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Comment: Re:Mythbusters show just how impaired you are at . (Score 1) 996

by RatPh!nk (#43731053) Attached to: NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

Like mentioned before "driving under the influence" and "driving while intoxicated" are two separate issues. If you want to have a hard limit for driving under the influence, which doesn't represent your physical ability to drive well or not, that is fine and it is an arbitrary number. It should be a fine, and it should trigger road-side testing. If you are "impaired" through a series of road-side test you are driving while intoxicated. Conversely, if you are under the limit, but seem intoxicated, it doesn't matter what your BAC is, the same road-side tests should be involved.

I work in the ER, I have seen people with surprisingly high BAC who are quite functional. Those people are chronically intoxicated, and have adjusted appropriately. Same goes true with the current narcotic epidemic. I have seen people on chronic narcotics who are quite functional and seem surprised when I tell them they shouldn't be driving on their 80 mg twice daily of long acting narcotic and 15 mg every 4 hours of a short acting narcotic.

Comment: Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (Score 2) 187

by RatPh!nk (#43283863) Attached to: Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

Decision-making skills play a significant role, but there are plenty of other factors that help to reduce recidivism rates, such as anti-social belief systems, mental health, criminal companions, etc

which according to the article were controlled for.......Doesn't mean it is perfect, but it is less of a confounding variable then you may think.

Comment: Re:Misleading (Score 1) 102

by RatPh!nk (#43213531) Attached to: Revealed: Chrome Really Was Exploited At Pwnium 2013

Saying that Safari on MacOS "was not hacked" is slightly misleading. Nobody attempted to hack it, so contrary to some reports (and posts) it didn't survive anything.

As it was slightly misleading in the previous few years when it was "the first browser" hacked (or some variation thereof). Someone found an exploit and they were first up.

Comment: Re:5 min on google 10 years medical training (Score 1) 659

by RatPh!nk (#43118095) Attached to: Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

5 minutes on google will tell me that.....

Will tell you what? Not as much as you think, apparently.Thank you for illustrating this. ~2 grams/day (some say more, but 2 is solid) of acetaminophen/paracetamol/tylenol/etc have been studied and accepted as safe in chronic liver disease. 500 mg PO QID if you are so inclined.

The therapeutic use of acetaminophen in patients with liver disease.

Alcoholic liver disease: Is acetaminophen safe?

Acetaminophen, When Taken as Directed, is Safe for Patients with Liver Disease


Comment: Re:Patients (Score 1) 659

by RatPh!nk (#43117841) Attached to: Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

The Doctors have been colluding with government to fuck over patients well and good for a long time. There'd be some justice in seeing them take the shaft in their turn, but I'd rather just end the power of their guild to control may access to health care services and treatments.

How are "we" (yes I am a doctor" colluding with the government? The government programs - medicare/medicaid pay pennies on the dollar.


+ - "excitement" over Surface launch was faked->

Submitted by whoever57
whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in The Atlantic wire quotes Geekwire in a description of lines "around the building" but,
"a significant portion of those in line are somehow affiliated with Microsoft, either as employees, vendors, or contractors."

The same article describes a "press only" Surface tablet event at which the "clapping and hollering" came from a group of people who had badges that were different to the press badges."

Link to Original Source

+ - Our Weather Satellites are Dying 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that some experts say it is almost certain that the US will soon face a year or more without crucial weather satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks because the existing polar satellites are nearing or beyond their life expectancies, and the launching of the next replacement, known as JPSS-1, has slipped until early 2017. Polar satellites provide 84 percent of the data used in the main American computer model tracking the course of Hurricane Sandy, which at first was expected to amble away harmlessly, but now appears poised to strike the mid-Atlantic states. The mismanagement of the $13 billion program to build the next generation weather satellites was recently described as a “national embarrassment” by a top official of the Commerce Department. A launch mishap or early on-orbit failure of JPSS 1 could lead to a data gap of more than 5 years. The second JPSS satellite — JPSS 2 — is not scheduled for launch until 2022. “There is no more critical strategic issue for our weather satellite programs than the risk of gaps in satellite coverage,” writes Jane Lubchenco, the under secretary responsible for the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. “This dysfunctional program that had become a national embarrassment due to chronic management problems.” As a aside, I know from personal experience that this isn't the first time NOAA has been in this situation. "In 1992 NOAA's GOES weather satellites were at the end of their useful lives and could have failed at any time," writes Hugh Pickens, a project manager for AlliedSignal at that time. "So NOAA made an agreement with the government of Germany to borrow a Meteosat Weather Satellite as a backup and drift it over from Europe to provide weather coverage for the US's Eastern seaboard in the event of an early GOES failure.""

Comment: Re:More about Obama lies (Score 1) 244

by RatPh!nk (#40930041) Attached to: Telco Company Claims Freedom of Speech Includes Misleading Ads

Is there a hospital in the United States that turns away a patient. No, it is against the law.

They are required under EMTALA to provide "emergency" care. Outside a few oncological emergencies there are very few cancer related things that will get you treated in the emergency room. You will not get chemotherapy, likely, if you don't have insurance unless you can convince the hospital to give you some charity care.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce