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Comment Re:My body, my Choice (Score 1) 446

I would actually prefer to spend public money keeping people healthy, no matter what risks they take. The way I see it, I benefit more from living in a society in which more people are kept healthy than not. We spend much more money than that would require on shit that I hate all the time anyway.

Comment Re:ROFLMAO! (Score 1) 223

I don't think anybody is going to seriously compare NK to the US.

Here in the US we acknowledge free speech, unless you're politically unpopular with the upper class, like OWS or Ron Paul in which case you'll be ignored or insulted by the corporate media.

Being ignored outright or insulted by corporate media is not an infringement of anyone's free speech.

Comment Re:Raise your hand (Score 1) 526

And once you've spent some time with Windows 8 touchscreen, you'll not want to go back.

I agree with the sentiment, I'll not consider buying a laptop without a touch screen after my experiences. In addition to Windows 8, I'd love to try KDE's Plasma Active, but I haven't been able to get it to run on my machine yet.

Comment Re:Lenovo Yoga (Score 1) 526

I have the same machine, also got it the day it came out. For me, it was the laptop/tablet hybrid I've always wanted. Largely, my experience and use has been much like yours. My screen does get a bit smudged, but I can only really notice that when the screen is off. I'd imagine some people might not like the size and aspect ratio of the screen in tablet mode, but I think that may be the only compromise.

Comment Re:After using my Surface I keep touching my monit (Score 1) 526

This has been my experience as well. I got a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13, and after 3 days I seemed to take touch for granted. I mostly use it as a regular laptop, but some things, like scrolling a web page or a document, are just easier and more intuitive with touch. I guess you could call me a believer. I'll never buy a non-touch laptop again, whether for work or play.

Comment Re:The "anti-science" crowd? Seriously?? (Score 1) 218

Do you have any REAL objections to the claims and theories of modern immunology? If you don't, then I have to wonder what the fuck your point ever was. If the argument is about whether or not you're "Anti-science" if you reject fields or conclusions of science... Then the answer depends on your ability to present evidence. The anti-vax crowd IS anti-science. Appeals to conspiracy theories and vague fear to refute the findings of the scientific community are pretty damn anti-science, regardless of what other scientific theories you accept.

Comment Re:The "anti-science" crowd? Seriously?? (Score 2) 218

The anger is to be expected. I don't necessarily agree with the polemical approach, but it's totally understandable. Vaccines are not mysterious at all. We understand how they work, we know that they DO work, and self-important cranks are out there convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. They are within their rights, no doubt, but so are the people who call them any sort of mean names. They cause harm! Not only to themselves, but also to those who cannot receive vaccines and who rely on herd immunity to protect them from dangerous diseases. The proud ignorance combined with the public health issues is enough to cause rage.

Comment Re:Possession and dissemination is speech. (Score 2) 515

I won't argue against that. But with freedom we must have a sense of responsibility. Does the consumption of this media drive the creation of it? I have no idea, to be honest. I can say that the witch hunt for the people who possess child porn seems misguided and downright scary sometimes. I don't think we should demonize people like that for the possession of any kind of media. The last thing we need is a bogey man to scare us into forfeiting our basic rights.
I will say that while I personally find it extremely unappealing, I can't take issue with software-rendered or hand drawn/painted depictions of child pornography. In that case, the solution really is to just avoid it.

Comment Re:Don't watch it (Score 3, Insightful) 515

The creation of child pornography is not exactly an act of speech. The subjects in those works are real victims. If your ideology or religion is being mocked, you're not a victim. If you demand that your ideology or religion be off-limits to critical review or mockery, you're just an asshole.

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