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Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by Lazere (#49119357) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

The government saying that you can not publish something is censorship.

You must be working from a different dictionary than me. Censorship is when something is deleted or hidden from view. There is no requirement on who is the one doing it.
If I decide not to say "fuck" in this post and replace it with "fudge", that's self censoring.
If a newspaper removes the word "fuck" from a letter to the editor, the newspaper is censoring.
If Google hides all adult content from view, Google is censoring.
If the Government tells a newspaper they can't run an article critical of it, the Government is censoring.
Only one of these things is illegal.
Just because Google is censoring adult themed websites doesn't make it wrong or illegal. You can't decide that a word means less than it does just because you don't like the connotations.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 5, Insightful) 579

I disagree. Microsoft not supporting XP and Google not supporting 4.3 are two completely different things. 4.3, despite being two major versions ago was released less than two years ago. If Microsoft or Apple stopped supporting an OS version after less than two years, there would hell to pay. Why does Google get a pass just because they have a fast versioning scheme?

Comment: Re:Remove the goddamn box (Score 1) 320

by Lazere (#48765261) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

In rural areas in the US, there is no such thing as a local council. Roads are usually built and maintained by counties or townships, neither of which have much funds or interest for paving. Additionally, that section of land could be entirely private property. In my state a "block" on rural road is a mile square. If it's the same in the state his coworker lives in, and that "road" of theirs is within that "block", then it is a private drive and falls to the landowners to maintain.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with hierarchy? (Score 4, Interesting) 140

by Lazere (#48321545) Attached to: Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

I disagree. In order to be accurate you need to "censor" speech. Wikipedia has positioned itself as a reliable source of information. Even with a moderation system similar to slashtot's, the user would have no way to verify what speech on Wikipedia is accurate and it would quickly become useless. It works on slashdot because we realize that the user comments are just that, comments and we don't take them for accurate information. That system breaks completely in an encyclopedia replacement where errors and misinformation needs to be kept to a minimum.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 349

by Lazere (#48283649) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

The problem with that thought is, when they become contagious (symptomatic) then they'll need treatment. The thing is, unless you decide to just not treat them (mortality rate goes up) then the same people are at risk even with a quarantine in place. The fact that, even without mandatory asymptomatic quarantines, the only people who've gotten infected in the U.S. are two nurses that treated a symptomatic ebola patient. Quarantines are not necessary.

Quarantining people to ease public perception are a completely different thing, however. The public is a twitchy, panicky beast and we all know it. If pointless quarantines are what it takes to calm the beast down, so be it.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 349

by Lazere (#48279065) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Short answer? Yes. Since he wasn't contagious during his time a the bowling alley, I absolutely would. Whether people would use the items in question is a matter of public perception, not safety. Even if he was contagious at that time, after the sweat dries, your chances for contracting it go down dramatically. After an hour or two, the chance is nil. Wet sweat from somebody showing symptoms? Maybe, but then again, I wouldn't touch wet sweat from a healthy person either.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 349

by Lazere (#48270017) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

They're not "contaminating everything". The disease isn't airborn. Unless they're licking, or shitting on everything they see, and the concentration of ebola is high enough, they're not contaminating a damn thing. Sending in a crew and burning everything because somebody suspected of having ebola was there is a gross over reaction. The Texas hospital had to quarantine 70+ staff members and shut down because they were dumb and didn't put a confirmed ebola patient who was spewing bodily fluids out of both ends in proper isolation. That's the hospital's fault, not the patient's.

Comment: Re:Should Be Asked Nicely Until Symptomatic... (Score 4, Informative) 349

by Lazere (#48269899) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

After symptoms start showing, the patient needs to isolated, not quarantined to some degree, isolated. The best chance they've got for survival is in a hospital bed with doctors and nurses doing things to counteract the effects. But, even in a hospital, they need to be in isolation. That means they're own room with nurses in full gown and limited contact with the rest of the hospital. Don't worry though, you wouldn't need to keep them locked up to do it. It doesn't take long for an ebola patient to go from just a fever to a volcano of bodily fluids. They won't even want to get out of their bed while this is going on, much less leave the hospital.
Before they start showing symptoms is really more of a public perception issue. If you think you've got ebola, stay away from large crowds so people don't freak out, but that's about it.

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