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Comment: Re:Tough call (Score 1) 1049

by Kohath (#48582761) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

They already forcibly herd all the kids together in the government schools to infect each other with diseases and bring them home to infect the adult population. If you want to keep the government out of your body, then you need to get it out of your family, away from your children, and out of your business.

Comment: Probably makes little difference (Score 1) 1

by Aryeh Goretsky (#48578409) Attached to: TSA's new security checks: absolute joke or absolute necessity?


I suspect it will make little difference. A sophisticated terrorist could probably allow for enough room inside a laptop for a Raspberry Pi, Gumstix or similar computer module to display a convincing BIOS/UEFI boot-up message, possibly followed some kind of shut-down error due to low battery or corrupt file system. I would seriously doubt if a TSA agent would know the difference between that and, say, a legitimate boot screen for every Linux distro out there.

Frankly, I'm not sure what the advantage is to this kind of screening. After all, the January 2011 bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport demonstrates how effective a suisidce bombing can be inside an airport. I would imagine that a bombing at crowded TSA chokepoints would be the exact kind of target terrorists are looking for.

I would imagine that when a bomb goes off, the entire airport goes into lockdown and all of the incoming planes are redirected to alternate airports. Repeat that bombing once or twice more on the same day and you have likely paralyzed that nation's airspace and related infrastructure for several days while they try to and figure out how to respond.


Aryeh Goretsky

Comment: Re:Adblock Plus selling advertising access to user (Score 1) 698

by evilviper (#48552005) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

has decided to take money in exchange for allowing "non-intrusive" advertising through its lists, pretty much against the interests of it's users who don't want any ads.

On the contrary. Allowing non-intrusive ads (by default--you can disable this feature in: Preferences) is the best thing any Adblock type program has ever done.

It's actually offering content producers a significant incentive for using ads which are less objectionable to users. The alternative is advertisers benefit by doing worse and worse things, and those who choose to block ads are silent and uncounted. This could help reverse the trend, and keep sites and advertisers honest and decent, and offer counter-incentive to irritation.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 720

by Kohath (#48543925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

In the US, the employer would be sued because defending against lawsuits is expensive. So you sue anyone with money. Then you make a deal to drop the lawsuit in exchange for some money -- more than the $0 you deserve, but less than it costs the employer to have his lawyers fight you in court.

You don't need to have a winning case.

In the US, the employer probably has liability insurance that will pay most of the money. I would guess the liability insurance company probably requires the employer not to hire felons -- or charges a much higher premium to employers who hire felons.

We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.