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Comment Re:Money back (Score 1) 139

The very idea that a government watchdog group presumes to 'order' people to do anything is repulsive. Nanny state authoritarianism and a servile population of betas.

I don't have a problem with a government ordering someone to respect someone else's privacy. Not that I don't find some things governments do repulsive. I do have a problem with governments illegally invading their citizen's privacy, and then imprisoning whistle blowers. Jesus bloody Christ, worry about something that actually matters.

Comment Re:Democracy? (Score 5, Funny) 207

At what percentage would it be justified in to change the law, and not make it illegal anymore?

Never. That's not an option, because if the world succumbs to piracy, it will fall apart. We must continue efforts to address piracy in four ways:

  • Preventative technical protection measures
  • Monitoring
  • Streamlining prosecution
  • Harsher penalties

It's not impossible if you're willing to think outside the square. If the figure goes up around 90% we could just drop a nuke. We've got plenty, and we're not using them.

Comment Re: Lots of excuses for incompetence (Score 1) 103

If Google had accidentally built their headquarters on someone else's land, that would be incompetence. Land boundaries can be reliably searched, and are well-defined. Infringing a patent is just bad luck. No-one has the resources to find all the patents that might be relevant to a large program, and it isn't even always clear what patents will be interpreted to mean.

Comment Re: but but but (Score 3, Informative) 557

Could you name the features the contemporary (or any) MS-Office has that are important to the average secretary and that are missing in LibreOffice?

Ease of use.

Yup, and this essentially amounts to doing things the way that MS Office does them. The way you've already learnt to do things is the easy way, because doing things any other way first requires unlearning the way you've already learnt.

100% perfect compatability with MS products since 99% of the people you will be exchanging info and docs with use MSkype products.

Yup, and it's exceedingly difficult to get 100% compatibility with MS Office without being MS Office. (Whereas MS Office gets it for free, by definition.)

Help and assistance on the Web when you need to figure something out. Easy with MS products just Google what you are trying to do and get 100s to 1000s of sites showing examples. With the FOSS options. That only works about 10% of the time.

Yup, and there'd need to be a large user base to change this

Need I go on?

Nope, that about covers it.

FOSS products for productivity and the desktop do not yet belong on the desktop in a corporate or government environment. They are still at least another decade away from such compatability.

About a decade away from compatibility with today's MS products. In another decade, they'll still be about a decade away. It's a moving target.

Comment Re:Linux is only free if your time is worth nothin (Score 3, Funny) 557

We're stuck with Vista because several of the Microsoft apps we have to run won't run on any newer version of Windows.

Never heard of a place that standardized on Vista of all things, that's kind of weird. Your employer better get themselves some 7 or 10

I'd guess that might be problematic on account of the apps they use that won't run on those versions of MS Windows? Good suggestion though. Are you an MCSA?

Comment Re:Nature finds a way. (Score 1) 301

To say nothing of the Mori (spelling?), the previous owners of NZ the Maori brag about killing and eating.

As per the Wikipedia article an AC linked, the Moriori were one group of Mäori, who were invaded, and variously slaughtered or enslaved, by another group of Mäori. That sort of thing often happens to pacifists, unfortunately. That some of them were eaten after being slaughtered is kind of irrelevant I think, seeing as they were already dead.

Comment Re:C64 (Score 1) 312

I wouldn't recommend using the C64 as such (and I assume it was a joke). That said, if you're beginning programming, it might not be a bad idea to begin with a beginner's programming language. If you're running MS Windows, perhaps have a look at MS Small Basic. It's a modern beginner's programming language, and there are tutorials and example programs for it.

Comment Re:Recursion is dead! (Score 1) 600

Yes, goto is useful for exception handling, in languages that lack specific exception handling constructs, but have goto.

Goto is useful even in languages with exception handling. Exceptions isn't really a good way to deal with errors. It encourages grouping several errors together with a single error handling routine for all of them. That is one of the reasons exceptions are frown upon in embedded and/or safety critical applications.

I didn't intend for "exception handling" to mean anything more specific than "some way of dealing with errors". I think the term can be used with this general meaning, although I suppose it is also commonly associated with a specific mechanism. In any case, if the mechanism for dealing with errors in a programming language is broken, I think the best solution would ultimately be to fix it, rather than forever working around the problem.

