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At 40, a person is ...

Moof123 40? (151 comments)

Missing option: "4 decades old"

At 37 I have been though the 18 barrier, the 21 barrier, and the 30 barrier. They have all felt like non-events. I expect 40 to be similarly anticlimactic.

Meh.

2 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

Moof123 Bad turbine example (130 comments)

The turbine example is poor. Adequate data will show causality in time between a wind gust, and a delayed turbine rotation rate. Momentum easily causes a lag between one data set and the other, and the concept of time running in one direction can easily be used to suggest causality.

I am more curious about a test that would show if 2 data sets are clearly caused by a third non-measured factor.

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Moof123 Re:I don't see the big deal here. (181 comments)

Very few individuals, and only a few small to medium business have the resources to fully protect themselves and still carry on business against a state level attack. Unreported zero-day bugs can be horded for use in a major incursion of the biggest players.

Pretty much you need to have small air-gapped networks for work on any great sensitivity to have a fighting chance. It is pretty fricking hard to do much of anything of value under those circumstances.

The upshot is that, as a world, we need to reign this crap in. We need agreed on guidelines for a minimum of care from companies to protect data, and rigorous prosecution of those responsible for breaches. Of course, we used to say similar things about torture, and look where we are now...

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Moof123 Re:with what? (181 comments)

Yes.

2 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Moof123 Re:Turf (134 comments)

Very good points. Two things stick out from the anecdotes of early adopters:

1) Tesla owners who must get service without the benefit of any dealer network have the highest owner satisfaction in survey after survey.

2) Nissan Leaf owners have a wide range of tales about inept and laughable service and support from Leaf certified dealerships. Better yet, not all dealers are "Leaf Certified". So you can buy a Nissan, but cannot just go to any dealership for basic service, which is supposed to be one of the main arguments in favor of the dealership model. Heck, dealerships can lose/drop their certification leaving buyers in the area high and dry (especially in backwater areas with little to no charging infrastructure to make to the next closest dealer). Early tales from people buying compliance cars (Fiat 500e, Chevy Spark EV, etc) are much, much worse.

2 days ago
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NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

Moof123 April Fool's already? (58 comments)

If you RTF, the pictures are of 3D printed poop piles. Either it is joke, or a commentary about the utility of 3D printing. Either way, it pretty much sums up my opinion about most 3D printing hype.

2 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Moof123 Re:Sorry, but how? (175 comments)

Radar looks at planes and objects, and provides only the most basic details about an object (rough size, speed, direction, rough altitude maybe). Gyro stabilized camera with mind blowing resolution being downloaded into massive data centers should give you real pause. Even compared to the military satellites watching us that likely have 2-3' resolution, these are a major departure.

These cameras are side viewing into household windows and will be able to take peeping tom pictures/video that will be more risque than what the TSA was doing with their body scanners. It is only a matter of time before the perverts working at the pentagon contractors get caught doing this.

Given the very recent court ruling that cops cannot do video surveillance indefinitely without a warrant, this smacks of huge overreach.

2 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Moof123 Re:Sorry, but how? (175 comments)

We had these in Afghanistan. A technician I worked with had previously worked on these. He obviously couldn't talk about the details of the capabilities, but was pretty emphatic that you really would not want to live anywhere near one if you valued your privacy at all. Apparently they are really damn cool, as long as you stay behind the camera.

2 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Moof123 Re:Why is no one else calling BS? (198 comments)

Yep, BS. Making a manned trip to Venus seems to be the height of contrivance. If the humans will sit in a balloon the whole time, what exactly is gained over just sending telemetry back from an unmanned balloon?

NASA really fits the adage of "Big Hat, No Cattle."

I wish them the best, but they have really lost their way, and have no coherent mission anymore.

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Moof123 Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (593 comments)

With traffic lights in the city? Yes an hour is reasonable for 10 miles if you have to do it twice a day and not be too tired to get work/life done at either end. On a dedicated path it is very slow, but with a dozen traffic lights to obey you can easily lose 15-20 minutes waiting at intersection.

4 days ago
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3D Printer?

