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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

kwiecmmm Re:Life form? (389 comments)

I hope these robots don't require alcohol to survive, steal constantly and dream of killing all humans.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

kwiecmmm Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine nearly killed me when I was a child.

Take a look at vaccine adjuvants. Doctors are not scientists, they are business people, and use a lot of hocus-pocus for financial and other reasons. For a large part doctors and biologists have no clue what they are really doing.

No holistic/philosopical objections here, just pure science.

Vaccine adjuvants encourage the immune system to attack the virus cells, thus creating the immunity for the future.

People saying things like this are the problem. Some people cannot get vaccinations due to their own medical conditions (i.e. allergies to components of the vaccine). If you choose not to give your kid vaccines you are leaving them open to diseases that have been mostly eradicated in the last 50 - 100 years and you are thinning the number of vaccinated people, which makes it easier for people who can't get vaccinated to get the disease. Diseases like polio, measles, and mumps, don't exist in first world countries because of these vaccines. But these diseases do still exists in small sections of the third world, because of religious, transportation and other issues.

And the longer diseases hang around and infect people the more likely they are going to mutate and could eventually become a problem for the greater population again. If you really think a vaccine is a terrible thing, do everyone a favor, look up the outcomes of the disease itself, before you decide not to give your kid the vaccine. I would hate for my kids to end up with polio or measles, but that is why I vaccinated them.

I am not even going to get into the "doctors are not scientists" line, because I am sure you are beyond convincing. But every doctor that I have gone to has known what he/she was doing and has helped me with any issues or pointed me toward someone who could help.

about two weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

kwiecmmm Re:Birds Get Drunk Too, and maybe the squirrels (89 comments)

Many animals have been known to get drunk. I once saw a nature special where a lot of African animals ate the fruit off a grove of trees and all got drunk. After this happened most of them passed out next to each other. So there was an awesome site of monkeys, zebras and lions all sleeping a few feet away from each other.

I think what the article is pointing out is that our ability to process more alcohol allowed us to eat more fruit without getting drunk, which allowed us to be more mobile and defend territory better while not getting drunk. It also probably helped us defend ourselves better against predators, than those that were drunk.

about three weeks ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

kwiecmmm Sharks (213 comments)

This moat needs sharks with lasers attached to their heads!!

about a month ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

kwiecmmm Re:Oh god, no. (163 comments)

Every coder I've ever met has a black-and-white worldview

Hasn't the US Congress by folks with a black and white view for the past 4 years? It just happens that the folks in one part see black and the other see white. And neither will work together, because that would disrupt their worldview.

about a month ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

kwiecmmm Re:Well 1 Real One (163 comments)

All the "real programmers" do.

We all know that the color of the sky is: #87ceeb

about a month ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

kwiecmmm Re:Is there hope? (140 comments)

I remember when I was a kid they predicted a cure for diabetes at about 5 years. This was 30 years ago, at least. As the years roll by I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I don't believe they are looking for a cure. But are instead looking for other ways to treat it. There simply is no long term profits in a cure, but treatments are a different story. They can come up with new treatments every day.

While I understand the feeling, I think there are plenty of decent scientists out there with a personal stake in finding a cure. Also, while this may hold true for drug companies, pharmacies and some doctors, the insurance companies would rather that everyone was cured. So while there are profits in treatment, there is also profit in a cure as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

kwiecmmm Re:Is there hope? (140 comments)

Recently a Harvard doctor said he was able to get stem cells to turn into Beta Cells. http://hsci.harvard.edu/news/stem-cells-billions-human-insulin-producing-cells

Maybe with this and the verapamil the body won't attack the Beta Cells...

As a type 1 for a decade I understand the skepticism, but they seem to be closer these days. Also I would love to just take pills everyday for this rather than insulin injections and constant blood sugar monitoring.

about a month and a half ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

kwiecmmm Re:Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes? (140 comments)

The article states that it is for type 1 diabetes.

Instead it is meant to lessen the amount of TXNIP to prevent the immune system from destroying beta cells. And it is only being given to folks who were recently diagnosed (last 3 months)?

I think the title of this is all wrong, maybe I am misreading this, but it seems like it is meant to prevent body from destroying the few beta cells that are left. How can this cure diabetes? Is this treatment anything that can be used in folks (like myself) that have had type 1 for a while?

The articles don't really answer these questions but seem to claim that it can cure diabetes, does anyone know the answers to these?

about a month and a half ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

kwiecmmm Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

YOU ARE NOT CONTAGIOUS UNTIL YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS. And the first symptom is a fever, and that is what all of these people are self testing for. Everything else that is being done is being done out of precautions or over-reactions. So lets go through the things you just talked about.

The person on the cruise did not have Ebola, she didn't have a fever and she didn't have direct contact with the Dallas patient. She was a lab technician, who tested blood samples, that was the extent of her contact. Everything else was an over-reaction, by the her and everyone else.

