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Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 992

by steampoweredlawngnom (#41285739) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
That was closer to 15 years ago now. I wish we could have "reasonable and prudent" back. We had to abandon it because we have such a small population and therefore tax base, and the Feds yanked our highway funding until we put in a speed limit.

Reasonable and prudent meant people weren't trying to go 70 mph over a mountain pass in the winter. It also meant I could go 110 mph on a sunny day on an empty stretch of road if it and my vehicle were in good shape.

Comment: Re:Yeah but... (Score 1) 992

by steampoweredlawngnom (#41285721) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
It was not "NO SPEED LIMITS" it was "reasonable and prudent". This has some benefits most don't consider, primarily in that with no posted speed limit, people don't feel compelled to go that speed when conditions do not permit. Montana has hundreds of miles of twisty, narrow roads that are poorly maintained and very dangerous when icy, which in some parts can be 8 months out of the year. If you were going 100 mph on a road in a shitbox car and clearly not in full control of the vehicle you were pulled over and the fine was enormous. "Reasonable and Prudent" was much safer than a flat 85 MPH.

Comment: Re:SCAREMONGERING. (Score 2) 1025

by Crisses (#41108979) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

Makers of vaccines are legally protected from lawsuits.

See [new news]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/22/AR2011022206008.html
or [established decades ago]: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html

Drunk driving vs. flu deaths? Wow....

I wish people would stop comparing vaccines with things wildly unrelated.

Comment: Re:Who Benefits? (Score 2) 1025

by Crisses (#41108725) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

Thanks for the insult. I know children aren't born vaccinated. Duh. Children are vaccinated the DAY they are born in the hospitals. Within hours of being born. For a disease they're not likely to get until at least teen years.

I'm not saying there are no valid diseases to vaccinate against -- and people can do whatever they want. I'm saying that buying the government's line [on herd immunity/the safety &/or necessity of vaccinations...] without questioning it is for fucking idiots.

Have you given birth? I have, twice. When you have a child, the assumption is you will vaccinate. If you don't stop them, they vaccinate your child within moments of birth. It starts with eye drops to prevent blindness from gonorrhea. If you know you don't have a VD, why are they putting drops in your kids' eyes? This is later followed up with Hep B vaccine -- same day as birth, before you're summarily dismissed from the hospital. Some of the diseases they're vaccinating your kids from are not the types that are spread by air or contact or drinking water... but they'll vaccinate your kid without full consent or full information.

Legally, vaccination is an invasive procedure (akin to surgery), requiring full disclosure by the doctor of potential side effects, the information packet included with the vaccine serum, etc. What happens IN the doctor's office? They reach in the cabinet "It's time for your vaccinations..." and they pull out a bottle & a syringe & get to work...

It's become so habitual that they're not even following their own industry regulations.

You probably don't have kids -- like most of the "fucking idiots" posting on this topic. If you do, you almost definitely didn't go through the labor to have them, didn't see what they did to the babies when they whisked them out of the delivery room, and probably didn't go with them to the doctor's office when they got their vaccines.... And you're probably ignorant of what the vaccine schedule actually is, and how many vaccines they routinely give to children nowadays...usually in violation of law. It's an assembly-line procedure now. But it's not supposed to be. But that doesn't worry anyone here. :)

Comment: Re:SCAREMONGERING. (Score 0) 1025

by Crisses (#41108481) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

I'm sorry, I fail to see the similarities between optional alternative "therapies" and a mandatory government-required system of vaccinations of which any and all profits roll into the same large companies. If the program was not profitable, the drug companies wouldn't produce the vaccines -- their boards of directors would shoot them (and they'd be legally fiscally accountable to their shareholders & boards for running a program at a deficit for decades...). So you have to assume that it brings in some type of profit -- or the companies wouldn't produce them.

Comparing this to homeopathic remedies, that are entirely voluntary, is ridiculous. Please stick to the problem at-hand. [Note: it's quite likely the same drug companies are making money on homeopathic remedies under subsidiary labels too -- because they'll sell whatever the public will buy to profit their board & shareholders -- just like they started taking an interest in herbal remedies during the big FDA-herb-banning fights in the early 1990s]

The vaccination program makes the drug companies money. Period. The more children are vaccinated, the more money. Period. This has nothing to do with what other companies are selling or with non-manditory medications/alternative therapies. This is an entirely different fact than whether we're benefitted by herd immunity, etc. If this program didn't make a profit, and the government thought it was of benefit to vaccinate regardless of whether a for-profit entity would supply the vaccines, the government would manufacture the vaccines or fund some small non-profit with grant money to do so. The fact is, there's profit being made here. The next question is what lobbying & what pressure is being put on legislators to insure these profits.

Comment: Re:SCAREMONGERING. (Score -1, Troll) 1025

by Crisses (#41107857) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

Well, then you want to catch every single child you can, to maximize the profit, right? After all, you invested in R&D, FDA approval & compliance with regulations. But once you have it on the assembly line, each vial of vaccine can't really cost much on top of those up-front costs.... so we'd better start immunizing all those stragglers too!

Comment: Who Benefits? (Score 0) 1025

by Crisses (#41107707) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

First Question: If vaccines really work, then how are unvaccinated children putting vaccinated children at risk? Study data about recent outbreaks of the vaccine-available illnesses for a clue on this one... Is herd immunity a myth?

Next: Is this issue one of those "Things the government & 'science' tell us are true but are actually only to benefit large corporate interests"? Every child from the day they are born has a "vaccine schedule" -- starting with Hep B vaccine which is a disease they must have unprotected sex or use injected dirty needles to get? Is this a case of over-vaccinated to go along with over-medicated children?

Correlation or causation? Increases of childhood developmental disabilities vs. being vaccinated... are they related? It's so hard to tell, since they're constantly giving children vaccines when they're growing. But there's plenty of parents whose children have problems within 72 hours of vaccines being administered to make at least the anecdotal cases seem compelling -- at least THAT child should not have had those vaccines. Would you rather your child had the mumps, or encephalitis resulting in autism?

Always! ask who benefits. Because I'd love to see the data that says that children benefit.

Facebook

Facebook Malware Goes Viral 123

Posted by samzenpus
from the spreading-the-bad-news dept.
itwbennett writes "Just a few hours after a fake CNN news report appeared on Facebook Friday, more than 60,000 users had gone to the spoofed, malware bearing page according to Sophos Senior Security Advisor Chester Wisniewski. Facebook didn't respond to IDG News Service's request for information on 'how widespread the problem was or whether its own security had been breached, but Wisniewski said that there are a number of ways that status updates could appear without users' knowledge.'"
Security

+ - Laid-off IT worker accused of hacking, crashing Mi->

Submitted by steampoweredlawngnom
steampoweredlawngnom (996400) writes "When multiple computer servers crashed nearly simultaneously on Nov. 2 at Edulog, the Missoula firm says it sought help from a former information technology administrator who had been laid off about a week earlier.

Now, Missoula County authorities allege it was that man, Vladimir Ivanovich Shved, who hacked into the computers in the first place, took the servers down and erased backup servers.

Charles Stortz, Logistics Vice President, says at no time was the law enforcement client data compromised or in jeopardy."

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Sony

+ - Father of CD's, Norio Ohga dies at 81->

Submitted by kaptink
kaptink (699820) writes "Former Sony president and chairman Norio Ohga, credited with expanding the company from electronics hardware to software and entertainment and developing the compact disc, died Saturday at age 81. Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo, Sony said."
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PlayStation (Games)

+ - Anonymous attacks PlayStation Network-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Truly a sad day for the joyous Gamers, especially for PS3 Enthusiasts, as their most admired PlayStation Network which is abbreviated as PSN is encountering gross problems and is inaccessible since yesterday.
Who did it?
The popular internet hacking force Anonymous once again attacks PSN, causing many hardcore gamers to experience unknown errors on their screens."

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Earth

+ - Has Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?->

Submitted by intellitech
intellitech (1912116) writes "With the steep decline in the populations of many species, some scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction like those that have occurred only five times in the past 540 million years. In a study to be published in the March 3 issue of the journal Nature, University of California, Berkeley, paleobiologists assess where mammals and other species stand today in terms of possible extinction, compared with the past 540 million years, and they find cause for hope as well as alarm."
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Cloud

China Building City For Cloud Computing 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the lando-for-mayor dept.
CWmike writes "First it was China's 'big hole' sighting that brought us the supercomputing race. Now China is building a city-sized cloud computing and office complex that will include a mega data center, one of the projects fueling that country's double-digit growth in IT spending. The entire complex will cover some 6.2 million square feet, with the initial data center space accounting for approximately 646,000 square feet, says IBM, which is collaborating with a Chinese company to build it. A Sputnik moment? Patrick Thibodeau reports that these big projects, whether supercomputers or sprawling software development office parks, can garner a lot of attention. But China's overall level of IT spending, while growing rapidly, is only one-fifth that of the US."

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