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Comment Re:Misinformation? (Score 1) 493

Actually, it's two jabs, but the point remains valid.

Also, never having chickenpox means you won't develop shingles later in life.

I never got chickenpox as a child. My doctor at the time even had me tested, thinking I had gotten it so mildly that nobody noticed. My brother was in the same boat. We both got vaccinated as adults (I was in my early/mid 20's at the time). I thought about the whole shingles thing, but decided the risk of getting chicken pox as an adult was high enough that I wanted the protection. It was my sister-in-law's pregnancy that led to me getting vaccinated since I figured the child could be an additional vector for me (and I was frequently travelling overseas at the time, so that added to the risk). I don't regret it. They also have a shingles vaccine these days, so I'll probably make sure to get that at some point.

Comment Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (Score 2) 348

Let's not forget that what most people dislike (or hate) about the U.S. government is something outside the intentions it was founded upon. It wasn't supposed to become a rich man's club running at the behest of other rich people.

I'll agree with that. I still don't think "abolish the government" is the answer, though. Right now the American people are getting exactly the government they "want". They complain (and rightly so), but they also keep voting for the same people who are following the will of their corporate overlords, and without the corporate overlords money, they won't be able to run the ads to convince people (who get 99% of their news from commercials) to vote for them. I'm not sure how we orchestrate such a change, and nobody has been able to do it so far (though that would be an interesting discussion to have).

Comment Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (Score 1) 348

Because the only people who claim that have "harming the US" as a goal.

I don't think anyone should have harming the American people , as a goal, at all. The complete abolition of the American government , on the other hand, is a goal which I think is overwhelmingly in the interests of humanity as an entire species, and in seeking such, the American people themselves should be leading the charge.

So how do you imagine we "abolish the US government" without harming the people? It's easy to point out the "bad", "evil", (and the favorite of the anarchist/libertarian sort) "facist" things the US governemnt does while ignoring the massive good it has done. Of course, if looking through a very narrow lens helps suport your cause, I guess you're free to do that, and somehow get positive mod points for it. Guess you brought friends, eh? Just remember, the evil government is what is allowing you to post negatively about it. Try the same in any of many more oppressive countries out there.

Comment less choice? (Score 3, Interesting) 286

How could consumers possibly face "less choice" than they do now?! I moved about three months ago and my ONLY choice for wired internet (and cable, for that matter) is Comcast. For two and a half of those months, I had no service and was fighting with Comcast. It sure would have been nice if there WERE another choice. It's also not like I'm living in the middle of nowhere - this is in the DC Metro! This is not a rare thing, at all. Where I moved from I at least had two choices (AT&T and a local Cable / internet company), but that's still not much choice.

Regulation can only help at this point, because it will give consumers a leg to stand on when dealing with these people. I suggest anyone who thinks we DON'T need regulation should try dealing with Comcast customer support for a month, then get back to me.

Comment Re:Life or death (Score 1) 765

Oh yes, because violent crime is something I worry about on a daily basis. I know zero people in my family that have been victims of violent crime. ZERO. I have not been the victim of violent crime, and I have spent many a day and night in Detroit (concerts, bar visits, driving through, etc) which is a city known for it's crime (though I feel like it's overblown quite a bit unless you're counting gun nuts who shoot strangers for being on their front porch).

People who feel the need to carry a gun at all times to "protect themselves" need a few lessons in risk management and statistics. I'm certain if you live in the U.S., you don't have any sort of tiger-attack insurance, nor do you take medication to keep you from getting malaria, because those are simply not things you need to protect yourself from. The chances of either of those things happening in the US are so small as to be something you don't need to worry about. The same goes for violent crime. Pick your friends well, don't hang out in high-crime areas waving around wads of cash, and don't go into ethnic neighborhoods different from yours and scream racial slurs and I think you'll be fine.

Comment Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 1) 287


I don't have a degree ("some college" only), and I've done well as a Linux admin. I've worked for large tech companies, automotive suppliers, market research firms, a state university, and I'm now back to a private firm that focuses on I.T. security. The only times no degree has ever been an "issue" has been when applying for a job at an Ivy League school (who wanted a degree for the senior position but would still hire a non-degreed person for a non-senior position - I passed), and for a large trading company that I think I'm glad I don't work for. I recently changed jobs and I was given a solid salary for the metro area I moved to, and they gave me relocation money (and this isn't even some crazy vally tech firm).

At a previous job, the I.T. Director had no degree and did a good job. There are plenty of people without degrees in higher-level positions than helpdesk or tier one support.

Comment Their poor offspring (Score 3, Insightful) 392

While you would clearly be getting volunteers for the start of this task, there is an ethical dillema as far as future generations. Just because parents / grandparents / great-grandparents were totally OK living their entire lives in what would be a fairly finite space, it doesn't mean some members of a future generation wouldn't consider it torture. I guess it might be hard for me to see things from their eyes since they would be born into it, but I'm thinking that after I got to learn some history and see some videos / pictures of Earth, I'd be pretty unhappy stuck on a spaceship forever. I wonder how many would refuse to breed and do the same to their offspring (which would screw up the "diversity", or decide to turn back, or just go stark-raving-mad and murder someone or everyone (destroy the ship), and then your genetic diversity is REALLY screwed.

Comment Re:Or Gatorade (Score 1) 635

There are still needless calories in Gatorade. Less than your typical non-diet soda, but far more than water. It can be a rough switch at first so some of those extremely low calorie water flavor items (be them powder or liquid) can be a good alternative to plain water.

Comment Didn't want me (Score 1) 525

Way back in high school the army recruiter spotted me working in the computer lab and tried to talk me into joining up. He told me the toughest it ever got for the computer techs was working shifts and sleeping on a cot in a hallway, and even that was rare. THEN he found out I had asthma and told me I wouldn't make it through basic, and even if they re-instated the draft I wouldn't be going anywhere. I'm fairly certain I wouldn't have joined, anyhow. Just not the type of life I was looking for.


Possible Treatment For Ebola 157

RedEaredSlider writes "Researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found a class of drugs that could provide treatment for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever. The new drugs are called 'antisense' compounds, and they allow the immune system to attack the viruses before they can do enough damage to kill the patient. Travis Warren, research scientist at USAMRIID, said while the work is still preliminary -— the drugs have been tested only on primates — the results are so far promising. In the case of Ebola, five of eight monkeys infected with the virus lived, and with Marburg, all survived. The drugs were developed as part of a program to deal with possible bioterrorist threats, in partnership with AVI Biopharma."
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Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"

Police Investigating Virtual Furniture Theft 103

krou writes "Finnish police are involved in the investigation of up to 400 cases of theft from virtual world Habbo Hotel, with some users reporting the loss of up to €1000 of virtual furniture and other items. Users were targeted using a phishing scam that used fake webpages to capture usernames and passwords. There is no mention as to whether or not the thieves made off with the bath towels, gowns, shampoo bottles, and soaps."

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