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Comment: Astronauts lose 20/10 eyesight! (Score 1) 109

by kurthr (#47771297) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Astronauts tend to be proud of their eyesight... like Chuck Yeager:

From the early days of test pilots and the original Right Stuff astronauts they've typically had much better than 20/20 eyesight.
So it's probably easy to detect this sort of thing, and they might be a little ticked off to loose it :^O
Of course a lot of people would go to space even if they went blind... most of us risked that in Junior High School anyway!

Comment: Re: 350mm (18inch) wafer (Score 2) 267

by kurthr (#45616645) Attached to: Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO

Are you aware that 350mm is less than 14in, and that the actual wafers are 450mm (almost 18in)?
Note also that the larger size doesn't inherently reduce cost or increase yield, much less improve performance (density or speed).
It may however follow Rock's law that the price of a semi fab doubles every 4 years... (this set should hit $5B) .

Comment: Re: One day must be the worst (Score 1) 152

by kurthr (#43890473) Attached to: Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

You obviously haven't read the article which contains the graph showing that the risk of death due to elective surgery grows monotonically approaching the weekend. By the weekend, scheduled elective surgeries are almost twice as likely to kill you.
Two days are the worst, they are on the weekend, and the closer your surgery recovery is to the weekend the worse the expected outcome- 40%worse on Friday.

Read the fine documentation...

Comment: Re: Statistics can be misleading (Score 3, Informative) 152

by kurthr (#43889839) Attached to: Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

These are scheduled elective surgeries, not emergency admissions!

Our analysis confirms our overall study hypothesis (with some heterogeneity) of a âoeweekday effectâ on mortality for patients undergoing elective surgeryâ"that is, a worse outcome in terms of 30 day mortality for patients who have procedures carried out closer to the end of the week and at the weekend itself. The reasons behind this remain unknown, but we know that serious complications are more likely to occur within the first 48 hours11 after an operation, and a failure to rescue the patient could be due to well known issues relating to reduced and/or locum staffing (expressed as number and level of experience) and poorer availability of services over a weekend.

Comment: but tee are better! (Score 2) 152

by kurthr (#43889665) Attached to: Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

Most hospitals have restrictions on non- emergency surgeries over the weekend, because they have very limited staff.
However, surgeons are very powerful (especially those who do elective surgeries that bring in big $) and they often prefer to schedule surgeries around their own convenience rather than that of their patients or other hospital staff.

Stanford hip replacements are a known example.

Comment: Responsibility and Punishment (Score -1, Troll) 280

by kurthr (#43258787) Attached to: IRS Spent $60,000 Producing <em>Star Trek</em> Parody

This was pretty obviously a waste of money and unjustifiable...
Probably someone (junior) will be fired, hopefully someone senior will be prosecuted...
None of them have the political backing to really be protected.

Our banking overlords OTOH are only raping us for 10,000x more than this so it's hard to be too upset.

Comment: Re:Cap and Trade solves everything! (Score 1) 623

by kurthr (#42057141) Attached to: Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

No, hasn't.
It was signed into law by Schwarzenegger, but it doesn't take effect until 2013...
I don't like cap and trade, but you're just trolling... the rest of the comments on this thread are no better.

Comment: Re:Remember the gorilla arm syndrome (Score 1) 85

by kurthr (#40602285) Attached to: Microsoft Buys Multi-Touch Pioneer Perceptive Pixel

Hmmm, but you don't work at the whiteboard/chalkboard to be individually productive. You do it in order to be seen from a distance without technological assistance.
Would you choose to do the rest of your work on a vertical 200" workspace? I doubt it.

Oh, and I am amazed that you have purchased non-tactile chalk... does it exude an anesthetic?
Touchscreens are tactile... you touch them.

Comment: ZOMG M$ might be like Apple :O (Score 2) 242

by kurthr (#40385605) Attached to: Locked-Down Tablets Endanger FLOSS For End Users

Speculation and fear mongering... Google could be more like FB. Slashdot could be more like reddit.

In particular, M$ is touting their enormous number of programs that run on Win8 (even if not in the Metro tiles).

There are enough bad things that might happen with some actual substance, why not worry about those.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"