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Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 551

Throw drives in the bin? Nope. Just use the eject icon that's in the Finder. Have you even used MacOS in the past three years?

I remember "Drag floppy icon to trash to eject" from decades ago.

Are you saying Apple only just addressed this not-intuitive issue three years ago?

It has been a decade or more since they have had the trash icon transform into an "eject" icon as soon as you start moving a volume icon around. That is in addition to all the other eject icons and menu commands available.

Comment Re:I'll tell you what's unsafe. (Score 1) 253

Yes it does. If out of the hundreds of other kids in my school, nearly all of which had chicken pox as children, not one of them, their siblings, or cousins died of it, then yes, that makes it rare.

Well, I did say "super-rare", but I will grant you that chicken pox is rarely fatal - the CDC numbers seem to be about 100 death per 3,500,000 cases, or 1 death per 35,000 infections. Still worth preventing in my mind but I can see that it is well within the risk level of things that we find "acceptable". Traffic deaths in the US are about 1 death per 10,000 per year people for comparison.

If the same standard of rarity and epidemic used for diseases like measles, mumps, and chicken pox were applied to vaccine damages to children we would hear nothing at all on the news except a constant screaming about the hundreds of thousands of kids with permanent damage caused by vaccines.

I guess you'll have to colour me unconvinced. What exactly are the "hundreds of thousands of kids" you are referrig to? If you referred to them earlier in more detail, I don't seem to be able to find it.

The only info I can quickly find (such as ) seems to indicate that the vaccinated have slightly lower death rates immediately following vaccination - but the deaths are virtually all in the elderly, and it did not look at "permanent damage" less sever than death (which incidentally is pretty permanent).

Oh, a bit more searching turns up which gives a bit more detail using the VAERS data. It does look like there might be as many as a 100+ deaths associated with vaccines, with the strong caveat of the relationship between correlation and causality. Of course that is ALL vaccines, so even for just chicken pox, the "lives saved" seems to be on the same order as the "lives lost" for all vaccines combined. If each specific vaccine prevents more deaths than can be attributed to that specific vaccine, then the calculations seem to be in favour of widespread use. I would be interested in further research about these sorts of calculation.

Comment Re:What does "ssfe mean" (Score 1) 253

But there is no evidence that people who survive unvacinated are a significantly differnt population than those who survive because of vacination. Vacinations do not allow bad genes to propagate, as it isn't people with "marginal imune systems" who benifit - all benifit. Any "unfit" people are not being selected FOR they are just not being as strongly selected AGAINST. There is little evolutionary selection operating over fifty generations for genes that provide marginal breeding advantage or disadvantage.

Of the 10% that died due to preventible deseases, what fraction of that population died due to genetic factors (ie a "poor imune system" and what fraction of that population died due to non-genetic factors (marginal nutrition, marginal care, etc.) I suspect that the vast majority of the dead were genetical indistinguishable from those who survived, and if that is the case, your "conservative estimates" vastly overstate the impact.

Comment Re:What does "ssfe mean" (Score 1) 253

How many generations are we talking here? We are less than fifty generations since the dark ages, a 1% difference in survival rates due to lack of imunization is totally drowned out by other effects of technology. Opposing vaccination based on this (even if it wasn't completly bogus for any number of other reasons) makes less sense than opposing space research because some people are afraid of the colours they paint the rockets.

Comment Re:So, 35 people died from disease (Score 1) 253

So, 35 people died from disease. How many died from injecting toxic chemical cocktails together with viruses? No, right, keep forgetting; we're not allowed to do research on that.

There is a lot or research of the effectiveness and dangers of all of the vacines we are talking about. Heck the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services even has a website for tracking reactions in the US:

Of course, if you believe that everyone in the industry and the HHS is "in on it" then there probably isn't much I could do to help convince you. It does seem like people working in "big pharma" as well as for the HHS seem to believe their own "propaganda" since they seem to have high rates of immunization of their kids, unless you think they are using the "safe stuff" and sticking the "toxic chemical cocktails" into the rest of us. Or maybe they just hate kids in general.

Comment Re:What does "ssfe mean" (Score 1) 253

If you want to look at it in this way, isn't all medicine against evolutionary pressure?

I would say that all medicine is just another evolutionary pressure. Individuals and groups that make use of medicines are "competing" against each other as well as those that don't make use of medicines. Similar to the use of knives, fire, and sub-machine-guns. If "sickly" people with technology out-breed "fit" people without technolgy, evolution doesn't care, it still brands the breeders as "winners" and ignores the fate of the not-successful-breeders.

An orgnaism's environment is always shaped by the behaviour of the organism as well as the other organisms in the environment. Sometimes "adapt or die" means "adapt the environment" rather than "adapt yourself".

Comment Re:What does "ssfe mean" (Score 1) 253

There is no evidence that "the weak" are being saved by the vacines in preference to those "more fit". The risk of death due these types of infections are largely luck based - "fit" kid might be having a bad week and croak, while "weakling" kid might make it through. And for the most part, most people don't die from these illnesses, only a few percent, so it probably would have little effect on breeding rates, but has huge effects on medical costs and family pain and suffering.

