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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

TheMeuge Re: Maybe 40k (393 comments)

Nuclear still exists. People seem to forget.

about a month ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

TheMeuge Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

You are making a fundamentally flawed assumption that the government cares about false positives. I think our no-fly lists, jails, and police militarization are a pretty good indicator that a low false positive rate does not figure into calculations as far as the NSA, TSA, DHS or other TLAs are concerned. A cynical man (or woman) may also wonder about whether true positive rate figures into their calculations at all as well, or whether a power grab is the sole purpose of these agenices.

about a month ago
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Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

TheMeuge Re:Open Many Doors (35 comments)

It is impossible to enforce the laws when you can catch all the violations

You're asking the wrong question - the correct question is this - how have we wound up in a situation where he have so many offenders, of so many laws, that there's not enough resources to lock them all up even if we knew every last one of them.
The answer is simple - if you create a job which comes with money and power, and where the job description is writing laws - you are going to have more laws. It's inevitable. And in a society where as a lawmaker you are rewarded for being "tough on crime", each subsequent law will be nitpickier and more punishing than the last.
That's it - our own system is going to bury us all in petty crime.
Freedom is the ability to break little rules. Rule of law is when you get caught when you break the big rules. A police state is when everyone is guilty, and it's up the police to decide who gets caught at what time.

As someone who was born behind the Iron Curtain, I promise you that the latter is very very scary.

about a month and a half ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

TheMeuge shooting yourself in the foot (448 comments)

So what the enemy needs to do to win is to get disable codes?

Given Pentagon's contractor efficiency and reporting requirements, the choices will probably be in a plaintext file accessible from the internet, in a budget report.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TheMeuge Re:You can't sell what you don't have! (274 comments)

This has nothing to do with their network infrastructure, and everything to do with the fact that they would like you to pay out of pocket to stream media on their network. With a 10gb monthly limit on my 4 user plan, if I go away on a trip and watch 3-4 netflix movies in HD, I've used up my entire monthly allowance, and then streaming becomes pay-per-view at $10+ per movie.

They are annoyed that they have customers who still have an "unlimited" plan, and they are effectively converting those users to having a usable 5gb plan.

about 3 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

TheMeuge Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (157 comments)

Of course there would be. That's not the point, and not at all what I was talking about. General education ensures that a person at level 1 with aptitude for level 5 under perfect conditions, can get as close as possible to level 5. Or are you having trouble reading?

about 3 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

TheMeuge Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (157 comments)

I'll feed this troll.

...we're lead to believe with enough money for education everyone can be intelligent!

Appropriate general education ensures that we all have a chance to get to a certain level. Surely some people are more intelligent than others at baseline, but like most characteristics it needs to be exercised and developed... in the absence of education, it's easy to waste what you were born with, and that's what general education tries to prevent - the waste of intelligence. The other important role of education is to ensure that no matter what your level of education, you receive instruction sufficient to let you integrate into society.

about 3 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

TheMeuge Re: 100 to 1000 times below NOEL (162 comments)

You've got to be kidding me. Almost no drug gets anywhere near that. I'm happy with one log10 of leeway.

about 3 months ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

TheMeuge Re:Not such a big problem (74 comments)

Correction: Most newly graduating and practicing doctors. Established doctors make good money, the lowest average being around 150k year. I don't feel for doctors in general because they are making tons of money off the backs of sick patients. It's time to end for-profit medicine and move to a sane single-payer system. The only thing stopping this is the love of money. Things should be like the military or government, where the medical schools are run by the government and doctors graduate with no debt, but are required to give the government 10 years of service in lieu of tuition. They would get promoted based on time in grade and time in service. They would receive sane salaries like military doctors. It's beyond time to remove the incentive of money for good treatment.

Just like bakers, farmers and chefs. They make money off the backs of HUNGRY people. It's time to end for-profit food-making and move to a sane single-payer system. Things should be like the military or government, and they would receive salaries. It's beyond time to remove the incentive of money for good treatment.

See what I did there?

about 3 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

TheMeuge Re: Why not? (619 comments)

Yeah. GPS road tax... sponsored by the NSA and your local police department that does not track you without a warrant.

about 4 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

TheMeuge Re:Irrelevant (187 comments)

At least helicopter daddy and blackhawk mommy give a shit about the Precious. Or do you prefer the absent daddy and welfare mommy? People DO go overboard... but I feel like the pendulum is starting to swing entirely too far the other way.

about 6 months ago
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Closing Surgical Incisions With a Paintbrush and Nanoparticles

TheMeuge researcher vs surgeon (56 comments)

I AM a physician, and yes, whoever does the demonstration takes quite a bit away from the demonstration by being pretty horrific at suturing... like 2nd year medical student who hasn't practiced bad. If they are going to compare quality of tissue approximation between sutures and their glue, they should probably use proper technique. A plastic surgeon would have laid out 10 sutures or more into the same space, probably in half the time. I am sure there's a senior surgery resident out there who wouldn't mind getting a few hundred bucks to tie a few sutures on camera.

That being said, there are some structures in the body that are very fragile, and difficult to sew. Also, the elderly and the chronically ill have tissues that just fall apart, limiting the usefulness of many surgeries in managing their illness. If we could create seams that don't rely as much on tissue strength, we could probably operate on quite a few more people.

about 6 months ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

TheMeuge Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (299 comments)

I once attended a seminar by one of the heads of emergency response from the city that's often portrayed as the world's biggest terrorism target. He was going on about communications equipment that is stored away for use after a low-yield nuke detonation. I asked the speaker whether the equipment and storage facilities are shielded against EMP. He asked me what "EMP" is.

