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Comment: Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (Score 1) 140

by PapayaSF (#47978253) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
Plus, even Ebola survivors can spread the disease: I've read that the semen of Ebola survivors can transmit Ebola for months after their clinical recovery. And what about symptomatic carriers? AFAIK there have been none reported, but what if there's even one "Typhoid Mary" of Ebola?

Comment: Re:Meanwhile (Score 1) 140

by PapayaSF (#47978197) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

There's a great idea, let's put a highly infectious virus with a 50% kill rate into a hospital and not quarantine those known to be infected.

And note that even in the US, about 75,000 people a year die from infections they acquire in hospitals, and that's just pneumonia, C. difficile, MRSA, and other things much less scary that Ebola, which you can get from touching something with just a few virus particles in it. I think the people who are claiming Ebola is only a problem in Africa due to ignorance and substandard medical care are fooling themselves: if it gets to the U.S., the hospitals here are unlikely to perform up to the standards required.

Plus, every new infection means more chances for Ebola to mutate, possibly into an airborne form.

Comment: Re:Experience with long distance hiking (Score 1) 82

by ignavus (#47971213) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

Early human life must have been gritty when things weren't bountiful.

With twelve hours of darkness per day (on average), and needing only eight hours sleep, they had a LOT of time in the dark while awake. Especially in winter. I reckon they must have had a lot of snuggling up time on their hands.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 165

While the IS stuff is rather a hot news item, I do not agree that slashdot is really the place for it. One of the reasons I look at Slashdot is to get a nice newsfeed without 5 items per day about wild muslims.

Damn! There goes my new article about about "Emacs or Vi? Which do wild Muslims prefer?"

Comment: Re:Too Bad (Score 2) 106

by ignavus (#47934013) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

While I do not fall on the recorded Autism spectrum. The way they make Sheldon would be very insulting to people with these problems.

While having Asperger's can bring some problems it can also bring strengths and pleasures (e.g. Aspie "special interests" can be great fun, almost like being in love, but with a topic rather than a person). I wouldn't refer to Asperger's simplistically as a "problem". It is a condition with problems and advantages - and also some differences that are just plain neutral.

Referring to the autism spectrum as unqualified "problems" is part of the problem. Asperger's isn't a defect, it is a difference with positives and negatives.

PS: quite a few people on the spectrum think Sheldon is great. At least we get a vaguely recognisable Aspie character who has some strengths (genius, can be very generous with money) and obvious weaknesses (not all of which are core Aspie weaknesses - e.g. his narcissism is more Sheldon than Aspie).

Comment: Re:Just the warm-up (Score 3, Informative) 48

by PapayaSF (#47831873) Attached to: Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

Some technologies just don't make sense. At least with our current battery and silicon constraints.

A nice tablet at $500 didn't make sense... until the iPad came out. (Some early speculation had it priced at @$1,000). An expensive smartphone without a keyboard didn't make sense... until the iPhone. A laptop that is .68 inches thick (and gets thinner from there) didn't make sense... until the MacBook Air.

Apple has a track record of pushing limits, and of not releasing products that aren't highly refined. If they come out with an "iWatch," I'd bet it will be something special. And the following iterations will only improve it.

Comment: Re:Just the warm-up (Score 1) 48

by PapayaSF (#47831797) Attached to: Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

This time there is no SJobs.

True, but I think that's overrated as a problem for Apple. Jobs was there long enough to leave his mark, and he knew for a while that he was dying. He taught a lot to many people there, including starting the little-talked-about Apple University. Apple now (and for a long time) has been far more than Jobs. I think they'll be a bit different than when Jobs was in control, but those differences are more likely to be positive than negative.

Comment: Just the warm-up (Score 4, Funny) 48

by PapayaSF (#47831677) Attached to: Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

Let's admit it: all these smart watches are like MP3 players, pre-iPod: early pioneers, but destined to be forgotten. Once Apple enters the field, the category will take off. You don't have to be an Apple fanboi to see that coming.

Also predictable: Apple's entry will not be cheap, will be criticized for lacking features and openness, but buyers won't care. Samsung will rush a copycat revision of their entry, and the press will laud various "iWatch killers," but they won't be terribly successful.

iPod, IPhone, iPad: we've seen this story before.

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