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Comment: Re:Ribbons of Shame (Score 2) 79

by Megol (#46756583) Attached to: Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Yeah shaming the people that actually do something in a corporation is the way forward. But why don't we instead use them for what in most cases cause problems: management and "strategy" people?
After all if the quality goals and pride in manufacturing isn't in the company culture isn't that the fault of the management, both for hiring the wrong people and keeping a faulty organisation intact?

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 580

by Megol (#46748293) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

She has made specific claims about vaccines being unsafe. These claims are wrong, yet she's stuck to them. She's also given medical advice to millions of parents based on these demonstrably wrong claims. Regardless of what she claims her philosophical stance is, she's guilty of gross and willful negligence causing multiple deaths.

No. The idiots that listened to unscientific claims and acted according to them indirectly caused deaths.

What happened with the idea to take responsibility for ones actions?!?

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 580

by Megol (#46748231) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

But she advocates e-cigarettes.

Why anyone listens to that self-contradictory fool is beyond me.

I don't think you understand the word contradict.
If one wants to use the legal drug called nicotine then one can use cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff or snus. All these are processed tobacco products which in addition with the nicotine contains a range of other components many which are known or suspected promoters of cancer and other health problems.

E cigarettes ideally contain a fluid base that is safe, flavoring that is safe and (optionally) nicotine which isn't safe but a know factor. I wrote "ideally" as the market is largely unregulated ATM.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 580

by Megol (#46748035) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

The claims themselves come from a single medical paper published in the late 90's that was eventually proven beyond reasonable doubt to have been a deliberate fraud. The reason for the fraud was to promote a competing vaccine by sowing doubt in the saftey of the existing vaccine formula. Jenny IS the (minor, soft porn) celebrity whoring her intelectual honesty for attention and profit.

First in what way is her type of acting relevant here? It's a big mistake to think she was a celebrity and people listened to her because of it, in fact most people never heard of her before the promoting of this pseduo-science began.

Also I don't see any "whoring [of] her intelectual [sic] honesty" either. She obviously believed and still believe that vaccines can be a trigger for autism. In order for this to be dishonest she'd have to say things without believing it and for something to be classified as "whoring" it would require she did this purely for money.

Comment: Re:Africa, eh? (Score 1) 111

by Megol (#46735205) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

Yes but unless an air-borne variant strain that can infect humans exists the spread is still not as problematic than some super-flu. How many persons will be in contact with bodily fluids of your aid?
And even if an air-borne variant exists the short incubation period means it will be easier to detect and contain. The misdiagnosis of the flu will be much higher too loading the "care" system more and exposing people having some allergic symptoms or the common cold to the flu virus. When it comes to a disease that spreads relatively quickly and causes the patients to leak bodily fluids like a sieve* the diagnostic situation is a lot easier.

If I'd have to choose a disease to be frightened of the flu is the number one.

(* okay, exaggerated)

Comment: Re:Africa, eh? (Score 2) 111

by Megol (#46733813) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

I predict a low posts count.

The most terrifying book I have ever read is "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston. If this gets out and goes global, it is THE END of civilization as we know it. I suspect a few more people might be following this than normal.

No ebola, while a very nasty and unpleasant disease isn't a "global killer" for the same reason it is so feared: it kills most* of it's victims and that in a relatively short time. That makes fast spreading of it very unlikely unlike other diseases like variants on the flu. That also makes it possible to contain outbreaks even on a larger scale: at worst a pure isolation of the affected people for some weeks is enough.

(* depending on strain, up to IIRC 90% lethality)

Comment: Re:Why is everything else allowed on the network? (Score 1) 80

by Megol (#46733119) Attached to: Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

Have you worked on every courtroom and/or is there a legal requirement for courtrooms to have wired Ethernet connections? Otherwise one can only _assume_ that it have been installed.

However even if there have been no wires installed it should be possible to use the power lines for internal networking. E.g. HomePlug is standardized and IIRC pretty secure too (AES encrypted).

Comment: Re:Close your eyes so the world will not exist. (Score 1) 290

by Megol (#46724311) Attached to: Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Oh? Scientists are taking longer and longer to get Nobel Prizes, meanwhile our President got one just for being elected!

The Nobel Peace Prize isn't awarded for scientific work, so it's a bit incorrect to include that.
Also, unlike the scientific Nobel prizes which are awarded by Swedes, the peace prize is in fact awarded by Norwegians for some historic reason.

Sweden and Norway was in an union at the time the Nobel price was created. They split up in 1918. As Nobel's will specified that a Norwegian committee* would select the peace price winner they still do.
(* had to correct this 3 times to get it right - not a common word I say as an excuse)

Comment: Re:Neuroscience/AI? (Score 1) 290

by Megol (#46724151) Attached to: Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

How about breakthroughs in understanding how consciousness emerges

How about breakthroughs in understanding IF consciousness emerges?

Exactly. The mind is still a field of unknowns, even the working of the basic elements aren't known fully.

or the achievement of strong AI/the singularity?

Pure religious fantasy. It's not the 1970's anymore. That silly belief cannot be defended.

I'll agree with the religiosity of "the singularity" but strong AI could be possible. Perhaps. We still are a long way from even approaching the complexities of fruit fly brains.

2000 pounds of chinese soup = 1 Won Ton