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Comment: Re:Herd immunity (Score 1) 673

by holmstar (#48885089) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Even with a very effective vaccine, your body could still be overwhelmed by a virus. There are only so many antibodies in your body for a particular virus at one time. If you are exposed to a huge quantity of virus all at once, it could overwhelm the ability of your immune system to fight it. You probably wouldn't get as sick as someone who was unvaccinated, but you could still get sick.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 667

by holmstar (#48876425) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax
The point is that facts should not be debatable, but that is what has generally been occurring. People don't want to talk about potentially costly solutions, so they are instead trying to discredit the facts that "create"* the problem, at least until the facts are so obvious that it's unavoidable.

* I say "create" because, obviously, the problem exists whether we choose to recognize it or not.

Comment: Re:I actually have sympathy for the dealers (Score 1) 190

by holmstar (#48793643) Attached to: Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia
Why would it be too much? We have more than one manufacturer and they would all be competing with each other on price in a much more direct way than they do today. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy a specific make/model.
Also, If you're getting it for less than someone else, then they are subsidizing your lower price. Why should I or anyone else subsidize the cost of your car?

Comment: Re:I actually have sympathy for the dealers (Score 2) 190

by holmstar (#48792683) Attached to: Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

the kind of competition lacking if the manufacture sets the price and there are no negotiations over that price.

Really? I would love to be able to shop for a car and know that no matter where I shopped I was getting the exact same price. I absolutely HATE having to negotiate on the price, and the popularity of services like truecar suggest that a huge number of people agree with me.

I think Tesla will have to sell cars via dealers

Why? Tesla sees dealers for the unnecessary middle men that they are. They've already shown that they would rather not enter a market than open a franchised dealership. I don't see any reason that this would change.

Comment: Re: Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 719

by holmstar (#48635547) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
So, AGW is false if the people that advocate for doing something about it don't want to build nuclear power plants? How is that logical? They are two completely different things. One of them is the reality of whether humans are having an effect on the climate. The other one is what to do about that. The vast majority of "deniers" seem to have a problem with the latter, not the former, but have a difficulty separating the two.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 5, Insightful) 719

by holmstar (#48635399) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
I can't help but notice that the reasons you give for being skeptical of AGW are the character of some prominent people pushing for actions to counter AGW, the cost of said actions, the fact that other countries aren't being forced to take action, and that our current weather models aren't perfect.

NONE of that has anything to do with whether humans are responsible for climate change. All of your skepticism is around what do to about it and the extant of the warming.

Comment: Re:increased risk of cancer? (Score 1) 175

by holmstar (#48616233) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene
Actually, it sounds like this enzyme increases the break-down of collagen, so decreasing it would tend to make it harder for cells to move around, but as others have said, would probably slow healing. Healing quickly would have been a big evolutionary advantage. Smooth skin in advanced age? Not so much.

Comment: Re:programming (Score 1) 417

by holmstar (#48566951) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us
Let's say we assign an AI to find and execute a solution for the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and oceans. The AI may decide that humans are the primary impediment to achieving it's goals, and set out to clandestinely destroy human industrial capacity. Maybe it would hack into the control equipment and cause machines to destroy themselves. "Reduction in CO2 output achieved" -- satisfied AI.

Comment: Re:Might be a fit for EVs (Score 1) 103

by holmstar (#48516819) Attached to: Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth
I agree on the unsprung mass issue, but I wonder if it would be possible to use a linear motor in place of a shock absorber to counter some of the negative handling effects. I doubt it would be able to make up for it completely, but I imagine it could help quite a bit.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.