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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (332 comments)

From the WHO site;

Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

The closest thing the doctor has before he quarantined himself was "feeling a bit fatigued". I doubt very much if he was infectious before his fever hit.

8 hours ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

jklovanc Re:Surely not the "largest" tank? (149 comments)

rotating turrent with big gun on it.

A 40mm gun is not "big" considering the Challenger2 has a 120mm gun. Please note that the difference is not 3 times but, because the barrel is round, the difference in size is closer to 9 times. A 40mm round would bounce of the front side and rear of any main battle tank in use today. But what about aircraft that use 20mm and 30mm rounds? They penetrate the top of the tank where there is much less armour than the sides they also fire much faster which chews through the armour.

8 hours ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc How Contagious? (332 comments)

The ebola outbreak started on March. In 5 months there have been 10,000 cases in countries known for their low health care and sanitation standards. Considering that in many places the population is very crowded and many cases of infection do not get reported until the symptoms get very bad I bet that every person in infected areas would have been in close proximity with at least one ebola infected person. If ebola was as contagious as some people think don't you think a lot more than 0.045% of the population of those countries would be infected by now?

What may be a source of the concern is all the pictures of people in suits carrying body bags. This skews perception as those people are in contact with a corpse that has ebola laden excretions all over it. When an ebola victim has just died that is when they are the most contagious.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:my thoughts (332 comments)

Because bed sheets are soaked in virus laden excretions making them an extreme hazard and anyone handling them is at risk. Ebols is a hemorrhagic disease which means lots of fluids escaping especially in the later stages of the disease. Also when bed sheets are removed from the bed they are usually crumpled in a ball which creates areas that take a very long time to dry. It is much easier and safer to just burn them.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (332 comments)

That Dr took a few subway rides and likely infected at least a couple dozen people in the process.

Lets wait the 21 days before making outlandish claims.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (332 comments)

They are screening and putting every returning health care professional on a health watch. The issue is that the incubation period for ebola can be up to 21 days. The doctor in question arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport on October 17 with no symptoms. Symptoms did not show up until this morning when the doctor followed protocol and was hospitalized. The virus may not even have shown up in his blood on October 17. Remember that infection tests look for antibodies not the virus itself. If the virus had not attacked yet there would be no anybodies.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:my thoughts (332 comments)

The nurses in Texas who contracted Ebola from Duncan, do you believe that they had "prolonged" contact with him?

Duncan was in the hospital from September 28 to October 8. That is ten days which would mean 8 shifts of 8 hours for a total 64 hours where the nurses may have had contact with Duncan. I would call that extended.

The Ebola virus spreads through bodily fluids including saliva (aerosolized when sneezing) and sweat.

If you are close to someone with late stage ebola, don't wear protective gear and are sneezed on it is your fault for being infected. One of the issues in East Africa is families trying to care for sick relatives when ther caregivers have no training or protective gear.

Also, the Ebola virus apparently can live outside the body for several days if encapsulated in body fluids.

Those bodily fluids would have to be encapsulated in something else, a vial for example, or they will dry up and the ebola will die in hours.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:What about the 10,000 african cases ? (332 comments)

How about here. Another point is that Mali is next door to Guinea, where the outbreak this year is believed to have started. Is it really news that a disease crossed a border? Another case is the US is different because it is on a different continent and indicates that WHO is having difficulty containing the outbreak

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

jklovanc Re:my thoughts (332 comments)

There is a huge difference between being in a room with someone with early stages of ebola for a few minutes and working in a hospital. Here are some factors when working in a hospital with ebola patients;
1. Much longer contact periods. Many health workers in Africa work 18 hour days.
2. Much closer contact. Health workers touch ebola patients much more often than the general public.
3. Contact later in the disease progression. Ebola is transmitted by bodily fluids. As the disease progresses more bodily fluids are secreted, it is a hemorrhagic disease, and more pathogen is present in the excretions.

If one works long hours and their suit is covered in ebola laden fluids it is quite probable that a small mistake can cause infection. Even the fatigue factor may cause errors in protocol.

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

jklovanc Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (283 comments)

So there will be a crossing point where the cars have pretty much universal mapping data

Roads change quite often. Every time a new road is added, traffic light changed, intersection changed, speed limit changed, etc the road may have to be re-scanned and the database updated. For example, the car can not identify the marks on a road indicating a crosswalk. That information has to be already in it's database. The issue is that the mapping data would have to be updated so often as to make that method ineffective.

Even relying on less than perfect accuracy in maps is not the complete problem. The main problem is that the AI in the vehicle can not tell the difference between a person on a sidewalk wanting to cross the street and a cardboard cutout advertisement. There are many situations where the computer can't think it's way out of a problem and a person has to take over. The issue is AI and not sensors.

Sure thee may be a point at which AI has advanced enough to drive a car. I just don't see it in the next 50 years.

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

jklovanc Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (283 comments)

Mapping data used by the Google car goes far beyond GPS. The issue with traffic signals is that Google ca needs to know where to look for them. It can not pock out the signals from the whole video stream fast enough so it restricts it searches to specific pre-defined areas. When it finds one it can react to it.

Even then, you have a point which is why Google car is not as useful as many people think. Things change too much for pre-scanned and human edited data to ever be a valid basis for autonomous vehicles.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

jklovanc Re:That's what happens (521 comments)

There was strong opposition to the conscription in my province for both World Wars, and I am proud of that.

I have never understood that. How could you be proud of the fact that Quebecois wanted to turn their back on their mother country, their history and the basis for their entire society?

We are not warmongers.

There is a difference between being a war monger and coming to the aid of countries who ask for help.

When Canadian and American forces landed in Europe, they were battling a heavily weakened enemy.

