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Comment Re:Why did it take 40 minutes to correct? (Score 1) 222

There's also a panel at the building entry to kill the alarm from another place if it goes off inadvertently.

Tell me, does that panel have a key? Do the alarms?

Seems it's designed to be easy to activate, but more difficult to deactivate.

And most larger buildings that have fire alarms also have intercom systems allowing security to inform people if the alarm has been triggered by accident.

Not even sure if that's true. I've never seen it. And it'd be pretty stupid, actually. Think disgruntled employee.

Thanks, you picked a really good example.

True, but not for the reason you think.

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 144

If I were a gambling man, I'd be tempted to invest now. Seems a big overreaction to cause this to make it drop 50% of value.

The whales are driving the price down because the first of the futures contracts come due tomorrow. They'll drive it back up when they want to take profits.

Remember, 2.5% of all addresses hold 97% of all BTC/Blockstream Core bitcoins. Go add up the numbers yourself from a Bitcoin Rich List.


New Study Claims That the 'Black Death' Was Spread By Humans, Not Rats ( 87

dryriver shares a report from BBC: Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century Europe. But a team from the universities of Oslo and Ferrara now says the first, the Black Death, can be "largely ascribed to human fleas and body lice." The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, uses records of its pattern and scale. The Black Death claimed an estimated 25 million lives, more than a third of Europe's population, between 1347 and 1351. "We have good mortality data from outbreaks in nine cities in Europe," Prof Nils Stenseth, from the University of Oslo, told BBC News. "So we could construct models of the disease dynamics [there]." He and his colleagues then simulated disease outbreaks in each of these cities, creating three models where the disease was spread by: rats, airborne transmission, and fleas and lice that live on humans and their clothes. In seven out of the nine cities studied, the "human parasite model" was a much better match for the pattern of the outbreak. It mirrored how quickly it spread and how many people it affected. "The conclusion was very clear," said Prof Stenseth. "The lice model fits best. It would be unlikely to spread as fast as it did if it was transmitted by rats. It would have to go through this extra loop of the rats, rather than being spread from person to person." Plague is still endemic in some countries of Asia, Africa and the Americas, where it persists in "reservoirs" of infected rodents. According to the World Health Organization, from 2010 to 2015 there were 3,248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths. And, in 2001, a study that decoded the plague genome used a bacterium that had come from a vet in the U.S. who had died in 1992 after a plague-infested cat sneezed on him as he had been trying to rescue it from underneath a house.

Comment Obl. (Score 5, Funny) 297

French: ... Sixty-seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, sixty-ten...
Other languages: **stares**
French: **stares back**
French: ...sixty-eleven, sixty-twelve, sixty-thirteen...
French: ...sixty-sixteen, sixty-ten-seven...
Other languages: *shutting eyes*
French: ..sixty-ten-eight, sixty-ten-nine...
Other languages: *hands over face*
French: ...four twenties! :) Four twenties one...

Comment Re:Whatever (Score 1) 297

Pomme Frites
Because they never were French.
I've never used the name French Toast either, we've always called it eggy bread, which is I believe the common English way to refer to it. In France I think they call it golden bread.
It seems by pushing for independent 'different' names France is just begging for verbal irrelevance. French used to be an important language diplomatically, but it is now sliding into disuse much like Latin is used for roman catholic mass only.

Comment Re:Swedes try product because of marketing (Score 1) 356

Are you seriously making the argument that a decision to have sex means that society can blithely tell a person "Sorry - you should have thought of that before having sex"?

Yes. Well put. If you knock a woman up and don't agree with her decision to keep the baby, "you should have thought of that before having sex." If you don't wrap it up and get an STD, "you should have thought of that before having sex." If she now thinks she's your girlfriend and won't leave you alone, "you should have thought of that before having sex."

Once again, gender is immaterial - if you're willing to say that people who have sex should stand by their decision to risk pregnancy then you're going to annoy a large number of people.

Again, yes. I'm willing to say that people who have sex should stand by their decision to risk pregnancy. People who sky dive make the decision to risk going splat.

The only way your argument can work is if you bring gender into it...

We're talking about pregnancy. How can you not bring gender into it? Men have very low pregnancy rates. When a man and a woman have a baby, the woman bears most of the wear and tear up to and including birth. You can scream that gender is a social construct all you want, but the gear you're born with makes all the difference about whether or not you're eligible for pregnancy.

gender is immaterial

I don't know how you can seriously suggest that.

