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Comment Re:What the second amendment actually says (Score 1) 555

So, unless women are in the National Guard, they need to turn in their weapons? Also, once men reach age 45 without buying a weapon or declaring their intent, they're excluded from the militia, and at age 64 men can no longer "re-enlist" in the militia, so I guess those men have to turn in their weapons too. Be careful what you rest your argument on, it can come back to bite you in the arse.

Comment He caused his own inconvenience (Score -1, Flamebait) 169

It is not incumbent on everyone else to understand someone's homemade gadgets and electronic paraphernalia. A call to TSA and airport security would alert them that someone with electronic gadgets and parts was going to be passing through security. And he could have put them in his checked baggage and explained what they were as well. His behavior borders on trolling.

Comment Re:virus resistance (Score 1) 125

Yes, pathogens can be transmitted by packages and packaging delivered by mail/UPS/FedEx from internet purchases. In fact influenza viruses don't die after a few minutes, influenza virus persists on environmental objects 5-15 days or longer depending on temperature, humidity and etc. If you need the references, let me know. The colder it is, the longer the influenza virus persists, which is a contributing factor to pandemics in winter. Your reference to "die" is because a minority of scientific authorities argue viruses aren't alive in the first place. But then a minority of experts also deny climate change.

Comment Re:Sounds like buzzword marketing. (Score 4, Informative) 147

They take a sample, extract all of the DNA, analyze it for sequences that are only found in pathogens, reject any lots of produce that carry pathogen sequences. The USDA requires a similar test on meat products like hamburger. The world needs a lot less wtf and more scientific literacy.

Comment Re:virus resistance (Score 1) 125

First, our species is social so avoiding places with people (people with the flu go everywhere) is impractical and you can get the flu from things touched by people (have you ever ordered something off the internet?) without ever actually meeting people. Second, you've either been incredibly lucky to have never contracted influenza, or you live in denial. Third, waiting for a pandemic before getting a vaccination won't work because there won't be enough vaccine available on short notice (companies won't stock-pile it "just in case"). And finally, calling something pointless based on false assumptions, scientific ignorance of how vaccines prevent illnesses and pandemics, and apples to oranges comparisons (comparing human vaccines to antivirus software utility) makes for a poor argument.

Comment Re:No free lunch (Score 1) 318

Don't be naive, or foolish. It's the major corporations who are doing the tracking and pushing the ads. And I don't buy the "doom and gloom" forecasts of ad blocking. a) in comparison to total web traffic, not that many people will use ad blockers and b) frankly the effectiveness of internet ads is greatly exaggerated.

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