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Comment Re:Oh dear. (Score 1) 178

Polio was not wiped out by enhanced sanitary conditions. People who weren't alive at the time (me included) have no idea how relieved our nation was by the development of the vaccine. Both my mother and mother-in-law cannot swim to this day as a result of the polio epidemic. Slashdotters should like that Salk was open source: "Who owns this patent? No one. Could you patent the sun?" -- Salk

But what's worse than the armchair biologist arguing against vaccines? Vaccines only work when a certain number of the population stays vaccinated. It's the reason why here in Pennsylvania, it was never a threat that the amish community didn't vaccinate. But now with people arguing against them because they "know better," a portion of the non-amish community is refusing to vaccinate.

Why should i care? Because vaccination is not about saving one person, ten people, etc. Vaccination is for preventing an outbreak, which if one occurred, could contain a mutated form of the disease which could kill those who ARE vaccinated. Think in terms of second hand smoke, and you'll understand why this outrages me.

The fraudulent link between autism and vaccination is null and void, retracted by the medical community and the paper that published it. But my kids are in danger, still, as a result of people getting spooked by the vaccination boogie man.


Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You 458

It will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever talked to my grandpa, but a recent study has shown that standing up to a bully is good for you. Although being bullied can be stressful and lead to depression, children who returned hostility were found more likely to develop healthy social and emotional skills. From the article: "In a study of American children aged 11 and 12, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared those who stood up to aggressors with those who did not. Children who returned hostility with hostility appeared to be the most mature, the researchers found. Boys who stood up to bullies and schoolyard enemies were judged more socially competent by their teachers. Girls who did the same were more popular and more admired by teachers and peers, the researchers found."

Justice Not As Blind As Previously Thought 256

NotSoHeavyD3 writes "I doubt this is much of a surprise but apparently Cornell University did a study that seems to show you're more likely to get convicted if you're ugly. From the article: 'According to a Cornell University study, unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. And the unattractive also get slapped with harsher sentences — an average of 22 months longer in prison.'"
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Submission + - "Oops!" Those dumb mistakes we've all mad 9

theotherbastard writes: I've recently made the step up from Desktop Support to Systems Administration and in my first month on the job I made a change to a server that knocked one of our customer call centers offline for nearly 4 hours. It was the simple mistake of changing the duplex settings on 2 NIC's on 1 server. Needless to say I've learned my lesson on when and how to make even the smallest change to our sensitive systems. Another thing I've learned is that everyone on my team has a story about their first days supporting servers and the disastrous mistakes they've made. I'm curious what stories some fellow /.er's have.

Submission + - Active glacier found on Mars ( 1

FireFury03 writes: "The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has spotted an icy feature which appears to be a young active glacier. Dr Gerhard Neukum (what a cool name :), chief scientist on the spacecraft's High Resolution Stereo Camera said "We have not yet been able to see the spectral signature of water. But we will fly over it in the coming months and take measurements. On the glacial ridges we can see white tips, which can only be freshly exposed ice". Estimates place the glacier at 10,000 — 100,000 years old."

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