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Comment: Re:It's because no one gives a shit about these su (Score 1) 150

by sumdumass (#48898379) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

The was my first though with a cursory vieeing of the article headlined. I naturally went to thinking wow, that many people support labeling GMO foods.

It wasn't until i read more that i realised this was about DNA alone. I have no doubt that othes did the same but didn't bother going deeper into it.

Comment: Re:so many problems with this idea (Score 2) 71

by DerekLyons (#48897051) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

allowing an organisation that is answerable to none but the United States Supreme Court to regulate a virtual currency that is in direct competition with its own pet, the Almighty Dollar.

As I've said many times before - so long as you follow a few very simple rules and you pay your taxes in dollars, the US Goverment doesn't care if you conduct your daily business in dollars, Bitcoins, or jars of pickled hamster poop. They whole idea of "competition" has been created out of whole cloth by the Bitcoin Tinfoil Hat Society. It's an ego trip thing, if you're being persecuted, you're obviously Important and Sticking It To The Man. That The Man has pretty consistently ignored them is nothing short of infuriating to these small minded ignoramuses. (Going after criminals who use Bitcoin is *not* the same thing as going after Bitcoin, no matter what said Tinfoil Society tries to tell you.)

Comment: Re:Social Networking is a mess (Score 1) 83

by sumdumass (#48897041) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

Imagine the article loading in its entirety, so you can start reading it, before there's even a single image tag on the page; then, well-written javascript popping the images in as you read. The content loads and renders faster and you have an over-all better experience, especialy if you happen to be on a mobile device or slow connection.

I don't have to imagine that. Every time I turn no script off, I almost always hit a site like that and the images constantly move the formatting and content to fit the images in making reading more than the first couple lines almost impossible. This, if the logic isn't obvious, defeats the benefits you expose very readily. Of course these sites could be the one that do "when not used properly" but I cannot tell the difference.

It's even worse when trying to view in a non standard browser or on a phone or something with a limited screen and slower connection.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 629

by sjames (#48896897) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

I agree that a societal solution is needed.

If employers can discriminate for not getting the vax, it is constructively mandatory. I agree that un-vaccinated students should stay home during an outbreak. Likewise employees. That is a matter of a clear and present danger.

Considering that a vaccine reaction can leave a person with lifelong disability and high ongoing bills for care, few can afford the risk alone. We already have a compensation program coupled with a liability shield for the manufacturers since otherwise nobody would manufacture the vaccine. We just need to make it actually support those very few who need it, not just barely keep them out of poverty.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 629

by sjames (#48896727) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

A real issue is that if vaccinations become mandatory for employment. you can bet more than one radical church will decide they must be the mark of the beast and then we have a real issue.

But consider, the measles start out with flu-like symptoms. IF you feel free to stay out of work right then, you won't spread the disease. A few days later, the characteristic red rash appears to let you know it's not the flu, but by then you have been contagious for 3 days and will be for another 3. Even then, many clueless employers will insist that you must go to a doctor at the height of your contagiousness and sit in a public waiting room so you can bring a doctor's note with you when you return (or don't bother to return at all).

That situation CAN come up even if your vaccinations are in order.

I'm not so sure about making the vaccination absolutely mandatory, but I would like to see them made very easy to get, preferably they should be practically automatic. For example, have an RN on hand at school registration ready and willing to give the vaccine for free to any child that doesn't have one. As a bonus, have her hand out candy after the shot or when vaccination records are presented. Let the kids wear the parents down :-) If necessary, tell them that resistance to measles is a super power.

And make sure that the very rare but existent harmful reaction is very well compensated. After all, it happened in service to society.

Comment: Re:That makes sense! (Score 1) 100

by ScentCone (#48896591) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Bringing a fighter jet to a bomb threat. That makes sense!

You don't have much of an imagination, do you? Or pay any kind of attention to actual events, pretty much ever?

Escort aircraft can make observations and help with communications and recordings that can't be made any other way. One of the threats suggested the bomber was on board, implying the possibility that he might make demands which could include, possibly, making that aircraft into a weapon aimed at a metropolitan area ... which might require destroying the aircraft before that could happen. Fighters are routinely deployed when other aircraft stray from where they're supposed to be, cease communicating, etc. Which you'd know, if you paid attention.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1) 413

by sumdumass (#48896259) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

I don't know what you think that says but Lee Atwater was a local South Carolina politician/campaigner who didn't even get involved in a nation wide race until after he made those comments. His entire interview is basically him saying he thinks one thing but Reagan didn't do it or need to before he ever worked on Reagan's reelection.

And the paragraph you did cite is talking about how this racism accusation is so abstract that you cannot even recognize it.

I find it completely funny that people have to cling on to ideas that are barely recognizable in order to maintain some worldview. But hey, it's what makes politics fun I guess.

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer