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Comment: Re:It may not be a *significant* factor ... (Score 2) 374

by radtea (#48200285) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

While you are correct that the airborne vector isn't significant need I remind you that Ebola is not a disease whereby the person infected with it gets a mild fever and minor headache and the cure is two aspirin tablets?

Sure, but that has zero bearing on the degree of concern people should have about the epidemic potential of Ebola in any country with a first-world health care system (Nigeria, say, or parts of the US outside Texas.)

The thing fearmongers like the GP are all about is the attempt to create a sense that Ebola could actually be spreading like the flu, which is so trivially false it isn't even worth mentioning. Yes, PPEs that include good respiratory protection should be part of the standard patient-handling protocol, and all due care should be taken to avoid droplet transmission, but Ebola's almost complete lack of aerosol transmission is and will remain a substantial barrier to the population risk the disease poses:

Comment: Re:I'm still waiting... (Score 1) 156

by radtea (#48200207) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

You don't want your tax dollars to go towards stem cell research? Fine, that's a reasonable request.

No, it's not. Democracy--any form of government, really, but especially democracy--requires that citizens accept the democratic will within broad constraints. These constraints are usually called "rights" or similar. In Canada we have the "Charter of Rights and Freedoms", In the US you've got the Bill of Rights. In the UK you've got "a marshal nobility and a stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property", at least in theory.

Within those constraints, though: anything goes. I don't get to withhold my tax dollars from enterprises I don't support. Neither does anyone else. Do my tax dollars go to things I don't approve of? You're damned right they do, and at times those things cause the death of other human beings, including adult human beings (our current federal government in Canada is spending some of my tax dollars to fight harm-reduction as an approach to drug use, for example, and people are dying because of that.)

So it is not a reasonable request to withhold anyone's tax dollars from any publicly funded enterprise so long as due process has been followed in the funding. Don't like it? Get involved in politics and change it.

Comment: Re:I never ever commented on the SCO issue in any (Score 1) 187

We knew what was going on when you ran your anti-IBM campaign, sometimes even positioning yourself as arguing on behalf of our community. It was a way to lend credence to IBM and MS arguments during the SCO issue. To state otherwise is deceptive, perhaps even self-deceptive.

Florian, you would not be devoting all of this text to explaining yourself if you didn't feel the need to paint your actions in a positive light. That comes from guilt, whether you admit it to yourself or not.

Go write your app, and if you actually get to make any money with it you can give thanks, because it will happen despite what you worked for previously. Keep a low profile otherwise because your credibility is well and truly blown and you can only make things worse. And maybe someday you can really move past this part of your life. But I am not holding out much hope.

Comment: Re:Bruce, I know why u r disappointed. Let me expl (Score 1) 187

So, I see this as rationalization.

The fact is, you took a leadership position, and later turned your coat for reasons that perhaps made sense to you. But they don't really make sense to anyone else. So, yes, everyone who supported you then is going to feel burned.

You also made yourself a paid voice that was often hostile to Free Software, all the way back to the SCO issue. Anyone could have told you that was bound to be a losing side and you would be forever tarred with their brush.

So nobody is going to believe you had any reason but cash, whatever rationalization you cook up after the fact. So, the bottom line is that you joined a list of people who we're never going to be able to trust or put the slightest amount of credibility in.

And ultimately it was for nothing. I've consistently tried to take the high road and it's led to a pretty good income, I would hazard a guess better than yours, not just being able to feel good about myself.

Comment: Re:This could be really good for Debian (Score 5, Insightful) 545

by Bruce Perens (#48188887) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I am beginning to be wary of systemd, but no. I am talking about anal-retentive policy wonks who believe they only make the distribution for themselves and have (perhaps without intending to) systematically marginalized Debiian and made the project a whore to Ubuntu.

Comment: Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (Score 5, Interesting) 345

by radtea (#48173983) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Storms claims that there is no good theory to explain the excess heat measurements.

There is an excellent theory to explain the "excess heat" measurements: the people doing the research are some mixture of dishonest and incompetent. This theory also has the nice features that:

a) it is consistent with the spectacularly incompetent work we see whenever anyone attempts to carefully document an experiment, such as the one on the Rossi device we have seen recently

b) it is consistent with the litany of results that require well-established phenomenology to be turned off, for example the need to magically suppress neutrons and gamma rays that would otherwise be produced in any nuclear reaction or its aftermath, regardless of its origin.

After a quarter of a century with no reproducible results and no "positive" experiments that do not require the magical suppression of other laws of physics to account for the lack of radiation, no other theory is close to as plausible as this one.

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