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Comment: Letter of Resignation (Score 1) 279

by Spazmania (#46779601) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

That's how I'd handle it. If they want patch reports, that's reasonable. If they want you to patch the test environment a week ahead so that the devs can check for problems and alert you not proceed, that's reasonable too.

If they want to micromanage your tiny components of your job they can get bent and good luck finding a replacement. No preapproval for routine systems administration activity.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1500

by Spazmania (#46771695) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The idea then was that the country's military power should be retained individually by its citizens. They wanted legal barriers against a concentration of power under a central authority.

Things haven't exactly worked out that way. Lincoln was the beginning of the end: with intentions pure he demonlished the concept of state's rights. Roosevelt's New Deal put the final nail in the coffin. And really, which individuals would you pick to keep one of the nukes in the barn stall next to the chicken coop?

On the other hand, things like crazy Cliven Bundy's fight with the Federal Bureau of Land Management are probably a healthy part of Jefferson's "Eternal Vigilance." That couldn't happen without guns and a viable threat of violence against otherwise unsympathetic bureaucrats.

+ - U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable,' Prominent Researchers Warn->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The U.S. biomedical science system "is on an unsustainable path" and needs major reform, four prominent researchers say. Researchers should "confront the dangers at hand,” the authors write, and “rethink” how academic research is funded, staffed, and organized. Among other issues, the team suggests that the system may be producing too many new researchers and forcing them to compete for a stagnating pool of funding."
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Comment: Re:Reduce the toxins (Score 1) 584

by Spazmania (#46750603) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

It's very Science. You tinker with the disease so it'll no longer kill you and then expose yourself so that your autoimmune response will be triggered. This results in antibodies ready to fight off the full strength version should you ever come in contact with it.

That's what a vaccine is.

The concept was discovered back when someone thought to wonder why milk maids always had smooth skin. It turned out they didn't get smallpox like everybody else. But every one of them caught smallpox's weaker cousin, cowpox, early in life.

Catch is, tinkering with a disease so it won't kill you is only about 99.999% successful. The other 0.001% of the time it kills you anyway. So you don't want to take a vaccine for every conceivable disease... just for those you're likely to come in to contact with.

Comment: Reduce the toxins (Score 1) 584

by Spazmania (#46747177) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins.

Er... a vaccine is generally a weakened form of the actual disease you're trying to protect against. It's a little concept called "immunotherapy." One doesn't create a vaccine by running away from toxins, one embraces the toxins in a manner that stimulates the body to protect itself.

Comment: Re:Farming (Score 1) 728

by Spazmania (#46738415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

I have a laptop loaded with books and some portable solar panels to charge it. My plan is to locate some survivalists and suggest that if they get me through year one, what I bring will see them through years two through ten. Do they want to scrape out an existence as hunter-gatherers or do they want to LIVE?

We went from Edison to Google in only a century. With knowledge preserved, civilization and its comforts can be rebuilt in less than a lifetime.

Assuming I survive being within 10 miles of a probable ground zero for any apocalypse, of course. And hopefully they don't shoot first.

Comment: liars (Score 1) 1

by Spazmania (#46728533) Attached to: Yes. The NSA did know about, exploit Heartbleed

I call B.S. NSA contractors operated thousands of systems with sensitive NSA data running the affected versions of openssl. It's extraordinarily unlikely that they'd have intentionally left a certain important body part swinging in the breeze for years for the sake of an advantage over adversaries. it would have been an insanely gutsy move, the kind requiring you to judge your adversary's data more valuable than your own.

Comment: Re:Whoa (Score 0) 322

Not all human beings are able to arrest me.

Ever heard of citizen's arrest?

Not all human beings are able to have their word taken over mine in court by default.

Only for infractions where the maximum penalty is a small fine. In every other matter, a police officer's testimony carries the same legal weight as anybody else's.

Not all human beings are able to injure me and get away with it.

A cop is no more able to injure you and get away with it than anyone else. Indeed, a teenager is much more likely to escape penalty than a cop.

Not all human beings are able to invade my home and get away with it.

Actually, bounty hunters have far more rights in this respect than cops do. And they're not government employees.

Not all human beings are able to kill me and get away with it.

George Zimmerman.

Not all human beings are able to restrain me and get away with it.

Citizen's arrest.

Furthermore, when "not 100% faultless" really means "cop is a scumbag criminal", [...] then yes, we do need to see who and how they are hurting people

Then limit the recorders to officers who've received X complaints in the prior 12 months. You know, people for whom there is a reasonable suspicion that they're engaged in bad behavior.

How will you ever get rid of the bad actors if you make it horrible job for anybody who might replace them?

"There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress." -- Mark Twain