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Comment Re:Do doctors still use them? (Score 1) 179

I learned this when I was a young Marine. I am pretty sure it is standard practice.

That explains why the Navy provides corpsmen to the Marines...A good corpsman won't need to do that, however civilians working for the Corps can & will do that.
I think what most people are missing is the Littmann Cardio III is a very expensive ($200+) scope, think of it as a Swiss watch or a Cadillac with all the options. Along comes a 3D scope for less than a buck that outperforms a Cardio III...A dollar store watch or a Kia that outperforms the standard of the industry. So the question begs overpriced stethoscope or 3D printing that change medicine in poor countries? Stethoscopes aren't just accessories around the neck of docs and nurses, literally a $3 stethoscope can help determine blood pressure, but a Cardio stethoscope can allow you to hear heart murmurs, pulses in limbs to determine if blood flow is stopped, and allow a doc/nurse to listen for lung sounds that can determine pulmonary issues at an early onset, stuff my $3 scope can never try to do, that why it is stuffed in the bag with my BP cuff. If I could buy a $1 scope that does what the Cardio III does you can bet I'll be interested.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

I'm not a Republican and frankly I thought they were just muckraking till now, however if this information is correct then she is likely guilty of violating 18 U.S. Code 798 - Disclosure of classified information (if not other laws and oaths as well) and should be tried and punished appropriately. Since she's one of the elite it will likely get swept under the rug instead.

It is muckraking.

The information was not deemed classified until long after the emails were sent. This happens a lot in government emails as situations evolve and when it does, recommended procedure is to clean up what you can and not discuss the issue any further on the low side. This is a dangerous game that the Republicans are playing because politicians on both sides likely have (retroactively) classified information that was once emailed as unclassified. (You wouldn't, for example, post new releases saying that her emails had classified email... like is currently happening!) What server is was stored on is irrelevant if it was emailed over an open network. It's not like government servers are specially protected in a magical way anyway... look at the recent Office of Personnel Management breech.

Frankly, if you want to be mad at the Democrats, be mad at Obama instead. He likely disclosed a spectacular amount of classified information on the Bin Laden raid, both in terms of the actual raid specifics, seal team operation protocols, and CIA surveillance capabilities. Then he used presidential discretion to justify and declassify it.

It's interesting that all of the well-publicized national security breeches seem happen just before presidential elections!

Really? I'm not sure which three letter agency you worked for, but they need to be investigated. I spent about 6 years working for the DoD and I can't tell you the meetings I never attended, the people I did work for and things I never did because of "national security" I'd wager 3/4 of that was later declassified especially when the inventory shows that things were used or issued and the logs don't show the date of use (99% was considered expendable and none were considered sensitive items.) We had people come into my workplace who never signed the visitor log, were never screened but were immediately ushered into our senior officer's office and he was notified he had a "guest" in his office if he wasn't in. The vast majority I found out later were simply couriers who had things that only he was allowed to view/handle, so in reality we would have treated them like any other courier and wouldn't be in the building long enough to sign the log, but I did escort a couple of people to an exit that was not visible from the front of our building & was used almost exclusively as a smoking area. Each time I was asked if they signed the log, did you write down/note anything. if I did it had to be turned over to the officer. When I was brand new to the job, I had to turn over a duty log and rewrite it with no mention of a certain person who entered and exited from a normally unused door. This post is intentionally vague as I don't want folks in suits knocking on my door (which they do have my address although I no longer work for DoD) asking about what I posted on /.

Comment No one here gets it... (Score 1) 664

I live in the next city over from this whole thing, so it is has been played out on the local news for the past few weeks. When the shooter was arrested the toy and it's camera were returned to the guy who was holding the controller along with the video card and whatever else he was using to record. A few days later this guy reappears and suddenly makes the "unedited" video available to everyone....If I had a few days I'm sure I could alter the video sufficiently enough to make it look like I was Mother Theresa too. The shooter will get off with a fine for discharging his weapon in city limits (all 6-10 streets I can't remember now) because there are so many holes in this and such laughable 'investigation" by the cop, it will be a wonder if the shooter can't get the fine waived by a good lawyer. I'll start with this part...any police officer with a quarter of a brain would have retained the drone after extensive photography of it's location, as evidence, for damage, for forensics of the video, for evidence. As I understand it was handed back to the owner. Typical regretfully of these glorified rent a cops these small cities hire to "police protection" He really needs to go back to running radar on the main street through this subdivision, speed limit 20MPH, when outside the "city" it's 35MPH. Yes he is a revenue source, not law enforcement. Oh the police chief?

