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Comment: that depends on the college.... (Score 1) 226

by ksheff (#48406629) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"
The bookstore at my alma-mater sold bumper stickers of the unofficial school motto: "Sex Kills! Go to Tech and live forever". I went to a small rural high school and there were 36 kids in my graduating class. Unfortunately, there were more attractive women in my high school class than there were in my freshman year in college. This was before the Internet was available, so when people weren't studying, they were watching TV, drinking, or doing things like making explosives in their dorm room to blow stuff up in the mountains.

Comment: Re:So, does water cost more? (Score 1) 377

by ksheff (#48380915) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

In the real world we save our best seed and livestock year to year using that to grow the next generation.

The part about saving seed hasn't been that common place in western countries for several decades. Registered seed growers could do that, but then again, their harvest goes to a seed company, not the general market.

Comment: Re: Yeah right (Score 2) 307

by ksheff (#48373851) Attached to: AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled
Or if Google announces another Google Fiber city that would take a lot of their existing customers. Then they'll roll it out, but just in that market. The sooner that ISPs are required to lease their infrastructure to rivals, the sooner that customers will have real choices and the result is lower prices and higher speeds like in other nations. Until then, they will milk their customers for all they're worth with the existing offerings.

Comment: Re:Health insurance (Score 1) 381

by ksheff (#48160039) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola
ER's are required to treat anyone who shows up regardless of whether or not that they have health insurance. If they have ebola, are required to be put in isolation, and still don't have health insurance, they will get a bill after they get out of the hospital. If they pay for it is an entirely different story. Or are you referring to the case of someone being suspected of ebola and need to be quarantined for three weeks while being monitored? That is a good question even if one does have health insurance. It would be nice if ones' employer considered it disability leave or something similar.

Comment: Re:The Conservative Option (Score 1) 487

by ksheff (#48097823) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies
Alan Grayson supports it too, so it seems like travel bans have bipartisan support: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... The main complaint from the CDC and others against bans would be that it would stop aid workers from getting to the region. That can be addressed by allowing medical workers and other people from governments & NGOs that are going there to help. Another step would be to stop issuing and terminate existing visitor visas for people from those countries if they haven't entered the US, UK, or whatever country issued the visa. That would stop people from legally traveling to another country that isn't on the restricted list and then go on to their expected destination. Sure, people could find ways around it, which also highlights the need for a better means of screening & quarantining passengers. IMHO, the "it's not 100% effective, so let's not even try" mantra is just crazy. It would be like a doctor, nurse, or some other medical personnel saying "condoms aren't 100% effective, so don't bother putting one on. Come back and see us if you think you've caught something".

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 602

by ksheff (#48006257) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
Probably for the same reason that many showers in the US only have one knob that will allow you to adjust the temperature of the water and turn off the water flow instead of having knobs for controlling the amount of hot & cold water and another to control the water flow like is done in many places in Europe and Mexico. It's different and the plumbing contractors don't want to deal with it. I've seen the dual flush toilets in Mexico and they make a lot of sense. Having the flush lever for public toilets be foot operated makes a lot of sense and cheaper than the motion detection ones.

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