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Comment It all makes sense (Score 1) 380

It all makes sense once one understands the coding scheme:


The first three characters are the type of water transport accident that caused the injury:

V90 Drowning and submersion due to accident to watercraft
V91 Other injury due to accident to watercraft
V92 Drowning and submersion due to accident on board watercraft, without accident to watercraft
V93 Other injury due to accident on board watercraft, without accident to watercraft
V94 Other and unspecified water transport accidents

Next there is a sub-code that further categorizes the incident:

V91.0 - Burn due to watercraft on fire
V91.1 - Crushed between watercraft and other watercraft or other object due to collision
V91.2 - Fall due to collision between watercraft and other watercraft or other object ...

After that is a code that identifies the type of water craft:

0 - Merchant ship
1 - Passenger ship
2 - Fishing boat
3 - Other powered watercraft
4 - Sailboat
5 - Canoe or kayak
6 - Inflatable craft (nonpowered)
7 - Water-skis
8 - Other unpowered watercraft
9 - Unspecified watercraft

And then the following 2 character code:

XA - Initial Encounter
XD - Subsequent Encounter
XS - Sequela

One can then combine what is needed in a systematic way. The confusion comes when they are blindly enumerated to generate every possible combination. Some combinations will not make sense but that is just a side affect of not specifying the water craft and encounter type individually for every sub-code. For instance 'water-skis' is perfectly reasonable for other sub-codes such as:

V91.2 - Fall due to collision between watercraft and other watercraft or other object

Comment Re:Isn't this illegal under consumer protection la (Score 1) 210

Under commerce laws, a contract is signed between a consumer and a company to perform a service.

The NON-action of that service - the unwanted gift ORDERED and PAID FOR by the consumer Aunt Milly - is a direct and actionable defrauding of service and a contractual BREACH by Amazon.

I smell a massive consumer lawsuit that Amazon will lose.

Amazon enters into the contract to deliver the goods and services specified. They are the AGENT of Aunt Milly.

Anything other than a good-faith effort to fulfill that contract is an act of FRAUD.

Didn't Aunt Milly agree to this, though, when she clicked "I Agree" to the TOS?

Comment Re:Nope, not kidding. (Score 1) 2058

What do they do, negotiate with the guy on the spot?

It's been done before by Crassus where the word "crass" comes from:


Most notorious was his acquisition of burning houses: when Crassus received word that a house was on fire, he would arrive and purchase the doomed property along with surrounding buildings for a modest sum, and then employ his army of 500 clients to put the fire out before much damage had been done. Crassus' clients employed the Roman method of firefighting—destroying the burning building to curtail the spread of the flames.

Comment Re:ps3 (Score 1) 199

I have trouble enough finding all the remote controls. The shutter glasses seem to be just one more thing to have to find and put batteries in. One reason CDs replaced Vinyl and MP3s are replacing CDs is it is a lot more convenient to just listen to something. This seems to be a step backwards.

Comment The Big Problem (Score 1) 90

The problem with this is that it does not detect cancer cells but anomalies that may be cancer cells. All the dentist can do is refer one to an oral surgeon who will just look at the tongue and ask if one has bitten it accidentally in the last few days. They are not going to do a biopsy on something they can not see and they are not trained to interpret the photos.


NASA's Space Balloon Smashes Car In Australia 174

Humunculus writes "Of more worldly issues, NASA's latest multimillion-dollar stratosphere-bound balloon launch has gone horribly wrong and crashed into a car, turning it over and narrowly missing two elderly people who were observing the launch. The payload fared worse, reportedly being smashed into a 'thousand pieces.'"

Comment Re:14k buys a lot of film. (Score 1) 347

That's a good point.

Another is that a craftsman does not begrudge good money spent on quality tools of their trade that will last for years/decades[1] with proper care.
It's considered a sound investment that pays back across the board.

[1] YMMV, depends on craft/trade

It's also a deductible business expense for a professional photographer.

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