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Comment: Re:Not such a big problem (Score 1) 74

by TheMeuge (#47409425) Attached to: Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

Correction: Most newly graduating and practicing doctors. Established doctors make good money, the lowest average being around 150k year. I don't feel for doctors in general because they are making tons of money off the backs of sick patients. It's time to end for-profit medicine and move to a sane single-payer system. The only thing stopping this is the love of money. Things should be like the military or government, where the medical schools are run by the government and doctors graduate with no debt, but are required to give the government 10 years of service in lieu of tuition. They would get promoted based on time in grade and time in service. They would receive sane salaries like military doctors. It's beyond time to remove the incentive of money for good treatment.

Just like bakers, farmers and chefs. They make money off the backs of HUNGRY people. It's time to end for-profit food-making and move to a sane single-payer system. Things should be like the military or government, and they would receive salaries. It's beyond time to remove the incentive of money for good treatment.

See what I did there?

Comment: researcher vs surgeon (Score 4, Interesting) 56

by TheMeuge (#46799137) Attached to: Closing Surgical Incisions With a Paintbrush and Nanoparticles

I AM a physician, and yes, whoever does the demonstration takes quite a bit away from the demonstration by being pretty horrific at suturing... like 2nd year medical student who hasn't practiced bad. If they are going to compare quality of tissue approximation between sutures and their glue, they should probably use proper technique. A plastic surgeon would have laid out 10 sutures or more into the same space, probably in half the time. I am sure there's a senior surgery resident out there who wouldn't mind getting a few hundred bucks to tie a few sutures on camera.

That being said, there are some structures in the body that are very fragile, and difficult to sew. Also, the elderly and the chronically ill have tissues that just fall apart, limiting the usefulness of many surgeries in managing their illness. If we could create seams that don't rely as much on tissue strength, we could probably operate on quite a few more people.

Comment: Re:The problem is that too much of it is state bas (Score 1) 135

We had tens of thousands of engineers working for the military industrial complex and then the cold war ended... result? Many of them were out of a job. And guess where many of them lived? California. It was and still is a big defense contractor state. And what did those engineers do? Most of them found jobs in the private sector and to a large extent their technical contribution made the tech explosion in California happen. Suddenly business had access to a glut of engineers.

Not only that, they also had access to all kinds of expertise that was developed using these precious federal dollars. Network communications, microprocessors, software architectures ...
How many of those talented engineers would've matured to that level if not for the cold war investments? You can certainly argue that government oversight of all this talent was misplaced, but you can't deny that it provided the essential opportunity for that talent to develop.

Comment: Re:I admire their spunk, but... (Score 1) 275

by kharchenko (#46593487) Attached to: Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

Inflation causes misallocation of resources. This is basic economics and is the reason Bitcoin is designed to eventually target a stable monetary base.

I don't know what "basic economics" you've been taught at the Bitcoin developer crashcourse, but as is, Bitcoin has been a highly deflationary currency, and at best, at some point in the future it will become mildly deflationary.

The whole thing is pretty much construed to protect against inflation. From an economic standpoint deflation is terrible. Most obviously it discourages investment (you're better off sitting on your money, and you're in a bind if you take out a loan since its real value will continually increase). Protecting against deflation is one of the key reasons why most countries manage their currencies.

This is not a problem intrinsic to cryptocurrency itself, and the folks who designed it must have known all that. So I think that either Bitcoin was designed with the aim of short-term profit goal of a pyramid-like scheme, or it was designed by some economic idealists who thought gold standard was too liberal in upholding the status quo of the moneyed class.

Comment: Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (Score 4, Interesting) 299

I once attended a seminar by one of the heads of emergency response from the city that's often portrayed as the world's biggest terrorism target. He was going on about communications equipment that is stored away for use after a low-yield nuke detonation. I asked the speaker whether the equipment and storage facilities are shielded against EMP. He asked me what "EMP" is.

I walked out.

Comment: first they came for our cell phones... (Score 2) 197

by TheMeuge (#46328195) Attached to: US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

You don't live in that kind of a society right up until the moment when you do live in that kind of a society, at which point it is rather too late to do anything to prevent it. Trust someone who lived behind the iron curtain - you don't WANT to know what society will be like if we keep heading in that direction. However small those steps are, they are not reversible.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.