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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

MozeeToby Re:Let me get this right (819 comments)

To be fair, he does say a progressive tax on consumption, presumably meaning every additional dollar spent would be taxed at a slightly higher rate. You could lay that out to mean everything from hitting the poorest the hardest all the way to no one paying taxes on the first $100,000 they spend every year, it's all in how you lay out the numbers.

3 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

MozeeToby Re:their own fault (463 comments)

Ah yes, lets blame the victims, the very people who were trying to help a very sick, very dangerous man while he lay in a hospital bed dying.

What the fuck is wrong with you!?

If AIDs or hepatitis were anywhere near as communicable you would see a mass exodus from the medical profession: working with sick people would be a death sentence waiting to happen. You can work with, live with, eat with, share a bathroom with, even fuck (with appropriate protection) people who have HIV or hepatitis without contracting it and you can do so for years if you're careful. We've now had 2 out of a team of perhaps 60 who cared for Duncan get sick. Does that sound equivalent to you?

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

MozeeToby Re:Virus burn out? (463 comments)

The problem is that in the real outbreak areas (parts of west Africa, especially Liberia) there simply isn't enough protective gear to go around, let alone facilities or trained personnel to use them. In many places they are doing triage, sending patients home who they know to have Ebola because there simply isn't room. Now, if two trained nurses wearing most of the necessary protective gear got sick treating a patient in a modern hospital setting, how do you think average people are going to do treating their sick family members? At that point, things spiral rapidly out of control, which is exactly what we've seen in those regions and is why the WHO says if they don't get more beds, supplies, and doctors in place soon we'll see more than a million infections before the end of January.

5 days ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

MozeeToby Re:Historic? (62 comments)

Historic
Adj.
1) famous or important in history, or potentially so.

If you're going to be pedantic, you need to at least be accurate.

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

MozeeToby Re:Too bad... (607 comments)

Nuclear is safe[...]

[...]buried in a mountain of oversight[...]

Shouldn't you at least entertain the possibility that those two things are related? We know nuclear can be safe, we also know it can be unsafe. Without the regulation, I wouldn't trust free market principles to ensure safety, not when a single accident can write off hundreds of square miles of real estate and dislocate hundreds of thousands of people.

about a week ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

MozeeToby Re:I never did get this... (64 comments)

I think the issue is that if your line of understand is correct, quantum information would be destroyed; either when matter crosses the event horizon or when the anti-particle does. We believe this to be impossible, quantum information should never be created or destroyed. If that's true, there must be some interaction between the contents of a black hole and the virtual pairs produced at the horizon.

about a week ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MozeeToby Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

That's disingenuous at best and outright dishonest at worst. Yes, someone with hep C will, on average infect just as many people as someone with Ebola, but people with Hep C live for decades, Ebola victims recover or die within a couple months. Total new infections per patient might be the same, but the rate of new infections per patient is different by orders of magnitude.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MozeeToby Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

Yes, I'm sure 1.4 million west African's (CDC's current estimate of infections by end of January) are running around licking the bodily fluids of critically ill people.

This has got to stop. There are reasons the CDC requires bio-hazard level 4 containment to research Ebola. There are reasons this disease continues to spread even though many of the risky cultural behaviors have been changed.

At some point, statements like this ignore the reality on the ground: More people have died from this outbreak than died from SARS. Unless something changes drastically more will die than died from H1N1. If things continue on as they are you will see infection rates hit double digit percentages in several African countries by spring time.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MozeeToby Re:Increased public vigilance?? (478 comments)

If you work in an ER and someone comes in sweating and vomiting with a history of travel to Liberia... yes? Is that too much to ask? We just had medical professionals send someone home with classic Ebola symptoms and a history of travel in highly infected regions because of a total lack of vigilance.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MozeeToby Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

We do know how to put a stop to it, it's quite easy, all it takes is bio-containment level 4 procedures, that should be easy to slap together in every international airport, seaport, and border crossing to the US. Look, I'm not going to fear monger here, but the fact is that if significant numbers of infected individuals start traveling around the globe we will not be able to maintain containment for long, even with all the resources that ultra-rich 1st world countries have at their disposal. How many beds do you think there are in the entire US that can safely treat Ebola ? I'd be shocked if it's over 1,000 and if the situation in western Africa doesn't change we will very soon see Ebola victims numbering in the millions (by the CDC's own estimates, 1.4 million by the end of January).

