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Comment Interoperability (Score 2, Informative) 99

That's the biggest problem I've seen.
There's no real e-standard for e-medical records.
This is mainly from friends with knowledge of Meditech and Epic, some of them from HIMSS level 6 institutions (it only goes to 7).
The systems might be able to talk to others of the same type (maybe, sometimes they don't), but so far, there's no real "medical record standard" that everyone can read.

Another added problem is actually DOING the e-record...
History, documentation, orders, verifying meds,,,
I've heard of widely varying times for these activities, anywhere from 20 to 60 min. on a new patient, all usually done by the RN on duty, typing away instead of actually attending to the patient directly.
Speed of completion is usually in relation of the RN's language skills relative to the patient (native english speaking RNs are usually the fastest, bi-lingual eng/spanish are almost always the exact same speed).

Comment so... (Score 1) 165

The WD green AF acts like A when not aligned, and B when aligned...
and the WD black is better than both for just a little more.

Probably better to skip Subway for lunch, make your own sandwiches for a week and get the WD black (or go for 2 weeks and get the RE3).

Comment Translation: (Score 1) 327

The Trusted Computing Group, which sets standards on TPM chips, called the attack "exceedingly difficult to replicate in a real-world environment."

Which means there will be a GPU app for it in a week, a device on thinkgeek that also turns off every TV in a tactical area in 2 weeks, and a breakout board from sparkfun in 3 weeks.

Comment Another manufacturer down the drain (Score 1) 457

"Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson was awarded a $1.7 million federal grant last year to work on developing the technology and has spent $5 million on development since 1993."

First Colt leaves the civ market, and now S&W is pulling this kinda crap?
So much for the americans, at least we still have Glock, SIG, and FN.

I might not have problems with it if police were also limited in the same way.
Once cops start dying due to this crap...
Oh hell, I was gonna say that the sheep might be persuaded to change their minds, but they'd probably be rallied into even greater attacks on the 2nd amendment.
I wonder how loud people in these states would scream if they had to get a "speedy trial permit" to have their case (of any type: traffic, criminal, civil) heard within a year, or a "free speech permit" to complain about their elected officials.

This kinda stuff brings up the same questions I have with California and cars...
Instead of capitulating to their demands, manufacturers should say "You want us to follow these crazy fantastical guidelines to sell IN your state? Fine, we just won't sell TO your state... No, not even to govt. agencies. No new parts, no spare parts, nothing."

As far as "less-lethal" rounds being available to the public...
OK,,, as long as AP rounds are also as freely available to the public.
Like someone else has said, "less-lethal" rounds will just lead to dumb-asses shooting each other for fun, they needing care for a burst kidney or spleen.

The best way to keep the people safe, is for the people to be armed, and trained in the use of weapons (not just firearms).

Comment Re:Price-gouging (Score 1) 422


Medical/Hospital grade equipment is tested, and logged, and tested, and logged, and probably tested again just for logging purposes.

Look at a mobile computer unit in an ER and chances are the chassis alone cost at least $5K, just due to certifications.

Ever been in a hospital bed?
And then used the remote to raise the head? lower the feet? call the nurse?
I've seen records going back to the mid-seventies on some units, where they measure down to the milliamp along various points on the chassis; all to ensure patient safety.
It is not bullshit, it's just that the medical community has certain standards that we MUST adhere to, and console makers don't.

Comment Note from the original editor (Score 1) 20

That whole beaver as a sex thing? We never saw it.
I mean come on, it's a tasty little thing and makes a nice hat.

There was this one guy on the board, claimed he was a time traveller, said in 90 years, "beaver" would be an obscene term.
We all laughed, called a vote, then took him out and drove him into the wilderness naked.

Guess he was right after all, dagnabbit.

Comment Re:Absurd? (Score 1) 154


I had a similar joke this last office Christmas party...
"Way back when the senior VP of accounting was on this floor, every three months we'd have to sacrifice two chickens an a goat...
But with all the new technology we've installed, it's now down to once a year with a gyros sandwich and a 10 piece mcnugget."

Comment random thoughts... (Score 2, Funny) 154

So, would the sound of a 300 baud modem connecting be equivalent to Gregorian chant now?
Is renewing DHCP equivalent to confession and absolution?
Is SMTP prayer? What does God do when you spam him?
Does your firewall have an angel with a flaming sword? Ours does.
And should they really be using wireless if Lucifer is the Lord of the Air?

Comment secutiry theater gate crashers (Score 3, Insightful) 220

I welcome this.
In ancient ages past, we put up with "It's a theoretical attack, no one could actually execute it"...
to "group X has released a THEORETICAL working example of an attack to the public, so we fix it six months after revealing it to us"...
to "Here is how you fail... here is how to make you fail... FAIL!!!"

'responsible disclosure' is just wearing the nice guy badge...

You're the only one wearing the nice guy badge.

I'd rather see "Oh CRAP! This thing in Word is broken!" "Oh CRAP! This thing in Excell is broken!" "Oh CRAP! I went to look at a brittany spears vid and now can't move my mouse! Why is my DSL light blinking a lot?"
And then see it fixed in a day or two (at most), rather than a month or two (if we're lucky).

Comment well.. (Score 1) 922

I do agree with the people pushing Blakes 7.
It's a crime that that series is so forgotten.

Then again, I'd like to see more than 1 or 2 eps in an entire series of star trek from the Spock's beard EEEEEEvil universe.
Make is a series.
There's plenty of space there to make the Klingons and Romulans scream "WTF? STOP!"

If you want original though, I'd like to see McDevitt's "Hutchins" series, or Reynolds' "Revelation Space" series filmed... (Galactic North is all short stories, which should fit in an 'outer limits' format easily).

Comment Re:It's not the fines.... (Score 2, Insightful) 339

This ignores 2 things:

1) People learn, usually by doing.
2) Police are not special, they are the same as anyone else.

If cops can learn to use a radio with complex codes to remember, or a laptop connected to a specialized system, so can anyone else.
If the 'anti-cell phone in cars' people had their way, we wouldn't even have radios in our cars.
The majority of people ALREADY know how to talk on the cell phone and drive safely, through experience.
The occasional event you hear about involving a crash caused by talking is just that, an isolated experience.
If the "distracted driving" people were right, there'd be at least a million dead on our roads every day.

There isn't; they're wrong.

Comment Make it safer? (Score 2, Insightful) 193

The whole history of launching stuff into space in basically strapping something onto a bomb, and trying to control the way it explodes.
Comparing the earliest manmade flights, basically using ICBMs, to... to....
I was going to say today's tech, but the shuttle is almost 30 years old, so it really isn't today's tech.
Soyuz? Proton? Ariane?
It's all still focusing a huge amount of volatile explosives to a constricted area, hoping it doesn't all go pear shaped.
Add to that environmental concerns (this bug that's 10,000 miles away won't fuck if it so much as smells rocket exhaust, so use something else),
it's a wonder we get up there as safely as we do.

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