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Comment: Re:Do I understand this correctly? (Score 1) 1089

by fsagx (#49300609) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

doesn't it seem odd that the 2 parties in the US are now so similar, they differ only on highly emotional polarizing topics?

It's not a bug. It's a feature.

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies... is a foolish idea. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.

  -Carroll Quigley

+ - Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB-> 1

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "For the past ten years, developers and tech pros have made a game of comparing MySQL and PostgreSQL, with the latter seen by many as technically superior. Those who support PostgreSQL argue that its standards support and ACID compliance outweighs MySQL’s speed. But MySQL remains popular thanks to its inclusion in every Linux Web hosting package, meaning that a mind-boggling number of Web developers have used it. In a new article, developer David Bolton compares MySQL/MariaDB 5.7.6 (released March 9, 2015) with PostgreSQL 9.4.1 and thinks the latter remains superior on several fronts, including subqueries, JSON support, and better licensing and data integrity: "I think MySQL has done a great job of improving itself to keep relevant, but I have to confess to favoring PostgreSQL." Which do you prefer?"
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Comment: Re:Pandora's Box (Score 1) 467

by fsagx (#49180433) Attached to: Former MLB Pitcher Doxes Internet Trolls, Delivers Real-World Consequences

I wonder if Schilling understands the "Streisand effect." The story probably increased the number of internet pervs checking out his daughter by orders of magnitude. Though internet pervs are mostly harmless, handling it quietly, with the schools and employers, might have been the most prudent course.

How many more stalkers know what she looks like and where she will be in the fall (a small school -- she'll be easy to find)?

Comment: Re:From the grave... (Score 5, Informative) 132

by fsagx (#49088507) Attached to: Resistant Bacterial Infection Outbreak At California Hospital

A flexible endoscope is cleaned in a machine more like a kitchen dishwasher than an autoclave. The scope has internal channels for shooting air and water out of a nozzle on the tip. It has a large channel to pass instruments into the patient (biopsy forceps, cauterizers, even other more narrow endoscopes). An ERCP scope has an additional channel that carries a stiff wire that is used to deflect instruments coming out the end. This channel and wire is a very tight fit, so it is more difficult to clean.

Attachments to the channel ports should circulate the sterilizing fluids through all the channels. It's not difficult to imagine a clog preventing the fluid from circulating. Testing for leaks and clogs is part of the cleaning procedure, but in practice, of course, errors happen often:

Similar story from just last month:

A biggy at the VA a few years ago:

Comment: As effective as the Iraqi bomb detector? (Score 1) 158

by fsagx (#47656683) Attached to: Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

The ADE 651 is a fake bomb detector[1] produced by ATSC (UK), which claimed that the device could effectively and accurately, from long range, detect the presence and location of various types of explosives, drugs, ivory, and other substances. The device has been sold to 20 countries in the Middle East and Far East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, for as much as $60,000 per unit. The Iraqi government is said to have spent £52 million ($85 million) on the devices.


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