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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Gryle Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

I doubt the US government has weaponized ebola (it's unsuitable as anything other than a terror weapon for a number of reasons) but it's not ridiculous to assume there exists some sort of defense medicine. The US defense aparatus has spent quite a lot of money in the past century developing defenses against the threat of chemical, biological, and radiological agents* in the event of their use on the battlefield. There are a number of excellent books on the subject, but read cautiously as some of them have tin-foil-hat-and-black-helicopters tendencies. In particular I recommend "Undue Risk" by Jonathan Moreno in particular, thought it's more global in scope.

Some of these experiments quite unethical (MK Ultra and others), but that's another subject.

about two weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Gryle Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (514 comments)

Because "normal" implies transgendered individuals are somehow mutant or different (which they are) and therefore such a term is somehow prejudiced. (For the record, I agree with your assessment on the subject, I'm just explaining the reasoning behind the creation of such a term).

about three weeks ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Gryle Re:It would be cheaper for everyone.... (182 comments)

In the USA when Lyndon Johnson came out with the 'Great Society' crap the level of poverty was very low and falling, then the government stepped in and reversed that trend categorically. The free market was working towards reducing poverty, there was no need for anything called 'Great Society' (and as always, there is no truth in advertising that comes from government, less truth in government advertising than in any other).

Could you provide some stats for that? I've never heard this before and you've piqued my interest.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Gryle Re:Equally suspect (306 comments)

The question is -- why do you think Amazon needs to force these prices, then? If publishers are charging too much, people won't buy, and the publishers go out of business, making room for those with better pricing.

On the other hand, what if customers are willing to pay the extra $5 or $10 or $50 for a particular book? If the publisher is okay making money at the prices it selects, why do we need Amazon to intervene in the free market?

Amazon is striking back after the price-fixing business between Apple and the Big 5 that was intended to break Amazon's dominance in the e-book market.

about three weeks ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Gryle Re:"For Computer Programmers" (213 comments)

Ask one of the "people on the internet in their garages"; they might know the answer.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Gryle Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (514 comments)

It means you identify as the same gender you were born with. "I'm a man who was born a man and thinks I'm a man" or "I'm a woman who was born a woman and thinks I'm a woman" as opposed to "I'm a woman who was born a woman and thinks I'm a man" or vice-versa.

about three weeks ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Gryle Re:Zalman heat-sink case (171 comments)

The added weight is an anti-theft measure. This way the thief leaves your desktop alone in favor of your more expensive and more easily portable television!

about three weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Gryle Re:Money (619 comments)

I don't think you can phrase this issue in terms of "ethics" or "morality" - indeed, doing so has certain racist undertones.

Sorry, I'm have trouble following your logic here, can you elaborate?

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Gryle Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

A "terrorist" is anyone who employs terrorism, especially for political aims. So we look up terrorism and we get: terrorism (noun) 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

With such a nebulous definition we can classify every armed body in the history of the world as terrorists, if we accept Clausewitz' definition of war as the continuation of politics by alternate means. If you narrow it to include asymmetric "guerilla tactics" style warfare, you don't eliminate that many conflicts; WWII had the French resistance, Vietnam was basically a guerilla fight by the Vietcong, heck, Sherman's March to the Sea in the US Civil War could be considered guerilla tactics from a certain vantage point.

As best I can figure now, "terrorist" is basically a political title to signify a guerilla force with aims running counter to those of the speaker. If the guerilla force is neutral we call them "insurgents" or "militias." If we like them we call them "freedom fighters".

about 1 month ago
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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff

Gryle Re:Employees != lobbyists (192 comments)

Has this happened to you? I'm genuinely curious.

about 3 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

Gryle Re:Lighting the road surface sounds stupid (193 comments)

Seconded. Frankly, the lighting situation at night is bad enough. Car manufacturers keep uping the brightness of their headlights. Some of the newer models are damn near blinding, even without their high-beams on, at least to me. Suddenly the whole road is glowing? I think I'd probably have to cease driving after dark.

about 3 months ago
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Phil Zimmermann's 'Spy-Proof' Mobile Phone In Demand

Gryle Re:Not sniping, genuinely curious... (107 comments)

No, not really, not outside of something like a GoPhone or a similar "burner"-type program. Then again, I still have a flip-phone (Samsung Rubgy II to be exact) and if I didn't have to have it for work, I'd not have a cellphone at all.

about 3 months ago
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Phil Zimmermann's 'Spy-Proof' Mobile Phone In Demand

Gryle Carriers (107 comments)

In all seriousness, what US carriers will let you use this phone? I can't see this being offered in-store to every Joe Friday that walks in off the street (the demand isn't high enough, depressingly) and most carriers like you to buy a particular phone to use on their particular network. How do I go about using one of these (well, two of these) in day-to-day activities?

about 3 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Gryle Re:Pron (194 comments)

Alright genius, where do you work for? Better yet, where do you live? Has your government done anything you're not proud of? Comitted any acts you call evil? You chose to pay taxes didn't you? Obviously choosing to give financial support to a government that does things you don't agree with makes you an evil person.

about 3 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Gryle Re:Pron (194 comments)

Dear God in Heaven, my kingdom for mod points. In a world with so many conflicting moral paradigms, any person on the planet has probably done evil in the sight of some other person on the planet. I'll re-state GPs logic with a few changes. "It is appropriate to criticize the lowest citizen of any country that does evil. What would the Presidents/Prime Minister's/Dictators/Generals/ do if they had nobody to boss? They'd shrivel up and die. Every person who lives in [America / The British Empire / The Roman Empire / The Soviet Union / Iran / Saudia Arabia] is culpable -- same rules apply to any organized evil."

about 3 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

Gryle Re:Russia you were so close (284 comments)

Traffic controls, a relatively sane marketplace, access to certain basic necessities and certain amenities, not worrying about having to get shot when I walk outside my door, to name a few. A trite and somewhat broad response to your question? Quite so. But when you ask trite and overly broad questions that only marginally relate to the original poster, you should expect some stupid answers. /climbsoffsoapbox

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

Gryle Re:Lets start with paul first (272 comments)

Can you provide any evidence of this or do you just like spouting gossip?

about 3 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Gryle Re:How many? (342 comments)

Let's be clear, what worries the broadcaster is the threat to their business model. If Aereo wins this opens the door to legal challenges against the retransmission fees cable & satellite companies pay for channels that are already broadcast locally free of charge.

about 4 months ago

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Building a Scientific Library

Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "As I prepare for entering graduate school, I've noticed that, aside from the textbooks I bought for college, my personal library is woefully lacking in scientific and mathematical texts. While I realize the nature of scientific inquiry and the scientific process leaves many books obsolete after a few years, there have to be some texts that are considered indispensable. Specifically I'm looking for texts pertaining to mathematics (probably nothing more advanced than Hermitic functions and Hermitian spaces) and chemistry. How about it, Slashdot? What books would you use to stock such a library?"
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Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "According to an article in the The Register, the Kansas school board has decided to remove intelligent design from the science curriculum. According to Bill Wagnon, chairman of the school board, "This assures that Kansas children are appropriately educated for the 21st century.""
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Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "Reuters is reporting about an unusual roadblock Canadian troops are facing in Afghanistan. Apparently Taliban militants having taken to using thick forests of 10-foot tall marijuana plants for cover. So far all attempts to burn away the forests have failed or resulted in "ill effects" for some of the soliders."

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