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Comment: Food is not the problem (Score 3, Interesting) 217

by Smidge204 (#48939039) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Food production is not a valid argument, IMHO.

We already produce 2700 calories per person per day. That's plenty to feed everyone a healthy diet. The reason so many people don't have enough food has nothing to do with the amount of food available and everything to do with logistics, politics, and inequity: The food simply isn't getting to where it's needed. Growing even more food is not going to solve that problem.

Similarly, biofuel production need not make use of land that is suitable for growing common food crops. Even though I advocate biofuels, even I'm against using food crops to do so.

Comment: Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (Score 1) 168

by shaitand (#48936139) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss
"I don't think taxpayer money should be invested in large Phase III trials (which can cost almost $1 billion) when they have a pretty low chance of succeeding. Moreover, you really do need teams of people to be competitive in today's research world - I work in a lab in academia, and there's no way you could do much drug development all by yourself."

Which is why Pharma companies are all bankrupt? No part of what I proposed involved taxpayer money or prevented working in teams. What I proposed are loans from the federal reserve on the same terms they are given to banks. The fed does not loan out tax payer money to banks, it loans out shiny newly created money at ridiculously low rates. We have an inflationary fiat currency and it actually depends on us putting new currency into circulation. Traditionally the finance industry gets all the benefits from this system. Advanced technology and especially medicine is certainly at least one obvious alternative place we could inject this money which benefits everyone in the nation.

"You absolutely shouldn't be allowed to make something that's going to go into people in a lab like you described"

I didn't actually describe a lab. Maybe you are mentally projecting your own assumption of some sort of inferior facility? Last I checked there is nothing magical about the pharma corps that makes them more capable than anyone else.

"I'm also not sure what you have against profits in general. For-profit companies aren't inherently bad, and non-profits aren't inherently good."

In general I agree. I just don't think healthcare and medicine is an appropriate for-profit industry. The costs are the same whether for-profit or non-profit. Profit has to come from somewhere and in the case of healthcare the result is higher costs which means less people benefit from the care. A for profit has an interest in maximizing profit and you maximize profit by providing as little as possible for as much as possible. This isn't in the interest of our nation. We all benefit if the health industries provide as much as possible at the lowest cost possible.

I don't propose blocking the for profit drug industry. I propose they shouldn't be allowed to use infrastructure that exists to provide an alternative to them and tie up those resources just to increase their own profits. Non-profits and partnerships still allow for teams to group together in a more established structure and work and allow for those people to profit from that work in the form of salaries in the case of a non-profit and in the system I proposed all the net profit derived from the fruits of their labor.

Comment: Re: Maybe if Adobe fixed their broken updater... (Score 2) 203

by slaker (#48928549) Attached to: Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

Run this command from the named Administrator account:
@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin

Add this to the machine startup script or acceptable alternative of your choosing.
choco install flashplayeractivex
choco install flashplayerplugin

Flash is now less retarded.

Also, the site for direct download of Flash installers is: http://www.adobe.com/products/...
And the sad thing is I typed that shit out from memory because it is etched in my brain at this point.

Comment: Quality Journalimism (Score 5, Insightful) 397

by American AC in Paris (#48914945) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

"You heard the scare-mongering"

"Promised "2-3 feet" snow"

"government's overreach"

Congratulations, Timothy. Today's the day I take Slashdot up on its longstanding offer to disable advertising, and it's all because of you!

Because honestly, y'all don't deserve money for this level of pabulum.

Comment: Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (Score 4, Interesting) 120

by slaker (#48900403) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

To be honest, most of the politics tab trolls (GaryPDX, HellBentForLeather, Bevets) have up and left or been banned and a lot of the former right-wing true believers with a shred of integrity (Weaver95, HubieStewart) of now have pinned some form of "I'm not a republican, I'm a libertarian" badge on in its place. Fark's Politics tab is mostly moderates and left-of-center types condemning republican talking points and making fun of the obvious trolls. That MIGHT change as we move closer to election season, but I think those with truly opposing viewpoints have scuttled off to Reddit or Freeperland.

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Journal by Teunis

the more I hear from proponents of this, the more I see it as being no different than any other mob out to corrupt the masses.
Y'all are doing great press in gamergate to show yourselves as being bullies, harassers, and in general a great example of corruption in gaming. You're screaming and railing (and causing a lot of trouble) because it seems your privilege of being able to invade others' private spaces without their permission is being questioned.
Probably because you were beate

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 128

An modern auto plant turns out a vehicle approximately once every minute.

A car might roll off the line every 60 seconds, but each individual car takes ~20 hours to make. And that only works because they are all the same with only superficial differences.

So in short, this is about using 3D printing to prototype something before going to full production. Haven't we been doing that since the 1970s?

No, because 3D printers weren't developed until the 80s. :)

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 663

by Smidge204 (#48885145) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

well, what is "reasonable"?? the flu generally wont kill you, as such IMO should not be mandated.

So is DEATH the only level of harm you can think of that should be avoided? Is that really the threshold below which you don't care anymore?

Going back to the food service employee analogy: It probably won't kill anyone if an employee doesn't wash their hands or use gloves...

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 663

by Smidge204 (#48884039) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Any disease that they could reasonably be expected to come into contact with and communicate to others.

So yes, that includes flu shots. That also includes MMR, Diphtheria, shingles (if you're over 60), pertussis, and pneumo/meningococcal vaccines.

Again, it's not about risk to YOU, but risk to others. Taking steps to protect others is what "personal responsibility" is all about.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 663

by Smidge204 (#48883603) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Sorry, nobody has the right to endanger other people through irresponsibility.

You're free to do what you wish with your body, but if your job is interacting with thousands of people every day - especially children - then you should get vaccinated so you do not become a vector of disease. It doesn't matter one bit if YOU get sick or not. This isn't about you. It's about protecting the people you come into contact with.

It's basically the same level of common sense as employees washing hands and wearing gloves when handling food. It's not about keeping the employee's hands clean.

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. -- Descartes