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Comment: Re:This never works (Score 2) 265

by hairyfeet (#49548885) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

What he is talking about is DIVX (all caps), named to make people think of the OTHER DivX , which was an attempt at "DRM in a box" that went over about as well as a loud ripping fart in an elevator.

I predict other than the *philes (the same folks that bought Beta, Laserdisc, and anything else that claimed to be "better" than the rest) 4K is gonna flop as bad as 3D TV, the reasons why are numerous, 1.- DVD is "good enough" for the majority, which is why after all these years BD is still not a blip compared to the massive DVD install base, 2.- The bandwidth in the USA to stream 4K without getting capped? EXTREMELY rare, most folks would be lucky to be able to watch 2 vids before they get capped, 3.- The not insignificant investment from users that really like what 1080p looks like now, and 4.- The fact it won't work with anything they already have, thus causing the "I gotta buy the Beatles albums again" syndrome which in a "jobless recovery" isn't gonna fly.

Considering the majority of PCs still don't come with BD? I'm really not worried about 4K DRM, it'll be another WMA, only bitch is the wasted die space used by your GPU and/or board for this shit you'll never use. Damn, now I'm gonna have to grab that R9 270x before they have time to add that shit.

Comment: Re: SystemD added? (Score 3, Insightful) 452

by hairyfeet (#49547115) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

Uhhhh...yeah dude? The post he is referring to used "compartmentalized", "intrinsic" and "homogeneous" in less than 3 sentences....normal folks and IT guys? yeah they don't talk like that. So the poster is either 1.- A shill, or 2.- Works in PR or marketing, because those guys DO talk like that.

Frankly I was shocked he didn't roll out "synergy" but I think they wised onto it thanks to Dilbert ragging on it so many times.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 291

And it is quite evident from the fan edit community that there are plenty of people who will spend a lot of time doing complete re-edits of movies if they are interested in them. I could very well imagine a silent movie fan doing a simple digitization and restoration and putting that out for other fans of the genre.

Comment: Non Sequitor (Score 5, Insightful) 330

by eldavojohn (#49539223) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

I'm not disappointed at all. Drones are so much better than actually invading Pakistan, and reduces the number of kids that get killed in war.

I never got the hate for drones in the first place. Why would you want to launch a ground invasion instead, which means MORE kids getting killed?

Sure, if you want to kill someone, you're right. I think the argument against drones is that if you push a button and someone dies on the other side of the Earth and you didn't have to go to war to do that ... well, fast forward two years and you're just sitting there hitting that button all day long. "The quarter solution" or whatever you want to call it is still resulting in deaths and, as we can see here, we're not 100% sure whose deaths that button is causing. Even if we study the targets really really hard.

And since Pakistan refuses to own their Al Queda problem, we have to take care of it for them.

No, no we don't. You might say "Al Queda hit us now we must hunt them to the ends of the Earth" but it doesn't mean that diplomacy and sovereignty just get flushed down the toilet. Those country borders will still persist despite all your shiny new self-appointed world police officer badges. Let me see if I can explain this to you: If David Koresh had set off bombs in a Beijing subway and then drones lit up Waco like the fourth of July and most of the deaths were Branch Davidians, how would you personally feel about that? Likewise, if Al Queda is our problem and we do that, we start to get more problems. Now, that said, it's completely true that Pakistan's leadership has privately condoned these strikes while publicly lambasting the US but that's a whole different problem.

Also, we must always assume that war = killing kids. The fact that people think kids shouldn't be killed in war basically gives people more of an incentive to go to war in the first place. When Bush invaded Iraq, the public should have asked "OK, how many kids are we expected to kill?" Because all war means killing kids. There has never been a war without killing kids.

The worst people are the ones that romanticize war, by saying war is clean and happy and everyone shakes hands at the end. War is the worst, most horrible thing, and we need to make sure people understand that, or they'll continue to promote war.

