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  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    , ScanIAm wrote

    Ask yourself if you'd feel the same way about water.  You could pay for super-high-speed water that shows up in jiffy or you could pay for regular water that shows up only when the super-high-speed folks aren't busy using it.

    Yet we have a system like that with water & power today... too much consumption by some (who pay for it based on usage) can deprive others of what they'd like to consume.

    Unlike water & power (at least until the 'smart grid' hits), with internet access it's far easier to throttle individual or groups of users who are affecting the larger system.

  • Finally -- my tech prediction has come true ...

    , figuerres wrote

     Hmmm   really in the US they need to make a small box like that and shove the Media center code in it and a cable card slot.

    That sorta already exists... take the HDHomeRun Prime and the infiniTV6 ETH, network attacked cable tuners which support multi-stream cable cards. I've had the prior for years and love it... though they require Windows Media Center on a separate machine to handle DRMed content. Other apps can view the live & record the non-encrypted streams.

    MS should have ported WMC to the XBOX ONE os from the start....  they did the guide but not the dvr and a few other bits....

    I won't speculate publically as to why they didn't... or as to why they still haven't brought a full version of Media Center (or just a Media Center Extender) to the Xbox One... but I'm sure there are some significant reasons.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    , ScanIAm wrote

    Sorry to crap all over your dystopian dreams, buddy.

    *snip*

    Creative misinterpretation of words isn't the same as context.

    Again, utter hilarity. You accuse me of 'creative misinterpretation' yet keep coming with these baseless claims of my 'dystopian dreams' and 'Fox Powered Rage Cycle'.

    I think we call this projection.

    Like I said, creative misinterpretation.  Go back and read the words that show up when you click those links and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that they don't match any of what you said.

    Remember how I was talking about context... even linking to articles I read to support my claims? Here you just say "they don't say what you think they said" without offering any supporting information.

    It's almost as if you aren't interested in having a conversation and more interested in simply saying "you're wrong" over and over again... without ever even conceiving of the possibility that you yourself may have been wrong.

    The CDC director said they should be able to contain an epidemic.  That's been done.  That some folks might get ill was suggested in the first link.  No intelligent person doubted that could happen.

    And before he made those comments he didn't think Ebola would reach our shores. Then we have two nurses infected and a few other possible cases. Only time will tell if he is right, but he's been wrong a few times thus far.

    And the CDC director didn't "blame" anyone for breach of protocol.

    No one by name but the implication was quite clear when he said: "at some point a breach of protocol". It probably wasn't you or I breaching protocol... but one of those interacting with Duncan who did... and given it wasn't you or I who was infected...

    None the less, the CDC director eventually apologized for the previous statements. So much for not blaming.

    The fact that the disease got out shows that the protocol wasn't followed correctly

    I don't know if you heard... but there were some issues with the protocols as specified on their website and training materials: 

     ... which by the way have since been removed from the website.

    Maybe just maybe the protocol was being followed... but that it in of itself was wrong... maybe?

    The fact you cannot even acknowledge such a thing and instead continue your partisan attacks says quite a bit about you.

    OR we have a new vector.

    At last! You've said something substantive... yet I don't recall the CDC director saying that.

    These folks aren't morons, and the suggested protocols have done a pretty good job of helping to contain this stuff in the past.

    Pretty good? Again, the director said that it was a breach which caused the infections, ergo follow the protocols and you won't get infected, don't follow the protocols and you will... but is that what has happened?

    Though with regards to being morons... maybe, maybe not... but I would at least like it if they can get their narrative right with regards to the whole you can give, but not get Ebola on a bus thing.

    Sh*t happens, however, and by all accounts, this hospital was not prepared for this.

    True, but what about groups like Doctors Without Borders? Unlike virtually everyone staffing our local hospitals, they are the ones going into the hot zones to treat people at the source... and they have suffered a number of infections of their own... and you'd think that given such day to day interactions, they would be the most meticulous at practicing such protocols.

    The CDC isn't in charge of the management of every hospital in the country, and if they tried to take on that task, you and your ilk would be the first ones to scream government over-regulation.

    Again you arguing against things I haven't said, so to confirm... you are just going to keep screaming "you're wrong" over and over again I take it? ... Or did I miss throngs of conservatives (and I) rallying against the President's proposal for SWAT like teams run by the CDC to quickly move in anytime there was a case

    So, jump back on your Fox Powered Rage Cycle and take another lap. 

