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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

pixelpusher220 Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1050 comments)

And I agree the argument hasn't been made well enough, but keeping non-vaccinated kids out of an environment where they are in very close contact with others does help the herd. No vaccine is perfect and so extracting those who have a higher chance to harbor a disease is better than letting them in.

Eventually we're all out in public together and at work, but it's still not the same as the petri-dish that are kindergarten or elementary education environments

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

pixelpusher220 Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1050 comments)

I suspect you will find few private schools or day cares that don't have similar vaccination requirements.

My intention was about home-schooling. I would agree many private schools likely have similar requirements.

Still, outright bans on attending school without vaccinations should not be the rule. The "herd" effect works there

My question is that allowing people without vaccinations begins to weaken the herd effect. And I think we're seeing that result now. You need something like 90-95% for some diseases linky. Whooping cough being one of them.

There just isn't any valid justification for not getting the vaccinations prior to school starting.

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

pixelpusher220 Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1050 comments)

Wow, people pushing for mandatory vaccinations are 'right-wing'?

The *only* possible thread of fact in your rant is the CIA using vaccines in Pakistan to try and find Bin Laden...which has caused the locals there to now be very very wary of aid workers trying to actually help them.

And I would agree, that CIA behavior was truly evil...in it's effects and the apparently blind ignorance of the implementers to the possible ramifications.

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

pixelpusher220 Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1050 comments)

While it is controversial to conclude that the vaccines caused the condition

It's not controversial....its explicitly FALSE. There is no link or evidence supporting this.

I don't believe it is controversial to consider vaccination 14 shots at 2 years old extreme.

You know what isn't controversial? Not allowing 10s of 1000s of innocent children to die from a multitude of diseases that, until quite recently, were no longer a threat to 1st world countries over the objections of people uniformed and spouting FUD.

We simply didn't have whooping cough or measles or mumps outbreaks for the last multiple decades. Now, after a decade or two of people not vaccinating, they are back.

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

pixelpusher220 Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1050 comments)

If a parent doesn't want to get the vaccinations required, then sorry, they get to pay for qualified private education.

about a week ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

Nice straw man. Never said 100% renewables right now. But until you start a journey you'll never get there - which you seem to claim to want to go. Nothing for free, so we need to start paying now to get where you say you want to go. Scratch that, solar energy is free...

I'm sure as hell not willing to pay to clean up some CO2 demon which science says is largely imaginary.

Wow, totally missed this. The science claims CO2 effects on future climate is largely imaginary? just wow. we're done here, you truly are a denier.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

The frog in the pot says the same thing as the temp slowly warms. No concrete provable harm right now so why jump out?

But lets throw this back...
How would you prove that something going on TODAY is going to cause massive harm in 50-100 years?

Because, assuming the VAST majority of science and scientists, that is what's happening now. If we assume for a minute this is fact. That what we're doing now will cause these problems, what proof is available now to show these future results?

Is it really worth the risk to wait until absolutely concrete evidence exists when that might very well be too late?

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

pixelpusher220 Re:Not just yes, but HELL, YES! (545 comments)

not just aerospace. Pretty much any contractor to the federal govt has to do this. I"m currently on a Dept of State project and it's the same deal. I'm salaried/exempt but have to report hours worked AND can't work 10 extra this pay period and bill short next pay period like any sane accounting system.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

pixelpusher220 Re:No (545 comments)

but their pay got slashed by about 30%.

A somewhat predictable result. However, it would be a teachable moment in how much overtime they are expecting from you.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

pixelpusher220 Re:No (545 comments)

tech is different. Tech is generally paid well above 'normal' salary job positions so the 'need' for overtime pay is a lot less. Hence exempting tech won't be likely to happen. Its also why the semi-regular calls to unionize tech workers fall flat every time - the problem unionizing solves isn't really a huge problem in tech.

Now I'd whole heartily support OT pay, being in tech myself :)

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

What costs? Specifically the release of millions of years worth of CO2 into the atmosphere in just a couple centuries.

As far as scrubbers, are you saying acid rain wasn't a problem? Or Sulfur Dioxide? Or Nitrogen oxides? Mercury? Estimates are that coal plants kill thousands annually. So yes, pollute and you, and I did say we, should pay for it.

The United States is one of the leading producers of CO2 emissions. China only recently surpassed us. You seem to be both claiming we're great (clean/green) and decrying the very things that made us that 'great', the scrubbers and other requirements to NOT pollute the environment.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

The major environmental problems with coal come from burning it. CO2 specifically, but also the other various pollutants it puts out causing long term health issues.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

If we consider subsidizing power to the poor a valuable social service, then we should state that bluntly

We do. It's called regulated franchises so that the power companies are required to damn near everyone regardless of *where* they happen to live. If you left it up to the cost effectiveness then rural places wouldn't get the infrastructure installed.

We also do so by providing government assistance to those who are having trouble paying bills. There are many, many plans in place around the country that do this specifically.

As I said it's larger societal issue as to how we deal with things going forward. If there are systemic problems causing growing numbers of people to be unable to afford basic utility rates...that's something that has to be dealt with because just cutting people off hurts everyone in the long run.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

No it isn't. You're confusing electric service with the infrastructure build out. People in the outer burbs or outright rural have electricity because the infrastructure installation cost has been subsidized by the closer in masses. The service is then how this is amortized over time with rates that are the same for everyone even though rural places had a lot more spent to connect them to the grid.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

Gas and electricity are certainly important, but Detroit is cutting WATER off. I have no doubt they'd just as easily cut off the others.

'Lapsed' payment definition may be the issue. A few months is one thing, what about years of non-payment?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

They'll make power however it's cheapest to make it

And they fight attempts to change this because it's cheaper to stand pat. Which was the point you said wasn't true. They are dumping the costs of their power production on the environment and it's time they (& we) started paying for it.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

Then a home solar installation should satisfy that standard, no?

The issue isn't individuals, but the broader society. If we allow only those who can afford electricity or solar to have it, the poorer segments are deprived and that ends up hurting everybody.

Basic services are provided to just about everyone. Electric companies are regulated and have been quasi-monopolies because having 15 separate power grids running around town is wasteful. By allowing a single company to server a broader area they can amortize the costs of the more expense areas against the lower cost areas and give everyone access to the basic services. It's the franchise model that works well at getting widespread deployment but once that's done becomes a hindrance to innovation (i.e. cable companies).

The problem is that if the rich areas start being able to mostly go off grid, the franchise provider is now screwed having to provide to the high cost areas while still also serving the low cost areas, but receiving much smaller revenue due to the roof top solar/batteries cutting usage of the grid.

It's a macro-economics and social situation we're going to see more of as disruptive technologies challenge the entrenched franchises. Killing the franchises outright is bad, but not innovating and moving forward is bad too.

How to move forward right now is the question.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

pixelpusher220 Re: Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

It's not the mining of coal that's the major environmental problem, it's the burning of it. That's the Electric companies by and large.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

pixelpusher220 Re:MATLAB (277 comments)

exactly.

about two weeks ago

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