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Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 112

by Firethorn (#47933877) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

I kinda already did?

As for the 'Ted Talks' I kind of ignored them for a number of reasons:
1. No reason to believe that they're peer reviewed.
2. Audio would be incredibly rude where I was at the time.
3. I'm a visual learner - listening to youtube lectures is painful for me.
4. My conclusion from the earlier 3 was that the latter 3 would be more the same. On reaching home, I confirmed this.

Anyways, some more articles on antibiotic growth promotion:
It improves growth, but not enough to justify the cost in chickens grown in clean & sanitary environments
The Mode of Growth Promotion by Antibiotics
The European ban on growth-promoting antibiotics and emerging consequences for human and animal health. link
Alternatives to Antibiotic Use for Growth Promotion in Animal Husbandry link
Effect of Abolishment of the Use of Antimicrobial Agents for Growth Promotion on Occurrence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Fecal Enterococci from Food Animals in Denmark link
Antibiotic Usage in Animals link

Conclusion: The cattle industry isn't feeding billions of dollars of antibiotics to their animals for fun.

Comment: Check with the power company... (Score 1) 302

by Firethorn (#47933263) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

How easy is it to get a separate time-of-day rate meter in California?

I'd rate it as 'very easy' - there are companies that will do the install and I found an article on Los Angeles EV rebates. It pays you $250 for a separate meter, which they say will cover 'months' of charging. From what I remember electric meters are cheaper than water meters.

The Tesla can indeed be configured to charge only during a preset time, or hooked up to a system that allows the power company to turn it off when needed for even more discounts.

Comment: Re: Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 302

by Firethorn (#47933203) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

According to the official figures, the US gov't spends more money per capita on health insurance than countries that provide universal coverage. It is a sickening example of cronyism and thinly veiled bribery.

According to the official figures I've seen, the Federal government alone pays enough to not quite as much per person as the cheaper European states spend to cover 100% of their population. Add in the individual State funding and you could pay median European* healthcare costs on an individual basis without a single private dime.

As a (moderate) libertarian, I actually find this a good argument for national single-payer if it's implemented somewhat correctly. Because if done right it would actually REDUCE government spending, meaning by my 'yardstick' we actually have less government while people are better off. I, of course, have to point out that I think there are better options, but it's more a measure of just how big a cluster of screw-ups our healthcare system is.

*not to mention Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, etc...

Comment: BMW expense (Score 1) 302

by Firethorn (#47933123) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

$500 lease payment + $150 in gasoline (15k miles, 30mpg, $4/gallon gasoline, rounded down). You might want to round up to account

Once you factor that in, you're looking at $350/month cars, which are still nice ones if not BMW 3 series.

My Tacoma was $300/month while the payments lasted, and it's not exactly long on features, and bought in '08.

Comment: Re:Maybe 40k (Score 1) 302

by Firethorn (#47933051) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

For the cost of Telsa's batteries to drop, Tesla's battery factory needs to run at full capacity.

Not entirely true. It's my understanding that the initial facility will be 'mostly' empty, giving it plenty of room to expand to both increase production and implement new technology. There are size limits when you get into truly massive automated production where you end up switching to parallel production lines. At that point there are sweet spots where every production line is maxed out, but the net effect is that each fully maxed out production line helps cover the 1 non-maxed, so the overall difference is minimized as the number of lines increase.

Another point would be to ask whether the projection for 2020 covers a ~$35k EV with 200 miles range. It could cause demand to explode.

Comment: Re:Actually against Islam (Score 1) 779

by Firethorn (#47932435) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

It's basically a redux of Afghanistan with the Taliban, where a militant group takes over a failed state. Except my understanding is that they're being even more brutal.

The end result of de-emphasis on core education will result in their regressing even more, eventually leading to 'the caliphate' being seen as another North Korea type situation if they're 'lucky', and being invaded like Afghanistan if they're not extremely lucky.

Basically, AQ has been around for decades. ISIS might be mostly gone in a couple years.

Comment: 3000 carriers (Score -1) 161

by Gothmolly (#47930699) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

When those 3000 dudes come home, and go back through the major US airports, back to their families distributed across the country, and THEN spread the disease, it's going to be awesome.

Never wasting a good crisis, the President and administration will use this as an opportunity for massive federalization of health care and private sectore business.

Comment: Only adds complexity (Score -1) 306

by Gothmolly (#47929985) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

As a RHEL server admin, the only thing I see systemd adding is complexity. Do a fresh install and compare it to RHEL5 or 6, and you have way more stuff running, new start/stop methods for init scripts, weird NTP replacements, and a bunch of stuff that you don't need. Then you go and install your app, or something like Postfix (because you're building a mail server). Why do you need parallel boot? udev hotpluggery? a "logind" process?

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 2) 779

by meta-monkey (#47929051) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I do, I absolutely do. But what's the US going to do? Re-invade Iraq?

At least maybe this time it would be easier to get a "coalition of the willing." Maybe an international effort that included other Arab nations would make for a more stable country. But seriously, we go in, invade, innocent people die anyway, and a power vacuum is left for even worse motherfuckers to rise up.

It doesn't seem like you can win peace with bombs.

Comment: Re:US is next? (Score 1, Insightful) 779

by meta-monkey (#47928163) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I wouldn't necessarily agree with that. Muhammad was a military leader and a statesman, and the Koran basically dictates how every aspect of society should operate. Christianity had the benefit of being an outsider religion that eschewed direct temporal power. "Render unto Caesar..." The authors of the New Testament went out of their way to make it clear they were just talking about Jewish religion stuff and posed no threat to the Roman rulers so as to avoid persecution. It is this separation of authority that allows for open thought and independent inquiry. This is why science and democracy were (re)born in western nations. Neither the Islamo-statists nor the god-kings of the far east allowed for dissent or independent thought.

Most all early scientists or natural philosophers were Christians. But the Christianity they practiced is very different from modern Christian fundamentalism. Christian fundamentalism is a recent invention of the United States.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.