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Comment: Health care costs rise? - No (Score 1) 312

by camg188 (#46782207) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
From the summary:

if the evidence becomes overwhelming, the health costs rise...

This argument is starting to replace the "but think of the kids" argument. It's pointless, pulled out when someone wants an emotional reaction.
Sure, obviously some thing(activity, food, chemical, ...) can make you sick and incur medical costs. But what would happen if that thing was completely removed from your life? Immortality? Nope, some other thing will make you get sick and incur medical costs.

The point is that at some point everybody will get sick/hurt, incur medical costs and die.

Regarding the medical costs, does it really matter whether the cause was sitting, smoking, obesity, flu, cancer, accident, etc.? If you are worried about the burden of medical costs on society in general, the people who die suddenly just around their retirement age would be the least burden.

Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 1) 54

by camg188 (#46770897) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian
simple, obvious...
Click the "Use FreedomBox" link
Click the "FreedomBox in the Press" link. (I guess press coverage is part of using FreedomBox?)
Click on the link to the one and only article listed (Third link now?)
Scan article, it refers to a homegrown mesh network, wtf?... Do a word search on "FreedomBox", no hits? oh, article refers to it as 2 words: "Freedom Box"
Do a word search on "Freedom"
JACKPOT (sort of):

The concept: It's a personal server, which automatically scrambles digital data to make them harder for unauthorized people to intercept. The idea is to create a personal "cloud," or online storage space, for data before the information is sent to standard e-mail or Web services.

TLDR: some kind of encryption dongle.

Comment: Re:Evolution (Score 1) 178

by camg188 (#46684195) Attached to: UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

according to the drone operator...
according to the triathlete...
I reckon the drone operator is full of shit and just making up whatever comes to mind.

Why do you automatically believe the athlete?
Something strange is going on with "her". The article refers to Raija Ogden as "her", "she", and "Mrs".
But that picture with the article... IT'S A MAN, BABY!

Comment: Re:If we're going to ban "driving while X"... (Score 1) 226

by camg188 (#46338679) Attached to: Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws
But the statistics contradict your assertions.
What do you say about the stats collected and published by the NTSB that show that fatalities and injuries from auto accidents have been steadily DECLINING for the past 20 years. The statistics are on their website. Go look them up for yourself, I did.
The stats indicate that it is safer to drive now, after the widespread adoption of mobile phones, portable video, touchscreens and a myriad of other distractions. Why would it be any different with the google glass?

Comment: Based on stats, there is no problem (Score 1) 226

by camg188 (#46338407) Attached to: Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws
Last I checked, auto accident fatalities and injuries have been steadily declining for the past 20 years despite having more vehicles on the road and more total miles driven every year.

One of the problems here is that the government loves to fix non-existent problems, but the biggest problem may be all the hyperbole used in the "news media" to drum up attention, clicks, ratings, etc. This very article is a good example. From the summary:

Given the toll on our highways shown to arise from distracted drivers

That statement is total bullshit. Show me the toll, the deadly toll laying waste to millions across our country. I'm surprised that "think of the kids" wasn't tossed in there too.

Comment: subsidy misnomer (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by camg188 (#45964021) Attached to: Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

cash giveaways from government to the entire fossil fuel industry

The last I checked, no cash was being given away to oil companies. Some people use the term "subsidies" for political purposes when a more accurate definition would be "doing business with."
The two biggest so-called subsidies are the strategic oil reserve and HEAP heating assistance. Both of which involve the government simply buying fuel, not handing out money.

It would be like saying that Boeing is subsidized because the government bought a bunch of jets from them.

Comment: Re:Rap "Genius"? (Score 4, Informative) 115

by camg188 (#45867169) Attached to: Rap Genius Returns To Google Search Rankings
Summary of the video:
* Rap Genius is a website that provides crowdsourced text annotation services.
* It got it's name because it originally provided "decoding" of rap lyrics so little Joe Schmoe could figure out what "beez in the trap" means.* But now they want to provide text annotation to documents of all kinds of subjects.

"The medium is the message." -- Marshall McLuhan