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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Shortguy881 Re:Simple solution (1039 comments)

Cost effective, probably not. Possible, yes:

Scientists can use these mutations as markers to piece together how the Ebola virus has traveled from person to person. Because they know the general mutation rate of the virus, they can also pin down the dates of when the disease spread

First artical I found with a good overview of the process: http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6...

Science is awesome.

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

Shortguy881 Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

Fact Check: Are you a chemical engineer?

Those chemicals listed are not pure elements (like aluminum and mercury). They are mercury and aluminum based compounds, designed to be inert but posses specific traits to do things like block binding sites on the viruses and bacteria. Come back when you have a better understanding of chemistry and micro biology.

about a week ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Shortguy881 Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (545 comments)

Link to that article because those numbers are not right. 20% of individuals in the US do not make upwards of 234,400. 20% of households don't make that.

about two weeks ago
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DOJ Launches New Cybercrime Unit, Claims Privacy Top Priority

Shortguy881 Re:So let me see if I get this right. (61 comments)

Not really. The article says "However, a large part of the Cybersecurity Unit’s mission will be to quell the growing distrust many Americans have toward law enforcement’s high-tech investigative techniques."

Quell in this context sounds more like "We will find those spreading distrust and remove them from the population." Then they can have their cake and eat it to.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Shortguy881 Re:Busy programming it (181 comments)

No, its just a long compile time.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Shortguy881 Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

"How does lack of understanding of a problem make it impossible to solve?" - Fixed

The question was directed at your post, and you seemed to infer the meaning just fine. Furthermore, a lot of problems are not fully understood initially. Part of the problem solving process is fleshing out those details. Most refer to it as the problem analysis, research or discovery phase.

for all practical purposes, it's impossible.

Yes, because the greatest advancements in the world are built on the work of naysayers and the apathetic.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Shortguy881 Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

How does lack of understanding of a problem equate to impossible?

Yes, we currently do not understand intelligence enough to create it on the scale of a human brain, but we have made huge progress over the last century. How can you dismiss a whole potential sector of technology while also openly admitting that you don't understand it?

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Shortguy881 Re:Busy programming it (181 comments)

It's really hard to make protein based biocomputers, you know.

Really? I always thought it was kind of easy, but I'll leave it to your parents to have the "Birds and the Bees" talk with you.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Shortguy881 Re:Assange would disagree (642 comments)

How would a country sustain a population with that law in place?

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Shortguy881 Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (642 comments)

I think you missed their point entirely. The Swedes do not criminalize trivial or idiotic things like the US. Or if they do, they do not enforce the laws as stringently where as the US is ramping up its mandatory minimum sentences.

With that, the Swedish government could theoretically hold this position and do it well without infringing on anyone's freedoms and not criminalizing anything. If the US government instituted a similar program, the penalties would be huge fines and drone strikes on citizens.

That being said, I don't think any government should have control over video game rating systems. It's something trivial and has no place in legislation.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Oligarchy refers to the organization of the government, socialism to how it handles economic activities. The two are mutually exclusive. Between welfare, medicaid, medicare, government subsidized health insurance, food stamps, disability, tax rebates, subsidized cell phones and internet plans, and many more programs, we live in a socialist society. Most people disagree because the rich don't pay as much into this system but that's because its an oligarchy. Those in power are redistributing the middle class wealth to the poor.

Saying the world sucks, people suck, and there is nothing we can do about it is pointless. Apathy towards the worlds problems is a big part of the reason we are in such a mess.

Capitalism lends itself more to self interest, playing off human behavior. That is why I think its the better choice. Its not perfect, but at least I'll take a stand and try to make the world a better place.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Shortguy881 Re:Wonderful idea. (698 comments)

Actually all you need is flash suppressor (not as quiet as a silencer so still legal) and subsonic .22 rounds. Sounds about as loud as dropping a text book.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Actually we live in a socialist oligarchy, far from any real capitalism. I also don't believe pure unadulterated capitalism is the way to go. There should be some oversight. However, the fundamental concept of capitalism, that I have to work for my own keep, is better than the idea of work or not you get your fair share.

As you pointed out in your post, the problem really isn't Capitalism or Marxism or any "ism." Its the corruptibility of people. So how do you plan to fix that?

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Actually you are taking the risk by using a credit card. Go to an ATM and get some cash. Problem solved.

Better yet, lets get rid of capitalism all together. How about we just walk into a store and be given what we want. Clearly we are all entitled to it.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

I think you missed the point. New regulations means more stringent requirements, means newer equipment, upgrade costs, compliance testing, etc. If you don't think these new regulations are going to be a burden, you are naive.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Hmmm... what better way to close a bunch of small businesses than demand all businesses meet some arbitrary security requiremnts.

"Sorry mom and pop, your shop doesn't have the required firewall, point of sale equipment, network security administrator, or minimum database standards.I'll have to shut you down"

"But we dont even have a computer. All our sales are manual!"

"Sorry, take it up with the Another Department to Fuck You Over**"

**Name pending

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Shortguy881 Re:Its prison (356 comments)

While I am a libertarian, I also strongly disagree with a privatized prison system. It needs to be held accountable to the people.

That being said, while for profit prisons bring their own issues, the aforementioned problem is a political one. Using the typical party lines, republicans are for punishment and democrats for rehabilitation. However since this isn't a hot button issue, you tend to find more bleeding across party lines. Another important issue with the prison system stems for the judiciary branch. Its hard to walk down the street now a days without breaking some law. Criminalizing every activity we've criminalized the American population.

While I agree with you on the monetization of prisons, I bring up these other issues because without understanding the whole picture, we cannot hope to solve the problem.

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Shortguy881 Re:Its prison (356 comments)

The US prison system is very disjointed. Depending who you ask its either about punishment or rehabilitation. One of those two has a statistically proven track record for reducing crime. God forbid the US use statistical evidence to make political decisions to better the country. With that, the US prison system sits somewhere between the two and does nothing well besides making it harder for criminals to renter society.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Shortguy881 Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

Here comes the "Think of the children!" excuse. How about all the things that led up to that child ending up in a strip club? They would have to willing hide their age thinking that strip clubs are better than foster care. This regulation, from the point of protecting our children, is a band aid put on after the damage is done. If you want to prevent this we need to work on the educational system and foster care system.

about a month ago

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Organic molecules detected on comet by Philae

Shortguy881 Shortguy881 writes  |  about 1 month ago

Shortguy881 (2883333) writes "Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history. The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere. Other analyses suggest the comet's surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer. The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey."
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