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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

CensorshipDonkey Re:Better Idea (94 comments)

There are a lot of research labs in more out of the way locations. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for example, isn't exactly close to any fun cities. It's in the Knoxville area, but separate, and Knoxville isn't exactly a great draw.

about 6 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

CensorshipDonkey Re:If you're concerned... (351 comments)

That is a remarkably well thought out answer and it's nice to not see a one-size-fits-all approach. Thank you!

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

CensorshipDonkey Re:Cant be worse (351 comments)

Wow, thank you. That matches pretty well my own understanding, and it's nice to see a good familiarity of the counter arguments (eg Chicago school and Austrian).

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

CensorshipDonkey Re:Cant be worse (351 comments)

If you want inflation protected 100% guarranteed savings, buy the inflation protected T-bonds. I maintain my savings in mutual fund and stock accounts, with only enough liquid assets for a 3 month long emergency fund. I have a mortgage, my wife has student and car loans. We are middle class with a normal amount of debt. Inflation decreases the size of our debt over time, while having no impact on salary or savings. So considering a typical inflation that's 5%, or more normally way less, what's the problem again?

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

CensorshipDonkey Re:I'm probably going to regret this post (351 comments)

What the hell do you expect the US government to do with the currency that's "evil"? Small amounts of inflation are desirable from a citizen standpoint and from an economic growth standpoint, not just from a deficit spending standpoint.

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

CensorshipDonkey Re:Cant be worse (351 comments)

I don't know why this is considered controversial. Small amounts of inflation can actually be desirable. What other "manipulations" are people ACTUALLY worried about the US government doing?

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

CensorshipDonkey Re:If you're concerned... (351 comments)

I don't really understand what the problem with quantitative easing is. Inflation is running at record low levels, and beyond that inflation in the 2-5% regime can actually be desirable for us.

about 8 months ago
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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

CensorshipDonkey Re:Concentrations (216 comments)

Your math is idiotically incorrect. 0.18 parts per trillion = 0.00018 parts per billion. 0.18 parts per trillion * 7000 = 400 parts per billion, or 0.4 parts per million.

about 9 months ago
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AirPlay Alternative Mirrors and Streams To TVs and PCs

CensorshipDonkey Re: Video latency (62 comments)

Holy shit, how did I not know about Miracast already?

about 9 months ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

CensorshipDonkey Re:He's right - Android is eating iOS's lunch (692 comments)

Coolness has been less of a factor for a while. The iPad was far and away an excellent piece of hardware. It was the first time I started to think we could really use the "third device", instead of thinking that the three-device paradigm was a corporate marketing scheme. There is a lot to be said for well executed tables for content consumption (different than those for productivity). The iPad was fantastic, and its hardware and OS excellence is what opened the consumer market. Advertising and coolness got more attention, but the product itself closed the deal. If they can continue to make the best hardware around, they have a sound business strategy.

about a year ago
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Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality

CensorshipDonkey Re:Do Away With This Disease? (209 comments)

I'm sorry, but this is a sick attitude. We have the resources to keep these people alive, any person saved from suffering and death is a success story - full stop.

about a year ago
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Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality

CensorshipDonkey Re:Mosquitos are food. (209 comments)

I don't know about you, but here in North Carolina we still have a shit-ton of mosquitoes.

about a year ago
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Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality

CensorshipDonkey Re:Do Away With This Disease? (209 comments)

It's nice to see a voice of reason in a sea of people who just can't wait to point out all the ways this won't work. Everyone successfully vaccinated is a success story, this isn't a binary effort.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

CensorshipDonkey Re:Surprise (173 comments)

I want to second f.lux. This program is AWESOME. During the day it reduces eye strain from 6-8 hrs of monitor use by just softening the display, and at night I find it a lot easier to fall asleep after exposure to the warm tint and suppressed blues.

about a year ago
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Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard Switches Compared

CensorshipDonkey Re:I bought one (223 comments)

I found this very interesting. I work on a Model M at work, and a Das Keyboard with the Cherry MX Brown switches at home. I was always a little disappointed in the Cherry switches, they feel slightly "gritty" or not as snappy, as the author of this article found as well. My next keyboard is likely to come from Unicomp now that you pointed it out!

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

CensorshipDonkey Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (556 comments)

Somewhat wrong. Research and development (R&D) is a relatively small part of the budgets of the big drug companies.

If this is actually true, I'd like to see some figures or at least a link.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs, Before the iPad, On Why Tablets Suck

CensorshipDonkey Re:Then again... (279 comments)

When my laptop's videocard died, I was able to replace it myself for $80, which is a hell of a lot cheaper than a new, decent laptop meant for serious work.

about 3 years ago
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US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

CensorshipDonkey Ironic ... (580 comments)

Does anyone find it ironic that the problem was caused when a giant, nuclear electricity plant was damaged by a lack of electricity?

more than 3 years ago
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US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

CensorshipDonkey Re:Fukushima Accidend NOT an error, It is a CRIME (580 comments)

I guess after the Indian Ocean tsunami of '04 they should have considered the possibility...

They did consider the possibility. It was built to withstand a 5.3 meter tsunami, which would have been of record size. Instead, less than half an hour after successfully dealing with the worst earthquake in history, they were hit with a 10 meter tsunami. This knocked out the diesel power to the cooling systems, but backup batteries actually kept it going safely for another 10 hours.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

CensorshipDonkey Re:Keep up or shut up (785 comments)

It sounds like the young hire knew something the older professional didn't know, so even if the older person was "intellectually curious", they no longer had the desired qualifications and skills. It sucks, but it's also the case.

more than 2 years ago

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