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Comment: Re:Technically correct?? (Score 1) 141

by weiserfireman (#48469863) Attached to: Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

IMO, IP Addresses of visitors to the Drop Box account of the Mayor, should be no more protected than the Mayor's appointment book.

It is a list of visitors. That is all it is. And if we think the Mayor is being lobbied improperly, we should be able to have that information.

Comment: Re:Training? (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by weiserfireman (#48458355) Attached to: "Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

I live in a rural area. Rural areas were specifically excluded from the study.

This time of year always reminds me of a call I went on the day before Thanksgiving
I have personally gone on a cardiac call, where the person was asystole when we arrived on scene. I was an EMT-basic. The other two guys were a 20 year EMT-I, and a 20 year Paramedic. A police officer beat us to the scene by 2 minutes and started CPR. The paramedic 2 rounds of cardiac drugs and we got a shockable rhythm. Shocked, good rhythm, packaged her up and took her to the local ER. In the meantime, the hospital had ordered up a helicopter and it was standing by when we get there. 45 minute ride to the nearest cardiac center.

The lady walked out of the hospital 7 days later. She lived another 2 years.

The Paramedic assured me that was the first time he had ever recovered a cardiac patient, in 20 years, who was flatline when he got on scene. The Gods of EMS were with us that night.

Why did she live?
1. Quick effective CPR by the police officer was probably critical. He was less than a block away when he got the call.
2. Quick effective arrival of the ambulance. She lived 4 blocks from the ambulance station. We happened to be in the garage, inventorying the ambulance when we got the call
3. Local ER quickly mobilizing air assets, so that she got to a cardiac center as fast as possible.

Comment: Re:Not a jet pack (Score 2) 54

by weiserfireman (#48420791) Attached to: Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

I am trying to figure how this could be used by the Fire Service, in a first responder role.

1. It doesn't look like it has the weight limit to do bucket drops for wildland firefighting
2. It doesn't look like it has the weight limit to haul very much equipment
3. It doesn't look like it could do any rescue
4. At best, it looks like someone could scout the perimeter of a fire. For $200k, that is an awful expensive scout

I see cops wanting this, but not the fire service

Comment: Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 4, Informative) 525

The early Sherlock Holmes Novels, and the Character of Sherlock Holmes entered Public Domain in the past year

It does happen, we just don't notice most of the time. I noticed this time because the Arthur Conan Doyle Family filed a big lawsuit to try to keep it under copyright and lost.

Comment: Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (Score 1) 321

People want their computers to be like their cars.

They don't want to know what is happening under the hood. They just want to drive it.

I find most computer guys are like car guys, they assume that everyone should know how the engine works, or should at least care.

Nope, they want it to turn on every morning, take them where they want to go, and shut down at the end of the night with out ever knowing what makes all of it work.

Comment: I was just talking about this with my wife... (Score 5, Interesting) 306

by weiserfireman (#48255537) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

She asked me, "how do you know you are a good computer technician"

Me, "because I know how little I really know. When I was a good amateur, I thought I knew a lot, and was confident, but now, I know so much more that I know what I don't know. That makes me a good technician."

She was confused, but I now I know there there is a scientific name for what I was trying to explain.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 198

by weiserfireman (#48189627) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Part of what determines pay is
1. how difficult is it to find qualified people
2. does the position help you make more money, or is it an expense

Software developers help companies make more money. It is the Add in Value-Add. They are the equivalent of the machines in a machine shop. Without them, what is the point in being in business. If you are a software company you pay what you need to pay, to recruit and retain the best developers you can.

Teachers work for a government agency. It won't turn a profit. The agency collect tax dollars for existing and teachers are an expense. There really isn't any competition to recruit the best ones. People pay lip service to the idea of recruiting the best ones, but they really don't. Education wise, it compares to nurses and architects. Benefit wise, it is one of the best in the country. Some parts of the country have trouble recruiting new teachers. But others don't . A school district will never pay more than required to have a teacher in the classroom, talent be damned. In fact, I think school districts would rather hire fresh young faces out of college, and pay them starting wages than experienced master teachers who will cost them 2x-3x as much.

Comment: Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (Score 2) 218

by weiserfireman (#48171645) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

I have always felt the problem of fission waste disposal has been overblown.

If the goal is "walk away safe", then fission fuel is walk away safe in about 300 years too. The high level radiation emitted by the fission products comes from cesium and strontium and in 300 years, it will all be gone. Leaving low level radioactives, Uranium and a tiny amount of plutonium. In 300 years, the used rods will emit the same level of radiation as the unused rods. Since plutonium is an alpha emitter, the used rod will effectively not emit any radiation from plutonium. You could store one under your couch and not suffer any ill effects.

Reason why the US doesn't reprocess nuclear fuel rods anymore is that the Dept of Energy realized that as long as the fuel pellets remain intact, the uranium and plutonium is entrapped in the metallurgical structure of the fuel pellets. For the uranium and plutonium to be released back into the environment they will have to be melted down. If the pellets are unchanged, we could probably recycle them back into a new reactor in 300 years even.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"