Yep, think of the children -- that's why we should use drone strikes, right? Look, war means death. Death doesn't discriminate and neither does war. If you're hung up on it being okay to take a life the second that male turns 18, you're pretty much morally helpless anyway. War is bad. Drone strikes are bad. There's enough bad in there for them both to be bad. This isn't some false dichotomy where it's one or the other. It's only one or the other if you're hellbent on killing people.

News flash: you can argue against drone strikes and also be opposed to war at the same time. It does not logically follow that since you're against drone strikes, you're pro war and pro killing children. That's the most unsound and absurd flow of logic I've seen in quite some time.

Comment: Re:So more of the same then? (Score 1) 357

by hairyfeet (#49539165) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

If you have already swallowed the Apple BS so much that you REQUIRE everything from iTunes to Apple formats and iWhatever support? Then go ahead and go full Cult 'o Mac and buy a damned Macbook already!

As I tell every customer that asks about Apple anything? Be ready to go full Apple or go home. iTunes for Windows sucks, it has ALWAYS sucked, it always WILL suck, so if you are gonna go retard? Go full retard, just buy a damned macbook and stop trying to make that shitastic software work on Windows. Fuck I've seen DOS games that work better on Windows 7 than fricking iTunes, that POS software is either gimped on purpose (to again push the full Cult 'o Mac) or they hired the absolute cheapest third world rent-a-coders they possibly could to work on the Windows version. Either way it blows ass, it always has, always will. So stop coming up with more and more excuses that will require that shitfart iTunes and just go full Cult o' Mac already!

Comment: Re: Define 'Terrorists' (Score 1) 228

by Agent0013 (#49537149) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

Quite a bit happened before the seals choppered into a complex then shot him and dumped his body in the ocean. Is anyone even sure that happened, if it did I doubt it did the way they say it did..

Nearly everybody in the complex killed and who remained has never even been brought forward to account for events. The most hated man was shot on sight instead of being drug into a kangaroo court to be humiliated for a year before being put to death just like every other villain the US put its hands on. His body was respectfully buried in a conveniently unrecoverable and unspecific location. The trumpets weren't even continuously sounded for political and military benefit with no end when even that silly "mission accomplished" presentation was stretched far too long.

Yeah, I'd imagine you are right. One big obvious question is: why isn't anyone talking about it?

Don't forget that the Seal Team that did it all ended up dead not too long after! We can't have any witnesses that might tell the true story some time later, can we!

Comment: Re:You think 7 vaccines is a lot? (Score 1) 338

by Agent0013 (#49537111) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Do you have any citations for your first paragraph? It looks like utter nonsense to me. For example, people aren't necessarily immune to a disease after getting it.

Immunity against measles in populations of women and infants in Poland. Low titers of measles antibody in mothers whose infants suffered from measles before eligible age for measles vaccination. Outbreaks of Measles have occurred in schools with 99% vaccination rates.

As far as your second paragraph goes, the useful question is not "Does the MMR vaccine kill more people than measles kills in a mostly immunized population?" but rather "Does the MMR vaccine kill more people than measles would kill in a mostly unimmunized population?".

Yes, I have thought about that. Most people are vaccinated for Measles so there are a lot less people getting it that would otherwise if the whole population were not vaccinated. But still, the primary cause of problems from Measles is due to the complications that arise from things like dehydration or poor nutrition. Ask your older relatives how many people they knew when younger that died of Measles. I bet you won't find any. Everybody got it and it wasn't a big deal then. Today it is made out to be a big deal. If you are some starving African kid with no medical attention it can be a problem. But that kid probably doesn't have access to the MMR shot anyway. Here in the USA we have good nutrition and access to medical care. Complications from Measles would be rather rare.

Severe complications from measles can be avoided through supportive care that ensures good nutrition, adequate fluid intake and treatment of dehydration with WHO-recommended oral rehydration solution. This solution replaces fluids and other essential elements that are lost through diarrhoea or vomiting. Antibiotics should be prescribed to treat eye and ear infections, and pneumonia.