Evolutionary pressures cannot be avoided, but our enviornment is no longer, and likely never again, "living in the wild". Our environment is now much more "other people", and those who can't get along in that environment are the ones who are going to be bred out of existance. Societies that widely vaccinate are likely "more fit" than those that do not - so the evolutionary argument could go the other way.

Comment Re:I'll tell you what's unsafe. (Score 1) 253

Chicken pox is not a concern for children. No one had a vaccine for it when I was a kid and everyone caught it and it was sort of normal. Chicken pox is mostly a concern for adults where the symptoms are much worse.

When people mention vaccines and how they help children, it's about the SERIOUS diseases! Ie, measles can be fatal. Bringing up the minor stuff just puts you into the anti-vaxx hysteria camp.

Just because you don't know any kids who died of chicken pox doesn't mean it is super rare.

"Chickenpox used to be very common in the United States. In the early 1990s, an average of 4 million people got varicella, 10,500 to 13,000 were hospitalized (range, 8,000 to 18,000), and 100 to 150 died each year. In the 1990s, the highest rate of varicella was reported in preschool-aged children.

Chickenpox vaccine became available in the United States in 1995. In 2014, 91% of children 19 to 35 months old in the United States had received one dose of varicella vaccine, varying from 83% to 95% by state. Among adolescents 13 to 17 years of age without a prior history of disease, 95% had received 1 dose of varicella vaccine, and 81% had received 2 doses of the vaccine. Eighty-five percent of adolescents had either a history of varicella disease or received 2 doses of varicella vaccine.

Each year, more than 3.5 million cases of varicella, 9,000 hospitalizations, and 100 deaths are prevented by varicella vaccination in the United States."

I don't know how much the hospitalizations and deaths should be priced at in comparison the the "costs" of varicella vaccination, but similar arguments to your could be made for seatbelts - nobody I know died because of lack of seatbelts before they were mandated.

Comment Re:Why not adults? (Score 1) 253

But why not adults too? There are more vaccinated adults than children

Honestly.... I don't know or remember all of what I was ever vaccinated against, Or how long each vaccine lasts.
It's not like you get an annual ticket reminding you what your vaccines are or when they expire.

Every state I have been in has a little yellow booklet they give you to keep track of vaccinations - I think my wife has one with some sort of internation logo on it (WHO?). You are supposed to keep track in that booklet and keep it with your "important papers".

I just had a friend who might be the first case of diphtheria in the country this year. If you haven't had a DTP booster shot in the last ten years, maybe it is worth while doing so. Tetanus still kills a few people in the US every year.

The list isn't very long, and there is little danger in getting "overimunized" so if you don't know what you've been imunized against it isn't so tough to just get them all.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 430

They can tweet on their own accounts. They don't have to respond to his. That Trump won't read them is perfectly fine, both legally and otherwise.

Isn't that a bit like saying "Your letter addressed to the president will not be delivered, but you are still allowed to write it and put it into the mailbox, or post it on your front door."?

I certainly understand that the POTUS is not required to read your letters, but certainly a policy of preventing the delivery of mail from certain US citizens does seem problematical.

Of course, there are fairly strong arguments that Twitter is not similar enough to the mail system for this to be an appropriate analogy, but there are also fairly strong arugments that it is similar enough. I guess that's what the courts are going to have to decide.

Comment Re:Nanny state socialism (Score 1) 410

It looks like it has not been passed:

I have always been a proponent of enacting legislation that creeps its way to the places I would like it to get: Maybe every two years increase the smoking age by one year. Every five or ten years add another statutory holiday. Every five years reduce the standard working week by an hour.

Similarly we should peg the minimum wage to be some fraction of the legislators' salary, or set a company's minimum salary to some fraction of the maximum compensation recieved by the executives.

Comment Re:Lawyer is a sleaze bag. (Score 1) 548

Nominal sizes are indeed standardized in the US and Canada, so this case is without merit.

I don't know. If, as alledged in the lawsuit, HD uses different dimensions online and in-store, and are inconsistent in their labeling of nonimal and actual dimensions, and in some cases in-store do not provide any indications what dimensions being advertised, it doesn't seem like a totally frivolous case.

The complain, which we have all read I am sure, goes into some detail about the size differences between "nominal" and "dressed" measurements, and makes what seems like a pretty reasonable case to me that since HD gives both measurements in some instances, they should give them in all instances. They should AT THE VERY LEAST indicate what the measurements they do state actually measure. If you are going to say that something is 2"x4"x6' as your ONLY indication of its size, then the plain meaning of 2"x4"x6' is not an unreasonable interpretation of the meaning.

Comment Re:This has to be a troll lawsuit (Score 1) 548

OK, so I went ahead and downloaded that lawsuit against Home Depot as linked above. It's actually somewhat interesting. The guy actually spends the first half of the lawsuit explaining "nominal" vs "dressed" lumber. He points out that Home Depot's online store will show you both dimensions for lumber if they are different, but that in their brick-and-mortar stores Home Depot gives you only one set of dimensions and doesn't tell you which one it is giving you. And then he shows that Home Depot sells a 4x4 piece of lumber from a brand that offers it in 3.5x3.5 and 4x4 sizes, but Home Depot doesn't tell you which one it is. You have to measure on your own or you wouldn't know.

Seems reasonable to require actual dimensions.

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