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Comment Re:Status was NOT divulged, only email identities (Score 1) 54

The problem isn't who, exactly, was on the list - and what their HIV status might be.

The problem is the PERCEPTION in the general public about what the HIV status must be of people on that list. My guess is that a vast majority of people would assume that they are all HIV sufferers...that's incorrect, but that's what they'll assume.

At least one person who replied right here on Slashdot is advocating that the names of people with HIV should be public knowledge.

So - what is the intersection of people who (stupidly) think the names should be made public and people who (stupidly) assume that everyone on the list has HIV? I think we all know that this is hardly an empty set!

Hence it is very likely that people who DON'T have HIV will be publically identified as people who DO have HIV...and the consequences of THAT can be fairly extreme, both to interpersonal relationship - and (in some places) to getting a job, getting health care coverage, etc.

Also, it's really trivial to find someone's name from their email address - and to find their street address from those pieces of information.

So, no, this is not the small matter you're's potentially devastating.

Comment Re:Why shouldn't this be public anyway? (Score 1) 54

So your position is that the entire country (world maybe) should have access to identity information for everyone who currently has a potentially fatal, communicable disease? Knowing their email addresses would hardly be adequate to help people avoid the problems you describe, so you must (logically) be advocating for revealing actual names and work/home addresses.

Hmmm - so what other diseases should be accorded such special status?

Unless you have some kind of unseemly bias, you must be concerned about all diseases that are at least as communicable as HIV, and which cause at least that number of deaths - would that be a reasonable low bar for you?

So...let's see - in the UK, about 6,000 people die every year from HIV/AIDS - and about 25,000 die from influenza.

Oh [citation required] huh? OK - the numbers are here: (6,000 people died from AIDS in 2012) (28,000 people died from influenza in just two weeks in January 2015)

How about communicability?

To be infected by HIV, you need to exchange body fluids - pretty unlikely to happen, statistically.
To be infected by influenza, you just need to be standing nearby when they sneeze - incredibly likely.

So - unless your position comes from a specific bias against HIV sufferers *because* of the most common routes of infection - you should reasonably be pressing the government to release the names of all known influenza sufferers instead.

I think we know what your feelings are in that regard - so we can only conclude from your post that it's pure, unreasoning bias.

Comment Re:Easy problem to solve: Ban CC: (Score 1) 54

Certainly both BCC and CC have their valid uses - but you'd be amazed the number of people who don't understand the difference. Even after I pointed it out, the HR team at a company I worked for a few years ago would still send out emails about upcoming events and benefits stuff to the entire company using CC. Then a huge number of "Thanks for telling me!" types of replies would wind up being spread around the entire company.

Perhaps mail clients should retire the acronyms and spell out more explicitly what happens. Maybe have just one box for CC's and when you hit SEND, ask whether you want the recipients to get each other's email addresses or not.

Comment Sorry to say so, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 338

you are off by an astronomical unit if you believe it was the GUI that made the success of Windows 95. Its success is mainly due to the inclusion of the TCP/IP stack which standardized how PC owners can connect to the internet in an easy manner since then. Done with Trumpet IP and the likes trying to make things working. What drove people at this time was already the desire to access the internet, the real new thing. Most Joe users had to ask a relative if they were lucky enough to have one in the computer science field to setup their PC with Windows 3.1. Windows 95 made this easy.

Comment Any shortage of suicide bombers? (Score 1) 214

I don't see how this is a worst threat than the current situation provided there plenty suicide bombers available. The driver is only part of the problem to setup a terrorist action against a target. In addition, the AV is much more trackable than any other vehicle and then can be easily and quickly linked to the author. Which defeat partly the purpose of using an AV in first place to not be linked to the terrorist action.

Do you really believe the insurance companies will let these vehicles running without being tracked in order to establish the responsability in case of an accident?

Of course, someone can hijack the AV to make it vanish on the radar, etc. However, this will make each terrorist mission more complicated.

I guess someone in Hollywood wants to build another lame scenario around the usage of AV as remote controlled bombs or whatever.

Comment Re:Dumbest thing I've heard today. (Score 1) 572

And it is not that accurate as Christie believes it is. There is a limited number of locations the package can be: cargo airplane, truck, border/customs, distribution centers. FedEx doesn't update a map with the GPS coordinates of your package.

Comment Re: Hope for whom... the customer? (Score 1) 154

Uber is making its money from not paying what any legitimate taxi driver must pay or any taxi corporation must pay to meet the regulations and obligations. In short, Uber is making its money by cheating on the free market. Should they have to incure the same costs as the regular taxi industry as a whole you would be legitimated to talk about free market. But they just don't. Making money by cheating is easy until you get caught. Now, they are lobbying to evade the rules and regulations.

The regulations exists because otherwise nobody will enter the market in first place. They are there to ensure a decent revenue to the taxi driver and make this job appealing enough so there is enough taxis available for the citizen when they need one.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake