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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Flavianoep Re:Shouldn't be called a vaccine (178 comments)

I don't think that this may fool the health workers, many of whom may remember the polio vaccine as "dead poliovirus that is proved to make you immune to live polio".
Among those who are not in the health industry, "hopefully dead Ebola virus that we think might make you immune to live Ebola" is almost indistinguishable from "we think that dead Ebola virus might hopefully make you immune to live Ebola," which will be enough to make people feel deceived if they believe to have had the real shot, while having got only a placebo

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Flavianoep Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

Having procreative sex is one of the most carbon expensive things we can do.

I think the OP was talking about recreative sex. B-)

Another conclusion you can draw from this article is that everyone could live very well if we would pare down the population to 2 billion.

I have to take some research to be sure, but I think that is roughly the population with access to a shelter, clean water, sanitation, health care, internet, social security...

...

Instead, we'll probably breed right up to the edge of capacity and then die in billions when something unexpected happens.

Tragic.

Perhaps, it will be a very expected thing that will happen, I mean, if that is not already happening. The main cause of conflicts in Middle East is environmental resources, like land, water, oil.

Still, I also think they are ignoring fusion and solar.

Of course, they are ignoring fusion! :P

But... adding heat energy to the planet at the rate it's been growing since the 1600's will also result in a planet with a temperature equal to boiling water in 500 years. I'm not talking about global warming- just the amount of energy used and released that has to be radiated off into space.

(This latter part I'm just quoting because it's too insightful to be left out.)

about two weeks ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Flavianoep Re:Gobernator (115 comments)

Too big muscles slow your moves. Compare Bruce Lee with Schwarzenegger. The latter is pure muscle, while Lee is... kung fu. Was Bruce alive, you would less likely survive a punch from him than a punch from Arnold.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Flavianoep Think of the CHILDREN!!1!!one!!1 (575 comments)

Without encryption, PEDOPHILES will be able to access CHILDREN'S DATA!
Remember, also those bast**ds will be able to USE the same BACKDOORS the law enforcement agencies intend to use.

about three weeks ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Flavianoep Re:More Regulations, Please (240 comments)

Sounds un-American.

(Full disclosure: I am not American.)

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Flavianoep Re:He wants to establish Airstrip One (942 comments)

But in Nineteen-Eighty-Four, the measurements were in metric system!

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Flavianoep What for? (942 comments)

Doesn't he know that the imperial measures are defined in metric? Like 1 *F=5/9 k? By the way, I suggest that /. should require all temp measurements to be stated in kelvin, since it doesn't accept the 'degree' symbol.

about three weeks ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Flavianoep Re:Oh yes, we were (115 comments)

It's interesting that the politicians that *I* would describe as "liberal Democrats" are now the authoritarians.

It's happening everywhere, unfortunately. In my country there are even Social Democrats who stand for the night-watch state rather than the well-fare state.

about three weeks ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Flavianoep Gobernator (115 comments)

I guess they would be better off with the "Sperminator".

about three weeks ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Flavianoep Doesn't matter (182 comments)

Any further development to increase longevity, efficiency, affordability will be bashed by The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy.

about three weeks ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

Flavianoep Re:How about giving Tibet back to the Tibetans? (84 comments)

Tibet is strategically important to China, and I don't foresee them just giving it up because some hippies are holding protests. Tibet holds a huge supply of freshwater that flows into China.

Natural resources and freshwater, y'say? Thank you, I didn't know about that.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Flavianoep US vs. Rest of the world (365 comments)

[William Kamela] later explained that about 60% of Microsoft's workforce is in the U.S., yet it makes 68% of its profits overseas

Those figures don't compare well, at least not to justify moving Microsoft out of US. The US is one country versus about 200 others; the latters' population is more than 200 times that of the US.

The only conclusion I can make from that figures is that it is very likely that the US is the single country Microsoft makes more profit from.

about three weeks ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Flavianoep Re:What is going on? (280 comments)

FTFY:

... you should be able to paint a horrible picture.

(Sorry, I couldn't help doing that!) :-]

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Flavianoep Re:Meanwhile (280 comments)

Your concern for micromanagement by your own country's unelected bureaucrats is more important to you than the lives of literally millions of people.

Sierra Leone, Liberia, and some other West African countries have not proved to be reliable to apply aid money where it's intended.

There are, indeed, African countries to be trusted, even in West Africa, but last time I checked Ebola had not spread to Cape Verde.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Flavianoep Re:DAESH, not ISIL (478 comments)

Just because they decided to call themselves "Islamic," doesn't mean they deserve that name. There are many Muslim scholars who will not, and do not, accept that such a group be called so.

Besides, avoiding to call them "Islamic," helps to break, or at least, tone down the association between Islam and terrorism.

Finally, calling them Daesh, Un-Islamic State, QSIL, or the like, is a way to stress out that they are being attacked not for being "Islamic," but for being terrorists.

about a month ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

Flavianoep Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

Sorry, although I realize how things are not simple when talking about UK and its constituents, I must reckon how I was mistaken. In fact, I didn't know about the Pund Scots, I had only knowledge that there where pounds issued by Scotland, and to my knowledge, that the Scots needed to exchange money when travelling to England (must be because of the multiple designs, which may arise suspicion).

For anyone but you, which may be reading this, the situation is that the Scots have their own banknotes, but not their own currency yet.

about a month ago

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[poll] How much are you concerned with last Ebola outbreak?

Flavianoep Flavianoep writes  |  about three weeks ago

Flavianoep (1404029) writes "* It's in Africa!
* Following the news, but that is far away from me
* Epidemic is unlikely in developed world
* There will be a cure and a vaccine soon after enough "white" people die
* Hoping for the best, but I'm afraid
* I've started stocking food and ammunition"

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