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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Dragonslicer Re:The vessel matters (581 comments)

Is culling of the herd necessarily a bad thing for humanity in the long perspective?

You first.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Dragonslicer Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (581 comments)

I have heard, from a recently minted M.D., the opinion that "it doesn't matter if breast cancer screening causes breast cancer, because once we detect it, we can treat it." I, lacking a medical degree, am obviously not smart enough to fathom this reasoning, how we should go around breaking people because we think we know how to fix them later?

Are you trying to say that screening for breast cancer is the only possible cause of breast cancer? Even if screening increases the number of cases by 1% (to use an arbitrary percentage), but reduces the death rate by 75% (to use another arbitrary percentage), that's still a net win.

It doesn't take a medical professional to understand simple math.

2 days ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

Dragonslicer Re:So what is it made of? (99 comments)

What little knowledge I have is likely outdated, but wouldn't four quarks violate chromodynamics? Two quarks and two anti-quarks would obviously be fine, but I can't think of how you would get four quarks to add up to white.

about a week ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Dragonslicer Re:chocolate (179 comments)

My blackberry molle BBQ sauce

Damnit, WANT!

about two weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Dragonslicer Re:Helpful links for intelligence community devs (275 comments)

So, Mr oBama would have a Levenshtein distance of 1 with oSama then? Good job there.

If you were comparing only someone's first name to only someone else's last name, sure.

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Dragonslicer Re:Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (405 comments)

It isn't a "dumb name", it's what the word "mall" means. It's only recently that "mall" is assumed to mean "shopping mall".

about three weeks ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Dragonslicer Re:John Keister (220 comments)

Lame! Lame! Lame!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

Dragonslicer Re:How could you do it? (276 comments)

Are you talking about JMS's original screenplay, or the released movie? I admit that I haven't read the original screenplay or seen the movie, but I've heard from others that the original screenplay was edited beyond all recognition after JMS sent it to the studio.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

Dragonslicer Re:How could you do it? (276 comments)

Why did you make a movie and then name it World War Z when it had nothing in common with the source material except for a title?

Because the movie that was released had relatively little to do with the screenplay that JMS wrote. In fact, they had to add some of JMS's writing back in when they released how terrible the later revisions were.

about a month ago
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It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

Dragonslicer Re:Don't forget Duke Energy (290 comments)

last I checked everyone there benefits from the electriicty Duke makes, of course utilities get special treatment. any financial punishment of Duke would just raise your electric bill, they are called "Utilities" for a reason

So why financially punish any company ever, since they'll just pass the costs on to the customers?

about a month ago
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Routing and DNS Security Ignored By ISPs

Dragonslicer Re:obvious reason (101 comments)

If you can't put it on a billboard as a feature, they're not interested because it costs money without generating more users.

Seems a bit disturbing that "We help prevent your connection to Google from being hijacked by identity thieves" isn't considered a feature.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

Dragonslicer Re:Obvious Answer (747 comments)

Remember, those who do not vaccinate their children put their children at risk, but these are THEIR children, not 'ours'. If they want the freedom to choose how to raise their children, they need to accept the responsibility for their actions.

Does that responsibility include negligent homicide when their kid who isn't vaccinated infects someone else's kid and kills them?

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Dragonslicer Re:What impresses & baffles me (390 comments)

You're absolutely right. I didn't mean to imply that BitCoin is any good as a standard means of exchange. My statement would be much better if I clarified that it should be a stable standard.

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Dragonslicer Re:What impresses & baffles me (390 comments)

What I find impressive and baffling is how people assign value to things that have no value for any purpose other than a means of exchange.

What I find baffling is how many people grossly underestimate the value of a standard means of exchange.

about a month ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Dragonslicer Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

And if not enough camera shops are willing to sell to gay people, or even to photographers that will work with gay people? You might see the business opportunity, but if you can't get the supplies that you need, your business won't succeed.

If only 5% of businesses refuse service, it probably isn't an issue. If 50% of businesses refuse service, it probably will be an issue. Tyranny of small decisions is not a logical proof, only a potential outcome.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Dragonslicer Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

It's obvious to me -- in that it trips my bullshit meter -- that posting a sign at the Circle K on the corner that says, "Sorry, no homos." is wrong - deeply wrong - but I can't make a logical argument against the business that doesn't get into businesses being dependent on roads and police and fire and other government services, and as such, the government can make rules that force you to cater to your enemies. Businesses need licenses, and depend on state services -- after that, I got nothing. Let the shitty businesses out themselves as close-minded bigots.

It's sort of a tragedy of the commons (it looks like tyranny of small decisions is a more accurate name). If you allow discrimination in "private" business, you reduce the availability of some product or service to the group that you're discriminating against. If the availability gets reduced enough, you begin to get a class of people that can't participate in the economy, or even in society at all, because there's simply no way for everyone in that group to get what they're trying to buy, even if they have the money. Obviously this is a much bigger issue when it comes to basic necessities like food and housing, but it can still cause problems for general consumer goods and services.

about 2 months ago
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Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

Dragonslicer Re:Psych's in general (166 comments)

From the stories I've heard from people that have dealt with psychologists (particularly assigned ones), is that they tend to be fairly dismissive an uncaring in general. Your experience may have been more because it was a psychologist than them being with VA.

Just to provide a little counterargument, can you imagine what it would be like for doctors, especially psychologists and psychiatrists, if they did start caring that much about every patient? After a couple years, they would be the ones needing the full-time care.

about 2 months ago
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Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

Dragonslicer Re:A million to one (166 comments)

Did someone else notice that if the chances for something to happen are exactly a million to one, there is a 1 to ten chance that it actually happens?

Million-to-one chances work nine times out of ten.

about 2 months ago

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Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."

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