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Comment On a sober note (Score 1) 13

I have to mention that the previous post was sarcasm, because a lot of people can't recognize sarcasm.

On a more sober note, I'm seeing some doctors claim that vaccines cause children to be more susceptible to diseases later in life. Does anyone have background information about this?

To be specific, Pediatricians admit that vaccines do not cause autism, but some are saying that their vaccinated patients tend to catch more *other* diseases than unvaccinated children, and perhaps getting vaccinated isn't quite so black-and-white.

I'm not conversant with either position, and was wondering if anyone with actual knowledge (and not echo-chamber retelling of conventional wisdom) could comment on this.

Do vaccinated children catch other diseases more easily?

And there's this whole thing about getting the flu vaccine, which apparently is only 50% effective (whatever that means), and is even less effective if you get it several years in a row. Then there are sites like this one that certainly *seems* like it makes a fair point, but...

Nowadays, who can you trust online?

Comment Hating children (Score 1) 13

We are busy importing hundreds of thousands of unscreened people from areas where measles still runs rampant. This little blip will not last.

What a racist, mysogynistic, homophobic thing to say!

When will you nazi alt-left white supremacist types learn that the only answer to these types of problems is compassion and the liberal plan for immigration and amnesty!

Why, just look at this refugee and tell me it doesn't just melt your heart!

Why do you hate children?

Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 32

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment Re:Certainly the work of heroic Russian hackers . (Score 1) 107

"you're naïve enough to believe that V. Putin and Russia truly giving Snowden asylum based on strictly humanitarian reasons."

Of course not. He's doing it to stick it to the US. I'm sure Snowden moderates what he says about Russia, but he still criticizes them.

A warrant isn't "evidence." Snowden, whether you agree with him or not, seems to think he was doing the right thing for our country. The existence of a "moral imperative" is a subjective judgment.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 455

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 455

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

Comment A fair point (Score 2) 455

Maybe he/she doesn't like people who make outrageous claims they can't back up. While I have no ax to grind on this particular claim, I can understand being irritated by these kinds of people.

Okay, that's fair.

But if someone is irritated by that sort of behaviour, it would seem (to me) to be more effective to attack the claims, instead of other things. And misrepresenting seems a bit dishonest, and ultimately ineffective.

Is it *really* that obvious that someone could
a) be irritated by Musk,
b) be driven by irritation to attack other things Musk does, and
c) be dishonest enough to misrepresent?

I agree that it could be a reason, but it's a stretch.

Is this motivation/behaviour really that obvious to people?

Comment Re:Everybody should be prepared to die. (Score 4, Funny) 455

Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.

On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.

Comment Some Artistic License (Score 1) 455

I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.

But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.

Comment Inscrutable behaviour (Score 2) 455

Someone please take the Kool Aid away from this guy. His rocket just blew up recently and was asking for help in figuring out why...

He was asking for evidence (recorded videos, audios, security camera footage), not help.

At this point I'm really wondering why people like you post this sort of thing. I mean, it's not like you have any insight into the situation.

It very much appears that you have an agenda (or an axe to grind), and chose to misrepresent the situation because you think it will add incrementally to whatever goals you have.

What are your goals? How does it benefit *you* to misrepresent what Musk is doing?

I'm constantly surprised by what motivates other people. As in - can never figure out why people do what they do.

(Maybe you shorted some SpaceX stock? No, SpaceX is still a privately held company. Maybe you work at NASA and don't like being shown up? Maybe you work at a competing launch company? Your behaviour is inscrutable.)

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