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Comment Re:High Risk + Low Success = High Cost (Score 1) 245 245

Sorry to hear about your experience regarding your mom.

That's the problem with oncologists. They peddle in hope, rather than reality.

It's a double-edged sword, really. If they say there's nothing to do and it's best to just keep her comfortable, some patients and families will think they're giving up. On the other hand, if they go all-in and keep doing round after round of therapies, some families will feel they are milking the situation.

Better to ask the patient's primary care physician their opinion. If they are board certified in Internal Medicine, they should have a general idea of cure rates for most standard cancers. They're also a disinterested third party.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Yes, but sometimes you get fooled.

I rear-ended someone once. The velocity was slow enough that it was barely a scratch on either of our bumpers, but it still shakes me years later when I think about it.

I was driving in an ice storm down a slight grade and saw the car ahead of me and hit the brakes. I then promptly slid for several car lengths before hitting him. (I was smart to just slam the breaks and let the car's anti-lock breaking system figure out what to do. You start second-thinking the ABS and pump the breaks and you end up sliding a lot more.)

Comment Higher priorities (Score 1) 191 191

Apple should have higher priorities than force touch.

For instance, make a power-on button that works for more than a couple years.

Last three iPhones my wife and I bought had the power switch become less responsive (requiring heavy pressure to register) after about three years.

Or, of course, just expect everyone to throw away their phones in 2 years. That seems to be what everyone does, anyway.

Comment Re:Is there one lawyer who isn't a lying fuck? (Score 1) 75 75

My experience is a bit better. Most of the lawyers I've dealt with were aggressively defending my rights.

That being said, those were all fairly high-priced lawyers who have had decades of experience before I chose them. In addition, they were all highly recommended before I ever contacted them.

I guess it's just another example of 'you get what you pay for'.

Comment These are live donors... (Score 1) 130 130

A lot of the posters are missing the point here.

These are live donors who have joined a group of other live donors who made a promise to give a kidney now (while they are alive) in return for a kidney to be donated to a loved one in the near future (as the case may be). With the advent of national databases they were able to find a sequence of matches (involving 9 donors) so that they were able to get a kidney donated to their loved ones.

This is more a networking or graph design problem than a organ donation issue. I expect more of these sort of things in the future with other live donations (ie: liver, pancreas, bone marrow).

(I had a friend give a kidney to his twin brother. Wasn't a big deal. They just had to run a load of tests to make sure the healthy twin wasn't otherwise at risk for renal failure.)

Comment Re:Just GBE everywhere! (Score 1) 557 557

Uses for cat6 in the media room:
1 - Smart TV
2 - Receiver
3 - Bluray Player
4 - Video game system
5 - AppleTV
6 - Media Computer

Frankly, I'm putting 4 next to my media room in the basement right now. (There's no way in hell I'm attaching my TV to the internet. Ditto for the bluray player, if I were to even own one of those. The receiver will be on the local network but firewalled from the internet.)

Comment Re:Nitpicks (Score 1) 557 557

We had a central vacuum when I was a kid, and we hated it. The best use for a central vacuum system is to rip out the vacuum and use all the tubes as conduit for wiring. I guess that's really very much a matter of opinion. In any case, be sure you test one out before insisting on putting one in.

Agree that you have to try one before you get it. (My previous house had it.) I love the relocated sound, it's a lot quieter (still a little noise due to all the air motion, though). The newer ones have power-attachments available for carpeting. My builder's central vac guy gave cheap-o attachments. I bought new ones from amazon.com afterwards.

You also missed it on the power in the garage. You want 50A, not 30A. You can download the recommended installation guide from Tesla for a NEMA 14-50; use that and you should be good for anything. It's always better to overspec and then not need it than to underspec and have to go fix it.

LOL. I HAVE a Tesla. Didn't realize it was 50A (or just forgot). You're absolutely correct.

Speaking of garage doors, you can get some really great openers. My in-laws got some professional Lift-Master openers that are absolutely silent. That's nothing like what you get when you buy your own at Lowes Depot. (They even have some that attach directly to the torsion rod if you have that kind of door, so there's nothing overhead.)

Agree about the garage doors. I have the Lift-Master as well and it's fantastically quiet.

Comment A few tips... (Score 5, Informative) 557 557

I built a custom home a few years ago.

A few tips:
  - Cat6 everywhere. At least 4 near every TV/Receiver
  - In wall/In ceiling speakers in all rooms These should be tied into setups for receivers in most rooms. For the dining room (if you have one), kitchen, patio, and other areas you wouldn't want a receiver, have them go to the basement. When you buy receivers, make sure they have a cat5 input so that you can control them remotely.
  - Wire for central alarm system for fire alarms, burglar.
  - Wire the front door for a video camera. You don't need to install it, but having the wiring done is a nice thing to have just in case.
  - Run empty pipes to each room from the basement or attic so you can pull wire easier in the future.
  - Have your basement ceiling be 1 foot higher than your first floor ceiling. It costs little to do in the planning stage, but makes the basement look humongous when you finish it.
  - Just before they drywall everything, take pictures of every wall. This is your x-ray vision for the future.
  - 240V/30A line to the garage. Who knows, you may get an electric car in the future.
  - Have one closet on each floor which has a power outlet and cat6 cable.
  - Central vacuum. Once you have it, you will never go back.

I've finally learned what "upward compatible" means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes. -- Dennie van Tassel