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Comment: Re:Left foot braking, not heel and toe (Score 1) 394

by dondelelcaro (#46576277) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

It's pointless in non-turbocharged cars

While there's not as much point in non-turbocharged cars, F1 race car drivers often left foot brake. Part of this is because of their karting roots, and the other half is that left foot breaking can help you floor the gas pedal that much faster. [That, and an F1's clutch is on the steering wheel anyway.]

Comment: Re:Quarantine works (Score 1) 851

by dondelelcaro (#42522081) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

The other method to reduce transmission is prevent caregivers from working in the hospital if they show signs of being sick with any significantly harmful highly contagious disease.

While this would reduce transmission, it wouldn't be enough. For influenza, you can be an asymptomatic carrier capable of passing on the disease for a period of at least a day before showing symptoms.

Comment: Re:compete instead of complain (Score 5, Insightful) 768

More like, Store A is charging $20 for a loaf of bread, I'll go to store B where I can get it for $5.

Lets at least get the metaphors slightly more accurate.

Store A is charging $20 for a loaf of bread, but provides an awesome atmosphere, chairs, clean eating space, nice employees, free coffee, and massages while you eat your loaf of bread. Store B sells the same bread for $5, but you can't eat your bread there. So you buy your bread from Store B, and then expect Store A to let you stay in Store A to eat your bread.

Companies pay taxes to pay for the externalities that they take advantage of while doing business in a country.

Comment: Re:Did I seriously miss something? (Score 2) 61

by dondelelcaro (#40094827) Attached to: Comparing R, Octave, and Python for Data Analysis

there are ways around that through smart planning, variable use, and multiple data files for different variables so not all are in memory at once

There are also packages like ff and others which handle absolutely gigantic files by offloading parts of them to storage and only allocating memory for them (and storage) when required. R certainly has some problems with dealing with huge amounts of data, but they aren't insurmountable for datasets less than 1T.

Comment: Re:The world's tiniest violin plays for UCLA (Score 1) 119

by dondelelcaro (#40060437) Attached to: California Considers DNA Privacy Law

this research can NEVER be wholly or partially copyrighted/patented. or that the university will not directly or indirectly profit from this research and all data will be made public...

First off, facts cannot be copyrighted. Secondly, in a university setting, research results are generally made publicly available in journal articles, and you can often request the data if you have a legitimate reason to get access to it. Raw data will almost never be made public (although it is often made available to other researchers) as it would be a privacy violation to do so.

Genetic research should always involve informed consent with a description of what the results will be uesd for; I don't personally have a problem with laws that properly legeslate that. However, they should not be so burdensome to make compliance infeasible.

Comment: Re:The world's tiniest violin plays for UCLA (Score 1) 119

by dondelelcaro (#40057397) Attached to: California Considers DNA Privacy Law

The fact that those doctors are making *MONEY* off it, and her and her family aren't? If it was non-profit and shared with all who needed it, maybe, but as a big money business the HL cell cultures are an insult to 'supposed' medical ethics everywhere.

You're mistaken. HeLa cells are banked by ATCC, which is a non-profit organization which provides the cells to other cell banks which provide them to researchers at cost. The cells themselves are typically not sold for profit. [They are expensive, but that's because media, refrigerant, and people needed to propogate them aren't free.]

Comment: Re:The world's tiniest violin plays for UCLA (Score 1) 119

by dondelelcaro (#40057371) Attached to: California Considers DNA Privacy Law

We're not talking about the field of medicine, we're talking about the profit center of medicine, the drug companies.

While this does affect big pharma a little bit, the vast majority of genetic testing for association currently occurs in academic settings. This bill has the potential for significantly increasing the difficulty of determining which genetic variants cause important diseases, reducing the ability of researchers in California to participate in research in this field.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 355

by dondelelcaro (#39741053) Attached to: FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

If you're a professional, you'd switch the server to single user mode, dump the drive contents to a portable drive, reboot the server, and be on your merry way.

And if you were really a professional, you'd get a search warrant for a complete wiretap on the server, and track all packets coming in and out. You might also compromise the machine so you could obtain all of the unecrypted traffic entering and exiting the machine. But the FBI apparently isn't that smart.

Comment: Re:Talk or else! (Score 1) 1047

by dondelelcaro (#38808805) Attached to: US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

You can be forced to divulge the combination of a safe, but you can be required to open it yourself.

I don't know any jurisdiction which would bother spending the money trying to compel someone to provide the safe combination. They just seize the safe, ask nicely once, and if they were rebuffed, call a lock smith to open it.

The highest UL safe rating is only for 30 minutes of work time, after all.

Comment: Re:That's not a bug, it's a feature (Score 1) 307

by dondelelcaro (#38204678) Attached to: Study Hints That Wi-Fi Near Testes Could Decrease Male Fertility

RTFA. Hell, read the fscking summary: "... compared to healthy sperms stored for the same time in the same temperature away from the computer."

Except that they method they used to maintain temperature didn't involve a laptop in the control area; they attempted to cool the sample kept near the laptop by an air conditioning system. This would introduce significant vibration, a temperature gradient, and potentially alter CO2 and O2 concentrations near the sperm.

It's not like running this control would be difficult, so one can only guess why they didn't bother to do it.

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