comments)

Okay. Suppose that's true. This justifies graphic torture/death threats?

To be fair the GP never claimed that it justified any such thing.

about 4 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mjtaylor24601 Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

I liked this comment: "Her arguments [are] open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games." So many things wrong with this sentence. Somehow, people have the urge to bend their view so the troll side, and their means of death threats, is also justified.

Wait, what? How does suggesting that her arguments might be open to valid criticism in any way attempt to justify death threats? In fact if you read the entirety of the comment you're quoting they say pretty much exactly the opposite

Yes the subject is uncomfortable and no she isn't completely correct. Her arguments open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games.

The problem is and will always be a reactionary subset of people who cannot be peer pressured into behaving like sane human beings on the Internet. You don't respond to a feminist critique by sending her death threats.

about 4 months ago

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