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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Informative) 221

by milkmage (#47958911) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

yup.

what would people be saying if the Secret Service popped that guy's melon with a sniper bullet.. in front of all the tourists. body would sit there for hours with a yellow tarp over it while the press broadcast that image all over the world.. and the "why did you have to shoot that guy" crowd would come out of the woodwork.. or, they were ready to shoot, but there were too many innocents on the OTHER side of the target... this will blow over in a couple days.. had they wounded or killed an innocent, there'd probably be Congressional hearings.

you will give up some security when you balance it with the appearance of bing civilized.

they COULD put razor wire on the fence, but they don't
they COULD build gun towers with searchlights, but they don't
POTUS could cruise around in an (actual) armored vehicle, but they made it look like a Caddy (that can't possibly be a safe as one of those EOD trucks - or Bradley with reactive armor)
the USSS could wear SWAT gear while they're flanking POTUS when he's walking the rope line shaking hands, but they keep their weapons hidden and wear suits.

you know the Secret Service wants to keep POTUS in a box and only let him out for TV.. but they let him get danger close to the public.. all for appearances sake- and this DESPITE Squeaky Fromme, John Hinkley Jr. and whoever actually got a shot off at Ford in SF.

i'm thinking the only publicly visible change to protocol is no more convertibles (see Kennedy)

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 1) 390

by milkmage (#47606781) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

true if you're talking about AIDS.

no big Pharma is researching Ebola because hardly anyone has it (compared to erectile disfunction, HIV, high blood pressure, cholesterol and sleep disorders).

How many universities in this country even have BSH4 facilities to study these kinds of things? Are they even allowed to have these pathogens - think physical security - not Chemturion suits (brand name for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...).. but armed response for the perimeter. USAMRIID certainly has guns close by if not onsite, and I'm sure CDC can have tanks parked out front in minutes if necessary... what if the bad guys get the smallpox stored at the CDC?

the WHO only officially allows 2 facilities in the WORLD to store live smallpox.. so if you can't get your hands on the material. you can't study it.

of course you could always find some in a cardboard box at the FDA. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07...

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 1) 390

by milkmage (#47606701) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

How many of these African countries have consistent electricity and running water.. and you're talking about medical research?

  the current outbreak is the worst in about 40 years.. BUT the mortality this time is 50-60% vs. 90% in previous outbreaks. it appears that progress is being made and there's no indication of direct US assistance in that effort (but I'm sure there are American doctors and American dollars going to the WHO to bolster the effort.

USAMRIID is part of the Army - they research infectious diseases and try to find vaccines/cures in case someone weaponizes something like smallpox (very real possibility since it just loves humans and is transmitted through the air.)

I'm sure if the Pfizers and Mercks of the world put their heads together, they could find a solution, but with only a couple thousand cases, it's not profitable.

Bottom line is the only people interested are government entities - with very large military budgets - there aren't a lot of those in the world.

read Hot Zone and Demon in The Freezer - both non fiction. Hot Zone is about Ebola, Demon is about how the US Responds to biological threats (this is covered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

interesting and terrifying at the same time.

Comment: Re:nissan or mazda? (Score 3, Insightful) 137

by milkmage (#47245701) Attached to: BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

charge time might be the same, but Tesla owns RANGE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the Model S Performance model equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack is 265 miles (426 km)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...
The US Environmental Protection Agency official range for the 2013 model year Leaf is 121 km (75 mi) and rated the Leaf's combined fuel economy at 115 miles per US gallon gasoline equivalent (2.0 L/100 km).

yeah, a Tesla also costs 4x more than the Leaf, but if others get onboard and develop a standard... guess what - that cost goes down

Musk is a smart guy

Comment: Re:Practice. (Score 3, Interesting) 55

try this

http://fleksy.com/

I think it's still free. no bullshit, I tried it for literally 10 minutes and was touch typing w/o looking at the keyboard.

I think it registers your taps in relative position to each other and has predictive correction/selection

This will probably be my third party keyboard of choice once iOS8 comes out.

Comment: Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (Score 4, Informative) 450

by milkmage (#47027297) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

traffic = other people = witnesses

"The police official said the GPS device helped lead the police to the man, who was confronted as his 2007 Jeep was stuck in traffic on a service road beneath the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive at East 96th Street. "

"He served about 16 years in prison during two stints between 1990 and 2008 for sexual abuse and robbery convictions, according to state records."

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