We need to stop pretending that Ebola is no easier to catch than HIV or other pathogens that are carried by the same bodily fluids, those diseases don't typically cause you to leak and eject the infected material all over yourself and the room you are in. A nurse in Spain got sick after possibly touching her face while removing her hazmat suit, when was the last time you heard about someone catching HIV the same way? This whole idea that Ebola is so hard to spread you'd have to be stupid to catch it needs to stop; it's wrong and it's dangerous and it leads to wonderful things like people not bothering to put on gloves and mask to go into a confirmed Ebola patient's apartment (thankfully that deputies tests have come back negative).

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

MozeeToby Re:Incredible (428 comments)

If this guy was the admin of the public wifi spot I'd be all for it. Of course, if he's the admin there are probably better ways to deal with the situation. At best he's gray hatting a solution to a problem that isn't his problem to solve.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

MozeeToby Re:21 day incubation period... (480 comments)

Current estimates say that upwards of 700,000 Liberians will die of Ebola before this outbreak is contained, out of a population of 4.5 million. If, as some research has suggested, survivors can become reservoirs for the disease, you'll have an additional 700,000 mostly health and mobile disease carriers for at least a few months afterward. The odds of a full blown outbreak in a major western country are slim, because it's hard to spread and relatively easily contained. But we will not be returning to the old status quo of Ebola being a disease only of isolated villages in West Africa.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

MozeeToby Re:Thomas Eric Duncan (178 comments)

It's well known that he told the hospital staff that he had recently traveled from Liberia, hospital staff didn't act appropriately with this information.

To be fair, it's also well known that he denied having contact with anyone ill before he boarded his flight to the US.

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

MozeeToby Re:It's simple (740 comments)

One of the first things a collections agency will do is call your employer.

Only if they want to be shut down in short order. Contacting your employer is one of the few things that collection agencies cannot do without landing in hot water.

about two weeks ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

MozeeToby Re:Humans are suspectible to tricks. (102 comments)

The real problem isn't sequentially or simultaneously, the problem is that the "experiment" isn't blinded in any direction. Witnesses will assume that if they've been called in for a line up, a suspect must be present, making them more likely to identify someone, anyone, as the perpatrator. Meanwhile the very cops that are trying to build their case are usually in the viewing room with them, consciously or unconsciously they're going to affect who gets identified.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option For Mars Mission

MozeeToby Re:Sounds a bit risky (236 comments)

You're giving them too much credit. Yes, these ideas have been used to great effect in emergency rooms around the world: chilling someone for a few hours, even days in extreme cases can do wonders depending on the situation. Chilling someone for a few months? 18 months? I think I'll pass on that one, at the very least I'll wait a good long time while a few 10s of thousands of others try it first.

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

MozeeToby Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

If you can afford a decent hotel, you're less likely to balk at $20 wifi. If, on the other hand, you're looking to spend $50 a night for a hotel room, getting cheap entertainment is probably just as much a priority.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

MozeeToby Re:The headline and article misrepresent the issue (724 comments)

This is like complaining that professional food critics have personal relationships with many high profile chefs, it's true but it misses the point. Reviewers who make bad (as in, inaccurate) reviews lose readers, no one wants to waste money on a lemon.

I'm much more concerned about AAA publishers leaning on reviewers for good reviews or outright buying them, as has been shown in the past, than I am concerned about some shadowy conspiracy to... promote games by indie developers who happen to be minorities or women? I guess...?

And finally, in today's world of aggregated reviews, it's incredibly difficult to game the system in the way you are describing. It wouldn't be enough to convince one or two or even a dozen reviewers to give you good review. Even if you managed good pre-release coverage the user reviews would sink you after the fact (see the latest SimCity for an example).

