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Comment: Re:Just bought a puppy (Score 1) 279

by AssholeMcGee (#46127215) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

Prescription drug companies!!

What more needs to be said?

They've bitched and moaned over losing profits but have more then enough to buy off the FDA, or federal regulations/laws/rules, and politicians..

By no means I'm I making fun of you, I have pets myself, and I care for them because they each have there own personality, but I will not be taking them to a vet when they get sick. I question the drugs that they claim are same for humans, [that's bullshit} let alone animals. You go online or even ask a vet which foods you can and cannot give a pet, the list gets lengthy, but its okay for the animal to down pills!!!!

Comment: Re:Obfuscation (Score 1) 117

by AssholeMcGee (#46097249) Attached to: DOJ Announces New Methods For Reporting National Security Requests

As the NSA metadata collection scandal has developed, a number of technology and communications companies have fought to increase the transparency of the data collection process by publishing reports on how much data government agencies are asking them for.

Right lets ignore the fact that companies are trying to save face after being exposed for intentional back doors and exploits in there hardware/software, and all the other "warning systems" that were ignored from the agencies hacking into systems.

This shouldn't be about people protecting or feeling sorry for million/billion monopolies, but we should continue to include the possible fact they're in on it of there own freewill.

These request letters, are more or less a disguise/decoy to what people should really be talking about. The government has had tremendous success in going after the little guys and getting them shut down, for refusing to co-operate, and the little guys have gone public over it. Large Companies kept quite over it, because they're part of it, not because they were being threatened, I'm getting a little annoyed with people using that argument when it comes to million/billion dollar companies that are contracted with government to provide infrastructure, and other services, that there victims.

This should be a full on attack at everyone involved, the government surveillance of US citizens is decades old, but companies willfully participating to make it easy for them should be closely investigated, and publicized as much if not more then the stories over the NSA and other agencies doing something they have done for years.

Transparency, for the NSA is going to do nothing when there are at least another 10 agencies that will continue where the NSA has been exposed, and companies will continue to aide those agencies until [or if] someone exposes there operations, then we will be right back at this very discussion yet again.

Comment: Re:Sand storms (Score 0) 143

by AssholeMcGee (#42601111) Attached to: NASA Releases Orbital Photos of Beijing's Air Pollution
How much of this is from the sand storms? I do remember reading how sand storms were a problem but I am not sure if they affect Beijing! I believe this is some pathetic attempt by the U.S to smear China, if indeed --part--of what your seeing is sand dust. You think this is bad here is what they are dealing with in Italy------

Comment: More Drugs tainted!!! (Score 1) 99

by AssholeMcGee (#41726735) Attached to: States Face Huge Task In Tracking Meningitis-Tainted Drugs
This was probably already talked about or slashdot readers, read the original linked article, but this is not a "outbreak" situation. Only the people who received the steroids are affected. Not only that but it is believed that other drug companies steroids are also tainted. It was thought only one company was to blame. The FDA is to also blame for this, and why people continue to stand up for this group is mind boggling. They do not oversea a damn thing they require reports, they do not have agents standing in every lab to make sure things are being ran within the FDA guidelines. There are just as many FDA approved drugs that get pulled off the market or end up in class action lawsuits as the unapproved ones. There should be a body to oversea the drug industry, but the FDA is not it.

Comment: Spin offs?? (Score 1) 101

by AssholeMcGee (#41712865) Attached to: Making a Slashdot Omelet
THis site has lost it ways, that is obvious from older or previous users comments, from stories before and current.. You should create a spin off, Slash Underground, were stories of government funded projects, privacy concerns, ect. can be reported..It should not be a Conspiracy based stories either it should be based on things that can be proven, including posting stories similar to the Sci Channels Dark Matters, Twisted but True, a history of how governments or scientists are willing to push the limits of moral laws.. And restore Slahdot back to what is once was. I have been on for awhile and with all the hard working people at Slashdot I find it hard to believe that the numbers of tech stories is fewer and further apart. I like the site and the other channels, and the hard working people at Slashdot, so I do not want to rattle any chains, or seem like I am attacking anyone, 15 years and still going does not happen to many small new sites, so Congrats on this.

Comment: Two Systems (Score 1) 130

Have two computers one for using the internet and keeping basic software, also for downloading (laptop) And another that stays offline.. It is pretty laughable the Dutch are doing this, of course the question is if the "Big Media" have pushed for something this extreme?

Comment: Re:inadequate systems (Score 1) 313

by AssholeMcGee (#41271583) Attached to: California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites
Inadequate doctors, parasites should be something else they automatically test for, with all the blood tests they run you would figure that parasites would be one of the things to look for, just to rule out that possibility, parasites are more common then people want to admit too or know about. This parasite just one of several, that have no symptoms or minor symptoms that get blown off as nothing more then some aches or pains by Doctors. Doctors, I believe are trained either by schools, or other veteran/experienced Doctors on parasites. And you are probably aware that hospitals in the US charge out the azz for simple drugs that cost very little at a drug store. Not is not just Medicaid it is the whole system that is out of control, and no one seems to want to fix the behind the scene problems and work there way up. Using school system should be a way of making parents and students aware of parasite, even sending a student home with informative documentation and then having a test, more or less for fun or maybe even grade them, of course the students should believe it is a graded test, not something to goof off on. The CDC could send out Emails, or standard mail documents to households, not the CDC but anyone within government.

Comment: Re: German Autobahn (Score 1) 992

by AssholeMcGee (#41271301) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
More importantly the way the autobahn was built, with there being a divide to separate any chance of a head on collision. If the US was so interested in your safety they would have done the same, regardless of speed limits. All thanks to the idiots who built the US highways for not building highways with the same safety that Germany did!! The US use moronic ideas like "jersey barriers" which actually will launch a car into the air, up over the barriers, these barriers would make sense if they were used upside down, and then there's the cheap crappy metal barriers that actually, really nothing considering they only put the posts a couple feet into the ground and too far apart, and the barrier is not high enough, and this happen at 25-35 mph speeds, let alone higher speeds. And of course the idiot insurance companies that want to stay rich without having to pay out.

Comment: Re:Frontline SPECIAL (Score 1) 166

by AssholeMcGee (#41202803) Attached to: The Case Against DNA The episode call "The Real CSI", wanted to post it among the top rated comments hopefully people will pass it around, and get a look at how a set of new standards that SHOULD be in place for all DNA/physical evidence. I also view these episodes with an open mind realizing that some of the statements and or reporting is a little over zealous.

Comment: Katrina (Score 1) 35

by AssholeMcGee (#41175169) Attached to: Wave Glider Robot Helps Forecast Hurricane Isaac's Path
They said Katrina was suppose to ride the west coast of Florida, then they changed it to the Florida Panhandle, and Alabama. Then it changed to hitting the southeast /northeast part of Texas, it is only within about 16-24 hours before the storm finally hit, and of course you all know where that was!! This was all in 4 days, what really bothered me about this was how the weather stations got off without any blame, but the idiot press managed to blame everyone else. You cannot really blame anyone, given how unpredictable these storms are, and people that live in Hurricane prone areas almost always blow off any predictions until the storm is on the coastline. And buy the way was is not scientist who said global warming was suppose to cause more Hurricanes, and ones with higher strength? Since Katrina is has been pretty calm! And the weather has indeed been warmer..

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?