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Comment: Re:Required vaccine? (Score 1) 178

by cas2000 (#48887705) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

no, but 10000 cases because of all the fuckwit anti-vaxers would be.

because vaccines have been so successful, people have forgotten how deadly and devastating diseases like mumps, measles, rubella, polio, smallpox and many others *were* - note that past tense, they were major killers now they're almost non-existant. however, they'd make a comeback if people stopped vaccinating against them.

the idiot population focuses on self-serving fake research like Wakefield's "vaccination leads to autism" bullshit and on the one in a million that has a bad reaction to vaccines, whilst completely ignoring the millions who are prevented from being killed or cripppled or born deformed because of easily preventable diseases.

vaccinating against diseases serves a useful, life-saving, purpose. it works for those who are immunised and it also works for those who, for whatever reason, can't be vaccinated (or the vaccination didn't work - e.g. vaccines often don't work for transplant patients because of the drugs they have to take to suppress their immune systems to prevent rejection) because it reduces their risk of exposure.

otoh, vaccinating against drugs is just inflicting someone else's "morality" on people.

Comment: Re:The BORG! (Score 3, Funny) 265

by cas2000 (#48843011) Attached to: Best Cube?

the borg only "exist" so that the star trek universe could remain happily socialist whilst still giving american viewers an evil communist menace to fear.

(also, the zombie obsession is ultimately a reflection of american paranoia about fifth-column infiltration by communists....any contact - or a bite, in the case of the zombie commies - with them and their insidious ways will doom you to become one of the enslaved communist hordes)

Comment: Re:The very first thing out of his mouth (Score 1) 551

by cas2000 (#48837751) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

That's a lot of projects created to replace something that didn't need fixing. Seems to me there must have been a lot of affected people, not "a vanishingly small number" to make all those projects happen.

and NONE of them (with the possible exception of upstart because it was the default on ubuntu) gained a "market-share" of more than a few percent *UNTIL* systemd forced itself on people by becoming a hard dependency for consolekit/logind, gnome, and soon udev.

that indicates to me that whatever problems sysvinit might have, they're not annoying enough for most people to care about....and certainly not annoying enough to do anything about.

Comment: Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (Score 1) 551

by cas2000 (#48836423) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Sysvinit requires a f'ing shell to operate.

no, it doesn't. there's nothing in sysvinit that requires init.d scripts to be shell scripts - they can be perl or python or anything else. they don't even have to be scripts, they can be compiled binaries.

the fact is that people write shell scripts - for sysvinit and for other tasks - because it's an easy and convenient language to write in.

ps. sysvinit isn't the only alternative to systemd. there are others, like openrc, that offer the fairly trivial init & cgroups features of systemd without the huge disadvantages of monolithic borging of networking, logging, ntp, udev, login etc.

Comment: Re:Please remember... (Score 1) 551

by cas2000 (#48836339) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

the two most important things you're forgetting are a) that 99% of that functionality is in the kernel, not systemd and b) it's possible to have an init system that assists configuration and use of those kernel features without borging dozens of other unrelated functions (like logging, ntp, networking, firewall, udev, consolekit, and many more)...openrc manages to do that, for example.

if systemd restricted itself to just init+cgroups, it wouldn't be hated anywhere near as much as it is - because there would be nothing to really hate.

Comment: IoT is a solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 172

by cas2000 (#48835697) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

where the fuck do these idiot boosters get their moronic examples of how wonderful IoT would be? nobody would want their fridge to turn off if the electricity price went up.

my fridge needs to keep things cold even if the price of electricity goes up for a few hours.....ruining hundreds of dollars worth of food to save 10 cents on electricty is not a good idea. food poisoning's no fun, either.

Comment: not just a game (Score 3, Interesting) 393

by cas2000 (#48808507) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

the thing that most players don't realise about games like simcity (and other "simulation" games including civilisation and clones, the sims, and many others) is that they're not just simulations, they're also propaganda tools with a particular model of how reality is, or should, be.

for the most part, these games push the theology of "meritocratic" free market laissez-faire capitalism - with the deserving rich being those who worked hard and the undeserving poor being worthless lazy slobs. this simulates american moralising and judgemental opinions fairly well, but not the real world.

Comment: Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (Score 5, Informative) 393

by cas2000 (#48808467) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Origin may be basically a steam-wannabe, but it's without realising that the reason steam doesn't piss people off very much is that they're not arseholes about what they do - the DRM is minimal and mostly unobtrusive, and they ASK people if they want to participate in their surveys rather than just abuse the fact that their software is installed and simply steal the information.

Comment: Re:Not so sure about this... (Score 1) 252

by cas2000 (#48740617) Attached to: The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

i can say that because i have real world experience rather than just libertarian fantasy dreaming - i've lived my entire life in a country that provides socialised health care, and it works exactly as i said: they provide the health care to everyone with NO attempt to weasel out of obligations. anyone here can go to a doctor or to hospital without having to worry about whether they can afford it or not.

people get the treatment they need without any lifestyle or morality or financial checks.

furthermore, medications are both price-regulated and subsidised so that nobody pays more than about $37 for a month's supply of any drug (or about $6 if they're a pensioner or on the dole).

i know all this for a fact because a) i live here and have benefited from it, and b) i'd be dead several times over (and my family would also be hundreds of thousands in debt) if i lived in some healthcare hellhole like the US rather than a civilised country like Australia. or the UK. or Cuba.

Comment: Re:Not so sure about this... (Score 4, Insightful) 252

by cas2000 (#48734651) Attached to: The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

it's funny how libertarian nutters believe in the exact opposite of what happens in reality.

in the real world, governments - i.e. providers of socialised health care/health insurance - don't give a fuck about what you do or eat, they provide the health care you are entitled to (i.e. whatever you need without regard for your finances) no matter what you do.

private health insurers, on the other hand, leap at any excuse to get out of their obligations - if there's anything, no matter how tiny or how irrelevant they can use to blame the patient for their misfortune, then they'll use it.

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