(And finally again, there's no evidence, at all that any of the accusations that started this mess are even true. The only thing known for sure is that she had a relationship months in the past with one person who worked at a website which reviewed her game. Jesus H Christ, can we please just let this die already!?)

about two weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

MozeeToby Re:Weird niche products (106 comments)

Ok, I'll bite. I have a laptop in the living room that can, and occassionally still does get plugged into the TV for multimedia use; yet the chromecaste gets several orders of magnitude more use.

Form factor. I don't need or want another box sitting in front of my TV.
Quiteness. I am well aware that a PC can be silent, but it costs money and effort to accomplish. Less so these days with low power micro boards granted.
Power draw. To get into entertainment of choice is significantly faster with the chromecast unless you leave the PC always on.
Phone vs physical keyboard and mouse. Maybe it's just me but I've never liked using a keyboard/mouse on the couch. With a laptop sure, but even a wireless keyboard is a literal balancing act. Even if you have a nice setup with a remote, I can honestly say I know where my phone is more often than I know where the living room remote is.
Portability. The small advantage of being able to take a show with you when you leave the house, I don't use it much, but my kid sure does. If we need to leave they can pull the show at it's exact current point in playback to the phone in a matter of seconds.

Many of those advantages similarly carry over to consoles and smart TVs, but by far the largest is the user interface. Netflix, Hulu, Youtube... they've all put far, far more effort into their mobile offerings than they have their console and smart TV apps and it shows. It is much faster and easier to find and pick a show with your phone than the laggy, disjointed messes that some of those console apps are. Add in the fact that multiple people can be looking for something to watch at once, including across multiple services and it can make a big difference.

Aw crap, all that and I forgot the obvious one.
Price! You can get 4 of these for less than even a cheap HTPC.

about three weeks ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

MozeeToby Re:Summary missing punchline (107 comments)

Resistant would probably be a more accurate description than immune, with significant exposure even people with the mutation would still get infected eventually. Originally it was speculated that the mutation could have been selected for during the black death, but I believe that turned out to be largely bogus.

about three weeks ago

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High Temperature Super Conductivity Reported

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The EE Times is Reporting a developement in near room temperature super conductivity. Professor John Tse of the University of Saskatchewan announced the discovery of a new family of superconductors based on Silane (Methane with Silicon replacing the Carbon).

This new discovery does not come without its own obstacles to overcome. While the new superconductors don't need to be supercooled, they do need to be super-compressed, on the order of 100-125 GPa."

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Ohio Voting Machines Tampered With Last Year

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a criminal investigation currently being performed in Franklin County Ohio. It seems several voting machines listed Jay Perez as withdrawn from the race when in fact he wasn't. By the time the investigations tracked down which machines had been affected, Mr. Perez's name was back on the ballot.

Normally, we could dismiss this as confusion or a mistake on the part of the voter(s) who noticed it. In this case, the person who first noticed the discrepency was Ohio Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner. Further compounding matter, the Franklin County Board of Elections had dissabled virtually all logging on the machines to speed setup of the balot.

Naturally, the county board remains sceptical of these accusations."

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Electronic Scholars to Interpret Muslim Law

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "
An 'Electronic Mufti' is currently under development that will use artificial intelligence techniques to issue opinions on contemporary Muslim affairs. A mufti is an Islamic scholar who offers interpretations of Sharia, Islamic law.
Apparently, such a system does not violate muslim law and is welcomed by most traditional clerics; after all, what could possibly go wrong."

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No link between violent behavior and video games

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "In a study confirming what most of us already believed, it was found that there is no link between violence and video games. Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M has published a meta-analysis of the results of past research done on the topic.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/66217176984x7477/

He concludeds "Once corrected for publication bias, studies of video game violence provided no support for the hypothesis that violent video game playing is associated with higher aggression."

As an added bonus, he also found that violent games improve spatial awareness. Maybe this will finally put the debate to rest... or most likely not."

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Dark Matter May Not Exist

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "Last August, a collision of two huge clusters of galaxy's was found to have separated the normal matter of the clusters from the dark matter. Now scientists are saying that this is not necessarily the case. Instead, John Moffat and Joel Brownstein propose a Modified Gravity theory that they say can explain these results and others without having introduce dark matter."
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