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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

EQ Doesn't apply to some occupations (343 comments)

Try applying that 100% to RNs. How are you going to predict patients that get worse, that get better, that crach, etc. Impossible to predict workload of an individual patient. So impossible to get that mythical 100%. You need slack to be there when multiple codes hit a single ICU or unit, or when a big motor vehicle accident hits the ER and surgical staff. The article is written by some idiot efficiency expert who apparently has no idea how you need some sort of reserve to draw upon, both staff-wise and personal-wise. Running flat out for a full shift is enough to wreck even the greatest surgeon or nurse if done too often. Same goes for coders, having been both (RN and Sr SW Engr)

about 6 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

EQ Re:Creepy Stalkers of the World Unite (348 comments)

You can demand full access when that person sues you for libel. That's what we are talking about here. Its not a random grab by a critic, but a request (subpoena) for information in a suit BROUGHT BY MANN. So save your anger and your wild imagination trips. This is not about opening up your daughter's email, its about the right of a person to subpoena information from a public employee who is suing him.

about 6 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

EQ Not FOIA, but subpoenas against Mann in his suit (348 comments)

It wasn't the "critics" or the political commentator who brought this to court. It was Mann who sued them, opening the way for discovery subpoenas against him, not FOIA requests. This blocks the defendant from getting to a public employee's communications that may possibly be used to defend one's self against a suit by that employee. This could be a very bad precedent. And don't confuse this with the FOIA stuff, nor with critics/skeptics using it to harass Mann: Bottom line is that if Mann had not sued in order to silence a political columnist, none of this would ever have been necessary.

That is what worries me more than anything else - if a public employee sues you in a matter of free speech (to silence you from criticizing him, via use of libel laws), this precedent gives that government employee a huge shield to hide behind and resist your attempts to discover information to defend yourself with against his lawsuit. This is a terrible precedent because it will provide for government coverups and denials of FOIA requests in the long run. Imagine this being used by a public employee you do not like politically, for a libel suit for your criticism of him - whether justifiable or not, it limits your ability to defend yourself. These folks are public employees, and their correspondence should as a general rule be available (excluding classified information, or personal privacy redacted info). A blanket limit on discovery when defending against a lawsuit from a public employee is a bad thing

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

EQ Easy for me now that I'm an RN (737 comments)

I transitioned from Software Engineer to RN. Med-Surg, then ER. Licensed. Also US Army veteran, so doubly useful. My wife is a pastry chef (baker) - and an amateur brewer -- as well as an Army veteran too (thats where we met) So if the worst happens, we will be well positioned to help.

about 7 months ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

EQ Re: Bee Keepers and the Audience (365 comments)

With that uid you have been around long enough to remember the AOL invasion of Usenet and the massive chaos that imposed on users. However, unlike Usenet back then, we now have plenty of alternatives, and this place will become quickly abandoned if a similar impact happens. I wonder if those pushing this have read Santayana...

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

about 9 months ago
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Popular Registry Cleaner Software to Become Open Source by Crowdfunding

EQ Basically they are selling the source to the publi (1 comments)

"Donate" = pay the developer to release the source of a commercial product! and the "buyer" gets to vote on the license (GPL or BSD) if the price is met.

about 9 months ago
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Slashdot ID's by year

EQ Re:My God... (18 comments)

I dont remember - just that I made an account before this one. And forgot it.

about 2 years ago
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White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

EQ Re:Two can play at this game (638 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them? Great post. From inside the Healthcare industry, that's the view of a lot of people I know.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

EQ Re:Two can play at this game (638 comments)

There is always further to fall (I didn't think we could get worse than Reagan... And yet we continually managed).

Yeah bringing down "stagflation" ( inflation averaged 12.5%, compared with 4.4% during Reagan's last year in office, unemployment rate declined from 7.5% to 5.4%) , then starting one of the biggest economic booms, initiating the START treaty (actually eliminating nuclear weapons and reducin warhead counts for the first time ever), and setting up the fall of Communism without the horror of a war or bloody revolution in Europe. Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew during his eight years in office at an annual rate of 3.85% per year; Nobel Prize winners Milton Friedman and Robert A. Mundell, argue that Reagan's tax policies invigorated America's economy and contributed to the economic boom of the 1990s. That Reagan was really terrible, yeah? I suggest you learn a bit more of the real history of that era. I was a kid, and I remember Carter and the misery, and how Reagan (and the Dem Congress, truly bipartisan) worked to repair the damage done.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

EQ Re:Two can play at this game (638 comments)

And 4 more years of Obama's failed policies and terrible economics would be anything other? We're hosed either way.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing Hydrogen Powered Drone First Flight

EQ Re:So It's Come To This. (160 comments)

If their supply of diesel is cut off, do you really expect them to have a supply of hydrogen, which is refined from natural gas? (It can be made in other ways, but this is how it is done.)

