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Comment Re:SimChurch (Score 0) 523

You can easily get Zynga Games to convert Mafia Wars into SimChurch!!!

1) Do deeds
2) Invest in expensive buildings
3) Collect money, tax free of course
4) Grow mafia, erm followers
5) Profit

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Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment Re:antivaxxers on slashdot (Score 0) 292

If you are so worried about catching a virus...
VACCINATE YOURSELF DUMBASS!!!!

Oddly enough I actually know more people who have gotten sick after the flu shot versus those who got sick without the flu shot.
As for myself having worked in healthcare for over 11 years on critical ICU, ER and respiratory units I have never gotten the flu shot have gotten the flu ONCE, NOT from the hospital. When I did, I stayed home, and with my knowledge managed not to infect anyone else.
Of all the areas with a high number of persons in a given space, a hospital is probably the safest place to be. You are surrounded by trained professional who know how to handle themselves and others. Your desk jockey buddy next to you WILL infect you.

Comment Re:Unions are outraged! (Score 0) 292

For your information the precautions necessary that you think would be so economically unfeasible are the same precautions hospital workers already take.
It is called UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS. Hospital workers are TRAINED to treat everyone they encounter as if they are infectious. How many other professions have this training?
Vaccinate yourself since YOU are more likely to pass along the virus...

Comment Re:antivaxxers on slashdot (Score 0) 292

The problem with your thinking is that you fail to realize that healthcare workers do not show up to work when they are sick. Most know better to begin with verses the rest of the population who are not as continuously conscious about disease processes and methods of transmission.
If you look at where all of the outbreaks occur, you will find it is NOT in hospitals.
It would make more sense to focus your attention at where they are occurring.
When you have this answer then you can come back and look smarter than you do now.

Comment Re:antivaxxers on slashdot (Score 0) 292

We've been seeing tons and tons of articles like this recently on slashdot. There's a consistent anti-vaccine slant on all of them. I'm guessing that there's some small group of antivaccine crazies who are active on the firehose, and they consistently vote up each other's stories.

I am always amazed at how these trolls get modded up?
Who is the idiot in charge here?

Comment Re:Unions are outraged! (Score 0) 292

This is for all of the medically illiterate.
Getting the swine flu vaccine WILL NOT prevent a person from transmitting the disease, only help them better DEFEND against it.

All of the major transmission sites are NOT hospitals, but rather schools where there is not a good protocol or trained professionals who know how to prevent/limit transmission.
I say to you CHILDREN should be vaccinated.
Now I guarantee most parents would be outraged.

From your own sig;
"free flow of knowledge and trade defend liberty better than force"
Healthcare workers should NOT be forced into this not so thoroughly tested vaccine.

Submission + - Motorola comes back! (wiseandroid.com)

wiseandroid writes: Motorola tonight released the full specifications and a photo gallery of the highly-awaited Droid phone on their public Web site, pre-empting the anticipated October 28 announcement of Verizon Wireless's first Android smartphone.

Submission + - Are you in violation of Adobe license?

An anonymous reader writes: We bet you never knew about this section of the Adobe PDF usage license (page 408):
http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/pdfs/Gen_WWCombined-20080205_1329.pdf

"14.13.3 For any unique Extended Document, you may only either (a) Deploy such Extended Document to an unlimited number of unique recipients but shall not extract information from more than five hundred (500) unique instances of such Extended Document or any hardcopy representation of such Extended Document containing filled form fields; or (b) Deploy such Extended Document to no more than five hundred (500) unique recipients without limits on the number of times you may extract information from such Extended Document returned to you filled-in by such Recipients. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, obtaining additional licenses to use Acrobat Professional shall not increase the foregoing limits (that is, the foregoing limits are the aggregate total limits regardless of how many additional licenses to use Acrobat Professional you may have obtained)."

Question: what to do when you get a notice from Adobe saying that your company is in license violation and wanting to negotiate a (hefty) price?
Answer: you quickly research whateverthehell "extended reader functions" in a PDF are, you write a Perl script to scan for all of your forms that are affected, you fix them to remove those features (sadly, goodbye ability for end-user to locally save form data), and finally you pay whatever Adobe tells you to pay (while thanking them for the spanking, sir, and asking for another).

1. how can Adobe detect that a PDF with "extended features" has been used over 500 times? The only possible answer is that the ubiquitous Acrobat Reader has a secret "phone home" in it and Adobe knows every time a PDF with extended features has been used. Privacy issues anyone? Otherwise, it means they are lying and just guessing in order to maximize their licensing profits, but we know that no respectable professional company would ever lie to their customers...

2. is it a license violation to use non-Adobe software to create a PDF which enables Acrobat Reader (versions 8+) to save PDF form data locally? Basically, you would write into the PDF datastream a special tag that allows Acrobat Reader to use its already-built-in-functions. If so, does this violate the license, since the PDF format is an ISO open standard? http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1141

3. can someone please point out PDF *creation* software (not just a simple print driver) that enables extended reader features ("UR3" tag, look it up) to allow us to replace Acrobat Pro? After a long search we have yet to find any product that creates a PDF which enables Acrobat Reader to save form data to a local user drive.

We wonder how many other companies, government agencies, small businesses, etc, have been affected by this in the last couple of years and simply paid whatever they were told to pay. Let this be fair warning to everyone!

Submission + - Judge Halts Flu Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers (wcbstv.com)

Erythros writes: A state Supreme Court judge issued a restraining order Friday against the state from enforcing the controversial mandatory vaccination. This came as a suit from a Nurses union argued that state Health Commissioner Richard Daines overstepped his authority. Oddly enough the state is claiming it has reversed it's stance due to a limited supply of the vaccine. Interestingly enough just yesterday the possible money trail was discovered as news sources revealed the health commissioner's wife Linda Daines, works for Goldman Sachs where the performance of companies in their portfolio might have something to do with this hasty decision to require annual mass vaccinations.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: T-Mobile VoIP and the DoD

ichthus writes: I've been a happy user of the T-Mobile @Home phone service for about nine months. Recently, though, I checked the "Advanced Routing" table on my Linksys WRTU54G-TM (the VoIP router used for this service) and noticed something odd. There was a gateway entry for 7.2.237.105. The reverse DNS points to the DoD Network Information Center in Columbus, OH. As I've watched the routing table, this address has changed to different IPs, but they always resolve to the DoD NIC.

I posted a question to T-Mobile's forum for @Home and, so far, have had three other users confirm the same behavior. T-Mobile has yet to respond, though.

Firstly, I acknowledge that this could be something benign. I don't want to sensationalize this. What I'm really after in submitting this are possible explanations for why my VoIP router appears to be talking to the US Department of Defense. Are there any other Slashdot readers with @Home that want to chime in? Are there any DISANET or T-Mobile people who can shed some light on this?

The linked post to T-Mobile's forum provides an explanation of where to find this routing table in the router's web interface.

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