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Comment: Re:People are the problem (Score 4, Interesting) 82

by CFD339 (#48266731) Attached to: "Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland
actually, many many people are saved by AEDs every day. I've seen it done. In one case at my daughter's school a kid's grandfather dropped during a drama production. A student ran and got the AED our department had placed in the school, a parent used it on the floor of the auditorium. The man WALKED to the ambulance when it arrived a few minutes later.

Comment: Re:8.0 percent? (Score 2) 82

by CFD339 (#48266719) Attached to: "Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland
But an automatic defibrillator will not shock an arrested rhythm. The machine can only shock specific kinds of fibrillation -- where the heart is fluttering in a disorganized way that doesn't pump blood the way it should. A fully arrested heart wouldn't be detected by the machine. You'd need a trained medic to manually shock in those cases.

Comment: There's another one here in Portland, Maine (Score 1) 115

by CFD339 (#45248453) Attached to: Is Google Building a Floating Data Center In San Francisco Bay?
Pretty much the same, on a floating barge here in Portland. Just read an article about it the paper (dead tree version). It's pretty clearly tied to google, that's clear. Also, the registrations of these two barges were a three letter designation and then 0010 and 0011 so there's probably at least one more out there (0001) somewhere and quite possibly at 0000 too.

Comment: I doubt Bruce would want you to...not entirely (Score 1) 330

by CFD339 (#45202369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?
His whole set of ideals and processes is about not having to trust an individual person to make you secure. What he publishes is open, as are the software and techniques he espouses. The point is that if he's not trustworthy there should be people out there that will spot it. Personally, I'm not qualified but I do have some level of trust that there are plenty of people who are and who do check. If not, we're all screwed but there's no point in going down that path.

Comment: Re:Freezing the ground is not new at all. (Score 1) 225

by CFD339 (#44759223) Attached to: Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks
I don't really know, but I believe it was far long than that. The point is, it can certainly be done. What they're looking to do in Japan is divert the ground water around that site for some duration. If it can be done, it can be done - how long is just a question of the correct application of copious amounts of both energy and money.

Comment: Freezing the ground is not new at all. (Score 3, Interesting) 225

by CFD339 (#44750087) Attached to: Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks
In Boston, for parts of the Big Dig in the Back Bay area, this was how the tunneling was done. The ground there is far too soupy (that's a technical term used by geologists) to tunnel through effectively. They ran water with an antifreeze agent (just salt I think) through the pipes and kept it chilled below the freezing point of regular water. Over time it froze the ground in the whole area so they could tunnel in it and reinforce the tunnel before finally allowing the ground to thaw. It seems to have worked just fine for Boston.

Comment: Re:One of the key benefits of this (Score 1) 379

by CFD339 (#44599457) Attached to: Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development
Well, others have pointed out that I'm mistaken about the amount of loss in electrical lines -- but as to loss in gas lines, it's actually very minimal. I'm a firefighter and so have had some training in dealing with both high pressure long-haul gas lines and low pressure home delivery lines.

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