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Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 1) 53

by ediron2 (#46769789) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

FreedomBox is a community project to develop, design and promote[1] personal servers running free software for distributed social networking, email and audio/video communications.[2] The project was announced by Eben Moglen at the New York ISOC meeting on February 2, 2010.[3]

src: wikipedia entry for freedombox.

If that is mumbo-jumbo to you, you're really not likely to be in a position to contribute code or docs.

Comment: Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (Score 1) 482

by ediron2 (#46402739) Attached to: Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

Ignoring AC's 'ASSHOLE' remark below, you were doing ok in paragraphs 1 & 2 ((statistically; it is possible for virii to be a greater threat to 30-y.o. men) . Hell, even paragraph 3 is mostly good. But the last dozen or so words swerved into the fallacy of it being safe or prudent to not get the shot.

Vaccination and flu shots are about protecting everyone, including coincidental spread, and including outlier events. GP is misconstruing good medicine into something absurd in the name of toughening his immune system.

GP, try rationalizing that you're being 'tougher' by getting immunized. Your body gets forced to generate the antibodies even if you never get infected. Beyond that, if you need to live your dream of making yourself strong, try eating food that hit the floor or is past it's sell-by date. Lick coins and the handlebars at the supermarket for all I care. But don't get contagious. That's not a strengthening thing at all.

Get the shot, regardless. Advocate it at work. Spread good science. Anything less is enabling the dumbass Jennymac's of the world.

Comment: Re:It's just a tool I guess (Score 2) 294

by ediron2 (#46360559) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

While I agree that having a felony record is cruel baggage to a recovering addict, being stripped of rights for a time is effective when other things fail. My state has a program that is only open to 'use' type drug prisoners. It's hard to get into, it's strict, it focuses on changing habits, breaking away from toxic relationships, and skills needed to hold down a job, plus the usual drug treatment and 12-step program. It has helped a few people I know.

Back before Reagan, institutionalization was similar. It was reviled for some pretty good reasons. But there has to be a midway that takes control of people wanting/needing help but doesn't label them felons. Oh, and that doesn't break the bank: not everyone can afford Betty Ford. This is another time where money can buy you out of a hellish fate: "I know I need help, your honor." "Well, you're broke, so if I send you to prison for a year to 18 months, in 14 months you should get into the program. Hope you survive being labelled a Felon." vs. "I know I need help, your honor - I've booked myself into Betty Ford Center." "Well, I think we can go with a suspended sentence, which I'll expunge from your record if you stay clean."

Comment: Re:Wouldn't work for me (Score 1) 162

by ediron2 (#46300615) Attached to: Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

> I work where you need an ID to get into the parking lot, so that's out.

I like the mental picture of a brown van with a boom doing 70mph deliveries into your car trunk, hollywood-style!

But processes exist for this. Delivery agents get vetted then bonded and issued limited-access badges to make their deliveries (either to Receiving, a loading dock, or the front office). Worst-case: your stuff goes thru that old channel, just like it always did. Intermediate: on days when you expect a delivery you park in a designated area they are allowed to access and deliver to. Best-case: that courier gets a badge, then makes this car-trunk delivery just like in any other parking lot.

And keep in mind just how narrow your use case is: If nearly EVERYONE had this problem, the idea would fail. But for a newegg delivery to a prison, military base or the likes, nobody really expects generic stuff like this car trunk delivery.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 218

by ediron2 (#46255313) Attached to: 'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

BTW, Travis Snyder's euphemism 'exposure' is commonly heard by any photographer: GIVE US YOUR WORK AND WE WILL USE IT AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CLAIM WE USED YOUR WORK.

The unspoken next sentence apparently reads "After which, magical fairies and flying unicorns will shit rainbows and gold out of their asses and make your second gig insanely profitable -- profitable enough that you should THANK us for demanding you let us use stuff for free, just for the exposure."

Fuck that noise.

Also, while $2-3000 for use of photos is 'common', copyright isn't in any way tied to compulsory licensing in the US. The artist controls all use. Period. They can choose an unreasonable price, especially punitively if they're negotiating against $150k per infringement.

