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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

MMC Monster Re:This is related (244 comments)

The science, so far, suggests that people aren't shedding virus (infective) until they start developing symptoms. Or is there other research stating that people are infective while asymptomatic? The science of the situation changes as the researchers are getting a better understanding of this particular infection. It's an exciting time (so long as you're not infected, of course).

As an aside, why is science in quotes? Are we supposed to exchange that word for mysticism?

yesterday
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"Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

MMC Monster Re:People are the problem (82 comments)

I think what the GP is alluding to is the number of AEDs in the community to save a single life. It's got to be large, but I don't think we know the number.

Everyone remembers that one life saved, because it made the papers. But the question is, could the money placed in purchasing and maintaining those hundreds of AEDs been spent in a different way that could potentially save more lives?

In my community, a high school student had a sudden death due to a undiagnosed heart issue. The community is pushing to put AEDs everywhere and screen everyone for risks for sudden death. Meanwhile, the incidence of sudden death in school-aged individuals is ~1/100,000. The money could easily have been instead placed in public service reminders to not 'text and drive' and putting rumble strips at the sides of highways, almost certainly saving more lives.

yesterday
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"Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

MMC Monster Re:People are the problem (82 comments)

I know where you're coming from and mostly agree with you.

But... As a society, we've decided that there is a certain amount we will pay to cover health care and the public good.

As a society, we're apparently willing to perform ~3500 mammograms to save one breast cancer. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22358016) (I recall that the public is willing to spend $1 million per life saved, which is in the same order of magnitude.) From that standpoint, putting one AED in high-traffic public areas where they can possibly save a life isn't too unreasonable, given the price drops in AEDs in the last 5-10 years.

I agree that people need to be trained in using them, as well as BLS training. But more groups are doing BLS training, and one BLS trained person per hundred population would do a world of good. Last year my wife performed BLS at a department store and stabilized someone until EMS arrived. (The store manager mailed her a thank you letter and gave her a gift certificate.) A couple years ago I performed BLS on the street when someone rang the door of the place I was visiting and said someone collapsed outside.

yesterday
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

MMC Monster Re:10M self-employed people beg to differ (254 comments)

If I'd been born to poor parents with little drive of their own, in public housing, with no internet or computers, no one helping me get and hold my first jobs... would I be where I am today?

I would like to think that if I had the drive I have now but been born to poor parents in the slums, I would work my way up to drug kingpin. But upon further reflection, I think I would likely have been killed in my late teens or early twenties.

yesterday
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

MMC Monster Re: Oh boy, another infection vector (228 comments)

The problem with user controlled is that the user will add a repository and forget about it.

It happens on the Linux side as well. It just doesn't make news because there it's mostly white hats and not black hats.

Imagine this scenario: A website says it is packaging Windows10 versions of VLC with special added codecs to play stuff it otherwise doesn't play. People then add the repository and all is well. A year later, the repo gets hijacked by a virus and adds a version of GIMP v999 with the virus. Since it's a newer version of GIMP than what everyone has, they download it automatically and are infected en mass. People aren't looking for it since they already vetted the repo.

It happened with Ubuntu a while back, where some guy noticed his private repo was getting thousands of hits. So he put a new version of the default desktop background picture in it telling people to get off his repo.

2 days ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

MMC Monster Re: I don't really see the point. (129 comments)

Remember people saying the same thing when I got my original iPad in late 2010. Four years later and it can't even run the latest iOS, let alone recent versions of most apps. (Even the apps that are compatible with it's iOS version number tend to run slowly or crash frequently.)

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

MMC Monster Why one computer? (200 comments)

I'm curious why you can't use one computer with smaller footprint (and specs) and send everything via wireless to a bigger computer which is not co-located (and therefore doesn't need the waterproofing)?

4 days ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

MMC Monster Re:Phones getting too big .. (258 comments)

Agree over here. I'm not a particularly big guy. An iPhone 5/5S is fairly comfortable for me. The 6 just feels big and the 6+ is ridiculous.

I am interested in going with a stock Android phone, but it looks like Google stopped making the small size Nexus (the 5?).

