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Comment: Re:Required vaccine? (Score 1) 178

by king neckbeard (#48886805) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

What do you do about all the lost ticket revenue when you stop having traffic violations?

Downsize the department and let the cops that are let go do something productive.

How do police react when they lose the ability to use a traffic stop as an excuse to find drugs in cars?

Not harass as many people.

How do you fund roads with a gas tax when cars become more fuel efficient and eventually switch to electricity (often generated at home with solar panels)?

Use other taxes. Granted, all of these solutions may be poorly received by some people, but they are very clearly the correct answer to all of these questions.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 2, Insightful) 657

by king neckbeard (#48883639) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Vaccinations don't work for everybody, but herd immunity can keep them safe. By not vaccinating, herd immunity is lowered, allowing the virus to spread increases the likelihood of a different strain that doesn't respond to vaccinations. However, if we were to get widespread enough vaccination to eradicate common human-bourne-only diseases, then we could get to the point where most vaccinations are no longer needed.

Comment: Re:Eat less (Score 3) 348

by king neckbeard (#48855949) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day
I don't think it's a matter of eating too much food as it having too much of our food be low nutrition or otherwise inappropriate food. If your body wants fat, and you cram it full of sugar, you aren't going to be filled, and you will shove your face through much more of it than your body needs in the process. Ironically, trying to eat healthy or trying to get others to eat healthy can be a big cause of this because it results in fighting and suppressing the urges of the body to meet its own needs.

Comment: What if you don't sit still (Score 2) 348

by king neckbeard (#48855553) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day
We keep hearing about how bad sitting is for your health, but usually don't have much on the specific details. There's the sedentary element, which would be taken care of by exercise, but there's also apparent negative factors. However, not much research seems to try and nail down the specifics. Are people who are not in static positions, or bounce their leg not subject to these health effects? If so, it could be that a lot of children are naturally fighting for their health, much to the chagrin of strict teachers.

Also, do any of the negative effects apply, other than perhaps bone stress inherent to putting weight, to someone very active while sitting, such as a drummer?

Comment: Re:Alternate idea (Score 1) 77

In practice, it would be better, and this process can and should be incredibly open, with, at most, a small period of nondisclosure until the bugs can be fixed and patches distributed. This is in line with best practices, and it would limit the ability for such accusations.

Comment: Key problem:people are looking for a yes/no answer (Score 2) 227

by king neckbeard (#48806451) Attached to: Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?
If I had to guess, there are both positive and negative effects on celebrities as scientists, dependent upon enough factors that there's no good way to make a headline. The effects a celebrity scientist has are dependent upon why people identify with them, how the public reacts, and of course what the scientist does. If the results of celebrity scientists are making cool posters for dorm rooms and/or being eye candy, then yeah, they probably aren't doing much for it. But, if they are testifying before Congress to act on scientific data or fund research, or encouraging people to improve their critical thinking skills, they are immensely helpful. It's also important that they stay on that side of the line. Discovery Channel and shows on the Discovery Channel have had issues with that.

If you really want to advance scientific literacy, you're going to have to dispel the idea that it's common for something to have virtually only positives or only negatives, as in reality, those kinds of things are quite rare.

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