Personally, I'm in favor of compulsory licensing - we're long past the point where I think copyright, patent and trademark laws would be saner if they had them. A mellow, tiered compulsory pricing structure could simplify a lot of 21st-century art creation: enhance mashup and reuse culture, make life easier for events and presentations, for indie films and animators and artists, and in general let people focus more on art than on copyright law. But that's just my opinion.

Comment: Re:Technology and money are fine (Score 1) 57

by ediron2 (#46240607) Attached to: "Shark Tank" Competition Used To Select Education Tech

Sorry, not even that is 'fact'. It's a conservative contention that has plenty of disagreement.

Also, I'm immediately suspicious of any round numbers, so where did this magical
'Firing 10% helps' plan come up with that 10%? Another conservative meme: fire some people = save money, make everyone else work harder out of fear, and claim success.

As for resenting a factory worker getting $75 an hour, I vaguely recall that being bullshit, too. Something akin to the anti-USPS accounting tricks conservatives like: the shopworker gets far less, plus overtime bonuses, decent benefits and a pension, which with some seriously questionable math tricks is ginned up to a thrice-questionable estimate.

Last of all, if a union lead (decades experience plus management plus education, in other words) before reaganomics was getting $30 an hour, they SHOULD be getting $75, just due to the more-than-double cost of living increases over 40 years.. That people aren't ever seeing that sort of money nowadays is not his fault. Everyone else is getting screwed. Dozens of studies show wage stagnation problems.

Comment: Re:Bad ruling (Score 1) 261

by ediron2 (#46212493) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

TL;DR: lots of words, fundamentally wrong. Seems oblivious to First Sale, purchasing copies of copyrighted things, changing terms after agreement or all the other counterarguments.

Also, a bad analogy on the car. Buying a book is similar. Getting a license to drive a car is not. The word License has different meanings in the two contexts.

Comment: Re:better idea: reward their jobs better (Score 1) 321

by ediron2 (#46151055) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

So, what you're saying is that apocryphal examples (a few senior engineers at top companies, highest-paying location in the country, households with two of those rare incomes) win over all the data collected via census, salary surveys, etc: $400k is pretty easy to get to. ... my ass.

Here, let me play the game. I'm a hardcore techie at the top of my game, but not in Silicon Valley or NYC. I am always above the salary surveys, and NEVER see jobs advertised for more than I make. Most of my friends are in these sorts of positions... and among us, not counting doctors and C-level management (engineers or the equivalent only, IOW), I know two with husband/wife duos. Neither gets to $300k aggregate. The difference is that in my realm, our numbers end up resembling every other bit of demographic data I ever notice.

I'll let someone else argue taxes as penalties, earned vs. unearned income (I agree, these loopholes need to close), etc.

Comment: Re:The human body did not evolve to live on ships (Score 1) 267

by ediron2 (#46100839) Attached to: The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

Thank you. I ranted about this article to friends via social media yesterday; it smells like bad science writing by people that probably flunked out of science. Worse was that I ran into the article in some 'International Times' rehash ("A new york time bozo wrote that blah blah blah"). Now Bubba Pickins (slashdot's favorite regurgitator of pap for the front page) has done so, too. A thousand nitwits nattering about the incoherent blathering of another nitwit.

Bottom line: Rocket Science is hard. You can die from vacuums, gamma rays, high-speed impacts, lunar/mars dust that's abrasive as fuck, UVB (or indirect damage due to things by UVB), extremes of temperature and difficulties associated with vacuums messing with heat transfer, biological effects of zero-g. The times and energy needed to go from any interesting A to B are a problem. Gravity and speed complicate things. Unlike the boat analogy, you can't just cope if things go nastily wrong: space exploration will be relentlessly lethal compared to exploring the earth. But we oughta / gotta try.

Comment: Re:You've brought up a very interesting point ! (Score 1) 197

by ediron2 (#46100699) Attached to: Anti-Polygraph Instructor Who Was Targeted By Feds Goes Public

> If ever USA becomes a place just like China, I do not know where else people can aspire to be, if they were to run away from tyranny !

Oh, if only there was another continent (or two!) of countries with the opportunities and amenities of modern cities, but with governments not as oppressive as some in Asia and North America.

(/sarcasm... also, no insult intended yet, canada.)

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