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Comment Re:Abolish Software Patents (Score 3, Interesting) 104

While I generally disagree with software patents in general, using these as an example may be a poor choice. Looking at the 3 patents in question this seems more an example of how overworked the patent system as a whole is. There are numerous cases of prior art of these patents, which all seem variations on a single patent just as reissues. This is an example of patents that never should have been granted in the first place based on the prior art in place. Only someone totally out of touch would think sandboxing was a novel concept in 2009 when the original patent was issued.

Comment Re:$805M budget (Score 1) 231

Basically, Obama and the advisers he picked decided that the only way to pass a health care bill was to give the Republicans and the corporations everything they wanted. They struck a deal with the insurance companies, the drug companies, the hospitals, the doctors' organizations, etc. to give them everything they wanted

The only problem wit this line of reasoning is that the Democrats had a majority in both the House and the Senate when the ACA was passed, it is 100% theirs, they pushed it through over the objections of many Republicans. They did not need to placate the Republicans to get their cooperation, and both parties are in bed with the corporations. Sorry, this lemon is 100% on Obama and the Democrats. Not to say the Republicans would have done any different or better, just that they were not an issue in this case.

Comment Lots of free time? (Score 1) 654

I live moderately close to the city, but still it is over a mile to the nearest bus stop from my house, and around a mile from the bus stop to my place of work. So, walk 4 miles a day in horrible heat and regular rain storms during the summer, or drive which will likely take 1/3 the time or less. Hmm, such a hard choice. For inner city dwellers, public transport might make sense, but for the other 20% of people, it is a horrible choice.

Submission + - Slashdot Burying Stories About Slashdot Media Owned SourceForge (danluu.com) 1

KMSelf writes: DICE-owned Slashdot are burying stories over DICE-owned SourceForge taking over admi accounts for existing projects and injecting adware into installers.

As a Slashdotter since before logins and registrations, this is simply pathetic.

As Dan Luu writes:"I’m amazed at how quickly it’s possible to destroy user trust, and how much easier it is to destroy a brand than to create one."


Comment Re:The antivaxers will ignore this... (Score 1) 341

Since the latest studies indicate that there are 440,000 deaths per year caused by doctors screwing up. (http://www.medicalmalpracticelawyer.center/2014/05/new-study-confirms-440000-deat.html) Add to that the likely unknown millions beyond that that have serious to moderate problems that are short of death caused by medical negligence and maybe you should not trust anything a doctor says blindly.

Comment Re:Blameless Random Employees? (Score 2) 343

I am sure their password policy is one of those "You have to change your password weekly, cannot use the same password you ever used before, must contain a random assortment of letters, numbers and symbols." kind of policies that makes people write their passwords down on a note under their keyboard.

Comment Re:Too bad... (Score 1) 610

AFAIK, all the climate projections could be wrong and we could be heading for another ice age that is only being delayed by our production of green house gases. There is really no good way to be 100% sure of the projections either way. That being said, we need to reduce how much we rely on non-renewable resources, and quit pumping garbage into the atmosphere, it stinks and it makes breathing difficult. In my view, the extremists on both sides of the issue are just as stupid. It's kind of like politics, the extremes are where the morons go, the moderates are where smart people go.

Comment Re:the solution: (Score 5, Insightful) 651

And there were amendments made to the Constitution to eliminate slavery and give women the right to vote. Amendments are how the Constitution is a "Living" document. Just ignoring the parts you don't agree with is not how it is done. The right to bear arms was put in place to make sure the people never fell under the boot of the government, which means it was intended for us to have arms capable of standing up for our rights. You may be naive enough to trust the government, that does not mean others are.

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