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Comment EMP (Score 1) 60

It's all fun and games, until someone sets off a NNEMP device buried under the 50 yard line. ... I think that was part of the plot in a bad movie. I've noticed that a lot of credible threats are taken straight from movies and TV shows.

Comment Re:We'll see (Score 1) 226

I just checked Walmart's site, just for being the shit end of outlets that sell such things. They list several explicitly GMRS that are available in my local stores for around $25/pair. I spot checked the manuals on some, and they just said to be sure you're licensed before turning the power up.

The only FRS-only radio that is cheaper is a pair of purple "Disney Sofia the First FRS 2-Way Radios" for $19.54. At least I think that's a pair of radios. The description sucks. I guess being branded as "Disney princess" radios would stop a few people. I'm not sure that I'd want to be seen using a pretty princess radio. :)

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 3, Insightful) 169

To be fair, a lot of people have written a lot of books, that Slashdot readers should have read. Not remembering a name, other than the context "guy who carries lots of electronics with him", is perfectly acceptable.

The electronics kit you're referencing is too new for some of us. My kit was from the late 1970s or early 1980s. I say that because that's when I used one of those "### in 1" electronics kits. I haven't seen mine for over 20-some years. I have no idea who the author of the accompanying book was.

If you pretentious enough to say anyone worthy of being here should know Mr. Mims, you should also be aware that you're spelling his name wrong.

Comment Re:Pretty standard procedure on a large campus (Score 1) 284

I'm glad I'm not the first one to say this. The on-site medical can triage, determine what is needed, and if necessary get EMS dispatched to the correct door with someone waiting to direct them in.

The article did make it clear that the on-site medical staff were sometimes insufficient.

You don't know if a person on the floor hit their head on something, passed out from exhaustion or low blood sugar, or (worst case) having a cardiac emergency. Rest and a candy bar doesn't require the waste of EMS resources. A bumped head can be a low priority dispatch.

When I worked in a warehouse, we had one front door. Easy, right? Not really. The warehouse was huge, with loading docks with truck bays and doors across the entire rear of the building. More than likely, the fastest route out was through the back. Telling EMS "go to the back of the building" could have wasted a lot of time trying to find *where* to be.

I found out the hard way that the "nurse" who worked the medical clinic on the night shift at my warehouse was untrained. I got a nasty gash on my hand, and I was bleeding a lot. I got a paper towel, applied pressure, got to my manager and then the clinic. The "nurse" bandaged it. The bandaging looked more like I was holding a gauze covered softball, which put no pressure on the wound. She offered to call EMS because I needed stitches. I couldn't afford the time off.

I took the bandage back off, and taught her how to do it properly. I didn't have a lot of training before that, but it was enough to properly bandage a wound (among other things). She appreciated the instruction. So I learned the "nurse" was just "someone to sit in the medical room for compliance purposes". I had to work late that day to make up for the time I spent in the clinic. They counted it as an unscheduled break. Bastards.

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