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Comment It would first have to go somewhere I want to go (Score 1) 654 654

There are a few times that I will take public transportation.

Living near the northwest limit of the Chicago area transit system, it is convenient if I'm headed to a convention at McCormick Place. But, I haven't gone there in over a decade... The conventions I go to moved out to the suburbs, where use of public transportation is comical at best.

Going to one this past May, I checked the PT route vs. car. Car took 1.5 hours. PT route involved 10 minutes to train station. 1.3 hours on train. 20 minutes on another train. 10 minutes on bus. 19 minutes walk from nearest bus station to convention site. Cost for round trip? More than the cost to drive, including the $13 parking fee at the convention center.

"Free", as pointed out by others, is only to the rider... Someone has to pay for it. In Milwaukee, they're going to build a trolly system in the downtown that will be less cost-effective than simply renting a bunch of limos and drivers to do the work. And that's if the ridership reaches their claims... but the buses currently plying the route don't meet those numbers!

Does PT go where I shop? No. Does PT go where I work? No. Would I use it if it was free? Why?

Comment Available information limmited by law (Score 2) 532 532

Since you can't legally share a lot of patient information with "unknown third parties", a consequence is that bills are going to be decidedly lacking in specific information. Even if you want to ascribe that to malice, it isn't necessarily the hospital that you should point the finger at first.

Comment Subject to change without notice (Score 0) 240 240

That's my browser selection.... and right now FF is doing its damnedest to NOT be it. The current version has a horrid lag, where typing into an input field is akin to a 300 baud dial-up line with noise on it. It gets worse if I allow spell checking.

And I'm STILL trying to figure out how to get some of the plugins to work like they did under v23. I think it is part of their "be like Chrome" strategy, where anything really helpful isn't supported.

But, then again, the others aren't doing much to become the browser I use most, because they don't do what FireFox USED to do...

Submission + - Cannabis smoking makes students less likely to pass university courses->

Bruce66423 writes: A large scale European study shows that

“the... effect is five times larger for courses requiring numerical/mathematical skills,”

which can probably be argued to show that it DOES require more intelligence to be a geek...

In other news, water is wet and flows DOWNHILL.

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Submission + - First alpha of public sector Linux deployment system 1 1

mathiasfriman writes: SverigeLinux (SwedenLinux in swedish) is a project financed by the Swedish Internet Fund that develop a Linux deployment system for the public sector. It is based on DebianLAN and has just released its first public early alpha version. This 7 minute video shows how you can deploy up to 100 workstations with minimal Linux knowledge in under an hour, complete with DHCP, DNS and user data in LDAP, logins using Kerberos and centralized storage. The project has a home on Github and is looking for testers and developers, hope you will try it out. Don't worry, no Björgen Kjörgen, it's all in english.

Submission + - Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk->

jones_supa writes: Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship. The researchers were surprised by the findings, which run contrary to current health advice. The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 2 million people aged 55 on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a normal healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia, and the figure was 24% reduction for the obese. Any explanation for the protective effect is distinctly lacking. There are some ideas that vitamin D and E deficiencies contribute to dementia and they may be less common in those eating more. Be it any way, let's still not forget that heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and other diseases are all linked to a bigger waistline. Maybe being slightly overweight is the optimum to strike, if the recent study is to be followed.
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Submission + - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Update w/ Intel Broadwell, Self-Encrypting SSD, Tested->

MojoKid writes: Lenovo just revamped the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and in this third generation of the machine, they've adopted Intel's latest 5th generation Core Series Broadwell processors, along with a few other updates. In addition, they've retooled the keyboard and trackpad area, returning back to more traditional roots versus the second generation machine, which was met with some criticism due to its adaptive function key row and over-simplified, buttonless trackpad. Notable upgrades to this 3rd gen model are a faster Core i5-5300U processor and a self-encrypting Opal2 compliant SSD. Performance-wise, the new ThinkPad offers up some of the best numbers in utlrabooks currently, though battery life is a bit middle of the road, but still able to last over 8 hours under light, web-driven workloads.
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