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Comment: Re:Sanity (Score 1) 349

by TheEyes (#48285897) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

I think that those returning from a problem region should be handled appropriately for their level of risk.

Just helped to put up tents and buildings to house future ebola cases with no direct contact? How about we give them some symptom education, a hotline number, a thermometer, and send them on their merry way with a daily phone-call to verify everything is going fine.

You directly helped actively infected patients in the last 21 days? How about we require you to finish out that 21 days under home isolation with daily check-ups.

And you were doing so well until the end, too.

The science tells us that ebola doesn't spread until the patient starts showing symptoms. Once you start going beyond the science to indulge in paranoid fantasies you're leaving the realm of behavior that should be expected of reasonable adults.

Quarantining people for no reason is exactly equivalent to locking someone up for up to three weeks for no reason at all, and what's worse is that you're doing it to people who are selflessly risking their lives to help total strangers in a country they would never go to otherwise. These are heroes, and should be given a hero's welcome, not told to lock themselves in a room for three weeks and think about what they've done for a world that neither cares about nor fully understands what they've done.

Comment: Re:This is huge (Score 1) 308

by TheEyes (#47990499) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

It also makes the crops less nutritionally useful, so you have to eat more empty calories to get the essential vitamins and minerals to keep from getting malnutrition. This leads to higher rates of obesity, heart disease, etc.

The simple fact is that there really is no upside to high CO2 in the atmosphere, for anyone.

Comment: Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (Score 1) 327

by TheEyes (#47669067) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Well, another way to look at it is Californians have calculated the real cost.

You're suggesting that dozens of European and Asian countries where semiconductor manufacturing is growing are all run by morons, while California's ridiculous cast of politicians has figured out things perfectly?

Yes, and it's obvious that they have. The Los Angeles basin has gone from one of the most polluted regions in the world to relatively clean in 30 years, saving residents billions in health care costs. This is despite the basin being probably one of the worst places to build a city in terms of air quality: LA is basically a giant bowl that gets far less wind on any given day than most other similar cities. Compare to other cities around the world where pollution is a large and growing problem. Around here the only real remaining problem is the port, because we still have to cater to every other states' and countries' dirty, inefficient, leaky ships and trucks, and the water, because water politics have 150 years of bureaucracy weighing them down, and there remains a lot of complicated, expensive work to do to keep out gigantic ag industry satisfied.

About the only reason you'd want a FAB plant in your state that wasn't willing or able to comply with California's environmental laws is if you want to be able to boast about how you 'created more jobs' in the leadup to the next election, and didn't give a shit what the real cost to the state would be over the next 30 years.

You're suggesting that California politicians are acting out of concern over the fiscal health of the state 30 years from now? I haven't heard anything more ridiculous than that in a long time.

California politicians didn't have anything to do with the law; it was voter-initiated. The politicians are still as short-sighted as ever; they're the ones who negotiated the union contracts at around the same time that back-loaded so much in retirement benefits 30 years down the line without allocating any money to pay for it that the state nearly went bankrupt a few years ago. Voter initiatives cause a lot of headaches, especially for politicians who have to live with them, but it's largely because of that initiative system that California can boast that it's doing really well for itself, despite getting screwed by our conservative national government (the state only gets back about 50 cents in benefits and funding for every dollar paid in federal taxes; if the state seceded from the US we'd pay off our debts in a few years, but then the rest of the country would go bankrupt in about the same amount of time so nobody really wants that to happen.)

Comment: Re:Internet is dead, long live the Internet (Score 1) 427

by TheEyes (#47634131) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Screw that. I have to switch ISPs all the damn time, at least once every year or two, because of some corporate BS or another. When a new company comes in with their new "wifi router" I just plug it into the internet port of my own router, turn off the ISP's wifi, and continue on my way.

Currently I'm running Cisco Linksys WRT400Ns, and I guess they work for me enough that I don't need to switch them out anytime soon, but wouldn't recommend them to others now because they tend to give me oddball problems and need to be reset fairly often, and aren't compatible with 802.11ac.

Comment: Bet Google is glad they got out of China years ago (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by TheEyes (#47572471) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Frankly, anyone who does business in China should come to expect this. Stories abound about how Chinese companies "compete" with foreign companies in China: you wake up one day and find out half your manufacturing and IT infrastructure is "missing", some of which returns in a few weeks, and then three months later a new, Chinese-owned factory opens up down the street, making products that look exactly like yours minus the brand names and serial numbers, which just happen to have great contacts with the Chinese government so that factory ends up with all the lucrative government and commercial contracts while your company just continues to bleed money on its "China strategy".

This is just the next step, for companies like Microsoft and Apple that rely on their brand to sell product despite having government-owned knockoffs everywhere. A foreign company managing to actually compete with an honest Chinese company? Why, they must be cheating. And we will find cheating, whether or not it exists, and take what's rightfully ours, that is, anything that ever touches Chinese soil.

Comment: Re:It followed a few of the plot lines, but ... (Score 1) 726

"The crime rate has plummeted in recent decades, you know."

White collar and government criminals aren't being prosecuted, except for drug or sex crimes. It only LOOKS like the crime rate has plummeted.

Even if you look only at violent crime, crime rates have plummeted pretty much every year since the 1950s.

That does not compute.