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Comment Cited study doesn't look back far enough. (Score 1) 181

The late 1980s and early 1990s was a time of huge scare campaigns over pain medications and the rise of Oxycontin becoming a drug problem. Suddenly, it was almost impossible to get a prescription for pain medication. People in a cast with a broken leg were given Tylenol for the pain. In some states they were flagging physicians for a review board if they wrote more than six prescriptions for pain killers a month. By the end of their time slice, 2013, some sanity had come back into the attitudes on pain medications.

        Regrettably, the scare tactics of the cited article is trying to bring back the bugaboo of prescription pain killers. Shoot, today many employers refuse to allow workers to work if they are taking Tramodol. Tramodol is a synthetic developed to have the pain relief for arthritis like codeine while being unable to get high and without the side effects of drowsiness codeine causes. But, being an "opiate agonizer" has that nasty opiate word in it and you are considered unsafe to work while taking such a prescription.

          Opiates feel nice to many. After surgery or extreme trauma nothing works as well as the opiates for pain relief. Opiates can be abused. Opiates come from a plant you can grow and there is a gigantic black market for them. But you bloody well can't equate getting a prescription for opiates after a broken leg, surgery, tooth removal, etc. with becoming dependent on a chemical high and ending up a heroine addict.

Comment Path of least resistance.... (Score 1) 151

The experience....

Hear about a new book.....

Put title or author into Google
Get returns for 8 pirate download sites and 4 sales sites.
Click on sales site.
Get inundated with adverts to the point you can't read the listing of books.
Click on another sales site
Get to the fourth web page trying to register to use the side and get disgusted
Click on another sales site.
See that they want over $20 for a digital version of the book you are interested in.
Click on the last sales site.
Have the shopping cart bomb three times while trying to purchase.
Go to the first pirate site, download, be reading within a minute.

At least this experience is becoming less frequent with Amazon carrying so many authors in eBook only format. And, the publishing houses getting off the idiot paradigm that an eBook should cost the same as a library grade hard cover.

Comment Re:Morons are running the USA (Score 1) 648

The federal debt is a HUGE issue. It drives continuous inflation of the currency so any savings you have is continuously devalued. All the while, the Federal Reserve tries to convince people a low rate of continuous inflation is GOOD for the country.

Sorry Bubba Fed but a 6% inflation rate when all but the top 1% can't leverage more than a 4% return on savings has repercussions that destroy the middle class and destroy retirement savings.

Comment Re:Morons are running the USA (Score 1) 648

So you object to:
Eliminating funding for a program that has been languishing mostly unused for a decade - Energy Star
Eliminating funding for portions of a program that duplicate what the WHO already does - NIH tracking of epidemiology concerns OUTSIDE the U.S.
Eliminating subsidies to multi million dollar businesses that have proven to be profitable - Elon Musk and Tesla Motors
Eliminating Superfund line items that have been successful and no longer are needed - Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Superfund cleanup projects
Eliminating funding via Dept of Commerce for programs already funded through NOAA - studies on pesticides that are also done by USDA

Eliminating duplication of effort between federal bureaus is long overdue. And, hopefully, it will lead to the elimination of conflicting federal regulations where if you follow EPA you violate USDA and vice versa. And elimination of U.S. programs that duplicate the same programs done by international organizations such as the WHO and IAEA only make sense. Yep, it will eliminate a few butt on desk chair jobs that really produce nothing for the country.

Comment Last decade's news.... (Score 1) 274

It's coming around again. There have been so many studies of sociopathy (Yeah, the term from the studies that started in the 1980s and not the current DSM) that you could walpaper the whole Smithsonian.
    Most of them have some similar conclusions... couple sociopathic traits with low intelligence and you have serial criminals. Couple sociopathic traits with high intelligence; you have a CEO.

Comment Re:GOOD. (Score 1) 281

Good take on the basic premise of epidemiology, "A little bit of risk to the individual is acceptable if the security of much larger populations is attained." I think it was 1 in 10,000 show some kind of reaction to the influenza vaccine but if you obtain over 90% vaccine saturation in a population you have no flu epidemic that year and significant reduction in death rate to young children and elderly.

Comment Passing the U.S. by... round two... (Score 1) 297

This article reminds me of one of the factors that aggravated the removal of steel industries and automotive industries from the United States' we didn't get bombed out in WWII.
        Timeline 1960s... The Japanese and European automotive industries and steel industries were going full blast using automated techniques designed and installed in the 1950s. Meanwhile in the U.S. labor unions were on strike fighting tooth and nail to retain the labor intensive 1930s vintage technology and block automated systems totally.
        Being first doesn't mean you are the best. The U.S. was the first in codifying many standards (ANSI). But, in the modern world one of the biggest handicaps in marketing U.S. made hard goods is that they DO NOT comply with International Standards Organization (ISO) standards. Heck, U.S. goods often don't even use the same fasteners that the rest of the world uses.
        The U.S. doesn't need to be part of some "One World Government" but, dang it, we need to be using the same rule book as the rest of the planet if we want to compete. Acting as if our local tribal customs are some universal requirement is just going to leave U.S. industries farther and farther in the dust.

Comment Re:Not true I bet. (Score 1) 162

Faux Vegans may love it. Faux Vegans... the ones that try to foist off some sort of moral high horse on those around them but keep repeating "it tastes just like meat" when referring to their lunch. Are you still vegan if you eat vat grown pork?

Vat grown meat has been a staple of science fiction for decades. If talking of a small closed ecology such as a generational space craft; something like that would be needed.

I'd try it. I'm a big proponent of gamma sterilized food ever since my sub was one of the test platforms for room temperature stored meat back in the 80s. The question will end up being texture. Are we talking vat grown Spam or are we talking a cultured ribeye steak? I have a feeling it will be something like surimi and formed into a variety of faux forms so we can try to fool ourselves we aren't eating playdoh playmaker formed food.

Comment 3.14 isn't Pi (Score 1) 133

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. 3.14 is an approximation of Pi to three significant figures. A closer approximation is 3.14159265359
Pi is an "irrational number" which never has a final concrete value. You just get as close as you need to for the accuracy of what you are trying to do. I remember using Pi out to 13 decimal places in undergraduate physics class. ... Picking on the sloppy wording in the article.

Submission + - SPAM: Radiation vs Robots

MercTech writes: Having worked in radiation safety for many moons; the effects of high radiation levels on electronics is a recurring problem. While the direct effects of radiation on semiconductors is useful for gamma spectroscopy it remains problematic for visual inspections and actually measuring dose rates in place.
      The problems with remote sensor readings at Fukushima bring up the problem again. Some work around solutions for the problem can be cheap throw away cameras that fail after several hours of use, heavy and bulky shielding, and fiber optics to keep the electronics away from the radiation source.
        Who has a good solution to the issue?

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You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?