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Comment EMP (Score 1) 60

It's all fun and games, until someone sets off a NNEMP device buried under the 50 yard line. ... I think that was part of the plot in a bad movie. I've noticed that a lot of credible threats are taken straight from movies and TV shows.

Comment Re:We'll see (Score 1) 226

I just checked Walmart's site, just for being the shit end of outlets that sell such things. They list several explicitly GMRS that are available in my local stores for around $25/pair. I spot checked the manuals on some, and they just said to be sure you're licensed before turning the power up.

The only FRS-only radio that is cheaper is a pair of purple "Disney Sofia the First FRS 2-Way Radios" for $19.54. At least I think that's a pair of radios. The description sucks. I guess being branded as "Disney princess" radios would stop a few people. I'm not sure that I'd want to be seen using a pretty princess radio. :)

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 3, Insightful) 169

To be fair, a lot of people have written a lot of books, that Slashdot readers should have read. Not remembering a name, other than the context "guy who carries lots of electronics with him", is perfectly acceptable.

The electronics kit you're referencing is too new for some of us. My kit was from the late 1970s or early 1980s. I say that because that's when I used one of those "### in 1" electronics kits. I haven't seen mine for over 20-some years. I have no idea who the author of the accompanying book was.

If you pretentious enough to say anyone worthy of being here should know Mr. Mims, you should also be aware that you're spelling his name wrong.

Comment Re:decline in leadship quality (Score 1) 289

OK, I'm coming out of cryogenic storage to tell you to shut up. You opened this subthread with *bizarrely ignorant claptrap*, and should have shut up when the first reply called you out on your lies. But now you're doubling down.

Lincoln could not be the "trigger that started the Civil War" when he was elected *after the war started*, after the majority of the Confederate states had already seceded, the last 4 were already proceeding with secession, and the Confederacy had already started shooting at the Union. Which should have been enough facts to shut you up, but I suppose you enjoy the kind of BS sometimes known as "from the South's perspective": any lie to deny the truth, however bizarrely ignorant.

Lincoln wasn't a "two-bit" lawyer prior to his political career, he was an extremely well accomplished lawyer. And he didn't have "zero experience", he had represented Illinois prominently in the US House of Representatives, and served in the Illinois House of Representatives for 8 years prior to that.

Lincoln was of course recognized as a good leader while destroying the Confederacy, being reelected to do so. That is the very definition of "recognized as good leader": reelected wartime Commander in Chief of the USA. Yes, the US press and many factions are always highly critical of any president; "universally recognized as a good leader" doesn't even belong to FDR.

Oh, how about your BS about Lincoln's "razor close" first election? Lincoln: 1,866,452; Douglas: 1,376,957; Breckinridge: 849,781; Bell: 588,789. That 489,495 margin over #2 was a *landslide* 10.4%, . What the hell are you talking about? You also said something deranged like "but if the South had been voting in the second election". What about "but if the South had freed its slaves instead of seceding"? Because they're equally nonsensical hypotheticals. And your Electoral College split 4 ways because *there were 4 candidates*, no reflection on Lincoln's leadership. But Lincoln's 180 EVs to the combined total of the other 3 at 123 EVs was an even bigger landslide than the popular vote. The words "razor close" don't describe any aspect of Lincoln's *landslide victory* over a full field, representing a new party in a large war-divided country.

And how does maintaining his commitment to Emancipation, even in face of a resigning Cabinet member (showing Lincoln's commitment to including even those who disagreed in his Cabinet, more committed than they were to staying), show anything but deeply effective leadership - as the government didn't suffer, but instead the nation was kept together even despite the war?

Your spin on all that crazy talk is that Lincoln turned out to be a leader who rose to the occasion, despite no reason to expect it. But in fact Lincoln gave all indications of being an exemplary leader from start to finish of his presidency.

Were you perhaps educated about Lincoln out of some "ex" Confederate state textbook? In any case, who taught you that when you're totally wrong you should ignore being proven wrong and double down with even more wrong?

Comment Re:Pretty standard procedure on a large campus (Score 1) 284

I'm glad I'm not the first one to say this. The on-site medical can triage, determine what is needed, and if necessary get EMS dispatched to the correct door with someone waiting to direct them in.

The article did make it clear that the on-site medical staff were sometimes insufficient.

You don't know if a person on the floor hit their head on something, passed out from exhaustion or low blood sugar, or (worst case) having a cardiac emergency. Rest and a candy bar doesn't require the waste of EMS resources. A bumped head can be a low priority dispatch.

When I worked in a warehouse, we had one front door. Easy, right? Not really. The warehouse was huge, with loading docks with truck bays and doors across the entire rear of the building. More than likely, the fastest route out was through the back. Telling EMS "go to the back of the building" could have wasted a lot of time trying to find *where* to be.

I found out the hard way that the "nurse" who worked the medical clinic on the night shift at my warehouse was untrained. I got a nasty gash on my hand, and I was bleeding a lot. I got a paper towel, applied pressure, got to my manager and then the clinic. The "nurse" bandaged it. The bandaging looked more like I was holding a gauze covered softball, which put no pressure on the wound. She offered to call EMS because I needed stitches. I couldn't afford the time off.

I took the bandage back off, and taught her how to do it properly. I didn't have a lot of training before that, but it was enough to properly bandage a wound (among other things). She appreciated the instruction. So I learned the "nurse" was just "someone to sit in the medical room for compliance purposes". I had to work late that day to make up for the time I spent in the clinic. They counted it as an unscheduled break. Bastards.

Comment I'm a geek, and I like it... (Score 1) 406

As a geek, I can definitely relate to it. I'm married to a much less geeky wife, and our relationship dynamic is definitely similar to Penny and Leonards, with him being book smart but life challenged, and her being life smart but academically challenged. Sure it's an exaggeration of a stereotype, but so much of comedy is.

Of course, the exception where my wife goes against type is in her relatively new hobby of collecting Pop Vinyls figurines, which even makes her go into comic book stores and the like of her own accord!

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