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Comment: Re:Low (Score 2) 29

by Gr8Apes (#46805823) Attached to: Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?
True - being able to manage your browser recognized CAs should be a core function of IT anyways, along with cert replacements. The real cost will be born by customers who largely are unschooled and don't know enough to install new CAs (the worst case scenario where CA certs are replaced across the board and no SSL/TLS CA certs are valid.) On the other hand, it might be enough to do a quick browser check and get them to finally upgrade to a decent browser version that does include the latest CAs. Which, in retrospect, will wind up being a zero-cost item since they should be doing this anyways.

Comment: Re:Bloody Idiot (Score 1) 587

by Gr8Apes (#46749329) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

I definitely agree that we need to know more about what causes autism. The problem with the anti-vax crowd is that they are trying to force researchers to focus on vaccines (to some degree of success) which takes resources away from finding the real cause.

The anti-vax crowd should be segregated from society as a whole, and then exposed to everything they don't want to be vaccinated against "naturally" as there's still polio, measles, mumps, etc out there. Those that survive and are disease free may then rejoin society. I don't think too many would want to take that route.

Comment: Re:road side illumination (Score 1) 184

by Gr8Apes (#46749291) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Technically you're allowed to use large A roads (not motorways) for all sorts of things because they're public rights of way, so you are allowed to walk down them, ride (either bike or horse) down them, even drive geese down them. The speed limit is 70mph, but generally people drive up to 80.

So I guess those that drive geese down them at midnight wind up with lots of pate if this is any guide to effective lighting distances?

Comment: Re:road side illumination (Score 2) 184

by Gr8Apes (#46747667) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Also, where ever practible, around on- and off-ramps.

I personally don't see the point in having lights on most highways given that cars carry around their own illumination, and going straight and changing lanes doesn't need too much effort without lamps. But given the shuffling about just before, and just after, ramps, it's worth spending the resources to improve safety.

For the rest of the length of most highways (even those through urban areas): meh.

The purpose of lights is to improve safety on high speed roads. Hence lighted highways. Otherwise, night time driving would have to be slowed significantly to be safe, unless you're driving with high beams. The oncoming traffic or the guy in front of you may not like that much, and even then, it's probably significantly slower max safe speed as compared to a lighted road.

Comment: Re:Bloody Idiot (Score 1) 587

by Gr8Apes (#46747587) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

As far as why are so many being diagnosed now? It's because of better detection, plain and simple. In the past, many with autism were written off as being "shy" or "weird" or (worse) "retarded." (NOTE: Don't use that last word around a parent of a child with autism. I'm only including it as a reference of what was used in the past.) Furthermore, theories of what causes autism have changed. In the past, mothers were blamed. The so-called "refrigerator mom" theory said that moms who weren't loving enough made their kids autistic.

Yes, more are being diagnosed now because it has a) become acceptable to be autistic and b) we have a more encompassing definition of what symptoms are to be called autism, but we still have little clue to the causation. In short, we still have little clue with ASD what it really is and what it's root causes are. Until we do, we're merely acting like the late 1800s physicians and throwing all people with a set of symptoms into a single ASD bucket.

Comment: Re:This is how America ceases to be great (Score 2) 133

The easiest way to solve the 2 party issue is to disallow party affiliation on all ballots. Only names for the position, listed in alphabetical order on first or last name ascending or descending decided randomly per spot, and ideally per ballot with electronic voting. You either know them, or you don't. Voters can't just pull a red or blue lever. Instant destruction of the 2 party system for many of the lower level positions. As soon as that happens, you may see it bubble on up the hierarchy, as people realize that their segment of the party doesn't really match up with the "national" party view, and diversification ensues. Or so I would hope.

Comment: Re:infects 50 million, eh? (Score 1) 71

by Gr8Apes (#46713515) Attached to: The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

Oh and I forgot, at least one treatment for it, Flagyl, actually makes you feel worse. But at least then you're done and can stop taking it.

As a bonus, while you're on Flagyl you can't even drink to forget your problems.

That's ok, you won't want to, as you'll be too busy moaning that you're dying already, provided it doesn't kill you. That is one of the "side effects" not listed there but was on the bottle I saw that you should immediately contact your physician for...

Comment: Re:Not going to work... (Score 2) 408

by Gr8Apes (#46704545) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients
Homeopathy is bunk, and throwing it out wholesale would be as big a leap forward as throwing out astrology. Studying the claimed effects of an item is actually medicine. Treating the entire person is now possible in western medicine, earlier they were concerned about actually fixing what was going to kill you tomorrow or the next day. We've solved many of those challenges, and are now looking for much longer term solutions.

Comment: Re:Its called evolution.. (Score 1) 224

by Gr8Apes (#46694543) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Nah, the article claims that the internet is causing us to lose our ability to read deeply. It's pure nonsense. Anyone that dealt with writing reports and research papers in school using, gasp, dead tree encyclopedias certainly had highly developed skimming skills, jumping around through those pages looking for the pieces they needed to complete their papers with all the required footnotes and bibliography. And then they still had to read through more dead tree novels, if they were in the appropriate english classes, thus both skill sets were needed. I do both on a regular basis still, both on and offline.

Now what might be happening is that schools today have declined to the point that students are no longer required to read those more challenging novels, and thus never develop the deeper reading skills in the first place. Given all the group-think "learning" now in schools, this is quite easy to believe, and the blight (and savior) that is Cliff notes and the like along with mostly average teachers. It takes a great teacher to get students to actually read some of the admittedly dredge crap (Dostoyevsky, I'm looking at you for one) which at best is unpleasant reading and write about something that cannot be gleaned out of those abridged notes. There's many others, but it will vary by reader, which is why literature is such a great thing. Someone will love the Canterbury Tales, others will not be able to tolerate reading it by choice, Beowulf? Steinbeck? Hemingway? Bronte (any of the three)? But without exposure to the actual works, and the effort to absorb them, most will never know. (FYI - I threw in a mixture of authors and works considered classics that should prove challenging to any student to read that's not already read other peer works, I make no voucher of my opinion of any but Crime and Punishment, of which I feel I was sentenced without committing a crime...)

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 224

by Gr8Apes (#46694213) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Hollywood has been reacting for years. Just look at a movie from 50 years ago compared to today. Lawrence of Arabia was considered the greatest action movie made. Today it would be a drama at best.

It was always a drama, with some action. There was no "action" movie per se until the 60s starting more or less with the Bond movies. Everything prior to that could be more or less described as a story with action sequences rather than an action movie tied together with story sequences. The Michael Bey variety could be said to be just a series of action sequences with not much else...

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. -- Descartes