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Comment: A bit of common sense maybe? (Score 1) 747

by merdaccia (#46482457) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

- free vaccinations
- no insurance coverage for treatment if you are not vaccinated
- fines for not vaccinating your children

That leaves stupidity as the only reason not to get vaccinated. Hopefully the money collected from those fines is then used to do something about the stupidity.

If the fines then become an incentive for parents to not treat their children, there should be child abuse laws for not giving your child required medical care that kick in. You could also reverse it, i.e. a tax deduction for vaccination, in case the psychology works better that way.

Comment: Duh (Score 2) 478

by merdaccia (#46277679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Don't let anyone into the limo. The cameras aren't just going to walk themselves in. And just like that, your cameras will be the only working cameras in the limo. Tada.

I'm just kidding, you don't have to do anything. Nobody will want to get into your limo in a few months, and the above solution will materialise on its own.

Comment: Try time tracking (Score 1) 301

by merdaccia (#43059727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

I had a similar issue, and I'm self-employed, meaning I wasn't just losing time but also money. The problem was massively mitigated when I started using Toggl for time tracking. I became averse to stopping the clock, and would fight distractions and keep working. I still need about 2.5 hours of distractions to work 8 hours, be they lunch, breaks, etc., but it's much easier now.

And use the hosts file trick to break the habit of just opening a new tab and losing 15 minutes.

This is all assuming you like what you're doing. If you don't, you won't be able to fight distractions.

Comment: Will governments let it survive? (Score 2, Insightful) 768

by merdaccia (#36436652) Attached to: Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin
We live in a world where the supply and movement of money are controlled by governments, central banks, money laundering laws, and financial institutions. How can BitCoin survive in this world? Middle men like banks stand to lose a fortune in fees and exchange rates, governments stand to lose a fortune in taxes if they can't track money movement, and the black market stands to gain a silent way to move value. For BitCoin to gain adoption, some major retailers need to start supporting it, but given the above risks, what stops a government from telling companies in its jurisdiction that they can't accept it?

Comment: Re:This is why people still believe in god (Score 1) 222

by merdaccia (#35775498) Attached to: ALS Sufferer Used Legs To Contribute Last Patch

He is in hacker heaven. Look around. I see are a ton of hackers paying him respect and being touched by his story, myself included. I'm pretty sure quite a few people will remember him for quite a while. If that's not life after death, I don't know what is.

Thanks for the commit and for the inspiration, Adrian Hands.

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.

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