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

by andrew_mike (#42519159) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

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: Nice hack. (Score 2) 66

by andrew_mike (#41513711) Attached to: RockBox + Refurbished MP3 Players = Crowdsourced Audio Capture

This might make smartphone videos worth a toss. The audio's pretty terrible on those. Demux the video, mux it with the audio, and you'd be good. Not perfect, but good enough for YouTube.

BTW, if anyone wants to experiment with this, Newegg's selling some refurbed Clip+ players for $26 here.

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

by andrew_mike (#37211268) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

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

by andrew_mike (#33235422) Attached to: Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

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

by andrew_mike (#31941820) Attached to: Android Ported To iPhone

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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