Comment You're going after the wrong end... (Score 1) 176

Why go after the drone? I'll wager the operator is much less maneuverable and less redundant than the drone...A solid punch to the controller or the operator's nose will achieve the same result, and might get better results. If I owned a drone and I saw an angry person headed toward me, my expensive toy might not be the first thing I'm worried about...

Comment Re:not the only coutry (Score 1) 236

Kentucky's line is different because the business powers that be lobbied for and got the ET/CT line moved west of Louisville so that Louisville was on the same time as NY instead of Chicago. The line pretty much moves east, south of Louisville. to meet up with the line in Tennessee. Roughly a 30 minute drive from the county line south or west will put you in Central Time. It's also the reason sunset is 9:30 in the summer and 5:30 in the winter.

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 528

Also the gun owner was using a shotgun that according to reports locally (I live about 10 miles from this) was using bird shot, very small pellets. If he was flying hundreds of feet in the air the quadcopter would not have been damaged enough to crash. There was video of the drone with a view under a home's awning, which strikes me as about 10' or so. One last thought, I have had friends ask me to check on their houses while on vacation and I actually went over, made sure everything looked good on the outside, watered their garden and checked out the inside of the house while the garden was getting watered. I don't think the toy could check inside or water the garden. I think these assholes were voyeurs and pissed that the guy broke their toy before they got any "good stuff". To be fair the gun owner was not terribly smart either, that shot although small, had to land somewhere. Talking with some friends our consensus is this guy might pay a fine for discharging a weapon in city limits (this city is maybe two dozen streets in a subdivision) but since the police did not take the drone as evidence or the video, it is going to boil down to he said, he said.

Comment Re:Can't stop it (Score 1) 430

Yup. Same law that says you can unionize says they can't stop you from sharing pay and benefits information.

The law says they cannot; However, most employers feel the law is unfair to the employer and may very well intentionally disobey the law in a subtle manner.

If they find you shared your salary, then your company might find another reason to fire you and terminate you for that other reason. In an at-will state it's easier..... "According to the latest performance review, you're just not a good fit for our company, so we have to let you go."

Google could technically do the same for everyone on that spreadsheet. Sharing their own salary info would not be mentioned on the official papers as reason for termination, But their accessing/showing the spreadsheet could be grounds for termination upon suspicion of gaining unauthorized access to HR systems.

Companies need to make the money, and employment costs going up would be a huge negative for the shareholders and managers' bonuses.

I've seen this happen in companies that I have worked for in the past. There was one employee who was actively trying to convince the technical operations department (in a CATV company) to unionize. A Senior VP (known for his anti-union stance) came for a visit and spoke to the department strongly encouraging them to not follow a vocal minority. Within a few months everyone known to be involved had been fired for violations of company policies. I had a supervisor who actually told us in a team meeting that if he heard that we were sharing our pay information he would do everything in his power to fire us for cause. When someone on our team went to his manager he denied the statement and explained it away. His nose was brown enough the manager bought it and ignored it. Not long after that he started picking off team members one by one for various reasons, starting with the guy who went to his manager. It took him nearly a year but got around to me as I wouldn't play by his rules. I didn't care what anyone else made, I just knew my supervisor was ineffective and made that clear, although not directly. I was told that after me he went after another senior tech, the supervisor was shown the door rather quickly, that tech had friends in high places.

