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Comment: Re:This is related (Score 2) 45

Do you mean the person who doesn't have any symptoms and has tested negative to ebola at least once? That person?

That doesn't mean anything. You can test negative, and be asymptomatic, for a long time while still carrying the disease.

The position of actual scientists that oppose quarantines doesn't rely on whether somebody tested negative for ebola. It's based on whether somebody who is infected is likely to infect others when they become contagious.

Are you suggesting that people should be quarantined regardless of the science?

If you don't understand the science, why do you expect those you disagree with to understand it?

Comment: Re:This is related (Score 2) 45

She has tested negative multiple times, has no symptoms, and the CDC has cleared her to go home.

"Testing negative" and "no symptoms" is essentially meaningless in this context. The virus may not be detectable in the blood, and the person may be asymptomatic, for a long time.

Frequent, early testing is useful for early diagnosis if she contracts the disease. But the fact that she has tested negative doesn't say anything about whether or not she needs to be quarantined.

Those who oppose any form of quarantine keep invoking "science" for their support, but then they also keep bringing up the fact that this nurse "tested negative" to validate their views. Makes me think that they don't really understand the "science" as well as they think they do.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 398

by aardvarkjoe (#48194953) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

You're not even supposed to run the amber, never mind the red.

It is a physical impossibility to avoid running the yellow light in all cases. If the length of the yellow has been decreased, it may be impossible or extraordinarily dangerous to avoid running the red in some cases as well.

Comment: Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (Score 3, Interesting) 549

by aardvarkjoe (#48134327) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

The thing is, with a good password manager, there's no reason to have a weak password, even for the sites that you aren't worried about.

Most non-technical people (the ones who we're most concerned about in terms of password security) aren't very good at figuring out where security is and isn't important. For instance, I can't count the number of times I've heard statements along the lines of "I don't care about my e-mail password, because I don't care if a hacker could read my e-mail." Better to create tools methods to make sure that people can conveniently create secure passwords across the board, rather than hoping that people will make the correct decisions related to security.

Comment: Re:Time for anew distro? (Score 1) 303

by aardvarkjoe (#48100371) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

How will jdLinux be different than the hundreds of other distributions out there?

Not saying that you don't have some ideas that haven't been tried, but it's not like there's exactly a shortage of existing distributions, so yours would have to have something pretty unique to gain any real traction.

Comment: Security requiring cell phones (Score 2, Insightful) 74

by aardvarkjoe (#48095765) Attached to: Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

I really hate these "security" features that are based on the assumption that you've always got phone service available.

I've run into this recently with my credit card company. It used to be that I could use their service to generate a one-time use credit card number for use in online transactions. But now they've implemented a policy that every time you use it, you have to first receive a code via text message and type that into their website -- so if (like me) you spend a lot of time in places with no cell phone service, but with internet access, it becomes unusable.

The end result: I'm now stuck giving everyone my real credit card information again if I purchase something online. Genius "security" move, guys.

I don't have anything against the idea of having the option of receiving a code via a cell phone for added security -- but it needs to be an option, not something that's required across the board.

Comment: Re:What shape would you like (Score 4, Insightful) 60

by aardvarkjoe (#48089489) Attached to: Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

The gauges I've been looking at sell for between $100-$300 EACH, if I could avoid spending $1600 for a full set of gauges by going digital, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Somehow, I suspect that the same people that are able to convince you to spend $300 on a premium analog gauge are going to be able to sell you a $300 digital version just as easily.

Comment: Re:Why so slow? (Score 1) 132

by aardvarkjoe (#48083949) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

Amiga stuff and friends were made in assembly, C or even BASIC for the slow stuff, with no memory protection, no safety and no networking. Dumbphone firmware would be the boring, shitty equivalent...

In my experience, modern "dumbphones" are as bad or worse than smartphones in terms of the speed of their interfaces. (My understanding is that they're written mostly in Java, which is a bizarre choice given the hardware constraints.) If you have had the misfortune to use one, it's obvious that the designers and programmers never actually use these phones.

Comment: Re:uh no (Score 1) 132

by aardvarkjoe (#48083675) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

$35 is not a great deal for a phone. Granted, it is cheap. But you can get Chinese smart phones for around $100.

Not everyone has an extra $65 sitting in their pockets. The people that are being targeted here have the choice between the $35 phone and no smartphone, not a choice between the $35 phone and the $100 phone.

It sounds like this phone is not a good deal for $35.

Also, your $100 estimate is way too high -- you can get low-end smartphones here in the US for $50, retail; I've got one of them, and it's much more functional than the phone described by the article.

Comment: Re:Desperate Times? (Score 2) 56

by aardvarkjoe (#48061311) Attached to: WSJ: Google X Display Team Works Toward Bezel-Free Modular Displays

This has been going on forever -- it used to be back in the early 2000s that every other article was a link to the New York Times with a "subscription required" warning.

People frequently used to request an option to get rid of postings that linked to pay sites, but we never got it. Although at least we eventually got the "Shut Up JonKatz" option.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.