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Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 5, Insightful) 605

by PraiseBob (#49532365) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California
And what happens when we actually prove that Autism disorder is caused by bad vaccines?

Did you pay any attention to the news this week? The study that took years and years, involving almost 100,000 kids, conclusively showing that there is no link? Even if there is a link, its statistically so tiny as to be irrelevant.

And yes, the state can and does take away children from parents if the state doesn't like how they are being raised. It happens daily. Parenthood isn't some right that supercedes other individuals safety.

The fact is, FORCING vaccines doesn't protect ANYONE from ANYTHING.

I'm going to have to disagree with you on this point, since I didn't catch polio, or measles, or a wide variety of other diseases, and that is almost entirely due to the state forcing vaccinations on other people.

In fact, the Measles outbreak at Disneyland had almost nothing to do with the no-vaccine advocates

So you are saying there is no connection between a low vaccination rate, and outbreaks of disease? You can make that claim, but the CDC, the AMA, and most reputable doctors, strongly disagree with that notion. Not just in general, but in this specific outbreak where a study found that the low vaccination rate was responsible.

Comment: Call a spade a spade (Score 0) 191

There is really only one legitimate broad category that would require shutting off cell service: Mass uprising, revolutionary activity, organized protests, and riots. Think of the Ferguson riots, but slightly more extreme, with organized looting and organized attacks against government installations. When tempers flare, just a few hotheads on each side could escalate the situation to full-scale combat. We've seen several examples in Egypt, Turkey, & Syria, along with other countries affected by the Arab spring uprisings. I am absolutely certain the govt had backup plans to shut down cell service in Ferguson if rioting got out of hand and became a broader threat.

The government has a compelling reason to plan for these scenarios where several dozen or perhaps even hundreds of cells of motivated actors coordinate assaults. Do you remember last year when dozens of militia groups decided to converge and "protect the southern border", and brought a shit-ton of assault rifles with them? What if something outrageous happened- imagine if there was a false report of an attack on one of the militia group from the Mexican army. Or hell, imagine a few mexican soldiers did have a shooting confrontation with some of those militia members? The call to arms would be broadcast very quickly via cell phone among the groups there, and that kind of crowd panic could easily turn nasty. Backup could be called from miles away. Scouting missions could be sent against a nominally hostile army and those scouts can communicate back with the main force. If those militias were thrown into a combat situation, what exactly do you think would happen if the govt tried to step in and disarm them? One very real alternative that can save lives and slow down further escalation is to shut down communication.

These are the scenarios the govt is planning against, where thousands of its own citizens might rampage against some percieved threat. These aren't ridiculous what-if scenarios, but real events that happened within the past 12 months, that very easily could have spun into chaos.

Comment: Re:Supply side tomfoolery (Score 1) 477

If you were correct, then there would be no taxis. But there are a lot, and theres a lot of new competition in the sector as the internet tightens the margins. There is always the same basic need: lower cost. I drive my car for maybe an hour a day on average. But I pay for it 24 hours a day. Taxis are so much more convenient, but cost a lot because of the human driver.

Comment: Re:The name is not the problem (Score 1) 317

by PraiseBob (#49279089) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand
Every browser uses javascript. Mozilla allows people to use plugins, some of which make it much easier to manage js. But bad javascript on a website, can only make that website suck. It's the ActiveX controls built into IE with the idea of breaking web compatibility and getting browser lock-in, along with Browser Helper Objects, which makes the whole browser suck. BHO's are responsible for those million toolbars.

Using IE makes you more vulnerable to malware, because of poor design. There is no fix. IE = Malware in the eyes of techies. No matter what version number they put out, with whatever security enhancements, they have to escape that branding.

Comment: Re:Can Lenovo Be Sued? (Score 1) 144

Small claims court- You don't need to pay a lawyer, you can just present your side of the story to a judge or jury
Worst case scenario, you lose half a day and get nothing, and spend ~$100 on court fees.
But there is a chance, especially with a jury, that you will get reimbursed the laptops cost, and either way Lenovo will spend thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Comment: Re:who uses stock os? (Score 1) 144

Who uses the same stock OS that has the specific drivers for that exact model's hardware already loaded..?
Should I instead hope that Microsoft has a generic driver that will work with whatever fancy new hardware features exist?
Or should I instead wipe out whatever software they pre-installed, and then circle right back around to the manufacturers website, to re-install their driver software after navigating 20 different subpages to find the right version?
Here's my legitimate question back- are you buying new models with cutting edge hardware, and using those features?

And yes.. I regretfully write this on my month old Lenovo that I was strongly considering formatting with Ubuntu, but decided to keep on its stock Windows. Lesson learned.

Comment: Re:Pay us for other people's work (Score 4, Interesting) 208

by PraiseBob (#49033683) Attached to: Elementary OS: Why We Make You Type "$0"
You can say this about every product available on every market on earth. Look at the baker- he didn't grind the flour; the miller didn't grow the wheat and sugar cane; the farmer didn't find the seeds growing wild; all of this is the combined efforts of thousands of human generations. Somebody else mined the coal and somebody else turned it into electricity. Somebody else filtered the water. The baker combines all of these things, some that he acquired at cost, and maybe some that are freely given, and makes his final product and sells it. 99+% of the work was done by others, going back in history for thousands of years to reach this current stage. We call it civilization.

We ALL stand on the shoulders of giants, in every profession, in every walk of life. Why are they not allowed to charge for their work when the baker can?

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by PraiseBob (#48656311) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down
How many emails do you think they are getting from HQ today? And doesn't the HQ have a history of executing people who do the wrong thing?

If somebody had a bone to pick with a group that operated in China, might they not target that group in China as well? Perhaps it flies under the radar because the scope isn't as large or easily detectable.

Comment: Re:No privacy regardless (Score 5, Interesting) 76

by PraiseBob (#48611069) Attached to: Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy
Letters have traveled through various postal systems for hundreds of years now. By giving your letter to a postal carrier, you are relinquishing control of it and letting it be processed by a centralized system. Therefore, anyone who sends a private correspondance through a postal system, should have no expectation of privacy. ?

Are network packets really that different? Because technology makes it easier to look at the content of the packet without breaking any wax seals, or having to steam the glue, that makes it ok to look? The 4th amendment protects paper packets, why not electronic packets? The US was founded with personal privacy enshrined as a core principal, so a lot of thick numbskulls like myself carry that expectation across different spectrums.

(Note: In this particular case, I'm not surprised that Uber employees can access Uber data, especially in this example where the reporter called out being late to a meeting with Uber executives while seated in an Uber car)

Comment: Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (Score 1) 299

by PraiseBob (#48421381) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
Hitchiking is actually illegal in many states. Most of them only reference soliciting a ride on the street itself, but some outlaw the whole concept.

None of the hotel regulations apply to taking $20 for someone crashing in a spare bedroom for a night.

Thats not actually true. Lots of states Attornery Generals have filed legal paperwork again Airbnb and couchsurfing homes to class them as hotels, subject to normal hotel / bed&breakfast regulations.

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