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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

dywolf Re:Still a long way to go ... (65 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.

yesterday
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

dywolf Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 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.

yesterday
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

dywolf Re:Ho-lee-crap (265 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

2 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

dywolf Re:Prison population (407 comments)

the drop in crime rate had more to do with the drop in the levels of lead in the everyday environment following its ban in everyday items like gasoline and paint, than with the "get tough" 80s.

4 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

dywolf Re:Let me FTFY (292 comments)

Ladies and gentlemen, the Anti Union Propogandist.

4 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

dywolf Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

And btw, wth do you mean you never have to deal with snow in Cali ???

4 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

dywolf Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

And yet there's only one type of F150, one type of Camry...
Not the California version, and the Oklahoma version, and then the Alska version...

Probably has something to do with the fact that the MFR's just build their cars to the toughest standards, and then sell them in all 50 states.
Oh, and of course, we already do regulate cars nationwide via the NHTSA.

4 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

dywolf Re:Cui bono? (130 comments)

Ya, but tell that to them and get called a revisionist commie liar who hates Merica.
Then you try telling them that they're engaging in projection, and they get a confused look on their face.

4 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

dywolf Re:freedoms f----d (130 comments)

So if a country seeks to prevent life threatening mistakes through regulations, Merck, Pfizer, GSK etc sue the country/taxpayers ?

LMFTFY

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

dywolf Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

I dont disagree with most of what youre saying. but pikettys main concern wasnt so much corporations as the growth of what we commonly call "old money". money handed down from one generation to the next, growing larger in each generation before being handed to the next. its compounding faster and faster, making the system very top heavy, without any actual labor output involved.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

dywolf Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

No, it doesnt skyrocket.
Look at the onyl people to be infected in this country: two of the nurses who were in close contact with an infected man after he was sick. None of the people who were on the plane with him.

the chances to be infected are so low because the transmissibilty of Ebola is on the very low end of diseases. First, the person has to be showing symptons. People not showing symptoms are not contagious. Preventing its spread really is as simple as good hygeine, not coughing on people or getting coughed on, isolating patients, santizing equipment and room. The transmissibility of ebola is NOTHING like that of hte cold, the flu, or measles.

Our culture, our sanitary habits, our medical system and our faith in it, are far different from that in Africa. Differences that have contributed to its spread over there. We have top notch medical in this country that we dont fear (death squads masquarading as "medical teams" arent a thing over here), we nearly all of us practice obsessive hygiene and sanitation, we dont keep living in the same 1 room home with a patient who is infected after they become infected, and we dont leave dead infected bodies rotting in the open cause we're afraid to bury it.

If a whopping 2 people getting infected scares you, think on this: last year there were over 60,000 motor vehicle deaths, 40,000 gun deaths, and 36,000 deaths to the flu.
I say it again: Ebola is a non threat, regardless of your ignorance or that of whatever news/panic-machine youve been watching.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

dywolf Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

And 99 ("the 99%") people buying a car at 20k spend 1,980,000 in the economy.
The rich do NOT pump more into the economy than the middle and lower classes.

The middle and lower classes are what drive the economy. They (we) spend the most in the economy, both relative to income and in total dollars. The majority of economic activity in this country is driven by the consumption and spending of the middle and lower classes. The economy is not driven by rich folks buyibng 50million dollar homes.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

dywolf Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

To be clear, yes they absolutely do consume more, they consume far more, both relative to income and in total dollars.
you are saying that hte rich spend more in the ecnomy than the middle and lower class and that is patently false.
the rich DO NOT make the economy work, they do not consume more, and they dont spend more as a group in the economy.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

dywolf Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

your chances of being infected with the flu are >95%
your chances of being infected with the ebola are almost nonexistant.

a plane crash is nearly always fatal for most of hte folks on baord.
but your chances of actually crashing are slim to none.
perspective matters.

The flu is far more dangerous on the whole than ebola. Worldwide wide it kills in the undreds of thousands every year. Ebola isnt even in the quintple digits yet. the biggest difficulties in Africa that contribute to its spread are economic and cultural, rather than the disease itself. Because of the combination of its difficulty in transmission and high mortality rate, Ebola if left to its own devices is far more likely to burn itself out than become a truly threatening epidemic. Ebola in a country like the US is a non threat.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

dywolf Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Ebola is not a smart disease. It's too hard to spread and kills too easily. Basic sanitation and seperation is generally all it takes to keep it contained and prevent it from spiraling out of control. the fact it's so deadly actually helps prevent its spread, as it can burn itself out.

In contrast the flu spreads extremely easily and is much hard to stop. And. That actually makes it more dangerous, allowing to infect and kill more people before its done. Every year it kills about 36000 people in the US alone. And that's a normal, minor flu year.

Truly bad flu epidemics, which we thankfully havent seeni n some time, can kill in the millions. The 1918 flu killed between 50 and 100 MILLION people, 675,000 of them in the US. It was the single deadliest event or chain events of the entire 20th Century.

So yes, you're right.
We should stop comparing it to the flu.
The flu is far more dangerous.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

dywolf Re:NO (463 comments)

it wont work, so lets do it anyway!

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

dywolf Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

Still wont solve the problem.

A tax on consumption hits those hardest who consume the most: the middle and lower classes.
And it does nothing to stop or slow the growth of wealth accumulation.
Consumption taxes only feed wealth accumulation.

Whereas on a tax on capital, on wealth, does precisely that: it targets wealth inequality directly, reducing the top heaviness of the system.
You may not be able to run a country off it (which is why income or consumption taxes across the majority of society will still be important), but thats not its purpose.
It's purpose is to keep the system stable so it doesnt run off the tracks. It's one of those necessary restraints on capitalism to it from its own self destructive tendencies.

5 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.
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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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