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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

dywolf Re:A bit???? (130 comments)

Some amount of paranoia can be healthy. But youre BSI.
As the other dude said: just turn off your wifi and dont connect.
If they really wanted data on whos going to the airport, there is little to stop Cisco from just partnering with the airlines in the first place.

9 minutes ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

dywolf Re:A bit???? (130 comments)

So what you're saying is:

When you are standing in line... ...at the security checkpoint of an airport... ...it's an invasion of privacy for them to know where you are...?

2 hours ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

dywolf Re:Oooh ... formally promised ... (127 comments)

I suspect that a company that builds it reputation on "we wont sell your stuff", and attracts customers based primarily on that mission statement, would lose said customers if it pulled a 180. Whether they can replace those customers is a different matter. But its like the question of whether or not Toys R Us is legally bound to sell toys forever, or if it can turn into a meat shop: they absolutely can decide to go the meat route, but it would be silly and completely nonsensical given their name and market strategy.

2 hours ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

Little of what you stated was factual.
When has he ever tried to work with Congress you ask? TRY EVERY TIME.
From the begining, he has tried to work with Congress.
From the begining, the GOP has been dedicated to complete and total opposition to everything the Prez says.

The idea that he wont work with the GOP is a farce. Yes, he has sabotaged his own agenda...in order to try and make a compromise with the other side.
But every time he offer an olive branch they petulently slap it away, because to them the definition of compromise is "we get everything we want, or else."

Stimulus:

Before he took office, Obama began outlining the contours of the federal stimulus package he wanted to get passed, reached out to Republican leaders (then in the minority in both houses of Congress) for their ideas, and threw in a bunch of tax cuts to draw in GOP support for the legislation. “I think he’s already been listening to the suggestions we’ve made,” Mitch McConnell said after initial talks. [..] while Obama did have the stronger hand, he was willing to make concessions to gain passage of the bill, and ended up having to do exactly that. To earn the bare minimum of Republican support needed to get the bill past a Senate filibuster, the White House had to swallow steep cuts to state education programs and other liberal priorities.

The Republicans, meanwhile, were negotiating in bad faith. No matter what Obama threw at them, the House GOP leadership had already decided to oppose him. As NBC noted in its piece, the strategy they adopted from before the beginning of the Obama administration was to fight Obama on everything and work to retake Congress in 2010. Then-Minority Whip Eric Cantor successfully corralled every single member of the House Republican caucus into voting against the stimulus package. “We’re not here to cut deals and get crumbs and stay in the minority for another 40 years,” Cantor said at the time. Only three Senate Republicans – moderates all, one of whom officially became a Democrat months later – voted for the stimulus.

Healthcare:

Largely absent from the discussion of the Affordable Care Act is the fact that this “big government socialist takeover of the health care industry” is actually a pretty conservative piece of legislation. And even less remarked upon is the degree to which Obama sought out Republican input for his healthcare proposals.

The road from vague notions of “healthcare reform” to the concrete reality of the Affordable Care Act was marked by disappointment after disappointment by the White House’s progressive allies, who swallowed hard as pie-in-the-sky dreams of single-payer dissolved into the tepid hope of a “public option,” which dissolved further into grudging acceptance of a healthcare law that has a long GOP pedigree and was pioneered by the former Republican governor of Massachusetts. That pedigree is the reason why the law was studded with Republican healthcare reform ideas – something Republicans refuse to admit as they claim that the law was drafted without their input. That’s also part of the reason why the Republicans, as yet, have not coalesced around an alternative to the Affordable Care Act – everything they come up with ends up looking like Obamacare.

President Obama sought out the Republicans and asked them for ideas during the drafting process. “I believe they’re making an honest and overt effort to deal with Republicans,” Rep. Mike Castle said at the time. (Castle would go on to lose the 2010 Delaware Senate primary to living Tea Party caricature Christine O’Donnell.) Over and over, again and again, Obama tried to bring Republicans to the table and offered compromises on healthcare. And each time he was met with the same answer: no.

“What they want isn’t a bill that incorporates their ideas,” Ezra Klein wrote of the GOP in 2010. “They’ve already got that. What they want is no bill at all. And that’s a hard position for the White House to compromise with.”

(source material from http://www.salon.com/2014/10/2... of which I only quoted part)

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Let's start by closing the front door (379 comments)

No, let's start by coming back to reality, back to actual facts.
Startign with: There are no direct flights. None.

No US airlines fly to Africa. The airlines stopped going when the outbreaks began, over 3 months ago. That's why this talking point is stupid. It ignores reality (shocking!).

