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Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 1) 544

by SuiteSisterMary (#49750221) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I'd love to hold society to the standard that no child should have to risk death due to parental stupidity. That's just not California. If you really want to uphold this ideal, you'll have to crusade for myriad causes, including gun control, obesity-fighting measures, tighter distribution of driver's licenses, promotion of breastfeeding, etc, etc. On the list of annual deaths in California caused by parental stupidity, lack of vaccination is near the bottom of the list.

All of this is true. However, lack of vaccination will rapidly climb the lists if America's current anti-science, anti-education and anti-logic trends are allowed to continue.

Comment: Re:Since there's no downside, why not go all out? (Score 1) 1065

by SuiteSisterMary (#49743171) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I don't think there's a downside to a minimum wage, or at least, not a compelling one.

As to specific implementation details. I really don't know. Not my field. My lay opinion would be that, well, it needs to be tied to the local cost of living and what not, but it would be a bitch to administrate. But no, having the minimum wage in Buttfuck Arkansas and Los Angeles be the same is probably sub-optimal.

I intended more to point out that while a small increase is basically a cost-of-living raise, a large increase will, indeed, likely do more harm than good.

Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 1) 544

by SuiteSisterMary (#49734565) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I'd support a bill like this if it also included provisions for criminal charges against parents who 'opt out' and their child winds up having long-term effects, or dying, of preventable diseases.

Say, do you also believe that, say, seatbelts are a matter of personal choice?

Comment: Re:Rain rain go away (Score 1) 219

Yep. Microwave fade. It's inherent in ultra high wavelength transmissions. That said, we have modulation techniques today that have effective error correction, unlike back in the day when this was all done with FM and you ended up losing data when you had poor conditions. Think about how your mobile phone gets massive bandwidth and reliability out of OFDMA (LTE's downlink technology) under much worse propagation conditions in city canyons, and scale that to microwave frequencies.

That said, given the bandwidth limitations of long distance microwave technology and improvements in fiber technology over the past five years, it seems to me that this is a solution whose problem is already on the way out. NTT has fiber that can transmit 69.1 tbit/sec over a 240km distance. Out here in the West you can put towers on top of mountains to get line of sight for that long of a distance, but practically speaking you won't get line of sight for more than 100km or so in the flatlands without an enormously tall and expensive tower. The network between Chicago and NYC mentioned in the paper has towers every 70km and runs at 400mbit/sec. Clearly fiber can do that distance, and with much better bandwidth.

Comment: Re:Pay Settlments from Police Pension Funds (Score 1) 201

I think the idea is that it would eventually render bad cops uninsurable, and thus, unemployable.

Really, though, these are all suggestions to get around the central issue; cops look out for their own, even in the face of blatantly criminal behavior. It's a cultural issue, more than anything.

Comment: Why carry everything with the astronauts? (Score 1) 46

For the life of me I can't understand why everyone wants to keep insisting we load everything on a ship with the astronauts and send it all there at once and HOPE nothing goes wrong along the way that kills everyone.

Instead, how about this: we send automated "builder" ships to Mars with a mission to excavate pits in the Martian surface, place inflatable habitats in them, inflate them, then cover them with enough soil to protect against radiation. Monitor the damned things to make sure they're working properly, THEN send the astronauts. If anything goes wrong, at least you know they've got a place to stay until we can get help to them. Obviously you'd need more than just inflatable housing, but this idea pre-supposes you send some sort of power generation facility (nuclear would be best), life support, and enough food for a year or so.

Even better, in addition to the above, send one or two "return trip" ships to Mars ahead of the astronauts so they have a redundant way to get home if something goes wrong. Send a fuel refinery as well that can take Martian atmospheric CO2 and turn it into rocket fuel so you don't have to send fully-fueled ships all the way to Mars. If you start it refining before the astronauts leave Earth, you can have full tanks ready to go by the time they get there.

All of this is completely achievable with current technology and reasonable timelines. Why in the world we're screwing around with trying to do everything in one trip -- along with the massive risks and massive risk mitigation costs that go along with it -- are beyond me.

Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 2) 544

by SuiteSisterMary (#49697155) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

Put this another way:
If measles goes through a small town public school with a thousand kids, three of those kids will die. Several will have life-long aftereffects.

If you vaccinate every human being in a large city, *1* will have *some sort* of adverse effect.

If 'reducing possible harm to children' is actually your end goal, there's no way in hell you'd argue against vaccines.

The problem, really, is that there are entire generations who've never seen a playmate die of measles, or have the polio leg braces, or the like.

Comment: Re:Understanding why some people fear vaccines (Score 1) 544

by SuiteSisterMary (#49697119) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill
Sorry, but that's all on the level of pointing out that dihydrogen monoxide is a universal solvent, causes horrible burns in it's gaseous state, induces tissue necrosis in it's solid state, will suffocate you in it's liquid state, and that excessive doses will cause seizures, among other problems.

Comment: Re:They wore him down. (Score 2) 245

Yes, this. It seems like the logic here is 'to get a gov't job, you must pass a polygraph test. This man taught people how to skew the results of that test.'

Note that the requirement to get the gov't job isn't 'be truthful and accurate when answering questions about things like criminal history,' but 'pass the polygraph.' Validity of the polygraph doesn't enter into it.

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