All children in developing countries diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of vitamin A supplements, given 24 hours apart. This treatment restores low vitamin A levels during measles that occur even in well-nourished children and can help prevent eye damage and blindness. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%.

Comment: Re: Agreed but there is a point (Score 1) 338

by Agent0013 (#49536877) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Wearing a seatbelt does in fact increase risk to you of serious harm in certain kinds of accidents. It also protects those around you, as you are held into the driving position in your vehicle, so are less likely to lose/be unable to regain control of your car.

Yep, and making people wear a helmet causes more and worse head injuries than if you don't require them. Sometimes things are not the way you would think they should be.

Vaccines protect the herd -- this is not "random people" but the people you come into contact with each day.

Why should I care about "the herd"? I am not a cow or sheep. I will do what is right for me and my family. They used to tell you to use all the anti-bacterial solutions in you soap and sanitizers also. Only we now find out it is causing much worse bacteria that we can't kill off. Some studies show that being too clean makes your immune system overreact to things causing allergies and autoimmune diseases. I put vaccines into that category. Getting the disease does something different from getting the vaccine as is evident from the different length of immunity given. I'm not saying people should be getting the polio disease. But go on and ask all your older relatives how many people they knew as a kid that died of Measles and I bet you don't find any. Everyone got it, but they make it sound so scary today in the news and it's not.

You do indeed have the right to get the flu instead of a shot.

Only until people like you get the law changed to make it mandatory that everyone get every vaccine that the government mandates and get the flu vaccine added to the list. California is getting rid of the religious exception for vaccines for school children. I guess we just have to get fake medical records made up then. The situation does not really get better, does it. Plus, when you see these outbreaks in the news, they always fail to tell you how big a percentage of the outbreak is among vaccinated people. The Measles outbreak at Disney Land was mostly among unvaccinated people, but there were five vaccinated people that got it anyway. In New York in 2011 an outbreak was traced to a vaccinated 22 year old that gave it to 4 other fully vaccinated people. Did you know that getting the vaccine can cause you to shed fully contagious Measles virus and you can then make other people sick. You probably didn't know that either, did you.

We keep learning about the companies that make these and how the effectiveness is way lower than they have been telling us, or it turns out to cause cancer.

Who is we? I haven't been hearing these things.

They have nothing to do with chicken pox, nor with the flu virus, nor MMR

It seem to me that you people that want to be part of the herd of Sheeple always claim that us "anti-vaxxers" don't know how to think clearly and use scientific methodology and instead just listen to the wackos out there. I find the opposite is true. The people questioning the vaccines we are told to get are always a part of the highly educated demographic and some of the more intelligent people in the population. second paragraph in conclusion In this case you state you haven't heard about something that was discovered back in 2010. I can't help it if you choose to believe the lies spread by vaccine makers and the media, perhaps you need to read up more on the subject before you tell people they should do something when you are flat out wrong. It is in fact the MMR that lack the effectiveness. In particular it is the Mumps part of the MMR. Merk states it is 95% effective. If they don't meet that rate they loose their licence to be the only maker of the Mumps vaccine. So they just lie about it. When challenged and taken to court, their response is that the safety is fine, they don't even try to answer the actual accusation, rather they redirect. the references are included on this site, so don't bother complaining about the link

There are some non-approved vaccines that have side effects that are considered worth the risk in the middle of a pandemic -- are those the ones you're referring to?

Here I am referring to Guardasil which was being pushed on young women to prevent cervical cancer even though no studies showed that it did that. Instead, studies showed it increased your risk of getting pre-cancerous lesions.

Flu vaccines are a crap shoot -- I never used to get them, but now I do, as it costs me nothing. The reason they're a crap shoot isn't because they're not effective though; it's because they only target one strain. Vaccine companies look at what's brewing in China at the beginning of their flu season, and then inoculate against that in North America so by the time flu season hits NA, enough people are inoculated to the most likely strain, protecting the herd. This year, they guessed wrong, and a different strain made the hit list. Result? A greater number of child and elderly deaths due to influenza.

