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Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 179

by TheRaven64 (#48218897) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

In China if you say "The Communist Party are a bunch of cock smoking douchebags," you can expect trouble. In Mandarin.

Unless you are part of a protest group (organised or not) with more than about 25K members, you probably won't. The Party knows that people blowing off steam are not a threat, but are easy to turn into people who are a threat.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 132

by Opportunist (#48218845) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

...provided you're in the presence of something or someone that can transmit it. Before you go full bore on panic mode, realize that we are talking about a low single digit cases in the US and that Ebola is, at least to our current knowledge, only contagious when symptoms are displayed.

In other words, as long as you're not an idiot you should be fine. As for the rest, well, Darwin should be allowed to be right from time to time.

Comment: Re:in favor of "space suits" (Score 2) 132

by Opportunist (#48218833) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Becaues the average I-beam is more easy to spot than the average virus. It's trivial to know whether you're protected from an I-Beam (is that hard hat on? Yes? You are), but not whether you're protected against viral matter (is your hazmat suit tight? You sure? Are you?)

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 132

by Opportunist (#48218819) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

It's not easy to catch for the average person. Hmm... how to draw a parallel that the average /. reader can understand...

If your job is to solder tiny parts into electronics, getting burned by a soldering iron is quite easy if you're not careful. It's rather unlikely to impossible for the average person on the street to get a soldering burn.

Likewise, if you're working with people who are infectious on a daily base and have to handle their highly contagious blood, urine, feces, saliva and other stuff the average person not only finds yucky but wouldn't want to get near if paid to do so, you can get infected easily if you're not careful, while for the average person who has zero if not less contact to either contagious people or their bodily substances the risk is far lower, if not nonexistent.

Comment: Re:Sustainable business model (Score 1) 159

by K. S. Kyosuke (#48218635) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M
Well, obviously, it would have to include provisions for making sure that no storage node could actually access the stored information of others (exclusive client-side encryption). Plus a lot of other things. Well, that's one part of the "pipe dream" thing, but at least, there would be no central authority in a network like that. No CEO to send NSLs to! I'm sure a lot of people would appreciate that...

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