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Comment Fuck Puritans. (Score 5, Insightful) 218

Seriously, grow up. As the paper in question demonstrates, the animal kingdom clearly has at least as many kinks as us humans do. It's not "sinful." Far from it -- if you believe in a deity, it seems obvious that this deity heartily approves of sex in all kinds of variety.

Or, if you can't deal with that, fine, believe whatever you want -- but stop retarding scientific and social progress with your puritanical ideals.

Comment Re:Prove it (Score 1) 248

Cancer survival rates in the UK are shocking.

This article says that the the UK rsurvival rates are the worst in Europe. Here's the money quote: "Cancer experts blamed late diagnosis and long waiting lists"

You may also want to check this graph for prostate cancer

I personally know of one person who died at age 50 because their cancer was misdignosed - all that extra screening in the US may be expensive but it saves lives.

And just to keep on topic, the iPad rocks!

Comment Re:Let it begin (Score 1) 324

But in an open system filled with endless hordes of immigrants and outsourced labor willing to work for wages no American can live on

Companies sponsoring H-1B employees are required to offer them a fair salary, which is meant to prevent cheap labor importation. From wikipedia's H-1B article:

Employers must attest that wages offered are at least equal to the actual wage paid by the employer to other workers with similar experience and qualifications for the job in question

Comment Re:They can't get it into their heads... (Score 1) 98

If a machine could do a better job than me, I'd be no better than Mengele for preventing it from doing so.

Now, when it comes to evidence-based medicine (EBM), there's a whole separate controversy. The ultimate problem in medicine is that very few studies are actually of good quality. This is partly limited by ethics, and partly limited by the sheer difficulty of enrolling patients. Classic example? There is a simple device called a pulse oximeter that measures the degree to which your hemoglobin is saturated with oxygen. However, it has never - EVER - been shown in a study to improve outcomes during general anesthesia versus not using one at all. It is, by a purely scientific standard, voodoo. Of course, the reason that it has never been tested is that it does work, and it would be unethical not to use it. A lot of medicine works like this. Studies that are released always have flaws, and sometimes they outweigh any possible benefit. In short, while physicians are not scientists, we are not anti-science - but we also will not lightly jump into something just because a study supports it. Sometimes, like with H. pylori, this approach is wrong. Other times, like with thalidomide and the FDA, a wait-and-see approach is correct. Since physicians are the ones on the hook, their judgment - for good or ill - makes the difference.

Comment Re:Good for apple (Score 1) 1078

Actually, Medical insurance is very cheap for drivers and very cost effective and effective in general compared to regular medical insurance.

The cost of dealing with "the costs of driving" should more than cover themselves.

If you never bothered to take advantage of what's out there then that's another matter.

70K for a broken foot? Sound more like the hospital needs repaired.

Comment Re:KDE 4! (Score 2, Insightful) 419

I find I get closest to what I had on real kde running xfce with the kde backend and the kde applications. I use the new QGtkStyle which makes the kde /qt applications use gtk to draw the widgets. and compiz expose and cairo-dock (I don't like the always on top of the xfce panel). This gives me most of what I had with kde 3.5 and compiz except different wallpaper per desktop.
I just got done trying kde 4.3 for 3 weeks. It is to much of pain to get it to give me MY desktop not what they fucking want to give me.
Most of the applications are as good as the old ones (the only complaints I see are 2 i don't use konq. and amorock).
Since the kde devs. now talk about options being bad! sort of like gnome did from 1.4 ->2 i don't see kde ever going back to a useful desktop os again. I think they are going for the new name of KCE K Cellphone Environment.
Oh I was the same as you in I used gnome 1.4 and tried gnome 2 could not get used to how unfriendly it was to configuring what you want and moved to kde.

Comment Re:Rightfully disallowed? (Score 3, Insightful) 95

I think a lot of those are scams too. I've twice been subscribed, without my consent, to junk like that, one a cell-phone dating thing (these doods), and one some ring-tones. I finally got Sprint to lock my account so no subscriptions can be added without me explicitly calling up Sprint to request they authorize it---which should be the default.

Comment Re:Not influential to me (Score 2, Informative) 189

I find it very hard to disagree with your list. I am not completely sure that I'd put Ian Murdock on the second list - most of the things you dislike about Debian seem to have collected later and he's done some good work on OpenSolaris that makes up for Debian. Marshall Kirk McKusick and Bill Joy both deserve to be near the top of the list for their respective achievements.

One person I'd add is Keith Packard. He doesn't get much press coverage, but he is largely responsible for the fact that X.org is now feature-competitive with Apple's Quartz. He's been involved with the project for a long time and has evolved the X system from a remote display system for 1-bit displays running multiple terminals to something with support for compositing, accelerated rendering, and so on. Most importantly, he's done this without sacrificing backwards compatibility and without hard-coding policy decisions into the display server. You can still fire up a xterm on a VAX running 4BSD (or whatever) today and display it on a handheld machine running Linux with X.org and have it render correctly. Only now the drawing commands will be sent to an off-screen buffer and then composited in the display server according to a policy decided by something complex like Compiz or something simple like xcompmgr. I can't think of any other project that has achieved that long a period of continual evolution without breaking (binary) compatibility or throwing away the entire codebase and starting again.

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