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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

hrvatska Re:Extrapolation (421 comments)

Since the comment I was replying to specifically stated, "Either possibility increases the likelihood that the disease mutates to become airborne which is a far more dangerous transmission mode of infection", I thought it was implicit that we were discussing mutations modifying a virus' mode of transmission.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

hrvatska Re:Extrapolation (421 comments)

I stated my reasons in my post. You've yet to present a case where a virus mutates and expands the ways in which it is transmitted. None of your examples accomplished that. Can you cite one example where it has been proven that a virus mutated and went from being transmitted by bodily fluids to airborne transmission via small particle dispersal? Viruses jumping from one species to another is well established. Viruses don't even need to mutate to do that. The point of all this is how likely is the variant of Ebola that we're dealing with to mutate and become transmissible in a way that would make it much more contagious. From what I've read that sort of mutation seems to be exceedingly rare and there doesn't seem to be any reason to think that the current Ebola epidemic will lead to such an occurrence. The final sentence in your post that I was replying to said,

Either possibility increases the likelihood that the disease mutates to become airborne which is a far more dangerous transmission mode of infection than via skin contact.

This whole thread from there down is what is the likelihood of that occurring. What is the likelihood that the current strain of Ebola that is being transmitted person to person will mutate in such a way that it becomes airborne. And by airborne we're talking about it becoming flu like, not being transmitted via large droplets in spit or mucous when a person sneezes. We're talking about small particle aerosol dispersion, like the flu or measles. While viruses undergo frequent mutation, some types of changes are more likely to occur than others. AIDS never became an airborne disease. Measles never became a mosquito borne disease. Yellow fever never became an airborne disease. Small pox didn't change its mode of transmission. If none of these ever changed their mode of transmission, despite millions and millions of more cases than we're likely to see from Ebola, why would the current strain of Ebola do so? What makes this current strain of Ebola an exception to what seems a general rule?

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

hrvatska Re:Extrapolation (421 comments)

The point was that none of your examples represent a virus mutation causing a new mode of transmission. The Ebola one doesn't. The influenza one doesn't. The AIDS one doesn't.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

hrvatska Re:Extrapolation (421 comments)

For example, Ebola has made this transition to airborne transmission before. Influenza has been transmitted by diarrhea before. Bubonic Plague is another disease that has managed the transition to airborne transmission. And of course, AIDS was readily transmitted by blood transfusion and shared needle use even though that's not its original mode of transmission. So there's four examples right there, including Ebola itself.

The variety of Ebola that is suspected of being transmittable via small particle dispersal is the Reston variant. It has not been proven that the Reston variant is transmittable by small particle aerosol dispersion, just suspected. It's worth noting that the Reston variant is not pathological in humans. No humans who have acquired it have become ill. The presence of influenza virus in children's diarrhea is not necessarily a new mode of transmission. It may have always been present but no one looked for it until very recently. Just as influenza has shown up in bird shit since forever, it doesn't seem unreasonable that it might be present in the diarrhea of children. From what I've been able to find out it does not appear that influenza has mutated and is being transmitted through a new mode. Pneumonic plague is not a new mode of transmission, and the bacterium that causes it is the same as the one that is transmittable by insect bites. Besides, plague is not a virus. AIDS has always transmitted via bodily fluids. Blood transfusions and shared needles are still transfer by bodily fluid.Every virus that can survive in the blood is transmittable by these means by default. None of the examples that you provided qualify as an example of a virus changing its mode of transmission.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

hrvatska Re:Extrapolation (421 comments)

Either possibility increases the likelihood that the disease mutates to become airborne which is a far more dangerous transmission mode of infection than via skin contact.

I have read that viruses don't change their mode of transmission. AIDS, for instance, despite hundreds of thousands of cases, never changed its mode of transmission. Perhaps what I read is wrong, so I'm wondering, how many viral diseases can you cite where the mode of transmission changed?

about 2 months ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

hrvatska Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

Both outcomes are very germane to the debate of whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Good statistics should be used to guide policy. When you say "both outcomes you've described mean nothing to dead people", that comes off to me in the same way as "think of the children" does. Law enforcement has various means to test impairment that may not be as definitive as a breathalyzer (whose accuracy is considered debatable by some), but are still good enough to determine if a person is fit to drive. Instead of banning marijuana, how about if we instead develop more effective means of determining if a person is fit to drive? It shouldn't matter whether a person is unfit to drive because of alcohol, pot, old age or blood pressure medication, they're still unfit to drive.

about 4 months ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

hrvatska Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

THC being present in a person's system is a poor indicator that they were high on THC at the time of an accident. THC can show up in drug tests for weeks after person last consumed it and the mental effects have long since dissipated. How many of those people with THC in their systems involved in accidents also had elevated levels of alcohol or other drugs in their systems? Rather than use a very inaccurate measure like the mere presence of THC in the blood, why not look at vehicular fatality rates in states that have legalized medical marijuana or legalized recreational marijuana? What happened to traffic fatality rates in California since it legalized medical marijuana? What has happened to traffic fatality rates in Colorado since legal recreational marijuana has been available?

about 4 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

hrvatska Foxbot lifespan (530 comments)

Foxconn said its new "Foxbots" will cost roughly $20,000 to $25,000 to make, but individually be able to build an average of 30,000 devices.

