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Comment: Resurrection (Score 3, Funny) 89

I see the plot of a new Micheal Bay (or maybe J.J. Abrams) movie: The US military, unable to get qualified recruits to fight the new Zombie wars, takes a cue from the Zombie playbook and develops the technology to bring life old soldiers. After a bit of a difficult start, the program exceeds all expectations until the previously dead soldiers revolt at being put back in the grave and bring Washington to it's knees by filing for Social Security benefits.

Comment: Re:Sports HRMS (Score 1) 123

by ColdWetDog (#47396649) Attached to: FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

What I find astounding is that the FDA doesn't even try to regulate Electronic Health Records. Large, expensive, complex programs that do monitor and help diagnose medical conditions. I'm much more leery of EHRs than random iPhone apps.

It would be a major challenge to do this, but you might actually make a difference.

Comment: Re:How dare they (Score 3, Insightful) 63

by ColdWetDog (#47394607) Attached to: Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

Actually, there are quite a number of regulations concerning human activity in and around whales. Come to think of it, if engineers had those same regulations apply to them (mostly don't bother the whale, stay at least 100 yards away, no nearby explosions and such), then engineers might have a better chance of getting something useful accomplished.

Comment: Yep. (Score 5, Insightful) 63

by ColdWetDog (#47393873) Attached to: Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

Large apex predators change their environment. Change the numbers of the apex predators and the environment changes.

- So far, so good. Ecology 101.

"Engineers of the ocean" - now we're starting to anthropomorphize. Engineering, at least in the classic sense of human engineering, is a directed, (generally) intelligent effort to change the environment. Now, cetaceans are very likely intelligent (at least smarter than the average Internet user by all accounts), but the TFS doesn't give any indications that the whales are doing this purposely to change things, they're just being apex predators.

Grrr. I hate stuff like this. Perhaps the paywalled article is better, but TFS does not impress.

Comment: Re:Wild West Yahoos (Score 1) 87

Gun control is using two hands. If you hit the target with your 9mm, neither the bullet nor the target are going anywhere.

Though we both agree that a .223 is pretty useless. Overkill for short range defense against humans, woefully underpowered for Zombie attacks. It's really the 12 gauge shotgun that is your friend - safe, accurate (well, you don't need to be really accurate), effective.

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