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Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 2) 155

by cyn1c77 (#48218399) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

IMHO, either Ebola is easier to transmit than we are being told _OR_ these Ebola doctors who get the disease are FSKING IDIOTS

if it is so damn hard to get, how the hell do Doctors who should be the best at following procedure can get?

i think people are just morons, no matter what degrees they have

The only people telling you that Ebola is hard to transmit are the ones that want you to stay calm so that you are easier to control.

Most viruses (even HIV) have low transmission rates (below 30%) when the virus is exposed into the body. Relative to other viruses, Ebola seems to have an exceptionally high transmission efficiency. So if you perform any protocol wrong, you will likely contract it.

Comment: Re:Politics (Score 2) 380

by cyn1c77 (#48201343) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

If the CDC had descended on the hospital like a ton of bricks and the first inkling of Ebola they might have prevented most of that from happening then people would be complaining about Federal overreach.


If the CDC had clamped down on that hospital, the only people complaining would have been the hospital staff.

Instead, the CDC has lost most of the public's trust.

Ebola is a deadly virus. With deadly things, you are expected to be proactive, not reactive. Once you react, people are already dead.

Comment: Re:Would this kind of system have saved Challenger (Score 2) 43

by cyn1c77 (#48201273) Attached to: A Look At Orion's Launch Abort System

Second, the boosters cannot be shut off. That's the big safety drawback of solid rockets - you light them, and they aren't going out until they're out of fuel.

*sigh* This is one of the biggest pieces of misinformation about solid rockets floating about out there, spread and repeated by shuttle detractors in a cargo cult like fashion until it's now regarded as a law of nature. What most people (including engineers who should know better) don't realize is that you don't need to shut them down in the first place- you just need them to produce net zero thrust. This is done via blowout panels in the front dome, and sometimes by blowing off the nozzle as well. And it's not like this is a new fangled technique either...

Actually, you can do even better!

It has been known for many decades that you can quench a burning propellant by subjecting it to a rapid pressure decrease. (The conductive flame structure cannot rapidly adapt the the decrease pressure and goes out.) Thus, blowout panels could actually be designed to quench the solid boosters. And this knowledge existed when the shuttle was designed.

But there is a finite price on human life and, like the ejection seats or parachutes on the shuttle or passenger airplanes, losing a few dozen astronauts is cheaper than accommodating safety systems.

We make it seem like it would be impossible to have these safety systems, but it isn't impossible. It would just be less efficient for the company or government... who only really cares how much your death costs them.

Comment: Re:how pretty (Score 3, Informative) 209

by cyn1c77 (#48192901) Attached to: More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

"It is difficult to keep a straight face and state that OSX is stable. Xcode crashes all the time, Qt software crashes all the time, visualization software works much better on Linux."

I play with the same tools - and I experience no instability like this on OS X. Xeon and Core Ix series hardware.

Agreed. Same here.

If you are having serious instability issues, you have something wrong locally with your machine.

Especially if it is crashing with that "classical" software.

Comment: Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (Score 1) 200

by cyn1c77 (#48188165) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Had NASA in the late 1950s had a huge pool of qualified female test pilots and no qualified males, they would have gone with women and added men later.

NASA most definitely would not have done that! You are totally taking history out of context.

The US was a high discriminatory society in the 1950's. Women had only been allowed to vote 30 years earlier and the Jim Crow laws were still in effect until 1965.

There is no way that anything other than a white male would have been approved by NASA at a time when the majority opinion was that a woman's place was in the kitchen and a black's place was in the back of the bus.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 3, Informative) 328

by cyn1c77 (#48179151) Attached to: Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

And so is Apple.

Apple products are expensive, but generally have good design and performance.

Bose and Beats have good design, but have always been deemed to have poor performance by people who actually review them for their sound qualities.

I'm not hating... check the reviews.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 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.

Do you not understand that after they eliminate the "large bills," the "criminals" will then start using the smaller bills?

The government will then eliminate those to improve your security, so that you are only left with electronically tracked options.

Comment: Re:For everything there is a season (Score 1, Insightful) 228

by cyn1c77 (#48137645) Attached to: Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

Nothing really works well when a life threatening disease is on the loose, but it is pretty clear that the virus has no room for human sensitivities and an approach to stopping it should not either.

The most pragmatic thing to do (if stopping the disease is the dominant priority) is to immediately impose draconian quarantines:
1. Have you been anywhere outside of the country? Then you get a 21-day quarantine.
2. Have you potentially been in contact with someone who might have ebola? Then you get a 21-day quarantine.

Would this this hurt the global the economy were all countries to enact it? Probably.

Will it stop the Ebola outbreak? Probably.

Right now, the politicians are trying to keep people calm while they cross their fingers and weigh their options. However, don't think that full, national-guard-imposed, shoot-on-sight quarantines are coming world wide if the virus keeps spreading outside of Africa.

You can sense the BS with all the public service announcements that Ebola is hard to catch because you have to come in contact with the bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person and then touch a mucus membrane. (Under their breath, the doctors note that you should also stay three feet away from an infected person sneezing.) So now you have the potential for doorknobs, handles, etc. to be coated with Ebola-infected saliva that is viable for days, and you expect people to not every touch a mucus membrane (during allergy season) unless they have just washed their hands.

In short, you are naive or brainwashed if you are not worried right now. I am not saying panicked, but you should be worried.

Comment: Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by cyn1c77 (#48105499) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

It really is insulting to give a Nobel prize for an improvement to a revolutionary idea, and ignore the person who did the original work. Without Holonyak's original work there would be no basis for the improvement.

And where does the buck stop in this argument? Or should Nobels drift endlessly backwards to Newton, Leibniz, Aristotle, Plato ... Thales of Miletus. Thales of Miletus? All Nobels go to him?

Well, considering that Holonyak developed the first visible light LED, the buck should probably stop with him.

Of course, we are talking about an organization that gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after he was elected president, so many already question their logic.

Comment: Re:funny that.... (Score 0) 178

by cyn1c77 (#48095819) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Funny that ebola has been in existence in the modern world since the 70s, yet only now this is coming to light. Oddly enough, this is perfectly timed with someone in the US getting infected.

"Shit, this is on OUR turf now!??! Better do something about it!"

There is a causal relation driving this correlation, but it's not the one you cynically postulate. Both the appearance of someone in the US with the disease and the attempt to create a vaccine have been caused by the scale of the latest outbreak.

All these snarky comments do highlight a point though (which I am sure will offend many): Why should any non-African nation even have to do anything-Ebola related ever?

The African countries have had 38 years to develop a vaccine, quarantine procedures, public education, and adequate medical infrastructure to handle an Ebola outbreak, but have not done so.

Now the rest of the world has to dig in to shut down this outbreak and work up a vaccine because Africa as a continent has shit away the majority of the last four decades on infighting, gang warfare and corruption.

Comment: Re:phase change (Score 1) 295

by cyn1c77 (#48095631) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

For comparison, it's almost easier to boil water than to melt it from 0C ice to 0C water.

  * 334kJ/kg for water to melt it

  * 418kJ/kg for water to raise from 0C to 100C

Let's re-evaluate your statement with the key information that you omitted in your post:
* 334kJ/kg for water to melt it
* 418kJ/kg for water to raise from 0C to 100C
* 2257 J/g is the heat of vaporization of water

You'll notice that the heat of vaporization is an order of magnitude larger than your other metrics. Thus, it is much much harder to boil water than to melt it!

Comments like yours along (and the GP's) with the +5 and +2 modifiers highlight why climate science is so confusing. It's a highly multivariate problem that is essentially beyond our ability to predict without asymptotic modeling. Many people of the people doing the modeling don't understand that and most of the public certainly does not. Instead, many "scientists" prefer to misapply physical concepts, cherry pick data, and make BS predictions to make their models look more predictive than their colleagues and get more funding. The public and politicians then latches onto whichever results fit with their own personal opinions.

Sadly, one can likely not appreciate the magnitude of how fucked that approach is unless they are also a scientist or mathematician with familiarity in modeling complex systems.

Comment: Re:Valve Time (Score 1) 93

by cyn1c77 (#48090423) Attached to: Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Steam was considered draconian, until it proved not to be. was 'optional' during that testing phase.

No, no, no... Steam still IS draconian; you've just have to deal with it and have gotten used to it.

It's like the TSA-equivalent of gaming. It sucks, but is unavoidable, and eventually you just get used to periodically having your genitals fondled "for the good of the community."

It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. - W. K. Clifford, British philosopher, circa 1876