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Comment: Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (Score 1) 582

by zildgulf (#46748047) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
You the phrases "appeal to authority", I do not think it means what you think it means. I think "appeal to authority" is usually an appeal to your superiors, such as political or business leaders, who have no special knowledge in this field, as opposed to referring to proven experts that are outside of vested interests, like the CDC, whose one job is to prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases with the best tools they can get. I do not believe anyone's ignorance, including mine, equals someone else's knowledge.

Comment: Re:That's bullshit. (Score 1) 582

by zildgulf (#46747949) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
I agree, that is horse hockey. She shows that her knowledge of basic Chemistry is that of a 4th grader. Sodium Chloride, when broken down chemically creates poisonous Chlorine gas. Pure Mercury is very poisonous, far more poisonous than most Mercuric compounds, which most, if not all, vaccines have removed.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 507

by zildgulf (#46713949) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
Truer words were never spoken. If you are fluent in another language, whether is be a spoken or sign language, and you decide not to teach it to your children because you want them to be "the same as everyone else" then you do a disservice to your children. If you are a member of a sub-culture you need to pass that along and enrich your children's view of the world and give them skills that others may not have.

There is this drive to make everyone a clone. Everyone must think alike, talk alike, be alike. But it is your differences that make you ultimately valuable to society.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 507

by zildgulf (#46713811) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
I disagree. Technology cannot stamp out Deaf Culture, but it will radically change it. If you grew up in America with American Sign Language as your primary language and have a cochlear implant then you are still part of the Deaf Community, albeit a new and rapidly growing part of the Deaf community. Every part of the Deaf Community will have to include this new bread of "deaf" people.

To say American Deaf Culture will die is like saying the German speaking American culture should be dead since English and Spanish are the predominate languages of the US. Both cultures are will still be alive as one of many sub-cultures in America.

Comment: 50/50 projected risk (Score 1) 402

by zildgulf (#46648789) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
The projected risk of astronaut survival might have been 50/50 at the initial assessment of the Mercury program but because NACA (later NASA) didn't have a crystal ball and could predict the engineering changes and a little luck that made Mercury program astronaut's survival rate 100%.

Comment: NASA = No Colonization of Planets (Score 1) 402

by zildgulf (#46648691) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
How can you have colonization if the colonists build a mostly self-sufficient village in a new location and then everyone returns "home" instead of making the new location their home? Therefore it is a logical conclusion that NASA is against colonization and therefore we will have to look at other entities to pursue interplanetary colonization.

Comment: That is an affirmative defense (Score 1) 440

by zildgulf (#46620125) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill
The Emerson Good Samaritan Act is an affirmative defense against Gross Negligence in the court meaning that anyone can sue Costco for taking the peanut butter and Costco must then prove to the court they fall under this protection. Costco is then presumed guilty until proven innocent. The act is not written that way but that is how it turns out to protect Costco, but not after paying substantial legal fees they will have trouble recouping.

Better to have the peanut butter buried than deal with the likelihood of wacky lawsuits, even lawsuits Costco can easily win.

Comment: ...and Sam's Club is better managed than Costco no (Score 1) 440

by zildgulf (#46620051) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill
I am not surprised that Costco is making missteps after James Sinegal departure, much like Sam's Club/Wal-Mart has been hampered by management mistakes after Sam Walton died.

Both men were visionaries and did things that the average MBA CxO thinks are mistakes but actually helped their respective companies in the long term. In the Walton run stores (Wal-Mart/Sam's Club) it was the "mistake" Sam Walton made, according to the Walton kids, was not stocking his stores with everything "Made in China" humanly possible (Sam Walton wanted cheap Made in America products when possible) and his refusal to jump with both feet into the political contribution arena, funding every single low tax, ultra conservative politician possible. Both decisions turned out to be major long-term mistakes by the Walton kids which cannot be undone. In the first case it contributed to higher unemployment numbers and stymied the recovery and the second caused the Federal and State governments to cut assistance programs to the poor, both of which hurt Wal-Mart's per store sales.

Comment: Re:Normal. (Score 1) 417

by zildgulf (#46450301) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
Then why not have a warning stating so when you connect to the domain instead of the user guessing what you are actually doing?

This is why the kid blew the whistle on the Root CA. You, the school's network admin, have every right to install Root CAs on every user that connects to your domain provided you tell them you are doing so. The reason the school's network administrator stopped it because it was not disclosed and do so in secret might be a legal violation. I won't be surprised if the school makes a statement later that they will do this and revert back to the way it was as per your argument.

Comment: Re:UK Data Protection Act rights (Score 1) 417

by zildgulf (#46450139) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
D*MN! I wish we had that law stateside. Over here we are setting fire to the internet, the very thing we created, while the government vaccums up every piece of data and metadata and storing it for a later date. I can't help but think those in power here are interested in controlling the masses and blackmailing anyone that threatens that in the future if we, the people, become too dangerous for them.

Comment: Re:In their defence. (Score 1) 417

by zildgulf (#46450057) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
I blame the Yankees that moved to New Amsterdam for that. The Dutch who settled there then to spell lots of words with "ij" in them. When written in longhand it looks like a "y" to us Yanks. Not knowing any better, being Yankees (from the Dutch insult meaning "Cheese Head", which many of us were), we started to use the strange "y" spellings here and it became part of standard Colonial English. Once a standard is set, even such a stupid standard, it is d*mn difficult to change it.

Here is an example. Remember the 640kb limit of DOS? Yet another stupid standard that plagued PCs for over 12 years, which in computer time is an eon and it could not be changed without killing DOS for good.

Comment: Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (Score 1) 482

by zildgulf (#46401875) Attached to: Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots
Sometimes the health of the individuals has no effect, or an inverse effect, on the survivability of the flu. Case in point, the Spanish Flu of 1918 killed more healthy young men than any other demographic. The healthy older people didn't generally get as sick and the small children seem to be made to survive fevers high enough to kill adults.

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