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Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 597

The concern is valid, but in developed countries where exposure to wild polio is extremely unlikely, the currently preferred vaccine is an inactivated form that cannot itself cause polio.

In regions where it is endemic, the live oral vaccine is used. It has the advantages of being very cheap and since no injection is needed it is probably safer to use in places where sterile conditions are unlikely. In those areas, it is still safer than risking wild polio. The fact that recipients actually shed weakened polio for days may be an advantage rather than a risk.

But yeah, for the sake of discussion, smallpox is a less complex example than polio.

Comment Re:Lesson (Score 1) 64

It's a little more complicated. First, separating parent and child is an intrinsic harm in and of itself, so you need to be damned certain the parents are harming the child. In this case, the child was already under a physician's care. It's not as if the parents were giving her black market medical treatments. Neither group of doctors claimed that there was nothing wrong with her or that the parents were actively giving her something to make her sick, they just disagreed on the diagnosis.

Essentially the parents were "abusive" because they believed the doctors at Tufts rather than the doctors at Boston Children's.

Submission + - 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois (

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan: “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Submission + - Would redundancy and really long TTL have countered a lot of DDOS effects? ( 1

marmot7 writes: My primary takeaways from this article was that it's important to have redundancy (additional NS's) and that it's important to have a very long TTL when you're not actively updating something. Would the measures in this article have at least limited the damage of these attacks? The long TTL change alone would have made the cache likely covered the entire attack, right?

Submission + - Spare the Screen Time, Spoil the Child?

theodp writes: For years, the conventional wisdom has been that too much screen time is bad for kids. Indeed, the Obamas famously limited their 11- and 14-year-old daughters' use of technology to weekends, and banned watching TV on weekdays. But now, Engadget reports, new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics studies suggest we were wrong about limiting children's screen time. So, with new Google-Gallup research suggesting that students deprived of daily use of a computer at home are placed at a disadvantage when it comes to learning CS, could it be that the President's well-intentioned screen time limits contributed to his daughters' failure to take to coding in the way he'd like? Might he have been better off to emulate the Onion's 'Craig Georges' ("I've never once considered monitoring my child’s screen time. I guess I’m a better parent than I realized.")?

Comment Re: The three debates (Score 1, Insightful) 177

It's not about the face in the camera, it's about the entourage of political appointees who are going to get choice postings after the election. Who has a better string of lackeys following them?

My assessment is that Clinton's lackeys are more experienced and will lead to a smoother transition from Obama's... Trump will be putting in a lot of people who have absolutely no idea what they are doing, in over their heads, and a few who shake things up for the better - on balance, risky and unlikely to lead to a better outcome overall.

Neither of them are humans, at least not of the 99.9% variety. Attempting to judge them as such is a waste of time.

Comment Re:I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 1) 190

Or, you know, vet the vendors your are buying from before doing that patented "one click to buy and ship."

Amazon (as the name implies) has a wide variety of vendors - if you're getting Disney DVDs for $4 a piece from Hong Kong Joe, it doesn't take too much insight to predict that they're going to be rips. Might take a little more sophistication for cable selection, and in the Apple space, there may just not be good 3rd party cables out there.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 3, Interesting) 190

Except, I got an iPad one, direct from Apple, sealed in the box. Used it for a few years and the (genuine, came in the box from Apple) charger cable had a strain relief failure. Took it to the Apple store to buy a replacement and had the "Genius" on duty harrangue me incessantly about how my cable was a shoddy knockoff and can you see the difference in how the genuine ones are made? Yeah, I see that Apple had really crappy strain relief on their charging cables, whether iPhone, iPad, or MacBookPro mag-lock, they were all crap from 2006 to (at least) 2010. "Genius" can go F himself and his attitude - as can the company that sold a $700 bullet-proof tablet and then proceeded to disable it through OS updates so that within 4 years it was completely worthless, and then they were selling $700 tablets that cracked and broke easier and easier with each passing generation.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 597

They won't change their minds. You see, they sincerely believe the vaccine will do more harm than good. Even if they DO get polio, they'll still be glad that they didn't compound it by getting the vaccine as well. Yes, I do see the logical flaw there, that's why I'm glad to have had my vaccinations.

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