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Comment: Farmers != Farm Workers (Score 3, Interesting) 19

The headline says farmers. The text says farm workers. Very much not the same thing. A farmer is the owner of the farm. A farm worker is generally a hired hand, often (though not always) a migrant, and if so typically from Mexico or farther south.

The story suggests that the multi-drug-resistant bacteria are the result of antibiotic treatment of the animals at the farm. This misses another possibility:

In Mexico, most antibiotics are over-the-counter, much like asprin here in the US. People who feel ill or have some infection often buy and take them. Typically they use them until they no longer show symptoms - then stop, rather than taking a full regimin and killing off all the bacteria. (Why take more of the non-free drug once the symptoms are gone? Waste of money, right?) This is a recipe for creating drug-resistant bacteria.

Of course if an infection is resistant to one antibiotic, a paitent is likely to try another, and another, and so on until they find one that works. THAT's a recipe for maintaining and improving the bug's resistance to the front line antibiotics while breeding resistance to others.

As a result, a substantial fraction of the workers arriving from south of the Mexican border are carriers of multi-drug-resistant baceria.

Meanwhile, a farming operation is likely to give a limited number of antibiotics continuously, so non-resistant infections are wiped out before they can develop resistance, and if they do develop resistance it will be to the particular drugs used, rather than the universe of antibiotics.

Of course, infected workers can infect livestock, just as livestock can infect workers. And infected workers can trade infections around, just as livestock can. (More so, since the livestock tends to be kept separated, to reduce both disease spread and breeding by unintended pairings, limitations that farmers can't impose on their workers - and would be unlikely to try even if they could.)

So it seems to me that responsible researchers would go a bit farther before reporting: Like by doing genetic testing on the strains of bug in the various workers and the livestock, and running models on the results to try to identfy whether the bugs are from the herd or the workers.

I don't see any such work alluded to in this popularized reporting. It seems to just assume that the bugs were developed on the farm and spread to the workers. I hope this is a disconnect between the actual research and the report, rather than an accurate characterization of the research.

Comment: Re: Apple not in my best interests either (Score 1) 168

by angel'o'sphere (#47920943) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Why should I? I talked about stuff long ago, I'm not interested in gcc :)
I use LLVM/clang on my Mac and professional C++'compilers for embedded (but honestly, because the customers demand it)

That was not my 'viewpoint' but a reiteration of stuff I observed the recent years.

However it is nice if modern gcc is back on track for standard compliance and state of the art code generation.

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 768

by angel'o'sphere (#47920869) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

In hind sight I'm not sure if you mixed it up or if I thought you mixed it up ss you capitalized most words.

Nevertheless the bigger part of your previous post is nonsense, and I'm tired to dispute you.

You must live in a nice isolated place if temperatures did not rise for you since 1998 ... care to share where that is. Perhaps I consider moving there ;D

You get some stuff wrong, btw. There is nothing funny about not being aware of record ice extends: if there is none.
The record ice extend just made recent news, debunking the 4 month old claim, that we had a record that long ago. There is a new /. story about it, btw.

As I mention before, record means: it is an all time high/low, not a mere: aboove/below average of recent years.

The topic is solved, we pretty well understand where the ice comes from, just read the +5 posts on the /. story from a day or two days ago.

Also interesting that you attribute nonsense to me: "there can't be AGW and an ice record at the same time!"
Yes there can, if you believe otherwise, explain why :)

Prior to 1950 CO2 emissions were too small to have any significant effect. In fact, there was a slight cooling trend from 1950 - 75.
I don't know why the IPCC writes such nonsense. Or in other words: define significant. More CO2 leads to a higher temperature, nothing to argue about. The word significant is wrong or missleading here. There was no cooling trend between 1950 and 1975 ... really cool it was 1945 to 1950, afterwards it warmed slightly, around 1970 we had a 'climate' as it used to be, perhaps that emphasizes your 'no significant impact'.
And yes, I'm so old to have witnessed that in person, so I don't need retarded links to proof it or links to contradict it.
The difference beween chrismas all time low and all time high in my lifetime is over 50 degrees centigrade (-33 to +23, three years ago ... so much to the cooling you proclaim we experience since 1998 ... there is none. Perhaps the summers have less heat records, therefor the winters have plenty, which go unnoticed)

Comment: Re:Eugen Fischer (Score 1) 202

by angel'o'sphere (#47920645) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Sorry, but what is in you ears the difference between 'oy' in joy an 'eu' in feud? For me as a layman there is none.
Your deduction of the word utopia is half right: It comes from 'ou' - nothing/none and 'tropia' - place, meaning 'no such place'. But 'ou' is not the same as 'eu', obviously. Hint: there are classic greek 'utopia' novels which make pretty clear what the origion of the word is :)

How attic greek actually was pronounced, no one knows. But best bet is: similar to modern greek.

Comment: Re: Apple not in my best interests either (Score 1) 168

by angel'o'sphere (#47917529) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

They stopped using gcc for various reasons, the project was stagnant, ridden by core developers that could not agree on a road map, it forked a few times I believe and it was always not only buggy but years behind modern C++ standards. Not to mention gcc is slow and the code it produces was not really fast or small in the recent years.
No idea how it is faring right now.

Comment: I had gotten the impression... (Score 1) 2

by unitron (#47915893) Attached to: Conservative mindfuck

...that most of the right wing had secret hard-ons for Putin.

Speaking of whom...remember when Bush the younger talked about looking into Putin's eyes and seeing his soul?

Imagine my surprise to find myself in agreement with, of all people, Pat Buchanan, who said "Know what I see when I look into Putin's eyes? KGB!"

Comment: Re:The fancy ones are expensive.. (Score 1) 65

by pherthyl (#47914467) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

>> the fancy ones are $8,000 instead of $80 is because IP laws protect monopolies

Wrong. The fancy ones are $8000 because they take a lot of engineering work to develop and the market is very small. If you want to recoup your investment you have to sell it for a high price.

The rest of your comment is just fancyful nonsense.

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 256

by Archfeld (#47913863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Actually yes I have but, perhaps I phrased it poorly, many types media are guaranteed for up to 7 years, but none that I've ever dealt with will guarantee the data stored for more than 12 months without a rewrite.

FTA you referenced...
Disks used in the test are REQUIRED to less than 12 month old and obtained directly from the manufacturer or thru known distribution channels.

The tests spanned less than 30 days, far short of the 12 months I spoke of and much less than the 7 YEARS federal requirements for bank data storage require. Not to mention the very small, relatively speaking size of the disk compared to the VAST amount of data required to be stored.

1 + 1 = 3, for large values of 1.

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