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Comment: Re:Uprising? (Score 1) 269

by vanyel (#49184603) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Not the same thing at all, though editors have been known to screw up authors' stories as well (they don't have the track record Hollywood does there though).

If you're planning on bringing a well known story to the screen, you want to make sure it's easily identifiable, which means keeping the title so people know what you're doing and what to expect. You don't distance yourself from it right at the start. At the very least, it's disrespectful to the author and the fans, and is a strong signal that you're not planning on being any more faithful to the rest of the story.

Comment: Myth of EV pollution (Score 1) 212

by vanyel (#49101845) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

It's all to often claimed that EVs just shift the pollution to the power plant, however even to the very limited extent that is true (EVs are much more efficient than ICE cars, and so are the power plants) that fails to account for the energy cost of producing the gas in the first place, which is comparable to what EVs consume on a per-mile basis: before an ICE has even burned the fuel, it's already used as much energy as the EV will just by filling the tank.

Comment: DVRs had a major impact (Score 4, Interesting) 244

by vanyel (#48964525) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

When I first got a Replay, my watching dramatically increased because it was easy to record shows I couldn't watch live. I discovered that Sturgeon's Law (90% of everything is crap) was a *good* thing, as I haven't had time to watch all the good shows since.

The net is making the problem even worse, because now I can watch shows that only air in other places as well.

Comment: Re:No, that's not the problem (Score 1) 279

by vanyel (#48142523) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

Some parts of public health can be handled locally, and some parts of public health can only be handled on a national or international level. They can't figure out the pattern of an epidemic based on local occurrences alone.
State health departments don't have the equipment and expertise to do a lot of things. Hospital disease laboratories are only equipped to identify infections that are common in their area. Why stock a laboratory with expensive agents that you'll never use? When hospitals get a patient with an unusual disease, they can't identify it in their own labs and they have to send the samples to the CDC.

That part I agree with - pattern analysis and research are definitely in the purview of higher levels.

You can't give somebody a responsibility without giving them the resources (financial and otherwise).

That part, however, I don't: where do you think that money comes from in the first place? It makes no sense to send money to a central location just to beg for it back (except for emergencies that overwhelm the local region). The day to day stuff should be funded locally.

Although it's a different topic, the same goes for transportation funding: it makes no sense for Portland to pay for Boston's big dig and Boston to pay for Portland's light rail, and Wyoming shouldn't have to pay for either. There's a case to be made for the reverse: helping rural areas with transportation needs, though only to a limited extent.

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