Everyone was still inoculated against the strain that went nowhere; nobody was inoculated against the strain that became pandemic. Was the vaccine effective? Not at minimizing flu exposure, but it WAS effective at minimizing exposure to the target strain -- in China, before it ever spread anywhere else.

Again, you spout off while being quite uninformed about the actual facts of the matter. The flu vaccine does make you more likely to get the flu. First of all, getting the shot gives many people flu symptoms for several days. Sounds great to me. Second of all, it makes you much more likely to get the more pandemic type of flu.There is renewed controversy surrounding influenza vaccines, with some studies showing people immunised against the seasonal flu might have been at greater risk during the swine flu outbreak.

Comment: No, This Is Important for People to See (Score 5, Insightful) 253

by eldavojohn (#49536145) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Wait. A person who made dubious claims that had no scientific backing to them was actually lying? What next? Water is wet?!!

I think pretty much everyone but the nutjob, true believers in psuedo-science knew all along that this woman was lying.

So you're saying everyone knew she was lying about her charity donations as well? Or was it only the charities that knew that? From the article:

The 26-year-old's popular recipe app, which costs $3.79, has been downloaded 300,000 times and is being developed as one of the first apps for the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Her debut cook book The Whole Pantry, published by Penguin in Australia last year, will soon hit shelves in the United States and Britain.

So you're saying the 300,000 downloads are by people that knew they were downloading the app architected by a liar? And they were paying $3.79 to Apple and this liar for a recipe app that contain recipes that someone lied about helping her cure cancer? And you're saying that everyone at Apple that featured her app on the Apple Watch knew they were showing a snake oil app on their brand new shiny device? And that the people at Penguin did all their fact checking on any additional information this cookbook might contain about Belle Gibson's alleged cancer survival? And that everybody involved in these events know society's been parading around a fucking liar and rewarding her with cash money while she basically capitalizes on a horrendous disease that afflicts millions of people worldwide ... that she never had?

No, this is not the same as "water is wet" and it needs to be shown that holistic medicine is temporarily propped up on a bed of anecdotal lies ... anybody who accepts it as the sole cure for their ailment is putting their health in the hands of such charlatans and quacks.

Comment: Re:well, why wouldn't they? (Score 2) 195

by hairyfeet (#49535299) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

What I find ironic as hell is the war hawks pushing this crap do not realize they are causing the US military to fall into the same trap the axis did in WWII. Spend all your money on "wonder weapons" that cost so much only a handful can be built and are so prone to breakdown and malfunction that only a small percentage of that small handful will be available at any 1 time, meanwhile any potential enemy can go pick up a fleet of Russian fourth and fifth gen planes for the cost of one of ours.

I don't care how "high tech" you make the F35 if you put 1 F35 against 20+ MiG29 or SU35? Its going down. As Stalin is reported to have said "Quantity has a quality all its own".

Comment: Re: It's my choice to kill my kid! (Score -1, Troll) 604

by hairyfeet (#49535219) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

And BOTH sides get royally fucked to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars because America has NO limits on how much drug companies can charge and NO law stating the government should be required to buy any and all drugs that the state makes a requirement.

Before everybody here breaks their arms clapping? Might want to remember you are handing big pharma, one of the biggest sources of bribery we have in the USA, a mandated right to print money. If you want the children across the country to be forced to get these shots? Then DEMAND that the state have the patents NOT big pharma.

Oh and FYI for those that don't know when things do go wrong and some kid gets sick (as there is NO DRUG that is 100% safe, even aspirin kills a small percentage of users each year) guess who picks up the tab? Its YOU, as the big pharma lobby got a bill passed in the 90s requiring the government (aka YOU) to pick up the tab and absolve them of any and all responsibility. Must be nice to be able to privatize all the profits while wiping away any liabilities, huh?

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