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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

wfstanle bankruptcy? (518 comments)

You have a good point there! In time, the concept of selling organs becomes even more insidious.

Allowing a person to sell his organs makes his organs just another asset. When that person then declares bankruptcy, the creditors are entitled to his assets. Could that person then be forced to sell off his assets (body organs) to settle the debt? Probably not in the near future, but with the way things are going, a law would be written to mandate just this.

about 10 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

wfstanle Quarantine them! (462 comments)

"In all three of these outbreaks, someone who had not been vaccinated traveled overseas and brought the disease back with them"

One thing seems obvious to me. Ban our CITIZENS from reentering the US unless they can show that ALL of their vaccinations are current. We could delay reentry to the US by quarantining them in a place similar to Ellis Island for 21 days (or some suitable time) to make sure they were not carrying in a disease. Those people that have religious, moral (or just plain stupidity in the case of vaxers) could avoid the vaccinations by just being sequestered.

NOTE: Quarantining is not incarceration and has been proven legal such as in the case of "Typhoid Mary" and quarantining by the health department. I don't see any legal problems but IANAL.

about a year ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

wfstanle An answer to piracy? (166 comments)

Although it might not have been the reason for not including a way of moving on its own, as an anti piracy ploy, this might have merit. One of the first things that pirates do when capturing a ship is to move it to a frindly port. Without engines, it is much more difficult to do that. The pirates would have to take over not just the barge-supertanker but at the same time take over the tug. If more than one tugboat is needed to move the barge the pirates problems become much harder because they will have to take over more than one tugboat.

about a year ago
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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

wfstanle Re:The problem with robots (736 comments)

You don't get the point! While the quote was about the automotive industry, the basic point isn't specific to automobiles. It applies to all business enterprises.

about a year ago
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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

wfstanle The problem with robots (736 comments)

Walter Ruether onde said this about robots to Henry Ford II...

  "Henry, how are you going to get them (robots) to buy Ford cars?"

He probably is right, the economy is predicated upon wage earners having enough money to buy stuff. Robots will never be able to buy what they produce. That is until robots have the freedom to "live a life" of their own and buy stuff. The companies will never let their robots to be that independent. After all, they own the robots. Right now, companies are breaking the unspoken agreement that they have with thier workers and consumers, that they need to prosper.

about a year ago
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Lavabit.com Owner: 'I Could Be Arrested' For Resisting Surveillance Order

wfstanle Re:Just comply with the court order (255 comments)

Consider this...

Just this week the head judge of the FISC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FISC) court that oversees the NSA, CIA etc. stated that the courts did not have nearly enough resources to verify what they were being told. In essence, they mostly have to "rubber stamp" those aagencies requests. In essence FISC is just a joke.

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

wfstanle Re:Paver Stones on the Road to Single-Payer (637 comments)

"not my problem - fuck you"

That line is ALMOST correct but is should read... ""not my problem , YET - fuck you"

Eventually, almost everyone will, at some time, get sick and eventually die. (The few that don't , die in some quick and catastrophic event.)

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

wfstanle Corporations are persons? (637 comments)

The problem with the phrase "of the people, by the people, for the people" is that at least the way SCOTUS sees it corporations are persons. The actual people of the US (The liittle folk NOT corporatios) will have to kick those politions that believe this crap out of office! When that happens, maybe such crap will not happen.

(Don't hold your breath.)

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

wfstanle Graft! (637 comments)

Writing the computer code is relatively simple. The hard part is getting all the graft and kickbakcs sorted out. Getting all those back room negotiations sorted out takes time. When all that is done, the public will be screwed properly.

about a year ago
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New York's Financial Regulator Subpoenas Bitcoin Companies

wfstanle OOPS! (259 comments)

Sorry for confusing you! This comment was meant for a different story. I posted it here by mistake.

about a year ago
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New York's Financial Regulator Subpoenas Bitcoin Companies

wfstanle Graft! (259 comments)

Writing the computer code is relatively simple. The hard part is getting a;; the graft and kickbakcs sorted out. Getting all those back room negotiations sorted out takes time. When all that is done, the public will be screwed properly.

about a year ago
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For Jane's, Gustav Weißkopf's 1901 Liftoff Displaces Wright Bros.

wfstanle Landings are mandatory! (267 comments)

That reminds me of an old aviators saying.

"Takeoffs are optional, Landings are mandatory!"