Does this mean that after building about 30,000 devices that a Foxbot will need to be overhauled or scrapped?

about 5 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

hrvatska Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

Not yet. The $15/hr minimum wage will go into effect over several years.

about 5 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

hrvatska Re:Administrators (538 comments)

In most US states the highest paid public employee is a football or basketball coach.

about 6 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

hrvatska Re:Thanks Jenny (747 comments)

Jenny McCarthy couldn't have done it without news and talk shows presenting her views as being just as valid as real medical experts. It isn't so much 'Thanks Jenny' as 'Thanks Oprah for being more interested in ratings than public health'.

about 9 months ago
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IBM Looking To Sell Its Semiconductor Business

hrvatska Re:What's left? (195 comments)

IBM has a huge software group.

about 10 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

hrvatska Re:lets not (214 comments)

It hardly seems wild if there aren't wild things that can eat people in it.

about a year ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

hrvatska Re:Commercial Flop? (178 comments)

Early on IBM made a lot of money off PCs. It made buckets of money from the original PC, the PC XT and the PC/AT. It was only after PCs became commodity items that IBM was unable to maintain their traditionally high profit margins.

about a year ago
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First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

hrvatska Children's books and other large format books (212 comments)

If the only users of libraries were people who only read text, I would be OK with an all e-reader library. However, I've noticed that my local library's children section is well used, and a lot of those users are early readers and parents of early readers who take out books where the illustrations matter as much as the words. And many of those books are large format that don't do well in a smaller format. It seems like a library going to an all e-reader format is abandoning an awful lot of the books for early readers.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

hrvatska Re:Lie a little (629 comments)

I recently interviewed six candidates from Europe for a position that would be managed from the US. None of their CVs had an age or marital status. Perhaps they don't specify it for US based jobs. They all had graduation dates, so it wasn't hard to estimate their ages.

1 year,23 days
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How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

hrvatska Re:Health exchange sabotage (333 comments)

Once he selected NY as his state he was presented with a link to the NY site. That happened at the beginning of the federal site, before he started entering registration data. Once he got onto the NY site he had to enter registration data before he could compare plans.

about a year ago
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How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

hrvatska Re:Health exchange sabotage (333 comments)

My son just applied for insurance for his family through the NY exchange. I sat with him through the process just to see what it was like. The process was pretty painless and he found a plan that offered the same coverage as his current one for about $250 per month less. What I didn't like about the process is that you had to officially register in order to comparison shop.

about a year ago
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DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

hrvatska Re:Mythical Man-Month (429 comments)

It's not so much that they are throwing more bodies, but that for such a high profile web site they are just now bringing in the best and the brightest. Why weren't these people working on this project from the beginning? I don't know that it would have mattered though, as the main problem seems to have been that too much of the requirements were not well defined until too late in t he development cycle. Software projects get delayed all the time, but this one seems to have been pushed out before it was thoroughly tested. My guess is that plenty of people knew this thing was half baked, but that the release date couldn't slip for political reasons.

about a year ago
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Another Science Facility Bites the Dust, Temporarily

hrvatska Re:that's Obama's choice (193 comments)

Obama is choosing what to close and what not to close. Closing these facilities, national parks, monuments, etc. is pure politics on his part. There are plenty of other things he could cut, and he could have cut a long time ago.

Without funding from a continuing resolution, how would Obama keep these facilities, national parks, monuments, etc. funded and running?

about a year ago

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Cold Spring Linked to Dramatic Sea Ice Loss

hrvatska hrvatska writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hrvatska (790627) writes "An article at wunderground.com reports that researchers have linked large snowstorms and cold spring weather across Britain and large parts of Europe and North America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice. It is thought that the Arctic ice loss adds heat to the ocean and atmosphere, which shifts the position of the jet stream allowing cold air from the Arctic to plunge much further south. Researchers expect that a warming Arctic ocean will drive more extreme weather in North America and Europe."
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Global warming may increase the cost of electrical production

hrvatska hrvatska writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hrvatska (790627) writes "An article in the journal Nature Climate Change, details the results of an analysis on the effect that lower summer river flows and higher river water temperatures would have on thermoelectric power plants, which includes nuclear and fossil fuel plants. Many of these plants depend on an adequate supply of river water below a specific temperature to operate at full capacity. During recent warm, dry summers in 2003, 2006 and 2009 several thermoelectric power plants in Europe were forced to reduce production, because of restricted availability of cooling water. The limited supply of electricity in combination with increased production costs lead to significant rises in electricity prices. In the US a similar event in 2007–2008 caused several power plants to reduce production, or shut down for several days owing to a lack of surface water for cooling and environmental restrictions on thermal discharges. The authors of the article conclude that climate change will impact thermoelectric power production in Europe and the US through a combination of increased water temperatures and reduced river flow, especially during summer. In particular, thermoelectric power plants in southern and southeastern Europe, and the southeastern US will be affected by climate change."
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NRC approves the design of Westinghouse's AP1000 r

hrvatska hrvatska writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hrvatska (790627) writes "The NY Times has an article about the US NRC commission approval of the design of Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor for the US, clearing the way for two American utilities to continue the construction of projects in South Carolina and Georgia. The last time a nuclear power plant in the US entered service was 1996. The AP1000 was discussed on /. in April of 2009. Since that time we've had the Fukushima disaster. Has the Fukushima disaster shifted anyone's opinion on the merits of or problems with the design of the AP1000?"
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hrvatska hrvatska writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hrvatska (790627) writes "An article in the New York Times reports on a ban by the history department at Middlebury College on citing Wikipedia in papers or exams. The ban came after a number of students used inaccurate information from the same article on an exam. The ban is being actively debated at the school, and does not apply to all departments. Jim Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, is quoted as saying "Basically, they are recommending exactly what we suggested — students shouldn't be citing encyclopedias. I would hope they wouldn't be citing Encyclopaedia Britannica, either." The article does not say whether or not the history department permits Encyclopaedia Britannica to be cited as a source."

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