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Comment: Re:Summary (Score 1) 114

by RockDoctor (#48228277) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

So many people are executed every year in various countries (even the US). Why not allocate them for research purposes?

I'll put my statistician's hat on to answer your fucking stupid scenario.

Are the immune systems of overweight drug-addicted white guys living on a high fat diet directly comparable to the immune systems of subsistence farmers who work a 12-14 hour day and are significantly malnourished, and also have several types of intestinal worms and other chronic infections? (And malaria too, active or passive.)

This is why you test your vaccine (or any other treatment) on a population as closely comparable as possible to your target population.

That leads to another problem with such a testing regime : a significant number of your target population are going to be pregnant or menstruating women, so how are you going to recruit pregnant death-row inmates to your trial? (This is actually a general problem with drug design and testing - there is an understandable reluctance to test drugs for safety and efficacy on pregnant women and unborn foetuses. Breast-feeding women and babies too ; same problem.)

Do people on Slashdot actually try to think through problems before spouting politically-motivated bullshit? Oh, sorry, I just noticed that you're an anonymous coward (with the emphasis on the "coward" part of that).

Comment: Re:The Cult Leader will solve the problem! (Score 1) 114

by RockDoctor (#48228255) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues
There's about a half-dozen such piss-in-a-pot tests in development - which is good! - but that means that each of the drug testing agencies in their distinct countries of origin need to confirm their effectiveness (false positive rates versus false negative rates), and that is going to take cases and time.

The design purpose of these is not to test people arriving in western countries, but to test people suspected of infection in the outbreak countries, which is a far more effective way of keeping the disease from getting out of those countries. Secondarily, the test kits might be used to screen people going into airport departure lounges (typically, they take 10-15 minutes, which is not disastrous in a security/ departure setting ; in an arrivals hall, there would be riots. And you've already had the exposure on board.)

I heard Ron Paul's name mentioned. Who is he, and what relevance does he have to the issue (IANA-American)?

Comment: Re:So 1 x F35 = 60 million x vaccinations? (Score 1) 114

by RockDoctor (#48228231) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

much like visitors to some countries get vaccines for yellow fever

Every West African country I've been to, they won't let you in unless you've got an in-date vaccination certificate for Yellow Fever. That's every such country.

(They actually changed the required vaccine booklet for new issues to have a yellow cover, as a flag of the main disease they look for in it. My older one is grandfathered in though.)

Comment: Re:So 1 x F35 = 60 million x vaccinations? (Score 1) 114

by RockDoctor (#48228219) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues
And how is that going to get additional BSL-2 sterile bottling capacity built in under a year just how?

Oh, sorry, I disturbed your political posturing with a relevant question. I'll let you get back to grandstanding without reading the fucking article. Meanwhile, I've got friends in the area, trying to do their jobs. But don't let the real world disturb your political ranting.

Comment: Re:I'm still waiting... (Score 1) 161

by RockDoctor (#48217317) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Considering it's essentially* illegal to study,

That may be the case in your country, because you let the religious idiots be in charge of the politicians. That's not the case in the rest of the world.

(Also this wasn't stem cells at all).

Ah, following the traditions of Slashdot by not RTFA, or WTFP (Watching TF Programme), or knowing WTFYWOA (WTF You're Wittering On About). Yes, the study did use stem cells. Specifically, the stem cells that continually regenerate nerve cells in the nose, to re-connect olefactory nerves to the central nervous system, after the CNS nerves get broken by environmental damage. Didn't you understand the point that the olefactory nerve is the only bit of the CNS that is actually directly exposed to the environment?

Comment: Re:Most hated character flaw (Score 1) 123

by RockDoctor (#48217217) Attached to: Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit
Warm is the correct temperature for proper beer.

the problem is that American beer is crap unless distilled to vapour (when it is effective for clearing out blocked sinuses and removing wallpaper) or frozen solid (when it is good against sprains, bee stings and such like minor injuries).

Quite why Americans drink the stuff when it has so many better uses ... simply incomprehensible.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 255

by RockDoctor (#48216633) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

It's been 25 years, so it's possible details have changed, but I doubt the basic rules have changed that much.

