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Comment Some wrong assumptions made in comments thus far.. (Score 3, Insightful) 134

I have been a certified/licensed EMT for over 10 years.

"Medical devices are expensive to make."
For many commonly-used devices (ECG, pulse oximeter, etc.), the level of technology implemented is magnitudes less than that of a decent smartphone. Sure, these aren't mass market items--but I'm also hard pressed to understand why it doesn't make sense to have an alternative to a LifePak which easily costs $15K+. Case in point: the AED you can easily buy from Costco in the neighborhood of $1K--and has lots of sophisticated logic. Just because the thing has blinky lights and makes "bing" noises doesn't mean it should be exorbitantly priced.

"People need a manufacturer big enough to sue."
Circular reasoning on the best of days. Does a commercial implementer of this device need a legal team? Yes. Is the pragmatic implementation of a device at lower cost that's reliable and lawsuit-resistant possible? Absolutely.

Comment Re:Alcohol bad for skin (Score 1) 273

Bingo! Though simple, it's actually a topic that is more sophisticated than people give it credit for.

During my tenure as an EMT for an ambulance service, I struggled with dry hands: hangnails were a constant problem. Since then, we've become more sophisticated in our sanitary practices and products (e.g., moisturizers with nitrile gloves are OK--but not with the previous generation of latex gloves).

Comment Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436

Yes, I wish people wouldn't do that. That's why I don't care if someone calls me a hippie, a gun nut, or whatever epithet. I get to the point.

You, on the other hand, decided to launch a mini polemic on how to gain credibility. ("...everyone who isn't a fringe, gun-grabbing sociopath."). Please.

P.S. I was the debate champion at my high school.

Comment Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436

FYI, every time you use a term like "gun nut" or "lunatics with guns" when referring to your fellow citizens, you lose credibility with everyone who isn't a fringe, gun-grabbing sociopath.

Hate to break it to you, but when I see people get easily butthurt over being called a name, I generally refer to them as insecure nuts. Bravo.

Please note, I'm in favor of responsible firearms ownership, reasonable amounts of controls related to background checks and such and own a pre-ban weapon. I'm saying this to save you the trouble of calling me a bunny-kissing-tree-hugger-commie-liberal-fascist-Nazi with herpagonnasyphilAIDS.

Comment Artifacts suck (Score 1, Informative) 442

I used to work for a small Texas company you've probably never heard of (Enron). Their Broadband Services division had, under their employ, some of the brightest minds in networking and video distribution for that era (unfortunately, the same cannot be said of their executive management).

In any event, here's why I like 4K--and related plans by a premier provider of 4K camera equipment (Red) to utilize their new Odemax acquisition to distribute it. (I also suspect that the ideas being employed by Red and Odemax are things that can be replicated in whole or substantial part by others.)

1) I really hate macroblocking: it looks ugly. Depending on the quality of TV and BluRay player, the macroblocking (and other artifacting) is better or worse--but it's still there even with well-produced BluRay disks. Even with relatively small screens (e.g., 42"), it looks like there could be some really nice gains in artifact reduction.

2) One more novel idea the architects at Enron Broadband employed was to build their own content distribution network, complete with Enron-provided fiber connectivity and servers placed at ISPs. These "head-end" servers at ISPs would reduce the host's peering costs and improve performance.

3) At least in metro areas where Odemax has a presence, the ISP's backbone capabilities will be less of an issue--and I suspect their WAN capacity is substantially more capable. 20 mbit/sec within an ISP's own network seems much more feasible (be it xDSL, DOCSIS, etc.).

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