Comment The recruiters consistently fail (Score 1) 634

I have a friend who was recently let go by our employer as part of a "restructuring" (read hire a new team lead internally for less money). He was given a small severance and walked to the door. So after filing for unemployment, he immediately updated his resume online. Within 2 days he got calls from 4 different recruiting companies recruiting him for the job he had just been let go from. It was obvious none of the recruiters took the time to read his resume, they only searched for keywords and his name popped up. He said he was sorely tempted to take the phone interview just to see how long it took these idiots to realize he had held the job previously. He simply told them not interested and they went away. It could be this woman fit the keywords, and since the phone interview is almost a waste of time with most recruiters (in my experience they are "technical" recruiters but are clueless about technology) she very easily was called for an in-person interview. I have to wonder if she actually had the same interviewer in any of her 4 interviews?

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 1) 431

When I was in the Army, I had an ambulance driver who would get bored and break open a mercury thermometer play with the mercury then toss it into the trash. I used to get pissed but not for any of the reasons you might suspect. First he always would get a thermometer from our ER not from the patient care areas, and second it took forever to get replacement thermometers as our particular facility was low on the list of places that got supplies. The "hazards" of mercury and poor disposal were not even close to being on my radar. Fortunately I was able to send him back to his home unit before he broke all the thermometers...

Comment Quit living in fantasyland (Score 1) 251

It's obvious 95% of the posters here have never worked on a real service desk. I spent 3.5 years working as a Security Account Admin and sent every password in cleartext and here's why. End users & their managers are remarkably computer illiterate. If I salted or hashed the passwords as so many have suggested, I would get a reply within 5 minutes saying "my password didn't work." As it was I still had about a 50% success rate with end users actually getting their passwords to work. Another issue I faced was a language barrier. Our work spanned 6 continents and roughly 18 time zones. as a result we provided 24 hour service and to a warehouse worker in Shanghai, my e-mails probably looked like they were written by an alien; which is why their managers were always copied on the e-mails. As a rule to ensure some security, all e-mails were sent encrypted and never sent to a third party address which angered the UPS & FedEx shippers in Asia. I also often copied the regional service desk person, as it was likely they spoke the language of the end user or someone on the service desk spoke it.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 1) 843

Armored Dragon, you are really trying to make friends in Hardin County aren't you? LOL I live close enough to hear tank fire (well used to, Fort Benning is awfully far away) I can't totally disagree with you, but you are correct US Hwy 31W cuts through the post and several state roads go through there as well. It is finally a closed post though, went to show my fiance the post and had to show IDs to get on post.

Comment OK I'm confused (Score 1) 268

So maybe someone can clear this up for me... The drone I guess was spotted by radar? or visual? or ESP? So rather than "jettison their load" why didn't the planes climb a hundred feet and dump it's load over the drone? As for the idiot that was dumb enough to fly the drone I dare you to file a claim against the US Forest Service for damage, I suspect he will be ignorant enough to cross a fire line to save his precious drone, like he jackass that flew his over an active fire scene. Unfortunately the firefighters simply damaged it and didn't bring it down. For the record, you fly your drone over my fence, I will take it down and keep it, I'll see you in court for aerial trespassing. If you want to see what's in my backyard, pull up Google maps and look.

Comment Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 818

Define offensive. I am offended by Nazism, ISIS, and extremists on all edges of the racial spectrum, yet these same companies carry products for these groups. Some of these groups have probably killed, maimed and horrifically destroyed more lives than the racists who are too overweight to waddle off their porch to get their mail, much less commit a crime against those with a different skin tone. Yes a disturbed man killed 9 people praying in a church, but the last time I looked one megalomaniac took the advice of a psychopathic crony and killed 6 million people because of their religion, ethnicity, race, or sexual preference, yet I can still find books he wrote, flags & clothing depicting the symbols he used and even find groups who still revere him. That offends me more than a historical flag that was co-opted into a racist movement that has devolved into a joke. Racism, sexism, religious bigotry all still exist worldwide and I will do what I can to smash those groups, but a company refusing to sell or make certain items will simply raise the price for the existing items and make them more desirable (Hmm this sounds like the war on drugs that we are winning so well in the US...) If ebay & Amazon won't sell these items and if flag companies refuse to silkscreen them, someone somewhere is about to make a lot of money on "banned" items.

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