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Comment: Allright! Yet another way for insurance companies (Score 1) 63

by mnemotronic (#47555319) Attached to: UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test
Blood samples are already a condition of coverage for some insurance. Now prospective employers have a reason for doing the same. Not that either would ever reject anyone on the grounds that they might have health issues. No, they were rejected because a better candidate was found. Nine months later. Question is, would they alert the applicant of the findings? If they did that and the person didn't know someone might put 2 and 2 together. Can you imagine being told by the HR email robot that you weren't selected for the job. Oh and by the way you've got cancer.

Comment: Gamable by design (Score 1) 100

by mnemotronic (#47489149) Attached to: New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation
"Reputation" is a digital artifact that can be manufactured and manipulated. I'd hate to think my payckeck was dependent on my Slashdot Karma times number of Linked/In connections times Stackfault rep. Why not base it on something objective but equally irrelevant like height or nosehair count. Just not size of woowoo.

Comment: Back in my day we had this "accountability" thing (Score 1) 579

by mnemotronic (#47372371) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
Now politically incorrect and unfashionable, holding people accountable for their decisions and making examples of those who chose the path of irresponsibility is ancient history. I expect that Crosswalk Countdown Incursion Syndrome to get a nod from the theraputic community and it's own pill* before Christmas.

Do not use in combination with other medications.
Do not take with alcohol, heroin, cocaine, or meth-amphetamines.
Known to cause heart failure, diabetes, ulcers and psychotic outbursts on a small percentage of the population.
Some people report small explosions in their spinal cords after taking.

Comment: I care about voice latency and audio quality, not (Score 2) 217

by mnemotronic (#46550795) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI
While a screen with decent resolution is nice, I really need (not want -- NEED) a phone with good vocal quality and zero latency on the voice side. Show me a phone, encoding scheme, network and carrier with _that_ and I'll sign a life membership. I have googled my pants off for "cell phone voice latency" test results with no meaningful hits. The conspiracy-theorist part of me says the cell phone mfgrs & carriers all know how horrible they are when compared to landline so they've agreed to not test or not alert the consumer to this measurement.

Comment: Just in time for the Superbowl... (Score 1) 253

by mnemotronic (#45996717) Attached to: How would you use science to innovate upon sports?
Quarterback gets a transparent eye shield that has graphical display capability. essentially a heads-up display. It's fed by a system that is monitoring & analyzing the position, velocity, acceleration and direction of everyone on the field. As the QB drops back to pass, the system calculates the position of all possible receivers and defenders, analyzes the rushers, determines how much time the QB will have given his current situation, rejects any receivers with a low probability of success and displays the most likely receivers along with the suggested ball trajectory to the QB, taking into account his head position. The QB sees graphical representations of the target receivers and defenders corrected for distance and any intervening players, along with a vector thats indicates "throw this direction this hard".

Comment: Not by choice in my case (Score 1) 138

by mnemotronic (#45769745) Attached to: Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing
I'd prefer to be FTE, but RIFs happen. My wife is disabled and has some chronic ("pre-existing conditions") health problems so I need a good health-care program + long-term disability ins. Historically that's been through my employer. Currently through COBRA at $1150/mo, going to $1300/mo in 2014. ACA aka Obama-care may help - we're trying to find out but it is complex. I wonder what'll happen when all the technology workers who are tied to a job because of health coverage are no longer dependent on their employer for medical insurance? Retire to Costa-Rica? Join the Peace Corps? Become artists?

Comment: You mean somebody else got my beer and prophylacti (Score 1) 378

On this week's episode of "Drones Gone Bad": * Kim Khardashian mistakenly receives copy of Iyana Vanzant's "Forgiveness: 21 Days To Forgive Everyone For Everything". Says "Who reads this kind of catshi*?". * "I was running low but now I'm good for another week" says Catholic priest after wayward drone delivers 6 cases of sherry. * Slippery swap: Gay couple receives unscented lube; straight couple gets lavender scented lube. Partners accuse each other of fence-jumping.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN