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Comment Re:US (Score 1) 224

I just don't follow this reasoning. We're talking about truthful, factual, and legitimate content. If you were a reporter reporting facts, why should I have the "God-given right" to determine what you write about me? Why should I be able to take down a link to an article that I don't hold the copyright to? I shouldn't, because I (or anyone else) don't own "facts" about you. This is a really slippery slope, my friend.

Comment Re:what i've always wondered, as a non-medical per (Score 4, Informative) 1038

You're not far off the mark. For short OR procedures, fentanyl is preferred because the onset is faster and the duration is shorter, but hydromorphone can be used. Midazolam is used in conjunction for it's sedative and amnetic properties. This is also still a common combination when patients are mechanically vented. Patients lose complete orientation to what's happening to them before they lose consciousness. The observers' perception that he "suffered" is very unlikely to be the case.

Comment Re:Transcode (Score 1) 37

All Androids by now have native Vorbis decoding libraries. It's software-based, but if I recall correctly, the battery life is about the same for mp3 and vorbis. Neither codec is ideal though, because podcasts are mainly speech. Speex or Opus (ideally) would be better and VLC will play those just fine.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 699

This is absolutely not true. The varicella vaccine was developed in the last 20 years, with widespread vaccination occuring in the last 10 years. The vast majority of patients suffering from shingles are patients over the age of 55. Chickenpox is the acute infection caused by the initial exposure, and shingles occurs as the flareup of the latent virus, caused by the natural weakening of the aging immune system. The pediatric varicella vaccines have significantly decreased mortality rates--by something like 95%, decreased missing days of school, scarring, and secondary infections. The shingles vaccine prevents the debilitating and potentially permanent neuropathy--which requires lifelong treatment with medications to control symptoms. These vaccines have provided an immeasurable benefit to public health, and one which you will eventually gain an appreciation for.

Comment Re:From HTC's perspective (Score 4, Insightful) 182

Collaborating with Microsoft has historically been the kiss of death, however. I just don't see anything helpful coming out of that--there's certainly no consumer interest in WP and any capital injection would be a short term band-aid. HTC needs to narrowly focus their product line, not target every market segment like Samsung, and build brand recognition. Their hardware is good and their software support has greatly improved. They just need their name and logo out there more, and in a way that people associate with smartphones.

Comment Not a violation of HIPAA (Score 2) 455

I didn't read the whole article, but it seems to be a controlled substance prescription database like the one we have in CT--I think we were one of the first states to do this. Prescribers and pharmacists are required to enroll, and information has to be reported to the State, by state law. That information is used to identify prescription drug abuse. We use it fairly regularly in the hospital I practice at when overdose patients arrive, or patients enrolled in a chemical dependency program . This doesn't violate HIPAA because the Act allows disclosure of information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law.

Comment Re:Reviving the bit wars? (Score 1) 773

We understand this but I don't think Apple's target demographic does (like my Nana, for example). It's a very odd thing for Apple to market. Besides, the current ARMv7 designs are already woefully overpowered for what 99.9% of people use their phones for. ARMv8 cores currently offer no practical or perceivable benefit yet outside of servers--which might be part of the reason no one has really jumped on the Cortex-a57 yet.

Comment Re:Who says? (Score 3, Insightful) 178

I think Android is targeted more because it isn't inherently tied to the Play store, and not so much because of devices not being updated. The app signature verification works for 2.3 and up, which covers 96% of Google's Android devices. Getting malware on a phone or tablet still generally requires installing a malicious app, and it's far easier to be careless about that on Android.

Comment Re:Just Business (Score 2) 140

I'd wager that every sports fan in the world wants this, and Google is best positioned to provide it with the infrastructure they already have in place--they have live streamed events and premium channels on Youtube already. Of course it's a business move, but that doesn't preclude it from being in the best interests of consumers either.

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