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Comment Re:Quality of Care (Score 1) 228

I don't know if there are some EMR exemptions/waviers for psychiatric hospitals or not. I recently had a relative re-enter a private psychiatric facility, and they also had no record of previous admissions.

As a healthcare provider working in critical care I am a bit gobsmacked. I can easily go back 5-10 years on most of my patients if I have a justified medical need to do so, so I am not certain why psychiatric facilities are not on-board with tracking patient history.

Comment Re:Time to burn some points. HEY MBA STUPID PEOPLE (Score 1) 347

I'll second the durability of the Inspiron 1525. I bought one in 2008 and used it until 2010. My mother has had it since then, and it's still trucking along. It has survived being dropped and generally banged around for the last two years with no more than cosmetic scratches.

I don't know if Dell's newer products are as durable, but as of four years ago their build quality was more than sufficient for their price point.

Comment Re:Cool, but... (Score 2) 280

It is possible to do that in many parts of the United States. There was a story about a couple sending the Sheriff to a Bank of America branch to seize assets to pay a court-ordered judgement that Bank of America declined to pay.

The specific rules probably vary by state and possibly by municipality.

Comment Re:Crappy time to be a librarian (Score 1) 202

It has been a crappy time to be a librarian for the last ten years, at least. The projected wave of retirement among librarians never happened, at least not in the U.S. However, there are a lot of other M.Sc-level fields in the States are paid about the same. As a Residence Life Coordinator I made about what a starting librarian makes, and maybe 10k a year (around 40K) more when I moved into institutional research. Should've become a biologist

A Mind Made From Memristors 320

Csiko writes "Researchers at Boston University's department of cognitive and neural systems are working on an artificial brain implemented with memristors. 'A memristor is a two-terminal device whose resistance changes depending on the amount, direction, and duration of voltage that's applied to it. But here's the really interesting thing about a memristor: Whatever its past state, or resistance, it freezes that state until another voltage is applied to change it. Maintaining that state requires no power.' Also theoretically described, solid state versions of memristors have not been implemented until recently. Now researchers in Boston claim that memristors are the new key technology to implement highly integrated, powerful artificial brains on cheap and widely available hardware within five years."

High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover 646

An anonymous reader writes "With its sweetener linked to obesity, some cancers and diabetes, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) doesn't want you to think 'fructose' when you see high fructose corn syrup in your soda, ketchup or pickles. Instead, the AP reports, the CRA submitted an application to the FDA, hoping to change the name of their top-selling product to 'corn sugar.'"

Comment Lawyer Up (Score 2, Insightful) 390

You need to retain competent counsel. Do not file a pro se suit against anyone. Do not try to go it alone. Unfortunately, with the primitive protections provided in most At-Will states, you will be hung out to dry in short order. Your reputation will be damaged, possibly beyond repair, and you will have difficulty working as a sysadmin. Posting as much detail as you did on Slashdot was probably not the brightest idea you've ever had.

Valve Delays Portal 2, Squashes Duke Nukem Rumors 135

SKYMTL writes "In a tongue-in-cheek commentary, Valve has announced the delay of Portal 2 and thrown water on the rumor fires regarding its E3 'surprise.' This surprise was rumored to be either Half-Life 3 or the revival of Duke Nukem, and it looks like neither will happen anytime soon."

Comment Re:More like a flaw in statistics (Score 1) 437

Your arguments are spurious. I provided a legal precedent where the "general welfare" clause in the pre-amble had been used to support the government doing something in the public interest. I don't personally think that the healthcare reform bill passed by Congress was actual reform, but I also don't think it was unconstitutional. Yes, it helps that insurance companies are no longer allowed to refuse coverage for pre-existing conditions or, presumably, to charge people with pre-existing conditions so much for coverage that they can't afford it, but it still doesn't address the problem of a for-profit, predatory insurance industry, either.

Comment Re:More like a flaw in statistics (Score 1) 437

The Preamble to the Constitution seems to give the government the authority to provide for the "general welfware" of the people of the United States. Healthcare is a pretty big part of "general welfare" for most people. My job had to stop providing health insurance last year. I have COPD and some other chronic conditions... I can't afford to pay for healthcare 100% on my own and still pay my rent and other bills. So... I have untreated medical conditions. I get sick more often. I can work less and am less productive. If I could go to the doctor when I needed to and get the appropriate care, I would miss less work due to illness and probably overall be healthier. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Most other "First World" countries realized this a long time ago. I'm really surprised the conservative element in the United States hasn't latched on to universal healthcare due to increased worker productivity.

Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton