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Comment: is it really force? (Score 1) 521

by OrangeTide (#46791241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

"Software is simply bloated up until you're forced to buy a new one."

I do this weird trick, I don't upgrade the software. If I was happy with the software on my phone in 2011, why wouldn't I still be happy with it in 2014 ?

it helps that I don't go online much or install a lot of third party software, I understand sometimes security fixes are necessary. (otoh, I was saved from the heartbleed bug on my laptop because it was such an old copy of debian)

Comment: rope making (Score 1) 731

by OrangeTide (#46738633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

I know how to make a rope making machine with sticks and a nail. While I'm a software engineer right now, I think I could make a pretty good living as a rope maker, this assumes if rope suddenly becomes a lot more valuable than it is now.

It's good to have a fallback career because it would probably be quite a while before anyone makes computers for me to program.

Comment: Re:Why not... (Score 1) 519

by OrangeTide (#46428801) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

As long as you don't actually capture someone else. you don't need to get into a tizzy over might-haves and could-haves.

I wasn't suggesting you get thrown into the gulag if you capture someone's photograph. But you probably should delete it if you don't have their permission. (I do this already, I feel that it is polite)

Comment: How I would fix it (Score 1) 482

by OrangeTide (#46402573) Attached to: Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

No vaccination? No public school.

Work with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations and have them adopt vaccination policies as well. So that unvaccinated children are not interacting in large groups.

Then on top of this when someone's baby goes blind from rubella or dies from measles, open a class action lawsuit against every parent in that county that failed to get their child vaccinated.

Folks, we need to be hard asses about vaccinations. We need serious social and financial consequences to people who fail to participate. If you want to live in a society with high infant mortality, then find some poor horrible place to live far away from me.

Comment: Re:Safe (Score 1) 146

by OrangeTide (#46361927) Attached to: UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

cancer isn't new.

back in the old days they would have called something like SARS a walking pneumonia, as sort of a catch all for a contagious pneumonia that sometimes progresses in an acute pneumonia. There could possibly been dozens of viral outbreaks like SARS in the past that we don't know about because virology didn't exist to identify the cause of such diseases. And it wasn't in fashion for doctors back then to give a collection of symptoms scary sounding acronyms.

Comment: Re:Then who should do the obvious? (Score 0) 324

by OrangeTide (#46309511) Attached to: Schneier: Break Up the NSA

have any buildings blown up or civilians exploded because of our "panicked overreaction" ?

While I am strongly against sacrificing basic freedom to stop some vague threat. I do believe that taking reasonable steps to provide public safety is not only reasonable but some organization ought to have it as their priority.

What I really hate about American culture is how we all tend to swing from one extreme to another. But perhaps that is just dramatic rhetoric and not what we really believe.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp