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Comment Re:The argument is "leaky" at best too (Score 1) 190 190

That's the wrong interpretation of "fittest."

That's exactly the definition of "fittest". Able to survive in the environment (in this case exposed to an antibiotic) better than others of the same species. Whether you use the word "fittest" or "strongest" is irrelevant.

Comment Re:The argument is "leaky" at best too (Score 1) 190 190

The argument is that some of the organisms have a slightly higher resistance to the host's natural defense system. If the vaccine doesn't cause that system to kill all of the pathogens, the ones that survive are better able to infect other hosts. It's a very plausible theory.

Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 1) 190 190

Not true. MMR vaccine is effective in 95% of children after the first dose, meaning that 5% might still be vulnerable.

Which is why "fully immunized" means two doses. That's give about 99% protection. Intentionally eaving 5% of the population vulnerable is stupid.

Comment Re: Not the best summary... (Score 2) 190 190

Not all, but the overwhelming majority of them.

The measles vaccine isn't perfect, two doses are required and even them it's possible to get the disease. But the chances of it spreading are greatly reduced if everyone is immunized.

Health officials have immunization records of 43 measles patients; 37 were unimmunized, one had only one shot, and five were fully immunized.

Comment Re:Normal human translation (Score 1) 554 554

Have you ever actually looked at how much oil companies pay in taxes each year? Exxon has topped the list for a long time, but the other big oil companies are right up there.

. Exxon Mobil > Income tax expense: $31.0 billion
> Earnings before taxes: $78.7 billion (the most)
> Revenue: $428.4 billion (2nd most)
> 1-yr. share price change: +14.5%
> Industry: Oil and gas

Exxon Mobil is one of the nation’s largest companies by a number of measures. The oil and gas titan trails only Walmart in revenue and has the highest pre-tax income of any American public company. Not surprisingly, Exxon Mobil also pays more in taxes than any other corporation.

Comment Export of contacts is their prodict (Score 4, Interesting) 42 42

removal of the regular download option had been "part of our ongoing efforts to combat the inappropriate export of member data by third parties." As a result of the vocal outpouring of disapproval, instant CSV exporting is back...

I have to wonder who outpoured disapproval? It doesn't seem like something most users would care about.

On the other hand, headhunters who use LinkedIn as a site for harvesting resumes would be angry. But isn't that the whole point of LinkedIn? To give recruiters your contact info so they can spam you?

It wouldn't surprise me if this was just a publicity stunt.

Any given program will expand to fill available memory.