×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Took me a bit to find this (395 comments)

Three decades, not four, but your point is valid. I'm not really trying to defend them. I do think the location and era (largely Jim Crow) influenced this more than a general lack of medical ethics; it's a lot easier to justify atrocities when you don't see your subjects as truly human. Think less "conspiracy of unscrupulous doctors" and more "complete inability to see members of another race as people".

about 1 month ago
top

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Took me a bit to find this (395 comments)

They weren't deliberately infected, they weren't soldiers,

Everyone knows the Tuskegee Blacks were in the military. They were airmen.

You're confusing the Tuskegee airmen with the Tuskegee syphilis experiments. They have nothing in common besides being trained (the airmen) and conducted (the experiments) in proximity to Tuskegee, AL. Tuskegee is an almost exclusively Black/African American city, so most things that are associated with Tuskegee are also associated with black people.

(they were sharecroppers, and they were provided with free medical cares,

What good is "medical care" when there's a deliberate lie about the care?

If you read another sentence or two, you'd note that there was no verified treatment for syphilis for the first decade of the experiments. Providing palliative care to those with incurable diseases is a net good; there are legitimate philosophical arguments over how much information a doctor should provide when the information cannot be understood or acted upon in a meaningful way.

Clearly this was unethical, but recall, this was Jim Crow era. A lot of people considered black people sub-human. Sure, the doctors didn't tell them they had syphilis. But the South made it nigh impossible for them to vote, hold elected office, get a meaningful education, buy property, use public services, receive a fair trial, etc. We were kind of awful in general; the Tuskegee experiments weren't that much more awful when compared to everything else we did.

about 1 month ago
top

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Took me a bit to find this (395 comments)

They weren't deliberately infected, they weren't soldiers, (they were sharecroppers, and they were provided with free medical cares, meals and burial insurance as compensation), and for the first decade of the study, there was no verified cure for syphilis (the efficacy of penicillin wasn't verified until the 1940s; the study began in 1932). It's hard to blame the architects of the study for studying an incurable disease to chart its progress, though obviously their successors lacked any moral compass.

The facts of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment were bad enough, but you're making it seem even worse. This is the part of the problem. Actual malfeasance gets exaggerated even further; it changes from failure to take action (treat patients like they should have) to deliberate malevolence (intentionally infecting patients). If you reinterpret the world as one in which everything is explained by deliberate malice, of course you'll believe in conspiracy theories.

Sadly, in this particular case, despite being completely off base about Tuskegee, there were in fact acts of active evil perpetrated in Guatemala. Unlike Tuskegee, the experiments weren't on U.S. citizens, only lasted three years, not forty, and the subjects were treated for the conditions they were infected with (though some still died). Doesn't excuse it, but again, it's not a good basis for proving the existence of long term, actively malevolent policies.

about 1 month ago
top

Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

ShadowRangerRIT Apple and Email (184 comments)

The profitable first class mail business has been decimated by email over the past decade, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Steve Jobs and Apple

Huh? What the hell did Apple do for e-mail (beyond what every OS/application developer has done)? "OMG, they make computers, therefore, all things done on computers are their responsibility!"

about 2 months ago
top

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

Yes, because when it comes to the state taking someone's life, we shouldn't make absolutely sure it's warranted...

about 3 months ago
top

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

Remember, we already spent more money dealing with the mandatory appeals required for death penalty cases than it would cost to imprison him for life (which doesn't have the same mandatory appeals process). Had we just sent him to prison for life without parole, it would have been cheaper. The death penalty is not a cost saving measure.

about 3 months ago
top

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

ShadowRangerRIT Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

On the other hand, their refusal to provide drugs for executions has *stopped* many executions that would have otherwise happened. Those are direct effects. The suffering of this man was an indirect effect; only Ohio is to blame for his torture and death.

about 3 months ago
top

A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

ShadowRangerRIT Re:If they're concerned on picking winners or lose (1030 comments)

Tax "breaks" as you refer to them (also known as tax expenditures) are equivalent to a subsidy. If the U.S. government sends you $10,000, or they craft a special tax credit that only benefits you, reducing the taxes you pay by $10,000, the net effect is the same. Either way, they could have charged everyone a little less in taxes by not sending you that money/arbitrarily letting you pay less taxes than everyone else.

On page 7 alone, there are tax breaks so targeted that they clearly exist only to send money to oil and coal companies, e.g.

Credit for Production of Nonconventional Fuels ($14,097) - IRC Section 45K. This provision provides a tax credit for the production of certain fuels. Qualifying fuels include: oil from shale, tar sands; gas from geopressurized brine, Devonian shale, coal seams, tight formations, biomass, and coal-based synthetic fuels. This credit has historically primarily benefited coal producers.

BTW, the dollar figures are in millions, so that one credit, by itself, is a $14 billion giveaway to people who are producing the dirtiest fuels possible; aside from biomass and fracking for natural gas (the latter being arguable), every other entry listed there is far worse for the environment than the energy sources we used even a decade ago. And we gave them $14 billion dollars to encourage this behavior.

about 5 months ago
top

Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Combining information from other posts (375 comments)

For accident induced fires like the ones affecting the Model S, I doubt the age of the car would have anything to do with it. New metal crumples roughly the same way old metal does.

about 5 months ago
top

Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

ShadowRangerRIT Combining information from other posts (375 comments)

In the U.K., there are 15,000 car fires per year, and ~28.7 million cars on the road. Tesla has had 3 car fires out of 21,500 cars on the road. The fires:car ratio is about 4:1 overall:Model S. That said, most of the Model S's haven't been on the road a full year, but if we assume they've been in service an average of the three months, then the overall rate of combustion is essentially identical.

