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Comment: Ontario provides flu vaccines to everyone.... (Score 1) 430

by WiartonWilly (#29794597) Attached to: On the Efficacy of Flu Vaccine

...not just the healthy and wealthy. The flu vaccine works in the Province of Ontario, Canada. The cost to the provincial health care system is clearly offset by a large, positive economic benefit, as measured by fewer sick-days and higher productivity. It was a no-brainer to continue the public flu inoculation program.

A good result like this is not observable by American epidemiologists, through the fog of the private health-care patchwork. Go public health-care!

Comment: They can't own all apples (Score 1) 425

by WiartonWilly (#29647107) Attached to: Apple Takes Action Over Australian Logos

Apple is a computer company. Woolworths is a department store.
The Beatles didn't care about Apple's apple until Apple started selling music. Their turf.
Apple needs to limit their claim to computers, or digital technology, or something.
They can't own all apples. Woolworths is green and it looks like a 'W' !


11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics 648

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the they-should-make-physics-harder dept.
Gotenosente writes "11-Year-Old Moshe Kai Cavalin has graduated from East Los Angeles Community College with a degree in astrophysics. 'At a time when his peers are finishing 6th grade, this only child of a Taiwanese mother and an Israeli father is trying on a cap and gown preparing to graduate with a 4.0 from community college.' The article continues with a quotation by the boy, hinting at his modesty, 'I don't consider myself a genius because there are 6.5 billion people in this world and each one is smart in his or her own way.' Daniel Judge, Cavalin's statistics professor, says, 'Most students think that things should be harder than they are and they put these mental blocks in front of them and they make things harder than they should be. In the case of Moshe, he sees right through the complications.'"

Comment: Re:Mod parent up!!! (Score 2, Insightful) 258

by WiartonWilly (#26845551) Attached to: Ontario Court Wrong About IP Addresses, Too

Now, the ISP may have violated their privacy agreement, but privacy agreements usually contain verbiage that denies privacy if you are suspected of a crime, depending on the nature of information being divulged.


Now, if that information was somehow "unlisted at the user's request", like an unlisted phone number, then a warrant would be needed to obtain the information. I do not know of an ISP that provides "unlisted" Internet service.

I do not know of an ISP that provides a "listed" internet service, either. I can't find personal addresses from IPs, so it's not listed.

If the privacy agreement has a "suspected of a crime" loop-hole, a warrant would provide suitable, credible evidence of the suspicion. ISPs might be absolved by their clause, but law enforcement requires that judges validate that there is reasonable suspicion. This is standard procedure for modifying a citizen's privacy. An extra step, true, but not overly burdensome.

"There... I've run rings 'round you logically" -- Monty Python's Flying Circus