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Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1, Insightful) 660

by jdavidb (#48885507) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

We can disagree over the rights of herd immunity, but those who maintain that refusal to vaccinate hurts only the one who refuses, as the OP argued, are just plain ignorant of the facts.

Some of us still see a distinction between hurting someone by taking direct action against them, and hurting someone by not taking an action that would benefit them. It's an impasse and I doubt either side is going to persuade the other, no matter how many times it repeats on slashdot, and no matter how many people do or do not understand herd immunity.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 660

by jdavidb (#48884737) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Long and short - employers should be able to discriminate against people who voluntarily refuse vaccinations.

That's a completely libertarian position as well. Taken to a logical conclusion, employers may discriminate against employees and even customers on the basis of vaccination, employees and customers may discriminate against businesses on the basis of vaccination policy. I think businesses choosing to have a vaccination policy may be a great innovation that the free market can bring to bear on this issue.

Comment: Who is the real enemy? (Score 1) 562

by jdavidb (#48842177) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

You want me to go fight the Viet Cong? No Viet Cong ever called me nigger. You want me to kill Afghan and Iraqi Muslims? No Afghani or Iraqi ever spied on my private communications. My enemy is the American government, not "terrorists." You're my opposer when I want freedom. You're my opposer when I want justice. You won't even stand up for me in America for my privacy, and you want me to go somewhere and fight when you won't even stand up for my freedom at home.

Comment: Re:Nothing has been lost! (Score 2, Insightful) 290

by jdavidb (#48822059) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

Bit Coins are actually more real then the US Dollar. Sure we get a paper or coin note stating that this represents so much. But at least bit coin is connected to something in limited supply thus needs to be shared.

I've never understood the logic behind statements like this. There are an infinite possible number of cryptocurrencies. A cryptocurrency is nothing but a mathematical algorithm being run on a lot of computers. By its very nature, it can't be in limited supply. Saying that Bitcoin is valuable because it's scare is like saying that digital music or digital video must be valuable because they're scarce. Any one, at any time, can create his own blockchain and create a Bitcoin clone. After that, all he need to do is persuade other people to adopt his blockchain, and a new standard has been created, with the originator becoming "wealthy". In fact, I suspect that this idea may suddenly occur to the operators of one of the big idled mining centers over the next few months. And before anyone says, "But Bitcoin was first!", let me reply, "Friendster and MySpace".

A Bitcoin is a unit of account in a specific ledger. The number of units of account in that ledger is finite. Additional ledgers can be created, and have been. But the value of units of account in those ledgers is not equal to the value of the unit of account in the Bitcoin ledger.

It's a little bit like comparing seats at a concert. Yes, we can put more seats in the back, but they are not valued the same as seats in other sections. We can create more seats, but we can't create more seats in the front row.

Comment: Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 1) 893

by jdavidb (#48821971) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Considering Pope Francis will never allow women priests or stop using the stupid, "Love the sinner, hate the sin" when referring to gays, the AC is correct.

Has Pope Francis been documented to say this somewhere? My understanding is that his position has been described as "Who am I to judge?"

Comment: Re:Argument from authority (Score 1) 323

by jdavidb (#48659887) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

My guess is they mean more sending your kid to sit in their room and supposedly think deep thoughts on whatever they did that led to being stuck in their room and how to act better next time.

Yeah, that never accomplished much for me. And I still had to learn to relax in the face of frustration when I was grown. If I had simply learned that before adulthood, I probably would have had 80% of what I needed to get by productively and healthily.

Comment: Re:Cry it out (Score 1) 323

by jdavidb (#48659849) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Here's where you'll say "NOTHING! They're all perfect Angles!"

I assume you meant "anglos"? Would it surprise you to learn that I'm raising them bilingually and interculturally?

This is me glaring at you incredulously ---**glares at you incredulously**

I think you could benefit from some form of relaxation therapy. It's not always necessary or helpful to vent against lifestyles that you disagree with.

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley