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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

bigpat Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Why aren't nurses required to wear the same protective gear as the people cleaning up Ebola contaminated waste... fresh from the patient projectile vomit seems like a much higher risk than three day old bed sheets yet the requirements don't seem to be in place for full protective gear for nurses... I think if the CDC guidelines aren't updated to include full protective gear such as requiring full hazmat suits when in the isolation room with the patient, then we haven't learned anything.

5 days ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

bigpat Re:How many patches did MS push down today for IE? (264 comments)

And more importantly... who in their right mind still uses IE? Internet Explorer is currently blocked by my company's proxy server because it is considered so insecure and isn't likely to get unblocked any time soon.

about a week ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bigpat Re: The $50,000 question... more energy out than i (315 comments)

The way these things are killed are to under budget them, then blame cost overruns as justification for canceling the project. Then everyone says they gave it a chance and it failed and no other similar projects get funding... There are many many varied interests that don't want this type of technological advancement.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bigpat Re:Wait... (315 comments)

the point was that fusion works. it is an observed physical phenomena. My idea for containing it is have a bunch of engineers design a reactor, have a bunch of other engineers and physicists validate the concept and then build it.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bigpat Re:The $50,000 question... more energy out than in (315 comments)

If their design and the math checks out, then it is easily worth $2.7 billion to validate the design by constructing a full size reactor. Heck add another billion to the budget just in case.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bigpat Re:Wait... (315 comments)

tell that to the sun

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bigpat Re: Navel gazing (652 comments)

Libertarian Party does not equal libertarianism. I think the dilution of the word libertarian has been very deliberate. The fundamental ideal of libertarianism is simply the minimization of the threat or use of force in society.

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

bigpat Re:Not the first amendment. (742 comments)

There is no right for corporations to exist. There is a freedom of association, but that is of no specific form. Corporations are government contrived legal entities that are given rights by laws.

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

bigpat Re:Not the first amendment. (742 comments)

Not quite that clear. Congress makes all sorts of laws to enable companies to exist in the first place. If some of those laws enable companies to unreasonably stifle free speech then that would be a violation of the first amendment by proxy.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bigpat Re: Navel gazing (652 comments)

Not at all. Today's vast accumulations of wealth are enabled by government regulations that promote that concentration of wealth in private hands and under limited liability corporate entities. Government protections for private property should have some limits and there also must be limits on private security forces. I don't suggest higher taxes on the ultra rich as a libertarian ideal, or as a left leaning way to concentrate wealth in government hands which is no better than concentration of wealth in private hands. I would lower taxes on the merely rich and middle-class, it is at the extremes of wealth that go beyond mere luxury living that become about coercive and fuedal control of necessary resources. That needs to be addressed through government policy because Liberty shouldn't self destruct.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bigpat Re:Navel gazing (652 comments)

Let me try... The free market isn't a game someone wins it is the playing field and the rules of the game.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bigpat Re:Navel gazing (652 comments)

Not this libertarian. A free market requires freedom not feudalism. And the only way capitalism is an efficient system is when capital is spread out into as many hands as possible. Capitalism is meant as the economic form of democracy in the sense that many hands will most often make better decisions than central planners or kings. Free Market Capitalism isn't meant as a winner take all sport of who can accumulate the most capital in order to buy Hawaii... ie Larry's World. For Free Market Capitalism to work as a system there have to be high taxes on the most rich and/or on vast estates as a way to periodically re-level the playing field and keep some equity in the system.

In the case of nuclear power I think we need a government subsidized build out to insure longer term stability of our energy supply in a carbon free future rather than leave it up to short term whims of profiteers. With nuclear materials the risks and benefits are just too high to leave it to the free market alone.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

bigpat Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

Instead, we'll probably breed right up to the edge of capacity and then die in billions when something unexpected happens.

It should not be considered unexpected.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

bigpat Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

Common Core is a set of curriculum standards not a detailed curriculum itself or the educational materials that go along with that. Having a Common Core shared by most states allows for more competition in educational products such as books, software, handouts and curriculum. This allows publishers to focus on quality rather than spending much time aligning their content to 50 different state standards. I believe the overall effect on education quality has been to raise it, but there are many more important factors to education than just the Common Core.

