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Comment Re:Patriotic assholes (Score 1) 71

That's nice and all, but pride is a strong motivator and there's not much pride in being better than animals or plants. There's pride in being better than other people. That often comes in the form of your GROUP being better than another GROUP. Whether you're cheering for your football team or your country, pride at being a member of the best GROUP is a very strong motivator of both people and groups. We would not have gone to the moon in 1969 if it weren't a way to harness, leverage, and create national pride.

Comment Re:No! (Score 1) 287

Doctors are pushing for this, and physicians and medical societies are a key part of the NHS decision-making process. This isn't just a bunch of politicians telling doctors what to do.

Comment Re:But Vaccines.... (Score 5, Informative) 287

To expand a little bit, a vaccine contains a substance, often a specific protein, a viral capsid, or k illed/attenuated bacteria, which the human body recognizes as a pathogen. The immune system then mounts a response by creating antibodies and memory immune cells, which primes the system to appropriately and effectively mount a rapid immune response to eliminate the pathogen when it comes for real.

We can observe and measure the effects of a vaccine in the body. We can, and do, test for antibody production. I had some titers last year to verify that I had antibodies for measles, mumps, varicella, tetanus, etc. I didn't have any antibodies to mumps, so I had to get another MMR vaccine, and afterwards I had the antibodies. I was not immune to mumps, then I got a vaccine and now I am.

By contrast, homeopathic preparations contain literally no substances other than the dilutant (typically sugar, water, or alcohol). Homeopathic preparers take nonstandardized substances, such as a plant extract containing unknown and undstandardized quantities of who knows what, and serially dilutes them in water etc. After 10-100 dilutions, the final preparation typically contains none of the original substance at all.

Homeopathic preparations have no known or even theoretical mechanism of possible action. Indeed, the entire idea of homeopathy is directly contradictory to everything we know about biology, pharmacology, and physics.

Note that this is in contrast to herbal or natural remedies, which, while unstandardized and often not thoroughly tested, are biologically plausible.

Comment Re:Offer paid support? (Score 3, Informative) 213

Because the corporation is "contributing" to the project in some way, and they feel entitled to have such bugs fixed in a short period of time.

No one cares if some random company using a piece of OSS demands a bug fix. That's not what this is about. This is about getting for-profit corporations getting involved somehow in a project, and then threatening to pull support if issues affecting them aren't resolved immediately.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 311

You use the reference implementation internally for initial testing, and if you like it you code your own to release in your browser. I expect the Chrome and Firefox guys wouldn't have too much trouble coding their own image decoder module. Or someone can write up their own and release it GPLv2 or BSD or whatever.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.