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Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

PongStroid Re:Flawed? (187 comments)

Define old. At my son's school, across the street from our house we had a classroom in a portable. And not just *any* portable: Built in 1941 for the army, and installed at the school in 1943 to temporarily help with overcrowding in the regular classrooms. Our neighbor, who is 95, lived here when it was installed and her kids (who are now great grandparents!) attended class in it. My son, now 13, also enjoyed this classroom. This "temporary" portable, literally spitting distance from the Hayward fault, wasn't even anchored to the ground - elevated by four feet of stacked blocks of wood . Even crazier... the thing was riddled with asbestos tiles, and had a mold problem. The portable went away last year - 70 years after it was installed. I'd like to think that the paperwork I submitted to the city and state to have the portable declared a historical landmark worthy of preservation had something to do with it.

about 4 months ago
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FDA Approves Wearable "Artificial Pancreas"

PongStroid No. This is not an artificial pancreas. (119 comments)

We've had insulin pumps for decades, and continuous glucose monitoring systems for many years. This is just a small iteration on top of that. The new thing? If the CGMS thinks your blood glucose is low, the pump is instructed to stop giving insulin.

This ain't an artificial pancreas by any measure - even the manufacturer says as much.

1 year,1 day
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JAXA To Use Fishing Nets To Scoop Up Space Junk

PongStroid The future is now! (210 comments)

Quark! A series from 1978 predicted all of this:

The show was set on the United Galaxies Sanitation Patrol Cruiser, an interstellar garbage scow operating out of United Galaxies Space Station Perma One in the year 2222. Adam Quark, the main character, works to clean up trash in space by collecting "space baggies" - unfortunately for Quark, while circumstances frequently dropped adventure into his lap, he was always ordered back to collecting garbage when the action was over.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark_(TV_series)

more than 3 years ago
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Diabetic Men May Be Able To Grow Their Own Insulin-Producing Cells

PongStroid Re:Temporary solution? (148 comments)

Not to mention that with the pump you HAVE to eat when it's time - or else.

I'm a Type 1, and have been on an insulin pump for 13 years. Pumps afford the exact opposite of what you say here. The basal rates you program into the pump should allow you, when done correctly, to NOT eat at all - if you ignore plain old hunger. If you're having to ingest carbs to counteract your basal dosages, you're doing it wrong - and I can't state this strongly enough. Bolus dosages - e.g. the ones you take when you eat - work exactly like your eat/shot strategy you describe. A type 1's blood sugar will rise - in the absence of both food and insulin - and I'd be really surprised if this wasn't the case for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Target.com's Aggressive SEO Tactic Spams Google

PongStroid Re:How are these getting indexed? (241 comments)

<h1 class="offscreen">Welcome to Target Products and Promotions</h1>
<h1 class="offscreen">your mom is hot Products and Promotions</h1>
<a href="#mainBody">Skip to Main Content</a>
<a href="#leftNav">Skip to Left Navigation</a>
<a href="#scripted_tabs">Skip to Product Information Tabs</a>

These are used to allow users navigating the site with screen readers an easier time. Search for 508, screen readers, and accessibility for more info. A bit more searching will show target was sued 3 years ago for its site not being accessible to blind users.

more than 4 years ago
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Wisconsin Mulls an Earmarked Video Game Tax

PongStroid Your future... Re:Taxing the wrong thing... (63 comments)

A message to darwin-rejects like yourself: that's fine, but everyone younger than you is expressively prohibited from changing your skanky ass diapers when you find yourself in a nursing home.

Seriously. Think about your attitude, and the absolute reality that your life and comfort will be dependent on today's children at some point in your miserable hateful life.

more than 6 years ago

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