    Tell me, what's it like to have Fox Derangement Syndrome? It's quite clear you are obsessed with them and assume I get all of my information from them... yet I do not think once (though I could be wrong) have I cited Fox here... instead citing a multitude of sources.

    Odd how you cannot be bothered to do the same thing... even once.

    But since you expect me to be as blindingly partisan as you are showing yourself to be, I guess I could give you an article which will send you into further fits, consider this: How the Feds Block Ebola Cures

  • Microsoft Watch

    @Ian2: And far better than Microsoft's first attempt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Datalink

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    , FuncOfT wrote

    *snip*

    I've heard conflicting reports of that now - some say he lied even after having wheeled his cousin with Ebola in a wheelbarrow to a clinic.

    There is pretty good evidence that he lied on his way out of Liberia. Though I've not heard as to if he lied getting into the US... perhaps at the time Customs wasn't asking about travel in infected countries or close contact with infected persons.

    Others say, he reported that he WAS in Africa recently around his sick cousin and the hospital just sent him home with a high fever anyways, and that they are at fault.

    And this is something the hospital is investigating. There is a reason they call it 'practicing' medicine as it is unfortunately an imperfect field where imperfect humans are deeply involved with the diagnostic process... mistakes happen, as we see happened here.

    Anyone with that high of a fever shouldn't be sent home, Ebola or not. Racial issues may be at the root of this botched care.

    Who do you want to pay for that?

    Unfortunately hospital resources are a limited one and their ability to admit everyone who is ill simply isn't possible. At last check, Duncan was without insurance for either of his trips to the US hospital, and the first time around they didn't think Ebola so released him with some antibiotics (not an uncommon thing with a fever when something more significant isn't suspected).

    Ask yourself this... worst case lets say the first doctor was... a Grand Wizard of the KKK and said to himself "Black guy with Ebola... yeah, I'm going to get him on the street as fast as can be so he doesn't get treated and dies a horrible death"... do you think even he would be oblivious to the possibility of the infection spreading beyond just the initial person?

    Someone f-ed up... and to blame racism is a ghastly thing.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    Thanks ScanIAm for providing a bit of utter hilarity in these dark times of Ebola, ISIS and winter coming.

    , ScanIAm wrote

    *snip*

    Thanks for taking my comment out of context and then running a near marathon with that strawman.  I'll go ahead and put it up there again so you can be sure to re-read it:

    So you accuse me of taking your quote out of context... but actually failed to provide context then or not. Sure you quoted jinx both times, neither of you specified which news reports or who was being reported on... so I did.

    How is that out of context?

    Oh right! Bringing some possible context to a discussion means implicitly taking all other statements out of context... that must be it, right?

    More so, I seem to recall even the CDC director saying that they would be able to prevent a spread from Duncan. Never mind the fact that when the first of two nurses tested positive... he went on to blame her for a breach in protocol.

    I have and continue to cite either specific articles or specific cases... you've done neither.

    Remind me now... who is pulling a strawman?

    Now, please show me where a CDC official ever stated any of that.  Or you could just slither back to FreeRepublic.com and look for more reasons why Obummer beat Liberty to death with a copy of Das Kapital.

    Again, here we see you engaging in strawman tactics as I have not cited any of those sites or arguments you seem to be implying I read. Odd how I'm not telling you to back to the Daily Kos or Pravda... it's almost as if I'm discussing the topic at hand.

    More so, did you note JohnAskew's comment from earlier today? It is one that has been of concern of many in the medical arena, the fact that Ebola transmission isn't fully understood and that it may spread easier than previously believed.

    If you want to limit sources to just the CDC then that is your right to shield yourself from other perhaps contradictory or even more correct information. That's how science tends to work, various studies put forward and examined before some being accepted and others discounted... if you wish to view the CDC as the source of all medical truth in the country that is your right... but I think you'll eventually find it a rather limited one.

    Or would you care to cite specifics facts or articles? Of course not.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    *facepalm* Another example of the ineptitude of the CDC:

     

    Because it's so hard for the CDC to get a copy of the manifest directly from the airline.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    @cbae: Thank you once again for your valuable contributions, you are sounding just as delusional and bating as ever.

