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Comment: What happened to Topistat? (Score 1) 76

Back in the 1970's a friend who had been a medic told me about a spray clotting agent that was then saving lives called Topostat or Topistat. He found somewhere to buy it commercially and a few of up pitched in and got some spray cans. I never use it for more than patching up a scraped knee, but it seemed to be great stuff. Scrape you knee, spray on this stuff, and you had an instant scab to stop further bleeding.

I've never seen it again since, and even a search of the Internet seems to be completely ignorant of it. Apparently a Trademark was given for the name in 2004, but as that was about 30 years from when I saw the product that I had I'm thinking it is likely a different product. Anyone have any information on this product from the 70's?

Comment: easy (Score 4, Insightful) 61

by frovingslosh (#49323571) Attached to: First Prototype of a Working Tricorder Unveiled At SXSW
Anyone can build a working Tricorder as long as they get to define what a Tricorder is. In this case it sounds like people are taking any medical technology and slapping the Tricorder name on it. I don't remember the Trek Tricorder including a wearable collar (I assume as opposed to the other type of collar). I might as well call an app that interacts with a Bluetooth wrist strap a Tricorder.

Comment: It's lose-lose (Score 1) 111

People looking to spend 10 grand on a watch want a Rolex or some other quality brand that will last a lifetime and that they can pass on in their will, not some junk fad that will be obsolete in 24 months. Google and Intel will pay dearly for this mistake.

This will not be Intel's first time to fail in the watch business, but their last failure was not nearly as spectacular as this will be.

Comment: Re:isn't it time for another revolution? (Score 1) 1089

by frovingslosh (#49296779) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

And that's not all the extra rights that non-citizens have! They don't even have to register for the draft, or serve on juries!

or participate in the Obamacare mandate.

Hell, if I want to travel out of the country I have to pay at least $135 for a passport, I can't get back into the country without it. If an illegal is caught breaking our laws he gets a free tax-payer trip home, and he is usually back here without a passport in less than a month.

Comment: what's the C in AC stand for? (Score 3, Informative) 1089

by frovingslosh (#49296557) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Spoken like a true AC.

Do a little searching of the news. You should find references that there are at least 850 registered voters over 150 in New York City. In North Carolina there are over 2200 registered voters over 110 and at least two actively voting over age 150, the oldest being 160 when a vote was cast in 2012. These people would be automatically purged from the voting rolls if votes were not being regularly cast against their registrations. And, by an amazing coincidence, the vast majority of these voters are registered Democrats.

Comment: non-existent fraud (Score 1, Interesting) 1089

by frovingslosh (#49295575) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Voter fraud is, for all intents and purposes, non-existent anyway.

That's a huge Democrat lie. It is rampant where I live, and I have a neighbor who is a local "election judge" who even jokes about it. Not just a problem here either. Chicago and Ohio are pretty famous for it, and I very much doubt if it stops there.

Comment: isn't it time for another revolution? (Score 0) 1089

by frovingslosh (#49295453) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

What next, is he going to make all of the illegals vote too, or is that another case of them having more rights than the American citizens?

Seems like forcing people too ignorant to know who the candidates even are to vote isn't the best way to get better government, although it is certainly likely to get more votes for the Democrat party.

Comment: those anti-vaxer idiots (Score 1) 140

by frovingslosh (#49285653) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response
Yea, it is a shame that there are anti-vaxer idiots out there. By the way, did you know that our government runs the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (Public Law 99-660)? And that a tax of $2.25 is applied to every measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (as well as taxes on all other vaccines)? Of course, the fools that want to protect their own children from the dangers of vaccines are just idiots and no harm ever comes from vaccines, so don't question why the government is collecting hundreds of millions of dollars into a compensation fund.

Comment: tired of hearing about Ebola (Score -1, Troll) 140

by frovingslosh (#49284583) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response
I'm tired of hearing about Ebola. And the Obama administration's response to it, which has been to send improperly trained people who volunteered to fight in the military to pretend to be medical staff and treat a disease. And, of course, to bring people (who deliberately exposed themselves to the disease and demonstrated that they were bad at taking the precautions that would prevent the spread of the disease) back to this country, where others would be at risk. More people die in this country of the flu virus each year than die of Ebola globally. And the flu is air-born. We are being told that Ebola is much harder to spread and that you pretty much have to go to infected areas of the world and expose yourself to get it. Yet I have not seen Obama call out the Marines or the National Guard to help fight the flu outbreak in this country. If we had all of our own domestic problems solved them maybe there would be some logic in us going over to Africa and trying to fight diseases in people who refuse to take proper precautions, including our own "missionary doctors". But we don't. More people are dying here of the flu than worldwide of Ebola, and those people are Americans who are unwillingly being exposed to an air-born disease. It is indefensible to let them suffer and die and instead joy-ride around the globe to fight diseases that affect a smaller group.

Comment: Re:It's a scam (Score 1) 169

"Outside some bank accounts ...."

"Outside of some bank accounts" is pretty much the same qualification that could be made for almost any scam that doesn't involve providing defective products. In this case there will clearly never be any "trip to Mars", so your statement is correct, but that does not make it any less of a scam.

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money. -- B. Franklin