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Comment: Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (Score 4, Informative) 576

by mark_reh (#46748309) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

I don't understand what you and JM mean by "safer" versions of the vaccines. What data do you have to support the supposed lack of safety of the vaccines?

If you had measles and mumps and it was no big deal, you were lucky. There are many who are not so lucky. You are making the same mistake JM does- equating a single data point- your personal experience- to a generalized experience. Science/public health doesn't work that way.

I suggest you look up the potential problems caused by measles, mumps, and the other diseases we vaccinate against before you make statements about how it is better for people to get the diseases than to be vaccinated. These will get you started:

Ignorance is a choice. Smart people recognize their ignorance and attempt to rectify it. Stupid people choose to remain ignorant. Which are you?

Comment: Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (Score 5, Informative) 576

by mark_reh (#46746837) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

" I had mercury fillings in my teeth when I was younger, which I was then told was poisonous and had to be drilled out and replaced. Very pleasant."

Whoever told you that was misinformed or lying (maybe they wanted to profit by drilling them out and replacing them). Your fillings weren't "mercury". Your fillings were mercury/silver amalgam. An amalgam is an alloy that forms when mercury reacts chemically with silver. An alloy is a stable chemical compound. It does not spontaneously decompose into its constituents. If it did, your fillings would have dissolved and disappeared long ago.

Yes, when amalgam fillings are first placed you are exposed to some mercury vapor. That is why the ADA recommends that amalgam fillings should not be placed in small kids or pregnant women.

Amalgam is a very durable, long lasting restorative material that has been in use for over 100 years. Amalgam restorations normally last much longer than alternative materials such as tooth colored composites which require frequent maintenance/replacement. Did they tell you about that before they drilled out all your "mercury" fillings?

For the ADA position see latest info summarized here:
The summary on page 2 says:
"In the six years since the LSRO report was published the identified research gaps have
not been completely addressed. However a number of studies have added to the
growing body of literature on the topic of amalgam safety. The findings of the studies
published between January 1, 2004 and June 15, 2010 showed no consistent evidence
of harm associated with dental amalgam fillings, including for infants and children. There
is some evidence that mercury excretion may be affected by gender. There was no
evidence demonstrating that some individuals are genetically susceptible to harmful
effects from exposure to the low doses of mercury associated with dental amalgam
fillings. Overall, studies continue to support the position that dental amalgam is a safe
restorative option for both children and adults. When responding to safety concerns it is
important to make the distinction between known and hypothetical risks. "

Comment: Re:Engineer and Doctor? (Score 1) 719

by mark_reh (#46738837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

So you're assuming that everything we currently have disappears over night? I would think that with a reduced human population the many millions of scalpels and other medical supplies already sitting on shelves would last quite a while, as would a lot of the other stuff we have, including computers and other battery operated electronics.

Comment: So many questions... (Score 1) 126

by mark_reh (#46726211) Attached to: The Graffiti Drone

If the drone contributes 50% or more of the final output, is it still art? Even if the drone didn't contribute, would it still be art?
How usable with this be high up in the air next to a building when the wind is blowing?
What about the air pollution produced by spraying paint with VOCs all over the place? Are graffiti "artists" insensitive to environmental concerns?

I think it would be better to use the quad blades to lift the drone to the desired height then use a ducted fan or other technology to adhere the thing to the building and then spray under real control, without the wind blowing the drone all over the place. After completing the "art", it would detach itself and fly back home.

Comment: As long as the bottom line was good for a quarter (Score 1) 259

by mark_reh (#46523169) Attached to: Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

or two, it was well worth the experiment, at least to the CEO and shareholders. The CEO got his bonus and the shareholders got their bump in the price and that's all that matters.

When the CEO lays off all the genetic engineers because of this "problem" the shareholders will reward him with another bonus for being so proactive.

I don't know why you guys are getting so upset. It says right there in the Bible that God gave us all the plants and animals to do with as we see fit.

Comment: Could this sort of ignorance be the reason why (Score 1) 299

congressmen let industries write the laws that will regulate their industries? Maybe that's giving too much credit to congressmen to recognize and acknowledge their ignorance of many topics. Maybe they just do it that way because it fills their Cayman accounts with $.

Comment: It seems to me that anyone who could afford (Score 1) 983

by mark_reh (#46465823) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

20 TB worth of content in the first place should easily be able to afford a backup system for it. He did come into that 20TB of content by legitimate means, right? You can't legally transfer a digital copy of a Blu-ray disc to HDD, so it must be UltraViolet copies, so he must have the original Blu-ray discs...

I recall a lawsuit that the RIAA brought against someone several years ago in which the defendant used an interesting argument to defend his having tons of illegally acquired music files on his computer/iPod. I may have some of the details wrong, but the argument was essentially that since songs cost $.99 each on iTunes, and an iPOD (at the time) could hold 8GB (or was it 16GB) equivalent to >$20K worth of music that no one in their right mind would ever pay for music to fill up an iPod. Therefore, Apple was encouraging people to get music illegally by providing a device to keep and play more of it that any sane person would ever buy.

I don't think the guy won with that argument, but it does make one think about the huge HDD capacities that are available for very low cost. What would people ever have to keep that takes 3TB (a single HDD), if not a bunch of movies, TV, etc., the majority of which has been acquired illegally? I'd bet the number of people who could legitimately fill that sort of space (home movies?), let alone 20TB, is very small.

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