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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Freedom Bug Re:This is why Big Pharma is so maddening (663 comments)

Why should the drum-beating slacken off? Half as effective still means thousands of lives saved...

about a week ago

What's Wrong With the Manhattan Project National Park

Freedom Bug Re:Those who ignore history... (160 comments)

Certainly, the chances of a nuclear weapons attack have lessened significantly, but the danger is still very real.

Over 10 thousand nuclear weapons still exist, held by 9 different countries (assuming Israel still has them). That list includes North Korea and Pakistan. I don't have to say anything about North Korea. Pakistan can almost be called an active war zone. Putin appears to be deliberately antagonizing the States, and has just had his primary income source taken away from him. Incidents have come to light that even the nuclear weapons in the United States are not necessarily overseen and maintained correctly. Maybe some of the other 8 countries take better care, but I doubt that all do.

Historians have concluded that we've been damn lucky that we haven't already had a nuclear incident. Some things have changed, definitely lowering the chance of an incident, but not enough to lower it to zero.

It's a common human fallacy: it has never happened, therefore it's not going to happen.

Some experts place the probability of a nuclear incident in the next 10 years at 29%: http://nuclearrisk.org/3likely... That's a lot lower than the 10 year risk during the 60's and 70's, but it's still damn high. Even if they're off by an order of magnitude, a 3% risk of a nuclear incident is still damn scary.

about three weeks ago

United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Freedom Bug Re:Cheaper (349 comments)

You're right: the price of (domestic) air travel has nothing to do with expenses or distance. But that's because the cost has very little to do with variable expenses or distance.

The costs of airplane travel are pretty much fixed. It costs basically the same thing whether there is 1 passenger or the plane is full. Given turnover times, there's surprisingly little difference between shorter and longer domestic flights.

about 1 month ago

Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

Freedom Bug Still a second class citizen (214 comments)

I expected the Nexus 6 to have a microSD card slot because they were supposed to gain first-class support in Android 5.0.

But it doesn't, so external storage support must still be a second class citizen on Android.

about 3 months ago

Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

Freedom Bug Space flight failure rate is around 5% (165 comments)


I could accept a 5% risk of death if I was doing something worthwhile: contributing to science or the colonization of Mars. But for a joy ride? Even if it's an order of magnitude better, a 5 in 1000 chance in death is still pretty high. That's a couple of orders of magnitude riskier than skydiving (0.0007%) or driving 10,000 miles. (0.0167%)

about 3 months ago

Pentagon Builds Units To Transport Ebola Patients

Freedom Bug Re:So people figure out yet... (117 comments)

His method worked great to stop the SARS outbreak in Toronto.

And SARS was much more difficult to contain than Ebola since you were infectious before showing symptoms.

about 3 months ago

Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Freedom Bug Re:Misleading- Good will is common accounting (255 comments)

Waiting 15 years is a better deal than everybody else gets. Everybody else gets to wait indefinitely; most have to realize a loss before it can be claimed. In other words, if you overpay for an asset you don't get to claim a loss until you sell that asset to somebody else.

about 3 months ago

NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Freedom Bug Re:which idiot is letting these people fly... (372 comments)

He won't do it because it would be stupid.

Right now if they ask you at the airport if you've been to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, people have no incentive to lie, so don't. If you make that illegal, it won't stop them from flying out of somewhere else, it will just make them lie to the immigration officials, making the problem worse, not better.

about 3 months ago

iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Freedom Bug Re:Set the record straight (109 comments)

(an Apple proprietary chip is involved in that)

Which, according to iFixit, is labelled as a Parade Technologies DP665.

about 3 months ago

NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Freedom Bug Re:Better open source drivers, eh? (185 comments)

Is this something you tried recently? Phoronix did their testing with the 3.13 kernel.

about 8 months ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Freedom Bug Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

It's not a dumb move at all. Electric cars are still a very immature market, there are a lot more sales to be made from expanding the market than there are by stealing them from competitors. This is an "expand the market" type move.

about 8 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Freedom Bug Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

Ottawa is one of the best cities in the world for salting and snow plowing. The difference you noticed Monday is simply that it was quite cold and the salt didn't work as well as it usually does.

1 year,8 hours

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Freedom Bug Re:Why do free contracting work? (1098 comments)

RMS couldn't care less if other companies profit off of his work.

What he cares about is some company taking his work, making it better, selling it back to him and then not letting him hack on it, fix it, port it to unapproved hardware, use it for unapproved uses, et cetera.

1 year,6 days

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Freedom Bug Texting during the *previews* (1431 comments)

Note that the title is wrong -- he was shot for texting during the previews, not during the movie itself.

1 year,16 days

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Freedom Bug Re:Automated vehicles already exist (937 comments)

Who do you sue if a driverless train runs over you? Who do you sue if a driven train runs over you?

In both cases, you sue the city. The city might try and recoup costs from the driver and/or the manufacturer, but the liability is clear either way.

1 year,21 days

Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

Freedom Bug Re:Conflict of interest (312 comments)

You can install the update without connecting to the internet:

"However, to use the USB method the first time you take the PS4 system out of the box and before installing system software update 1.50, you’ll need to enable safemode. When the PS4 system is powered off, press and hold the Power Button for seven seconds to enter safemode."

about a year ago

Firefox Takes the Performance Crown From Chrome

Freedom Bug Re:Sadly, no ... (326 comments)

How many people used the "disable javascript" option? NoScript is so superior that most people that would use disable javascript have or should have switched to NoScript. An option that nobody uses or nobody should use is the very definition of an option that should be removed.

about a year and a half ago

The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

Freedom Bug babysitters (924 comments)

I instruct the babysitter to SMS me if they need to. I will ignore vibrations from phone calls and emails, but an SMS is rare enough that it's probably the baby sitter, and I will answer it.

But if it is the babysitter, I probably need to leave anyways, so go ahead and kick me out. It would suck if it wasn't the babysitter, but that movie is probably costing me over >$100 because I have to pay the babysitter too, so I get really annoyed at those who ruin it for everybody...

about a year and a half ago

Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years

Freedom Bug re: one way range (311 comments)

I think the idea is that you're supposed to charge overnight at 115V or 230V in Vegas.

That's fine when the edge of the circle is your destination. But the fact that these are one way circles makes the map very deceptive. For example, take a look at the Fall 2013 map. It would seem that Toronto to NYC is a feasible trip, but it isn't, at least not by supercharger.

about a year and a half ago

WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

Freedom Bug Re:WHAT (286 comments)

Similar question: Which would you rather have: software RAID or hardware RAID? On Linux, software RAID is usually faster, cheaper, more reliable, less buggy & fuller featured.

So yes, I'd prefer the drivers in my operating system rather than buried in some inaccessible firmware somewhere.

about a year and a half ago


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