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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

MooseTick Re:Ebola vs HIV (381 comments)

You are far more likely to get killed by syphilis than Ebola.

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

MooseTick Re:No difference here (279 comments)

Just because insurance doesn't cover a problem, doesn't mean you can't get treatment. They can easily say no, we don't cover that. Then the Dr/hospital/clinic will just send you the bill (assuming you live).

about a week ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

MooseTick Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

We use many terms. Back in the day, we used to say a third or a triad. It reminds me of the time I took a long trip. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. "Gimme five bees for a quarter," you'd say. Now where were we... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. I didn't have any white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...

about two weeks ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

MooseTick easy solution (94 comments)

There is an easy solution for this problem. Corporations could not store metadata for individuals. Then they wouldn't have to produce anything. They wouldn't need " to build departments, processes, training, security procedures and create for themselves and very expensive endless quagmire of bureaucracy."

If they want to keep that data, then they need to share it with the people creating such data. The other option would be to share it with everyone. Nobody would like that though. Or, when you login online to check your account, they share it there. That shouldn't be too hard.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

MooseTick Re:I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

"There's just a shortage of qualified people willing to work for much less than they're worth."

Who gets to decide what they're worth?

about two weeks ago
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Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

MooseTick LOC (48 comments)

How high is that in libraries of congress?

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

MooseTick Re:Not the first amendment. (742 comments)

Yes, this isn't a 1st amendment issue. Even so, free speech doesn't mean it is free from all consequences.

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

MooseTick Re:Fine! (365 comments)

"Someone making $150k simply won't be able to afford housing "

That's just stupid. Sure, it may be expensive there, but ANYONE making $150k can find housing ANYWHERE.

This (http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/10/19/what-percent-are-you/) says that if you make 150k, you are in the top 11% of incomes. Where do you think those other 89% live? Really? I feel so bad for those poor people who only make 150k and can't afford a 5000sqft house.

about a month ago
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Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

MooseTick va-pour (50 comments)

I expected 95% of the comments to be critical or make fun of "va-pour". Slashdot, you've let me down.

about a month ago
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SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

MooseTick satellites? (48 comments)

Isn't this already here with satellites? i.e. unmanned aerial vehicles

about 1 month ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

MooseTick Re:The people (132 comments)

Are you saying when civil rights laws were passed in the 60s and were unpopular in some areas of the country, that their congressmen should have voted against them because that's what their constituents wanted?

about 1 month ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

MooseTick Re:The people (132 comments)

"And yet, only one side should matter; the people."

Unless they are wrong. If 95% of the people are ok with slavery, that still doesn't make it right.

about 1 month ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

MooseTick Re:No one's neutral (132 comments)

"I just gag on "free ride". 11M Netflix subscribers pay Verizon/Comcast/etc $50 * 12 * 11m = $6.6 billion a year for this "free" ride. Margins on Internet services at Verizon/Comcast are believe to be in the 90% profit range."

Two things.

1. You didn't even bother to mention the fact that Netflix themselves most likely pays a hefty bandwidth bill to their ISP(s). So both consumers and Netflix themselves are paying for bandwidth on both ends of the cable.

2. I doubt margins are at 90%.

about 1 month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

MooseTick Weird Science (795 comments)

I once saw a movie that had "science" in its name, and they showed a couple of guys attaching some wires to a doll and it made a real woman. Then they did it to a copy of Time magazine and made a nuclear missile appear. I blame people's skewed perception of science on Hollyweird. And don't even get me started on the crimes against science CSI has perpetrated.

about 1 month ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

MooseTick only works on Windows phones (240 comments)

What idiots! Everyone knows this only works on Windows phones!

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

MooseTick It is a nice perk (182 comments)

When I go to conferences, I don't usually learn a lot. That said, I always pick up a few nuggets of information that are handy for my job. It is also nice to get away from the office for a few days or a week. I think some companies see that value. Sure, there are more economical ways to train/educate an employee. But knowing you are getting a somewhat paid vacation is one more nice reason to stay in your current position.

about 1 month ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

MooseTick Re:They're not astronauts, they're ballast. (77 comments)

Would you say Alan Shepard's 15 minute Mercury Seven suborbital flight which carried him to an altitude of 116 statute miles qualify him to be called an "astronaut"?

about 1 month ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

MooseTick Re:They're not astronauts, they're ballast. (77 comments)

According to Google (https://www.google.com/search?q=define+astronaut), an astronaut is "a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft". It doesn't say you have to "add" to the mission.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

MooseTick Re:So then they get another warrant ... (504 comments)

"You can't sue someone for legally complying with the law."

Wrong!! For starters, you can sue someone for anything.

Secondly, there is no law that I can't have slippery floors. Yet, if you came to my house, slipped, fell, and hurt yourself; you could possibly successfully sue me for damages.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

MooseTick Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

"The term "Surface" is an actual word, used beyond computers. It is really a dumb name to use for trademarked device."

You say that as if Radio Shack didn't successfully get to own the word ""Shack" and force Auto Shack to change its name to Autozone. There wasn't any real similarities between the stores, yet they still got to own "Shack." Fast forward a few decades and now Radio Shack has a metket cap of 83M while Autozone is around 17B. I bet if the batted happened now, Autozone would buy Radio Shack, take the name, and close the stores just to show who's boss. If they held any grudges, now would be the time for payback.

about a month and a half ago

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