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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.
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA 841

Posted by samzenpus
from the turn-that-frown-upside-down dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Ellen Nakashima reports at the Washington Post that morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency's surveillance activities and officials are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support. 'It is not clear whether or when Obama might travel the 23 miles up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to visit Fort Meade, the NSA's headquarters in Maryland,' writes Nakashima, 'but agency employees are privately voicing frustration at what they perceive as White House ambivalence amid the pounding the agency has taken from critics.' Though Obama has asserted that the NSA's collection of virtually all Americans' phone records is lawful and has saved lives, the administration has not endorsed legislation that would codify it. And his recent statements suggest Obama thinks some of the NSA's activities should be constrained. 'The agency, from top to bottom, leadership to rank and file, feels that it is had no support from the White House even though it's been carrying out publicly approved intelligence missions,' says Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006. 'They feel they've been hung out to dry, and they're right.' Former officials note how President George W. Bush paid a visit to the NSA in January 2006, in the wake of revelations by the New York Times that the agency engaged in a counterterrorism program of warrantless surveillance on U.S. soil beginning after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 'Bush came out and spoke to the workforce, and the effect on morale was tremendous,' Brenner said. 'There's been nothing like that from this White House.' Morale is 'bad overall' says another former NSA official. 'It's become very public and very personal. Literally, neighbors are asking people, 'Why are you spying on Grandma?'"

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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