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Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 140

Not true. A helicopter can't be moving horizontally when it lands. A flying car with wheels could potentially be moving at 70+ MPH horizontally when it lands.

1) Under what situation would such a maneuver be necessary, or even advantageous, and

2) Given the relative difficulty if making a "flying car" in the first place, it seems the last thing you'd want to do is add more weight and complexity with a second drivetrain (Indeed this has so far been a major failing in flying car concepts), and

3) Landing at 70+MPH is anything but safe, which is why it's typically only done on access-controlled runways under the supervision of air traffic controllers and ground crews.

Flying cars to not address and real problem. People are fixated on them for the same reason they're fixated on "hover boards" and personal jet packs - it's a cool fantasy concept that's been romanticized in film and TV, but has absolutely zero practicality or advantage outside of fiction.

You want a personal flying vehicle? They're called "ultralight aircraft" and you don't even need a license to fly them in most cases.
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Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 2) 140

We have those already. They're called "helicopters" and they are already in service as airborne ambulances at many metropolitan hospitals.

It's a mature and proven technology, with plenty of well trained operators, service/support infrastructure in place, regulatory and safety mechanisms established and well enforced.

"Flying cars" are a solution in desperate need of a problem.
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Comment No edit (Score 1) 75

If anything, most or all social media platforms should prevent editing. People need to learn that there are consequences to saying things in public.

Maybe if people had to live with the embarrassment of saying stupid things, they'd say fewer stupid things.
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Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 74

our arguments are not based in law, nor are they in agreement with the physician's code of ethics, which works by informed consent in such cases.

I've already posted a couple of links explaining the history, the law, and the prevailing practice of ethics in medical research... which you very obviously have not bothered to read if you're making comments like that.

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Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 74

Nothing you just wrote about would be resolved if we were to let patients die from lack of treatment. Hell, none of what you wrote about is even comparable, for exactly the reasons I've already explained.

I really don't understand why you're having this difficulty: If giving no treatment carries a known high risk of harm to the patient, then no treatment is not an ethical option.

I'm not dismissing the efficacy and usefulness of placebo-controlled trials. I'm saying it's unethical to not treat patients with fatal illnesses if a proven treatment exists.
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Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 74

Yes it does, that's why it's called ethics.

As in, it's unethical to take a course of action that you know will result in permanent harm to the patient.

Not treating IBS can potentially result in non-life-threatening discomfort. With patient consent that's an ethically acceptable risk.

Not treating brain cancer can potentially result in mental disability and death. It is not ethically acceptable to provide no treatment when you KNOW that no treatment will result in an unacceptable outcome. So you provide the standard treatment and compare the experimental treatment to that.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...

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Comment Re:"Open source" voting machines are stupid (Score 1) 299

How about we throw rocks AT the candidates instead?

Also, it's not absurd; How do you verify the code of a secure system, but in such a way that it's not possible to also alter the system in the course of verifying it? Think of a rootkit. Verifying OS files and BIOS data relies on the OS and BIOS at least to some extent, so a carefully modified system can fake its own authenticity.

You, the average voter or poll volunteer, have no way of verifying the code operating on a voting machine without also having the ability to change the code on the voting machine, and if anyone has the ability to change the code, then the code is not secure is it?

Voting machines need to be black boxes, but the content of that box is too critical to simply be trusted... so electronic voting is a non-starter.
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Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 74

If you're informed that you're getting placebo then it's not placebo anymore. It is literally impossible to have informed consent in a placebo controlled trial.

And even if you phrase it like, "you MIGHT get a placebo" that still doesn't cover you.

It must come as quite a shock that there are rather strict ethical guidelines when it comes to experimenting on humans, born mostly out of a very ugly history of malpractice.

http://www.pcrm.org/research/h...

Using humans as lab rats is simply not an option.
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Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 3, Insightful) 74

There are serious ethical concerns with giving a placebo where giving no treatment is substantially worse. You'd basically be condemning them to a death if you did that. That's why, in these kinds of circumstances, the experimental treatment is compared to the current accepted standard of treatment.

This kind of treatment has been in the experimental phases since at least 2011, and has undergone clinical trials;

http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10...

http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10...

And I believe this link, from 2011, is a press release announcing the approval of the trial discussed in this particular story. I'm not 100% sure, but the names and terminology match up...

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/...

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