Moof123 Meh. (173 comments)

So far I have been pretty underwhelmed by what I have seen as both the capability, and the lack of creativity in using them. I'd much rather have a CNC mill and lathe at home (someday...), as most plastic crap is just crap. I used to have access to a 3D printer about 15 years ago at work, but it was cool, but the actual utility of it escaped us once the wow factor dissipated. We did a lot more nifty stuff with the machine shop in the lab than the 3D printer.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:Slippery sloap? (1049 comments)

"Should everybody with HIV or hepatitis or TB be rounded up and quarantined?"

HIV cannot be spread by coughing, kissing, or handshaking, so I am fine with HIV positive folks walking around freely.

Same with Hep C.

TB is a very communicable disease, and we do quarantine people with TB who can easily transmit the disease, along with some other dangerous communicable diseases. Heck, our recent experience with Ebola caused some whack job governors to try and quarantine folks who were not communicable.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:Charter school for the unvaccinated (1049 comments)

Would you be OK if we made a charter school that was vaccinated ONLY and leave the rest of the schools open to all? You know, create a safe place for all the kids with paranoid parents (paranoid about disease rather than Big Pharma boogeymen). I would be fine with sending my kid there.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:Parents Rights (1049 comments)

Given that vaccines are good, but not bullet proof, I think it would be unfair to a teacher who's immunity may no longer be 100% to not be given an additional level of protection given the increased risk he/she has been surrounded by.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:I vote yes (1049 comments)

Farmed vs. Wild is a trickier issue than you seem to understand. Farmed salmon require feed in the form of ground up fish meal from other fish, making the net impact far from a clear cut win. Our shared resources, such as fisheries, really do need to be carefully managed for the long haul. Sadly a lot of evidence points to this being next to impossible to achieve until a fishery (or other resource) has already collapsed. Only once a group of interested parties can no longer deny the issue is there a chance to come up with a proper management plan.

We need to encourage folks to eat lower on the food chain, and to adjust incentives to that end. A lot of subsidies need to be phased out, or adjusted to match the externalities of the product. Beef should be much more expensive, as should oil. But I am digressing from the topic at hand pretty badly...

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:Not the real problem (1049 comments)

Also lots up upper middle-class white families with a good education. Poor tend to be under-vaccinated (poor access). The unvaccinated seem to have bizarre first world fears.

http://pediatrics.aappublicati...

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:Knowledge is the solution (1049 comments)

So sick kids, and those with reduced immune systems are a perfectly acceptable throw away group in your mind?

Not sure where you got your numbers, but WHO says we still have 145,000 deaths per year from Measles worldwide, and they estimate it would be 4x more without vaccination.

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

Just using your number of 2 PPM for the USA (matches with estimates of 400-500 deaths per year pre-vaccine with a 190M population found elsewhere), that is still no small matter. School shootings account for only 1/10 that number per year. Terrorist deaths per year since 2000 in the USA average less than that (yes, one year exceeded that by 8x). So I find your 2 PPM comment to be pretty darn callous.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Re:This is a Bad Idea (tm) (1049 comments)

Good point.

My wife got quite the little education when she bought some cough "medicine" for our toddler. She complained it didn't help and maybe that was a bad sign. So I get home and see she accidentally got some of that diluted by 10^12 crap, and educated her that she bought $8 of water in a tiny bottle.

The labeling is done to look just like all the real medicines, and unless you are familiar with the whole dilution notation and concept the label appears to indicate it actually has ingredients.

In the end the lesson is that these voodoo whack jobs are a major danger to more than just themselves. As such, they should be better regulated to protect us from their witchcraft.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Moof123 Parents Rights (1049 comments)

How about we segregate out the non-vaccinated kids and send them all to separate schools that are just for un-vaccinated kids? The teachers can teach in full PPE to protect them, or maybe teach from behind a plexiglass wall. Maybe have a special fee to cover the hazard pay needed to outfit the teachers and retain them at the school to keep it revenue neutral for the community.

It would satisfy the right to an education, and not step on a parents right to be choosy about vaccines. It would satisfy my rights as a parent of a vaccinated kid to go to school where his odds of getting something really nasty are no higher than they should be.

about a week ago

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