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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

smithmc Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Corporations rarely do things because they're "the right thing to do" - unless one defines "the right thing to do" as "whatever maximizes shareholder value". Corporations are not moral; people are moral. And corporations are not people, people.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

smithmc Re:Coming to a plane journey (170 comments)

There is some research that suggests that Ebola Zaire can transmit from monkeys to pigs without contact, and could possibly be transmitted from pigs to humans. One farm worker is believed to have contracted Ebola Reston (which is not lethal to humans) from an infected pig.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

The term "believe" can be interpreted in different ways too. To "believe in a global free market economy" can mean:

  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy exists", or
  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy ought to exist, and/or would be a good thing".

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Then you should start by proving the belief to be false, because (at least in this case) it is not obviously false. Maybe, if you believe that it is obviously false, then it says something about you...

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

smithmc Re:Its even worse than we thought (552 comments)

So let's just all shoot ourselves in the head now. Or... maybe... we could expend some brain power figuring out how to live longer and, y'know, not die so soon.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

smithmc Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

Haven't you heard? Corporations can do emotions now. At least I assume so; since they can be religious, I assume they can at least do guilt, shame, and self-righteousness.

about a month and a half ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

smithmc Re:Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

No one puts a gun to your head and makes you eat at Applebee's or Olive Garden. Get a real job, earn some real money, and eat at some real restaurants (of which the US has plenty).

about a month and a half ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

smithmc Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

Oh, c'mon. It's not like being stupid and needlessly litigious is a uniquely French thing.

about a month and a half ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

smithmc Re: Rather far north. (151 comments)

French Guiana is not a colony of France. It is a departement d'outre-mer, with the same legal status and participation in French government as any of the continental departements. It is analogous to the relationship Hawaii has to the United States, with full statehood and participation in US government.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

smithmc Re:My biases, let me show you them (415 comments)

My first language in college was Pascal. It's not a bad choice IMO. In part, perhaps, because it is a (pretty much) *dead* language - sort of like Latin for programming languages. Which means you *can't* get stuck on it, you *have to* move on to other languages. One disadvantage is that it may not be rich enough to use to teach concepts found in more modern languages, like objects/classes (although there are OO extensions for Pascal), maps/dictionaries, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

smithmc Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

OK, then, what should the teaching language be? What language would be better for teaching basic concepts and principles of programming, e.g. algorithms, data structures, control flow, events, etc.? Assembly language for MOS6502, perhaps?

about a month and a half ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

smithmc Re:So it's ok to kill US soldiers? (242 comments)

I wasn't referring to any side. But to answer your question... well, I'm not sure I can. Certainly it was understandable for the Iraqi military to fight back against the US invasion. But as for terrorists/insurgents... are they necessarily acting on behalf of or under the orders of their country? Are they legitimate war combatants? Hard to say. There is a government in Iraq, for whatever it's worth, and any attacks on an invading or occupying force should, it seems to me, occur at their behest.

about a month and a half ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

smithmc Re:hexagonal? (139 comments)

But it doesn't address the 27 degree angle screen. Round is the only way to go.

about a month and a half ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

smithmc Re:Well that does solve the vertical video problem (139 comments)

I have QWERTYUIOP on my Android phone. It pops up when I need it and it goes away when I don't - which is most of the time. I, too, used to insist on smartphones with physical keyboards, but I have come to find that a virtual keyboard with Swype is just as good if not better.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

smithmc Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

Private businesses (e.g. sole proprietorships, simple partnerships, etc.), yes. Corporations, no. Corporations are not people no matter what the Supreme Court says.

about 2 months ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

smithmc Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

Just because it's the job of the military to kill people doesn't mean it's okay.

That depends, I'd say. Killing an enemy who is attacking or invading your country, or poses a clear and present danger to your country's security is OK, IMO.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

smithmc If they expect to "win over" Win7 users... (681 comments)

...they'd better offer an in-place upgrade from Windows 7. Nobody (well, almost nobody) is going to back everything up, do a fresh OS install that blows away the old one, and then reinstall everything and reconfigure everything. It just takes too damn long. I'm thinking about moving my Dad from his XP machine to a Chromebook for exactly this reason - I'd upgrade him to Win8, except you can't do that.

about 2 months ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

smithmc Re:Canada's could have been interceptor (133 comments)

I've never really understood why people continue to get so excited about what basically would have been the Canadian version of the MiG-25, only slower. An F-15 or Su-27 could wax this thing's ass any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

smithmc If we do this to China... (322 comments)

...we should do it to ourselves, too. The entire Western world should adopt a carbon tax, and implement it as a tarriff on any country that doesn't adopt it voluntarily. The money raised should be dumped into nuclear fusion development.

about 3 months ago

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smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm supposed to be headed off this weekend to sunny Narrowsburg, NY for a "canoeing" (read: golf drink golf drink drink drink) trip with a couple hundred of my closest friends, but it's not sunny, it's damp and wet outside and it's supposed to be all weekend. So instead I'll be rebuilding a server and sleeping a lot. Thus the "arrgh" bit.

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Hmm... what's this?

smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hmm, a Web accessible journal or "blog" thingy, just for logging into /. Could this be useful? More or less useful than, say, a Wiki (which I'd have to host myself, though). Well, anyway.

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