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Comment Re:thinkpenguin, librem and eoma68 laptops (Score 1) 87

That's not enough, to a large degree.
It must also be designed so that no peripheral outside of the CPU is trusted, if you're going that far.
Hard drives, network peripherals, ... all today have CPUs of their own, usually with entirely secret firmware, and often access to the bus.

Comment You need to assign a cost to deaths. (Score 1) 207

If you're not doing a design where you cost the various design alternatives, you're doing it wrong, and may even not minimise the thing you're 'caring most' about.

It is always - for example - possible to improve safety of cars through expensive technical means.
More complex construction with better crash absorbtion properties, ...
But, if your vehicle is twice as safe as the rest of the fleet, and yet due to your safety upgrades costs eight times more than one that is only 1.1* as safe, you may actually end up costing lives with your 'safer' design.

Similarly - weight generally means poorer gas mileage, which means more pollution, which means more deaths locally due to pollution.

Comment Re:Notoriously Social????? (Score 1) 412

Quite - it's protocols and very, very simple engineering which kills transmission of many diseases, not medicine.
Not drinking fecal contaminated water is a _huge_ one.
First estimate I found said 2.2 million deaths/year in 1998.
Washing hands after defecating/urinating.
Proper storage of food.
Not using in-home unvented fires to cook.
Not personally burying or touching the dead.
The willingness/ability to go to hospital if ill.
Social distances - if it is socially unacceptable to be bumping up against people.

All of these turn (for example) Ebola from in parts of Africa things that spread extremely rapidly to something that has limited spread, and is much more controllable even without modern medicine.

Add proper nutrition, shoes, and you're a large part of the way to a 'modern' lifestyle.

Comment Re:The annoying thing about common law countries.. (Score 2) 213

Especially fun is that you usually don't get to disagree with the judges findings.
That is he can make a claim - and as long as it is arguably reasonably supported by the facts, and not so unreasonable that 'no reasonable person' would make the same decision (very, very far from 'was the decision reasonable), you can't challenge that at any appelate level.

Comment Re: I note no test for CFS exists. (Score 3, Informative) 174

There are issues around CFS and the DSM.

I was an otherwise healthy child until about age 12, when one month to the next I became extremely fatigued, with other symptoms.
This is not depression - I can be doing something I enjoy for 15 minutes, and my thinking gets gradually muddier. I enjoy cooking.
Often I cannot successfully make a bacon omelette due to fatigue and irrationality that comes on when doing a task as small as this.

Imagine a 15 minute task tires you as much as a 36 hour one.
Not everyone is so affected, and there are likely many other related syndromes all lumped together with different etiologies.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu... - for example.

Severe CFS/ME patients differed from controls and moderate CFS/ME patients over time and expressed significant alterations in iNKT cell phenotypes, CD8(+)T cell markers, NK cell receptors and T cells at 6 months. This highlights the importance of further assessing these potential immune biomarkers longitudinally in both moderate and severe CFS/ME patients.

I wish something rather easier to bear had happened at age 12, for example losing both legs.

Comment I note no test for CFS exists. (Score 4, Informative) 174

Even the best testing panels have only found markers for CFS in a statistical manner.
That is - you take a hundred people with CFS, a hundred people without CFS, and you can with certainty tell which group is which.
However, you can't with any useful result test a single individual.
The false positive rate is 45%, and the false negative rate is 45% or so.

CFS is not one disease, it is almost certainly many.

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.