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Comment: Re:Safety (Score 1) 937

by xyzzy42 (#45916069) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
You do realize that 500K miles is a very small sample. From http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/13octtvt/index.cfm, for October 2013, the latest report available, "Travel for the month is estimated to be 258.7 billion vehicle miles." 500K total represents 0.000019% of ONE month's driving in the US.

Comment: Re:Polls only prove 1 thing: (Score 1) 1359

by xyzzy42 (#40189295) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

You don't need malice to explain the suspected discrepancy in this case. You've got a random sample of 1000 people, but it's not random. It's 1000 people who have landline phones. Who are home during the day. Who aren't on the no call list. Who don't have caller ID and/or are eager to answer opinion polls. That is a narrow group becoming narrower every day.

The do not call list has an explicit exception that allows calls for polling.

Comment: Re:Meat "not required" (Score 1) 172

by xyzzy42 (#38538544) Attached to: FDA Backtracks On Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proposal

Your dietary suggestion of beans + grain is moronic. How about you eat beans and grains exclusively for 4 months, and we bet for 1000 dollars that it won't work. Of course, that's a bad bet, since either you cheat, or you die ... In both cases I doubt I'll see any money.

You need to work on your reading comprehension. This is exactly what i wrote.

Beans are a high quality source of protein, but not complete. However, combined with the protein found in grains, together they provide complete protein. Cultures all around the world have figured out how to get complete protein with available products.

I said that beans and grains are complete PROTEIN. Protein is but one component of a complete diet. I never said that you could survive eating only beans and grains and nothing else. Nice little rant though.

Comment: Re:Greed (Score 3, Funny) 172

by xyzzy42 (#38525252) Attached to: FDA Backtracks On Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proposal

which is vastly healthier than not eating meat

This is not true. There is nothing inherently superior nutritionally in eating meat. Eating low quality meat scraps, such as hamburger and highly processed meats, is demonstrably worse. Beans are a high quality source of protein, but not complete. However, combined with the protein found in grains, together they provide complete protein. Cultures all around the world have figured out how to get complete protein with available products.

Comment: Re:American Red Cross - worst? (Score 1) 570

by xyzzy42 (#38416994) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?
you can go to guidestar.org and look at the actual Form 990 from 2009. Here it is:
http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments//2010/530/196/2010-530196605-06d0f01c-9.pdf
On page 10 you can see their functional expenses. From the totals line you can see where Charity Navigator gets its figures.
On Schedule J page 2 you can see the salaries and benefits paid to all board members and highly compensated employees.
This is all public information. Guidestar simply aggregates it.

Comment: Re:Seconded, kind of... (Score 5, Informative) 479

by xyzzy42 (#26553845) Attached to: Most Hackable Coupon-Eligible DTV Converter?
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CECB#Limitations

Specifically excluded from coupon eligibility are High-definition video output and DVR functionality, as well as digital cable and satellite set-top boxes. These output features are prohibited: Component video, VGA, RGB, DVI, HDMI, USB video, IEEE-1394/iLink/Firewire video, Ethernet video, and IEEE-802.11/Wifi video outputs.

Comment: Re:I think this is a symptom and not the problem! (Score 2, Informative) 71

by xyzzy42 (#7944447) Attached to: Alzheimer's Cause Identified?
I am a vegetarian. Your "facts" are incorrect. Linda McCartney is probably the most well-known vegetarian to succumb to breast cancer. Vegetarians have a reduced risk and delayed onset of dementia according to this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd= Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=8327020&dopt=Abstract The risk is not zero however.

Them as has, gets.

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