I think a debate over particular requirements is good and the Common Core should be updated to reflect best practices as much as possible and there should be room in state and Federal funding for new curriculum standards being adopted by schools or school districts in order to properly assess them, but for the most part what I've heard is sniping over examples of poor implementation of the Common Core which is more an issue of bad purchasing decisions by schools and individual school districts.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

bigpat Re:Enforce (122 comments)

I think the Google rule is more a function of battery life since that kind of constant radio communication uploading video back to the cloud is a drain on batteries.

In terms of personal privacy or police state concerns... The police already have decent facial recognition technology available to police and government along with fixed cameras that are hard wired for power. Yes there is a performance issue if you try to match too many faces to too many faces, but as others have said this is subject to Moore's law and the price performance curve of Cloud Computing making this more attainable and more affordable starting with the police and government and hopefully working its way down to civilian use.

To me it is of greater concern if facial recognition technology remains only affordable and practical for the police and government when the technology could be of great help to pro democracy activists. If I were a pro democracy activist in a police state I would want access to facial recognition in order to identify known or suspected police agents that were trying to thwart, subvert or otherwise undermine political organizing activities. Basically all it takes is one paid operative within a peaceful protest to start throwing rocks at the police to justify a police crackdown as law and order rather than political repression. It has even been an issue in the US with paid police infiltrators caught being the ones inciting violence and criminality in order to justify the subsequent police crackdown. If that person could be identified ahead of time as a police operative, then organizers can intervene and expel the person from the protest before they start causing trouble.

Identifying and controlling the troublemakers that try to blend in and cause trouble would be a sea change in a groups ability to organize peaceful protest. Not all troublemakers are paid operatives, some people just like causing trouble. So the ability to take someone's picture, tag them as a potential or known troublemaker and then share that with other organizers would be of great help in countering and exposing that kind of government sponsored sabotage or even just criminal elements out to cause trouble for sport.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

bigpat Re:Math is hard? (283 comments)

Teaser has been updated, so disregard the first paragraph of what I wrote.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

bigpat Re:Math is hard? (283 comments)

The original post was edited to correct the language. When it was first posted it just said the letters were "sent out" but it didn't say to whom they were sent so it could be inferred the 2.4 million letters were sent to the people they were trying to get signatures from.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

bigpat Re:why would you write 1 and not the other? (283 comments)

It is called a form letter. They are used by issue advocacy groups all the time.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

bigpat Re:why would you write 1 and not the other? (283 comments)

If the form says... fill out this form and we will send this form letter with this wording to your representatives... then that is just an honest and straightforward exercise of free speech. Making it convenient for people that share your views to express their views is the most honest thing that is done in politics.

Bribing newspapers and media to cover your issues or candidates in a favorable light by spending big money on advertising is dishonest and undermines our democratic system. Individuals sending individual feedback to their congressmen is a good thing no matter how that is facilitated.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

bigpat Re:Math is hard? (283 comments)

Was just about to point out the dishonest spin in the teaser, but you took the words out of my mouth. I have been involved with issue mailings to people that have previously indicated interest in something and gotten far far less of a response. A 34% response indicates that they had a very very well targeted mailing and indicates that there are a lot of people that do in fact share the perspective. I still think there is a large majority for net neutrality and therefore the FCC which represents the interest of the public should clearly act in that direction.

Also, I have to add that given my more or less libertarian perspective I don't think the Koch brothers anti-regulation libertarian perspective is completely wrong. I just think in this case regulation has already been applied in a lopsided manner that benefited larger businesses, prevented competition and penalized consumers so there is a need to undo the damage caused by previous regulation in a thoughtful way and in this case that means applying different regulations including net neutrality and regulations that effectively promote local competition.

But if all else was equal with vibrant local competition for ISPs I would have been against net neutrality as a government overreach, but I think that largely as a result of regulatory capture that we now are faced with monopolies that are able to corrupt the free market and exert more than their fair share of control so that we need a well crafted net neutrality policy to counterbalance that.

But in my perfect world the FCC would be dissolved by Congress and a new government agency would be focused solely on licensing and regulating over the air spectrum to prevent interference. I see the problem with Comcast and Verizon as being issues of a broken free market and not strictly communications, where issues of local monopolies should be addressed by the Federal Trade Commission in a more vigorous and consistently anti-monopoly way.

about three weeks ago

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