There is precisely one flight into and out of the Liberia right now, through Brussels, Belgium. It exists because the Belgain airline, at the WHO's request, specifically maintains an air link into Ebola affected countries, specifically for the purposes of keeping a known route open for medical teams and supplies and aid to fly into affected countries, and to provide a known route out for people trying to leave.

Why provide a known route out? So you know who is leaving, and can track them, and monitor them. Like a honey pot.
If there is no route out, motivated individuals will make one, and health officials wont know who they are, where they went, and who they were in contact with.
There is less hazard in having a known route, than in having NO route.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (379 comments)

as opposed to the Party of No? The party that stated on Day 1: "We will oppose everything he says, and make hima one term President" ??

Example:
POTUS: Lets bomb Syria.
GOP: No, now is not the right time. This President is irresponsibly suggesting sending our boys into harms way.
POTUS: Let's not bomb Ukraine.
GOP: This President is weak, a coward. We need to show the world we are strong and stand up to Russia, even if it means sending troops.

or maybe these two different positions taken by Speaker of hte House Boehner, less than 24 hours apart:
July 30, 2014 - We are suing the President for abusing his executive powers and not coming to Congress to deal with the ACA's implementation.
July 31, 2014 - The President doesn't need Congress's permission to act, and should use his Executive Power to solve the immigration crisis instead of waiting for Congress.

But it's the President who won't comprise. Sure.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (379 comments)

imagine that: a doctor who thinks things that kill and otherwise impair the health of people is a public health issue.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

Reality calling.
It misses you.
Wishes you would return to it.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Maybe we need a Surgeon General (379 comments)

they could, but procedural rules in parlimentary bodies are a Really Big Deal (tm).
they're practically sacred and nearly untouchable.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re: Politics (379 comments)

Bernie Sanders is one man, who yells at the democrats as much as he does Republicans. You dont seemt o udnerstand the very words you wrote. He is a registered independent, he only caucauses with the dems because they are the closest to the platform he stands on.

And to be clear: he is not a MArxist, leninist, moaist. These things are not synonymous, not to each other, and not to the concept of socialism.
And to be clear again: the democratic party is NOT run by progressives, and there IS a shortage of actual progressives.
The democratic party of today is most like the Republican party of the 50s: it is a MODERATE party that is very pro-business.
And if the Republicans are so pro-civil rights, why do they oppose equal rights for women and homosexuals under the law?
Why do they repeatedly oppose the Equal Rights Amendment to codify it once and for all?
If they're so pro Democracy, why do they try to stop their opposition from voting?
Why do they insist repeatedly that we are not a democracy, and there is no actual "right to vote" ??

In your view, both parties are too liberal? Given that over the past 40 years the entire country's political spectrum has shifted rightward, with BOTH parties becoming more conservative, how does that work?

But once again, we confront the fact that you dont live in reality.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

I know reality has a liberal bias, but that's only because people like you refuse to live in reality.

Obamacare IS Romneycare. Every key part of it came from the Heritage Foundations original idea created in the late 80s/early 90s, regardless of however much the HF has tried to disown their very own idea.

The onyl reason Democrats ever opposed it in the past is because the best solution, a nationalized system, like every civilized country in the world that has a system better than ours, was what they actually wanted. The reason they got behind the HF's plan is because they realized compromise was the best way forward. But naturally, as soon as the left supported the right's plan, the right abandoned it, because they dont truly want compromise, and they can only define themselves and their platform in opposition to the left. they refuse to admit there might be areas of agreement, because the idea of admitting they agree with the opposition, ON ANYTHING, is anathema to them, and they fear how it will play in elections. its pitiful.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re: Politics (379 comments)

given how much we overpay, that's not really a concern.
in fact, nonprofits actually have a problem with maintaining nonprofit status, cause they have to find something to do with the money to keep form calling it profits.
nonprofit hospital CEOs make more than the CEOs of for-profit hospitals.
nonprofithospitals tend to be larger, more hospital beds, more equipment.
theres lots of good articles on this stuff.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

No, its not buckpassing.
this is a big nation with a HUGE healthcare industry.
Seriously, healthcare is over 20% of our national GDP.
The CDC cannot be everywhere.
Thats why they make guidelines for hospitals and healthcare workers to follow.

The responsibility rests squarely and solely on the hospital that screwed up: the man said he had been in west africa in the outbreak zone and had a fever. they misdiagnosed him and ignored the red flags of his history.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

Civilian gun ownership isnt what freaks people out.
Guns in the hands of those too immature, too irresponsible, or not technically proficient is what people fear.
With cars we at least try to take steps prevent those sorts of people from getting behind the wheel.
Few places in this country make any such efforts with guns.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

"If they had just stated the truth"

You mean like the head of the CDC and various medical professional have been every day for the past 5 months?
Seriously, just how far up there is your head?

