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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

sociocapitalist Re:Don't freak out. (446 comments)

"The best means of prevention are similar to those you would practice to prevent the common cold or the flu, and it starts at your bathroom sink. Thoroughly washing your hands, and practicing good hygiene with soap and water, is a good first step to preventing infection."

Yes, that's been very effective at stopping the common cold from spreading.

Do you think that the health workers that have been infected have not been washing their hands perhaps?

I'm not saying that your advice is wrong, but I don't think that it's going to stop the spread of Ebola any better than it stops the common cold from spreading.

11 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

sociocapitalist Re:Contagiousness (446 comments)

Past Ebola incubation periods were under 3 days. This one can be dormant up to 3 weeks. That means you can be a carrier and not know until 3 weeks later. In a place where the health care system is top notch and any outbreak can be contained in a relatively short time, that doesn't mean much. But combine that with crappy health care and ignorant masses, you've got a perfect storm where people who have it don't know they have it or don't want to get treated and thus get other people infected, who then travel somewhere else before showing symptoms and getting other people infected.

This is why it's not as big a deal in the U.S. if it gets here. The people who show signs are quickly quarrantined. The people who are close to them are quarrantined. They'll quarrantine entire towns if necessary.

The only issue is if it hits a big city, and people aren't aware of their symptoms, and it starts spreading. But it's hard to not be aware of your symptoms when you're bleeding out of every orfice. And we do have experimental treatments, worst case. They've already been shown to work. We just don't know if they won't cause worse things to happen in the edge cases, like massive blood clots for certain people or some such.

Two points to consider.
1) The symptoms of Ebola are flu like and do not start with bleeding out so people will not know, or want to admit, that they are deathly ill - so no different than elsewhere.
2) Americans will try and escape any quarantine zone thinking that they know better than the authorities.

I suggest you try and get over your 'Americans are perfect and nothing can harm us' mentality.

11 hours ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

sociocapitalist Re:Another jackboot stomp on the way to facism (114 comments)

... the presence of personal armaments everywhere ...

Actually personal firearms are an example of the existence of personal rights and freedoms, something that totalitarian regimes tend not to allow. The 2nd amendment is every bit as important as the other amendments.

Keep believing that. The only reasons that Americans are still allowed to carry guns is (a) to enrich those making and selling them, (b) because the police have bigger ones (which also enriches those making and selling them) and (c) because those making the laws today generally don't give a shit if average Americans kill each other.

yesterday
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

sociocapitalist Re:FP? (804 comments)

I have a feeling any "conversion" would be about as difficult to handle as your cable company changing the channel lineup around. Perhaps a few weeks of grumbling, but eventually you get used to it.

I for one am more impressed that a country who's citizens believe they are in the greatest and best country in the world, able to put men on the moon and build up an economy and military might that rules the world, somehow figure themselves incapable to achieve what 42 other countries around the world have done in the past 300 years.

You're confusing 'incapable' with just not giving enough of a shit to bother changing.

yesterday
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The Physics of Space Battles

sociocapitalist Re: Umm no (446 comments)

However if space battles are fought at 10,000,0000km then you have quite a lot of notice of the missile coming as there is no horizon to hide behind and no sea to skim. If the missiles manoeuvre, you can see it and it is telegraphing its attack and movement direction with hours if not days and weeks.

Depends on the speed of your missiles relative to the speed of light (and assuming nothing is faster than light).

The time between possible notification time (speed of light through space + recognition time) and when they arrive is reduced proportionately.

If (for ease of calculation) your missiles were traveling at the speed of light then there would be no advance notice possible at all.

2 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

sociocapitalist Re:Worse than Heartbleed? (317 comments)

Bah. Just replace bash then - or upgrade it. Read about this bug today (on a linux machine), tested for it - and it was fixed already. The bug may be a bad one, but the fix is out already. Got it through a standard upgrade of arch, no specific action to fix this. Fix bash, and all that cgi/ssh is as safe as ever.

Trivial to exploit - but trivially fixed too.

The question becomes what was done to the target before it was fixed.

Locking the door after the bad guy is in the house doesn't help much.

5 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

sociocapitalist Re:Think of the children (353 comments)

If it pisses off some FBI Chief, you know it must be good. (Either that or it is vunerable to the FBI and the Chief is just clueless.)

Or owns stock in Apple and this is their way of promoting product

5 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

sociocapitalist Nazis (299 comments)

Another fucking US government agency that doesn't want any record of it's incompetence.

5 days ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

sociocapitalist Re:Typical Engineering mistake (421 comments)

So, from the video you can see it clearly bend around the volume cutouts. Then even mentions that. I suspect it was engineered to survive flexing in that direction... and then later they moved/changed where the volume cutouts would be. If those buttons were on top, this wouldn't be a problem.

Form over function is always a loser.

Not if it gets you laid.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

sociocapitalist Re:Headline reads... (421 comments)

Apple's race for thinner phones bites users in the ass.

In Soviet Russia Apple Bites You

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

sociocapitalist Re:CDC "Estimates" (279 comments)

From my experience, CDC estimates should be taken with a grain of salt, as they often seem dubious at best.

