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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

ibpooks Re:You have your own brick wall (1050 comments)

I've been going to an acupuncturist for over ten years, and I can tell you without any hesitation it has helped me tremendously.

Wow, and it's only taken 10 years of treatment?

about a week ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

ibpooks Number is irrelevant compared to severity (170 comments)

By orders of magnitude, when we find new vulnerabilities, we share them

Number is irrelevant compared to severity, and you can be damn sure they keep the severe ones to themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

ibpooks Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

That's a very naive view of evolution, as many of the underlying concepts are testable and repeatable. In fact, Dr. Richard Lenski at Michigan State has conducted some of the first and longest running scientifically-controlled demonstrations of evolution in E. coli bacteria. Perhaps it is one of the reasons this religious group has targeted the institution.

http://myxo.css.msu.edu/ecoli/

about 2 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

ibpooks Filter (253 comments)

Could we please get a tag to filter out this narcissistic drivel from the ever-obnoxious Bennet?

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

ibpooks Re:So a death of a child is ok with you? And the o (255 comments)

Except that the driver has almost certainly voided their "residential grade" insurance policy by driving passengers commercially; meaning that they are essentially operating a vehicle uninsured. The state should step in to put a stop to this practice.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

ibpooks Thank You (445 comments)

OP, on behalf of those of use who live next to assholes -- Thank you for being a considerate neighbor! Even if you don't find a perfect solution, the fact you care enough to do the research and find something better is admirable.

about a year ago
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Cognitive Software Identifies America's Brainiest Cities

ibpooks False Assumption (143 comments)

And all of this based on the false assumption that Lumosity's pseudoscience click-on-the-shiny-colors games are any good at measuring "brain performance".

more than 2 years ago
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Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced

ibpooks Re:Bipartisan support (548 comments)

There are two within 3 miles of my house. One the foundation finally gave out in a heavy rain storm and will not even be considered for repair until 2014 according to the road commission. The other bridge is significantly damaged with traffic now reduced to one lane and limits on truck weight and [i]may[/i] be repaired next year.

more than 3 years ago
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The EFF Reflects On ICE Seizing a Tor Exit Node

ibpooks Re:ICE is doing what now? (252 comments)

Often child and other illegal pornography production is found when ICE is going after human trafficking, indentured servitude, sex slavery and all of the other unsavory elements in the economy of illegal immigration.

more than 3 years ago
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4G and CDMA Reportedly Hacked At DEFCON

ibpooks Re:And they said I was crazy (139 comments)

Waiting for a prepaid App-phone that I like on a prepaid plan less than $30 a month for each phone.

LG Optimus or Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile is $25/mo. with no contract. Not bad at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Bill Clinton Says 'Paint Your Roofs White'

ibpooks Re:Can't we get a color-changing paint? (722 comments)

No white is still better in the winter. Black roofing causes excessive melting of the snow during daylight leading to iced up gutters and ice dams at night which end up causing major water damage.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm

ibpooks Re:I can kind of understand (581 comments)

The difference though is that, unlike other businesses, doctors are legally forbidden from disputing bad reviews. HIPPA (U.S. patient privacy law) doesn't even allow doctors to acknowledge that a particular person was in fact a patient, let alone specifically addressing the elements of his complaint. This creates an unfair situation whereby patients (or even fake patients) can say whatever they want about the doctor and he cannot legally confirm or deny any of the allegations against him without acknowledging the person was a patient.

more than 3 years ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

ibpooks Re:Multiple? (458 comments)

C'mon, everyone knows the feds don't knock anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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World's Smallest Wedding Rings Made of DNA

ibpooks Just created? (80 comments)

Umm...married people have been exchanging DNA for a very long time.

more than 3 years ago
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Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

ibpooks Re:Good. (705 comments)

There is a good reason not to tax out-of-state business, and that is that the state is not spending any money to support that business. It's not using the roads, school system, power grid, police or fire protection, unemployment insurance, or any other state service. The only inputs and outputs they have in the state are already taxed. For example I pay taxes on my phone, DSL, or cable line used to contact Amazon, as does my ISP on all of their local PoPs, and UPS and FedEx pay registration tax, sales tax, gas tax and property tax on their delivery vehicle fleet and warehouses. Amazon is using no resources in my state, so it is nothing other than a cash-grab to suggest that purchases there should be subject to sales tax.

more than 3 years ago
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30 Years To Clean Up Fukushima Dai-Ichi

ibpooks Re:Filtration (342 comments)

Reverse Osmosis is filtration, not a chemical process. It would be a stretch to call distillation a chemical process.

more than 3 years ago
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30 Years To Clean Up Fukushima Dai-Ichi

ibpooks Re:Filtration (342 comments)

Yes you can do so easily. Ever heard of a water softener? They have a rack full of them at the Home Depot down the street. Every nuclear plant, including Fukushima Dai-Ichi, has a water processing plant specifically for this purpose; however the plant is offline from quake damage and power outages so water must be stored instead of processed. Ion Exchange, Reverse Osmosis and Distillation are all effective and widely-used techniques for removing contaminants from water, including radionuclides.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima Radiation Levels High, But Leak Plugged

ibpooks Re:the fishermen just don't "get it" (322 comments)

I don't even know if a technology exists to remove radiation from water, I'm assuming it either doesn't exist or is too slow to be practical otherwise they wouldn't be using storage ponds in the first place.

The technology does exist to remove the radioactive particles from the water, but the water treatment plant at Fukushima is offline as a result of the damage and lack of electricity. The only option at this point is to store as much contaminated water as possible until the treatment plant can be reactivated. Furthermore, if the primary contaminant is Iodine-131, they simply need to quarantine the water long enough for the Iodine to decay at which point the water can be safely discharged into the sea without risk to humans or wildlife.

more than 3 years ago
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Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum

ibpooks Re:This is how you *SHOULD* count back money (490 comments)

When I'm waiting in line behind you at lunchtime, I'd much prefer you count your money on your own time. Walking people step-by-step through basic addition and subtraction on every transaction wastes everyone's time.

more than 3 years ago
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Smartphone Device Detects Cancer In an Hour

ibpooks Value added? (69 comments)

Of course this $200 device will be $20,000 by the time it makes it through the medical industry and everyone gets their pound of flesh.

more than 3 years ago

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