    , JohnAskew wrote

    @dahat:  The government and CDC have botched this responsibility. It's pretty much the most important thing they've ever attempted to do, the CDC, and they're pretty much terribly failing on an ongoing basis.

    The CDC is only able to operate within narrow areas... and depending on the situation, only with the authority of those it reports to.

    The fact that there is still not a travel ban to/from affected countries is beyond me. Claims that that would hobble our aid efforts are nonsense as even with our travel ban to/from Cuba, there are ways around it and ways that we can monitor.

    We should have never de-funded the NIH, the federal government is OURS, not some enemies'. It's supposed to be there for this type of event, not run off and into the dust by political minimalists.
     

    The NIH was never 'defunded'... it still exists, per Wikipedia it had a budget of ~10 billion back in 2010. Never answered when people point to cutting of funding to this or that government organization (never mind the fact that the CDC has received more funding from the Republican house than what Obama had requested)... no one can ever say precisely what $$$ would have retrospectively been the right answer... and until someone can do that, you are engaging in the same politicking that far too many are on the left right now.

    And the CDC is showing itself to be a clown circus act.

    Aside from the fact that they are acting within the confines imposed on them... they also (understandably) have a vested interest in self-preservation and limiting panic. If the current management is found to be too incompetent, they may find themselves spending more time with their family... just like the recent axing of the head of the Secret Service... and only after a lapse which potentially endangered the President's life but not after countless previous issues.

    EDIT:

    , JohnAskew wrote

    An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

    Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.

    I agree. Not all hospitals are created equal, many specialize in different areas and may not be suited to respond to some kinds of illnesses. While there would likely be controversy over transporting an infected person and the concerns of additional exposure, leaving that to those who are better trained in such thing I would expect is less of a threat than expecting your average hospital attempt to manage the situation with input from afar.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    , JohnAskew wrote

    "Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting, said Deborah Burger of National Nurses United."

    "...the Ebola patient's lab samples were allowed to travel through the hospital's pneumatic tubes, opening the possibility of contaminating the specimen delivery system. The nurses also alleged that hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling."

    -- This is a complete failure of our government and the CDC. This second nurse was on a Frontier airline flight from Cleveland on the 13th, she went to the hospital with Ebola symptoms the next morning.

    "CDC also says woman who went to Ohio should not have been travelling after having contact with Ebola patient." 

    -100

    You mean their oh so perfect protocols weren't followed to the letter? *gasp*

    And these new possible exposures in addition to the other 70 or so who interacted with Duncan while he was being treated... not to mention his family here in the states (who violated their isolation agreement possibly exposing others)... the first responders to the apartment... the NBC news crew who also violated their isolation agreement.

    EDIT:

    , JohnAskew wrote

    "Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13," the CDC said in a statement. The flight landed Monday at 8:16 p.m. CT. - she boarded the plane with a temperature of 99.5 F... was she REALLY told not to fly or is that BS cover-up after the fact?

    The CDC & local authorities have been asking those suspected of being exposed to agree to stay home (ignoring the risks to other members of the household)... the only enforcement they are using today is seeking a judicial order AFTER they violate the agreement to state home.

    Of course, these requests are a bit problematic as most people don't have enough food around their house to hold out up to the full 21 days of exposure.

    Remember too, Duncan lied on a form when leaving the infected area about his not having had contact with anyone infected... our domestic response is only slightly more advanced.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    , ScanIAm wrote

    *snip*

    I don't know what kind of news you have been listening to for the last 40+ years, but I've heard officials say exactly the opposite of what you claimed they have said.

    Care to cite that news? Or how about some recent news? I seem to recall the guy at the top saying the following recently:

    First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.  We've been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn't get on a plane for the United States.  In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we've taken new measures so that we're prepared here at home.

    Sure you've heard the opposite claims... the opposite of what was claimed have turned out to be true. What does that say about the quality of the reporting/predictions?

    The necessary precautions failed to prevent Duncan from entering the country. The controls here at home also failed to prevent infection of the two nurses... and it still early.

    Hell, even the CDC had to walk back their claims that the first nurse clearly violated their oh so perfect protocols... I guess #2 did so similarly.

    There is a reason I brought up the Spanish Inquisition... this constant need to rapidly reframe the issue suggests they not that the situation is changing rapidly, but that they are both not prepared but also not able to adequately manage the situation.

    NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.