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Comment: Re:Parents should be liable (Score 1) 152

by ColdWetDog (#49831803) Attached to: Diphtheria Returns To Spain For Lack of Vaccination

How about parents who smoke in the house? You can prove that by checking conicotine levels in the kid's urine. There are are number of distinct parental behaviors that can demonstrably harm children.

You gonna put everybody in jail?

Let Uncle Nanny raise the kids?

This is an imperfect world. Get used to it.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 2) 94

by ColdWetDog (#49817229) Attached to: The Artificial Pancreas For Diabetics Is Nearly Here

You would need a lot more research that (I don't believe has been done) on how often you really need to adjust your thyroid. As cdrugde mentions, thyroid testing is done infrequently - on the order of months. To have an implantable system that fired off that infrequently is probably not really worth it. Dogma is that thyroid hormones don't change that much - at least a clinically noticeable values.

Most of the thyroid replacement research these days seems to be around the issue of 'minor' thyroid hormones, mostly T3. Even with this issue, we don't have good data. And T3 is produced at about 10% of the rate of T4 (the traditional thyroid hormone) so it isn't some scarce little molecule.

But if you really look closely at how much we know about things like this, it's pretty disappointing. This sort of research is slow and very expensive. Given that thyroid pills are pennies and that people do 'pretty well' on that treatment, the impetus to improve things is small.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 132

One of my inverter / chargers (Kisea Asbo) has a USB charging port on it. I have a battery pack plugged into so if we have a prolonged power outage, I can directly charge the cell phones / flashlights / whatever else. USB charging is so ubiquitous these days I think it will eventually replace the AA cell.

Comment: Re:Commerce as speech (Score 2) 172

by ColdWetDog (#49806209) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

TFA specifically mentioned that this would be unlikely to work. However, you could argue that the irony in the concept of 'copyrights all the way down' might be sufficiently transformative so as to enjoy copyright protection.

Thus, it would really be 'copyrights all the way down'. Or perhaps recursion.

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