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Comment Re:Just amazing (Score 3, Informative) 198

Add to this the great volume of doctors, interns, nurses, technicians, assistants, etc. that need access to these understaffed and overly busy places, and that come and go frequently. You arrive at a unit in the hospital and everything is password protected, all the passwords are different, and you need to get into many of them to do your job and help people in various stages of critical need. Nobody has taken the time to tell you what the common passwords are (for getting into locked rooms) or even given you your personal authorization to get at med dispensing machines, because they don't have the 15 minutes needed to do that (they'll get to this a little later when the breathing is stabilized or the pain is addressed). Don't be surprised that security is squarely in the way of getting things done, but make it easier for people to survive and be productive in this kind of environment.

Comment Re: Disgustng (Score 1) 921

Wendy's Company has averaged about 5% profits over the past 5 years; in the last 6 months profits shot up to 18% - the company is fine. Others have shown that higher minimum wages would add just pennies to the cost of a meal
Automation isn't making up for higher wages, automation is its own motivation.
Our challenge is to determine how to share the bounty: I don't want to live in a world of starving ignorant sickly people who form the backdrop to a few wealthy enclaves.

Comment Where's my Sci-Fi stash? (Score 1) 119

Here's a new idea for a plot: person being experimented-on can't move or respond but feels and hears everything. Agony, hopelessness, and desperation as research staff leaves the TV on reruns of old shows for decades. By the time they fully revive him, he's gone mad and they give up. The Diving Bell and the Metamorphosis.

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