US has massive natural gas reserves and production - it is an exporter of natural gas, over 1.4 trillion cubic feet to Canada and Mexico alone, via pipeline. So obtaining hydrogen from that source will not be a question like crude-oil based diesel or gasoline fuel might be. Thats likely why they chose it, the environmental angle is just a PR bonus

more than 2 years ago
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Depressed People Surf the Web Differently

EQ Get Help? (278 comments)

I use BT, chat, email, FG and even play WoW and flash games. So I guess I'm in trouble:

Come see the symptoms inherent in the system, Help Help, I'm being depressed!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For a Laptop With a Keypad That Doesn't Suck

EQ Re:USB keypad (300 comments)

Just buy a USB number pad and call it a day. They cost $30 for wireless ones, i have one i used forever as a macro keypad for WoW rather then drop $100+ on the G15 keyboard.

I know this is slashdot, but really, Read The Fine Original Post, the one at the very top before all the comments.

For practicality reasons, an external USB keypad is less convenient than a built-in one.

more than 2 years ago
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Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor

EQ Re:Not only that... (569 comments)

The Swiss are also the beneficiaries of very mountainous terrain (notoriously hard to attack) and VERY heavily armed (An assault rifle in most homes). Plus in their history (there's that word again, history), the Swiss were feared mercenaries, and even the subject of treaties regarding use. There have also been civil wars, and repression of the populace. You seem to omit those. Switzerland is unique in its position, and hardly applicable as a realistic example, plus they too, have had blood in their past as I showed. Again, human nature is just to bloody to disarm.

more than 2 years ago
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Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor

EQ Re:Not only that... (569 comments)

I recommended you learn history - apparently your grasp of history only extends to Wikipedia. Rather poor examples, you must be joking. Pax Romana? Constant small wars and battles all around the edges of the empire - study your history, you can start with Boudica and her routing the IX Hispana Legion in a rebellion. And you overlook the rest of the world - for instance the Han Dynasty's 100+ years Sino-Xiongnu war. Pax Britannica? An even bigger joke - you completely overlook the US Civil war, and lots of smaller wars like the Crimean war (Charge of the light brigade), the Opium wars in China, the Russian-Japanese wars of the early 20th, and the multiple Prussian wars in Europe, and even the Boer war towards the end of the period. Pax Americana? Come on, you should know better. For the US itself, there are a ton: Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Bosnia/Serbia/Kosovo, Iraq (twice), Afghanistan (Both the US and the Russians have had a go there). World wide there have been nearly innumerable colonial, then tribal wars that cause massive starvation in Africa, not to mention the Arab-Israeli wars, Indo-Pakistan. and numerous insurgencies all over the place like the Moro-Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines (who really need a different acronym if they want to stop people from snickering). Like I said, you need to learn some history. Come back when you learn the lessons of said history. Thanks for playing, have a nice day.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

EQ Re:forced? (811 comments)

Anything to get a mm wave look at some underage breasts.

Sadly, this may have some truth to it - she looks like a cute enough high school girl in the online picture in the article. TSA and Pedobear, BFF

more than 2 years ago
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Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor

EQ Re:Not only that... (569 comments)

War is not so much a matter of weapons as of money -- Thucydides That was 25 centuries ago. Care to give even one instance of an extended period in civilized history in which war did not occur? That was what the point (which you apparently completely missed). Human nature insures there will always be war, naively wishing war would not happen doesn't make it go away. Santayana was right: Only the dead have seen the end of war. It is not a matter of if you have to spend money on military and war, its how much (and how well spent the "much" is). "A wise man in times of peace prepares for war." -- Horace's ancient advice still rings true down all the centuries. The only real choice is not whether to spend, but how much. War is such a horrid thing that it is incumbent to spend enough money and time to preclude one if possible, and to win one quickly and as bloodlessly as possible if not.

