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Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 4, Interesting) 607

by OzPeter (#49532021) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

That said... I fail to see what exactly their problem or complaint actually is.

In this last week an anti-vaxxer group in Australia put out a post on their FB page likening forced vaccination to rape (penetration without consent). They even illustrated it with a photo of a guy standing over a women in a menacing pose and holding his hand over her mouth.

So at this point I have no clue what some of them are thinking, and wouldn't even know how to communicate with them. (Although this particular message was so off that even a lot of the anti-vaxxers who were members of that group were decrying how bad it was.)

But what is even scarier is that I saw on CNN yesterday that even ISIS is keeping up vaccinations in the territory that it controls.

Comment: Stem passing scores (Score 2) 599

If you don't understand that 3, 4 or 5 is the right passing score then you should have studied harder *+&

* For the humor impaired, please try and find the joke in there before you mod me down.
+ For the math impaired - yes there is a joke in there
& For the humor AND math impaired, what the hell are you on /. for?

Comment: Re:Disrespectful (Score 1) 61

by OzPeter (#49473647) Attached to: IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video)

All they're doing is speaking the language of their user base. Slashbots are pedantic, rude and trollish. There's nothing wrong with an editor that tailors the content accordingly.

You can't control what other people say or do. But you can control how you react to it.

And labeling people who disagree with you as "hammerheads" is not a good reaction.

Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 4, Interesting) 342

by OzPeter (#49470687) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

This is why I'm against electronic gambling. Not because of some moral "gambling is of the devil" thing... but because it would be trivial to rig these machines and then erase all evidence that anything fraudulent happened.

There was a case in Australia* with an a gaming machine based on a horse race scenario. Someone started winning big on it, and when the investigation was done it was discovered that when the game was not actively being played, it displayed a "demonstration" game .. that turned out to be the next real game that would be played (or some such). So all you had to do was to wait until the demo came on, then then when it finished, bet on the horse that one the demo.

A perfect example of stupidity in the place of malice. So while your reasoning is potentially valid (and with a nod to Dennis Ritchie and his paper on trusting compilers), there is a broader set of reasoning to be against electronic gaming.

* Writing from memory because I can't be bothered hitting google.

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 3, Interesting) 209

by OzPeter (#49466815) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

I've never seen a true microkernel that has the performance of a monolithic kernel. Nobody wants to buy a new computer and drag it down to a craw

Did you ever use OS-9 from Microware? (not to be confused with OS 9 from Apple)

Back in the day I ran OS-9 on a Tandy Co-Co and had a fully multi-user, pre-emptive multitasking system* running on a 6809E, 8 bit, sub 2MHz CPU. Later on I worked with a variety of industrial computers running OS-9 on 68K based systems and they worked just fine.

* I will give you that I only ever fired up the graphical desktop all of once just to see if it worked. After that I stayed in the command line.

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