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Comment: Been there, done that: Hemo the Magnificent (Score 1) 327

by clovis (#49557911) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

His dream has already come true.
I remember seeing the 1957 film "Hemo the Magnificent" 1961, and the experience was exactly as Godsey described it.
The teacher turned on the projector, sat down, and did heaven knows what while we kids sat in the dark watching the flickering screen.
And then the teacher got up and facilitated more learning.

Sea Water!

Comment: Re:Somewhere in the middle... (Score 1) 339

by clovis (#49530897) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

For example: The highest rate of mortality for Chicken Pox is 100 out of 300Million. This was what could possibly be attributed, which means that most of these people were already fatally ill with things like Leukemia when they contracted the Chicken Pox. The mortality rate of the vaccine according to the CDC is 1 in 30,000. (The actual wording on the CDC site is that 2 out of 15,000 will have extremely severe reactions to the vaccine, and 1 of those will be fatal.

Your claim of a 1 in 30,000 mortality rate is false.
Here's the CDC safety data for vaccines:

Here's chickenpox vaccine:

Comment: Re:I Call BS! (Score 1) 47

Disclaimer: PACS employee for state wide health system here...

Calling Bullshit here that it's as 'easy as a call to the Hospital Administrator'.

I agree with your calling BS on that story.
I used to work in a hospital IT department, and what the AC above said is spot on. Heck, it's hard enough for the typical hospital to get some kind of interoperability between their own PACS system and their own EMR and their own pharmacy.

The article says some NFL commish called some hospital CEO, but it doesn't make it clear exactly what he was asking for.

If the article is implying that the hospital's CEO ordered EMR interoperability between the NFL and the hospital and got that to happen, I got a bridge to sell to a whole bunch of people.

I suspect that what the NFL wanted was to have the hospital to send over the players records in some form without having to jump through the usual time-consuming hoops, such as getting the player to sign some HIPPA release forms. And I bet they also wanted the hospital to assign VIP status to those records.

For those that don't know, major hospitals flag celebrity, VIP, and politician medical records. Every single access to a VIP EMR causes a flag report to be sent for investigation. Looking at one of those records is the fastest way there is to get fired from a hospital.

Comment: be sure to follow the correct order of things. (Score 1) 315

by clovis (#49444349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

I didn't read beyond the article's title , but I'm sure that tells me everything that is needed.

How to Introduce a 7 Year Old to Programming.
Using "Kevin" as a sample name, you do an introduction like this:

Hello, Programming, may I present my son, Kevin?
(assuming yes)
Programming, I would like you to meet my son, Kevin
Kevin, this is Programming.

The rule is the senior one receives the first introduction.
Remember to make eye contact with each person as you speak to them.

You should have prepared your son to make eye contact with whomever he is being introduced to, and he should be prepared to handshake if one is offered.
Your son should not offer his hand first; the higher status person does that.
Also, I recommend that you check and remove any boogers from his hands and face before initiating the introduction.

Comment: Re:I can summarize article (Score 1) 489

by clovis (#49440995) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

A follow up thought:

There is a true irony here. The desire for government regulation really is driven by selfish self interest. I want to not be screwed over by selfish people running businesses so I can get more for myself. My desire for government regulation against selfishness stems from my own selfishness.

So true.
My father-in-law taught me a valuable lesson back when I was a closet hippie.
"Always vote for your own self interest first. If everyone does that, then the country can take care of itself. It's when people start trying to guess what's best for others that things get screwed up."

Comment: I can summarize article (Score 4, Interesting) 489

by clovis (#49440453) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

1) net neutrality is pushed by a coalition of commies and rent-seeking aristocrats, so you should be against it
2) no one in government understands the Internet, so whatever they do will be wrong
3) even if you are a commie, you should know that the market always responds to what the consumers want in spite of corporations attempts at anti-competive practices, so we can trust the ISPs to always do what is best for us

Comment: Could emigration be a factor? (Score 1) 298

by clovis (#49440245) Attached to: Did Natural Selection Make the Dutch the Tallest People On the Planet?

If I were much below average height, and if I had been born in a community where the average height had increased to over six feet, I would leave.
I would leave for a number of reasons. One is lessened economic opportunity, another is the now and again intimidation factor, and lastly the reduced access to females due to the females being taller.

It is not true that women prefer the taller men in group. Other factors are much more important to women than height, and those other factors are always present. However, there is a caveat. Very few women will mate with a man that is shorter than herself, with the exception of significant wealth or power. I dare say that most young women would rather go without sex than settle for a short guy.

So I'm wondering if part of the accelerated natural selection process that seems to be happening in the NL is due to the short-genes guys having left for greener pastures.

Comment: mortgages and financial crisis of 2007-2008 (Score 2) 163

by clovis (#49396049) Attached to: Tesla's April Fool's Joke Spoofs Market Algorithms

I see a number of posts blaming the financial crisis of 2007-2008 on the sale of bad mortgages.

If you are not familiar with the terms listed below, then you should not attempt to discuss the financial crisis of 2007-2008 because you would be wrong.
If you are reading an article about the financial crisis, or listening to someone discuss the financial crisis, and you do not hear these terms then you should assume they are either ignorant or lying.

140% rehypothecation rule
credit default swap (CDS)
collateralized debt obligation (CDO)
synthetic CDO
repurchase agreement (especially internal repo and repo 105)

Comment: And everyone is innocent (Score 1) 349

by clovis (#49373209) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

From the article:

For starters, the woman who owned the bank account that received his phony refund — a student at a local Pennsylvania university — said she got the transfer after responding to a Craigslist ad for a moneymaking opportunity.

Kasper said the detective learned that money was deposited into her account, and that she sent the money out to locations in Nigeria via Western Union wire transfer, keeping some as a profit, and apparently never suspecting that she might be doing something illegal.

