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Comment: Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 85

by Jeremy Erwin (#48179375) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

The US has a patent on an Ebola virus..
Human ebola virus species and compositions and methods thereof

Looks like a Canadian patent, owned by the " The Government Of The United States Of America As Represented By The Sec Retary, Department Of Health & Human Services, Center For Disease Control".

It's the wrong strain, though. Also I'm not sure why the US government would own a Canadian patent.

Comment: Re: Type and touch? (Score 1) 241

by Jeremy Erwin (#48178183) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

For a portable TV otherwise known as iPad a touchscreen is about the same as a dial on the side.

Funny, that. I rarely use my ipad for video. Sometimes I stream videos to my AppleTV using my ipad, but most of what I do on my ipad is web consumption--just the standard mix of text and graphics, mind you not web video. aside from that, there's kindle, and reading pdfs.
But of course, I may well be an outlier.

A large screen ipad might be good for drawing, provided that the stylus can be accurate enough-- drawing on my ipad feels like I'm in kindergarten, fingerpainting. Then again, I'm not the artistic type.

Comment: Re:Until... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by Jeremy Erwin (#48069991) Attached to: US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

The Chinese would like to be able to invade Taiwan, but the presence of a Carrier Battle Group in the region has a deterrring effect. An Antiship ballistic misdle capability would deter the carrier from doing much interference.

(The US has certain obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act).

Comment: Re:Many ways they could make the $ but legally (Score 1) 299

by Jeremy Erwin (#48002607) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

It's a sliding scale based on the crew size, as well as whatever extra work is required from the forest service to facilitate your activities. So yeah, if you have 60 people working as cast and crew, and a few rangers need to put in 50 hours of work managing your logistics, and it's a multi day shoot, it's going to cost more than if 2 or three guys take pictures for a couple of hours.

Commercial photography and filming request

Comment: Re:Numbers (Score 1) 299

by Jeremy Erwin (#48002459) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Here's the fee schedule for commercial photography Essentially, if you have more than 50 people on site (and therefore require the most expensive permits), a $1500 permit fee will be a very small portion of your costs. I'm guessing that $5 million in liability insurance will prove costlier, but, of course, that's only needed if you
a.) rent a helicopter or use one you already own
b) pay for aviation fuel
c) pay the pilot

and so on...

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev