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Comment Re:oh no (Score 1) 297

I'd say that anyone credulous enough to believe in homeopathy has mostly themselves to blame (and they'll ignore that the government as well as scientists say it is useless).

It does make a good placebo, though. Note that placebos work best when they are believed in, described as potent, or cost more -- so it is quite reasonable for a doctor to prescribe a homeopathic medicine for someone with a cold who insists on being prescribed something (better than giving them antibiotics as a placebo).

Comment Congrats NIAID (Score 3, Interesting) 90

Let me be the first (seriously, the first despite so many other assholes who already posted) to congratulate them on this discovery. Sadly, I'm quite sure this is not a cure since I don't see how it would affect infected cells, but at least it can prevent the spread both within the body and transmission to other people.

Comment Re:I completely agree. (Score 1) 522

What if the population of those who believe in reproducing like bunnies, increases faster than the resulting children can be convinced to abandon their father's ways?

"IF". Hasn't happened yet.

Neither has +4 C global warming. Neither have you died of old age. Just because something hasn't happened yet doesn't mean that it won't nor that we're not already headed in that direction.

Comment Re:I completely agree. (Score 1) 522

I'd agree except this has been fixed in the developed world with universal negative population growth among populations around longer than second generation immigrant. You keep talking about how people can't stop having kids... but they have

But is that sustainable? What if the population of those who believe in reproducing like bunnies, increases faster than the resulting children can be convinced to abandon their father's ways?

Comment Re:why do we care? (Score 1) 522

CEOs are paid to ignore the future and may be fired and replaced if they do not. Because their metric of success is profits this quarter and not profits 10 years from now, and to maximize profits today it is necessary to sacrifice future potential. While they are also incentivized to increase future profits, that means little vs the risk of being fired for incompetence (then good luck getting another CEO job, the company's profits are public record so they will know why, and the next CEO will be credited for any increase in the future).

Comment Re:futurist (Score 1) 522

So I think a small group of humans probably can survive most predicted and predictable calamities.

Let's see...
1) Sun going red giant in next billion years, melting the planet.
2) Hostile or uncaring superhuman AI
3) Overly effective bioweapon (after maybe 100 years of exponential improvements in genetics/protein folding)
4) Nuclear war, especially after several dozen other countries get nuclear weapons then rising tension causes them to get a lot more, followed by attacks on each others' bunkers.

Comment Re:Steve Bannon, not a racist? (Score 1) 805

The foreigner who moves to your land is to be treated as an equal and welcomed as a citizen and a brother. That's the biblical decree on immigration.

Yes they treated foreigners much better than other places did, but not as equals, despite elsewhere saying the same law applied to both foreigners and Israelites.

Deuteronomy 23:3 No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation.

19 Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest. 20 You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.

Comment Antivirus isn't entirely useless (Score 4, Interesting) 54

An antivirus may not protect against a new attack, but it sure can reduce the value of an existing exploit (thus increasing R&D costs for script kiddies while reducing their profits). Though it is rather amusing how some "antivirus" comes bundled with, or is itself, malware -- but much less amusing that it is legal.

Comment Re:So in 10-20 years time... (Score 1) 121

Fine by me. If they can pull this off, we'll have some decent mass-production going on in the satellites and rockets departments, the prices of all things space will go way down.

And we can always send up a scavenger satellite to repair/deorbit/gather the dead satellites. And if all else fails, 4000 pieces of space junk isn't really that much; space is big, bigger than most people can imagine. Might be problematic if a few of them smash up, but then the smaller pieces will de-orbit that much quicker.

Comment Windows 10 (Score 1) 161

The computers were out of the box new.

Just because a computer is out-of-the-box new, doesn't mean it can't contain malware -- and in fact a lot of people here will tell you that many new computers come with malware embedded at the OS level. Before it was limited to certain countries or companies, like a recent case where the manufacturer installed malware to intercept ads and replace them with their own, and to forge security certificates so they could do it with secure websites. Now the OS itself shows symptoms of malware, which will make it much harder to identify non-OS malware.

Of course, and anti-virus won't remove that, and providing fake services to people who don't know any better is a nasty thing to do. And with the blessing of the managers and CEO too, although they'd never admit it (they're just pushing hard and rewarding success).

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