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Comment: Re:It's a proxy for needing to revamp the post sys (Score 1) 207

by ColdWetDog (#47808779) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Does that system go to every hamlet and village in China? Actually curious. That's just one of the lead weights that the USPS is saddled with. They have to send stuff to Five Fingers, Alaska, pop 300, as well as to Los Angeles.

I'd also venture to bet that the system in China hasn't funded pension liabilities out for 100 years.

Apples to Apples and all that.

Comment: Re:What problem does this solve, again? (Score 1) 207

by ColdWetDog (#47808311) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Other than a driver, what's the difference between your high tech drone (with support costs) and some twenty something in a UPS truck? Sure, you can zip a roll of toilet paper or a dozen cans of shaving cream on the drone, but Mr. and Ms. Rural also want their dog food delivered so you need the truck anyway.

I can sort of see this in NYC where you can create a spurious business plan consisting of getting workers their Post-It notes quickly, out in the boonies, not so much.

Come to think of it, a driverless UPS truck makes more sense. As long as it dispenses dog treats (which is yet another weak link for a rural drone - this would just be too much fun for the neighborhood dogs - mine would have retrieved the package in seconds and attempted to shred it for the lulz).

Comment: Re:Up is down and hot is cold... (Score 2) 215

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) 89

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) 615

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.

Repel them. Repel them. Induce them to relinquish the spheroid. - Indiana University fans' chant for their perennially bad football team