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Comment: Hope this pans out (Score 4, Interesting) 26

by fatboy (#47491115) Attached to: Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

My daughter has complete congenital heartblock due to exposure to SSa/Ro antibodies. (My wife had undiagnosed Sjogren's syndrome) She has had a pacemaker most of her life, with her first pacemaker implanted at 12 days. I'm very excited about this and hope that one day doctors could grow her a new AV node,

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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks 243

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the how-to-tell-wikileaks-is-winning dept.
mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Germany may be joining Russia in a paranoid switch from computers to typewriters for sensitive documents. From the article: Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the German parliament's National Security Agency investigative committee, now says he's considering expanding the use of manual typewriters to carry out his group's work. ... Sensburg said that the committee is taking its operational security very seriously. "In fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it's even a non-electronic typewriter," he said. If Sensburg's suggestion takes flight, the country would be taking a page out of the Russian playbook. Last year, the agency in charge of securing communications from the Kremlin announced that it wanted to spend 486,000 rubles (about $14,800) to buy 20 electric typewriters as a way to avoid digital leaks.

Comment: Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 1) 467

by fatboy (#46778619) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

You should really factor risk into your equation. I would not leverage my house (or car) to do investments. I would never buy a new car, unless I could write the check and not notice. I would absolutely never finance depreciating asset. As far as large ticket, depreciating assets go, cars/boats/bikes/RVs are at the top of the list.

Comment: A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 0) 467

by fatboy (#46772241) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

With what developers make in my city (Nashville, TN), yeah. They should be able to accumulate enough money to have a net worth over $1 million dollars, over their career. It comes down to do they have the discipline it takes to direct that nice income in a way that they don't waste it on things like mortgages, car debt, credit cards, and other bad habits that keep people at "average" and "normal" net worth.

Comment: Re:Some questions (Score 2) 491

by fatboy (#46565427) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

I suspect, and I have zero knowledge of this system, that the satellite used has linear transponders that re-transmit the exact signal it receives. This means that both amplitude and frequency domain are relayed and received at the ground station. I imagine that the ground station is a software defined radio that digitizes and records everything that is passed though the IF.

Again, I know nothing of this system, but if I was going to build one, that's how I would do it.

Comment: Re: *you think* your kid might become autistic, if (Score 1) 747

by fatboy (#46485511) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

No, *I* never thought that. I was aware that there was a belief by some people that thought that. What took 2 seconds to process was the mental image of our kid dying of an illness that you only hear about in Victorian literature. Knowing I was looking into the eyes of someone that seen it happen. What I am suggesting is that this appeal to emotion may be a good method of dealing with irrational soon-to-be parents.

Yes, when it came to our kids, we asked the Dr. lots of questions. Including "stupid" questions we think we know the answer to. Our 1st child was born with a congenital health issue that is much more rare than autism. Pretty much everything was on the table. Thanks to some biomedical technology, she is thriving.

Comment: *you think* your kid might become autistic, if va (Score 3, Insightful) 747

by fatboy (#46482759) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Ok, so *you think* your kid might become autistic, if vaccinated.... Better to have a live autistic child than one that is dead from whooping cough.

When it came time to discuss this with our DR, she said to us, "You don't want to see what it's like to watch a child die from whooping cough." It took about 2 seconds for my wife and I to process that, and decide what the larger risk is.

Comment: Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (Score 2) 539

by fatboy (#45887149) Attached to: FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

Obamacare is a market solution to Health care.

No it's not. A law who's fundamental structural base forces everyone to purchase a product, is not a market solution. It's the opposite of that.

A market based solution would remove insurance companies as middle men for purchasing health care. Insurance is supposed to take on the risk that you can't absorb. A Dr's visit for the cold or flu should not be absorbed by insurance, a hospital stay should be. That's the problem these days. The person that is purchasing Health Care is completely disconnected from the costs paid by the insurance provider, and we are taking it further in the wrong direction.

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