about 5 months ago
top

Naps Nurture Growing Brains

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Napping Will Rot Your Brain (39 comments)

The article you link reverses the cause and effect you claim; the assumption is that excessive napping is an early indicator of dementia, not the cause of it. And the research itself appears to take no stand on the matter; it established a correlation with no actual evidence for which way (if any) the causation arrow goes.

about 7 months ago
top

Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

ShadowRangerRIT Re:The emperor has no clothes (526 comments)

You're off by roughly a factor of 4. Prior to the printing press, the number of bibles produced yearly would have been trivial. Printing of the Bible from non-movable type woodcuts preceded the Gutenberg press by a century (give or take), but prior to movable type, the numbers were still fairly trivial. During the early years of movable type (1475-1500) only 20 million books were printed total, less than a million a year (source). So in order to hit 6B, you'd be dividing (roughly) over the last 500 years, not 2000. So the yearly print runs would be over 10 million, and probably 2-3x that recently (given that the rate of production would surely be much higher now than it was in 1500-1800).

about 8 months ago
top

NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Five Star (627 comments)

Exactly my point. Marketing is not known for its insistence on accuracy.

about 8 months ago
top

NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Five Star (627 comments)

Umm... That list appears to be when they made the feature available on Mercedes; you seem to think it means they invented all of these technologies. Toyota released a vehicle with active lane keep in assist back in 2004 for instance (in fairness, Mercedes did contract out for the first lane departure warning system for their trucks).

about 8 months ago
top

YouTube Adds Play Icon To Page Titles To Show Which Tabs Are Making Noise

ShadowRangerRIT Re:Security hole? (150 comments)

How? Seriously. What could possibly be insecure about this feature?

about 8 months ago
top

Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

ShadowRangerRIT Re:why? (778 comments)

So, yes, your system is still less secure if you have JS enabled than if you don't.

Perhaps I'm being a bit overly picky, but that's essentially tautological for just about any statement of the form "Your system is less secure if usability/functionality feature X is enabled." Sure, turning off JS makes you more secure. It also dramatically reduces functionality. My computer is even more secure if I unplug the network cable, or encase it in concrete and sink it in the Mariana Trench. But my browsing experience will be affected negatively, to say the least.

about 10 months ago
top

Music and Movies Could Trigger Mobile Malware

ShadowRangerRIT Public Service "Malware" (88 comments)

Wait for the THX noise to go off (or one of a hundred common "we're starting the movie" noises), then disable the phone completely for two and a half hours.

about 10 months ago
top

Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

ShadowRangerRIT Really bad idea (350 comments)

The alcohol flush reaction they refer to isn't just about feeling unpleasant. Yes, people with two copies of the gene for it rarely drink. But those with only one copy (that is, they have some of the enzymes to metabolize acetaldehyde), while less likely to drink, often do so anyway (because they can take it, and they enjoy the feeling or feel socially obligated). And when they do, they raise their risk of esophageal (and I believe a few other cancers) significantly more than someone who drinks the same amount but lacks the flush reaction. Acetaldehyde is highly carcinogenic; most people just get rid of it quickly enough to limit the damage.

In short: If you give this to alcoholics, a large number of them will tolerate the side-effects and you've just dramatically increased their risk of cancer.

about a year ago
top

Nissan Develops Emergency Auto-Steering System

ShadowRangerRIT Re:recipie for disaster (391 comments)

I've run into this on my car. I've got radar based crash avoidance (it's just brakes, no steering assist); it sometimes detects an imminent collision for a fraction of a second just before crossing railroad tracks. Luckily, it's so quick that I get the audible alert, but the brakes don't kick in. It's disconcerting though. If it took steering control, that would be terrifying.

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

top

"Convergence" to provide wi-fi, wolfpigeon

ShadowRangerRIT ShadowRangerRIT writes  |  about 5 years ago

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) writes "To provide ubiquitous networking, Qualcomm has created Convergence a program to spread wi-fi enabled wolfpigeons to every corner of the globe. Worried about the effects of a wolfpigeon insurrection? Well they've got a sharkfalcon army available to deal with that possibility. And don't worry, there are contingencies for the inevitable predation of the sharkfalcons, visit their page to find out more."
Link to Original Source
top

Elderly Chinese Women Sentenced to "Re-Educati

ShadowRangerRIT ShadowRangerRIT writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) writes "Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, went to Chinese police five times between Aug. 5 and Aug. 18 to seek approval to protest [outside the Olympics]. The Chinese government decided the resolve the situation by sentencing them to "labor re-education camp". China's side of the story? "I'm glad to hear that over 70 protest issues have been solved through consultation, dialogue. This is a part of Chinese culture," said Wang Wei, China's top Olympics official.

On the heels of previous stories about protesters disappearing I think we can safely say that any claims that China would improve human rights conditions as a result of hosting the Olympics were painfully misguided."

Link to Original Source
top

Protesters "mysteriously" absent from Olym

ShadowRangerRIT ShadowRangerRIT writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) writes "The Chinese set up "protest pens" in three Beijing parks. They are going unused. Do the Chinese have nothing to protest? Apparently not: Some of those applying to protest are being harassed and sent home without a permit. Others are detained or simply "going missing".

I can't believe anyone would question the assertion that the Olympics might cause China to improve human rights..."

Link to Original Source
top

No charges in Justice Dept. Hiring Scandal

ShadowRangerRIT ShadowRangerRIT writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) writes "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Apparently no one. Mukasey has announced that he won't pursue charges relating to the partisan hiring practices in the Justice department. With no repercussions and a civil service pool polluted with ideologues, we can look forward to yet another Bush legacy that extends well beyond his time in office."

Journals

ShadowRangerRIT has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...