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Comment Re: Dr. McCoy would be pleased. (Score 1) 91

I am sorry about your losses and the things your brother went through, but taking the blood out of your body to mix it with oxygen and then reintroducing it back is really an immense risk added to the patient. Look up the risks associated with extracorporeal circulation, look up acquired von Willebrand deficit, look up venous thrombosis.

You can say whatever you feel like, however it doesn't change the fact that external ventilation (look up NIV as well) is still the best way to get oxygen in the body who needs it. Same with canullas for getting iv medication as opposed to more long term solutions like picc or hickman lines which are associated with huge infection risks, thrombosis, etc.

Comment Re: As a diabetic (Score 1) 91

As a doctor I would never consider safer a thing that is continually piercing your skin, or worse, is perpetually indwelling in a blood vessel. The danger of infection, thrombosis, autoimmune response and a lot of other nasty stuff is just too high. Not to mention that long term iv lines are also subject to the danger of abuse or misuse (albeit this only applies to some people).

Genetic therapy for diabetes holds a lot of promise, restoring the pancreas' ability to secrete insulin is the only cure, anything else is just treatment.

And I do disagree with the big pharma tendencies of looking into treatments mainly rather than cures, although there is a fine line here between being wary and tinfoiling stuff.

Comment This should be preventable (Score 1) 229

There should be extension cables that would have a trip switch for voltages that are that high. Trip switches should really be included in the computing device itself, really. Since when people connect light bulbs or any appliance directly to the main generator without anything inbetween?

Comment Re:Jpeg 2000 dead? No. (Score 1) 311

I didn't know that, however I fail to see how that is in any way relevant to the home users. I haven't seen _any_ photographer use JPEG2000. At all. Anywhere in their process flow. Nor have I seen any regular user use this format. There is even a good piece on here

I understand what you are trying to say, however it still is a niche that it's used in. And unfortunately the compatibility is as widespread as the popularity of a file format. If PNG was only used in a handful of niche applications you wouldn't have all the photo editors being taught how to read it and process it.

Comment Re:New Standard, obligatory... (Score 1) 311

Makes me want to think, really, are new standards really necessary?

Also, JPEG2000 is dead and buried and I'm using PNG for photography editing. It goes without saying that if you can process the raw file from the camera, you can also use PNG to save it/resize it and then export it to JPEG for web or other formats as required for printing.

Comment Reading data/decrypting (Score 1) 113

I suppose it was bound to come to this, but even if they intercepted petabytes of data, how are they going to decrypt it uber fast when storage media is slow even by today's computers' standards?

It would be an incredibly fast process, but first you have to find the needle in the hay field and then splice it open, and whilst the latter would be solved by quantum computers, the former is still in the works.

Comment yes, but... (Score 4, Informative) 241

... there's still a long-ish way to go until Windows 10 is out. And I'm afraid it'll come with surprises that we don't want (more bloatware? Advertising?).

I'm impressed by the performance boosts Windows got through 8, 8.1 and now 10, but unfortunately that is not enough for an OS. I'm uncomfortable with navigating the OS, something which should be seamless, logical and extremely easy to do; imagine if you had to think about every step you take whilst you go shopping.

I've also installed Windows 7, 8, 8.1 on a Macbook Pro and it's terrible. Oh, it is fast, trouble is the energy management is so poor the processor is overheating so the fans go turbo-mode. Not a pleasant experience.

I'll stick to 7 for the moment and OS X, they do the job properly without the hassle of a sad smilie BSOD.

Comment Re:it isn't the best thing for your health, but... (Score 1) 365

I agree with you in part, but stigmatised != outlawed. It isn't outlawed to drink. It is outlawed to drink and drive. Smoking is slowly outlawed - in most civilised countries it is illegal to smoke in public places, illegal to smoke in restaurants, cafes, bars, you name it. In some countries it is outlawed to drink in certain areas, but not a lot. Soon, it'll be illegal to smoke in one's own home or on its balcony/in the garden, which to me spells complete bollocks. And the worst part of this is that it's extended to electronic cigarettes extremely fast. Which is completely dumb.

Smoking makes people look down on you. At least it does in the last 15 years or so. Drinking - not so much. At all I'd say. I do make a difference between binge drinking, regular drinking and casual drinking, obviously. I also know for a fact that alcohol tolerances vary a lot and I also know that regular alcohol consumption sometimes leads to alcohol problems. You don't need to get drunk for that, not every time anyway. But then some people notice their hands are shaking without a drink and they're irritable without a drink and they can't go to sleep at night without a drink.

