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Comment: Re:Facebook Sensitivity...eh. (Score 1) 80

by worf_mo (#49048943) Attached to: Facebook Adds Legacy Contact Feature In Case You Die Before It Does

"That guy" is Eric Meyer, and his blog post might have become a "thing" because he is rather known in the field. I'm not specifically addressing this to LaurenCates, but rather those that gave Meyer some flak here on /. at the time: read both the original post and a second post. He didn't knock the developers and designers at Facebook, but after having gone through the worst that a parent can have to go through, he tried to "increase awareness of and consideration for the failure modes, the edge cases, the worst-case scenarios" in the industry. I've been reading his posts for a long time, he's a level-headed, active guy not prone to whining.

Comment: Re:Not automatic (Score 1) 60

by worf_mo (#49006885) Attached to: How a Hardware Designer Was Saved By His Own Creation

You are right. Most people apparently don't push hard enough when performing their first CPR, I guess that's what our instructor meant when he said that broken ribs (as a result of CPR by non-professionals) are usually caused when pressure is not applied to the sternum from the top. Nonetheless, he continued to underline the importance of a timely help, no matter how small, even if not performed perfectly or professionally.

The instructor also touched all of the other points you raised (including the first round of CPR). For the better part of the day he covered what to do when no AED is available and you are on your own with a patient. I really liked this class. None of us is a pro after a day-long course, but it really conveyed the message that even us lay people can make a difference until the trained professionals arrive.

Comment: Re:Not automatic (Score 3, Insightful) 60

by worf_mo (#49004601) Attached to: How a Hardware Designer Was Saved By His Own Creation

In Italy it is now obligatory for sports clubs to have an AED and certified people who can use it. I took a day-long CPR/AED class just two weeks ago, together with other members of our club. The device is actually really easy to use - press a button, listen to the directions, place the pads and hope for the best. But when the machine can't produce a shock (for the reasons outlined by QQBoss above) one still needs to perform CPR, and that's what the biggest part of the course was about.

I second QQBoss and encourage everyone to take a First Aid/CPR/AED class. You can't do anything wrong - once a person is unconscious and is not breathing normally, it is just a question of time before they completely shut down. By acting immediately and administering First Aid until the cavalry arrives you can help raise their chances of survival and minimize possible collateral damage and recovery time. Should you crack a person's rib during CPR you were probably doing it wrong, but the fact that they are able to complain means that you have contributed to saving their life (and in many countries/jurisdictions you are protected by Good Samaritan law).

Comment: Re:Virtual Fence? (Score 1) 213

by worf_mo (#48425151) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

Make it into the US version of Takeshi's Castle and have the wannabe perpetrators pay an entrance fee. Whoever makes it to the innermost circle is allowed to play a round of cardboard-tank-with-mounted-water-gun against 2 members of the POTUS' security detail. Also, make sure the web-streams are pay-per-view, the nation has a deficit to cover!

Comment: Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 1) 642

by worf_mo (#48406819) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

A private entity cannot enforce anything upon the populace, nor can they promulgate laws based on their ratings.

I respectfully disagree, just think of the way copyright has been "enhanced" over the past decade(s) by private entities like the MPAA, RIAA and their international counterparts. Private entities may not _enforce_ the respective laws, but they have designed them, pushed them through, and they make sure that the "enforcers" do their job. The populace most certainly has other problems to deal with and has not called for these laws.

Comment: Re:So Wait (Score 1) 66

by worf_mo (#48406713) Attached to: The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

Nerval's Lobster works for slashdot [...] However, he can't actually directly post the articles? So he is literally paid to _submit_ articles to slashdot, but can't directly post them himself? Isn't that a little silly?

Not silly at all. Any user could filter his articles if he posted them from his own editor account. That could very well mean a few eyeballs less for the ads. By having a regular editor post the submitted articles users can't filter this specific "source".

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