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Comment: Re:Legacy Systems. (Score 1) 125

You'd never see that if Mobile did a new middleware upgrade that wasted $300M and never worked.

And the issue here isn't Lockheed Martin's incompetence in delivering the contract, but the Government's in poorly managing a vendor.

The hypocrisy is that the government is always blamed.

Comment: Re:The only solution... (Score 1) 160

by AK Marc (#47525711) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand
From your link:
"MSM [gay males] accounted for 52% of all people living with HIV infection in 2009, the most recent year these data are available"[snip]"and 63% of all new infections"

So it isn't hard to extrapolate and guess that some date before 2009, the "gay male" segment was below half (as now, it's almost exactly half), but the gay male segment grew faster than others recently to overtake it.

The last time I had looked, straight people still lead the gay-male category, but it has been a few years. And its still more non-Black than Black, but it was more white than non-white when I last paid attention.

I don't check the statistics on an annual basis to see what the trends are. None of those results affect my behavior.

Comment: Re:Legacy Systems. (Score 2) 125

GAAP requires private companies to respond to FOI requests?

No, it's properly documented for the annual report, but listed as "one time write-off", often as part of an acquisition cost, with insufficient details to determine the actual cause. And when the company turns a multi-billion dollar profit, you can lose $300M on a single project without bankrupting the company.

Comment: Re:The only solution... (Score 1) 160

by AK Marc (#47525389) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand
They don't want to keep the disease out. They want to keep people with TB out of the health care system. If you were diagnosed as a tourist, they'd throw you out. If you are diagnosed as a prospective migrant, they throw you out. If you are diagnosed as a resident, they treat you. It isn't about the disease, but the treatment costs.

Comment: Re:Let's just hope... (Score 1) 160

by AK Marc (#47524879) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand
Ebola isn't airborne, but there could be an airborne delivery mechanism created. Cook up 3 gallons of Jello. Spread lots of Ebola in it in the final cooling stages. Put that Jello in w warhead. Launch it somewhere. When it explodes, the Jello will act as a protection for the more delicate virus, and the infected Jello "dust" could be airborne transmission of Ebola.

I'm not saying it would work. I'm saying that unusual low-tech solutions can have unexpected results, and I wouldn't want to bet everyone's safety on the musings of some nay-sayer on the Internet.

For every advance made, there were always people who claimed it was impossible. Even after the commercial Tesla S release, people were still insisting it was "impossible" to make a car with the released specifications and price. I wonder how many would die from EVD while claiming it was impossible.

Comment: Re:ads (Score 1) 162

by AK Marc (#47517685) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims
Yes. Like TV is "free" with ads that take lots of space. Thankfully, the TV content makers don't make TVs and stereos, so we still get "mute" buttons. With Android, the ad maker is essentially the device maker (via the O/S), so they did leave out the common "mute" button, as well as any easy way for it to be emulated.

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