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Comment: Great things are always happening. (Score 1) 290

For example, the revolutionary work on the human microbiome / microbiota has the potential to revolutionize modern medicine.

The world in on the verge of a global economic revolution, the old ideas and old politics are all that's really in the way.

Recognizing the obstetricals is just one step, figuring out how to get around them is the next. The things that make it possible for humans to discover intense interests in looking creatively and differently at how things are interconnected and interdependent are what matters.

If "science" seems to have stagnated, it's because we've created a situation where kids don't have the access to play with the really cool things they used to play with. Really cool chemistry sets, really cool model rockets, exciting and stimulating stuff that runs contrary to sitting with your face glued to a screen all damn day...

Comment: Re:HSA plus catastrophic (Score 1) 720

by ToddInSF (#46727067) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
So everybody should pay 16,500 a year in health insurance premiums ?

At some point people need to look at the system we have and recognize a rip-off when they see it.

It's not the greatest country in the world and our medical care isn't the best in the world. It's jsut the most expensive.

We're the stupidest country in the world because we accept it.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 322

It isn't necessary to hold them to a higher standard.

Let's not muddy the issue here. The issue is that they are never held to any semblance of a similar standard as everyone else.

The other aspect of this issue that is not lost on me is the necessity and mechanisms of having a police force like the LAPD. Take a look at why and how it is it has operated the way it does for so long and why.

The degree of corruption any police force maintains within is directly proportional to the degree of corruption and lawlessness it is expected to attempt to control.

Comment: Re:Abolish marriage solves the problem. (Score 1) 562

by ToddInSF (#46677867) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?
There is no singular "The Church" in this issue.

There are many churches that are happy and willing to wed same-sex couples, the core issue here is the little war between some churches holding dominion over others by using the government to prevent them from wedding same-sex couples.

This has always been a parallel issue of basic human rights of same-sex couples as well as the right of churches being free from the interference and dictates of other churches that use the government to do their dirty work for them.

And people in the US have always been free to wed in ceremonies that are not religious ceremonies, by government officials or lawyers and such. Churches never prevented this, so there's no grounds for them to claim any kind of authority over the government's right to define what a marriage is.

Comment: What agenda is at work in this article ? (Score 1) 469

by ToddInSF (#46677729) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom
"By incorporating examples of pseudoscience into lectures, instructors can provide students with the tools needed to understand the difference between scientific and pseudoscientific or paranormal claims," say Rodney Schmaltz and Scott Lilienfeld."

You don't get it. People KNOW the difference. They just don't CARE.

And I don't see why anyone should be worried that "roughly one in three American adults believes in telepathy, ghosts, and extrasensory perception" or that "Roughly one in five believes in witches, astrology, clairvoyance, and communication with the dead." or that "Three quarters hold at least one of these beliefs, and a third has four distinct pseudoscientific beliefs."

Who cares ? "Science" isn't the be all end all to everything, people know that these beliefs are not "scientific". Something about this article and the work of the authors of the studies reeks of a kind of intellectual power-trip desperation.

If you do not thing science has a great deal of catching-up to do yet, and that at least a couple of these things of this list of concern are going to be elucidated eventually, you know nothing of the history or methodologies or biases inheritance in "science".

Comment: Side view mirrors are for blind spots (Score 1) 496

by ToddInSF (#46663301) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
Rear view mirrors are for what's behind you.

Embedded cams designed into the specific model car replacing side view mirrors solve the problem of blind-spots. The screen placement is an issue, probably would take some getting used to.

My big concern is the perception=motion link. There is no perception without motion. Physically moving around inside the car to see everything through the side view mirrors is an import aspect of how we interact with our vehicles. Those of us that drive safely, that is. You're always going to have unsafe drivers that don't take driving as seriously as a person driving a 4,000+ lb. vehicle should.

The other major concern I have is the lack of any standardization and variation in parts and modules for easy replacement. There needs to be a standard so that something as safety system critical as side view safety cam system module replacement is both inexpensive and simple, as you do not want anybody driving around in a vehicle that has no side view mirrors and a failed cam system.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1744

by ToddInSF (#46663013) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
"I am a lesbian"

So what ? Who gives a shit ?

Why didn't Eich simply apologize, and move-on ?

Calling people who have called into question his Prop 8 support "intolerant" is sheer hypocrisy. You're disappointed ? So fucking what ?

Move somewhere where boycotts and criticism isn't allowed, if it bothers you so fucking much.

Comment: Re:it's false (Score 1) 353

Your testing procedures are obviously flawed .

I do several SSD installations a week, and have yet to encounter a situation where a SSD did not significantly improve performance

Did you bother to attempt to investigate WHY you did not see any improvement in boot time ?

Clearly not.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.