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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

Electricity Likes Me Re:Dangerous virus (81 comments)

So I guess we shouldn't worry about Ebola either coz you don't think you'll ever get it either? Check your hipster-holier-then-thou-attitude at the door mate.

Influenza infects hundreds of millions of people every year, but kills only a tiny fraction of them. To die of influenza you need to have complicating conditions. The type you had are curable with drugs we already have. The type which aren't are the type of lifestyle or age related issues which are a problem no matter who gets them, and regardless of whether you get the flu.

A virus for which we also have a vaccine.

By every measure, influenza is not scary. People who get it do not expect to die of it. But we're also going to be able to bugger-all to stop it being a yearly global epidemic. Which is fortunate, because again, it's very hard to die of it.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Electricity Likes Me Re:...like dash cams. (368 comments)

Start by letting them turn off the cameras with discretion. If they wind up not recording during notable incidents, that's going to play badly against them in court.

There's no reason to let best the enemy of better here.

2 days ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

Electricity Likes Me Re:Dangerous virus (81 comments)

despite the fact flu is a much more common (and less "scary") disease.

Flu is killing 200.000 to 500.000 people globally every year.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre...

Dying the flu generally requires complicating conditions. Most people survive it just fine. Ebola is scary because most people don't survive it.

2 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Electricity Likes Me Re: But is it reaslistic? (360 comments)

So has the genetic code of numerous pathogens. That doesn't make them easily created. For a simple example, we currently have an entire field dedicated to bottom-up synthetic life creation (start with a DNA sequence, and bootstrap a cell). That's a hot field, which has required thousands of man-hours to understand.

Terrorists in field laboratories without proper equipment are not going to be accomplishing it. It is a huge expensive project.

2 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Electricity Likes Me Re: But is it reaslistic? (360 comments)

Smallpox is not "easily created".

2 days ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Electricity Likes Me Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (83 comments)

Right: so still, think about those numbers. 30% of India's population is over 100% of the US in terms of sheer number of people. So a low-end phone is exactly the right device to target there.

3 days ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Electricity Likes Me Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (83 comments)

The indian market is 1 billion people, most in some state of poverty. You can "do well" there, by western standards, without touching more then a tiny fraction of it. Apple don't have 100% of the US population as a market, and don't have 100% of the market. In India, if both those things were true, it would only represent about 30% of the total population.

4 days ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Electricity Likes Me Re:Occam's razor. (85 comments)

I'd be un-surprised when it leads a half-dozen "gotcha" worded follow ups from someone who clearly has no interest in Googling their own ideas first.

5 days ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Electricity Likes Me Re: Wouldn't it be rejected? (77 comments)

Desynchronized pumping action would be a problem I imagine. Our heart valves aren't really designed to cope with more then the one.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Electricity Likes Me Re:not reasonable at all (810 comments)

I think the fear people have with binary logs is that, if you get corruption, a human feels like they have a hope of decoding what the text was supposed to mean.

Although I think this is pretty naive - people thinking "dropped characters", as opposed to the more usual "50 consecutive messages disappeared". A binary format with proper message boundaries is exactly as robust as a text file in that capacity.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Electricity Likes Me Re:It's job security (810 comments)

Upstart was in no way complicated, and writing upstart scripts was a breeze.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Electricity Likes Me Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

Run blah every X seconds is just about the dumbest way we can be doing things on a computer. It's a closed system. It can know exactly when a process dies, and handle the event then. The inability to do this is a huge flaw.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Electricity Likes Me Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

What's broken exactly?

Software has bugs and occationally they crash. I'm not an expert GNU/Linux system administrator by any means, and I've lost count of the amount of times when I simply wanted to just find a way to make the init system restart a service automatically when it crashes. This is trivial with Systemd, you just set Restart=on-failure in the service file and it's done. No need to write error-prone shell scripts or fiddle with run levels. It just works and it's well documented.

Straight out of Windows. Write buggy software. It's ok if it crashes once in a while because we can just restart it.

Also straight out of Windows. Make everything into one big integrated binary instead of something that you can see into or hack on.

Write non-buggy software. Hope you have the millions per line of code they paid the space shuttle team.

about a week ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Electricity Likes Me Re:Guilty (102 comments)

And you know, of conspiring to commit murder. People seem to forget that part.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Electricity Likes Me Re: Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

Again: so?

We've reached monitor parity. We reached it because TV improved and there's no point trying to maintain a difference for difference's sake.

But the vertical height argument is just rubbish. People run 16:9 and 16:10 screens vertical all the time, and no one was ever going to be manufacturing giant squares which physically wouldn't fit on a desktop. 4K and the like is going to sell principally to the computer market first because lord knows there's little need for it in home theatre for most people.

about two weeks ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Electricity Likes Me Re:Why gravity is treated as a force? (97 comments)

Because it is a force? A force is anything which transfers momentum and energy around. Which gravity does.

Moreover, what seems so obvious to you that gravity is the curvature of space time? What does that mean? Because it is in no way obvious. For example, if gravity is spacetime curvature, then it doesn't really pull on things in 4D spacetime since we've already defined it away. So why do things appear to move down gravitational wells? Are they elastically colliding with a sheet of space time? Why aren't they normally deflected by it?

Finally, it doesn't matter what new theory shows something is or isn't. It has to verify old theory. And old theory says that gravity looks and acts, in the human range of experience, like a conventional force identical to any other. So whatever it is, it has to be simply back down to confirming our everyday experience.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Electricity Likes Me Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Which is why I presume they've been shutting off cell towers in areas with protests ... oh wait, they haven't done that at all and it would be a lot easier! (also possible, just have the police deploy cellphone jammers...what's that? You mean the FCC ruled those illegal and took them away from the police. Well nuts...clearly their plans for tyranny are even more sinister!)

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Electricity Likes Me Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Or you know, someone in China buys popular phones en masse, swaps the baseband chip with a blank one, and resells them on ebay for less then they cost in the US to start with.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Electricity Likes Me Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

And ...what, also delete photos already uploaded elsewhere? Or stop new phones coming in ? Or TV crews? Or does in your scenario the government bricks phones continuously, and yet somehow you think people would just be "ok" with this and it's a function you'd ever be able to use more then exactly once?

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Electricity Likes Me Re: Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

Err no, it would be because you can pickup 3 1200p mo itors, flip them vertical, ane have all the real estate you need for under $1000. Computers weren't 'not important enough' - TV finally got not terrible enough.

about two weeks ago

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