Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment ICD10 is SPECIESIST (Score 2) 232

I am offended! Look! JUST LOOK AT THIS!

Oh sure, there's code for being struck by a raccoon, or bitten by a pig, or "other contact" with a horse (I won't judge), but what about bears?

Yeah, that's right. We bears are shoved into the "other" category. I am so sick of the micro aggressions of the medical patriarchy that is trying to marginalize the needs of the ursine community.

Well I'm not going to take it anymore!

No garbage can will be safe, nor all the salmon in any river. We will break into your homes and eat your pies, and we will smash down your fences to eat your bird seed, we will wage a war on your apiaries and your cries of anguish from a lack of honey will only drive us deeper into rage.

You've been warned!

Comment Re:Shop elsewhere if you need this drug (Score 1) 372

I mention, twice, that corporate control over the government is the problem. I do end with less government control being the ultimate solution, and it is - because with less government control there is less opportunity for cronyism.

I'm also a touch annoyed that my comment was marked down as "troll" - it was not a troll comment. People can disagree with it, that's fine, but moderation is not a substitution for "I disagree" or "I have another point of view." There's a reply button for that.

Comment Re:Shop elsewhere if you need this drug (Score 3, Interesting) 372

The problem is, government regulation and interference is why the company is able to buy exclusive rights to the generic drug in the first place.

The government isn't the solution here. Government is what is causing the problems.

As others have stated, the drug is available very cheaply outside of this country. However, the government will not let us import the drug. If we were able to, the local company would be forced to drop the price or stop production. That is how capitalism works.

Unfortunately, the USA is not capitalist any longer, at least not in the way it pretends to be. The problem is the politicians getting in bed with the corporations so that laws which benefit the corporations - and only the corporations - are rammed through. The problem is not capitalism, because we don't really have it anymore. The problem is corruption.

So you are correct - we don't have a free market. We have a market controlled by the government, with the government controlled by the corporations.

A free market without the government bending to the will of the corporations wouldn't have this problem.

Less government control is the best solution.

Comment Re:Rewrites are easier than the first strike (Score 1) 341

Wow, two years ago everyone here told us that NoSQL is evil and tried to convince us that we should stick to MySQL.

I will admit that I don't quite understand the fuss about "NoSQL".

It's just a two column table with a primary key and a data blob. Congratulations, I guess. Yes, a specialized piece of software for this might be fast, but it's not anything new or innovative. It's just a two column table with a bow on top.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 3, Insightful) 152

That's the thing, though. Lots of people use Google, it's true, because it provides the best search results. However, the cost of entry to using another search engine is zero. This isn't like a company that is so expansive that it can keep the prices on a product very low, preventing another company from being able to enter the market.

The cost of entering the search engine market is also very low. You just need someone smart and innovative to build a better algorithm, then some money to buy the server space somewhere.

The cost of entry is low. The cost of switching to another product is zero. Google is the dominant product, but not because it is maliciously destroying all other alternatives.

I'm also not convinced that listing one's own products first is abusive in any way. Google doesn't prevent other services from being listed. Heck, when I search for "free email" I see providers I've never heard of before (GMX,, and a few articles about free email services. That looks like a lot of options to me.

As far as I can tell this is just another attempt by a government to squeeze money out of something simply because they can. Google will sigh, roll its eyes, and pay out whatever the government wants because - wait - it doesn't have any choice but to pay that entry fee, otherwise it cannot operate there.

Which organization holds monopolistic power again?

Comment No Teaching Experience? (Score 4, Interesting) 64

I'm not sure that is a great idea. Some people are great at teaching, others are not. Someone with no teaching experience has a good probability of being on the "not" side. Even people WITH teaching experience are often poor teachers.

My concern with this is that you'll get someone with no experience that is also a poor teacher, and that person will turn the kids off to what could be an interesting field of study.

Comment Re:What's with all the awkward systemd command nam (Score 2, Interesting) 747

I'm alright with commands that have longer names. It's harder to mis-type and execute the wrong thing, and it's easier to know what is going on at a glance.

Same thing when reading code. I'd much rather work with code that has a method named getUserByGuid(), for example, than gubg().

Besides, nothing prevents you from aliasing the longer commands to something shorter if you so choose.

There's a lot of things about systemd that turn me off, but commands with longer, more verbose names is not one of those things.

Comment Re:This is Important to Discuss (Score 1) 68

This is a serious concern as well.

The government is, by its very nature, a political animal and has recent events have shown, the People In Power will use the government to target dissenters. The IRS is a perfect example of this (and the use of the IRS as a weapon goes far beyond the targeting of conservative groups from a few years ago). Combined with the extensive data mining and collection the Alphabet Soup is allowed to do (or does anyway, even if it isn't technically allowed to do so), the government is in an amazing position to attack its own citizens.

I know that people say, "Oh, it will never happen," but it already has. Woodrow Wilson signed the Sedition Act of 1918, which forbade the use of "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the United States government. Let us also not forget the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, executed by FDR.

Complete violations of the First and Fourth amendments - but they happened anyway.

The next time these things happen the result will be far worse because of the collection capabilities.

Comment Re:This is Important to Discuss (Score 2) 68

It only has impact if the politicians decide that it should have impact. Since they don't care, it is a waste of time. There is zero consequence for them when they ignore high profile petitions. This is great for them, because they can simply ignore anything inconvenient or uncomfortable, and then pounce on something that will give them some easy PR points.

The only tool that we have that politicians respond to is the election process. That, aside from the rare criminal investigation, is the only way we can provide politicians with a consequence for their decisions. We can write our representatives, we can call them, we can protest them, we can decide to donate, or not donate, to their campaigns, but none of that actually matters. Only the voting booth matters.

Of course, it doesn't help that the people using the site submit and upvote ridiculous petitions like building the Death Star. If YOU can't take the system seriously, why would THEY take it seriously?

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_