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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

nblender Re:OK, but ... (227 comments)

Or she's out riding her bike, is side-swiped by a car or hits a tree and is rendered unconscious. She's bleeding or not breathing. Someone unknowingly gives her CPR or takes her to a hospital ...

Not that the scenario is overly likely and she's also apparently asymptomatic (she registered a fever at airport security but later did not have a fever when check by a nurse...

12 hours ago

Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

nblender Re: Yes, what are YOU going to do? (92 comments)

Lots of people seem to be in favor of unconstitutional, rights-violating mass surveillance of our communications, so that's just a bit of an exaggeration. The mass surveillance is just less visible.

I think people aren't in favor of it so much as they'll only object in so far as it doesn't inconvenience them... ie: "I hate all the bullshit I have to go through at the airport but it's worth it if I can spend a week at an all inclusive in Mexico... I'm not doing to deny myself my semi-annual beach vacation!". "I know Facebook uses my data against me but it's the only way I can keep in touch with friends!" "I don't care if Facebook knows what I had for breakfast". "If you have something to hide ... "

That's the sort of bullshit that allows it to continue. The average person has no principles.

My wife and I have elected to take a personal stand against all this stuff by not participating but it's resulted in ridicule and mocking from family and friends... We've been accused of damaging our child because we haven't travelled out of country with him... etc ...


Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

nblender clinical trials. (124 comments)

I still emotionally struggle with the clinical trial approach of giving half the participants a placebo to see how many of them die vs. the ones who were given the drug under study... I understand that it's statistically necessary but that doesn't make it easier to digest.

about a week ago

Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

nblender Re:easy workaround. (324 comments)

See the part where I said ":-) (just in case)"

about a week ago

Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

nblender easy workaround. (324 comments)

Just get a VPN account from some UK provider and route all your traffic through there. Easy peasy! :-) (just in case)

about a week ago

Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

nblender Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Generalize much?

I live in an RF hole so even a high gain antenna up on my roof can't pick up any terrestrial channels... In actual fact, I can pick one channel up but the signal strength is low so it freezes and cuts out making it essentially unwatchable, and that's during clear sunny weather.

Fortunately, I get everything I need from the Bittorrent channel.

about two weeks ago

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

nblender Re:Goal Should Be Zero Revenue (398 comments)

It shouldn't be zero revenue because there would be no 'deterrance' which is their stated goal.

However, the revenue should go into a different pot, like an annual donation to local charities that are not otherwise funded by the city.

about two weeks ago

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

nblender esr will save us! (244 comments)


Seriously, what does he care what repository some other project uses... I know various people have experimented trying to shoehorn the NetBSD repository and history into Subversion, Hg, and git over the years and they've always ended in failure... So far CVS is working even though it's not super awesome. But at least it works. Why should NetBSD switch to something that can only barely work from something that's already working.

I'm sure I'll get flame-broiled because I'm not wanking my pud over Git.

about two weeks ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

nblender Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (341 comments)

they can pile twice as many vehicles into the very small parking lot in two lines as they could in one line before they start overflowing into traffic... In my town, there are some Timmies locations where they only have room for one line and these regularly overflow into the street blocking a lane during rush hour... People's coffee is more important than keeping traffic moving.

I drink my coffee at home.

about two weeks ago

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

nblender Re:One thing... sugar tastes better than HFCS (422 comments)

A friend of mine always had me bring a 12 pack of Coke down from Canada with me whenever I came to visit on account of apparently our coke having cane sugar and US coke using HFCS. That was a dozen years ago. I don't know if it's still true. I stopped drinking pop 15 years ago...

about two weeks ago

Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

nblender Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (158 comments)

I have a 45 year old Land Cruiser that fits your requirements.

It's fun to drive, once in a while.. But gets old real fast.

about two weeks ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

nblender yawn. (305 comments)

I need to look deeper but so far there's been 12 pages of "these buttons look different" and "the window titles are now vibrant!" but nothing about how applications actually work the way they should now ... So far I still don't see any real advantage to moving up from 10.6.8...

Unless I missed them fixing some of my nits:

- When you move a mail message out of your inbox, one option needs to be "move this to the same folder you previously moved messages _from_this_sender_"
- When I switch desktops, it should leave me in whatever app I'm currently in, not switch to Finder...

about two weeks ago

Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

nblender Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (366 comments)

My son is classified as 'gifted', has a low 140's IQ; plenty of ambition, and an amazing inability to satiate his curiosity about pretty much everything. I love my son to bits, but there are more than just a few days where I would give anything for him to be a normal everyday shlub like the rest of the kids on the street... Having a high IQ child is not all upside.. There's a lot of downsides as well. At a young age you have someone who can read at an adult level, is bored by books for his age group, but is not emotionally mature enough to read books for his vocabulary and curiosity level. Sitting in a car with the kid is torture... He has an ability to generate interesting questions at a rate faster than he can verbalize them. After about 2 hours, you are mentally drained... On car trips, we limit his questions to one every 5 minutes and you can see him practically exploding, waiting for the clock to change... Even at 5 minute intervals, a 6 hour car trip is torture. In addition to his insatiable curiosity, and need to solve problems, he's also extremely sensitive, both physically and emotionally... A radio that I can hardly hear is too loud for him. He didn't like walking through tall grass due to the prickly feeling of it on his arms or legs... If he feels he has been dealt an injustice, he can jump right to violent anger instead of engaging in some self control.

It sounds like i'm describing someone on the Aspergers scale but he's been tested for that and on the first test, was marginally at the very bottom of the range, and the second test was just outside the range. He's in a school that is tailored towards gifted kids and he's thriving there, both academically and emotionally... He has a ton of friends and is slowly learning how to operate his brain...

Like I say, I love him to bits and so far the rewards probably outweigh the negatives, but if I knew then what I know now, I don't think I'd consciously elect to select for greater intelligence at the Zygot stage.

about two weeks ago

Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

nblender Re:phablet (201 comments)

I thought Phondle-slab was better.

about two weeks ago

Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

nblender Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

I know many people who have caught the flu. In fact, all of my co-workers. I don't know anyone who has died of the flu.

I don't know anyone who has died of Ebola. But I also don't know anyone who has caught it.

I'd rather not catch either but if I had to catch one of them, guess which one I'd rather have?

about two weeks ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

nblender Re:On one hand... (571 comments)

I watched a documentary in the 80's where they showed that by November 2015, GE would develop a small automotive Fusion reactor that would run on banana peels and beer. It was called "Mr. Fusion"... I've been putting off my vehicle purchases until then... Only a year to go now!

about two weeks ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

nblender I understand, but don't sympathize... (406 comments)

Typical of Air Canada, if you're not listening, they become surly... So they want you to listen. But you have to listen twice, both in english and in french... God help you if you should tune out while they're going through the whole spiel in a language you don't understand...

Westjet has a video for the french half and could seemingly care less if you're paying attention. The english half is occasionally made interesting with the injection of humor...

about two weeks ago

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

nblender Re:Wait... (315 comments)

They're unreliable. They only work half the time.

about three weeks ago

The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

nblender ahh yes ... (304 comments)

I've used various incarnations of these... First one was on my original IBM PC (not XT) with the annoying layout... I liked it best. My dad had a 5120 with a nice big built-in version... Then later I installed 3161's and PC-RT's in Dental offices... Then got my own RT...

After the original PC one, they seemed to get more plasticy... Especially in the PS/2 days... Could just be my imagination though.

Good times ...

Now I just use whatever crap someone puts in front of me.

about three weeks ago


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