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Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 1) 190 190

Don't forget about how Merck was found to be lying about the effectiveness of the Mumps part of the MMR. It is more like 35% effective. So you can believe the lies if you want. I would rather have the facts and would like to see true scientific studies done on these things. Something like a double blind study, which is not allowed with vaccines since they are assumed to work, so we can't withhold treatment of them for a study. Sounds like circular reasoning to me.

Merck was accused of lying about the effectiveness of the Mumps component of the MMR. Mumps Vaccine Effective Waning Immunity has links to three peer-reviewed research papers on the effectiveness of the effectiveness of the mumps component of the MMR vaccine and found it to be about 85-88%. These studies had nothing to do with Merck, so whether they were fudging numbers or not is irrelevant.

Comment Re: Not the best summary... (Score 1) 190 190

My son got his first vaccinations at 1 month... By the time he was 2 years old he had over a dozen... We *did* choose to stretch out the vaccination schedule a bit (to avoid giving 4 vaccinations at once, etc.) and we've been very careful to screen which drug company's vaccines we use as many contain "non-medical' ingredients that are actually drugs (below the minimum dosage for adults) that are not otherwise approved for use in children.

You did read the post you were replying to, right? It was talking specifically about the measles outbreak at Disneyland. My son is 10 months old, so I'm going through this right now. Different vaccines are tested as "safe" for different ages. We have been following the CDC's Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth through 6 years old. The first vaccine (HepB) is given within days of being born. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) is not recommended until the infant is 12 months old.

Comment My experience (Score 1) 215 215

My cell has been on the NDC list for over 10 years, with me verifying its status every year. Somehow a company got a hold of my name and cell number and called me up offering a free sample of some product. They hung up as I was in the middle of telling them I had no prior experience with their company and that I am on the NDC list. They did not give me time to demand to be removed from their calling list. Same company called back four times, and only on that last call did they not hang up before I was able to request to be removed from their calling list and threaten to report them for not honoring the DNC list. I was unable to determine how they got my information. It's now been three weeks without hearing from them (knock on wood).

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 1) 215 215

Perhaps the CC companies permit you to pass along swipe fees there, but in much of the world, they don't. They should probably be prohibited by law from prohibiting you from passing those fees on, but ha ha ha

Gas stations here (in the US) used to give a discount of a few cents per gallon for paying with cash instead of a debit or credit card. Swiping a debit card generally carries a set fee per transaction while credit card companies charge a certain percentage.

Comment Re:Brazilian evangelicals are for cows. (Score 1) 293 293

Uhhh... Português (brasileiro) é a minha lingua nativa. E eu coloquei o acento no "mú" só por diversão. Vai saber se a vaca em questão está mugindo de tédio (sem acento) ou com raiva (com o acento para enfatizar)? hehehe

Legal. Eu servi missão religiosa no estado de São Paulo por dois anos, e minha esposa (odeio que vcs usam "mulher") é cearense.

Comment Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 1) 293 293

The problem is that they tend to ignore the human rights of children in places like that. Cutting parts of their bodies off, refusing to give them a proper education, causing them mental illnesses with horrific stories and threats from X-rated books etc.

Children have rights and are not property. Religious people can do what they like, as long as their children's rights are respected.

I do hope you're trolling and not seriously as ignorant as your post suggests. Circumcision (I'm assuming that's the "cutting parts of their body off") was resolved over 1,800 years ago - back in the Apostolic Age. We are told that circumcision of the flesh avails nothing if we aren't circumcised of heart. We are taught that if a Gentile (non-Jew) converts to Christianity, he does not need to be circumcised (indeed, if circumcision is part of the conversion, the convert puts himself under the Law of Moses).

As for the other charges, extremists are dangerous regardless of their creed. My sect teaches that "the glory of God is intelligence" and that our lot in the next life will be all the better the more intelligence we obtain. We invented the modern TV, helped with open heart surgery, etc.

Comment Re:Brazilian evangelicals are for cows. (Score 1) 293 293

For (useless or funny, your decide) information, never trust the google translator for grammar and spelling. where it says "vocês todos são vacas. vacas dizer mú", the correct form is "Todos vocês são vacas. Vacas dizem mú". The english->portuguese translation from Google is shit.

Você acertou! The verb dizer (to speak / say) conjugates to dizem for second person plural. I did not know you needed an accent in as a terminal u generally already pulls the stress (unless part of a diphthong).

Comment Re:Cell phone uses IPv6 (Score 1) 307 307

Comcast Business, which only got me dynamic ipv6 a couple months ago, and still haven't gotten around to static allocations to match my static v4 allocation. Also, a lot of people's home routers. But mostly apathy.

I'm in the same boat. I have a static IPv4 from Comcast, but don't even get a dynamic IPv6 on that connection. I don't want to give up my static IPv4 until almost all my customers have IPv6.

Comment Re:is anyone using it? (Score 1) 147 147

One you run yourself. Not like setting up and maintaining bind is all that hard to do.

At some point you will have to query an outside server. You don't plan on having billions of domains in your own DNS, do you? The problem is that some DNS return an IP for an ad site instead of correctly telling you that it's an unknown host. Or, returning an IP for an ad site instead of saying that a particular host is blacklisted.

Comment Re: Lol (Score 2) 248 248

It's not a special character that needs escaping. It's a character that needs multiple bytes to specify the code point. The parser just isn't handling the fact that you can't just crop a character mid code point - it's operating at the byte level when it should be operating at the code point level during a crop operation.

Too bad I don't have mod points because you are absolutely correct! As more and more code points are defined, the number of bytes needed to represent characters increases. Their abbreviation mechanism should at least recognize surrogate pairs and combining characters.

Comment Re:if I am dead (Score 1) 182 182

Two types of websites would be good after you die: The first is obvious-Your website makes a profit, and you want your family members to continue to profit in your absence. This is kinda like how life insurance works.

Put ownership in your will and credentials in a safe deposit box! If you make a substantial profit, you should probably register as a business and put a succession plan in place.

The second type is for spiritual types like me- I believe in an after life, and I want people to have faith in Jesus. I might not meet you personally in this life, but if I helped your faith, it'd be cool to know you later. I'm not one who gets in arguments about what is the minimum for salvation, or what the minimum you need to do to get to Heaven. But I know it stokes God when we follow him, do good, be loving, and help people in their faith. So helping people to find Jesus even when I'm not around will be beneficial.

I, too, believe in the afterlife, but I'm not sure I'd want an eternal website trying to convert people to my chosen faith. Most sects and denominations already have websites; maybe you could share your testimony on one of them (providing them permission to host your comments even after you die).

I run a website which I think should be perpetuated long after I leave this mortal existence, but it doesn't match either of your two categories. I host the largest genealogical sites for my surname. Indeed, I am contacted daily to verify information on other sites. I want those photos from the 1800s to be available a hundred years from now. I want my descendants to know why I believe a certain family story is false. I want to preserve family stories I have verified as true (including teaching a French princess English).

Comment Re: Please, BCE/CE, not BC/AD (Score 2) 105 105

In Latin aCn (ante Christum natum) is written for BC; anno Domini is one Latin way of expressing what we mean by AD, but often I've seen it written as anno Salutis (in the year of Salvation), and there are countless variations. Sometimes, especially in texts referring to Greek and Hebrew affairs, you find a different system, aM or anno Mundi, but in general the aD system is so prevalent that variation is desirable (Latin loves variety), hence anno Salutis and its friends.

anno Mundi (year of the world) is used in the Jewish calendar. anno Domini translates to "year of the Lord". Much of the ancient world used a system of "the Xth year of the reign of Y"

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