What I'm trying to say is that at the end of the day the sum of all vices is equal in all of us. Some prefer smoking, some prefer a drink, some both, others are serial daters, etc. But vices can do damage, damage that we've yet to quantify. It isn't easy, because studies are inherently flawed by the way they're conducted, low participants' numbers, etc. But overall, the media is blowing stuff out of proportion and instead of publishing neutral articles and let people draw some conclusions, they spoon feed sensational titles and conclusions that aren't always correct.

A balanced approach to life is key, so not being disgusted by somebody who smokes should be as common as not being disgusted by somebody who has a glass of scotch with their evening meal or (should they prefer) their tea time cigar. Bans against alcohol and tobacco aren't going to be efficient, what would be efficient is educating the consumers, the people - to think for themselves and be able to make an informed decision when deciding whether to have another drink, another cigarette or another jaegerbomb.

Comment it isn't the best thing for your health, but... (Score 5, Interesting) 365

I wish the media would stop amplifying everybody's state of fear.

I wish people would do studies as to how many of those diseases are caused by tobacco itself and how many by the additives pumped into the cigarettes and commercial tobacco and how many by the sheer pollution of our environment.

I wish people would have the wisdom in differentiating between the above and stop fearing every single thing.

I would also wish alcohol would be just half as stigmatised as tobacco is, although I consider it a lot more dangerous and harmful. Nobody killed people by driving and smoking, for example.

Comment Dell Precision Mobile Workstations (Score 1) 325

I have used the Dell M6600 to death (literally, they had to change it for an M6700 towards the end of the second year), but I've ran renders and other intensive photo and video editing jobs on it and it took everything like a champ.

What they do best, though, is the next business day support thingie - you have a problem, you phone it in and the next business day a Dell engineer shows up with all the tools and replacement parts needed and the laptop is back on track.

I've given up on using the Precision, though, because I require less 3D rendering and more lighter equipment so I've switched to a Macbook Pro retina 15 and never looked back. I do, however, miss my old buddy, it took me out of some sticky situations simply by working properly under pressure.

But be advised, all workhorses break down, the difference is how the producers of the equipment deal with these situations. So far, I've been thoroughly unimpressed by the Apple Store where I took my Mac for poor performance issues, but the Dell dudes have always been 110% helpful and always came through.

Comment Re:Tablet? (Score 1) 328

I don't know which country you work in, but to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really matter, because as a doctor, regardless of country, I have encountered a lot of cocks on both sides - nurses and doctors _and_ I.T., especially since I know a lot about the latter and hates being looked down upon by I.T. who always knows best. Except they don't or we wouldn't have a mess of a computer system in the first place. I know you haven't programmed it, but for heaven's sake go with the flow if you see the person across the room from you actually knows what you're talking about, so exit your IT baby talk and use proper words.

Comment Times change... (Score 1) 415

I am 30 years old and I wear a watch. It is a mechanical, self winding one, with perpetual calendar. Tells the time and date and is imho the pinnacle of time keeping.

I also have an iPhone and a Nexus for my mobile phone needs. Recently I've acquired an old Nokia 6310i and I'm genuinely considering using it as my main and only phone, trading in the various (mostly useless) features of the smartphones for the 2 week battery life on one charge. It has bluetooth to connect to my car handsfree system, it has a metric ton of names capacity, it can make and receive calls and text messages, sincerely, do we really need more from a phone? I can text 10 times faster (literally) without looking at the keyboard or the screen of the 6310i whilst I need to give all my attention to typing on a touchscreen. Yes, we all need satnav and stuff, but that can be literally had with any recent pda or inexpensive smartphone.

I think information technology evolved a lot faster than battery tech. It did so back when Nokia produced the first colour screen phones who used the quite powerful batteries from back then in less than a couple of days. It's still nasty today. Imagine a phone like the 6310i featuring a 3000mAh battery instead of the measly 1100mAh the BPS-2 had. One could realistically use their phone for a month without charging it more than once.

And let's be honest, do we really need to be located and tracked everywhere with the purpose of "improving our lives" (read: get sold adds and stuff we don't really need) and lose countless hours browsing social media?

Obviously this is a question to which each and everyone will respond in their own way and it's good because each and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But consider we went from watches that were passed from generation to generation, sometimes even as rites of passage to something that looks cheap, feels cheap, does a lot of stuff but won't survive for more than 5 years (and I mean the watch here). I'll gladly pass my favourite watch to my son and hopefully he will see it as a memento, something that will remind him of me and the values I instilled in him for years to come. Now try to do that with an iWatch.

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