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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

tsotha What a joke (285 comments)

Only for-profits, huh? So this is really more about politics than education.

11 hours ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

tsotha Re:Politics (384 comments)

Wow. Just wow. I can't tell if... oh wait, no, it's actually pretty obvious you're just an idiot.

about a week ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

tsotha Of course (307 comments)

A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents.

No doubt. Legislation is written all the time and filed away until the public is sufficiently swept away by momentary passion. In the US gun control proponents have cabinets full of bills they pull out, like ghouls, every time there's a school shooting, just as the government has legislation that trims away privacy rights ready to go the next time the head-loppers hit the news.

about a week ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

tsotha Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

Ebola is impossible to catch unless you are directly exposed to someone who is symptomatic.

Technically, yes. As doctors define direct exposure that's true. However, doctors and normal people don't define it the same way. If I have Ebola and get bodily fluids on a doorknob, then you come along an hour later, touch the doorknob and then rub your eyes... you can become infected. That fits the CDC's definition of "direct exposure", because you've been directly exposed to my bodily fluids.

So don't get complacent thinking as long as you don't actually touch an infected person you can't become infected.

about a week ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

tsotha Re:Politics (384 comments)

First of all, we already have a "Czar" for this sort of thing. Her name is Dr. Nicole Lurie. That's the real reason we don't need a "Czar" - we already have one.

Secondly, the president can't give the CDC more funding. That's Congress's job.

Thirdly, in the last fifteen years the CDC budget has doubled, so they already have plenty of money. In fact, they have too much money, which has allowed them to ignore their primary mission and go off and do things like stump for gun control, study why lesbians get fat and gay men don't, and determine most monkeys are right handed.

about two weeks ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

tsotha Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

It wasn't even that. It was illegal to create new embrionic cell lines using federal money. In other words, if you wanted to do stem cell research you could use one of the existing lines, or you could use private money.

The whole controversy was just red meat for abortion supporters. Didn't have anything to do with science.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

tsotha Re:good (331 comments)

It's difficult to imagine you couldn't get backing from Putin, or the Iranians, or the Saudis. And if you have money the French will sell to anyone.

about two weeks ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

tsotha Re:All about perception (200 comments)

This is just nonsense.

about two weeks ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re: a quick search (334 comments)

Just give 'em a coke.

about two weeks ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re: a quick search (334 comments)

Hrm. And what would they be expected to do if there actually were a war?

about two weeks ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

Modern infantry tactics are all about suppressive fire. Which you can't do with a bolt action rifle. There's a reason everyone uses assault rifles. I would be shocked if the reason this is just happening now isn't just a combination of neglect and lack of funds.

Beyond that, soldiers do carry more stuff. Depending on the situation, a US soldier may have 120-150 pounds ("Emergency Approach March") to carry plus body armor and rifle. There's simply more useful gear than there used to be. Everyone complains about it, but nobody wants to get rid of anything. Soldiers would like to ditch the armor, but they're not allowed to because their commanders don't want to explain to grieving widows (and the press) why Joe wasn't wearing his armor when he got shot.

It's probably even worse in Northern Canada, since you'd have all sorts of extra stuff to deal with the cold.

So yeah, you shave off pounds where you can. Not only is a modern assault rifle lighter than an Enfield (I own one - holding that sucker level from a standing position gets old really fast), more importantly the ammo is much lighter.

about two weeks ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

Right, which is why the US army has been unable to get the money to replace the M16/M4 in the half dozen times it's tried.

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

tsotha Re:Link to the study. (422 comments)

Wait, what? So to give you shorter telomeres it has to be sweetened and carbonated? That seems... unlikely.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

tsotha Re:Engineers have no future. (148 comments)

That's my experience too. It's healthy for a company to lose a few percent of its people - after awhile you accumulate dead wood. But once you start treating your technical people like drop-in disposable parts, nobody actually cares if the company is successful. Why would they?

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

tsotha Re:Bull (279 comments)

I hope you didn't write anything good after the first sentence, because I didn't read past that.

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

tsotha Bull (279 comments)

We've had many epidemics in the US. We've had scarlet fever, tuberculosis, cholera, typhus, polio, dengue, malaria, leprosy, influenza named after various places and creatures... the list is endless.

The problem is the CDC lost focus. With a relative lack of communicable diseases for going on five decades, like all bureaucracies with not enough to do they started expanding their portfolio to include lots of things you wouldn't think belong under "disease control" and took their eye off the ball. Now that we have a bona fide health threat all they know how to do is hold press conferences telling us not to worry.

The one thing the CDC doesn't need is more power and money. They already have broad emergency powers, and if they have enough money to do gun control studies and lesbian weight gain studies they already have too much money.

As a side note, the director would be a lot easier to support if he wasn't obviously lying when he says there's nothing to worry about. We're not children, buddy, so don't treat us like children. Obviously this strain of Ebola is quite a bit more contagious than earlier strains, and it falls in about the middle of the lethality range normal for that disease (20%-80%). We should be restricting travel from affected countries, and anyone coming in from those countries should be quarantined for 21 days.

about three weeks ago
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Open Invention Network Grows Despite Patent Troll Death Knell

tsotha Small "companies" were always the problem (16 comments)

True "patent trolls", the way I've always understood them, were always small companies. Once large companies start suing each other it becomes MAD. I win in Korea with patent A, you win in the US, you sue me in the EU with patent B, I sue you in China with patent C... Look at the way the Samsung-Apple war played out (is that over?).

But if the company is just a patent portfolio, there's no way for the victim to retaliate. The cheapest way out is to settle, which gives them enough money to go after the next guy (hopefully one of your competitors).

about three weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

tsotha Facts of life (283 comments)

This is a situation faced by millions. You want to do something for a living but there aren't any jobs. They should really accept that fact and move on like everyone else. It's particularly hard to have sympathy in that this isn't something that just happened yesterday - it's been a long time since getting an academic position was likely. Longer than it takes to get a PhD.

about three weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

tsotha What about Mozilla? (742 comments)

I find it pretty amusing the same people who cheered the firing of Brendan Eich are outraged over this case. Let's not be hypocritical here.

about three weeks ago

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