Any thoughts of where to go for a powerful phone which runs stock Android?

about a week ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

MMC Monster Re:Because wallpaper is what matters most (109 comments)

OSs should be about refinement, not about throwing everything out to get ready for the new release. Things should be fairly familiar, even if the last update was a year or so ago. So why bother changing the wallpaper, if it was 'good enough' last time. Spend the time adjusting the icons to make them look good at different screen sizes or something else that needs to be tweaked in the UI.

That being said, I'm skipping updating OSs for a bit. I'm on an LTE of a downstream OS and things are good enough that I'll stay where I am for a while. Got real work to do. ;-)

about a week ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

MMC Monster Re:Cars will be the secondary market (287 comments)

Just remember to drop an EMP so that you fry all the digital video kept on the truck.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

MMC Monster Why? (347 comments)

was there any problem with Control Panel that they had to get rid of it? I liked a central place to change all settings in the OS, and similar settings managers in OS X and Linux Mint.

about a week ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

MMC Monster Re: lol (328 comments)

The joke my audio installer used was 'no highs, no lows, must be a Bose'. (I obviously bought something else.)

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

MMC Monster Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

Ubuntu 10.04 had a lot of problems, but that's because the software it was based on was not mature, and Ubuntu took to rolling their own UI rather than working with upstream. That being said, upstream Gnome was busy committing suicide, so it wasn't too bad for Ubuntu to look in another direction.

A lot of users (including myself) jumped soon after to Linux Mint with Cinnamon UI and that's why it's the top at distrowatch now.

Only time will tell if Linux Mint Cinnamon is going to self-destruct. I think the next step for them would be to partner with a hardware manufacturer such as System76.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

MMC Monster Re:Happy Birthday (110 comments)

Ubuntu 5.04 was my first exposure to Linux. I chose it because even in those early days of the distribution, Ubuntu was known for fixing the dependency issues in the repositories. That was their claim to fame.

I moved on a couple years ago (to Linux Mint, of course), but the Ubuntu base is great, since I know I can get just about any linux app packaged for it.

Happy Birthday!

about two weeks ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

MMC Monster Re:What browser apps need.. (195 comments)

I used it that way for a long time, but since switching to Linux where using backspace to go back in history isn't the default, I was annoyed for a little while and then just stopped using it.

FYI, it's still the default behaviour of backspace on Firefox on Linux Mint.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

MMC Monster Re:It's the OS, Stupid (252 comments)

You don't necessarily need a new OS which is a blend between OS X and iOS.

It's conceivable that you run a single application which can switch UI depending on how the device is being used. If the device is motionless, use a desktop/laptop UI. If the device is in motion, use the mobile UI.

At that point, the actual OS is only needed for file manipulation and management of background tasks (and can be either OS X or iOS).

Either way, the OS has to be able to interact with applications on either the desktop or the palm.

I'm betting that the Apple folks have been moving in this direction for quite some time.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

MMC Monster Re:Value (158 comments)

The Tesla has a different powertrain and by the nature of being an EV powertrain it has better infotainment systems.

Actually, I disagree with this part. What does the EV powertrain have to do with the infotainment system? For one thing, the Tesla (all electric) Roadster didn't have a particularly good infotainment system. Other electric cars don't have the large customizable screens. Also, other luxury cars have LCD displays that show more than the map. Internal combustion engine cars are coming out now with iOS integration.

Tesla just does better than the rest (for now).

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

MMC Monster Re:Value (158 comments)

No. The question was 'what is Tesla bringing to the table that you think makes it more than "nicer trim and a few extra parts"?'.

And, frankly, if you need to ask what Tesla brings to the table, you haven't been reading much /. lately. A week doesn't go by without 5 Tesla articles.

What Tesla brings to the table are:
A complete electric drive train
Performance to rival a sports car/supercar (depending which options you get)
Free charging at their superchargers for the life of the vehicle
Battery sizes that are considered best in class, if not best in any class
A modern UI on the dashboard with free updates both to the UI as well as the mapping system (so far)
A good warranty (8 year, unlimited mile?)
Handling that's adjustable, from as smooth as a Lexus to as stiff as a sports car
[I'm sure there's more that I can't think of currently]

As for what makes it a luxury car, I'm not really sure. Probably it's price.
The leather quality isn't as good as other luxury cars I've been in
Ditto the stitching

Other than that, I can't think of anything that's considered standard in a luxury car that the Tesla doesn't have.

about two weeks ago

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