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Comment: Re:Up is down and hot is cold... (Score 2) 127

by ColdWetDog (#47793097) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Drugged up is drugged up.

LONG-term effects of marijuana

        Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)

        Suppression of the immune system

        Growth disorders

        Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body

        Reduction of male sex hormones

        Rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions (injuries) to the brain could be permanent

        Reduced sexual capacity

        Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information

        Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation

        Personality and mood changes

        Inability to understand things clearly

I thought these were all side effects from reading Slashdot.

Comment: Re: Human Subjects (Score 1) 87

So the mortality rate is not 90% - the media is, as usual, misquoting the figure. They actually quote was something more like "a mortality rate of up to 90%" because one outbreak has had a mortality rate this high. This particular outbreak, as of yesterday, only had a mortality rate of 51%. Other outbreaks have different rates depending on local conditions, such as how good the care the patients receive is. I think the cumulative for all outbreaks since the 70's is about 65% IIRC.

And that number is likely to be higher than reality since people who aren't very sick will be unwilling to present for care and, given the poor state of public health infrastructure in that neck of the woods, population surveillance is very hard.

They will have a better idea in the upcoming months when they can screen for Ebola antibodies in the general population.

Comment: Re:Super-8 home movies (Score 1) 577

by ColdWetDog (#47788857) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I gave my dad's K&E slide rule, used on Apollo 10 and 11 launches, to my nephew who is an engineering major in college. His friends think it's the coolest retro thing they've even seen. I'm pretty sure it's the only real professional grade aluminum slide rule they've ever seen.

I remember when I used that thing in high school and college.

I'll just water the lawn now.

Comment: Re:There have been worse outages (Score 1) 133

by ColdWetDog (#47766629) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Or maybe this guy was going to die no matter what. This sort of thing happens. While our modern infrastructure is important and we should angst about major fuckups (especially if they involve TWC and friends), even the old unbreakable Bakelite phone / POTS system screwed up from time to time.

The other thing to realize about the current 911 system (at least in the US) is that it is a fairly robust, fairly smart system. In the 'old days' when we had to make sure that paths were clear of T. Rex and raptors, it was often hard to find an address because the caller didn't know where they were. "Rock lane! No Boulder Boulevard! No, Flintstone Freeway!" No we can just look at the map.

But stuff like this is going to fail, Murphy sees to that (genuflects). If somebody actually dies because of a 911 delay, their prognosis is pretty grim anyway.

Comment: Re:Actually it PROHIBITS religious or political te (Score 1) 520

by ColdWetDog (#47765843) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Not really. It is so poorly and broadly worded such that it could be interpreted in either way. According to the Ars article, the bill's author has been rather vague about how he interprets it. But if you have a legislature and judiciary that strongly favors, say, a creationism interpretation of reality, it can certainly be bent to considering 'the other guys' has having a particular bent.

It's bad legislation (nothing new here). Not necessarily benign. Yes, Hanlon's Razor suggests incompetence but I personally feel that Occam's Razor suggests malice.

Burma Shave

Comment: Re:If you don't want science... (Score 1) 520

by ColdWetDog (#47765741) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

If you don't want science, then you shouldn't be allowed to benefit from anything created or influenced by it. Say goodbye to your phones, your computers... your massed produced clothes made by machines that use electricity, your fancy guns designed on a computer, your cars.. all of it. Go back to horses and shit soup over a fire while reading your bible and dying of the plague.

If you don't want God, you're gonna burn. Death to the Philistine!

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