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Comment Re:Doctors and patients are more risk (& pain) (Score 1) 277

It is significantly more a matter of convenience than baby size. The entire OB industry is based around convenience, painlessness and reducing the amount of time medical staff need to actually work on you. They want to clear the bed for the next patient as quickly as possible. Another significant part of the problem is medical care professionals (at least in the U.S.) treat childbirth like a pathology rather than a life event. Both the doctors and the patients treat this like something that should be scheduled, painless, and regimented when the process is unpredictable and defies easy scheduling.

My wife had both of our children at home under the care of a midwife. The birth was painful and messy, but our children are healthy. Contrary to what you see on medical shows, movies and TV, most of the events of birth take a significant amount of time... it's not 5 minutes between "my water broke" and "baby is born" unless you have to fit a birth inside a 22-minute show.

Cost-wise, the home birth cost much more out of pocket, but was actually significantly cheaper overall - somewhere between 15 and 30% of the cost of a hospital birth. Of course, these costs are hidden when you have insurance, but be assured that somebody pays that extra 70-85%.

Submission + - High school student faces Federal charges for scientific curiosity

SemperCogito writes: This petition at ( explains:

Kiera Wilmot is a Florida high school student with a perfect behavior record and good grades. She was recently arrested, hauled from school in handcuffs, expelled, and now faces Federal charges — all because of shameful over-reaction by school officials and law enforcement.

Out of curiosity and the scientific spirit, she mixed some common household chemicals together, creating a vigorous reaction that blew the top off the container she used. No one was hurt — no damage was done. But instead of appluading her boldness of spirit and connecting her to a science teacher that could mentor it, she is being treated like a criminal!

This travesty of justice and education must be stopped. Reinstate her, and wipe her records clean. Then celebrate her!

More on the story: Her principal's email address:


Submission + - Sony hacked again (

mcgrew writes: Computerworld is reporting yet another breach of Sony's laughable (it must be) security, saying $1,200 worth of "virtual tokens" have been taken.

The same article notes that F-Secure has discovered a phishing site in Thailand that's hosted on Sony's servers.

Submission + - Internal Security Agency fights free speech (

PythonM writes: On Friday at 6AM local time, the Polish government's Internal Security Agency (ABW) searched premises and confiscated laptop of 25-years old man because his website parodied Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski [source: ]. The Civic Platform punish any criticism against its prime minister Tusk or its president Bronislaw Komorowski, who is particuraly well known for funny statements [ ]. Recently the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in a letter to the polish Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration protested against the closure of stadiums because of the anti-government content on the banners. Will the ruling party (Civic Platform) close stadiums for Poles during Euro 2012 to silent anti-government criticism?

Submission + - Military action against Hackers? Yep, it could hap (

kingkaos69 writes: “When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. All states possess an inherent right to self-defense, and we recognize that certain hostile acts conducted through cyberspace could compel actions under the commitments we have with our military treaty partners."

Comment Re:A comment in The Atlantic on cluelessness (Score 4, Insightful) 327

They are sociopaths and psychotics and we can only hope they die of old age before the country falls headlong into a French Revolution of purges, pogroms, and random bloodletting.

What makes you think their children will be any different? There has been a trend for the ruling class in the US to function equivalently to royalty (Bush I & II, Clintons, Kennedys). I don't see why the next generation of sociopaths will be any better than the current batch.

Comment Re:No power transfer.. (Score 1) 332

So now users can call tech support with their mouse plugged into their monitor and say that their "computer doesn't work".

Actually, let's just pause right there. If the monitor has the correct type of outlet for the mouse's plug, why shouldn't the user be able to plug the mouse into the monitor, and have it work fine? It just means that the monitor has to serve as a peripheral hub for the computer.

I don't understand the fixation on making a completely universal plug. It seems good in theory, but what does it actually get us beyond some cable interchanging possibilities and expensive upgrades?

The ability to plug in pretty much any device into your computer without needing to have a special adapter card for it. Do you really want to go back to the bad old days where adding an external peripheral to your computer meant adding a custom adapter card just for that one peripheral?

Here's the devices that I have that plug through USB. Can you imagine what nightmare this would be without an universal plug?

  1. Mouse
  2. DAC with headphone amplifier
  3. iPod
  4. Digital camera
  5. GPS receiver
  6. External HD

Why aren't we working on better wireless communication so that we don't need wires at all? I can't get my wireless mouse 2 feet away from the receiver, and I sure as hell don't want another cable cluttering things up.

Because we don't all really need wireless stuff.

Comment Re:Spoilers (Score 1) 155

I've never heard this guy's story before (being from the UK) and was actually looking forward to seeing this film. ....

Ugh, not me. I find movies like this and "Catch Me If You Can" like listening to fingernails on a blackboard. The "Lucy Show" was another. Lucy began every show with a lie and then spent the next twenty minutes trying to cover it up, the last two minutes getting caught.

Comment *NIX (Score 1) 336

The standard *nix command to tell your computer (and the rest of the world) that you are not longer you is kill. Your body could be more or less the same, but you are not there anymore. If you refuse to die, the superuser, superhero, or even the government could make sure that you are effectively dead.

Comment 5-10q a minute? Seriously? (Score 1) 321

"we're looking at about a user base of 100 people, with around 5-10 questions a minute."

No seriously ... how are 100 users generating that many questions to your helpdesk? If they're spending that much time on with the helpdesk, I question whether they'd be able to actually spend any time doing their actual job. The neediest helpdesk userbase I've ever dealt with had 1000+ users who couldn't generate more than 250-300 requests in a day. Your users generate 1000% the call volume with 10% of the staff? I call BS or at the very least exaggeration. You don't need a call tracking system, you need a subscription to a suicide hotline for your helpdesk techs.

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