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Comment Re:It can be fine... (Score 2) 480

When PC's started coming out without serial ports, I remember the exact same gnashing of teeth, and wailing that this was a technology that HAD to be present on all PCS because of it's idiot-proof design and the fact that EVERYONE needed it for one thing or another. MY GOD PEOPLE, CIVILIZATION WOULD FALL WITHOUT INTERNAL SERIAL PORTS!!!

Fast forward to today: Yeah, I have a USB-serial cable in my bag which I use regularly but I'm the vanishingly small exception and almost nobody cares. This panty knotting party will blow over and be forgotten in a few years as well.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 252

It's fact, not propaganda that "Raw milk causes more than half of all milk-related foodborne illnesses in the United States, even though only about 3.5 percent of Americans drink raw milk". Your grand conspiracy doesn't involve just the FDA, but instead a multitude of research institutes, like Johns Hopkins, whose scientific findings, across the board, shows significant dangers from drinking raw milk: - http://www.webmd.com/food-reci... [webmd.com]

I suggest you Google about webmd and their funding (big pharma) and propaganda (promotions from grants). WebMD is paid by the FDA, which receives its funding from big pharma and, yes, the corporate farming lobby. So by posting propaganda from WebMD, you're supporting MY argument, not your own.

The article you linked was not a study, did not link to any study. It was a (poorly done) article about a report prepared for politicians (who, of course, have an agenda). There is no link to the report, no reference to the "81 studies" that the "researchers" selected to support their position (a conclusion that they were paid to support). No science there at all.

All the actual peer-reviewed articles you posted referred to raw-milk cheese, and mostly specific anecdotes of specific outbreaks, and primarily outside the US. So, pretty irrelevant, especially considering that any process where you INTENTIONALLY GROW BACTERIA can certainly go wrong in many ways.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 252

I have drank raw milk since 2011, and it has kept me strong and healthy.

OK. You don't know that. I appreciate your fetish for fucked up smelling gloopy milk, which of course you're welcome to - but that's the bit that you seriously do not know.

You should try it some time. If you're used to the watery, ultra pasteurized, hormone-laden milk from factory cows caged and injected with chemicals and bacteria, you may not know what milk is really supposed to taste like. It's really very delicious, smells wonderful, and is actually creamy, not gloopy.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 252

There's absolutely no evidence for that. In fact incidents of food-borne illness are significantly higher for practitioners of the new-age "raw milk" psycho-babble.

Thanks for repeating our propaganda. We'd send you a check for your support, but we sent all our money to the FDA and the former FDA administrators that now have positions on our board.

--- Signed, The Corporate Dairy Council

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 252

That's right. Raw, or unpasteurized milk, is much better. It builds a strong healthy body.

I drank it for a year or two, as a member of a "cow share" cooperative. I didn't re-up the last time, so I don't drink it any more.

The next best thing is the pasture-fed "organic" (hormone free) milk from the grocery store. Interestingly, that stuff normally comes "Ultrapasturized", and the shelf life on it is at least 4-5 weeks. So I'm not sure what advantage this process brings.

Comment Re:QL'EB? (Score 1) 409

EVERY device sold is carrier locked

That shouldn't be a problem so long as the SIM cards are from the same carrier. Moreover, I know that statement isn't true universally because I bought my own phone with no carrier lock (a Nexus 5 purchased directly from Google). There may be markets where it's impossible to buy unlocked phones, in which case your only realistic option is to move somewhere less oppressive.

Especially if you want to be able to use a phone number as well which doesn't change with each SIM swap.

That is a bigger problem. I'm not sure whether the dual-SIM phones are capable of using both SIM cards at once, one for voice and one for data. If not, the only option would be to get some mobile WiFi hotspots and use those instead of mobile data. While not exactly cheap, they would more than pay for themselves in avoided overage charges within the first month.

Comment Re:QL'EB? (Score 1) 409

Where I live the absolute largest data plan you can even buy is 40GB and that costs $150/mo.

Can you switch SIM cards easily? If so, just buy the 40GB plan for three different SIMs and switch cards when you get close to the limit. That would give you 120GB for $450/mo.

For that matter, even using three separate devices would be cheaper than paying those overage fees. You could make two of them dedicated WiFi hotspots to avoid paying for extra voice packages.

Comment Re:There's an excellent reason for that. (Score 1) 92

We all agreed to the law

We certainly did not all agree to the law. I'm one of those who never agreed to it; I'm certain there are plenty more.

or at least, in theory a majority of us enacted this law

Closer, but still not accurate. There was no popular vote on this specific issue, and no expression of active support by a majority of the population.

Now, we have the DMCA - a law we must collectively have agreed to, as it is no long merely a bill but a law.

Only if by "must collectively have agreed to" you actually mean "supported by a majority of voting representatives, selected in many cases by a plurality (not majority) of voters in their districts on the basis of a variety of issues having nothing to do with the DMCA".

The public never agreed to this law. The public was never consulted. Our role in the process was merely a lack of active resistence to a law introduced by and supported by a vocal minority of copyright maximalists, back at a time when this seemed like a niche issue of little concern to the average person—before computers (and DRM) had invaded every aspect of everyday life.

If you put copyright—the whole system—up to a straightforward single-issue popular referendum right now, there is a decent chance that it would be repealed, or at least severely curtailed. For the DMCA in particular that probability goes from "likely" to "almost certainly". A significant portion of many politician's jobs (from their employers in the pro-copyright lobby, not their nominal constituents) comes down to making sure the issue is never put before the public in such simple terms.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 336

Sure - if Greece had actually collected the taxes due, rather than just saying "meh" and relying on debt, they'd be in a better situation than they are now.

You could say the same for reducing spending, rather than collecting more taxes. The problem was going into debt.

If they had raised the taxes it would have required a corresponding reduction in private spending. There is little evidence for (and plenty of economics against) the idea that it would have been better to spend this money on the public programs selected by the government rather than what the citizens chose to spend their money on voluntarily, or would have chosen to spend it on had those programs not existed.

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