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Comment Re:Mandating Vaccination is Tyranny (Score 2) 499

And your opinion on when a vaccine is safe or not is different from all the other anti-vaxxers because....? I mean, it may the the case that you're right in any particular case, but that's what we're talking about here -- people who agree that X is true in general but in THIS case they KNOW they're right about Y.

But isn't that partially his point? You and I may differ. The government may differ. They may get it wrong. They may get paid by vaccine companies (what? corruption and money changing hands? impossible :) ).

Considering all that, isn't it rather tyrannical, to use the OP's term, to have the government mandate vaccinations? To force you and your family to take a specific medical treatment even if you disagree or even question whether it's safe?

Like the parent, I'm not anti-vaccine, either. But I am definitely against mandating vaccinations. That is a significant intrusion on my personal freedom, my role as a parent, and my kids' freedoms... and not like, freedom to visit other countries... we're talking about freedom to not have a medical procedure done.

If it was decided that because circumcision reduces (hypothetically, obviously) STDs that all males had to be circumcised, and you had a male baby, you might be ... a little upset about it, if you thought circumcision was completely unnecessary, didn't agree with the science, etc. And it shouldn't matter if you were wrong or just hated science or whatever. I would certainly be appalled if the government forcibly circumcised my hypothetical son against my wishes. How is this much different? Is society benefitting, as a whole, really worth moving towards allowing such a powerful government mandate?

(I am talking about mandating it period, not individual companies, schools, school districts, or whatever mandating it. The point is that there needs to be the choice)

I don't have a problem with suggesting it, saying it's good, arguing in favor, producing scientific studies about it. Just not mandating it.

Comment Re:Hooray for Agile development! (Score 1) 100

The underlying code does need to be fixed, but the sort of thing needed to expose it is exactly the sort of thing you wouldn't expect to run across, and therefore probably wouldn't think to test against.

If your software testers aren't testing the cases people don't *normally* think to test against, then you should replace them with random non-software-tester users who will accidentally test those cases. ;)

In other words, software testers are *supposed* to test the things you wouldn't normally think to test, at least in part of a test cycle, somewhere...

Comment Re:At least he still has a sense of humor (Score 1) 206

Many very, very sad people can have senses of humor. I'm not saying Snowden is depressed or whatever, but ... I have read/heard about the apparent significant rates of depression when it comes to comedians. Funny != happy. I'm not depressed, either, but I know I can be quite funny even if I'm hurting. Partially, it's a way to hide the hurt/pain from others.

(again, I have *no* idea about Snowden. Just commenting on the idea of being sad being mutually exclusive with being humorous. :) )

Comment Re:as a linux user, i can explain. (Score 1) 165

So even within Linux distros, there's differences in how much they do without you "knowing." This was my point. :)

I haven't actually setup Gentoo... I played with Sabayon at one time, but that's a just a Gentoo-based distro, as I recall. I don't think I had to do the whole crazy long Gentoo installation and configuration process.

But I've installed and configured a whole lot of aix, linux, solaris, hp-ux, and windows servers for work, so I'm not unfamiliar with the way *nix works. :)

Comment Re:as a linux user, i can explain. (Score 1) 165

when he accepted the defaults in good faith

Exactly. So, the issue here isn't so much what MS is doing, but not being more up front about it. In other words - documentation and probably some better decisions (heh). But the OP said that malware was a program doing anything that he didn't *tell* it to do. Telling something to do something is active; accepting defaults is fairly passive, I would argue.

Maybe it's a nitpick, but I see it as a pretty big one. Linux distros do a lot of things that I didn't actually ask them to do. It just so happens that they do a lot less without me knowing than Windows or OS X.

Here's a good example: what does a given Linux distro do when you plug in a USB drive? I'm not sure. :) Most seem to prompt for what to do. As does Windows. Some may open the folder automatically. Some don't even mount it automatically. Offhand, I can't remember what the distro that I use most at work (RHEL) does.

Comment Re:as a linux user, i can explain. (Score 2) 165

So, you specifically told every single Linux program what to do? You actually told gdm to start? You told your web browser to cache data? You told vi to automatically make backup files?

I get your primary point. But the way you put it may be a little bit simplistic for a complex system. My Linux boxes do a lot of things that I didn't actually tell it to do. Cron runs, and I didn't tell it to. I know it does it, but I didn't TELL it to. It's default behavior. Some distros have sudo automatically setup. Some distros have ntp setup. Some automatically check (but don't install) for updates. All of that, I didn't tell it to do. Unless that also counts as malware?

Comment Re:Male teachers (Score 1) 148

Male teachers are getting more and more rare, and discrimination is the reason.

Could it also be pay? I hear teaching (well, below college level) isn't particularly lucrative. And it is still at least partially the case that males tend to be the primary breadwinner. If you are making $40k a year teaching, or you could switch to software engineering or something and make $70k ...

I'm not saying it's not disrimination, either, I'm just wondering if we can really blame it solely on those sorts of societal pressures and not on economics, too.

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