The NY doctor called the CDC as soon as he had a fever of 100.3 and he is now being treated. The bowling alley cleaning was done because the bowling alley feared a negative reaction from the public, there was nothing that said he was contagious when he was there.

The reason for the Texas quarantine, was because 2 nurses got sick while he was there. So the initial thought was that there was hole in their procedures, none of the other nurses have tested positive since then.

Nothing would make them more trustworthy than being there and seeing what this virus can do. Everyone of these people has seen the worst effects of this virus, and they realize how dramatically their chance improve if they report the first symptom.

As I said before, 2 people have contracted the virus here in the U.S., none of them were innocent bystanders or family members of someone who was over there. If you are this scared of these people you should just walk around in a full bio suit all the time, it is the only way to be safe.

about 2 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

kwiecmmm Ridiculous (349 comments)

These people have seen what this disease can do, and they have heard what reporting when they first have a symptom can do. So why is everyone so afraid of these heroes?

They went over to Africa to help the people there and we want to ostracize them for 21 days when they get back? Doing anything other than asking them to keep an eye on their own symptoms is the most ridiculous, over-reaction possible.

Thus far in the U.S. 4 people have contracted the virus. Two brought it back without knowing they were infected and two got it because of some kind of improper procedure. This is not an airborne virus that risks all of humanity, with proper procedures it can easily be contained. (How many new cases are currently in Texas?)

And if we continue to over-react to these people when they return, less people are likely to go over there and actually do what is needed. If we contain and eliminate this in Africa it will not be an issue. So everyone needs to calm the hell down and thank these brave people.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

kwiecmmm Insurance (320 comments)

One of the biggest issues is going to be insurance and who will pay when one of these cars causes an accident.

While most bugs will have been worked out, there will still be a situation where one of these cars is going to cause an accident. And I have not heard anyone talk about who will pay when this occurs.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

kwiecmmm Need at least male (399 comments)

I suggest me for that one male. The rest of the crew should be female....

about 2 months ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

kwiecmmm All hail spidergoat (82 comments)

I wish to offer my services to our new spidergoat overlords.

about 2 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

kwiecmmm New Mascot (646 comments)

In order to eliminate the trademark infringement the team should just change their mascot to be a redskin potato.

(I stole this from elsewhere but I thought it was funny)

about 6 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

kwiecmmm Re:This will need better advances in CGM Technolog (75 comments)

I currently have the CGM and I understand some of what you are saying but I believe things have improved a lot since then. Currently my CGM gives me a calibration within about 10-15% of my blood glucose. This is normally good enough to monitor trends and keep my blood glucose in the proper range without finger pricks. The one huge advantage of it is the fact that when I am hungry I can look at it and see if I am hungry because of low blood sugar or just being hungry.

About your complaints with the CGM, I have seen numbers jump to be about a 100 point difference, but this is normally followed by a calibration failure. This causes me to have to recheck my blood glucose (I agree this is annoying, but at least it recognizes it is off). Currently the sensor lasts 6 days (I can normally get it to go a 7th day before the battery dies). I still normally test my blood glucose 3-4 times a day, but that is better than my previous 8-12 times a day.

I think I do better with the CGM, but then again I am just happy not to have to go back to using constant needle injections and finger pricks.

about 6 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

kwiecmmm WTF (216 comments)

So what if someone else in the car is looking at the directions while you are driving? Will their ability to look at directions be significantly hampered?

It is a good thing that these Congress people don't have any important things to worry about so they can focus on this ridiculous crap.

In the mean time my car might just drive on an interstate with failing bridges, or into a tunnel with ceiling tiles that could fall at any moment, but focusing on this is obviously the best thing for Congress to do.

about 6 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

kwiecmmm Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

I completely agree. The problem is Type 1 is such a small section of diabetics (about 5% at the moment) that most people don't even think of this, and when you tell someone you are diabetic they automatically assume it is Type 2. If they actually put the time and effort into finding a cure for this it would probably cure or at least lead to better treatments for Type 2 as well, but that might actually cost drug companies money in the long run.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

kwiecmmm Re:Don't cry for Eric... (932 comments)

You can be positive that K Street and its myriad of lobbying firms will be more than happy to employ him.

This is if he doesn't get a job offer at Fox News first.

about 6 months ago
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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

kwiecmmm Re:This is what happens... (156 comments)

As it should be. You have no right to hack systems that don't belong to you unless you are asked to do so by the owner.

And what happens if that system has some of your personal information from a previous order or interaction?

I guess we should just throw all of these "security researchers" in jail and anytime an internet vulnerability is announced everyone should just get new logins, new credit cards and just reinvent themselves online. That sounds like the best plan.

about 7 months ago

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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

kwiecmmm kwiecmmm writes  |  about 3 months ago

kwiecmmm (1527631) writes "A group of Harvard scientists reported that they have figured out how to turn embryonic stem cells into beta cells capable of producing insulin. This discovery could cure diabetes."
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