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Comment Re:Banning children of uneducated parent from scho (Score 1) 281

My vaccination card (which I do still have for some reason) lists the vaccinations separately while my son's lists a single MMR entry, and I do remember getting separate shots for my booster. As for why I didn't get the combined shot, it might have been a local government thing (vaccination schedules vary widely between counties/states/countries) or a cost thing (new drugs are typically more expensive than old ones). But they *were* administered on the same day...

I agree that "pulled from the market" is overstating things - it was just supply and demand.

Comment Re:Mercury free (Score 1) 281

The only credible research I've seen showed a possible connection to intestinal bacteria getting out of control after vaccination in some young children, with the advice to simply spread the initial two dozen or so recommended vaccinations over a slightly longer period of time (I think it was 48 months), with prioritization given to highly infectious and deadly diseases (e.g. meningitis).

There are also a bunch of "non-medical" ingredients in some manufacturer's vaccines that are prescription drugs (statins, etc.) used to "bootstrap" the vaccines but that are not approved for use in children otherwise. Some localities do enforce requirements on such ingredients in children's vaccines while others don't... I'm not aware of any specific research into the side-effects of such ingredients, but (as an example) our son's pediatrician avoided given vaccines containing unapproved ingredients to children out of simple caution.

Ultimately I think the biggest problem is that both "sides" are demonizing the other, with "pro vaccine" people calling anyone who has questions or fears about vaccines an idiot, dangerous, etc. and governments providing a liability shield to vaccine manufacturers and forcing parents to give their children more and more vaccines on an accelerated schedule, often with little or no notice. As an example, we were told our son's vaccinations were up to date at the beginning of the last school year only to be told 8 months later he needed another vaccination or he would not be allowed to continue going to school. Getting a notice from the government saying "do this or else" is hardly a way to build a trusting relationship. And experts not talking openly and freely with those that have concerns forces those with concerns to talk with the "alternate experts" that are willing to fill their heads with their agenda.

Comment Re:Banning children of uneducated parent from scho (Score 1) 281

The first measles vaccine (according to http://www.historyofvaccines.o...) came in 1960, followed by the mumps and rubella vaccines later in the sixties, and then the first combination MMR vaccine in 1971....

I'm not sure where this page gets its information from, but I know for a fact (from my immunization records) that I was given three separate shots (administered the same day, mind you, but not a single shot containing a combination of the three vaccines) as a child, both for my initial vaccination (1973) and the subsequent boosters (1982). My son (now 8) got the combination MMR vaccine since they no longer manufacture the separate ones.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 310

It's always funny when I hear people complain about the small screen size, but in the same breath complain that they can't text one-handed...

I for one plan on getting my wife a new 4", assuming that is what Apple comes out with. Ever since she upgraded to the 6 she has regretted the larger size simply because it hurts her hand trying to use it one-handed. There's a reason why all of the marketing for the larger phones, including the iPhone 6 series, shows everyone using the phone two-handed... Personally I think Apple will see a surge in 4" purchases/upgrades if they have a version with the same specs/capacities as their larger phones.

Comment Re:Payroll (Score 2) 140


This is for introducing high school students to programming and basic logic. Remember that most of these kids will probably not become programmers but they might be doing reports and/or spreadsheets which can take advantage of basic programming and logic. Start simple (one step beyond "Hello, world"), then move on to more interesting stuff once they have mastered the basics, otherwise they will not understand or be able to adapt the exercises to new projects.

(and let's not forget that a LOT of programmers do web sites and databases, which are not far removed from COBOL and batch jobs from days past...)

Comment Payroll (Score 1) 140

Right a program that calculates gross pay, federal, state social security, and Medicare deductions, and net pay. Extra credit for handling exemptions and filing status. Teaches basic logic for the tax tables, how the tax system works (good life skill), and how to take input and produce output. Can be done in any language, too...

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 246

No more, they made the change earlier this year (I think at the last WWDC) and also combined the different developer programs so you don't need to pay a separate iOS and Mac developer (distribution) fee. So now you can just download the free Xcode software and compile and install to your own devices/computers without paying a penny to Apple.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 4, Informative) 246

Um, Xcode is free.

The only thing you pay for is the $99 to distribute applications (through the App Stores or within your organization) - writing and installing your own applications to your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, etc. are all free.

The issue here appears to be limited to developers that are downloading Xcode from unofficial sources which allows their code to become infected.

Comment Re: Not the best summary... (Score 1) 195

My son got his first vaccinations at 1 month... By the time he was 2 years old he had over a dozen... We *did* choose to stretch out the vaccination schedule a bit (to avoid giving 4 vaccinations at once, etc.) and we've been very careful to screen which drug company's vaccines we use as many contain "non-medical' ingredients that are actually drugs (below the minimum dosage for adults) that are not otherwise approved for use in children.

Sadly, drug companies are not liable for adverse reactions to vaccines (you pay a small fee for every dosage to fund a government-backed plan instead), and (to the lay person at least) it seems like a lot of new vaccines are getting rushed out and pushed on the population at large without regard to the risk/reward or efficacy of the vaccine - I'm thinking particularly of the often-required chicken pox vaccine that is widely marketed as preventing shingles later in life, but which the drug company explicitly disclaims prevention of both chicken pox and shingles (on the drug info sheet we got from the doctor after she gave the vaccine to our son).

IMHO, the government, drug companies, and doctors have all done a really bad job of educating the public - clearly forcing people to vaccinate their children against everything without regard to safety or personal concerns, and telling parents that have concerns that they are stupid and that they will call child services if they don't give their child a particular vaccination, is not the right approach.

Comment Re:Outrageous pricing model. (Score 3, Informative) 97

I know for the (originally print-only) technical books I published through "traditional" means, I get less than half of the royalty per copy that I get for a print book, even though the electronic copy is priced the same as the print copy. The way this was explained to me (~15 years ago) was that the publisher would not be able to charge as much for the electronic copy (!), but that is BS because the royalty is a % of the gross book cost and not a % of the sale price, and there is no manufacturing cost to speak of for electronic books (just the initial cost of editing/promoting the book.)

Publishers also hold back thousands of dollars in royalties to cover returns, even for electronic books and even long after the book has gone out of print...

Needless to say, I don't use traditional publishers anymore - even with lower numbers of sales, I've made more on my two self-published books than on the three books I did before that. Not enough to live on (I don't write books for a living) but enough to justify the time spent...

Comment Re:Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 830

Regular construction lumber is cut to size (2x4, 2x6, etc.) and then dried which removed substantial amounts of moisture, resulting in the (typical) 1.75 x 3.5" dimensions for a 2x4. What your father gets from the Amish is called "green wood" and has not been dried - over time it will dry out naturally and be the "expected" dimensions.

Dimensional lumber has exact dimensions (e.g. a 2x4 is actually 2" x 4") and is either cut to size after drying or cut large before drying so that the dried size is correct.

And then there are the "manufactured wood products" (plywood, hardboard, chipboard, MDF, project panels, etc.) which are sold using actual dimensions vs. pre-drying dimensions.

Comment Re:OpenSSL support dropped... (Score 1) 178

Thanks, I read through it - some definite inaccuracies but the summary for the LWN article doesn't match what is actually said in the article... :/ I may post something on about why we chose GNU TLS over OpenSSL, just to clear things up...

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