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Comment Why? If they're so worried... (Score 1) 533

If they're so worried that their lives would be disproportionately scarred (obtaining or keeping a job, treatment of members of their families within the community).. then why not just LEGALIZE prostitution already? That way you won't have to hurt anybody's social ego, and it couldn't be used as an extortion tool as efficiently. This prompts me to believe that some familiar names are on this list...

The logic in this boggles the mind otherwise.

Comment Open Source and the "Cloud Creep" (Score 1) 460

Looking at distros like Ubuntu, and the general way general computing is becoming increasingly more focused on walled gardens and subscription-based services, it seems that there's a definite push towards cloud-based distribution and handing of data even within open source projects. In your opinion, what steps should the open source community, Linux and other open operating systems in particular, be taking to stay relevant in the face of all this drastic change?

Comment Living in the area (Score 2) 167

It's not that bad. the disease is mostly affecting people with weakened immune systems, the really young and the really old. This is not too different than the flu in that regard, except it's much more difficult to control the spread of it and it has some really nasty side effects if it goes untreated.

That said, I think treating it like a dire emergency is not the right way to go. I really don't want me or my children breathing in any chemicals unnecessarily. If any of us get sick from the virus, we'll go to our doctors that we trust or a emergency room. With all the pollution we already have on top of allergens, I really don't want to know what adding those chemicals to the mix will do, but there's a chance that it may be even less treatable than the disease.

Comment Re:Predictably... (Score 1) 538

If it was the same fixed amount of time, then essentially nothing would change. It's still a race, albeit a race in which all competitors legs are weighted. If the weights were randomly interspersed with air sacs instead of lead, then that would make the race no longer to anyone's benefit to even run.

Comment This is a troll attempt. (Score 1) 388

Disclaimer: I am biased and no longer trust Kaspersky.

They should know that computers are merely tools and that they are a tool that is poorly suited to free and democratic voting. This is a simple conclusion to come to, and something that I'd expect a well-bred security company to understand. You don't utilize a hammer to drill holes. I'm sure you could compromise in some situations, but it won't be a pleasant experience.

Comment Scociety (Score 1) 687

It's only sexist because we allow it to be. If we got rid of the social stigmas behind the human body and embraced a more open and understanding concept of what is expected of both men and women in regard to sexual scenarios then we could probably work this out to a much more beneficial outcome. Sex sells. Instead of trying to make this into something negative and arguing about how horrible it is to objectify women, we should be trying to figure out why we do it in the first place and whether or not it's really even an issue. For all we know we could be midway through an evolutionary cycle meant to naturally limit our population. Just knee-jerk labeling stuff as bad and forcing our will upon society to adopt our views could very well destroy us as a race.

Comment Re:Why would anyone ..... (Score 1) 415

We've been preaching for years that physical access is an end game situation. Nothing new, and no I do not think this will help drive the point home any more thoroughly. Leaders (of both the political and corporate variety) will go on believing themselves safe because of elaborate and seemingly secure security implementations that fail because they gave data center keys to the janitor.

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