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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

ksheff Re:Health insurance (381 comments)

ER's are required to treat anyone who shows up regardless of whether or not that they have health insurance. If they have ebola, are required to be put in isolation, and still don't have health insurance, they will get a bill after they get out of the hospital. If they pay for it is an entirely different story. Or are you referring to the case of someone being suspected of ebola and need to be quarantined for three weeks while being monitored? That is a good question even if one does have health insurance. It would be nice if ones' employer considered it disability leave or something similar.

5 days ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

ksheff Re:The Conservative Option (483 comments)

Alan Grayson supports it too, so it seems like travel bans have bipartisan support: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... The main complaint from the CDC and others against bans would be that it would stop aid workers from getting to the region. That can be addressed by allowing medical workers and other people from governments & NGOs that are going there to help. Another step would be to stop issuing and terminate existing visitor visas for people from those countries if they haven't entered the US, UK, or whatever country issued the visa. That would stop people from legally traveling to another country that isn't on the restricted list and then go on to their expected destination. Sure, people could find ways around it, which also highlights the need for a better means of screening & quarantining passengers. IMHO, the "it's not 100% effective, so let's not even try" mantra is just crazy. It would be like a doctor, nurse, or some other medical personnel saying "condoms aren't 100% effective, so don't bother putting one on. Come back and see us if you think you've caught something".

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

ksheff Re:FP? (942 comments)

but lots of Canadians still use imperial units. The subject was even a part of a Corner Gas episode. :D

about three weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ksheff Re:How does the quote go...? (267 comments)

Oil changes are very simple and don't really take that long to do. There are much bigger things to worry about with an IC car than oil changes.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ksheff Re:Americans are smart. (460 comments)

Too many people listen to the celebrity because the media is all too willing to give them a platform to spread their misinformation.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ksheff Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

Probably for the same reason that many showers in the US only have one knob that will allow you to adjust the temperature of the water and turn off the water flow instead of having knobs for controlling the amount of hot & cold water and another to control the water flow like is done in many places in Europe and Mexico. It's different and the plumbing contractors don't want to deal with it. I've seen the dual flush toilets in Mexico and they make a lot of sense. Having the flush lever for public toilets be foot operated makes a lot of sense and cheaper than the motion detection ones.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ksheff Re: (602 comments)

I recall reading something that the rated lifetimes of CFLs assume that the bulbs are on for at least 15 minutes at a time and that shorter on/off cycles seriously degrade the life of the bulbs as you have experienced.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

ksheff Re:Android sells one and Half Billion every day (206 comments)

The carriers drop support for them a month or two later, so people need to keep buying a new one to make sure they're up to date. ;)

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

ksheff Re:They can do what they want... (474 comments)

Then as long as the Irish are exporting the product, he doesn't have much to worry about what goes on in Scotland.

about a month ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

ksheff Re:Federal Overreach (156 comments)

that's what they do best.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ksheff Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

I'm curious how this is going to work with the chip and pin card requirements that are supposed to be in place by Oct 2015.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

ksheff Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

They wouldn't have to go through all the effort of setting up shell corporations in various countries and could bring money earned outside of the US back to the US to find projects, pay dividends to stock holders, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

ksheff Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (157 comments)

They can sell more than one brand, but what's stopping someone from setting up a dealership that sells only electric cars and installs & services the home charging systems?

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

ksheff Re:state still dealing with Tesla (157 comments)

Tesla gets heaps of cash from selling zero emission credits to other auto manufacturers, so it isn't shy about getting "help" via governments to become profitable.

about a month and a half ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

ksheff Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

So is that why businesses are needing to run their own apprentice programs due a lack of skilled labor and vocational colleges are boasting near 100% placement rates of their graduates?

about a month and a half ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

ksheff Re:Impacts (708 comments)

That's true with or without climate change.

about 2 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

ksheff Re:Impacts (708 comments)

Exactly. Lots of people tune things out when others start talking about "doing X for the environment". They are tired of the Chicken Little warnings and the "holier than thou" attitude that often accompanies the message. They do tend to pay attention to "doing X will save you money/make your life more comfortable/whatever".

about 2 months ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

and even if $Z-Y =0, the person still has to file a tax return with the IRS. For some that can be a significant expense and/or stress that they wouldn't have needed to endure if they were a citizen of some other nation.

about 2 months ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

and yet the number of people who are renouncing the US citizenship because of tax and other financial reasons is on the increase due to idiotic laws.

about 2 months ago

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