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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

kwiecmmm Give it 3-5 years. (372 comments)

The first arrest that happens due to this, will result in appeals that will eventually get this rule overturned as unconstitutional.

This is no different than saying your neighbor committed a crime so we want to search your house as well due to proximity to him. A decent lawyer will be able to make the argument that just because you are on a TOR or a VPN does not mean you are doing something illegal.

TOR was created as a method to allow people in oppressed countries to speak freely, it is funny that the country that funded this is now going to be one of those oppressed countries.

5 days ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

kwiecmmm Re:parachutes? (130 comments)

Really? Well shit, good thing you figured it out.
Better tell all those PHDs and other people who do that for a living before they blindly chuck any more multi-billion dollar probes at Mars without any effective means of slowing down.

Well they did fail to do a conversion from standard measurements to metric measurements on the 1999 Mars climate orbiter. But I do agree with your point, we have successfully landed on the moon which has a lot less of an atmosphere than Mars.

I guess the circuits controlling communications got screwed up, so it was assumed to be lost.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

kwiecmmm Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

Hopefully the Republican Congress will now find some balls and defund the EPA.

Do you even know part of the reason why the EPA was created originally?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_River

Before the EPA began enforcing regulations on pollution it was so rampant that the Cuyahoga River caught on fire multiple times. There were other rivers that were like this as well, but the Cuyahoga fire got a Time story that drew attention to it.

I don't know if you are one of those who believe that company's can self regulate, but the issue here was where the pollution was dumped into the river wasn't where the fires started, they started further downstream. So there was no reason for the companies to even care about this. This is very similar with air pollution as well.

The EPA and other government agencies need to be reformed, but Congress needs to write some laws for that to happen (make it easier to fire government employees, eliminate the crazy amounts of bureaucracy that reasonable regulations have to go through, and go through older laws/regulations and eliminate the ridiculous ones). But this would require Congress to get off its ass and write reasonable laws and possibly even reform an agency rather than just defund it.

But the obvious solution is to just defund the EPA, nothing bad can come from industries having no regulations on their environmental output.

about two weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

kwiecmmm Re:Oblig. Futurama (319 comments)

Personally I like the second solution in that Futurama.

We just need to move the Earth a little farther from the Sun. And we would get a longer year, while ignoring the moon in all of our calculations.

about two weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

kwiecmmm Ahead of the Curve (386 comments)

But rest assured – Google knows this. They’re not looking for short term profits. They’re not even looking for profits in the next few years. The dreamers behind Google, like the dreamers at Tesla and Virgin Galactic are people who are looking decades ahead.

The original Forbes article states this in the end, the poster either didn't bother to read that far or just didn't think this was relevant. Most of the article does crap on Google for this stuff, but at the end the guy realizes that this is a long term goal which Google is trying to get ahead on. So this was most likely written as click bait that bad mouths Google, but the actual author knows that Google is playing a long term game here.

Welcome to current journalism, lets bad mouth something we think is intelligent, to get people to click on a link. But at the very end we will write up a few sentences saying why this will probably pay off in the long run.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

kwiecmmm Scientist angers a few christians!(More News at 6) (681 comments)

I am trying to understand this better, a scientist (who is an atheist), angers a few Christians for stating a fact.

OK for those of you about to argue that Isaac Newton wasn't technically born on Dec. 25th, neither was Jesus. There is plenty of research to back up the fact that Jesus was most likely born in September. The reason that Christmas is celebrated on December 25th is to put it in contention with other end of the year celebrations (religious and secular) like Hanukkah.

I also heard him say that the earth is more than 5 billion years old, and the universe is around 13.8 billion years old. Why aren't these people yelling at him about these scientific observations?

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

kwiecmmm Re:Eh (681 comments)

The problem with Pluto is that it is a Kuiper Belt object. If Pluto was closer to the sun and its orbit didn't go through Kuiper Belt, it would be considered a planet. That and when Eris was discovered, it became obvious that Pluto was just another Kuiper Belt object.

If you want Pluto to be a planet, then all decent size objects in the belt would have to be planets as well. So your options are 8 planets or 13 planets (that we know of at the moment).

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

kwiecmmm Re:Life form? (391 comments)

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

about a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

kwiecmmm kwiecmmm writes  |  about 4 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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