Comment Re:Recursion is dead! (Score 1) 600

Yes, goto is useful for exception handling, in languages that lack specific exception handling constructs, but have goto.

No, not just there. In quite a few cases it would be "in languages that lack efficient exception handling constructs". And that's almost all of them.

Okay, but I still think this points to a deficiency in the language with regard to error handling constructs, rather than being an argument in favour of goto as a language construct (other than as a stop-gap measure).

Comment Re:Recursion is dead! (Score 1) 600

GOTO is useful. Certain forms of C exception handling code benefit from GOTO immensely.

Yes, goto is useful for exception handling, in languages that lack specific exception handling constructs, but have goto. This is a good reason to use goto in such languages, but I think it ultimately points to a deficiency in the language, rather than an argument in favour of goto as a language construct.

IMHO, to argue for goto as a language construct, it is not enough to argue that there are a small number of specific well-defined ways in which it is reasonable to use goto in languages that lack control-flow constructs for particular purposes. This would better support an argument for the availability of suitable constructs for these purposes. Ultimately, to argue for goto as a language construct, I think it would be necessary to claim that is reasonable to use goto in ways that defy classification. AFAIK, this claim is seldom made.

Comment Re:The point (Score 1) 532

We need a government list of approved and non-approved activities, diets/foods, and behaviors (default unapproved until/unless reviewed & approved) legislated into law.

I wouldn't have a problem with a tax on the sale of foods containing high levels of sugar or fat, or participation in hazardous extreme sports, or whatever, so long as it only applied to commercial activities, targeted things that were known to increase health-care costs, and was actually workable. That said, perhaps none of these things would be workable, but I think tax on tobacco is.

Comment Re: The point (Score 1) 532

Part of the drawback of a public health care system is that you now have to help pay for the stupid decisions which other people make. But this then gets used an excuse to be able to Dictate to other people what they do with their bodies.

How about if commercial sale is taxed, but individuals can grow plants for personal use?

Comment Re: The point (Score 1) 532

I can only hope you're being snarky here, but there are people who would sincerely argue that you don't have the right to die early, or to risk your life in any way, because that would deprive the state of needed tax revenue. Those people are assholes.

The intention of paying tax is to contribute to the common good, that we all benefit from. If people decide to do something that means they will contribute less (without proportionately taking less), then I don't think it's unreasonable to expect them to make up the difference. The alternative is that everyone else carries them.

Now, don't get me wrong, if due to misfortune, or inability, someone contributes less, then I'd like the state to carry them. However, if it's a choice, then I'd like them to pay for it themselves. "Chooser pays", I guess.

Comment Re:Hyland's teething tablets (Score 1) 309

I am a father of 8, and I have plenty of anecdotal evidence that Hyland's teething tablets are effective, and I want to continue to use them for my baby. From what I have read, the effective ingredient in them is probably the belladonna rather than the homeopathic ingredients, but I am not aware of any alternatives, and as near as I can tell the FDA refuses to actually release their data, which doesn't sound much like science to me. Maybe that has changed.

I think I've found the data here: Laboratory Analysis of Homeopathic Teething Tablets. I think the last table at the bottom of the page is the one of interest--it seems to list the levels of Belladonna in tested Hyland's teething tablets. I don't know how much is okay, from what I can tell, the table seems to indicate that while most of the tablets tested had less than 0.1 nanograms (being listed as "Below Limit of Quantification", with the lowest quantification given being 0.1 nanograms), one bottle had six tablets over 10 nanograms, including one at 53.4 nanograms. It seems to me that this is probably at least 500 times the usual amount.

It's misleading to say that Hyland's won't recall their product - they quit selling in the US months ago thanks to the FDA's pressure.

Yes, although this is clarified later in the submission: "Still, the company discontinued distribution in the U.S."

There was a flap several years ago where Hyland's was yanked off of the market because of alleged inconsistent levels of ingredients and that was supposed to have been corrected or the FDA would never have let them back on the market.

Perhaps Hyland's raised their standards for a while, then let them slip again?

I hope you find something else that works for you.

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