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12-Lead Clinical ECG Design Open Sourced; Supports Tablets, Too

Da_Biz Some wrong assumptions made in comments thus far.. (134 comments)

I have been a certified/licensed EMT for over 10 years.

"Medical devices are expensive to make."
For many commonly-used devices (ECG, pulse oximeter, etc.), the level of technology implemented is magnitudes less than that of a decent smartphone. Sure, these aren't mass market items--but I'm also hard pressed to understand why it doesn't make sense to have an alternative to a LifePak which easily costs $15K+. Case in point: the AED you can easily buy from Costco in the neighborhood of $1K--and has lots of sophisticated logic. Just because the thing has blinky lights and makes "bing" noises doesn't mean it should be exorbitantly priced.

"People need a manufacturer big enough to sue."
Circular reasoning on the best of days. Does a commercial implementer of this device need a legal team? Yes. Is the pragmatic implementation of a device at lower cost that's reliable and lawsuit-resistant possible? Absolutely.

about 10 months ago

Robots Join Final Assembly Line At US Auto Plant

Da_Biz Re:Coming Soon (223 comments)

You may have forgotten "your basic pleasure model" ;-)

1 year,1 day

Hospital Resorts To Cameras To Ensure Employees Wash Hands

Da_Biz Re:Alcohol bad for skin (273 comments)

Bingo! Though simple, it's actually a topic that is more sophisticated than people give it credit for.

During my tenure as an EMT for an ambulance service, I struggled with dry hands: hangnails were a constant problem. Since then, we've become more sophisticated in our sanitary practices and products (e.g., moisturizers with nitrile gloves are OK--but not with the previous generation of latex gloves).

about a year ago

Wrong Fuel Chokes Presidential Limo

Da_Biz Re:Um... (612 comments)

I think maybe you ought to tell the railroad industry of your theories and see what they have to say about the futility of electric for towing....


about a year and a half ago

Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Da_Biz Re:Reduce gun violence? (436 comments)

Yes, I wish people wouldn't do that. That's why I don't care if someone calls me a hippie, a gun nut, or whatever epithet. I get to the point.

You, on the other hand, decided to launch a mini polemic on how to gain credibility. ("...everyone who isn't a fringe, gun-grabbing sociopath."). Please.

P.S. I was the debate champion at my high school.

about a year and a half ago

Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Da_Biz Re:Reduce gun violence? (436 comments)

That, sir, is horseshit. Post links or GTFO.

about a year and a half ago

Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Da_Biz Re:Reduce gun violence? (436 comments)

FYI, every time you use a term like "gun nut" or "lunatics with guns" when referring to your fellow citizens, you lose credibility with everyone who isn't a fringe, gun-grabbing sociopath.

Hate to break it to you, but when I see people get easily butthurt over being called a name, I generally refer to them as insecure nuts. Bravo.

Please note, I'm in favor of responsible firearms ownership, reasonable amounts of controls related to background checks and such and own a pre-ban weapon. I'm saying this to save you the trouble of calling me a bunny-kissing-tree-hugger-commie-liberal-fascist-Nazi with herpagonnasyphilAIDS.

about a year and a half ago

Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Da_Biz Re:Unauthorized (436 comments)

It's clear you haven't actually read DC v. Heller and instead just copy and pasted a gun nut website bite from it.

Excellent rebuttal - seriously.

about a year and a half ago

Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

Da_Biz Re: Surprise (468 comments)

I love how you ask the same, hackneyed "questions" that climate change deniers have been trotting out for a while now. But keep going...

about a year and a half ago

The Trouble With 4K TV

Da_Biz Artifacts suck (442 comments)

I used to work for a small Texas company you've probably never heard of (Enron). Their Broadband Services division had, under their employ, some of the brightest minds in networking and video distribution for that era (unfortunately, the same cannot be said of their executive management).

In any event, here's why I like 4K--and related plans by a premier provider of 4K camera equipment (Red) to utilize their new Odemax acquisition to distribute it. (I also suspect that the ideas being employed by Red and Odemax are things that can be replicated in whole or substantial part by others.)

