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Comment: Re:We're entering science fiction, folks. (Score 2) 608

by bazorg (#49533757) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

In other words, you're saying that everyone should be distrusted, except for those who already agree with you. Interesting how the new legislation being considered might satisfy this point of view: by having anti vaccination people all in the same schools their views will be perpetuated no matter what the rest of the people say.

Recently a mother of 7 in Australia was interviewed after all of her children caught whooping cough. She said that after filtering out all mainstream media and medical advice it made sense to not vaccinate, which was something she ended up regretting. Without perfect quarantine and with more kids in vaccine-optional schools, it will be interesting to find the long term effects of this opting-out and how the broad accusations of government and pharma corruption will fit with the predictable increase in case of avoidable disease.

Comment: Missing Option: Start projects and abandon them (Score 1) 190

by soft_guy (#49446789) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?
I've started several open source projects. I have one that I started in 2002 and have continued to use myself over the years. Its an xml parser that works the way I think it should work. I wrote it and made it open source because I found myself wanting to use xml in projects at various employers and it was always a hassle finding an xml parser and convincing management to allow me to use it (because open source) and then it never had exactly the right features, etc. Xerces was too big, etc. So, finally I just wrote my own. Since I own the copyright, I can use it and grant the employer a non-exclusive close source license if they want.

Comment: Re:Removing the CNNIC ROOT on OSX (Score 0) 100

sudo security find-certificate -a -Z -c "CNNIC ROOT" /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain | grep SHA-1
sudo security delete-certificate -t -Z 8BAF4C9B1DF02A92F7DA128EB91BACF498604B6F /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain

Until Apple work out a way of avoiding the command line like this, they won't be ready for the masses.

Comment: The ultimate "man made earthquake" (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by daveschroeder (#49418797) Attached to: The Arrival of Man-Made Earthquakes

Russian analyst urges nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park and San Andreas fault line

A Russian geopolitical analyst says the best way to attack the United States is to detonate nuclear weapons to trigger a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park or along the San Andreas fault line on California's coast.

The president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems based in Moscow, Konstantin Sivkov said in an article for a Russian trade newspaper on Wednesday, VPK News, that Russia needed to increase its military weapons and strategies against the "West" which was "moving to the borders or Russia".

He has a conspiracy theory that NATO - a political and military alliance which counts the US, UK, Canada and many countries in western Europe as members - was amassing strength against Russia and the only way to combat that problem was to attack America's vulnerabilities to ensure a "complete destruction of the enemy".

"Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States - a country just disappears," he said.

"Another vulnerable area of the United States from the geophysical point of view, is the San Andreas fault - 1300 kilometers between the Pacific and North American plates ... a detonation of a nuclear weapon there can trigger catastrophic events like a coast-scale tsunami which can completely destroy the infrastructure of the United States."

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Comment: Re:Wishful thinking folks (Score 1) 303

by bazorg (#49397655) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

If Windows with Bing is a sign of things to come is that there will be a subscription based offering for people who don't get Windows with a new PC. I'd be interested in seeing this go ahead, at the very least to see what's so difficult about getting Windows (and x86 Firefox) on my £99 Hudl2 tablet.

I pressed submit too soon, meant to add that the truly interesting thing will be when Windows with Bing is available in retail and Apple says NOPE, our iPads are off-limits.

Comment: Wishful thinking folks (Score 1) 303

by bazorg (#49397633) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

He also noted that Microsoft is beginning to adopt a strategy familiar to open source vendors: give away the software, and then sell support and related products.

well I happen to work in a Microsoft "ecosystem" and this is not what I see. What Microsoft is doing is a move toward the freemium model that is so popular with everything mobile and non-x86. Freeware instead of licenses and ad hoc purchases of "Support" don't pay the rent, there's plenty of evidence for that in Linux-based software that never goes from "project" to "product"...

Today you can use the Office applications over the web for free but if you want the more advanced parts, get the credit card ready to sign up for a 12 month subscription, rather than paying license up front with annual maintenance like before.
If Windows with Bing is a sign of things to come is that there will be a subscription based offering for people who don't get Windows with a new PC. I'd be interested in seeing this go ahead, at the very least to see what's so difficult about getting Windows (and x86 Firefox) on my £99 Hudl2 tablet.

Comment: And why not? (Score 4, Insightful) 227

Considering that nuclear power is the safest form of power the world has ever known, I'd say it's worthy of recognition for offsetting carbon more than anything else. To borrow a phrase, "It's the energy density, stupid."

There's a reason why China has 30 nuclear plants under construction, while the US just approved its first new plant in 30 years.

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