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Comment: Encrypt your telemetrics... (Score 1) 291

by SharpFang (#48665853) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

If your road surface state sensor stations start submitting their measurements to a page asking them if they want to view porn or not, it's time to beef up the hardware so that it can use SSL... Oh, it's not BT's cost, not their problem. And if people crash on icy road because the info board displayed the last available measurement "Road:Dry" when it iced over, it's surely not the telcos that will go to prison.

Comment: Re:No, They Haven't Called Me (Score 2) 246

by Calydor (#48641681) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

So they can leave a voice mail along the lines of, "This is NAME at HOSPITAL, please call us at your earliest convenience as we have someone here who has listed you as a point of contact."

Then when you get out of that long highway tunnel and can pull over you can check your voice mail and go to the hospital.

You don't NEED to be instantly accessible, there is nothing wrong with being QUICKLY accessible.

Comment: Re:Fnord! (Score 1) 175

by SharpFang (#48588523) Attached to: 3D Printer?

Acetone isn't really *that* nasty. It certainly beats acids, or substances that create strongly poisonous fumes. You'd have to try hard to get anything more serious than a migraine from acetone fumes poisoning, and while it's certainly not good for your skin, washing your hands after finishing the work is good enough - no need to panic if a drop lands on your skin. Sure you should keep the container tightly closed and you need to watch out with fire, but it's really hardly worse than gasoline when you work with it.

Yes, the difference between size of detail you want to retain and size of the 'ribbing' you want to smooth out should be large - if you want to smooth a tiny figurine that won't be too helpful. If the object is a cast for a large silicone piece though, the loss of detail will be insignificant. (and if it's gravity that smooths it out, you're already too far and destroying the piece. It's surface tension that should do the work.)

Comment: There is a point when vaccines kill more... (Score 1) 1051

by SharpFang (#48586181) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

There is a point when vaccines kill more than the diseases they prevent.

Say, there's a 1:10,000 chance you die from vaccine against disease X, and 1:20,000 chance you contract and die from disease X.

The pleb reaction is an outcry "BAN THE VACCINE".

What they fail to realize is that the chance of death from disease X is so low is only thanks to the prevalence of the vaccine. The disease can't spread, and the chance of contracting it or medication failing is minimal because great most of the population is immune - the disease can't find many viable hosts.

Shortly after you ban the vaccine, number of deaths from disease X will spike, far overshadowing the number of deaths from the vaccine. It won't be 1 in 20,000 or 10,000 but 1 in 100 or so! But that's something ignorant people don't realize. They pick up the numbers "as of now" and claim the medicine is worse than whatever it cures.

I wonder if money would talk. Unvaccinated people simply taxed for extra health insurance for those whom they endanger.

Comment: Re:Choices. (Score 1) 416

by SharpFang (#48579739) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

I want nothing to do with them or him now

That's your choice, your freedom and your right. Nothing wrong with that, and I'm okay with it.

But if you forcefully remove that choice, that freedom and that right from others - forcing them to follow your choice by making the lectures unavailable - that's where you are overstepping your freedoms and treading on mine, and I'm absolutely not okay with it.

If you don't want to watch his lectures, just don't watch them. Don't force them off the face of the net.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981