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Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 247

They can seize your phone but can't compel you to decrypt it.

I sincerely believe that some of the increase in quality of police officers (yes, I know, hard to see lately) is attributable to TSA being a place where "bad cops" can go and not get tossed out with a psych profile. Which is leading up to: TSA may not be able to legally compel you to do much, but they are empowered to detain, and that can be enough sometimes.

If you'd rather not be detained, for an arbitrary amount of time deemed "necessary" by the officers at the scene, be prepared to play nice. In the case of phones, that would probably mean keeping anything you want stealthed, stealthed without being "in your face, the whole thing is encrypted suckah! what'cha gonna do 'bout it?"

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

If the government didn't mind the transactions, then it wouldn't be laundering, it would just be obscure. When you've got "bad" transactions that are made obscure, that becomes laundering.

Think of it like resisting arrest - if nobody's trying to arrest you, then it's O.K. to run from the cops - as long as you don't look too guilty while you're doing it, otherwise, they'll assume you've done something bad and try to stop you.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 322

Evidence based medicine is founded on clinical studies

Most, current evidence based medicine is, but more and more "SQL queries" are making their way into the researchers' input data pool - it's not just CDC anymore.

It's actually quite sad what proportion of "work" that goes on in a hospital is focused on serving the reimbursement bureaucracy, but there is some patient care and even research happening there too.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 322

Yes, I suppose if you put your mind and wallet to it, you could access all the paywalled medical journals and learn navigate the system of publications to find what's relevant to your particular medical need. If you took that a step further and gave yourself a "full workup" examination, you, too, would have found your hernia - that's standard practice dating back 50 years or more.

The point is, doctors do this daily, they're practiced, and they have a fair idea about common problems and how to spot them - you should go through the "front line" of diagnosis of common problems, like hernia, before digging deeper into the latest research. But, when you fall into the group of people with medical needs that aren't adequately addressed with common, front line diagnosis and treatments, that's where the new stuff becomes valuable. Things that would have gotten a shrug of the shoulders and Rx for some pain killers last year might actually be treatable today. I remember in 1991, a colleague had ulcers, and his doctor was stuck firmly in 1989, telling him to avoid food and drink that irritate the ulcers and basically hope they'll go away on their own - thing was, in 1990 they published the causal connection between H.pylori and common ulcers, making them curable with a short course of antibiotics, which is common practice today, but his doctor wasn't "up on these things" so he was left to suffer.

Comment Re:Passerine drones could be solar (Score 1) 87

Solar recharging.... with solar panels you carry with you while flying.... I think one guy has managed to barely circumnavigate the globe in a vehicle that did this, with tremendous planning and ground logistical support and repairs en-route on a vehicle purpose built from the ground up. In other words: an AC power outlet is something you don't have to carry with you (zero weight), and it delivers power as fast as you can possibly use it - even the DC conversion and battery protection circuits can live in the perch.

Comment Re:US Patent Office (Score 1) 87

The obviousness clause has been moot since around patent #4,000,000.

Autonomously recharging quadcopters was the first obvious improvement to make to quadcopters, ever. 10 minute flight times, who wouldn't think about recharging that without human intervention? Now, when you're flying through a city and you've got about 350B in market cap backing you, of course you're going to lease whatever space you think looks attractive - you've got the clout to get past any and all zoning boards, city councils, federal agencies, etc.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 322

Modern practice of medicine absolutely does make doctors into data entry clerks. Big data is telling them what works, what doesn't, improving diagnosis and treatment, the volume of data and pace of discovery are such that no human being could possibly keep up with it in the traditional med school + residency + practice & annual CE fashion. If your doctor isn't "jacked into the cloud," you're not getting the best out of modern medicine.

This is ABSOLUTELY not to say that the best medical care comes from doctors who attempt to practice cloud connected medicine, effectiveness of practitioners varies tremendously, and the best traditional doctors are far far better than the worst "big data" based doctors - but, if you think you might need a procedure performed, it's probably best to consult with an MD who is "up on the cloud" in your area of need, and simultaneously guaranteed NOT to profit from you going ahead with the decision to have an expensive procedure performed.

Comment Re:Foolish Investment? (Score 1) 124

The beach may be "free" but access is another question. It's improving in Florida, but there were many beaches in the 1980s that had no public access for miles, even tens of miles, from the land side - no place to park, no place to legally walk-on if somebody stopped and dropped you by the side of the road.

Comment Re:Foolish Investment? (Score 1) 124

Long term vs short term thinking.

$1.7M for a 30 year lease on a beach is still cheap. If 10,000 people use it per year, that works out to 1.5 cents per person's access - I'd pay $0.015 per year in additional taxes to open up an additional public beach within 10 miles of my home. Still a good deal if it costs another $0.985 per year for the infrastructure required for public access, maintenance, police, etc. People pay $3/day to park at beaches around here.

Comment Re: Heck yes, (Score 1) 351

All I know is that by 2008 it was untouchable below $2500/ac, though those were the crazy days in real-estate all over...

All in all, I didn't cherish the thought of travel to western Nebraska to manage the deals, so I let the idea slide - that and the reality of "spinning fees," insurance, bank financing terms for turbines, rowdy locals that don't want change, etc. pushed me away from the wind farm idea. Still, if I had been foolish enough to sink $80K into that land, it would have turned for over $500K in just a few years.

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