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Comment Re:Roughly science (Score 1) 499

I will agree with this under certain conditions. Are you living in Pakistan and you're considering vaccinating for polio? Yes - the risk outweighs the reward.

What about an average US household and something like the flu or chicken pox? Should something like that be forced? What if we're not talking about 'getting sick' but the vaccine causing some pretty nasty things? I'm not talking about "autism", but triggering transverse myelitis where the immune system reacts against the spinal cord?

Comment Roughly science (Score 1) 499

I get it. It's rare for a vaccine to cause physical damage. You probably don't know anyone who spent the better part of a year in the hospital battling an autoimmune issue caused from a simple flu shot. While statistically rare, these things can and do occur.

What I don't get is why it's ok for anyone to give the government free reign on deciding to forcefully inject these vaccines in a one-size fits all method. Increase what we vaccinate for, whether it's really applicable or not. All while not doing any tests prior to the shots or afterwards. If a blood test shows the first 2 shots were successful and the 3rd isn't necessary - then hey, why chance anything with an unnecessary injection?

Sometimes an argument isn't 100% for or 100% against an idea -- but somewhere in the middle.

Comment Yes. (Score 5, Informative) 961

As someone that's driven 1,000+ HP cars, worked over a decade around high performance cars ... yes.

There are some cars that have a reputation of trying to kill you, but the Carrera GT is on the far side of that spectrum. Clutch engagement range compared to a light switch and no ground clearance makes this car difficult to drive on the street.

This isn't a 911, or anything remotely streetable. Many crazy high performance cars come with very advanced stability controls and AWD for a reason.

Comment Re:What a stupid statement (Score 1) 367

The premise is a high density of lower cost systems in a data center cabinet, not 1U dell servers. The second part to the quote which was left out of the article referenced how we plan our, organize, and wire the cabinets up. We have a confidence that Apple will use the same external shape for the Mac mini for at least a few model generations. They've only changed the exterior dimensions once since it was released. So dedicating cabinets (we are up to 6 now) just for Mac minis isn't that big of a deal. When they change the design we'll adapt and be set for a few more model generations. It's proven to be a stable enough hardware platform to be able to offer a service for them.

The machines are not perfect and they are not for everyone. But they have the most bang for the buck and work out well for start ups, development, and programs that require OS X. There is obvious a demographic for it as there are thousands of the machines colocated between the various companies.

Comment Re:Thanks for your help (Score 1) 73

There are software packages out that watch files that are being touched and scan them for known matches, viruses, etc and can quarantine them. Also software that watches out for relaying of emails and scripts sending out a ton of email (spam). A decent shared hosting company already does these two things. Common practice would be to disable the malicious code if it's still there (a lot of bots upload, execute, then remove the files) or reset compromised passwords and notify customers of what's going on. Let the customers deal with their own stuff. It's way to messy to force these types of upgrades on them, with the exception of maybe known exploits - like automatically replacing outdated timthumb.php code.

Submission + - The Evolution of the Tablet PC (

Shaneco writes: "We live in explosively innovative times for tablet computing and mobile apps. But it didn't all happen overnight. Most attempts to build a tablet-like computer, going back to the '70s, were not successful. Yet every failure was a lesson learned that led us to the iPad. Here's a look back at how the modern tablet came to be."

Submission + - Android malware, FUD, and the FBI (

dgharmon writes: In any case, both programs aren't classic computer viruses. They require users to go above and beyond the call of stupidity to catch them.

With both, you typically need to open a suspicious looking email, then follow a link, and then agree, in Android's case, to download the unknown Android application package (APK). After that, you have to tell your smartphone or tablet to install it even though it's not in Google's Play Store, ignore the malware warning, and then you finally get to infect your device. In short, these malicious programs don't really infect devices. Maliciously stupid users do. Or, in the case of FinFisher, it might be your employer or your government.


Submission + - Microsoft Surface preorders for base model sell out in under 24 hours (

redkemper writes: Though the odds are against it and pricing seems questionable to some, launch-day preorders for the base model of Microsoft’s debut tablet are already sold out. As of Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after pre-sales went live at noon on Wednesday, shipping times for the stand-alone 32GB Microsoft Surface tablet slipped to “within 3 weeks.” Microsoft did state on Tuesday that preorder inventory would be limited, though it did not clarify how many tablets it would have on hand for pre-sales. As of the time of this writing, launch-day inventory of the 32GB Surface with a black Touch Cover ($599) and the 64GB Surface with a black Touch Cover ($699) was still available...
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How do you place a value on your projects as a systems engineer?

An anonymous reader writes: I am a systems engineer and this year a project I've been working on has brought in new revenues in the range of 4-5% of the company's total annual revenue. It's a project spearheaded and ran solely by myself. The revenues were never expected to amount to much from management. My role is purely technical in the company, I'm not in sales and there is no commission for my position. I know the tough reality is that I am owed nothing more than my salary and a pat on the back. After pouring many hours outside of my normal work schedule, as well as sweat and tears into this project, what should my expectations be in terms of extra compensation? What is the best way to approach the subject with management? How would you assess value to projects you knew exceeded expectations and directly affected the bottom line?

Submission + - DRM and who's a closed system

MacLeeMan writes: "So the claim is that Apple's DRM is somehow wrong because you need to buy from the iTunes store via the iTunes application (available free for Windows and Mac) and then play it on an iPod or jump through a hoop or two (supported by the free iTunes application) to get your download to play on anything other than a iPod. Why is it that I'm not hearing jack SH*% about Microsoft's DRM that forced me to run Windows Media Player under the Windows OS to even view a Microsoft DRM protected video that my daughter's school uses in her home school classes and prohibits me from doing anything other than view it? The videos on this CD/DVD are NOT VIEWABLE BY ANYTHING OTHER THAN MICROSOFT MEDIA PLAYER RUNNING UNDER MICROSOFT WINDOWS OS. So instead of "being forced to download and use a free application", I am forced to buy a license to the Windows OS and either run it on an Intel box or under emulation...for a cost of more than $100. Microsoft's recommended viewer for Mac (Flip4Mac) cannot play Microsoft DRM files. Microsoft has cancelled support for its MediaPlayer for Mac and "has no plans to support DRM on Macs" Why haven't the "champions for consumers" taken Micro$oft to task on this rape of our rights??????? If Apple is S-O-O-O Evil in it's DRM.....what the hell is Microsoft??"

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