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Comment Re:Efficiency (Score 1) 871 871

Consider replacing the electric commuter-car battery with a flywheel. We have the tech to do this for ranges of 50 miles or so.

That "50 miles or so" limit is holding me back. I commute almost 30 miles each way (housing near my office is prohibitively expensive), so I need a longer range. I need even longer range for road tripping or weekend outings. I'm not saying everyone has the same needs, just that this solution doesn't (yet) work for me.

Comment Re:I don't want to be a cynic.. (Score 1) 59 59

But the kid is black, did he wait until a pair of black hands came up on the market so he (or someone making a decision for him) wouldn't have honkey hands ?

-1 for the use of honkey. Before your comment, I never knew the child's race. A child who lost his hands and feet to a terrible infection received new hands (and forearms). Do you honestly think that he or his parents made a big deal about the race of the donor? Would it be easier for him to explain how he lost both hands, or explain why his hands have a different pigmentation than the rest of his body? And if it really mattered, they could do skin drafts at a future date so his new arms and hands would be covered with his own skin. As it is, the donor was from the same race, so the previous questions are moot.

Let this article be about an advancement in pediatric surgery instead of playing the race card.

Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 1) 195 195

Don't forget about how Merck was found to be lying about the effectiveness of the Mumps part of the MMR. It is more like 35% effective. So you can believe the lies if you want. I would rather have the facts and would like to see true scientific studies done on these things. Something like a double blind study, which is not allowed with vaccines since they are assumed to work, so we can't withhold treatment of them for a study. Sounds like circular reasoning to me.

Merck was accused of lying about the effectiveness of the Mumps component of the MMR. Mumps Vaccine Effective Waning Immunity has links to three peer-reviewed research papers on the effectiveness of the effectiveness of the mumps component of the MMR vaccine and found it to be about 85-88%. These studies had nothing to do with Merck, so whether they were fudging numbers or not is irrelevant.

Comment Re: Not the best summary... (Score 1) 195 195

My son got his first vaccinations at 1 month... By the time he was 2 years old he had over a dozen... We *did* choose to stretch out the vaccination schedule a bit (to avoid giving 4 vaccinations at once, etc.) and we've been very careful to screen which drug company's vaccines we use as many contain "non-medical' ingredients that are actually drugs (below the minimum dosage for adults) that are not otherwise approved for use in children.

You did read the post you were replying to, right? It was talking specifically about the measles outbreak at Disneyland. My son is 10 months old, so I'm going through this right now. Different vaccines are tested as "safe" for different ages. We have been following the CDC's Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth through 6 years old. The first vaccine (HepB) is given within days of being born. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) is not recommended until the infant is 12 months old.

Comment My experience (Score 1) 215 215

My cell has been on the NDC list for over 10 years, with me verifying its status every year. Somehow a company got a hold of my name and cell number and called me up offering a free sample of some product. They hung up as I was in the middle of telling them I had no prior experience with their company and that I am on the NDC list. They did not give me time to demand to be removed from their calling list. Same company called back four times, and only on that last call did they not hang up before I was able to request to be removed from their calling list and threaten to report them for not honoring the DNC list. I was unable to determine how they got my information. It's now been three weeks without hearing from them (knock on wood).

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 1) 215 215

Perhaps the CC companies permit you to pass along swipe fees there, but in much of the world, they don't. They should probably be prohibited by law from prohibiting you from passing those fees on, but ha ha ha

Gas stations here (in the US) used to give a discount of a few cents per gallon for paying with cash instead of a debit or credit card. Swiping a debit card generally carries a set fee per transaction while credit card companies charge a certain percentage.

Comment Re:Brazilian evangelicals are for cows. (Score 1) 293 293

Uhhh... Português (brasileiro) é a minha lingua nativa. E eu coloquei o acento no "mú" só por diversão. Vai saber se a vaca em questão está mugindo de tédio (sem acento) ou com raiva (com o acento para enfatizar)? hehehe

Legal. Eu servi missão religiosa no estado de São Paulo por dois anos, e minha esposa (odeio que vcs usam "mulher") é cearense.

Comment Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 1) 293 293

The problem is that they tend to ignore the human rights of children in places like that. Cutting parts of their bodies off, refusing to give them a proper education, causing them mental illnesses with horrific stories and threats from X-rated books etc.

Children have rights and are not property. Religious people can do what they like, as long as their children's rights are respected.

I do hope you're trolling and not seriously as ignorant as your post suggests. Circumcision (I'm assuming that's the "cutting parts of their body off") was resolved over 1,800 years ago - back in the Apostolic Age. We are told that circumcision of the flesh avails nothing if we aren't circumcised of heart. We are taught that if a Gentile (non-Jew) converts to Christianity, he does not need to be circumcised (indeed, if circumcision is part of the conversion, the convert puts himself under the Law of Moses).

As for the other charges, extremists are dangerous regardless of their creed. My sect teaches that "the glory of God is intelligence" and that our lot in the next life will be all the better the more intelligence we obtain. We invented the modern TV, helped with open heart surgery, etc.

Comment Re:Brazilian evangelicals are for cows. (Score 1) 293 293

For (useless or funny, your decide) information, never trust the google translator for grammar and spelling. where it says "vocês todos são vacas. vacas dizer mú", the correct form is "Todos vocês são vacas. Vacas dizem mú". The english->portuguese translation from Google is shit.

Você acertou! The verb dizer (to speak / say) conjugates to dizem for second person plural. I did not know you needed an accent in as a terminal u generally already pulls the stress (unless part of a diphthong).

Comment Re:Cell phone uses IPv6 (Score 1) 307 307

Comcast Business, which only got me dynamic ipv6 a couple months ago, and still haven't gotten around to static allocations to match my static v4 allocation. Also, a lot of people's home routers. But mostly apathy.

I'm in the same boat. I have a static IPv4 from Comcast, but don't even get a dynamic IPv6 on that connection. I don't want to give up my static IPv4 until almost all my customers have IPv6.

Comment Re:is anyone using it? (Score 1) 147 147

One you run yourself. Not like setting up and maintaining bind is all that hard to do.

At some point you will have to query an outside server. You don't plan on having billions of domains in your own DNS, do you? The problem is that some DNS return an IP for an ad site instead of correctly telling you that it's an unknown host. Or, returning an IP for an ad site instead of saying that a particular host is blacklisted.

Comment Re: Lol (Score 2) 248 248

It's not a special character that needs escaping. It's a character that needs multiple bytes to specify the code point. The parser just isn't handling the fact that you can't just crop a character mid code point - it's operating at the byte level when it should be operating at the code point level during a crop operation.

Too bad I don't have mod points because you are absolutely correct! As more and more code points are defined, the number of bytes needed to represent characters increases. Their abbreviation mechanism should at least recognize surrogate pairs and combining characters.

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_