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Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 195

by hey! (#48218699) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

That's because you use ridiculously vaguye language like "easy to transmit". You need to specify the conditions under which the potential transmission takes place. What peoiple don't realize is just how primitive conditions are in Africa, and what a difference it makes. These are countries where medical providers re-use latex gloves, sometimes even hypodermic needles. Granted, this guy was part a medical mission that probably had all the protective equipment, but you have to keep in mind that the primitive conditions that preceded them meant that there have been some TEN THOUSAND cases in the region.

It's immensely labor intensive to take care of an Ebola patient, especially with the precautions required by close contact., but the overwhelming numbers introduces yet another deadly risk factor: fatigue.

So yes, I suppose you could say the medical personnel who contracted Ebola are stupid because they made a mistake under pressure. But what about the rest of us? This epidemic should never have got big enough to pose a global concern. It was our choice to cut the CDC's emergency preparedness budget to a billion dollars below the FY 2002 mark.

Comment: Re:So much stupid (Score 1) 235

by onkelonkel (#48216993) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

Beats are not terrible, they are awesome.
 
Allow me to explain.
 
You are assuming that Beats are audio headphones, and judging them on that basis. Beats are a fashion accessory and a status symbol first, and an audio device second. My nine year old niece loves her Beats.They look cute, and sound much better than the throw away earbuds she got with her ipod. In that respect they are a great product, and fulfill her requirements better than any other headphone.
 
Now if I was looking for headphones, looks and conferred status would be at the very bottom of my list of requirements. I'd probably buy some Sennheisers with better specs for half the price of Beats. But then, I'm not the target market for Beats.

Comment: Who wants to bet (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48216817) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour
There will be about 40,000 dollars in unpaid overtime being worked in India over the next few months to make this all back. At this point the workers are back in India where the US Department of Labor can't do anything about it...
Outsourcing companies are almost the definition of evil.

Comment: Re:hasn't stopped him yet (Score 1) 38

by swillden (#48209609) Attached to: Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

so where was his "strong anti-authoritarian and anti-military streak" when he was rolling over for the NSA **for years**...

That never happened. The NSA tapped Google's fiber without Google's knowledge, but there's no evidence that Google ever willingly participated. As soon as Google found out about the taps, it accelerated a program to get the data on all those fibers encrypted, to lock the NSA out.

Google invades privacy for profit and for decades gave the NSA (and god knows who else) an unaccountable back door to all our data

Google trades the right to target ads to you in exchange for services, and enables you to opt out of the trade if you want, even providing the necessary tools for you to do it. Google has never given the NSA an "unaccountable back door". See David Drummond's numerous public statements on this issue. From my personal perspective as a Google security engineer, I think it would be virtually impossible for such a back door to exist in Google's systems without my having noticed some trace of it. Take that as you will.

You're coming to this question with a whole bunch of inaccurate assumptions, which are seriously skewing your perspective. You should take a breath, look into what really happened (as much as is public information anyway) vis a vis the NSA, PRISM, etc., and then re-evaluate.

Or not, that's your choice. I'll merely point out that time will prove me right with respect to any purported military-focused work by Google X and leave it there.

Comment: You have slashdotted an inbox (Score 5, Funny) 162

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48205417) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization
The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1 http://support.google.com/mail... dy7si138331wib.0 - gsmtp

And at google's scale - impressive

Comment: Re:and so? (Score 1) 38

by swillden (#48203575) Attached to: Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

why dont you explain? if it is lol funny then you should be able to say why

Sergey Brin, director of X projects at Google and co-founder of the company, has a strong anti-authoritarian and anti-military streak. The idea that he'd invest himself so deeply into a project focused on military applications is laugh-out-loud funny.

Comment: Re:I'm betting on balloons (Score 4, Informative) 99

by swillden (#48201627) Attached to: Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Have you ever seen a hurricane or a tropical storm? It means the Internet will be down during these critical events when it is often most needed. That is the reason they are talking about 13 miles altitude drones and not just zeppelins. The altitude record for a zeppelin is 7.6 km or 4.7 miles. Large hurricanes can reach an altitude of 50 000 feet or 9.5 miles or 15.25 km. Zeppelins couldn't clear a large hurricane.

The balloons Google is experimenting with do reach the stratosphere. 20 km altitude.

Comment: Re:Where is the NFC 2-factor? (Score 1) 119

by swillden (#48201227) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

The ownership thing can be mildly obnoxious. It's fairly standard practice at Google to click the checkbox to allow all attendees to edit a meeting. Even without that, though, it's always possible to make the change on your own copy; no one else will see the change if they look, but you can add someone (or a room), and the meeting will be added to the appropriate person/room calendar. Maybe Google Calendar works a little differently externally... I wouldn't think that part would be different.

Doesn't the Chromebox offer you the ability to type in a meeting name? That's another option on the internal system. We just go to the other room and manually enter the meeting name. Actually this was a problem a couple of years ago, but refreshes have gotten fast enough I haven't had to do that for a while, except when no one added a Hangout to begin with and we just have to make one up on the fly. Then we pick a name send it to everyone via chat or whatever, and type it into the room controller.

As for getting the other room booked, that's easy. Just make a calendar appointment and put the room on it. Fast.

Comment: American Exceptionalism Strikes Again (Score 4, Interesting) 380

We assumed we could easily handle Ebola if it came our way, because we are the most powerful and richest country on Earth. What we should have done is asked, "What are our weaknesses? Where is our medical system likely to fail?" Unfortunately we tend to suck at this kind of introspection. If we had asked, the most glaring weakness in our system, "Not everybody has medical coverage", might have been considered. Then when a sick black man recently arrived from West Africa came to the hospital without medical insurance we might have thought "EBOLA" and treated him right away, instead of thinking "poor Nigger, not gonna pay his bills" and sent him home with some Tylenol.

Comment: Re:I'm still waiting... (Score 1) 160

by swillden (#48199813) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

We keep statistics, yes, but only in the context of criminal law.

To study, say, gun ownership as a matter of public health, as a risk factor for overall mortality, is illegal(with public funds).

Cite?

It seems to me that the main obstacle to such studies is detailed information on gun ownership, because mortality information is readily available, and not just from law enforcement. The CDC tracks it closely.

In any case, I'd love to see this research done... though I suspect that I anticipate a different result than you expect.

Comment: Re:Wait, wait, trying to keep up (Score 1) 755

by swillden (#48199585) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

They're both. Just like men.

Ah, the old "If I can say it in a grammatically correct sentence, it must be true!!" fallacy.

No. They can't be both, because the groups OP defined are mutually exclusive. Men can't be both either.

Nonsense. Even individuals aren't only one thing. They're different things at different times and in different contexts. Further, you're talking about two large groups of people; there's clearly a lot of variation among them.

Why would you think that women should fit neatly into one bucket or another?

To state the obvious, because some buckets are neatly defined. For instance, a woman can only fit into at most one of these buckets: "Likes math" or "Hates math." (They could be in neither of those buckets.)

You're a little bit closer in recognizing that women aren't all the same. Congratulations! But you're still wrong. A given woman can like some kinds of math but not others, can like math during some parts of her life but not others, can even like math in some moods but not others.

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