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Comment: Re:They need to lock this down now! (Score 1) 337

by joocemann (#48033219) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

We also have local animals to screen in case they became a reservoir.....

But oh... no.. lets keep letting people in and out of these plagued countries/areas with ease and only a quick one-time health check... .... THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE PEOPLE WAIT 2-3 WEEKS IN QUARANTINE IF THEY DECIDE TO GO TO SHITTY-PLACE-ON-EARTH RIGHT NOW.RIGHT? I would have hoped they did this over a month ago, and now, to be frank, they should be dropping the 3-week quarantine on Dallas.

How many predictions will the CDC be wrong about before they stop chasing it with "Don't worry"?

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 337

by joocemann (#48033195) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Thank you! This is one of the biggest points.

Did you use needles during your visit?
Did you engage in intercourse with anyone during your visit?
Did you eat any bushmeat during your visit?

(Subject thinking about how a yes to question will seriously inconvenience him and his plans --- and then making the awful assumption everyone does which is to think he's special and probably is not a problem).

Subject: Uhh.. nope. I just bought some postcards and took some pictures. That's all.

Comment: Re:They need to lock this down now! (Score 1) 337

by joocemann (#48033167) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Dallas needs to be on lockdown for 21 days. The guy had symptoms for two days before he checked in...

My biggest fear about this is that the CDC has been wrong about their predictions all the way, and now they are CONFIDENT that this new 'blase' reaction to this guy is going to be enough and that we should (as they said in everything else that was wrong) 'not worry'. NOT WORRY? How about the people at the CDC show me that THEY are worried and working really goddamned hard to quarantine this plague -- that way I don't have to worry.

It's as if they're imagining the most positive outcomes and betting on it. PEOPLE'S FECAL MATTER GETS ON EVERYTHING! It's because we're animals! It's because we don't really wash our hands for 1 minute of scrubbing. Can we just get a grip on this and make everyone going to infected areas wait 2-3 weeks before they can travel? Is a little discomfort worth avoiding to put everyone at risk?

I'd love to see the CDC spokespeople bet their lives on their predictions. Why? If they doubt to bet their life, they will be forced to think about why they won't bet it. With every false confidence they project, they put us at risk.

Comment: Re:Yawn... (Score 0) 274

by joocemann (#48033135) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

They are what I term, Tupac-Christians. It's where you wear a gold chain and cross and you talk about 'god' and such, but you've only got a few toes in the pool of faith and you spend 99% of your time contradicting the faith. From my experience, most people that call themselves Christians fit this model, and most people that I would think are adhering closely to Jesus/Bible, would say that those other people are not real Christians.

Comment: Re:Completely Contained? (Score 1) 337

by hey! (#48031825) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Ebola is (according to the summary) completely contained in Nigeria and Senegal. This 2014 outbreak is all over West Africa, and according to TFA (I know, I know) the patient had just returned from Liberia, a West African country where the current outbreak has (obviously) not been contained.

Someone bringing this virus back is not so surprising. The big deal will be when we have our first case of endemic transmission -- when someone *catches* the virus here.

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 337

by mysidia (#48031759) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I imagine a person who is not intending on doing ill will with the disease could self monitor and quarantine himself if needed.

Could in theory, but they are not likely to do so, not only because they might miss the symptoms or be in denial about them, BUT self-quarantining would seriously inconvenience them, and it would be against human nature and not what the average person would do, to decide you're sick and impose this on yourself.

Most people would just rationalize it internally to themselves "It's probably just a cold," or "I'm just tired." "It's stress-related"

Comment: Re: Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 337

by mysidia (#48031747) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

None. Just add a quarantine user fee to their ticket.

Try again. Enstating a quarantine policy would drastically reduce the number of travelers until the policy was over. Or it would likely increase the number of travelers using various tactics of avoiding the airplane quarantine, such as travelling to an intermediary country first, and then crossing in through the land border.

Comment: Re:So, now HP sells a tablet (Score 1) 171

by rahvin112 (#48031361) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I also grew up in a time where I had to do things by hand with pencil and paper. I remember learning long division, but I don't think I could do it even if I had hours to try to figure it out. We should teach kids about these old methods and the theories behind them but we shouldn't be wasting time teaching them the method and making them memorize how to do it. They will never do long division by hand in their entire life.

Although it's important to teach theory and the methods behind things, what you talking about isn't that. It was the rote memorization that dominated education for a very long time and thankfully is going away. Much of the criticism that I've seen of the new common core standards in math is much more focused on teaching the theory rather than the rote memorization. Yet even such a significant improvement in how math is taught is being attacked by people that think the old way to teach is the only way to teach. You learn almost nothing memorizing something.

You learn all kinds of cool things when you learn the theory behind it and can take that theory and apply it to other things. About 90% of your average college Engineering school is spent trying to unteach people the rote memorization stuff they were trained to do in primary and secondary education. I don't have a problem with kids using calculators to do simple math when they are being taught the theory and how to use it.

Comment: Re:Dear MS (Score 1) 542

by rahvin112 (#48029885) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Two reasons.

Application lock-in, Microsoft is trying to leverage their existing large application comparability for leverage.

The second is related to the first, in the MS is trying to use there large monopoly in the desktop market to build a monopoly in handheld, tablet and phone.

I believe both will be a failure, they sat on their hands two long while Apple and Google built OS's and now have significant application catalogs. Android and iOS will be very difficult to displace at this point. They'd do better to focus their attention on maintaining and building their enterprise services and continuing to build and support desktop computers. That would probably mean porting office and other major enterprise applications to both the iOS and Android. I simply don't believe they can displace android or iOS at this point.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 172

by Lumpy (#48027897) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

none really. The only photoshop holdouts need CMYK or are unable to learn a new interface.

I only use photoshop because of all the free plugins that do what I want without having any skill at all. Butt hen I also think that my horribly out of date CS3 is just fine.

IF there were a lot more free plugins for GIMP that made it easier for us poseurs without any skill look good, it would surpass photoshop quickly.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.