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Comment: Re:"Lawful" ... (Score 1) 331

by bkr1_2k (#49540947) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

In this case either quality or quantity means he's better at doing the job of being President. He's using authority when needed (Executive Orders) and diplomacy/bipartisanship when needed. Like him or not, he's doing the job quite effectively. Whether he's going down the correct path with his leadership will really only be determined two or three generations from now. (I'm thinking right path in some things and wrong path in others, like every other President before him).

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by bkr1_2k (#49479731) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Don't call me an expert but I believe it had to do with what it took to become a member of the religion, (in a fiscal sense) and remain a part of the religion, plus a few other things they were doing with the money once they (Scientology) had it and how they were getting it in the first place.

Again, it has nothing to do with whether they like the "religion" and whether or not the "religion" is following the laws set forth for being recognized as a religion. As far as I know you can still be a Scientologist in Germany it's just not recognized as an official religion.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by bkr1_2k (#49479241) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Revoking tax exempt status isn't even remotely the same as "giving the state the authority to destroy religions it disagrees with".

The Germans revoked Scientology's standing as a recognized religion. It wasn't because the government didn't like the church; iIt was because Scientology was found to be committing fraud.

Comment: Re:Olde-timey carbon fuel (Score 1) 363

by bkr1_2k (#49471295) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Why does everyone assume we need to make more steel? There will be plenty of it around for re-purposing. We won't need the same level of fuel to produce steel because we already have literally millions of tons of the stuff. We may need fuel to help rework the steel into different uses, but certainly not to smelt the raw materials to make brand new stuff.

Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 227

by bkr1_2k (#49393185) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'

Really? You never keep any data you read in your brain? If that's true there are bigger issues at stake. I don't have 24/7 access to google and wouldn't want it, so maybe I'm the anomaly. I just don't see this "study" as worth the time it took to perform. Even if it is accurate, who the hell cares?

Comment: yes and no (Score 4, Interesting) 394

by bkr1_2k (#49393065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

I get having a "professional" social media profile (a la LinkedIn) but no way in hell is a personal profile going to be up for discussion in any job interview I have. My private life is my life, not my employer's or prospective employer's. If they can't understand that I don't want to work for them anyway.

I don't give a shit, in my personal life if people "expect a facebook". I don't even have all my real-life friends associated with my one social media profile, I'm sure as hell not handing it out to every person I meet at some bar or party.

Comment: Re:Another failure (Score 1) 392

by bkr1_2k (#49226161) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Please find me an 11" laptop (full laptop, not a pad of some kind) for anywhere near the price of an 11" macbook air that has the same specs. When I bought my Apple I was desperately searching for something as an alternative and never found one. The next closest competition was a Sony Viaio something and it was about $800 more expensive. If it had been the same price I would have bought the Sony.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 392

by bkr1_2k (#49226113) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

For those of us who actually travel a lot, lighter is better. I can run about 3 hours doing blender or gimp or garage band (recording audio books) on my 11" macbook air battery. No it's not 8 hours but who really expects to work that long on battery power? Even on planes you can get power in your seat these days. Does it suck having to carry an adapter? Absolutely. I'm not a fan of getting rid of even more connectors, but lighter is better in my opinion. The real question is whether the adapter just eats all the weight savings of no ports. At least with USB C you can just adapt usb devices with a cable not a real adapter.

Comment: Who cares (Score 1) 200

by bkr1_2k (#48981661) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

I don't care if I'm really extending my life any longer. We're all going to die, that's a given, and nothing other than medicine and hygiene (both personal and societal) have been statistically shown to significantly increase that life span. What I care about is how I feel while I'm alive. I don't exercise to live longer, I exercise to feel better while I'm alive. That's also why I don't exercise in a gym. Go out and play.

Comment: Re:Hospitals require testing (Score 1) 673

by bkr1_2k (#48887175) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

So pretty much every retail job in the country should be required to be vaccinated?

Ideally yes though I realize that is probably unrealistic.

I'm just trying to clarify what level of "general public" interaction requires this vaccination oversight? Who's going to pay for it? The government or the employer?

Most people are vaccinated already when they are children so the vast majority of the cost is already accounted for. The rest of it is probably pretty much the easiest cost/benefit analysis ever. The cost of the vaccines and program administration would almost certainly be hugely outweighed by the reduced health care costs. I imagine it would be pretty straightforward to do this either with public or private money. Most medical insurance already covers getting vaccines. (vaccines are generally very cheap)

If people shouldn't be forced then how do they work, given that 44% of the jobs in the US are in some form of retail, transportation, education, or healthcare and another ~10-15% are "professional and business services" or "government" that include some sort of regular customer interaction, how are they to have jobs and also choose not to be vaccinated?

Since the point is that they should be vaccinated the answer to your question seems self evident. Furthermore those numbers do not add up to 100% and the percent of loonies who don't get vaccinated is in the single digits.

No they don't add up to 100% but it's a huge portion of the working populace and you can't have it both ways. You can't say you want to give people choice and then limit ~60% of the job market from them.

Regarding cost, I was talking about the cost of the oversight. Verification that people do, in fact, have the appropriate vaccinations etc. You can't ensure this without some significant cost associated with the tracking and oversight.

Comment: Re:Hospitals require testing (Score 1) 673

by bkr1_2k (#48886405) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

So pretty much every retail job in the country should be required to be vaccinated? I'm just trying to clarify what level of "general public" interaction requires this vaccination oversight? Who's going to pay for it? The government or the employer?

If people shouldn't be forced then how do they work, given that 44% of the jobs in the US are in some form of retail, transportation, education, or healthcare and another ~10-15% are "professional and business services" or "government" that include some sort of regular customer interaction, how are they to have jobs and also choose not to be vaccinated?

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