The fear isnt from a lack of effort on the parts of the experts, you twit. It's from the hyper saturation of the 24 hour news cycle with baseless and hysterical claims, where they spend 23.9 hours a day stoking fear, and let an expert speak rationally for the remaining 0.1 hours.

yesterday
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

dywolf Re:Politics (379 comments)

Last I checked it wasn't the president who determines funding to government agencies, but Congress. And this stuff about "czars" is only because Congress refuses to approve any nominees for any position the President nominates, including the Surgeon General.

The last 6 years in a nutshell:

Step 1: POTUS tries to work with Congress.
Step 2: Congress refuses to do anything.
Step 3: Congressional says: "The President should show more leadership" (actual quote)
Step 4: POTUS sidesteps Congress since they shoot down everything he suggests anyway
Step 5: "This President is a lawless President who ignores the Constitution and abuses his power."
Step 6: GOTO Step 1

Think it's a joke? Think back just a couple months:
July 30, 2014: We are suing the President for abuse of Executive Power in the implementation of the ACA. - Speaker of the House, John Boehner
July 31, 2014: The President can and should use Executive Power to address the immigration crisis. - Speaker of the House, John Boehner

So yes, it's about politics.
But no, it isn't about power.
This about sidestepping the do-nothing hypocrits in Congress.

yesterday
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

dywolf Re:Still a long way to go ... (70 comments)

I was going to say "mount the controls above a yawning chasm inside an artificial moon, yet within walking distance of the hangar bay". Yours works too though.

2 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

dywolf Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

This may come as a shock to you, but there's mountains running nearly the entire length of the state, and people live on or near them, on both sides of them. And those mountains...they get snow. Places like Truckee, Tahoe, Shingleton, Susanville, Redding, Shasta, etc. You do realize there's quite a bit more to the state than just LA and the Bay Area, yes? You act like you think I have no familiarity with the state, yet I seem to know more about than you, having grown up out there.

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

dywolf Re:Ho-lee-crap (272 comments)

the cargo vessel is little more than a reinforced box.
the aircraft carrier has thousands of rooms with reinforced bulkheads to withstand damage, dedicated to seperates task and thousands of miles of wiring.

its like comparing a box store to a skyscraper

3 days ago

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America's Internet is the Best, Europe's a failure, says Washington DC Expert

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the NBCC in Washington, D.C., has written that that America's Internet is the best in the world. "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms and the free market, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. "It's why America's Internet is faster than in leading Eurpean nations. The greatest Internet companies in the world — from Amazon to Facebook — are American companies. We should stick with the free-market system that's worked so well.""
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CEO of National Black Chamber of Congress says America's Internet is the Best

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the National Black Chamber of Congress in Washington, D.C., wrote into The Oklahoman newspaper to rebut a previous letter to the editor decrying the stat of America's Internet. He tells tell us not to fear, that America's Internet is the best in the world. Apparently "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. The letter can be found here: http://newsok.com/free-market-system-worked-for-americas-internet/article/3879006"
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Writer extols crowd sourced crime solving...while ignoring it's failure

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Gary C. Kessler, a contributor to CNN Opinion, has written a piece in which he extols the virtues of crowdsourcing, and how it helped capture the Bostom bombers....except for that part where crowdsourcing failed to indentity the real suspects, and actually led to some false accusations. He then goes on to talk about the privacy issues involved in constant public surveillance. From the article: "The Boston Marathon bombing investigation made use of crowdsourcing to collect photos and video from cell phones and surveillance cameras at an unprecedented level. These pictures were made public a little more than 72 hours after the explosions and the second suspect was arrested 29 hours later.
[...]
The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly offer citizens a right of privacy, although many court decisions certainly support such an ideal. Indeed, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is well known for his observation, 'The right to be left alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.'""

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Hostess, maker of Twinkies, to shutdown

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "In a shocking and disturbing bit of news Hostess, unable to work out a new contract with its bakers who are striking, has filed for bankrupty and requested permission from the court to shutdown operations. The world's most perfect food in the upcoming apocalypse may disappear as the Twinkie supply dwindles."
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Electronic Arts pulls Bait and Switch with FIFA 13

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Electronic Arts has released FIFA 13. The problem? It's FIFA 12 with a new box. Same graphics, same modes, literally the same everything. Other than new socks for your players."
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Indian Superbug gene found in American cat

dywolf dywolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "The NDM-1 story has been long and contentious (my archive of posts is here), but from the first, two things have been clear. However the political battles fall out, medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected."
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