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Comment Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology... (Score 1) 166

We used Oraquick as part of a study of high-risk individuals, and would confirm positive results. It's also a fairly economic way to do quarterly screenings for people who are in high risk categories. Of course, an individual with the means, would opt for a full screening if they were worried about exposure from a particular event.

It's used in developed nations primarily in the same way it's used in developing nations - for people who do not necessarily have the resources for and access to medical care. Inexpensive and better than nothing.

Comment Re:Any sufficiently advanced technology... (Score 1) 166

In general, people in Africa probably have a lot more understanding of HIV/AIDS and the testing procedures than people in the West do. For example:

You say that HIV testing requires drawing blood and testing at a lab. Nope - HIV testing can now be done with saliva, in a cheap ($40) device, and give you results in about 15 minutes. A person in a country with a high rate of infection would very likely be at least somewhat familiar with such a thing considering that those tests are vastly cheaper than the old blood tests. Moreover, as far back as 2015, there was a smartphone dongle that came out that can test for HIV.

Given that we have gone from tests that required a doctor visit, could take days for results, and required blood to tests that can be done anywhere, require a little spit, and 15 minutes to get results, it absolutely wouldn't surprise me that someone would think that advances made it so that perhaps sweat from a fingertip could be analyzed to give a diagnosis. Given that we have gone from gigantic, hideously expensive satellite phones that didn't do anything but allow you to (barely) make and receive calls, to tiny, dirt cheap, and ridiculously capable smart phones, it absolutely wouldn't surprise me that someone might think that a phone could now be capable of performing that analysis.

And finally, she probably knows many, many, many people who have HIV or have died from AIDS. In many countries in Africa, HIV/AIDS is a common, everyday thing that many people deal with, either as having it or having people close to them who have it. To say someone is stupid because they allow a prank app that's just shy of feasible and that preys on an omnipresent threat - that's not just ignorant, but cruel.

Comment Whole lotta wrong in that. (Score 1) 314

The golden path should be:
1) User reports a problem to the service desk.
2) Service desk looks into the problem and either addresses it if it's user error or punts it to QA/testing.
3) QA/testing investigates and documents as much as possible about the bug - replication steps, affected screens, whatever. They would do this both in production and a staging environment to see if it's an environmental issue.
4) Developer takes the bug and figures out the issue, creates a fix, which is then sent back to QA/testing.
5) QA/testing tests the fix in a staging environment and signs off on it.
6) Fix gets deployed to pre-prod staging, QA tests it.
7) Fix gets deployed to production, QA tests it.

I get that in smaller shops devs tend to just push stuff out (I worked in a few of those) but that's really not a great way to do things.

Comment Re:The best one... (Score 1) 141

Have you considered that maybe your brain and eyes are damaged or inferior? I put it in that way because you seem to have anger at people who don't get motion sickness from VR and went out of your way to preemptively belittle and insult.

I've had a dozen or so people over to play with my Rift ad Sony VR systems, and only one person indicated discomfort, and that was at the teleport mechanic in a couple of games.

Mostly I find games are substantially more immersive, and the only issue I have is when I run into a real-life obstacle that isn't visible in VR. I have scraped knuckles from smacking into a (very real) wall when trying to pick something up in VR.

Comment From an unnamed Oxford lecturer (Score 2) 402

"nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest use to you in after life â" save only this â" that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view is the main, if not the sole purpose of education"

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 3, Insightful) 477

StormReaver is right, this is nothing new. I ran into some remarkably foul examples on Usenet in the '80s.

Managing a forum is one of the most challenging jobs I have ever had. One tool that is more powerful than it appears is setting a good example. If the moderators are frequent posters they can set a tone for the place. Then the jerks will be the exceptions. A positive feedback loop begins when good people are willing to stay and they create a space where more good people want to hang out.

Leave the jerks in place and it's a down-spiral to Lord of the Flies.

Comment Re:Luck not a factor? (Score 2) 191

Which human's math skills? Humans have a staggering range of capabilities. Average? Then average in which way? A savant? Then a savant in which way?

And what about autistics who happen to be very good at poker but lousy at reading human expressions?

There are multiple different ways to be good at poker, and this system is just using one of them, and is clearly quite good at this particular way.

I also didn't see anyone making the claim that this was a hard or general purpose AI. It's not, and you acting like someone did make that claim is kind of weird. It's a system that is beating some of the best players at a game that was previously deemed to be very challenging to do computationally.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 798

I'm curious about this - do you grab people's junk before using a gendered pronoun with them, or just ask? It seems really awkward.

Follow-up question - if you're not having sex with them, why do you care about what they have between their legs? It seems a bit weird to me to put that much emphasis on someone else's genitals, but hey, whatever floats your boat!

Comment Re:Violence or discrimination? (Score 2) 434

Stating specifically what they are concerned with in this particular case doesn't state that they aren't also concerned with other behaviors if they see them. They mentioned the specific behaviors they found problematic in this case.

However, by all means, if you see advertisers on this network engaging in hate speech against majority groups, you should bring it to their attention.

Comment Trump and his supporters should DEMAND a recount. (Score 1) 1321

They're certain he won fair and square and keep on saying there's a mandate for him, right?

If they're smart, they'll insist on a recount so that they can remove any doubt about the legitimacy of this election.

If they're actually interested in democracy, they'll want to make sure that everything is above board.

I actually don't know why we don't automatically recount after an election, period, if only to make sure we got something this important correct.

Comment Re:Understandable, but foolish (Score 1) 386

You don't have to wonder - just look at migration to the US in the 18th and 19th centuries.

My grandfather came here from a farm in Mongolia in 1906, alone, at the age of 12, and found himself in New York City. That might as well have been going 500 years into the future, just he did it by boat rather than time machine. Given the difficulties at the time as well, there was no going back.

People did it all the time back then, and still kind of do today, though arguably globalization has made it substantially less jarring. Some fail, some merely survive, and some manage to thrive.

Comment Re:So you slag Trump by objectifying his wife? (Score 1) 143

There's a bit of difference between using pictures a person had taken voluntarily for sexual gratification and actually objectifying the person themselves.

Or, in another way of putting it, just because someone posed for explicit pictures does not mean that's the sum total of their value as a person, which is what "sexual objectification" is usually taken to mean - they aren't a person, but an object that has no value other than to be used for sexual gratification.

Given what I've read from you in the past, I'm pretty sure you'd agree she's still a human being, even if she is married to a walking bottle of spray tan with a shitty hairpiece.

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