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Comment Re:You mentioned police, so... (Score 1) 651

Ah, the old "I'm just saying it, I don't mean it" defense.

Look, I grant zero-tolerance is a stupid policy, and exceptions must be made for sarcasm. But sarcasm should be something you have to demonstrate, not be assumed. Because, frankly, you're erroring on the side of one guy's livelihood, and I'm erroring on the side of public order.

Comment Questioning Zuckerberg's Choice (Score 1) 67

Zuckerberg clearly made the right choice

Did he?. I mean, we can look at the outcome and say "yes, he made twice as much money". But I can look at the winner of powerball and say "that person now has a lifetime of whatever they want". Did they make the right choice to buy a ticket? Did the other people who bought a ticket also make "the right choice". I mean, it was the same choice (esp. since most winners auto-pick their numbers now, so pretend that happened in this example).

Comment You mentioned police, so... (Score 1) 651

nobody should face any repercussion for something they say on Facebook... Police look for any and every excuse they can think of to ruin someone's life and livelihood

If a police officer said that the best part of his job was "clubbing uppity N---s" on Facebook, don't you think he should lose his job? I'm not for punishing even idiot racists with jailtime for their beliefs, but certainly certain professions require certain standards.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 651

Because after all, that's what the vaccine compensation court in the USA already has payed out to vaccine victims: billions of dollars.

Which, since the average payout is almost a million dollars, isn't surprising. 4,954 people actually received money over almost two decades. Of those none have been for autism (one was for a disease that has similar symptoms.) In fact, autism claims have been shot down and shot down again on appeal.

The need to compensate those rare individuals who had an adverse reaction is a moral imperative. It would be worth the money any day of the week if we were purchasing herd immunity.

Comment Re:Anti-science censorship (Score 2) 651

Are you afraid you might not be able to defend your position against them?

Well, I clearly won't be able to defend my position. There's a lot of scientific studies about the near-impossibility of convincing conspiracy theorists (or anyone with strongly held counter-factual beliefs) Pointing out conflicting evidence makes them double down. Beyond using logical fallacies to justify their position, the number of biases humans can employ to avoid thinking is huge.

Look up SV40 polio vaccine from years ago

A mass biological product was contaminated in ways totally independent of its use as a vaccine. I didn't hear anyone calling for banning all guacamole cause some avacados were found with E Coli.

I'm happy to admit that there are occasional problems. But that's not what any anti-vaxxer has claimed. The vaccines of today are massively tested, and the specific issue you brought up was the distribution of an unknown pathogen that evaded all tests. Also, it was still a net positive to wipe out polio.

getting sick of these anti-science whackos like you that think scientific discussion should only be what YOU approve

I'm not saying that. No one is saying that. If experts want to debate the merits of specific vaccines, that's great (assuming there are reasonable people on both sides of the issue). But that's not how anti-vaxxers are spreading disease through my community. They use conspiracy theories about pharama companies profit motives and disingenuous anecdote picking.

In some cases, ala Jenny McCarthy, her son personally almost/did have his life destroyed because her crazy anti-vax faux-autism was a disease that is sometimes treatable if caught early. Instead she doubled down, then said she cured autism as he's somewhat recovered.

convincing people vaccines are good SHOULD be easy

You're right, it should be. And one step for that to happen is for the medical community to treat anti-vaxxers the way they treat phrenologists

Comment Re:Copyright law is a bitch; Fair Use is not a rig (Score 1) 218

The design of the Note 7 is copyrighted, just as any other product.

Except that it's not. The only products that can get copyright protection seem to be ships of various types.

(Technically, the plans of buildings are subject to copyright, so reproducing a building, requiring plans, often has similar protections)

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 218

It has to be checked-off by a court to say exactly that. Only after that step can the guy turn around and sue for damages and lost wages.

Sure, but he should be able to get Youtube to reinstate it without a court order.

I don't know if he really can, but that's how the SafeHarbor act was written.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 1) 552

Can you point to the where Hitler said he intends to gas the Jews?

Are you kidding? Sure, easily. He wrote a book called Mein Kampf in the '20s. He said:

If at the beginning of the war and during the war [WWI] twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the nation had been subjected to poison gas, such as had to be endured in the field by hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers of all classes and professions, then the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain

So, better if we had gassed the Jews, and he also said:

the nationalization of our masses will succeed only when, aside from all the positive struggle for the soul of our people, their international poisoners are exterminated

Are those passages too subtle?

Comment Re:I assume refund (Score 1) 122

Oh, I see how what I wrote was vague. I meant it would be a reasonable response if it were a rare defect. Even if it could possibly set your house on fire. Obviously, if it did set your house on fire, they should offer more.

As to if I would look away if a toddler had died, that seems crazy. A main reason I said it was reasonable, if it were rare, would be that there's little reason to think that public scrutiny would not help save lives.

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