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Comment: Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 1) 1051

by niftymitch (#48596981) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine nearly killed me when I was a child.

So you should want everyone else to get it. While hypersensitivity to a vaccine is rare, it does happen and is a valid reason to get get vaccines. But if everyone else does, you are still protected. (Herd immunity) Or, keep your tinfoil hat on and continue denigrating people who have 12 years more training than you do in exactly this. Darwin works, and you will solve yourself soon enough.

How do we know that it was the vaccine that nearly killed one quote above..

Hypersensitivity to one item is rare but to all the things in life a lot less rare.
How do we as readers eliminate the possibility that this was not hyper sensitivity to peanut butter
or other common trigger.

I would offer those that fear hypersensitivity that a subcutaneous bubble/ blister or tine test could
be developed to screen for this risk. Perhaps it should be. Those with allergies know the chess
board grid on their back screening method. Also an epi pen could be sealed in a container
and used if needed. Because it is sealed it could be reissued after resealing a couple weeks later.
The darn things have gotten expensive... (for crazy patent reasons).

Comment: Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 1) 1051

by niftymitch (#48596939) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Mercury containing preservatives are used in some flu shots.

HOWEVER all those that point to this as a problem talk about %% or ppb
numbers in the product.

The ones that flabbergast me most are the ones that fail to translate the %%
into total body burden. They fail to compute the mercury from a years
supply of tuna fish sandwiches and compare it to the 1 cc of vaccine.

Mercury is multivalent and has very different body activity depending
the compound and chemistry of the compound. Mercury is nasty as
heck but the lack of specifics in measurement si troubling.

Lead in brass is one such troubling topic. If you open the tap, reach for
a glass and fill it it is unlikely that any lead could be measured. However if
the fixture has the brass brushed with a wire brush and then water is
allowed to stand for a week it might be easy to measure with modern tools.

Some modern legal enforced health levels have no health data to support them.
However with each instrumentation improvement the legal levels are reduced
to match these new instrumentation capabilities. Many of these "legal" levels
are matters of regulation and are revised by a bureaucrat with questionable
loyalties, qualifications and motives. The answers to these questions may
vindicate the action but need to be asked and documented.

It is possible in some of this that we are seeing the correct answer for the wrong
answer. A process that enables this is troubling and risks greater wrongs....

Comment: Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 1) 1051

by niftymitch (#48596819) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

You should read the Texas curriculum standards and textbook reviews. It would be an education about "education".

Err... no do not waste your time ....

Unless you are of a mind to address the foolishness....

I was lucky -- I had a science teacher that taught us about the Hollow Earth
and what might be hidden in it and what it might look like.

In part this class taught critical thinking.

One contrary force is the problem of standards testing.
If the question pool is so large then nothing else can be taught
then we degenerate into dogma or repetition of dogma.
The Baltimore Catechism comes to mind....

If the question pool is too small, we risk too many 100% 'ers.
The 100%ers are then in a position to challenge the foolishness
of the test pool and pool answers and those in power seem to
be in fear of this.

Pay attention to the school system...
Pay attention to the notion of zero tolerance in schools
as it has morphed into a form of intolerance. The justice
system in schools establishes the expectations of our children
and when justice is corrupt we risk teaching despair.

Comment: Authors know this (Score 1) 567

by niftymitch (#48583587) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Authors know this.
That is why all content looks wrong.

Content authors of all kinds seem to have better
and more displays than their customers. Fonts
are too small, page layout is all wrong, page breaks
are all wrong.

Phones that rotate make authors that care confused....
CSS always pulls in crud that has a different style view
of the end page result than all the other CSS authors.

Comment: Re:How is this good? (Score 1) 172

by niftymitch (#48520463) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

One of the most nasty things a disease can do is to slowly replicate without causing symptoms. These long incubation periods are why Ebola, Tuberculosis, and Rabies are so dangerous. ......snip....

It is necessary to add some measures of infection and transmission (transmissibility). If a person is infectious for a long period
with no or difficult to detect symptoms the world has a massive problem if the end result is kin to the final week or two of a hemorrhagic
fever like Ebola.

Transmissibility i.e. the evolutions of a virus ability to infect others is missing in the original article.
A virus could become benign OR it could combine the long incubation of HIV and Ebola but acquire the
rapid transmissibility of influenza and run wild across the globe reducing the population by +80%.
The 80% is a personal SWAG that assumes the collapse of health care that today gives Ebola victims
a fighting chance.

Another risk is for a very infectious hemorrhagic fever class virus to emerge and attack livestock, poultry,
fish and swine. Oceanic fish infections scare me.... Any of these might cause global or regional famine
and global or regional conflict.

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 1) 172

by niftymitch (#48520349) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

From TFA: "Some virologists suggest the virus may eventually become "almost harmless" as it continues to evolve."

