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Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 2) 396

There's also no reason that autoinjectors could not be modified to have some of the useful properties of regular syringes. For example, if part of the case of the autoinjector were transparent, users would be able to see how much of the drug remained just as with a syringe and thereby avoid partial doses.

Comment is lack of development a problem? (Score 1) 515

Why is lack of development necessarily a problem? Lots of very useful programs have seen little development recently because they already do well what they are supposed to do. In the case of user interfaces, it is far from clear to me that development represents progress. Personally, as someone who makes heavy use of the command-line and has zero interest in copying MS Windows, I was quite happy with the window managers of a decade ago and currently have to spend time setting up a new machine to configure Gnome Classic the way I like it. Developments like Unity are just an impediment. I recognize that other users, and in particular, other types of users, have different preferences, but I see no reason to impose the type of interface that one class of user likes on everyone else.

Comment Re: We Remember things which Affect Us (Score 1) 301

While the full extent of atrocities was not known until after the war, that massive atrocities focussed on Jews were being committed was in fact known to the allies by the end of 1942. For example, the Polish government in exile submitted a report on the extermination of the Jews to the United Nations in December, 1942.

Comment Re:Disturbing. (Score 1) 106

Not true. In Japan statements that are harmful are actionable even if they are true, if they are not in the public interest. If you reveal defects in a product, for example, that's in the public interest. If you say that the CEO wets his bed, even if true, that's just gratuitously embarassing him - it doesn't have anything to do with whether people should buy the company's products, so it is actionable.

Submission + - Yet another government software failure, nominated for award

belmolis writes: The Victoria Times-Colonist reports that British Columbia spent C$182 million on a new case management system for social services, whose system was so bad that in 2012 Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Special Representative for Children and Youth, issued a public safety warning. According to a report by the Auditor General, the system only performs 1/3 of the functions of the systems it is intended to replace and fails to protect private information or monitor inappropriate usage. The defective system was nominated by its managers for the Premier's Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Civil Service.

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