The rules haven't changed much. People work to get around them as much as possible, but it gets increasingly difficult. And, to be honest, when I'm witnessing wireline jobs onshore, one of the things that I'm required to do by the (oil company) operations geologist is to audit the driving behaviour of the wireline crew, if they're not staying on site. (If you're the only wireline crew in the country, and 300 miles / 2 days drive from the rigsite, and there's no accommodation within 3 hours drive of the rigsite, you might ass well have them stay in the camp.)

Comment: Re:waste of effort (Score 1) 273

by RockDoctor (#48216521) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

So just imaging a large ship except it has it's cargo in pods. Two or three ships meet up at locations their AI deem to be most optimal and switch only some of their cargo depending on what is going where and then they continue on.

I take it from this that you've never done ship-to-ship cargo transfer. You talk blithely of transferring loads from one vessel to another, both of them moving with respect to each other, and both of them moving with respect to the sea surface (errr, momentum? remember inertia? Newton's first law?), and the sea surface being both movable and flexible.

Yes, it can be done. We move thousands of tonnes of equipment and supplies onto and off our drilling rig every tear. And we take strenuous efforts to minimise the number of transfers because they're (1) dangerous to personnel ; (2) dangerous to the equipment of the rig ; (3) dangerous to the equipment in the container ; and (4) slow. Ten transfers an hour is pretty damned fast, and that is only if you have all the loads in the right places to lift off, and the returning loads ready to go on the boat, and having space on the rig (and boat) to drop each load into. Once you have to start to play "deck chess", then your transfer rate goes through the floor.

But such crippling objections aside, what do you think you mean by "cargo pods"? They'd need to be cuboid units (which will tesselate perfectly, with no wasted space between units), each with standardised fittings for lifting them with standardised equipment which will operate the same the world over, and which are all the same size (or small range of sizes). you've just described the "shipping container". Changing the name to a "pod" isn't going to change anything.

There is a huge inertia in these systems. You'd have to launch a globally effective system, with at least three ports and three vessels all equipped to handle and transfer the "pods". And you'd probably still find that you'd have a system that worked in multiples of a "shipping container".

Comment: Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (Score 1) 102

by RockDoctor (#48194109) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

I remember someone here shared the notion that x white people had to get the disease to get a vaccination underway.

Leaving aside the "x white body count" shit (remember, most of the work so far has been on the basis of fears of weaponised EBV), you do realise that before you can have a vaccination programme, you firstly need to have a vaccine that works, with a reasonable degree of safety and efficacy (so trials are unavoidable) ; then you need to produce large quantities of the vaccine (GSK estimate that this step is going to take a year ; this is their business, so I accept their estimate of the timing) ; and then you're going to need to ship it and distribute it, which is also going to take weeks to months.

However many white bodies we are from an effective vaccine, we're also on the order of a year from a vaccine.

Is there actually a law of nature that requires there to be a vaccine for a particular virus. I don't see that there is, of necessity.

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 1) 74

by RockDoctor (#48193967) Attached to: NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

Catholicism is Christianity in entirety - it has essentially two main branches, Roman Catholic, and Protestant (or Church of England based Christianity, and also includes most other non-Roman Catholic Christian branches such as Baptists, Methodist etc, which are all offshoots of the CoE branch). But both sit under the label of Catholicism.

So, there's no Coptic church? No Orthodox church? And they're just the ones that there is no doubt about them being Christian. You could have a slightly longer discussion about whether Mormons are Christian or not - only a thin condom rubber between the two from where I sit.

You need to retake religious studies

Someone needs to re-take their RS exam, but I think you're in that remedial class too.

Comment: Re: Preventable (Score 1) 421

by RockDoctor (#48188861) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
EU to UK is the exception, being an island. The rest of (mainland) Europe sees no reason to monitor the movements of people. Hostile borders (eg EU to south) generate more information. But to assume that all movements generate the same amount of data as an air flight does is false. Dangerously false.

Consider some-American-one who goes to ... CAR for business (of whatever sort), and in the process crosses many borders, then returns to the US. (I ignore the question of who gets fuck ed on the way) Since CAR is a long way from the at - risk areas, he should not raise any alarms.

Beyond one degree of separation, border controls are not effective.

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