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Comment: Re:Genius! (Score 1) 332

by Wycliffe (#49522461) Attached to: Update: No Personhood for Chimps Yet

There are plenty of animals that don't suffer the same was a chimps to, such as mice, that can be used for a lot of the tests.

The argument is that while chimps are convenient test subjects, there are alternatives. More expensive alternatives, but we should at least think about what price we are willing to put on the suffering of highly developed animals.

My guess is that there are very few drugs tested on chimps that aren't first tested on mice. They aren't using chimps because it is cheaper.
Chimps are A LOT more expensive to do testing on than mice. Not to mention if there is a adverse reaction and the chimp dies then you have
the significant cost of both time and money getting a new chimp where mice cost next to nothing and are easy to obtain. I doubt you can
find me a single drug that was tested on chimps before it was tested on mice. Chimps are generally the last leg before it goes to human trial.
Yes, we might be able to skip that last leg but if the chimp is treated well, I think it's better to test on a chimp than on someone's 6 year old kid.
The other option of course is the prey on the poor and offer money for people to volunteer as test dummies. I think doing final testing on chimps
who are well cared for is the best option we have.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 313

There's more than enough amazing stuff in the first two categories to retain wonder for the future. We don't need to pretend that one day frozen corpses will be brought back and able to walk on top of that.

It's not even the whole corpse. Just a head with half a brain. Even IF the freezing was done correctly, there is not techology anywhere on
the horizon that can either create a new body for her or clone her into a biological or electromechanical body. No where close. Curing
cancer is the least of their worries, they need several major advances in several industries to restore a healthy human if they ever can.
And assuming they can in 50 years and her parents are still alive, they are now close to 80, would they really want to raise a two year
old at that point? But it's not going to be 50, probablty not 100, so they will be long dead.

Comment: Re:How about a minefield? (Score 1) 175

Doesn't have such a negative visual aspect as a perfectly secure fence, doesn't involved major works such as a "medieval" moat etc? Would look like theres nothing there.

Fairly cheap as well.

Or turn over the outer lawns to rabid badgers.

Mantraps would also work. I.e. trap doors that open up with a 20ft fall (you could put a net at the bottom if you wanted to be nice.
Basically, it would be rather simple to create an invisible moat and anyone that gets past the invisible moat should probably just
be shot as it's then obviously not an accident.

Comment: Re:Why use secrete service agents (Score 1) 175

Why use secrete service agents when instead it could be a dual use facility for the training of the US Olympic track and field team.

It would make more sense for them to practice at the "real" White House, and have Obama move to the remote "fake" White House. Is there any reason the POTUS needs to be physically located in downtown DC?

Or just practice when he's not there. It's not like he's there all day every day. He goes on plenty of out of town trips and even
if he didn't there is no reason that you couldn't still practice with him there as long as everyone was properly informed.
Lifeguards routinely have fake drownings to keep them on their toes. Guests are used to it and it doesn't cause any alarm.

Comment: Re:And why not? (Score 1) 227

by Wycliffe (#49367793) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

The correct answer - no matter who is in charge - is first and foremost proper, safety conscious engineering, and then followed up with a culture of accountability and transparency *to everyone*. That means that there aren't reports that are "secret" because of some security theater. Everybody sees it, everybody knows what's going on.

Add to that that a nuclear plant should probably have a fixed lifespan. After 50 years, they shut it down, dismantle it, and haul it all away.
It's too easy for an aging infrustructure to be neglected and shortcuts to be taken. It would be better to create a new one than to let an
aging one hobble along until something breaks.

Comment: Re:Not going to stop determined downloaders (Score 2) 58

by Wycliffe (#49365299) Attached to: Australian Government Outlines Website-Blocking Scheme

After RTFA it's pretty obvious this legislation is only meant to stop lazy downloaders

It won't even do that. 85% of the shows that I watch, I watch pirated versions on youtube just by typing in the episode title.
This doesn't work for newly released movies but most older movies and almost all older tv shows are available for free
on youtube. If they can't police youtube then they are fighting a battle they can't win.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 222

by Wycliffe (#49356209) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Revoking a corporate charter would now affect shareholders too, so that those who own the company would know that if they allow their compny to go too far then they risk losing essentially everything.

This used to be assumed but now days, I can't imagine a state actually revoking a corporate charter. I wonder when the last
time it was even attempted or if it could even be done to a multinational. Probably the best a state could do now days would
be to pass a law outlawing that company's product.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 222

by Wycliffe (#49356125) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Unfortunately installing the service isn't entirely down to the ISP. They have to find a route to the property and install equipment at locations on the way. That means buying land or easements, and going through planning permission processes.

This isn't entirely true. I've lived in several comunities that provide service via wifi. One of them all you needed was line of site of
any watertower. Another had several large towers that blanketed the community. My father and my brother installed their own
towers and beam a signal 5 miles from one house to the other. If you're on the fringe of their coverage there is no reason that they
couldn't install a simple wifi tower and get it the remaining fraction of a mile.

Comment: Re: Prototype (Score 1, Insightful) 126

by Wycliffe (#49325007) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

Sadly, the powers that be disagree.
They would rather have you dead than wounded. It's the reason that there is an international ban on weapons that make you blind or deaf. Wounded soldiers are costly and make people see the real cost of war while dead soldiers are quickly forgotten.

Comment: Re:They should go (Score 1) 198

Why not? You allow only half the vehicles on the street today and the other half tomorrow. You have halfed your traffic and brought your pollution levels down. It is quite simple to enforce by number plates. Petrol today and diesel tomorrow on the other hand is difficult to enforce, makes no sense.

What's strange though is that the article makes no mention of an alternating schedule. If it was alternating between odd and even
then this seems like a weird but reasonable solution. Just banning even number plates without alternating is very bizarre. Why not
just ban all the cars?

Comment: Re:Anecdotal of course (Score 1) 307

With that kind of record, it has to be something to do with your use. Still anecdotal, but I've never had anything but HDD and inverter failures in my laptops (mostly Apple) across multiple models, years, and beatings.

But if laptops failed at your rate across all users, they'd have to cost three times as much to cover warranty repairs.

I've NEVER had a harddrive failure on any system, ever. On laptops, the first thing to go seems to
always be either the keyboard, the fan, or the touchpad in that order. On non-laptops it has always
been the power supply, the motherboard, or a fan in that order. I usually replace a system at the 5-7
year mark and I've been very lucky that I've never lost a harddrive which would obviously be the
hardest to replace as I don't really take many backups.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 5, Insightful) 1089

by Wycliffe (#49295819) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

What if both choices are bad? I actually had that problem once.

Yeah, you're lucky. South Park did a great episode on this where the two choices to vote for were a Giant Duche or a Turd Sandwich.
I always vote but I also continue to "throw my vote away" by voting for a third party because to me voting for the "lesser of two evils"
is no choice at all when for everything I care about the republicans and democrats are virtually indistiguishable. They pretent to be
different but they are usually squabling over a few million here or there while the TRILLIONS they are spending on war, etc... are
virtually the same. They'll brag about a 100 million dollar tax cut on a 4 trillion dollar budget. For anyone who isn't paying attention,
that's the equivalent of bragging that you cut out 1 dollar of expenses from your 40k a year paycheck.

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