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Comment: Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (Score 1) 214

by dbIII (#48201887) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard
The legacy of "Charlie Wilson's War" means anyone who cares about the future is going to spend a bit of time checking details.
If we'd asked our "allies" the Saudis for advice they would have recommended doing the same as them and giving ISIS money and guns. The real answer to the stability of the region is stop buying oil from the Saudis so that they can't fund terrorists. You'd think we would have worked that out in 9/11 considering where Bin Laden got his funding.

Comment: Re:Boy toy (Score 1) 511

by dbIII (#48201547) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders
I suspect the reality was that as wages in the sector grew the women were squeezed out.
As late as 1987 I was in a CS class with just over 50% women. Today I see more women in mining and heavy industry jobs, literally at the coalface instead of just in the office, than in IT. Pretty weird isn't it for something that was dismissed as "women's work" to the extent where I couldn't even do a class in typing at high school because that was strictly girls only.

Comment: Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (Score 1) 214

by dbIII (#48201523) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard
With respect, an anti-gun viewpoint should not matter at all in a role like that since guns are not part of the job.

Of course this was never actually about guns though, as with most of the US "gun debate" it's about being on the "right team", which in one case happens to contain a dysfunctional sporting club with far too much political power - and in the other case fill in whatever partisan insults you want to use. By being "anti-gun", or more likely just anti-NRA rant of the week, he's shown he's not "on the right team" so it's not really about guns is it?

Comment: Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (Score 1) 214

by dbIII (#48201485) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

It would have helped if he'd used that time to actually come up with a plan........

What plan then - help ISIS, help other groups backed by Iran or help Assad?

I'm not sure time would have helped. A major worry now is ISIS went for deliberate provocation and seem to want us to drop bombs on the area and we are doing exactly what they want. Why they want it is a bit of a mystery, but those video nasties were designed for that purpose.

Comment: Re:Politics (Score 1) 214

by dbIII (#48201447) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard
Effectively been done in a small way by sending a team and troops to isolate it at the source before it spreads to millions. More of the same is the sane way to do it (according to some medical professionals that call themselves experts in tropical diseases). Attempting to cut it off at the border didn't work with Spanish Flu after the WWI and would be far more difficult to attempt today. Cancel all flights in and out of the USA for a month and it may still come in via Canada or Mexico.

Comment: Re:What does require those things? (Score 1) 214

by dbIII (#48201225) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

There never where smart people here, just technicians and wannabe technicians with an inflated sense of self importance.

Not true, when this site started I was a professional engineer - it's only now that I'm a wannabe technician with an inflated sense of self importance.

Comment: Re: Conflict of interest is just what they do (Score 1) 82

by dbIII (#48201205) Attached to: NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm
Good point, but I can only despair from afar at what you guys have lost and wonder why so few of you even bother to get off your arses to vote. I've also avoided visiting thanks to the TSA etc - I've soaked up enough rads without getting exposed to a radiation source set up by unqualified monkeys and not checked by any third party, let alone the consequences of maybe getting sick in a country where health care is a minor and relatively poorly funded side effect of insurance.

Comment: Re:WTF, the antarctic gets FO before me? (Score 3, Interesting) 46

by dbIII (#48201159) Attached to: Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting
Maybe, but that's just a guess isn't it? Perhaps it's a good idea to let scientists take a look at it to understand what is going on instead of attempting to trump reality by some sort of political fiat. Even if some declare the climate has never changed since Genesis there's still a great deal of value for global weather forecasting in monitoring conditions in Antarctica - it's half the reason Scott etc went there a century ago after all.
King Canute's lesson to his court over how political will cannot command nature is very apt. You can shout from the rooftops that nothing is happening but there is some reason why last month was the hottest September in more than a century. Putting on a blindfold is not going to help.

Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 1) 81

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:It may not be a *significant* factor ... (Score 2) 214

Ebola's almost complete lack of aerosol transmission is and will remain a substantial barrier to the population risk the disease poses

The thing is, what you're saying there is just plain implausible unless the air itself kills the viruses with remarkable efficiency, in which case it would survive for only minutes on a hard surface (like HIV), rather than hours (like influenza). From what I've read, it survives for hours on hard surfaces, which lends serious doubt to any claim that Ebola exhibits an "almost complete lack of aerosol transmission".

Just to be clear, I'm not saying that Ebola is airborne. It currently is not (or at least it is not currently believed to be). However, it is unsafe to assume that the way a virus behaves in Africa (hot weather, high humidity, little use of HVAC, mostly rural, families that stay home to care for the sick) will match the way it would behave in the United States (highly variable air temperatures, potentially low humidity because of the use of HVAC, heavily urban, people who go to work even when sick). Such a conclusion would be fundamentally invalid because it doesn't control for an absolutely insane number of variables.

In particular, with airborne diseases, propagation by aerosol transmission increases rather dramatically when the air is cold and the humidity is low (particularly when it is insanely low because of HVAC). That's one reason why the cold and flu season in the U.S. spikes markedly during the winter. In the parts of Africa where Ebola is currently found, the hot air temperature and relatively high humidity don't lend themselves to aerosol transmission. So there's a distinct possibility that the exact same strain of disease that is not airborne in Africa would be airborne in the United States.

Such temperature-dependent and humidity-dependent behavior would also be consistent with researchers' conclusions after an October 1989 lab incident in which the closely related Ebola Reston virus spread rapidly among physically isolated populations of lower primates. "Due to the spread of infection to animals in all parts of the quarantine facility, it is likely that Ebola Reston may have been spread by airborne transmission." (Beltz, Lisa. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 253)

My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.