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Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 4, Informative) 191 191

The idea that government coercion is either morally justified or effective in achieving high vaccination rates is wrong.

I don't care to debate you about "morally justified" but you're definitely wrong about "effective in achieving high vaccination rates". It's pretty clear that states with more stringent vaccination requirements have higher vaccination rates:


"In many but not all states, philosophical exemptions are easier to get than religious exemptions, which typically require parents to cite and explain the religious doctrine in question. Overall, states with philosophical exemptions have 2.5 times the rate of opt-outs than states with only religious exemptions."

Comment The way we do it (Score 4, Interesting) 85 85

I led the team that created the MOOSE Framework ( http://www.mooseframework.org/ ) an open source computational science package.

We decided to open source the framework (MOOSE)... and build proprietary (and many open source... depending on the line of funding) computational science apps on top of it. For that reason MOOSE (and everything that surrounds it) uses an LGPL license.

This has allowed us to grow a large community of people all working together to solve coupled systems of PDEs... while also allowing us to have a line of funding in the future (licensing some of our applications).

So... you may want to open source the core components... then use the core components to develop proprietary capabilities that you then sell.

Just an option...

Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 2) 152 152

I use Google+... but not for my "main" social network. Google+ is used to keep track of my scientific colleagues. We share science news articles and discuss new papers that have come out, etc. It works really well for that.

Here's how I use the various social networks:

Facebook: Family and friends, normal happenings (all "private")
Google+: Scientific / mathematical / coding discussions with scientific colleagues
Twitter: Announcements related to my software project. Anything I wish to shout out "publicly"
Linked In: Major announcements about my software project. Connections with colleagues and scientific funding agencies. No casual updates (more professional).

For me, each one has its place. I would be sad to see Google+ actually die as my colleagues and I have spent a good deal of time cultivating a community there...

Comment Re:Fark those clowns (Score 1) 328 328

I agree. I'm for some improved regulation to make sure that insurance is in place. But whatever that regulation is... it needs to also allow Uber to exist.

Massachusetts (where I currently live and use Uber) is passing some good regulations to ensure that Uber drivers are properly insured and vetted. Uber is actually happy about the deal because it specifically codifies that Uber is legal.

Both sides win.

Comment Overheard in Line Today at Whole Foods (Score 1) 260 260

Girl buying a Kale drink (or some crap) talking to the cashier:

"Yeah, it tastes like crap... but it's good for you!"


For the record, I was there buying roses for my wife who's been away for a few weeks. They have the BEST prices around on fresh roses...

Comment Re:Fark those clowns (Score 3, Insightful) 328 328

Licensed, legitimate, crab companies also use the high barrier of entry in many places to keep out competitors in order to artificially inflate prices. They lobby like crazy to make sure that things stay the way they have been.

I think it's interesting that people take this stance against Uber. I thought "we" usually like the upstart guys that are overthrowing established monopolies...

Don't cry for the cab companies...

Comment Not all bad (Score 3, Informative) 328 328

The summary makes it sound like all of the bills are AGAINST ride sharing... but that's not the case. For instance, in Massachusetts(which is highlighted in the summary) Uber is actively campaigning FOR the regulation bill.


Because the bill states once and for all that ride sharing is a legal activity. Yes, it puts some protections in place: but not much beyond what Uber already provides.

As someone that uses Uber quite a bit (2-3 times per month) I welcome the new legislation as long as it allows Uber to continue to operate. Regulation is not all bad, as long as it is fair and reasonable.

You can't go home again, unless you set $HOME.