Weakened by the constant bombing by British and American forces. Weakened by constant sinking of merchant ships. Had the US not interviene, first with arms/supplies and then with men, England would have fallen. Had England fallen Germany could have concentrated all is forces going East and could have won. Even Stalin agitated for a Western front as he knew he could not win unless Germany was forced to split their forces. In the end, had the now Commonwealth countries and the US followed Quebec's lead and not helped Great Britain Europe would probably be German.

Their foolish attack on Russia is what defeated them.

You really need to learn your history before you make statements. The Russians were planning to attack Germany and Hitler just attacked first. Hitler attacked when thr Russian forces were organized to attack not defend. Hitler made many mistakes in WWII but attacking Russia was not one of them.

Why don't you tell me about the resounding successes that were Western interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lybia?

The interesting thing about that statement is that it never goes into what might have happened if the West had not intervened. What do you think would have happened if Saddam had taken Saudi Arabia and controlled the Straits of Hormuz? What do you think would have happened if the Taliban had been left alone in Afghanistan and allowed to train terrorists and send them to the West? The intervention in Lybia was to stop Qaddafi killing civilians during the civil war. Even if the outcomes of intervention were not all positive the results of not intervening could have been much worse.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

jklovanc Re:Ignore people's suffering (521 comments)

Hamas is getting their money from Qatar. The US just gave Qatar $11 billion.

The US is selling Qatar $11B in arms. The US will get the $11B and Qatar with get the arms.

Any military intervention will be called an invasion.

Not if it is done in conjunction with surrounding Muslim nations.

Our economy is in the toilet.

And will be further in the toilet if ISIS control the Straits of Hormuz and the price of oil skyrockets.

Does it really matter if Syria, or Iraq, or whatever, is ran by insane Sunis, or equally insane Shites?

Even insane Sunnis and Shiites do not massacre everyone who will not convert to Islam.

If we stop ISIS than what? Peace for two weeks?

We also save countless Kurdish lives.

By the way, we are talking about Canadian intervention not American intervention.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

jklovanc Re:Silly expectations (283 comments)

Early cell phones were overpriced bricks.

That is a very bad comparison. The reason cell phones replaced land lines is that cell phones became smaller and had longer battery life. Cell phones do not need artificial intelligence to recognize the objects on or near a road. For example, someone standing on a corner with a crosswalk going in both directions. Are they waiting for someone? Are they waiting for you to yield? Are they waiting for other cars to yield in other direction? A human can figure that out by watching what the person is doing. Computers are not so good at that.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

jklovanc Re:Another stupid viewpoint from slate that is (283 comments)

I predict that horseless carriages will never take off because without an animal like a horse with hooves on the ground, you could hit rocks and fall into ditches without knowing it.

A horseless carriage still has a human driver with much more intelligence than a computer. Computers do not yet have the AI to recognize most objects and figure out what to do about them.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

jklovanc Re:Some issues not mentioned in the summary (283 comments)

Right now objects are just blobs of pixels. The way the current car tells the difference between a postbox and a person is that the route has been pre scanned and gone over by a person to identify all post boxes. What happens when a post box is installed after the scan is done? The Google car will assume it is a person.

The second issue is that Google car is very good at not running into a person that is moving but not so good a yielding to a person waiting to cross. Say you have a person standing on a corner waiting to cross. Since Google car can not identify what that person is doing it may not stop and yield as required by law.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

jklovanc Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (283 comments)

Sorry but this article has different information.

The key advantage is that the car isn’t just seeing and figuring out the world as it drives along. It’s basing its actions on vast amounts of data the Google Self-Driving Car Project has already compiled about every road it travels. Before the car drives itself into new territory, the project team collects detailed information on permanent features: lane markers, the precise location of the curbs, the height of traffic lights, local speed limits, and so forth.

“We require digital maps in order for our cars to be able to drive,” Andrew Chatham, who leads mapping on the project, said at a press event Tuesday. That data “makes the job of building the self-driving car software much simpler.”

The car has a good idea of what to expect from any stretch of road, freeing up the software to deal with cars, pedestrians, cyclists, construction, and any other new obstacles in real time.

That’s the “magic of maps,” Software Lead Dmitri Dolgov said. But that “magic” inherently limits the range of the self-driving car to areas Google has the data for. As Chatham pointed out, “If we have not already built our own maps in an area, the car cannot drive there.” He noted that as the car’s sensors get better, they will rely less on perfect accuracy, but Chris Urmson, the project director, emphasized the key role these maps play.

Regular Google maps do not have enough accuracy.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

jklovanc Re:That's what happens (521 comments)

Snappy citations are enough to support us going halfway across the globe to protect people.

FTFY

Had we all been maintaining a policy of non-intervention, ISIS would not exist.

We didn't intervene in Syria and ISIS was born. Note that the last "S" is ISIS stand for "Syria".

At any rate, we have to think first about our own interests.

We are thinking about ourselves. If ISIS is allowed to control large parts of the Middle East it controls the world economy. That would be very bad for everyone.

It's unfortunate that people elsewhere are suffering, but we have proven time and time again that our interventions are both ineffective and costly.

People are not only suffering they are being murdered by the hundreds. By the way, some of our interventions have worked; WW1, WW2, Korea, and Bosnia.

There's nothing we can do.

We can remove ISIS's control of a large part of the Middle East.

Unless you are naive enough to think that "this time, we can end the terrorist threat!".

It will not "end the terrorist threat" but it will remove massive resources from the terrorists.

Sorry but I am not of the "stick your head in the sand till they kick your ass" group.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

jklovanc Re:Sounds familiar (521 comments)

Saudi's blow up WTC - bomb Afghanistan.

FTFY

Quebec guy snipes Ottara - bomb Iraq.

The decision to bomb ISIS was made before the attack so your connection is false.
(PS learn to spell Ontario)

2 days ago

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