Also if you get that landing wrong, there are no more takeoffs for you!

about a year and a half ago
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For Jane's, Gustav Weißkopf's 1901 Liftoff Displaces Wright Bros.

wfstanle Writghts invented the first CONTROLLED airplane (267 comments)

There is a slight misconception concerning the invention of the airplane. A lot of people can claim that theirs was the first heavier than air, and mechanically driven airplane. Where these inventors failed is that they did not have good way of controlling where their invention went. The Wright brothers solved the problem of controlling the direction and altitude of the airplane. Without this critical part of the equation, true flight was just a dream.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Looks To Cut Funds To Illegal Sites

wfstanle This is a job for courts! (347 comments)

Cutting off funding should not be decided by business, the courts should make that decision. Garnted, the operators of such a website may be scumbags but they still deserve their day in court.

about 2 years ago
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Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs

wfstanle Mutations! (149 comments)

"No new genetic material is being created and it never will be."

Wrong! Mutations create new genetic material all the time. Most of the time, mutations are harmful but occasionally a mutation is helpful to that organism. If a new mutation allows an organism to be better adapted to its environment, that gene will be selected for. Soon, much of the population will have that gene. It's simple evolution.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Try To Identify the Intelligence Gene

wfstanle First things first! What is intellegence? (254 comments)

The researchers trying to identify what genes affect intelligence should first come up with an undeniable definition of the term. I personally know of someone who does not have a lot of "book learning" (and probably would not do well in school) but he had a lot of "common sense". At the same time, there are brilliant scientists out there that are clueless about social interactions. You can be brilliant in one area and a complete idiot in another area. Are these people geniuses or idiots (or both).

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Releases Last Linux Version of Flash Player

wfstanle Good riddance!!! (426 comments)

Adobe, your web programs (Flash and PDF Reader) have been a pox on computer users everywhere even if they are not aware of the risks. I hope you will entirely give up on the Internet and concentrate on software where they will do no harm. Better yet, just leave the business entirely.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Online Spying Tax For Internet Bills

wfstanle 1984 speech. (110 comments)

Oh, I love that Nineteen Eighty-Four speak where "public safety'" actually means Internet spying and censorship! What is even more galling is that this comes not from a country like China or Burma but from a country like Canada!.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

wfstanle What a farce! (527 comments)

If security is really what the government wants to promote, it would go the other way. No more evading the security check lanes by anyone. If you are rich enough to own a private jet, you still should have to pass through the security check lanes before you are allowed to get on your private jet. Some private jets are really big! A private jet can be just as dangerous when crashed into a building as a commercial jet. Also, a private jet might be easier to hijack than regular commercial jets because there are usually a lot less people aboard that might foil your hijack plans.

The real point is this. There should be no distinction between the elites (rich) and the common man when dealing with the government.

Note: I said SHOULD.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders

wfstanle Flood wall subsidence (204 comments)

Not only were the flood walls not high enough but they failed to account for the ground settling because of subsidence. As a result of the earthquake, the actual ground d5opped by as much as five feet in areas. Lets assume that you barely made the flood wall high enough lets say 3 feet higher than the tsunami. Part of the problem was the base of the flood wall was now 5 feet lower than it was before the earthquake. The result would be that the top of the flood wall is now 2 feet lower than the tsunami.

more than 2 years ago

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malware infecting the BIOS

wfstanle wfstanle writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wfstanle writes "I was fixing my sisters badly malware infested computer and the question of malware hiding in the BIOS came up. I asked around and many experts said that it was uncommon and to assume that the BIOS is OK. I have two questions. I know that malware that infect the BIOS are out there but how uncommon are they? Also, will flashing the BIOS eliminate them?"
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Google and Facebook to test IPv6

wfstanle wfstanle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wfstanle (1188751) writes "Although it might be very late, something is finally being done about the address space problems of IPv4. This link to a BBC article ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12183098 ) describes what is being done about the necessary conversion from IPv4 to IPv6. There is also a link in the article to a website where you can test your IPv6 readiness."
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What is a nerd?

wfstanle wfstanle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wfstanle (1188751) writes "I was watching a program on CBS on Sunday morning and a question was asked. "What is a nerd?" they also asked "What is a geek?". They had a hard time defining them but had a few interesting descriptions of their common traits. Their list included the following items...

1. Nerds tend to think in an analytical or logical fashion while the general population tended to go with gut feelings.

2. Nerds tend to speak in complete sentences.

3. Because nerds tend to think in a logical way, they tend to be socially out of sync with many people.

What do nerds think about these observations?"

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