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Comment: Re: Land of the free (Score 1) 576

by Isaac-1 (#48631691) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

My mother's next door neighbor was shot and killed by escaped federal prisoners while visiting his ranch house in a remote part of Oklahoma, my step sisters former employer was killed by a home invader with a knife at his vacation condo in the virgin islands. The same step sister was a witness to a woman being kidnapped in a grocery store parking lot, the woman was never seen again, my wife has / had a cousin that disappeared while walking home from work one day, he normally did not walk to work, but his car would not start that day so he walked the 3/4 mile to work down a somewhat rural road. The world is a dangerousl place it pays to be prepared for the unexpected.

Comment: Re: Seen the e-Golf? (Score 1) 395

by Isaac-1 (#48484659) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

It is not about what percentage of the population exceed 50 miles in a day, it is what percentage of the population exceeds 50 miles in a single day once or more per week/month. This is the thing that demands the ownership of the second car. Personally I commute about 17 miles each way to work, plus another 3-5 miles round trip on days when I have time for a lunch break (sometimes in my car, sometimes carpooling with others for lunch), so sure it would work on the average work day, but take yesterday as an example when we went to my wife's sisters house for a late holiday gathering 50 miles away, plus a 5 mile out of our way side trip to drop off a key for someone, then a run to the grocery store once we were home.... It all adds up, and for me that means a driving of over 100 miles in a single day on average a bit more than once per week, and a trip of over 300 miles in a day about once per month, or maybe a bit less, more often this will be 300-500 miles over the course of 2 or 3 days every few months.

Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 1) 478

by Isaac-1 (#48114953) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

My bigger concern is what do you do if you need emergency medical services for an everyday emergency if the emergency rooms are full of contagious ebola victims? Lets say you break your leg, or have a serious cut, do you stay home and try to manage it on your own, or do you risk the waiting room at the local hospital?

Comment: Re:Suspension of Disbelief (Score 1) 193

by Isaac-1 (#48107149) Attached to: A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

True, but Big Bang does a great job of getting it with nerd culture although perhaps in a self deprecating way. Where Scropion just blows it with idiots trying to pretend to be smart. It is the classic problem of the person with an IQ of 135 thinking they are the smartest person in the room, where the person with an IQ of 155 often thinks they are not. The difference being they tend to be in different rooms and different social crowds. It really all comes down to one problem smart people can recognize other smart people, or people that are smarter than themselves, stupid people can only do the second part.

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 475

by Isaac-1 (#48039709) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

You are correct the problem with our modern hospitals is they would quickly be overwhelmed, my wife was in the local hospital last week inI the ICU ward, we live in a small town of about 10,000 people, the local hospital serves a population of about 25,000 people, and the ICU ward has a total of 8 beds, 3 to 5 of them were occupied when she was there.

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