more than 2 years ago

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Going back to school at 40+

EQ EQ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Switching from Tech to medicine (RN) is a heck of a headspin. The pre-requisite classes at night: basic biology, 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology (including dissections and tons and tons of tissue sample slides and biochem of physiology), and Microbiology (stinky things and lots of prepping samples and slide and microscope work) - its bee pretty damned fun, even if I was the oldest person in the class and one of the few males there. Nice thing is all my old college stuff counts too, so no need to retake freshman comp, or any humanities or math courses (thank goodness for engineering calculus, finally Im using it in a productive fashion by avoiding classes). By the time I start my RN classes at the university, they will be the only thing I need to take, no "needed electives" like psychology (taking it this summer) or management (already have graduate work in that). Its going to be interesting, because I have been told that I will likely be A) the oldest person in the class, and B) The only male (or at most 3 in the entire cohort admitted that year to the RN courses)

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EQ EQ writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Just a random entry to put something here.

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EQ EQ writes  |  about 8 years ago

Saw a technical analysis of the aftereffeects of a 10KT (small by nuke standards) detonation in the Port of Long Beach - wiping it and Port of Los Angelese both out. Container form North Korea and Iran on a ship is detonated in the port facility just before unloading. The port, its facilities and most importnatly, 60,000 people woudl die either immediately or within hours formthe initial radiation, blast and heat.

Fallout would be quite harsh due to the shallow draft, and the abundance of water in which radioactive material would be carried by the superheated steam. Initiall there are the heat and overpressure effects - followed by the probability of 500 sq miles of contaminated area that would cause the evacuation of 5 million people. On top of that the loss of most of the refining capacity, and a large number of industries in the area (entertainment, eletronics, etc).

The losses would exceed 3 trillion dollars (for comparison, 9/11 was mayb 50 to 100 billion - less than 5% of that impact fiscally).

Truly scary stuff. And unlike the Soviets who truly loved thier children too, the guy in North Korea and his Apocalyptic friend in Iran would use such things with no regard to anything other than thier wierd cult of personality (Kim Jong Il and his potemkin world) and the violent apocalytpic Koran version that the Iranians use.

Scary to have so many lives riding on such thin reeds of irrationality.

The potential cost of inaction is very very high - millions of Americans depend on this - and probablytens of millions of Iranians and North Koreans as well (who would die in US retaliatory strikes).

Many would have shot Hitler and Tojo before WW2 had they know the horrors those 2 were to unleash on the world.

Should we be considering doing the same to Kim Jong Ill and the Iranian Mullahs?

How do we look into the abyss without the abyss looking into us? How to destroy our enemies without becoming like them?

No easy answers.

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EQ EQ writes  |  about 8 years ago

All the stupid positive ads of Candidate Bob with his wonderful family, soft lights and easy listening music (but devoid of positions and facts) are gone. replaced by stupid nasty attack ads full of innuendo, mischaracterization and lies and are equally devoid of positoons and facts.

And they are the same from BOTH sides.

If people wonder why we distrust our politicians, simply go check the negative ads run against the person who wins - plenty of reason to distrust the winner, and then check the negative ads they put against their opponents - even MORE reason to disrespect and distrust the winner (no matter who it is).

When will they give me someone to vote FOR instead of against?

Probably never.

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EQ EQ writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I've run my own company. I've done salary work. Ive been unemployed with a family depending on me (dotcom bust). All in communications, cryptography and security.

Seems I now have little in common with many folks that post here - most are half-baked and have no clue about how much they don't know.

Me, there's massive amounts of things that I'll never know.

But at least now, I do know what I like, and what lasts, and what matters. Took me long enough.

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EQ EQ writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Slashdot is becoming more and more a juvenile leftist/anarchist echo chamber, to the detriment of its relevance.

Libertarians (and Conservatives if there are any here) need not bother posting, they frequently get politically moderated as troll or flamebait, while true flamebait (Bush is Chimpy McHitler type stuff) gets modded insightful.

True discussion is long gone except on the technical atricles which are increasingly less common (thanks kdawson, you political troll).

I wonder how much longer until the libertarians abandon this place and it turns into a snarling extremist hivemind like Daily Kos/Free Republic, or a straight-jacketed, no-dissent lock-step propaganda mill like Indymedia or Rush Limbaugh, with only conservative trolls baiting the liberal trolls, and anarchists screaming at both of them...

Its sad.

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This is my journal

EQ EQ writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There are many like it but this one is mine...

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