1) I really hate macroblocking: it looks ugly. Depending on the quality of TV and BluRay player, the macroblocking (and other artifacting) is better or worse--but it's still there even with well-produced BluRay disks. Even with relatively small screens (e.g., 42"), it looks like there could be some really nice gains in artifact reduction.

2) One more novel idea the architects at Enron Broadband employed was to build their own content distribution network, complete with Enron-provided fiber connectivity and servers placed at ISPs. These "head-end" servers at ISPs would reduce the host's peering costs and improve performance.

3) At least in metro areas where Odemax has a presence, the ISP's backbone capabilities will be less of an issue--and I suspect their WAN capacity is substantially more capable. 20 mbit/sec within an ISP's own network seems much more feasible (be it xDSL, DOCSIS, etc.).

about a year and a half ago

McAfee Labs Predicts Decline of Anonymous

Da_Biz Re:Anon can improve their design and reform itself (111 comments)

Movements don't need to have leaders.

You could use this same assertion against democracy ("people MUST be lead, fascism sounds good.").

about a year and a half ago

Apple, ARM, and Intel

Da_Biz Re:All right, let's compare more (246 comments)

How many snails am I allowed to rig up?

I, for one, welcome the creation of a Beowulf cluster of these snail-pulled carriages.

about 2 years ago

Surfacestations: NOAA Has Overestimated Land Surface Temperature Trends

Da_Biz Re:Not Published = Trash (474 comments)

I agree: this article is complete crap. Nice job, Slashdot (slow clap).

more than 2 years ago

F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

Da_Biz Re:Pandora's Box (253 comments)

Organgtool: +42 to you!

more than 2 years ago

Sources Say Meg Whitman To Become HP CEO

Da_Biz Re:What HP needs? (277 comments)

HP is already dead: they died when they turned their backs on what Bill and Dave said in "The HP Way".

To me, the _real_ HP (engineering and innovation focused, not the "brand machine" someone mentioned earlier in this thread) is Agilent.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Jennifer Granick About Computer Crime Defense

Da_Biz Re:Login banners? (114 comments)

GREAT question!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Jennifer Granick About Computer Crime Defense

Da_Biz Question: Pragmatic Legal Protection--but how? (114 comments)

My question for Jennifer:
I've observed in work and professional life (my job is 50% nerd whisperer, 50% energy policy and political matters) that while laws that protect "the little guy" are practically worthless unless one is willing to shell out several hundred dollars for a lawyer--and perhaps even $10K+ for a litigator.

It's also scary and disheartening to hear an experienced and successful friend say that he selected a US Government-owned patent for technology his startup is implementing--if only because he hopes the Feds will come to his defense if he's sued for patent infringement.

Could you please suggest some political and/or legislative outcomes that we need to pursue to try to make access to law more egalitarian from technology and innovation standpoints?

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Gives $15k To Bradley Manning Defense

Da_Biz To: Whomever Tagged This Article "Treason" (321 comments)

We don't live in a nation with Napoleonic Law you dickwads! One is innocent until proven guilty.

Go back to Fox News and eat your pablum like a good village idiot.

more than 3 years ago

Indian Launch Vehicle Explodes After Lift-Off

Da_Biz Re:No surprise.. this is india after all (227 comments)

The sheer smugness, ignorance, arrogance and incredible lack of knowledge is mind boggling.

...speaks the person who is not arrogant ;-)

Seriously, why get wrapped around the axle on this? The US has 300 million people; India, one billion. It should be apparent that we've got a diversity of people in both places. RELAX, smoke a bhang, take a walk, build a another rocket, etc.

more than 3 years ago



MacBook Air Released

Da_Biz Da_Biz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Da_Biz writes "It won't please everybody, but the lightweight design is bound to please many road warriors weary of lugging around heavy laptops. This is, perhaps, a strike against the sentiment that laptops need more than less to be a functional tool for 95% of our daily activities."
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