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Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 2, Informative) 208

by Mofassa (#27098333) Attached to: Windows 7 Kill Switch For IE Confirmed — For More Apps, Too
This is stated clearly in the blog post:

These same files are staged so that the features can easily be added back to the running OS without additional media. This staging is important feedback we have received from customers who definitely do not like to dig up the installation DVD.

and

A second decision is that we also continue to support the APIs available for features where these APIs are necessary to the functionality of Windows or where there are APIs that are used by developers that can be viewed as independent of the component. As many of you know these are often referred to as âoedependenciesâ and with Windows the dependencies can run both internal to Windows and external for ISVs.

Comment: Re:Politicians beware (Score 1) 426

by Mofassa (#26874853) Attached to: Facebook's New Terms of Service
Removing your name from a picture is as simple as clicking a "remove" button beside your name on said picture. I believe after that if anyone tries to "retag" you, you get sent a notification stating someone wants to tag you in the photo. I'm not sure if there are archives kept of who has been previously tagged in a photo etc.

Comment: Re:Well then (Score 1) 1056

by Mofassa (#26831905) Attached to: Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine
So what do you suggest? We abandon vaccines altogether? To the best of my knowledge all medical proceedures have a risk of side effects, and at the end of the day, if the benefit far outweighs the risk. If there is no possible way to know something, there is no reason they should be held responsible for their actions. I'm no lawyer, but to the best of my knowledge, the liability of a company depends on them exercising sound judgment. I would much rather have doctors decided which vaccines I need to take than, well any politician, parent, or myself. Imagine the public outrage if a company developed a vaccination against AIDS/HIV, but found out that 0.00001% of those who take the vaccine developed a deadly side effect - and as such they decided to hold it back. We can't have it both ways - the human body and nature is filled with ambiguity, and unless we offer protection to side effects which had no reasonable way of determining, the incentive to release a vaccine or treatment would be next to nothing.

Comment: Re:Georgia Tech has a center under construction (Score 1) 51

by Mofassa (#15596971) Attached to: World Class Nanotechnology Research Center Opens
I can't find the link right now, but I beleive my university (Univeristy of Waterloo) and Georgia have signed a nice little deal. Both are investing huge amounts of money into nanotechnology (our Centre for Nanotechnology and Quantum computing is supposed to be completed in 2010). I'm actually lucky enough to be in that first batch of graduating Nanotechnology engineers. Cost of ours is around the same, we're getting tons of money from RIM. Here's the link :)
http://www.nanotech.uwaterloo.ca/research/qnc.html and for mearly bragging rights, our nano building's bigger than yours...wait...is that a good thing?

It's a naive, domestic operating system without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.

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