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Comment: Re:CDC does disease control, NIH does research (Score 1) 374

all three are relevant research studies. gay marriage is legal in most of America, obesity is a known problem (it's Health), primates are our nearest analogs, and the latter choice might not be your cup of tea, but you'd be surprised what people do.

More relevant than ebola?

face it, you just love Russia and want America weak.

This is why we can't have nice things. The NIH is like a student that blows their student loans on spring break in Cancun, and then complains that they don't have enough money to pay tuition.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by XxtraLarGe (#48194389) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

The BBC reported today: "The Beijing-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said Monday evening that it was unacceptable to allow his successors to be chosen in open elections, in part because doing so would risk giving poorer residents a dominant voice in politics... he backed Beijingâ(TM)s position that all candidates to succeed him as chief executive, the top post in the city, must be screened by a âoebroadly representativeâ nominating committee appointed by Beijing. That screening, he said, would insulate candidates from popular pressure to create a welfare state, and would allow the city government to follow more business-friendly policies to address economic inequality instead."
Whatever it is, it doesn't sound like communism to me.

It's probably better described as fascism, but there has never been a place on earth where communism in practice resembled communism in theory. It's not possible to ever implement it, because the power hungry use it as a method for personal enrichment. As Lord Acton said "Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 250

by XxtraLarGe (#48178913) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

To do this, Apple would need a new OS, or do some sort of horrible blend between OS X and iOS. That's not happening. I think there will be a bigger iPad at some point, but it will just run iOS. It won't be a convertible.

Macbook Air w/detachable keyboard? Keyboard detaches, and the system switches to Launchpad by default. They'd just need to allow the MacBook air have the ability to run any apps they downloaded from the iOS App Store in OS X. Seems like it would be easy enough to me.

Comment: Re:I am not alone when I say.... (Score 1) 139

by XxtraLarGe (#48156297) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

IF they will give me episodes...
1) On their TV release date.
2) Of quality at least as good as cable feeds
3) In a usable non-DRM container which doesn't require a web browser
4) Charge no more than $5 per episode (even that is steep).

Then, HBO will get my five bucks. Otherwise they get zero. It's just that simple and I still suspect people fail at both math and psychology if they can't get this right.

That would not be a very good deal. Comcast charges $10 per month to add HBO, and individual episodes of shows go for $3.99 in HD on & iTunes. Of course, those episodes are are from previous seasons, but $5 per episode makes the $10 you pay for Comcast a deal. I'm thinking they charge $10 a month as well.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 0) 247

by XxtraLarGe (#48150521) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

A few of you had questions about the 'work/life balance' at this company. I take it that those have been settled?

This is probably a reaction to the "equal pay" hullabaloo going on right now. They want to be able to show that women who stay in the workforce actually do make just as much as men who stay in the workforce. As an added bonus, they can start having babies when they're 45!

<sarcasm>All I know is that if I had a tech company, I would hire nothing BUT women, since I'd be able to pay them $.70 on the dollar compared to men. I wonder why nobody else does this?</sarcasm>

Comment: Quick random thoughts (Score 1) 236

by XxtraLarGe (#48144423) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?
  1. Can't energy not being used be stored in batteries that can be used later?
  2. What's the environmental impact of these arrays taking up so much land versus the emissions they're cutting down on.
  3. Nevada, I can understand, but New Jersey? Not only do they get less sunlight, they also have less real estate.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 2) 314

As a normal person I never had use of large bills like that. Even 100 is an annoyance as you have to get it accepted for change somewhere. So in essence nothing of value would be lost. Then the claim that it would be effective at curbing illegal business is not very strong either.

I purchase my latest car with cash. It was $2400. The bank refused to give me $100 because of "the drug war". It would have been a lot more convenient to carry 24 $100 bills instead of 120 $20 bills. But that's o.k., because of the children.

Comment: Worse things about Gmail than Spam filtering (Score 1) 261

by XxtraLarGe (#48132789) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

We have Gmail at work, and the spam filtering seems to work reasonably well. We get an occasional spam message to come through, and for some reason, most of the ones that get through are written in Chinese.

Two features that drive me nuts are a lack of sorting by headers, and not being able to set a message priority. Yes, I know you can search by sender, keywords, etc., but that only gets you so far. Sometimes I only have a vague idea of what I'm searching for, and being able to sort by subject would be a big help. Also, I hate the fact that you can't set a message priority for messages like high or low. Gmail sets messages as being "important" based on what Google thinks is important, and that's almost never right.

Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score 1) 446

by XxtraLarGe (#48130619) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

I'm more interested in the "churchgoing" thing. It flies in the face of studies that show atheists don't have very different odds of getting divorced, whereas conservative Christians have higher divorce rates.

Maybe because the other studies got it completely wrong. If you divide the Christian population between Nominal Christian (Christian culturally, but not in practice) versus practicing Christians, the rates are really much different, which seems to be something verified in this study.


The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola 478

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-afraid.-be-slightly-afraid. dept. writes: Russell Berman reports in The Atlantic that the Obama administration is trying to navigate a tricky course: Can officials increase public vigilance about the deadly Ebola virus without inciting a panic? "Ebola is scary. It's a deadly disease. But we know how to stop it," says Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC director. speaking "calmly and clearly, sticking to an even pitch and avoiding the familiar political image of the whip-smart fast-talker." International groups wanted the U.S. to step in sooner to help fight the outbreak in west Africa, while more recently some Republicans have called on the administration to ban travel from the most affected countries.

Frieden and other officials say such a move would be counterproductive, citing lessons learned from the SARS outbreak a decade ago. "The SARS outbreak cost the world more than $40 billion, but it wasn't to control the outbreak," says Frieden. "Those were costs from unnecessary and ineffective travel restrictions and trade changes that could have been avoided." The government announced Wednesday that it was stepping up protective measures at five airports, where authorities will screen travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea with targeted questions and fever checks, an action, officials acknowledge, that was taken not only to stop the spread of the disease but simply to make people feel safer. According to Berman, the message is this: Be afraid of Ebola. Just not too afraid.

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