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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Triklyn Re:goes to show (463 comments)

hrm, looks like CDC has powers to quarantine, but generally for national entry and interstate travel. within states i'm thinking it serves in an advisory capacity for state and local authorities. States rights baby.

4 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Triklyn Re:What? (545 comments)

sounds like you have a stalker and bigger concerns at that point.

5 days ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Triklyn Re:Manned, no... but transhuman, maybe. (214 comments)

in that case, maybe we'll progress to a point politically that the definition of "human" and "manned" will expand to include our creations... and our mars rovers will have been the first men to walk on mars :)

5 days ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Triklyn Re: Missing option (214 comments)

food, air and water weigh a crapload, and don't get you very much other than keeping some of you "instruments" functional.

5 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Triklyn Re:Oh great (545 comments)

his comment was more amusing than your retort

5 days ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Triklyn Re:One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

because it's a lot easier for the US to stop a infection in its population than in a population it has no influence over?

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

Triklyn Re:One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

spanish flu killed 50-100 million people, because it infected 500 million and had a 10-20 % mortality rate.

you want enough people to survive to spread quickly, you want something that spreads like wildfire. Ebola isn't the easiest thing to spread, because it incapacitates the hell out of the carrier during their most infectious period, and it makes them pretty visibly infectious. And the mortality rate on ebola is too high to be scary.

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

Triklyn Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

... it's really not that hard to contain. you don't need a hospital to quarantine 150 people. all you need is a parking lot. mobilize the national guard, throw everyone in hazmat suits. civil liberties might take a massive hit, but it's pretty easy to contain. it's not like the sick are going to be terribly mobile for long anyway.

honestly, one guy brought ebola over, and the first thing we heard about was the 6 kids he came into contact with. his family was immediately quarantined, they'll quarantine the people they probalby talked to if they feel it necessary. this breakout scenario... how exactly will you get 150 people infected? who isn't going to notice 20 people with ebola showing up in the hospital room? why haven't they figured out patient zero is and who else could possibly be infected?

the only way i see 150 infected patients randomly popping up with ebola... is intentional at a large scale gathering or a really really unfortunate series of events. maybe a celebrity at comic-con shaking hands with fans.

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

Triklyn Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

probably because half the hosts die.

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

Triklyn Re:Easy question (478 comments)

i'm intrigued... i've never witnessed this level of genuine paranoia...

could i perhaps study you by watching you 24/7?

no?

that's ok, i promise i won't. cross my heart, i won't spy on you.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

that's fine, but it's also too narrow. yeah, my nation would be able to overpower yours, completely and utterly. but at what cost, what are the benefits of peaceful coexistence?

our coexistence is not zero sum. for one, if my neighbor prospers, he's less likely to rob me.

Peace is more economically viable, it's better for everybody. But if we're hit, i expect my nation to try and dissuade anyone from ever hitting us again :).

I said that other nations are at their leisure to spy on me and kill me in a hyperbolic fashion. It is their job to do everything in their power to advance the interest of their constituents. Usually this means making nice with America and the rest of the world and attracting foreign investment and economic growth. But spying is also something they should be doing. assassinating may be on the cards as well.

As they put it in The West Wing
"If Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been successful... statues built of an assassin."

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

:) i got that, again, human rights are there, but less important than imagined. I take a cynical view of history. paying lip service to human rights is progress. sanctions in response to invading a sovereign state is progress, restraint in violence against our enemies... this is progress.

I give china a pass, because 4 decades ago it was literally starving. now it's not, and it's run roughshod over the rights of its people, but look how far they've come.

Anyway, "you" believe in human rights, that's fine, volunteer your life to do something about it, but don't volunteer mine.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

i'm actually kinda confused as to what you mean, please expand on that.

An American life better damn well be more important to the american government then a non-american life. Just as a british life must ultimately be the responsibility of the UK and not the USA, and a japanese life to Japan and a chinese life to china.

I submit myself to the laws of my country, the taxes of my country, and in return i expect them to look out for my interests.
The american government better damn well have the stance of America first. I think any government that doesn't have that stance, will not be government for long.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:So what they are saying... (335 comments)

well, yeah, we believe in freedom and democracy and human rights for our people first.

When the democratically elected leader of a nation wants to kill americans. My government better damn well not respect their democratic process. Economically speaking, if it's a zero sum situation i expect my government to look out for "my" interests.

if there's a humanitarian situation, my government better not let instability in a region spread and destabilize the rest of it. Altruism is good, but it's also not practical or political for its own sake. there's always an upside to stability and peace, pretending there's not is both naive and evil.

being about humanitarian causes is good, but not at the cost of your economic growth. good stable societies are better suited to technological growth... you know i'm assuming.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:So what they are saying... (335 comments)

I'm almost positive that our constitution does not prevent our government from infringing the rights of foreign nationals in foreign nations. Congress shall pass no law... etc, passing a law that covers people outside your legal jurisdiction would be pointless.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

in soviet russia, no discussion would take place. yes hyperbole is fun, but it's also wrong. Stood against totalitarianism, communism and fascism. We are nowhere near that, and will never be, because at least we're having the conversation about how to proceed.

You're looking at the growing pains of navigating tricky waters in an increasingly complex world.

How to fight terrorism? can't declare war, nation-states aren't the enemy. How to fight radical islam, without appearing to condone religious discrimination. How to fight organized crime in an increasingly technological world, where the old laws don't suffice? How to protect national economic interests in an increasingly global economy?

This is being brought up in court you pissant, don't be facetious.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Triklyn Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

:) my government is there to protect my rights, not yours.

I always laugh when i see my government spying on other governments and those other governments getting snippy.

the crime is never the spying, it's the getting caught. My government is there to protect my rights, spy if they must, kill if they really must, but protect me. Your government is also doing the same, and it's at its leisure to spy on me, kill me if they can swing it and decide i'm a terrible threat, or whatnot. This is what i pay for, this is what i expect. They are not "my government" because they value my life and liberties equal to yours.

When did we get the impression that governments weren't supposed to spy on each other? when did we get the impression that the world was so... innocent? trust but verify :)

about two weeks ago

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