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Comment Re:Counting documents is doing something (Score 1) 68

'Retarded' may be a bit harsh - perhaps 'slow' might be more appropriate.

You're assuming that performing innocuous read only file operations is sufficient cause to flag the macro as being a virus.

Consider, for example, a legitimate macro which would present the user with a list of monthly sales reports. I haven't done spreadsheets since running Lotus 1-2-3 on a VAX mini computer, but your macro would essentially end up searching for 'SALES*.DOC' files - almost exactly what this one is doing.

Would you bar any such operations? If so, you run the very real risk of having so many false positives that it essentially becomes useless to scan macros; simply block them by default on Office's side.

Comment Re:What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 326

This falls into the pre-loaded syringe category, with a one to two month shelf life. (The epi is drawn from a sealed vial into the syringe - no ongoing exposure to the air). And epi conveniently turns pink or red when it oxidizes, or produces a brown precipitate when it degrades. This can be seen through an inspection window in either the EpiPen or in the 'generic' auto-injector. And at one tenth the initial cost ($60/pair vs. $600), you're initially saving money in the short run. In the long run, the EpiPen is $600/18 months, about $33/month. The $30 generic injector has no shelf life - instead, both the syringe and needle are replaceable. Your monthly cost (needle, syringe, epi) should be around one tenth that of EpiPen.

Big savings both short run and long.

Comment Re:Exploding or going up in flames (Score 1) 202

If I recall, technically an "explosion" is supersonic deflagration, which of course is accompanied by a shock wave. It's the shock wave that's the salient feature of an explosion.

Practically anything flammable can explode if it is finely mixed with oxygen (or an oxidizer) and it is *contained*. If you pour the black powder from a bullet into a line and touch it off it's go up pfft! But it won't explode because it's not contained.

I beg to differ. Modern smokeless powder will indeed go 'pfffft' (IIRC, a pile of powder from a 12 gauge shell took several seconds to burn). But smokeless powder is a propellant, not an explosive. Black powder, OTOH, is an explosive whether it is contained or not. Lighting a small pile makes a distinct popping sound from the wave front of the uncontained explosion.

Comment Re:Sounds like author hasn't been sick enough (Score 1) 294

Eight in a ward does not sound like fun - in the US (in my experience, both as patient and visitor), two to a room is quite common, with nicer hospitals having private rooms. I had neck surgery about a month ago under MediCal (California's low income health plan) at a teaching hospital; I was quite surprised to get a private room for two days of recovery.

I wonder if that is a trend now; perhaps in order to reduce cross infections.

Comment Re:All these pharma/insurance stories (Score 1) 396

Of course, none of the above addresses your claim that he would have lost his house - essentially claiming that couldn't afford coverage sufficient to cover his assets. In fact, such coverage has practically always been available, but at a price. And a "well off" family man (my dad fit that category) was in the class of those who either received it as an employment benefit or were able to afford it. (By the way, uncapped emergency care was a common benefit.)

Of course, this is your story, not mine. Perhaps you can provide a bit more info on what his coverage in the US would have been, and why he would have lost his house - my original question.


Please check your straw men at the entrance.

Comment Re: Autopilot will disengage (Score 1) 154

I think you may sit. As I read the article, TCAS and the Auto-Pilot/Flight-Director (AP/FD) do remain separate; the airbus advance is in allowing the AP/FD to react directly to the TCAS advisories instead of requiring action from the pilot. (The article also mentioned that it would be retrofitted to fly-by-wire aircraft; no mention of 'traditionally' controlled aircraft).

Not that matters - the salient point is that aircraft are capable of taking autonomous evasive action, regardless of how they accomplish it. (I guess Teslas can do that, too.)

Comment Re:Who's stopping you... (Score 1) 396

Another equally valid answer is that the package may be lost in the mail, or mis-delivered - possibilities that rank right up there with Customs interference. But in the Real World (TM), none of these potential issues prevent a person from buying on the world market - which was the original question. In all cases, a delayed re-shipment is about the worst possible outcome.

Comment Re:All these pharma/insurance stories (Score 1) 396

He was a pretty well off person so he wouldn't have been bankrupted if this happened in the USA. But he wouldn't have his house anymore either.

Why wouldn't he? If he was 'pretty well off', he'd have been paying monthly health insurance premiums instead of higher taxes. He would be providing for his family, not for others. You may find this to be selfish - that's your right. But if he lost his house over it, he just wasn't planning ahead.

Does he carry fire insurance? Or would the government replace his house if it burned down?

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