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Comment: Re:Big business (Score 0) 69

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48467219) Attached to: Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

dot dot dot says the ac, typing from a phone or tablet or pc, over probably wireless to powerful internet backbones, all developed with literally trillions in private investment.

I "Canadian government scientists" developed it, then who dropped the ball?

Also, you giant government lovers, why did it take an outbreak to fast track production levels of experimental drug? The FDA, and Canadian equivalent, are the biggest mass murderers of the past century. Deaths due to cumulative tech lag vastly outweigh deaths due to drugs getting to market too fast. The math is trivial.

Comment: Re:Control the carbs and you control blood lipids (Score 1) 251

> I'm not sure medical science understands (well enough) the relationship between carbs/blood sugar/cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Unfortunately it seems to be a simple cause and effect assumption, as a first start. High fat, ergo cut back on it.

That niacin-like drug study that forced HDL (the good cholesterol) higher did exactly that -- and had no net benefit in hard outcomes (strokes, heart attacks, deaths.) Oh, thin people had lots of HDL, I guess that's it.

Comment: Good (Score 1) 110

GOOD. When people fear the government, there is tyrrany. When government fears the people, there is freedom.

I would also like to add that, when there is little barrier to tracking the calls of mundane political opponents, or even listening in to their calls, than a check box on a piece of paper saying "You got a warrant, didn't you?", there is nothing to stop a G. Gordon Liddy type from listening in on the other presidential candidate's conversations, and their planners and donors and strategists.

This is the mechanism by which 1984 will happen -- sufficient important stuff done in the virual world that a government, with an easy-to-use virtual world panopticon, will indeed abuse it.

All human history teaches this course.

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 366

Because slow warming is a small problem, over centuries (when we have no idea what the tech landscape will be in 50 years much less 300.)

But overshooting on cooling could induce an ice age, which geologists have evidence can occur in as little as two years. Then you will kill many billions.

The problem is hyperventillating over GW. It's doubtful anything should be done that slows tech growth. But the opposite could become quickly murderous.

If I were a schill for corporations, as your memeplex no doubt is informing you, I would be gung ho for amelioration geoengineering (some plans are only a few billion, nothing to modern society.). I am not.


Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 137

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48435511) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Don't blame Aero or the Supreme Court. Blame Congress who created the law.

It is logical someone could create a super-antenna + DVR system to distribute over-the-air content to you that you, by living there, have access to.

Cable companies were gonna do that. Congress stepped in and allowed the over-the-air local broadcasters to force cable to carry, no charge, or require a negotiation for money, broadcast company's choice.

Comment: Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (Score 1) 222

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48426303) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

The most rapid general tech advancement is in a relatively free economy. This has been observed a hundred times over last century.

The prime driver is a free economy, regardless of any government assist, a different question.

Many endeavours fail, big surprise. At least it wasn't driven my a senator and congressman in exchange for a vote on some other bill.

Comment: Dodge Omni Horizon (Score 1) 332

They're confusing the halting problem with the horizon pronlem in game theory.

Like a chess grandmaster who sees a trap 15 moves down the road that a lesser-skilled player cannot.

The good ones took advantage of this when playing compters. Kasparov is still convinced he could win a rematch.

Comment: Image (Score 1) 51

Decades ago I had a really bad sore throat. At one point, for a few miraculous minutes, I could sing two tones at once. I assumed my vocal cords got connected in the middle somewhere via open sores that partially stuck together.

Imagine a beowulf cluster of castratos with this as a permanent feature!

Can't open /usr/fortunes. Lid stuck on cookie jar.