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Comment Re:Mars is impossible (Score 2) 310

While the risks can sometimes be overblown you seem to be swinging in the opposite extreme. The ISS and all shuttle flights have all been well within the Earth's magnetic field, which is our biggest radiation shield. The Apollo program is the only time we've sent humans beyond this shield.

Mars has a minimal magnetic field compared to Earth. Just about every plan for long-term habitation of Mars has involved spending the majority of the time underground due to the radiation exposure. As others have pointed out, digging this out and living in it is not going to be very easy.

Comment Re:Musk isn't going to Mars (Score 1) 103

I agree. I haven't seen anything about re-usability on the SLS which is just nuts. I actually think Airbus' approach with the Adeline is a more realistic approach, but they don't seem to be nearly as far along as SpaceX is. Any sort of re-usability is clearly better than none.

My main disagreement with Ms Garver is that she portrays this as a turf war. Musk has an edge of bravado about him that can make him seem a bit un-serious. Re-using rockets sounds great. Re-using them on the same day sounds like a greedy businessman trying to skimp on safety checks. I think this is what NASA finds upsetting. I may be very wrong.

Comment Re:Musk isn't going to Mars (Score 2) 103

Actually, that's not what he's planning on using. He's planning on building a super-heavy lifter roughly comparable to the Saturn V or SLS. Here's the link from the article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... If you scroll down you'll see a cross-section comparison. This thing makes the Falcon Heavy look like a toy.

He is planning on some Falcon 9 based flights to Mars, but those will be just be landers and/or supplies. Here's the wikipedia link for that one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 305

A very strong case can be made for Doctors not even prescribing specific drugs. Even the best docs don't really know the drugs that well, but pharmacists do. Doctors should do the diagnosing of the issue(s) and if they wish to use a pharmaceutical treatment send the information to the pharmacist and let them consult with the patient and choose the appropriate drug(s) and dosage. This is especially important when dealing with multiple medications from multiple specialists. Pharmacists are by far the most under-appreciated medical professionals.

Comment Re:Ah, yes, "toxic". (Score 2) 262

I'm a gamer who's been playing longer than you and I have never felt that trash-talk was appropriate. You should also keep in mind that there have always been plenty of non-competitive games. PVP gamers frequently seem to think they are the only ones that count for some reason. Someone who only plays solo 4X games is just as much a gamer as you are.

Comment Re:SO when you pay people... (Score 1) 500

Citation Needed

The evidence I've seen is that a strong safety net increases business startups because people are less afraid of what will happen when they fail, which most of them will do.

Here's a few sources for my view:

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

http://www.inc.com/magazine/20...

Comment Re:OMG -- We only had ten years to get ready (Score 1) 232

ICD (all versions) are not about insurance. Yes the insurance companies use them, but the primary push comes from the World Health Organization and they aren't the least bit concerned about insurance companies. It's generally been adopted much faster in countries with socialized or single-payer systems.

Comment Re:My sister is a nurse (Score 1) 232

The doctor's and nurses don't need to know any of the codes. However, they do need to document things much better than they have been doing so far in order for the coders to categorize things correctly.

As far as the software goes it varies a bit by vendor, but I expect that the real slowdown part is in tracking down the documentation in the record, not assigning the codes. We are slowly moving away from free-form dictation by doctors into more data-oriented documentation which makes this part a bit easier.

It's just insane how long it's taken us to do this. My wife learned to code ICD-10 in college because they didn't think ICD-9 would be around much longer. This was 20 years ago.

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 3, Insightful) 91

Remember: "Man pays $50 and gets what he paid for!" doesn't make for very exciting news. The vast majority of Kickstarters work relatively well, perhaps with some delays, but nothing too serious.

Certain projects categories are a bit more volatile than others. Software and gadgets are among the most risky, which happens to be the categories of primary interest to slashdotters. In comparison, board games are an extremely safe bet. In the vast majority of cases the creator already has a print & play version available. Kickstarting is becoming positively routine in the board games world, and that's despite having one of the most famous kickstarter screw ups (The Doom that Came to Atlantic City).

Comment Re:Sad (Score 2) 452

Keep in mind that ads aren't reddit's only source of revenue. They also have reddit gold, which is a pretty bizarre thing: It functions basically as a subscription to the site with some of the typical perks.

The strange thing is that in general people don't buy it for themselves, they buy it for other people in recognition of good comments. Basically, if UserX makes a comment I really like I might click on the "give gold" button at the bottom of the comment. I pay money to reddit, reddit gives UserX some perks for a month. It's very bizarre when you think about it, but it gives reddit real incentives to make it a place where users post good comments.

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