Yes, I realize the the article says "Some" and "almost" but still I'd rather it be like dealing with a common cold than a full shutdown of my immune system.

"May" and "almost harmless" not in my lifetime.

Ask any person that suffers shingles, virus populations in West Africa may evolve a less lethal
variety of Ebola... but I am not going to bet on it. Singles hides in nerve tissue and can attack
60 years after infection..... that is like three generations.

At best we might see a Cowpox/Smallpox pair but as world history shows Cowpox does
not visit a population far and wide enough to make Smallpox go away. Smallpox is still
a global risk. The fact that we have "eradicated it" means that most will not get immunized
at all today.. unlike my generation where I was immunized at least three times gives me
pause. The risk of smallpox escaping from immunization manufacturing scares the industry
so much that they are unwilling to be in the business.

The only hope for people with regard to HIV & Ebola consists of social changes
an if we are lucky immunizations. Condoms, monogamy will help with HIV.
Major religious changes that eliminate the very dangerous funeral practices combined
with better sanitation, cooking practices and aggressive health care mobilization
by a trusting population are needed for Ebola.

But not in a lifetime....

Comment: Re:No more broken iPhones.. (Score 1) 203

by niftymitch (#48451553) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

They're so cheap, it's better to replace them?

No broken is broken.
If you want to replace one that is all well and good.
I have found that the the old phone makes a handy media
player. With Chromecast and youtube, netflix or whatever a
little phone can be happy serving up music or streaming video
via WiFi.

But broken is broken... not good for anything worth doing.

Oh and BTW this second life is the biggest reason all my
phones must have a replaceable battery. AND on the sad
day that a phone goes swimming or a run through the laundry
a short visit to the phone store I can activate the old one. I
can get a prepaid SIM for travel where roaming plans or message
rates go nuts. Because it is a novel number I get little or
no "hey good buddy" expensive ill timed calls from many time zones

Comment: No Instruction restart, No MMU... (Score 1) 147

by niftymitch (#48445941) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Not an interesting project.
the MC68000 has no way to restart an instruction and no MMU.
Both of these are critical to running a Linux kernel today!
You could emulate a 68000 on a Beaglebone Black and have
it run faster.

*nix like OS have been built and run on a 68000 Idris is one
historic port of Unix. Little or no protection to keep processes
from running over memory and I/O and doing bad things but a
worthy *nix all in all for its day.

Step up a little to the MC68010 add an external TLB/MMU built
from modest size fast static RAM and Bob's yer Uncle... A
68010 does have the ability to restart instructions so you can recover
from a page fault. An external TLB/MMU is easy and designs
abound in 25+ year old paper documents.

When you are done a Raspberry-Pi or Beaglebone Black will still
run circles around it.

If you want to have fun build yourself a machine like the "magic 1"
and you will learn what all the buzz be about.

Comment: Perception dominated the ... (Score 1) 561

by niftymitch (#48428695) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Perception dominated the knee jerk reaction.

In my experience modern computers and operating systems
are beyond any one person knowing all the answers.

I recall working with an astoundingly clever and smart network type
that was tasked with tuning the lowest nasty bits of the network
stack. However he had no experience in setting a machine up
and installing a base system and adding initial users so he could
test what he was doing.

Same is true for a lady hardware designer. A true wizard at termination
of very high speed transmission lines and world class in coding VHDL
to eliminate random TTL logic on a board... Again the random decisions
made for setting up a user could not be deduced from raw logic....

The toy company should have had an ethnic and gender mixed help desk.
But that does not give the foolish critics a free ride.

Comment: Re:Never mind that Steve Jobs was not gay (Score 1) 430

Evidently gay is highly contagious. Scientists say it's not airborne, but some of them have got it, so there's obviously a lot they don't know about how gay is spread. It stands to reason we should do everything we an think of to reduce the public exposure to gay.

I can see the global angst now as a current US president sits down
in front of a fireplace with a handful of trusted but silent aids to reassure
the nation and the world that "gay" is not contagious if you wear
head to toe protective....

Then in less than a week he or she imports a word like tzar from Russia
to explain it all.....

Comment: Does it run Android? (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#48305941) Attached to: New Clock May End Time As We Know It

I was hoping this was a new Android wrist watch.
Sadly it was not when I looked at the original article.

Sill it is cool as heck.... Recall the palmdale bulge that might have
been a 10cm uplift of the bed rock. This could measure this...

An array of these clocks in well chosen places might tell us a lot
about this little blue ball we live on.

Since this is the first week after some of the globe flipped off Daylight Savings Time
it is obvious to me that the old WWV radio controlled clocks are so last year.
I would like to see some NTP-WiFi + WWV + GPS clock designs. Perhaps with
better displays than the current pile of fixed 7 segment type display.

Cool as heck... but I doubt I can afford one today.

C for yourself.