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Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 207

For example, FedEx and UPS could not handle the volumes of packages that each handles per day without automation.

OTOH, FedEx and UPS don't look like the sort of places where you'd want to eat.

McDonalds took a 30% hit in earnings. It didn't help that they were passing out pamphlets to employees on how to apply for food stamps. I had a friend who took her kids there all the time, but even she was revolted when she heard that and they never went there again.

Comment: Re:Free aggregation? A problem? (Score 1) 94

by squiggleslash (#48220331) Attached to: German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Actually, they wanted their work featured on Google News and get paid for it.

I know. Why do you think they want to be compensated for it, if, as the original poster argued, the mere presence of their work in search results is positive compared to search results existing where they're not present?

Their problem is the existence of search results to begin with. They want compensation from the fact they have to exist in an environment that's actively hostile towards the way they're structured, and they don't see an easy way to adapt to that environment.

Comment: Re:Guy saves you from becoming Illinois (Score 1) 20

by damn_registrars (#48219487) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Gets Some Help

- the individual income tax were the sole means of funding the government

Considering how much corporate welfare the government hands out, and the trajectory that said corporate welfare is taking, we are not far from the individual income tax being the sole fiscal source for the federal budget.

- government were run deficit-free, via proper budgets submitted in a timely way, and not endless borrowing

What does that matter in this case? I'm only comparing where money comes from to where it goes - geographically. Hell if Texas would finally just secede from the union the federal budget would get a whole lot better right away as they take a lot more money than they contribute (although then the new US would have a different immigration problem to deal with as people would be leaving Texas to come to a first-world country).

Comment: Re:FUD? (Score 1) 671

by drinkypoo (#48219321) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Criminal? Really? What laws are being broken exactly?

They're rendering your device unusable, which they may not do knowingly.

Have you read the license for these drivers?

That is irrelevant. You cannot give yourself rights with shrinkwrap license. The law still wins.

few people are going to spend the money to take FTDI to court over this.

If only one of them does it, they will have lost money over this.


Yes, if they did it by accident. If it can be shown that they did it on purpose, and that is almost certainly the case here, then it doesn't matter what they put in the license.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 266

by Opportunist (#48218845) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

...provided you're in the presence of something or someone that can transmit it. Before you go full bore on panic mode, realize that we are talking about a low single digit cases in the US and that Ebola is, at least to our current knowledge, only contagious when symptoms are displayed.

In other words, as long as you're not an idiot you should be fine. As for the rest, well, Darwin should be allowed to be right from time to time.

Comment: Re:in favor of "space suits" (Score 3, Insightful) 266

by Opportunist (#48218833) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Becaues the average I-beam is more easy to spot than the average virus. It's trivial to know whether you're protected from an I-Beam (is that hard hat on? Yes? You are), but not whether you're protected against viral matter (is your hazmat suit tight? You sure? Are you?)

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 2) 266

by Opportunist (#48218819) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

It's not easy to catch for the average person. Hmm... how to draw a parallel that the average /. reader can understand...

If your job is to solder tiny parts into electronics, getting burned by a soldering iron is quite easy if you're not careful. It's rather unlikely to impossible for the average person on the street to get a soldering burn.

Likewise, if you're working with people who are infectious on a daily base and have to handle their highly contagious blood, urine, feces, saliva and other stuff the average person not only finds yucky but wouldn't want to get near if paid to do so, you can get infected easily if you're not careful, while for the average person who has zero if not less contact to either contagious people or their bodily substances the risk is far lower, if not nonexistent.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 266

by hey! (#48218699) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

That's because you use ridiculously vaguye language like "easy to transmit". You need to specify the conditions under which the potential transmission takes place. What peoiple don't realize is just how primitive conditions are in Africa, and what a difference it makes. These are countries where medical providers re-use latex gloves, sometimes even hypodermic needles. Granted, this guy was part a medical mission that probably had all the protective equipment, but you have to keep in mind that the primitive conditions that preceded them meant that there have been some TEN THOUSAND cases in the region.

It's immensely labor intensive to take care of an Ebola patient, especially with the precautions required by close contact., but the overwhelming numbers introduces yet another deadly risk factor: fatigue.

So yes, I suppose you could say the medical personnel who contracted Ebola are stupid because they made a mistake under pressure. But what about the rest of us? This epidemic should never have got big enough to pose a global concern. It was our choice to cut the CDC's emergency preparedness budget to a billion dollars below the FY 2002 mark.

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