...try making whatever argument you think you're making without referring to the gender of the parent-to-be.

That would be nonsensical. Only an idiot would ignore gender when discussing abortions. The rate of men getting abortions is pretty minimal. The decision on whether to abort a pregnancy ultimately lies with the pregnant person. That's the woman. Are you suggesting that these situations are gender neutral? They're not.

The minute you toss out gender considerations the arguments for/against forced parenthood fall apart.

You keep saying "forced parenthood". WTF is "forced parenthood"? A case of rape, yeah. What else? Divine conception?

Comment Re:I am a Samsung Case Manufacturer (Score 2) 153

In fact the raspberry pi is made in the UK in a Sony factory. As an ethical consumer I buy from these companies.

Uh huh. And you typed this post on the pi? Cuz pretty much every computer and mobile devices you can buy is made by the same suppliers Apple uses, and it's been that way for a very long time.

Apple, a company I boycott due to their human right abuses, anti consumer lobbying, media manipulation, anti greenpolicies and simply not producing good products.

Sounds more like you've been swept up in the Hatorade Distortion Field and are looking for reasons to justify your irrational, religious-like beliefs in one company's products.

Comment Sure it was (Score 1) 298

Your premiums are going up because the ACA forces everyone to buy insurance while providing zero cost controls

Fixed. Insurers have no incentive not to raise premiums by double digits every year when everyone is forced to buy their junk product by law - or pay a penalty which then underwrites the cost of their junk product for low income Americans. And pharma/device manufacturers have no reason to moderate prices when everyone has insurance to "pay" for them.

Whereas before, people were starting to opt out of insurance all together. Now you have a situation where people can't afford to go to the doctor because money they would have had to spend already went to their premiums. Thanks Obama!

The ACA was a bad law. But it was the best we could get with a right-wing backstabber who killed the public option long before Congress could vote on it

Also fixed. Also a second source for people who like to dismiss HuffPo out of hand.

The reality is that the public option, despite having no real support from Democratic party leaders, enjoyed 80% support from the public, including a majority of Republican voters. You'd have a hard time finding a more popular policy proposal. It could have easily passed, if Obama wanted it to.

He didn't want it to.

Comment Obamacare BANNED state-based single payer (Score 1) 298

I would have more faith in Sander's single payer if his state and others would implement it first.

See above. States couldn't do their own plans until last year - and even now it requires a waiver from the Secretary of HHS. Good luck getting that through a Trump or Hillary appointed nominee - thanks Obama!

If democrats can't get it to work at the state level why would it work at the national level?

Because its what the rest of the industrialized world does - for less money while providing better care.

Comment Re:The ACA wasn't responsible for that (Score 1) 298

The problem with this old tired meme is that Americans' higher prices subsidize the rest of the world's lower prices.

Nonsense. Most pharma and medical devices profits go into dividends, bonuses and advertising. Not R&D. And much of that research you paid for anyway, as taxpayer-financed research at public universities - before the university licensed it to a pound-you-in-the-ass corporation.

The Almighty Buck

Bitcoin Plunges Below $12,000 To Six-Week Low Over Crackdown Fears ( 144

Bitcoin plunged to a six-week low Tuesday after comments from South Korea's finance minister renewed worries about a crackdown in one of the largest markets for digital currency trading. In a radio program interview, South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said that "the shutdown of virtual currency exchanges is still one of the options" the government has. CNBC reports: Bitcoin dropped more than 17 percent to a low of $11,182.71 on Tuesday, falling below $12,000 for the first time since December 5, according to CoinDesk. CoinDesk's bitcoin price index tracks prices from cryptocurrency exchanges Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Bitfinex. As of 12:13 p.m. ET, bitcoin was trading more than 13 percent lower at $11,759.73 a coin, according to CoinDesk. Trading in South Korean won accounted for about 4 percent of bitcoin trading volume, according to CryptoCompare. U.S. dollar-bitcoin trading had the largest share at 40 percent, the website showed. Other major digital currencies including ethereum and ripple also fell significantly. According to CoinMarketCap data, ethereum was trading at $1,051.83, down more than 20 percent in the last 24 hours, before lifting slightly to $1,117.72. Ripple fell almost 27 percent to $1.33 a token before recovering slightly to $1.36.

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