How can anyone in college not suspect that sending money to strangers in Nigeria might somehow involve something illegal?
Is it possible that someone is telling fibs? Oh my stars, I'm feeling dizzy.

Comment: Re:Why does it need a 5 speed gearbox?? (Score 1) 167

by clovis (#49372355) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

The whole point of electric motors is max torque from zero rpm so what the hell does it need a 5 speed for? Ok, its rpm isn't unlimited so eventually you'll have to changed the ratio to get a good top speed , but 2 ratios should be enough for this. Whats going on?

Power output is the wrong number to look at, What you want to see for racing is the torque curve.

I haven't seen the torque curve for the motor used in the Formula E cars, but if it's typical then it will be max torque flat from zero to about 6,000 rpm and then fall off linearly to 17,500 rpm. I'm not sure, but I think that the peak torque is about 250-270 ft-lbs or around that for the formula E cars. That is not enough torque to spin the tires, and for maximum acceleration you need enough torque to slightly spin the tires.
Of course the engine torque would be multiplied by the final drive ratio after going through the gearbox, so a 250 ft-lb motor with a final 4:1 drive ratio would put 1,000 ft-lbs at the wheel which is probably more than enough for these cars.

The catch is that a 4:1 ratio reduce the rotational speed by 4, so in exchange for getting 1,000 ft-lbs of torque, a 17,500 rpm engine speed would give you only 4,375 rpm at the wheel. So your top speed drops by 4. If you were able to go 160 mph in direct drive at 17,500, but now have a final drive ratio of 4:1, now your top speed is only 40 mph. You beat everyone to the first curve, but they drive by you on the straight.

Unless you have a gearbox.

Comment: Re:What else will Cameraphones ruin? (Score 1) 606

by clovis (#49217993) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

Seems like you can't be a racist bigot anymore without someone taping what you say and posting it online. How are good old boys clubs supposed to survive in the new millennium? Are we going to have more places demanding people surrender their cellphones before entering? Between this and dashcams and cop cameras it's getting really hard to get away with being a total shithead anymore. We're going to have to see some senators step up and propose legislation to protect the children and good old fashion values soon or it will be too late.

I solved that by using "Anonymous Coward" for all my public interactions, whether total shithead style or not.
Ok, well, I can't recall my ever not having been a shithead, but you can see the potential for the technique.

Comment: Re: More ageist stupidity (Score 1) 196

by clovis (#49186383) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

The problem is that there is no way to write a law with the intent of preventing abuse of people [who] are too young to be able to [in?]form themselves to make reasoned decisions about sex or reproduction other than arbitrarily assigning a numerical age as the borderline.

That is demonstrably incorrect. Like any matter of competence, an adequate determination of the actual situation can be ascertained by testing. The relevant issues here would include the various facts of the matter (contraception methods and effectiveness, disease varieties, recognition, and prevention, the technical details of becoming pregnant, etc.); the potential consequences as related to catching and spreading STDs, pregnancy, child-rearing, adoption, abortion, social issues such as reputation, etc., basic statistics on relationship durations and other related matters. Any moderately competent educator could set up an adequate testing regime -- there are no technical barriers to this at all.

What you have is described is what should be the result of a good sex education class. I wish everyone could have that experience. Unfortunately, the social forces you mention later in your reply prevent sex education from being taught properly in many places.

But a test to determine if a person is able to make reasoned decisions about sex and reproduction?
What you have described is, before anything else, a literacy test.
It would be great if we could implement this, but what you have described is eugenics. There is no way to write a law in the USA that even remotely smells of eugenics, and that's a fact.
Hmm, it occurs to me now that what I said is unclear. By "write a law", I mean the entire process from drafting it to getting the legislature to pass it and a governor to sign it.

Also, regarding "And no, agency does not instantly arise like some magic fucking flower when the human body crosses a 16-, 17-, 18-, 19-, 20-, or 21-year old "finish line".

This is a straw man. No one makes the claim as you stated it. We know some people under 18 years are competent to sign contracts, and we know that some people will never be competent.
The idea is that we guess when most people at that age will be competent to make reasoned decisions, as well as the societal benefits to allow and/or harm to prevent for the behavior under consideration, whether driving, signing contracts, drinking, or having consensual sex.

Another problem is that setting a numerical age as the borderline does not prevent abuse of the incompetent, nor does it ensure the individual can make reasoned decisions. All it does is create a legal nightmare for young people and anyone who might be involved with them.

That is why in addition to laws protecting the young from exploitation, there are laws protecting the mentally retarded and insane. Admittedly, this is one area that is a legal nightmare with many contradictory rulings. The problem being that laws preventing exploitation of the mentally handicapped also denies their having sex life in their entire life. I think that courts generally believe each case is unique.

The current state of affairs is toxic, unjustifiable, and guaranteed - known - to cause harm on both sides of the lines drawn. Young people below the line who are competent, and anyone involved with them, are subject to incredibly brutal punishments, de facto extreme compromise of their working, interpersonal, childbearing and residential future(s), gross public shaming, vigilantism and more.

That's why we have the so-called Romeo and Juliet laws that allow sex between people of similar ages.
Unfortunately, many states have not written such laws. This is, as you pointed out, a travesty.

Then you continue with what is basically a string of insults that hides the meaning of whatever you were trying to say.

Comment: Re:I know why they hid the extensions (Score 1) 564

by clovis (#49183261) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

You don't have to hide the extensions in order to make the GUI not change them. Just prevent the user from editing that part of the filename.

That would be a good solution, especially if it were controllable through group policy.
Lock it down in the office; do what you want at home.

"Joy is wealth and love is the legal tender of the soul." -- Robert G. Ingersoll