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Comment Re: Nvidia drivers (Score 1) 157

Perhaps they can't open source the stuff they own because they're not exactly sure what they own?

Think about a decade of legacy code which may not be completely documented of who each individual author is and what license each line is under. It could be a mess that they'd rather avoid by just helping the open source community write their own code from the ground up.

Comment Re:Too Bright (Score 1) 924


Faraday cages around the rooms. A payphone to call 911 right outside.

That being said, I wonder if this will drive the final stake in a movie theater's heart?

Do people still build movie theaters? All the ones I know have been around since I lived in the areas and just change hands every 5 years or so.

Comment Re:A puzzle for you (Score 1) 107

The Earth is over 4 billion years old.

The techtonic plates drift up and down over the mantle in 3 billion years.

There could have been a civilization that left Earth 3 billion years ago that we would never have known about.

Actually, I thought this was going to be covered in the TV series "Fringe" (when they talked about the First People), but was sorely disappointed.

Comment Re:Geotarding? (Score 2) 153

First of all, I really don't think Google controls maps.

Second, it's only an issue if they abuse the monopoly in order to leverage themselves in another field.

They have a mapping application for Apple iPhones. Microsoft has their own mapping application. So does Apple. So does Tom Tom. So do a score of others. Google leveraging maps to increase the share of Android only works if Apple and Microsoft pretty much admit they need Google Maps.

You have a better argument saying Google has a monopoly on videos since they own YouTube.

Comment Re:EVs not really for long road trips (Score 1) 311

The bottom line is that even if battery technology gets there, how will the grid handle such quick charging? I see that being the bigger obstacle to EV road trips as convenient as gas-powered trips are now.

I was under the impression that the reason they could make it free was that they were generating power on site with solar panels.

That being said, it doesn't scale well to popularity of the stations.

Comment Re:I loathe the medical "profession" (Score 4, Informative) 273

I can't stand the pillar the medical profession puts itself on. Let's run down the list of examples for how the medical profession doesn't give a shit about patients, shall we?

  • We're forced to be seen by inexperienced, sleep-deprived, overburdened, overworked trainees. We don't allow truckers to drive more than X hours in Y days and the medical profession has proven lack of sleep impacts mental abilities. But med student hours? Sky's the limit, and it's common knowledge that you're supposed to fake your timesheets now that hospitals "track" this and have "policies."
  • Medication errors cause 1.3 million injuries a year. Let's be clear here: Dr. I-Swore-An-Oath apparently can't be bothered to slow down and PRINT CLEARLY on your prescription form.
  • Surgeons routinely fuck up "which leg" or "which eye." They're taught all sorts of anatomy, except they can't seem to figure out "left" versus "right"
  • Despite the fact that hospitals are increasingly a cesspool of MRSA and other diseases, we continue to cling to the idea that we should treat people with transmissible diseases in close proximity to others, instead of having doctors travel to the sick patients, treat them, disinfect, and move on to the next patient. Gee, what could possibly go wrong with concentrating sick and weak people in one area?

As a physician I'm quite interested in the subject. :-) Things have been bad in the past, but is getting better on all fronts. Let's take your issues one at a time:

There's a cap placed on residency hours per week and hours in a row, now. Yes, it's sometimes broken, but it's a lot better than 20 years ago. And, no, it's not routine practice to fake your timesheets. Or at least where I trained ~15 years ago, and not in the training program I assist overseeing. That being said, in some subspecialty fellowships I wouldn't doubt that it's more common to do this -- But they do this to gain more experience as you may only get a once in a decade experience if you stay on call and extra 2 hours. Who would deprive themselves that?

Penmanship is not taught in medical school. But electronic perscriptions are becoming more commonplace in the last few years (both on the outpatient and inpatient sides). And the last couple decades have brought on more responsibility of the patient to know what they are taking. The outpatient medication errors are the combined fault of the physician, the pharmacist, and the patient.

I wouldn't say that anyone routinely operates on the wrong body part. But mistakes do happen. It's now standard of care to do a "time out" with the patient, nurse, and physician all in the operating room to agree on the patient's name, date of birth, and procedure to be performed before any sedation is administered or incisions are performed. But I once had a patient respond to a different name who expected to have the same procedure performed. Fortunately he was tripped up by the date of birth.

As for washing hands, that's a culture change. My hospital has random people anonymously assigned to watch people enter and leave patient rooms to make sure we always wash in and out. (The people are people that work on the floors anyway.) A couple verbal warnings and suddenly everyone's compliant. No need for technology.

And the younger generation of physicians are more humble. But that's also because they tread medicine as more of a job and less of a calling. I guess you can't get everything. :-(

Comment Re:subject (Score 1) 69

A decade (or more) ago I set my dad up with a email address and made his home page

Now he has shared that email address with so many business contacts that he's locked in for life.

I'm the same way with my gmail address. I'm essentially locked in as well. They can offer me 5 ways to get my email out (and I do back up my email about once a year) but it doesn't matter if hundreds of contacts have that address.

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