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Comment Re:Trolling? (Score 1) 594

So you have "for all intensive purposes"

I used to design physiological monitors. They monitored ECG, BP, PPO2, and one or two other things (this was a while back). They were used in CCU, ICU, NICU, SICU, and stepdown units. So, I designed heart monitors for all intensive purposes.

Comment Re:Exactly (Score 2) 234

would allow users of the app to kill foreigners with drones as easily as they are currently allowed to kill fellow Americans with handguns.

I assume that would be through an in-app purchase? What an awesome way to work on deficit reduction.

Comment Re:Fake users? Hah! They have Facebook in heaven.. (Score 1) 171

The town's beloved food truck, the Food Shark, has nearly 1,700 'Likes' [...] According to Wikipedia Tammy Wynette died in 1998. Facebook was launched in February 2004.

The Food Shark is that good. Went there on Spring Break this year while visiting Guadalupe Mountains, Davis Mountains, and Big Bend. Best meal we had all week.

Comment The problem is fundamental (Score 1) 1174

"TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child," the agency said.

TSA is a bureaucracy interested in following procedures rather than creating any sort of real security. It will always be invasive because they will constantly add new rules to deal with old threats. It will never be effective because they only follow the rules rather than looking for real threats.

Comment Re:This American Lie (Score 1) 326

Seriously, exactly how much fact checking do you expect someone to do when someone presents them with news?

Fact checking is hard. One of the great benefits of publications or shows that are less frequent should be that they have time to fact check. As an example of what I expect:

My son was interviewed for a Sports Illustrated cover article (he was not the subject, but was on the cover) and was apparently interesting enough that the interviewer included two paragraphs about my son in the article. I was on the phone with an SI fact checker for 10 minutes about those two paragraphs, confirming every little detail (and in a couple of cases pointing her to external confirming information).

An example of what I don't expect:

The Boston Globe published an article about a friend of mine who went missing and died as a result of an accident. I was the one who initiated the search that found him and was there several minutes after they found him. My name was on the police report (I'm certain since an insurance investigator tracked me down). The Globe did an article based solely on a single interview with his two apartment mates (who barely knew him and hadn't noticed he was missing) and got all sorts of details wrong. Never contacted me (or anyone on the team that did the search) to fact check.

This incident probably falls in between the two, but too far towards the latter. Certainly a show with the production time of TAL should perform, and honor the results of, some fact checking. The good news is that they fixed it, and did so far more visibly than most corrections.

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