I walked out.

about 7 months ago
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WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

TheMeuge Re:Phew! Thank goodness Bitcoin is not anonymous (240 comments)

There have been plenty of people who argued for banning the use of cash. In many EU countries I believe they already have a ban on cash transactions above 1000 euro.

about 8 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

TheMeuge first they came for our cell phones... (197 comments)

You don't live in that kind of a society right up until the moment when you do live in that kind of a society, at which point it is rather too late to do anything to prevent it. Trust someone who lived behind the iron curtain - you don't WANT to know what society will be like if we keep heading in that direction. However small those steps are, they are not reversible.

about 8 months ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

TheMeuge Re:Where is this leading? (78 comments)

No one seems to think we are on a slippery slope here.

Not anymore. I think we're long past it. We're like Wile E Coyote... we've run off the cliff, just haven't fully realized it yet.

about a year ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

TheMeuge Re:Privacy != Paranoia (78 comments)

Actually, it's worse than that. What will undoubtedly affect most people is not the power imbalance between the individual and the government as a whole, but the tremendous power imbalance between an individual and the lowest tier public worker that has access to that information. When your local policeman will be browsing your daughter's naked photos (that she took in the shower with her cell phone) while contemplating which would be better to coerce her into sex, her confession about cheating in French class, smoking a joint once a year ago, or going on a date with two different people without them knowing it; and when you find out, and the same person will threaten you with being arrested for anything he could make up he saw in the surveillance, put you on a watch list, destroy your life.... that's when you will realize how far the power separation has gone.

Take it from someone who was brought up in the Soviet Union - even the lowliest civil servant had power, and exercised it. There was no action without bribery, and there was not even a concept of freedom... not because of power coming from the top down, but because the system was so skewed at a traffic cop could pull you over, rob you, rape your wife, then kill you both, and if anyone witnessed it, they'd keep their mouth shut.

Power corrupts.

If you give someone absolute access to your information (even forgetting the concept that the latter will likely mean absolute access to making stuff up), you given them absolute power over you.

about a year ago
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Google Glass Making Its Way Into Operating Rooms

TheMeuge Re:More dehumanization in medicine (120 comments)

Well, if we didn't have to document several fold more, and got paid less for interacting with patients, we may do it. As it stands, unless a doctor is doing something to you, he/she is unlikely to get paid much. Obviously there are upsides and downsides to a system that rewards cutting but not measuring.

about a year ago
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Google Glass Making Its Way Into Operating Rooms

TheMeuge Re:Sterilization (120 comments)

Why would it need to be sterilized? It's on a person's face, probably the dirtiest place in the OR. Or are you suggesting that we autoclave all the other surgeons' premium eyewear?

The disposable plastic face shield goes in front of the dirty bacteria-ridden face, glasses or not.

about a year ago

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No charges father after fatal beating of map raping his 4 year old daughter.

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "A Texas grand jury has declined to issue an indictment in a case that proves that common sense can still prevail. The father heard his daughters screams during a family event, he told police, and followed them to a secluded area, where he witnessed an employee of the family attempting to rape his 4-year-old daughter. Several witnesses decribed seeing the father beating the assailant's head against the pavement repeatedly. During the subsequent 911 call, the father's frantic voice can be heard: "I need an ambulance! This guy was raping my daughter, and I beat him up, and I don't know what to do!""
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Malpractice Insurance May Force M.D.'s out of NY

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "Newsday is reporting that recent hikes in malpractice insurance in New York State will amount to a 25% increase in premiums, in addition to a $50'000 surcharge.

With insurance rates peaking at as much as $100'000/year, this will mean that many doctors may have to shell out nearly $175'000 in insurance premiums this year alone. Considering an average physician in private practice makes around $200'000 in New York State (before taxes), it is leaving a significant percentage of doctors with no choice but to pick up and move elsewhere.

Given that health insurance companies have no intention of paying 25% more for doctor's time we're left with a situation where rising healthcare costs are being blamed on overpaid doctors, while liability claims go through the roof and malpractice insurance threatens to reduce the physician to a minimum-wage job."
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Measles Outbreak Reveals Under-Vaccination

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "Recent measles outbreaks in several states, have led to more than 70 cases so far this year, the worst in six years. Uut of the 64 of the most recent cases, 63 of the patients have not been vaccinated. Some in the medical community are concerned that disease outbreaks may be fueled by clusters of believers, dedicated to vaccination controversies. While the a 1998 UK study, proposing a link between autism and the MMR vaccine has long been refuted, and even retracted by 10 of the 12 of its authors, many parents as well as vocal groups across the internet remain committed to the cause."
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Merck settles Vioxx lawsuits for $4.85 Billion

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "Three years after pulling the infamous anti-inflammatory drug off the market and 20 civil trials, Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 Billion to settle nearly 27'000 lawsuits brought by people who claim they or their family members suffered injuries or died as a result of taking the drug. Interestingly, this comes after Merck won most of the lawsuits that reached juries... after the initial spectacular $253 million dollar verdict against the company. As a result, the average plaintiff will receive on the order of $100'000 before legal fees and expenses."

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