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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

kwiecmmm Re:Ridiculous (180 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.

yesterday
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

kwiecmmm Ridiculous (180 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.

yesterday
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

kwiecmmm Insurance (317 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.

3 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

kwiecmmm Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

There will come a time where a company demands users install software on their machines and send every single key tap, mouse click, and any other item they can get access to as individualized ad data. When this time comes (or perhaps earlier when users start revolting), the bubble will pop quite painfully.

The issue here is that most folks who use the internet don't realize how much data they give away from what they do online. People really need to understand how much data with or without identifying information (even though the lack of this doesn't really stop anything from identifying the originator of the information), they give up.

Hopefully this changes, but I don't see any push toward this anytime soon.

about 5 months ago
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Ten States Pass Anti-Patent-Troll Laws, With More To Come

kwiecmmm 40 states left! (64 comments)

At least my "Snarky Internet Forum Post" Copyright will still hold up in a few places.

about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

kwiecmmm Re:DUI checkpoints (461 comments)

Or if he had gotten pulled over for speeding (or some other minor traffic violation) and the officer smelled the marijuana.

about 6 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

kwiecmmm Re:Suck It Up! (504 comments)

And I am sure that that some tax breaks or subsidies helped them get their grid up to begin with.

about 6 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

kwiecmmm Re:Air pressure? (239 comments)

There is also the age of the solar system to worry about. If it is in its early years there could be constant planetary bombardment going on.

If it is in its later life the planet's core could have shut down, leaving no shield.

about 6 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

kwiecmmm Taking all bets now! (239 comments)

I believe this planet will be like Venus, a rocky surface, but a CO2 atmosphere that makes it at least 300 degrees Celsius on the surface.

about 6 months ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

kwiecmmm What a shame (272 comments)

If they made 1000 of them initially, why not take them to a trade show and see what kind of reaction that they got.

Instead they threw out 800 of these units and removed it from their memories.

about 6 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

kwiecmmm Re:Why send humans (307 comments)

I agree that robot missions are important, but I think it is more about a push to force humans to expand their knowledge into these areas. Our human space travel knowledge has not really expanded a lot in the last 40 years.

And the only way that we seem to force ourselves to consider the issues you discuss here is to push toward a long term goal like this. If the Russians hadn't launched Sputnik, I don't think our satellite technology, human space knowledge and all of the secondary technologies that were created along the way would be where they are at the moment.

The other fact here is that the earth has had 5 great extinctions in the past 650 million years. The next one could be 50 million years away or 100 years away, if we want to succeed as a species we need to understand that we need to move beyond just living on earth. And the sooner that we start that the better.

about 7 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

kwiecmmm Volunteer other people (307 comments)

Can't we just send folks away, personally I would start with the current (US) politicians, lobbyists, and reality TV stars.

That sounds like a good start to me.

about 7 months ago

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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

kwiecmmm kwiecmmm writes  |  about three weeks 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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