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Comment Re:Quarantine works (Score 4, Insightful) 851

While this might be true, you're ignoring a far more practical reason people go to work sick: Because they don't get paid otherwise. Many employees in the US these days don't get paid sick leave, so if they stay home sick, they don't get paid. For people who get paid a wage, this adds up very quickly, especially for anything worse than a cold. I'd lose 10 percent of my paycheck if I stayed home sick for one day.

The US is one of the few developed nations that doesn't require employers to provide paid sick days. Maybe it's time we started, as a matter of public health.

Comment Farewell, CmdrTaco. And thanks. (Score 1) 1521

Seriously, this site helped shape my teenage years. It made me even more of a nerd that I probably would have ended up being. It's sad to see you go, but I can understand why you think it had to happen. I could say this place won't be the same without you, but I suppose that was the point, wasn't it?

Good luck in whatever you do next, and here's to another 15 years of Slashdot...hopefully without it getting sold out to CNet or something and becoming mindless drivel.

Comment Re:save lives by exposing military tactics.... (Score 1) 711

As it happens, the US -- as well as Britain and Germany, two of the coalition partners -- has signed such a treaty. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was created in 1929 to renounce war as "an instrument of national policy", barring acts of self-defence. The treaty remains in force to this day.

Of course, whether the argument can be made that invading Afghanistan could be considered self-defence is a different question. But for the signatories of this treaty, war outside the parameters of self-defence is indeed illegal.

Comment Re:Neat hack, but ultimately useless (Score 1) 280

Not true. The Droid Eris, like all variants of the HTC Hero, has 288 MB of RAM. This is more than, say, the Motorola Droid, which only has 256 MB of RAM. Given that the Droid was more or less designed to run Android 2, I can see how the Droid Eris can run it smoothly.

There are very few Android phones that have 128 MB of RAM; even the Dream/G1 has 192 MB. The only Android phones I've seen that have 128 MB of RAM have been the Chinese knockoff phones one occasionally finds on Engadget. Like this one.

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