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Comment: Re:Has anyone studied? (Score 1) 262

by compro01 (#49255701) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years

Voluntary birth control is only a temporary fix. I still see plenty of big families.

All those big families don't make up for the childless and one-child families. It's simply statistical reality.

Even with those large families, the USA is slightly below the replacement rate. According to the CIA World Factbook, The USA is sitting at about 2.01 births per woman. You need about 2.1 to keep the population constant. The only thing that is keeping population growth going is immigration.

And the almost all (France is an exception at 2.08) rest of the developed world is way the hell below that. Canada is sitting at 1.59 and the EU collectively is at 1.55. China is also sitting at 1.55, and Russia is at 1.61.

Comment: Re:System worked, then? (Score 1) 163

by compro01 (#49227549) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

Innocent people are inconvenienced and harassed all the time by unreliable evidence and eye witness testimony. Some are even convicted. The false positive rate for familial DNA is way down in the noise level. Why not point your outrage at the harassment of blacks on the streets of every major city.

Because unlike you, we have sufficient neural capacity to walk and chew gum at the same time and thus are also able to criticize police for multiple lousy practises at once.

Comment: Re:512 should still be too high a bar... (Score 2) 89

by compro01 (#49177725) Attached to: FREAK Attack Threatens SSL Clients

512 bits isn't a very high a bar anymore.

It took 6 months and 8000 MIPS-years to factor RSA-155 back in 1999.

According to Dhrystone, the CPU in the computer I'm typing this post on could do those 8000 MIPS-years in roughly 3 weeks and you could probably knock that down to less than a day if you brought the GPU into the matter, let alone something with some real oomph.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada. (Score 2) 116

by compro01 (#49089661) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

Now it's just a matter of getting the majority of Canadians to go "No I don't want this idiot again."

No, it's a matter of getting decidedly more than a majority to go like that. Harper got here with 39% of the vote, thanks to dirty tricks and this idiotic system of voting we're stuck with.

You'll need a large supermajority to get rid of him. The most recent projection shows he's still likely to form government with 32.9% of the vote.

Comment: Re:HPV (Score 1) 740

by compro01 (#48965413) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

For that matter, the HPV shot is not recommended for adults, since most of us have probably already been exposed (unless, again, you're a nun.) It's only recommended for pre-adolescents, under the likely true assumption that the majority of them will NOT be celibate.

Actually, it is recommended for adults, at least up here in Canada. It's currently approved for men up to age 26 and women up to age 45.

It's recommended and highly desirable to administer it pre-teen, so as to get maximum protection, but even for sexually active persons, it will still give at least partial benefit, as even if you have had an HPV infection, it's damn unlikely you'll have contracted all four strains the vaccine protects against.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by compro01 (#48965263) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

This is one reason I'm glad that in my country, Australia, an MMR vaccination (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) is mandatory unless you have a damn good reason not to get one (and being an idiot isn't good enough).

I think that depends on what state you're in. In NSW and Victoria, "vaccines are against my religion" seems to be enough.

The AVN is giving it a try by setting up a fake church.

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