Then again, I suppose that should apply to any estimate, especially when the estimator is using ceteris paribus in order to reach a certain conclusion...

So cut the number in half. Is 600,000 dead worth overlooking?

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

sociocapitalist Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (279 comments)

It's not even really about infrastructure, just basic sanitation.

If you have the resources to wash your hands - which much of Africa does not - then you'll probably be able to contain an Ebola outbreak without much trouble.
=Smidge=

Yes that will help you when someone coughs, sneezes or vomits blood on you...

about a week ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

sociocapitalist Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Yay for Godwin's Law! Let's compare a religion to Nazis! And judge everyone who practices that religion for the actions of extremist believers!
I wonder what the percentage of Muslims who practice their religion and don't bother people is compared to the percentage of Muslims part of extremist groups?
Also, are there other religions where there are extremist groups? Hm...Christianity....Westboro Baptist Church sound familiar? Hm, all Christians hate gays etc etc.

The Westboro baptists are much better than Islam in many ways. How many people have they beheaded? How many sex slaves have they taken? How many bombs have they set off, or planes flown into buildings? Also where are the hundreds of Christians from Britain, France, Denmark, Australia and other countries leaving their countries to join the Westboro baptists and lay down their life?

And yet...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

sociocapitalist Re:relevant article (324 comments)

Paywalled.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

sociocapitalist Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (324 comments)

the tax thieves aak "regulators" make new rules. Why not put some thought into changing the tax codes to be on a par wtih Ireland, Switzerland, etc instead of trying to preserve the high tax state?

Not sure I'd compare against Switzerland particularly:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

about two weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

sociocapitalist Politics (103 comments)

Of course the NSA knows what an act of war is, in cyber terms. They just don't want it defined as such because they themselves are no doubt performing those very acts on perceived threats and allies alike and yes, on American citizens as well.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

sociocapitalist Re:Cut The Cable (103 comments)

Pretty bloody easy to define the difference between hacking and act of war. Any hacking attack you can simply divert by cutting the connection is not an act of war. A major electro magnetic pulse generated by a thermonuclear war head is an act of war.

For the idiots at the NSA, permanent damage versus repaired disruption. They just need to ask the buddies at the CIA when it comes to their idea of torture, permanent harm equals torture non permanent harm according to them, based upon them being a bunch of sick psychopath sadists, does not equal torture.

So if you ain't using explosives on digital infrastructure it ain't war. No matter how badly behaved the NSA has been, their acts have not quite crossed the bounds of an act of war. Somehow I guess this will be another example of American exceptionalism and when the US does it, it is not an act of war and when any other country does it, it is an act of war and the US must spend another billion dollars on the US military industrial complex per incident or so the lobbyists say.

So if country XYZ was actively attempting to retarget and launch our nuclear weapons towards our own cities this would not be an act of war just because we could stop it?

In the same way then, would country XYZ firing nuclear weapons at us not be an act of war just because we could (imagine) shoot them out of the sky with laser satellites (or whatever)?

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

sociocapitalist Out of the box (600 comments)

Not sure I'd want this on my own weapon but I could see it being useful for giving / selling firearms to possibly temporary allies that we arm to deal with today's enemy that might become tomorrow's enemy (or just leave the stuff laying around for today's enemy to use).

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

sociocapitalist Re:why? Better for Comcast to not know (418 comments)

Probably Comcast cares because NSA told them they should.

Or maybe they're thinking that content (ie netflix) can be tunneled and bypass whatever controls they have in place.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

sociocapitalist Re:I don't see this as so horrible (254 comments)

That depends where the cache goes. If it's at the endpoint, you're right. But this allows the cache to be much closer. In the cell tower. In the office router.

You could watch youtube video on a moving train with this. As soon as one person tries to watch the viral video of the day the train's router will store it, so it'll keep working for all even through tunnels and dropouts.

Assuming that the train's caching device could get it to start with - and even then only until the cache is full and gets overwritten by other material while at the same time you also cache a bunch of material that no one else on the train is interested in.

about a month ago

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Retroactive Tax Law Changes by UK Govt

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist writes "The BBC reports that "Barclays Bank has been ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax which it had tried to avoid." which in and of itself seems fine but a couple of factors around it bother me.

Evidently there is a law in the UK requiring "Anyone, such as a bank, accountant, lawyer or tax adviser, who devises a seemingly legal tax avoidance plan, is obliged to tell the tax authorities about it within a few days of using it or marketing it to clients." which Barclays did and then the UK government wrote new law and applied it retroactively to close the loopholes.

While the law requiring disclosure of what would be legal tax avoidance strategies is interesting, the real shocker for me is that laws can be retroactively applied making what was legal when done illegal after the fact."

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The scandal of the Alabama poor cut off from water

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist (2471722) writes "The BBC reports the ongoing situation in Jefferson County, Alabama where finance companies bribed politicians and a $300 million project ended up costing $3.1 billion bankrupting the county and leaving the poorest unable to pay their skyrocketing water/sewage bills.

Why the financiers were only fined and didn't go to jail, and why they should be subsequently allowed to profit on the situation is just another example of the imbalance in the US (and elsewhere)."

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