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Comment Re:Trigger an Opposite Reaction? (Score 1) 345

There is obviously a market split between iPhone, and Android. The OP's hypothesis is that based solely on Tim Cook and Apples current stance on the issue, that a measurable and statistically significant number of potential buyers will actively switch from iPhones to Androids.

My "intellectual objection" is that the idea is completely unsupported. I could equally argue that I "suspect" it has led to an increase in the number of students studying 19th century manchurian folk dancing and I'd be equally correct.

Comment Trigger an Opposite Reaction? (Score 1) 345

The OP says "I suspect Apple's public refusal to decrypt, and Tim Cook's strong words in favor of user privacy, have probably triggered an opposite reaction among many would-be phone buyers"

Based on what exactly? Why do you suspect this? Your opinion? Gut feeling? unsubstantiated rumors? Tea Leaves? Fox news?

Comment Re:"Peripheral Processors", not "Parallel Processo (Score 2) 54

I came here to say this. In the early 80's I worked on Control Data Cyber 174C mainframes (we had two). Liquid cooled, about maybe 20 feet long with hinged chassis that swung out like doors (maybe 40" by 6' and about 10" thick) . One chassis was a CPU, two were memory I think, and one was for 10+ Peripheral Processor Units (PPUs) which did 100% of the I/O. A whopping 40 MHz! and a 208 bit memory bus with SECDED.

Comment In his memory - Teaching (Score 3, Informative) 43

I'm a CPR instructor and I will mention this to the class of 16 that I'm teaching in 2 hours. Out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates are still an abysmally low 8% because bystanders are often paralyzed, fearful, unwilling to get involved, and timidly participate when they do. The American Heart Association's new goal is to double survival rates by 2020. In his memory, you should find a class, bring a friend, learn how to react and be willing to do so.

Comment Generally known but incorrect... (Score 1) 211

If you call 911 from a cellphone in southeastern MA, your call is sent to state police headquarters, then it is transferred to the nearest state police barracks, THEN it is transferred to the primary PSAP. So I guess it is more correct to say that you will be connected to the PSAP *eventually*.

  Source, I'm an EMT, my paramedic partner is also a MA state cop.

Comment Re:Marathoner (Score 1) 169

Don't just assume your rate is low because you're in peak physical condition. I run and mine is often below 40. I took notice when it was 34, then 32, and got worried when it was 30. I've got a benign (asymptomatic) bradydysrhythmia. Do your heart a favor and at least get a baseline ECG

Comment I know two victims (Score 1) 251

I know two elderly people, both bilked out of $300. I see dozens of stories in this thread about how so many of us have been called and how you like to string them along and frustrate them. I've been called at least a dozen times. We need something other than just frustration to battle them. How can we prepare tools and tactics to respond and try to stop this?

Comment Prehospital Paramedicine (Score 1) 97

This is going to be commonplace in the next few years in the field of Community Paramedicine. I'm an EMT and work on a 911 ambulance. A very large percent of our calls are for patients that can easily be treated in place, but our scope of practice does not allow us to "treat and release". So we use the most expensive method of transportation (an ambulance) to take a non critical patient (with a problem not an emergency) to the most expensive destination, an emergency room.

A very common example (like DAILY): Mr. Smith is a 72 year old male with congestive heart failure. He was admitted a week ago for treatment and was discharged yesterday morning. He does not have adequate family support, may not have understood his discharge instructions, may not have the ability to obtain or manage his medications, and may not recognize changes in his signs/symptoms that indicate recurrence. Yes, he can obtain SOME in home care, like a visiting nurse, but they are not typically available 24/7 and cannot typically do things like a 12 lead EKG in the field. Any one of the gaps I listed could cause Mr. Smith to be readmitted for the same problem.

Under the Affordable Care Act, if Mr. Smith is readmitted within 30 days, the hospital will not be reimbursed by Medicare. This is HUGE. There is a tremendous financial incentive for hospitals to invest in telemedicine like facetime and Skype to manage these chronic patients (CHF, pneumonia, elder falls, etc) to avoid readmission penalties.

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