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Comment: Re: Just tell me (Score 2) 463

by TC Wilcox (#48158459) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

If I remember correctly, both the two nurses were from the first visit, when it was just flu like symptoms. Also, she did clear her traveling with the CDC, which moves the onus of the flight on them not her.

Even if the CDC "cleared" her for travel she should of known better being a medical professional. She knew there was a chance she had ebola and was contagious and she choose to travel. The CDC didn't force her on that plane. Just because a government agency tells you something is "ok" doesn't mean you can turn your brain off and a absolved from all consequences of your actions.

Comment: Re:Government control of our lives... (Score 1) 155

by TC Wilcox (#47436131) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Your statement baffles me. Somalia does not have laws against any of the things OP complained about. You can shoot people via drone while wearing a costume from your car while talking on a cell phone! That this anarcho-capitalist paradise sprung from the ashes of an oppressive regime (worst than NYC, even) seems beside the point.

I'm not sure why my statement would baffle you. I never claimed that things were great in Somalia; I only claimed that Somalia is the result government failure. I'm not an anarchist, but I am familiar the standard anarchist response to your statement. It goes something like this.... No one ever claimed that the mere absence of a government is sufficient for bliss. The claim is that adding an institution of organized theft and violence will make anywhere worse. Also, in regards to Somalia in particular, in the time since the government of Somalia has collapsed: (1) life expectancy has gone up, (2) death rates have gone down, (3) GDP has nearly tripled, (4) infant mortality is lower, (5) a larger percentage of the population has access to water, and (6) more adults are literate. It seems like by many measures Somalia has done better without a government than they did with a government.

Comment: Re:Government control of our lives... (Score 1) 155

by TC Wilcox (#47432473) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

And finally, may I make a suggestion? If you really, really want less government, then move to Somalia. I am sure they will welcome you with open arms (pun intended).

Somalia once had a strong (and oppressive) central government. It collapsed. Somalia is an example of what happens when strong, oppressive central governments collapse. Telling people who want less government to go to a Somalia may seem pithy, but it really just shows ignorance of history.

Comment: Re: They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone (Score 1) 268

by TC Wilcox (#47350239) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

The issue of the right to bear arms was NEVER mutually agreed upon by the states and federal government. The federal government essentially tricked the states by the use of a carefully placed comma.

I'd be interested in knowing if you have any references at all to support that claim. I'd prefer something written during that time period that says something to the effect of, "Dang it, those clever Federalists tricked us with that comma! Curse you, comma!"

Comment: Re:"State takes custody of teenage girl" (Score 2) 329

by TC Wilcox (#46843511) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

If she were my child, there would be no way I would let them stop me from getting her back. If paperwork and appeals didn't do the trick, I would very quickly escalate the actions I took to ensure her safety and care under my responsibility. That might mean intimidation or violence...so be it. They threw the first stone. The State has absolutely no reason to take these parents' child from them.

I agree with you that that The State had no reason to take the child, but be careful. The State views those that use violence against it as the most vile criminals and would not hesitate to have you thrown in prison. If you are in prison how can you help your child?

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 2, Insightful) 723

by TC Wilcox (#46716983) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

This ALWAYS this you crybabies whine about right up until it is your ASS being left out front of the hospital. Then it is all about SAVE ME!

What you say could be 100% true and the ACA could still be unconstitutional. What you are doing here is attacking the person (an imaginary person) rather than attacking the argument. If you want to argue that it is constitutional your best bet would be to go to the constitution and find the parts that you think would allow for this legislation. For help you could read what the supreme court justices said about the legislation.

Comment: Re:Nobody should be constantly monitored (Score 1) 322

not of used

not've used

It's a contraction of "not have used". Again try to avoid using words/phrases that you've only heard and never read when writing. It occasionally makes you look illiterate.

For the record I don't think this should be modes as "Troll". His observation is correct. If anything I usually try hard to *thank* people who correct me. So, "thanks".... I appreciate that you took the time to correct my grammar.

Comment: Re:Nobody should be constantly monitored (Score 5, Insightful) 322

Nobody should be constantly monitored. Be that at work or in private.

That's pretty obvious to anyone who doesn't live in a totalitarian state or the US.

Society allows police officers to use violence against members of society. They are supposed to only use that privilege under certain circumstances, but many officers have already demonstrated poor judgement and used violence when they should not of used it. The point of these cameras is to provide a control against people who can legally assault the public (police officers) as well as give officers a defense if they are ever accused of using violence inappropriately. This monitoring is necessary because police have already shown themselves to be irresponsible. Any police officer that is intentionally interfering with the recordings should be charged with destruction of evidence.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by TC Wilcox (#46657113) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Ironically, the very people [Mormons] who would support such a movement, Mormons, pretty much shot themselves in the foot by actively opposing allowing gays to get married, so they won't find many friends to help them in their movement.

Mormons (at least the biggest group LDS) would not support any movement to strike down polygamy laws. Currently they excommunicate anyone who practices polygamy even if that person lives in an area of the world where polygamy is normal. Additionally, the LDS Mormons haven't practiced polygamy in so long that they wouldn't want to be in a polygamous relationship anymore than anyone else in this country.

Comment: Re:Ssssure... (Score 1) 102

by TC Wilcox (#46508677) Attached to: Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

Oh great, so you need to be a Jew in order to make a formal denial? This atheist thing is starting to be more troublesome than I imagined.

Kosher is also commonly defined as "legitimate". "she consulted lawyers to make sure everything was kosher" is actually an example sentence if you type, "define: kosher" into google.

Comment: Re:You won't get through to them (Score 1) 747

by TC Wilcox (#46488003) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

I am not sure why this is so unclear. The null hypothesis of "no treatment effect" is equivalent to saying "both groups were sampled from the same distribution" which is equivalent to "the means of the treatment group and control groups are exactly equal"

The p-value is the probability of getting as or more extreme of the difference between sample means that you observed assuming that there is in reality no difference in population means. If the treatment and control groups are different at baseline (or become different over the course of the study for reasons other than the treatment) then this assumption is false.

What you quoted doesn't say what you just said. "both groups were sampled from the same distribution" is not the same as "the means of the treatment group and control groups are exactly equal." The *expected* means of the groups is equal. The math behind the statistical models takes into account random group assignment and so there is no expectation that the groups start exactly the same (or change in similar ways over the course of the experiment).

Comment: Re:You won't get through to them (Score 1) 747

by TC Wilcox (#46487675) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Ronald Fisher it is: mathematics of a lady tasting tea http://books.google.dk/books?i...

See the section "The Null Hypothesis"

It is evident that the null hypothesis must be exact, that is free from vagueness and ambiguity, because it must supply the basis of the “problem of distribution,” of which the test of significance is the solution. A null hypothesis may, indeed, contain arbitrary elements, and in more complicated cases often does so: as, for example, if it should assert that the death-rates of two groups of animals are equal, without specifying what these death-rates usually are. In such cases it is evidently the equality rather than any particular values of the death-rates that the experiment is designed to test, and possibly to disprove.

And what point did you hope to make?

If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.

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