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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

vanyel Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Some parts of public health can be handled locally, and some parts of public health can only be handled on a national or international level. They can't figure out the pattern of an epidemic based on local occurrences alone.
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State health departments don't have the equipment and expertise to do a lot of things. Hospital disease laboratories are only equipped to identify infections that are common in their area. Why stock a laboratory with expensive agents that you'll never use? When hospitals get a patient with an unusual disease, they can't identify it in their own labs and they have to send the samples to the CDC.

That part I agree with - pattern analysis and research are definitely in the purview of higher levels.

You can't give somebody a responsibility without giving them the resources (financial and otherwise).

That part, however, I don't: where do you think that money comes from in the first place? It makes no sense to send money to a central location just to beg for it back (except for emergencies that overwhelm the local region). The day to day stuff should be funded locally.

Although it's a different topic, the same goes for transportation funding: it makes no sense for Portland to pay for Boston's big dig and Boston to pay for Portland's light rail, and Wyoming shouldn't have to pay for either. There's a case to be made for the reverse: helping rural areas with transportation needs, though only to a limited extent.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

vanyel Re:Going in circles (100 comments)

Is it Graffiti 1 or 2? They rather crippled it with 2, over IP ownership issues as I recall... Still, I'll give it a try, thanks!

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

vanyel Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Whether or not they're acting on the responsibility, it's still their responsibility... and generally local people are best equipped to take into account local environmental factors. When they abdicate their responsibility, well then you have to decide whether to be a nanny or not.

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

vanyel Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Indeed, while *handling* an epidemic locally is a local responsibility, there's nothing stopping federal agencies from setting guidelines and providing information on how best to handle any given situation.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

vanyel Re:Going in circles (100 comments)

The original graffiti system worked quite well for me and I've missed it ever since..

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

vanyel Re:Or crypto (179 comments)

Exactly - what it will break are the defacto service monopolies like facebook and google, not the Internet, which will be improved by having services distributed.

about two weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

vanyel I don't know... (399 comments)

...but what's "Windows" anyway?

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

vanyel Re:It's job security (826 comments)

Nonsense. systemd doesn't make anything easier or threaten anyone's livelihood, it's just change for the sake of change (at the UI level), as are the changes to network configuration. Whatever benefits there may be to whatever changes under the covers doesn't require replacing the init.d structure, the service command or the network config file formats. System administrators have enough to do without dealing with gratuitous changes that don't buy anyone anything.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

vanyel Plan (191 comments)

I have a plan: it'll all be toast.

about 2 months ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

vanyel Affordable? (214 comments)

A strange definition of affordable; given those locations, clearly it was a low factor in the equation...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

vanyel Why should they be any different? (278 comments)

Most web sites are badly designed, why should online applications be any different? I swear site designers never actually use the sites they design.

about 2 months ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

vanyel Should be much simpler.... (130 comments)

If it's a post by a friend or group I've joined (main news feed) or list member (when I have a list selected), show it. Period. That's the whole point of facebook. It's *extremely* annoying to find out some time later I missed something important because facebook decided it wasn't interesting for some obscure reason.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

vanyel Amazon is right (306 comments)

In particular, I won't pay more for an ebook than the price of a paperback, but I also generally have $10 as the cutoff point - if it's more than that, I'll read something else until the price comes down. I really think ebooks ought to be $5 but that ship has sailed.

about 3 months ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

vanyel Welcome to Reality (238 comments)

People were using them anyhow, regardless of the policy. Welcome to the real world...

about 3 months ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

vanyel Heavy (119 comments)

Now that's heavy metal I could actually get into...

about 4 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

vanyel Surprised? (579 comments)

When I first saw them appearing, the "unintended consequence" of drivers using them was immediately obvious and appreciated ;-) Such use is no excuse for an accident though - only an idiot doesn't make sure some other idiot isn't on a collision course before going into an intersection. It's as bad as the people suing the state of Oregon because an expansion joint on a curved overpass in the Portland area is a little uneven - cars hop a little going over it, but if you're not going way over the speed limit, it's not a problem and thousands of cars handle it every day. But a few idiots couldn't and now that it's made the news, here they come out of the woodwork.

about 4 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

vanyel Units (112 comments)

I wonder how many carats that is...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

vanyel User Interface (427 comments)

Phones are barely big enough to be usable for apps as it is - while I would like to move to a smartwatch to avoid hauling a phone or tablet around, it needs a way to have a large display on demand and simple user interface that isn't audible (for privacy and security reasons). Until we get a neural or perhaps google glass style interface, I don't think it's possible to solve that problem. And all that with a 24hr battery life.

about 4 months ago
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Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

vanyel Main website too (47 comments)

If you have a very little bit of information, it's pretty easy to get around it on the regular website too, but I suppose it's better than nothing...

about 4 months ago

Submissions

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Ask Slashdot: What is the best way to mentor online?

vanyel vanyel writes  |  about 7 months ago

vanyel (28049) writes "Having grown up in a rural setting with few resources and recently chatting with a CS student overseas in a less than ideal setting made me think about mentoring options. I'd thought that perhaps mentoring.<stackexchangesite> might be a good option, but they seem to be rather against the idea and even I admit a Q&A format like they're setup for isn't the best. I think mentoring would be a valuable service though, so I ask What *should* online mentoring look like?"
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vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vanyel (28049) writes "As the new daylight savings time change date nears, we're having to go around and make sure all our computers and routers are updated with the new changes. It seems to me to be a lot of work for no good reason, and I'm wondering just how much our Posturing Leaders are costing us?"
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vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 8 years ago

vanyel writes "MSNBC is reporting: "Two aerospace teams headed by SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler will share almost half a billion dollars set aside for demonstrations of new spaceships capable of transporting cargo and crew between Earth and the international space station, NASA announced Friday.""

Journals

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Wow, I have a fan!

vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I mostly ignore this stuff, but just checked and wow! I have a fan! Never expected that...

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Taking up space

vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I suppose this is what's called "blogging". The question is, does anyone read this or is it just taking up space? If I'm just taking up space, I'd rather do it on Serenity.

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