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Comment Re:the usual (Score 1) 647

James Blish did some novelization of some of the TOS stuff. I really liked it way back when. Maybe hard to find these days.

Absolutely love Vinge's 'The Peace War'. Bought that on a whim in an airport once. Made me not want to deplane so I could finish it.

Comment Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960

Back when I worked as an intranet developer at a corporate gig I imaged the Windows hard drive and copied it up to a file share. The I installed Gentoo and did my own thing. Nobody from IT ever asked about my system. I never, ever asked for anybody to fix it. It worked better than the Windows machines (no thanks, I'll skip the McAfee and Norton crap) and I worked just as effectively (or more so) as the other devs. At that corp if you didn't bother IT they didn't bother you.

Comment Get your medical imaging in DICOM (Score 2) 197

For the last several years I've requested and received copies of all medical imaging data. for myself, my Mother and, my Father. In a couple of cases they mailed me a CD but in all others they gave me the disc before I left. Never any hassle, I just had to ask.

The data is in DICOM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Imaging_and_Communications_in_Medicine format. There are free viewers for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

I had a CT done of my head. Pretty cool to watch in 3D.

My Dad has a stint in his aorta. Watching the imaging of them testing it for leaks with radioactive contrast is wild.

Comment Re:The Sun (Score 1) 377

You can view the sun with a telescope without burning out your eyes. I had a friend who had a refractor that came with a white metal screen and a special lens that had a dark green filter. The setup would project the image of the sun onto the screen. We could see surface details.
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Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
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Cola Consumption Can Lead To Muscle Problems 420

wjousts writes "As I'm sure many Slashdot readers live almost exclusively on cola drinks, a new warning from doctors: 'Doctors have issued a warning about excessive cola consumption after noticing an increase in the number of patients suffering from muscle problems, according to the June issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice. ... 'Evidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions.' And sorry, diet colas aren't any better."

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