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Comment: Re:Sometimes the change is good (Score 3, Funny) 185

by ColdWetDog (#48011857) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

"In 1994, when Tony Cicoria was 42 years old, he was struck by lightning near Albany, New York, while standing next to a public telephone. He had just hung up the phone and was about a foot away when a rogue bolt of lightning struck. He recalled seeing his own body on the ground surrounded by a bluish-white light. Cicoria’s heart had apparently stopped, but he was resuscitated by a woman, (coincidentally an intensive-care-unit nurse) who was waiting to use the telephone.[2][3]"

Holy crap!.... makes me almost want to believe in some sort of higher power.

110 or 220?

Comment: Paging Dr. House (Score 2) 208

by ColdWetDog (#48010265) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Dunno about the OP, but I've to, due to job, from time to time. It's a bit like jail, with soft, white round corners. It gives me the jeebies, and I'm always grateful to return to my Debian box (FVWM, by the way).

So yes, I have, and never enjoyed the experience.

Ah, now we've got it:

Separation anxiety disorder of childhood

      F93.0 is a billable ICD-10-CM code that can be used to specify a diagnosis.

Clinical Information:

        Anxiety experienced by an individual upon separation from a person or object of particular significance to him.

Comment: Re:what a difference a day makes (Score 4, Insightful) 221

Which is exactly why lots of people wonder about the intelligence of hiring on the lowest bidder to clean out and stock commercial aircraft. You know, those people who scrunch down everywhere in the cabin with no supervision. Who load baggage in the hold after the TSA 'screens' it. Who deliver boxes and boxes of stuff to all manner of aircraft.

Comment: Re:Copter data (Score 1) 91

by ColdWetDog (#48004117) Attached to: DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

But really, work out the business case. An island of 3000 or so people needs JUST a small medication (or part or whatever) often enough to spin up this entire system? I can't remember the last time I (as an ER doc) needed just the a medication to treat a patient. If the med is that unusual that it's not stocked then it typically is dangerous enough (or the patient sick enough) to transport the person to a bigger facility. Yes, there are some exceptions (say snake bite antivenom, Digifab but they are definitely edge cases.

Perhaps. And presumably DHL has done some homework - we have to assume that they aren't just batshit insane. But it's just hard to figure.

The only thing I can thing of needing this sort of delivery system is iPhone replacements or drug withdrawals.

Comment: Re:Pretty Cool (Score 1) 91

by ColdWetDog (#48004019) Attached to: DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

Maybe a Global Hawk, but Alaska is pretty damned big. Besides. we've figured this out long ago Bush planes. Cheap, simple, fairly robust. Certainly able to fly under any conditions that a wee little drone could fly in.

And if you're really sick, you want said bush plane (or the Coast Guard or Air National Guard depending on where you are) to haul your ill ass OUT of wherever you happen to be. Most people who need urgent / emergent medicines need a bit more than just the drug. Like a doctor, nurse, clinic facilities, etc. The exception would be cocaine withdrawal but I don't see DHL getting into that game just yet.

Comment: Re:I can't quite decide (Score 4, Funny) 82

by ColdWetDog (#48003833) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

Three Rings for the Fortune 100 in New York City.
Seven for Haliburton in its halls of stone,
Nine for FBI doomed to lie,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In Fort Meade where the Shadows lie.
One Program to rule them all, One Program to find them,
One Program to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In Fort Meade where the Shadows lie

Comment: Re:We care why? (Score 1) 50

by ColdWetDog (#47990373) Attached to: Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

Because, even though we assume water vapor is common, we don't have much evidence of that being true. And often our assumptions are incorrect. So having credible evidence is much more comforting than declaring it a 'safe bet'.

Further, the reason why we are so wound up about water is that we know that life exists in such an environment. We can propose other solvents but all that is unknown.

And further, TFA is establishing a methodology to look for water in other exoplanets so we can hopefully find out how common (or uncommon it is).

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson