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Comment: Re:As someone currently dealing with athlete's foo (Score 1) 63

by Quinn_Inuit (#46504517) Attached to: Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders
My allergist isn't a big fan of zinc pyrithione. Selenium sulfide shampoos, OTOH, have worked far better for my seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (also possibly caused by a fungus...specifically, a normal member of the skin ecosystem that gets out of control on some people) than zinc pyrithione ever did. I've noticed it works even better when used in concert with a prescription topical steroid. You want to absolutely minimize use of the steroid, but the one-two punch is strong enough that I can get away with only using the steroid once a month.

Comment: Failure condition? (Score 2) 846

by Quinn_Inuit (#46012701) Attached to: Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
I understand that one can't just cherry-pick a period of low temperature growth and claim "LOL n0 w4rmZ!", but when the period picked runs through the present, I think it's reasonable to start asking when it becomes long enough to force a re-evaluation of the relevant theories. I'm not claiming that it's long enough now, but I'm curious if anyone knows at what point a failure condition is triggered in the major relevant documents, e.g. the IPCC AR4 or 5.

Comment: Lagrange Points (Score 2) 143

by Quinn_Inuit (#45924311) Attached to: Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7
Just throw a few communication satellites in the Earth-Sun L3 and L4/L5 (or both, for redundancy) points and finish developing that interplanetary internet protocol for them, then call it a day. This really should be trivial with existing tech, once the protocol is finished and if someone wants to fund the rocket launches. Seriously, if we can do the STEREO mission, we can do this.

Comment: So from 10% to 12% of GDP? (Score 4, Informative) 634

by Quinn_Inuit (#45160825) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care
And that's assuming no GDP growth during that time. Actual GDP percentage will probably remain constant or rise only slightly. As a resident of a country (the USA) that spends more like 17% of its GDP on health care for outcomes that are no better (and arguably worse), I still think the UK is getting a great deal. Citations:
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/may/02/uk-healthcare-spending-gdp
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.TOTL.ZS
http://shr.sagepub.com/content/2/7/60.long

Comment: Billionaires, megacorps, what's the difference? (Score 4, Informative) 143

by Quinn_Inuit (#45151201) Attached to: Online Journalism Is Becoming a Billionaires' Plaything (Again)
Why am I supposed to worry about Jeff Bezos having more of an effect on the editorial direction of the WaPo than I am on, say, Disney affecting the editorial direction of ABC News (or Gannett, if you want to stick with print)? The only difference that I can see is that the latter is answerable to shareholders and so might tolerate fewer losses on the business. IMO, this horse was out of the barn years ago, and the nouveau riche* are the "same as the old boss" at this point.

*Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Comment: At first blush... (Score 1) 171

by Quinn_Inuit (#45112251) Attached to: Gene Variant Can Cause Nattering Nabobs of Negativity
It might be tempting to say that everyone would be better off if they had this gene expressed in moderation, but I don't think it's quite so simple. Civilizations are no more than breaths in the life of our species, and we have no reason to believe living conditions in ten thousand years will be much like they are now. An appropriate expression of this gene for our current situation might be inappropriate later, so I recommend against removing this variation from our species. Like the variations preserved in the last wild wheat that still lives in forgotten corners of Ethiopia, strange copies or expressions of this gene might be vital against some threat we can't even conceive today.

+ - Free State Project, one decade later->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes "About a decade ago Slashdot ran an article about the Free State Project: an attempt to get 20,000 liberty-minded activists to move to one state (they chose NH) and change the political landscape.

Eleven years on, and the project is still growing and having an effect on statewide politics. NPR recently ran an program discussing the movement, its list of successes, and plans for the future.

The FSP has a noticeable effect on politics right now — still 6,000 short of their 20,000 goal, and long before the members are scheduled to move to NH.

Given the direction the federal government is headed, people may want to check this out."

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Comment: Air gaps (Score 1) 180

by Quinn_Inuit (#43837095) Attached to: Australian Intelligence HQ Blueprints Hacked

At the risk of spilling top-secret intelligence procedures, I've heard about this thing called an "air gap" where, if you don't want anyone to be able to hack into a particular system, you don't plug it into the Internet. Seems like something they might want to consider.

(Yes, I know Stuxnet was designed to penetrate air gaps. But it wasn't designed to send packages home, either.)

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