Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!



White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

TheMeuge Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (234 comments)

Actually, we'll just outlaw hobby drones. We can add that to outlawed real chemistry kits and outlawed lasers.

2 days ago

Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

TheMeuge Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

Is ist just me or is anyone else actually concerned that a have-a-go engineer can apparently quite easily achieve significantly bettr results than a team of so-called expert doctors in their own field?

RTFA please.
The description does indeed try to imply that the above is the case. But it's far from the truth, as much as internet armchair experts would like to believe.

The article itself appears to state that the problem was that 1) the initial advice was to wait, which after (appropriately) consulting with a number of experts they had done, and a followup showed progression. Even the first advice was not totally misplaced. Then what happened was that he suggested that the neurosurgeons basically invent a procedure specifically for him, and used 3D printing to create a model for them. The result was he did find someone willing to try (my guess is they refused the conventional approach) a less invasive procedure that removed 95% of the tumor. Now that may sound revolutionary, but neurosurgery is a tricky business, and depending on the tumor 95% may be equivalent to buying a little time while doing nothing at all, especially since they already knew that the tumor was growing aggressively. If the conventional approach would have had more of a chance of removing more of the tumor, possibly all of it with negative margins, that would be a far more definitive approach. Doctors aren't always right, but if you get a sufficiently experienced expert opinion, it'll usually reflect what is possible to do currently, with a reasonable margin of both safety and success.

about two weeks ago

Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

TheMeuge Re:Goodhart's Law (185 comments)

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.

So, yeah, as soon as people figure out what it is that is being measured, expect them to alter their behavior to make that measure useless.

Tell that to Obamacare.
MDs and institutions now get less money when they take care of sicker patients whose socioeconomic status causes them to be less compliant and have more adverse outcomes. Congratulations, now no one wants those patients doubly. Oh, and they still can't pay for health insurance.

about 3 months ago

Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

TheMeuge Re:How about... (349 comments)

It is a FACT that ebola is ONLY CONTAGIOUS when symptoms are present.

Only if you ignore the last fifteen years of established science. Many people get Ebola and never show symptoms at all. We know this because they test positive for the antibodies to Ebola. Those people are believed to have had the virus in their blood at some point during the course of the disease. Therefore, under the right circumstances, it is possible for someone not showing symptoms of Ebola to spread the disease. It is highly unlikely, and has not been documented to occur in the wild so far (that we know of), but claiming that it is impossible based solely on limited anecdotal evidence is downright terrifyingly bad science.

I'd be happy to dig up the citations again if you really want me to, or you can just Google it yourself.

That's just patently wrong. Having antibodies to Ebola doesn't mean you had the disease, it means you were exposed to the virus. There was a study in 2000 Lancet which looked at seroconversion in close contacts of individuals ill with ebola, which showed that 11/24 people seroconverted in the absence of symptoms. However, the scientists were unable to isolate virus from these patients. This suggests that there are people who have either a defect in the ability of Ebola to infect them, or their innate immune response is able to deal with Ebola. There is no evidence from the last 30 years that there any asymptomatic individual acts as a carrier.

about 3 months ago

Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

TheMeuge Re: This is related (294 comments)

That's not insightful.

If you cannot isolate infectious virus or amplify its genetic material from someone's bodily fluids, they are not infectious.

Making assertions based on panic is not reasonable. Maybe if the nurse wasn't treated like a criminal leper on coming home, she wouldn't be lashing out and would stay home.

about 2 months ago

Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

TheMeuge Re: US Citizenship (190 comments)

Are you kidding be. Would be stupid to do that. The whole point is that many of not most H1B ers are working for less because they'd much rather be in this country. The threat of losing the visa it's what keeps them indentured servants. Just look at the biomedical research industry. No one will ever give them citizenship ebb masse... it would destroy the system by which having a PhD became about as profitable as being on welfare.

about 3 months ago

Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

TheMeuge Re:But, but, teh STEM talents!!! (284 comments)

These poor 3rd-worlders have unique talents that could never be found locally, don'tcha know!?!?

You mean someone who spent 7 years getting a PhD being abused and working 6-7 day 80+ hour weeks, then working as a post-doc with no hope of ever being faculty, at 60+ hour weeks and being paid $40k or less until their retirement without any benefits?

It's a talent all right.

about 3 months ago

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

TheMeuge Re:The metaphysics of evolution are a different st (669 comments)

I'm not sure that really gets to the heart of the matter, which is a metaphysical argument about origins.

But the question is "does it matter"?

This is obviously not news to Christians outside of the US. But this statement making the news in the US is a step in the right direction.

about 3 months ago

Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

TheMeuge Re: Maybe 40k (393 comments)

Nuclear still exists. People seem to forget.

about 4 months ago

The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

TheMeuge Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

You are making a fundamentally flawed assumption that the government cares about false positives. I think our no-fly lists, jails, and police militarization are a pretty good indicator that a low false positive rate does not figure into calculations as far as the NSA, TSA, DHS or other TLAs are concerned. A cynical man (or woman) may also wonder about whether true positive rate figures into their calculations at all as well, or whether a power grab is the sole purpose of these agenices.

about 5 months ago

Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

TheMeuge Re:Open Many Doors (35 comments)

It is impossible to enforce the laws when you can catch all the violations

You're asking the wrong question - the correct question is this - how have we wound up in a situation where he have so many offenders, of so many laws, that there's not enough resources to lock them all up even if we knew every last one of them.
The answer is simple - if you create a job which comes with money and power, and where the job description is writing laws - you are going to have more laws. It's inevitable. And in a society where as a lawmaker you are rewarded for being "tough on crime", each subsequent law will be nitpickier and more punishing than the last.
That's it - our own system is going to bury us all in petty crime.
Freedom is the ability to break little rules. Rule of law is when you get caught when you break the big rules. A police state is when everyone is guilty, and it's up the police to decide who gets caught at what time.

As someone who was born behind the Iron Curtain, I promise you that the latter is very very scary.

about 5 months ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

TheMeuge shooting yourself in the foot (448 comments)

So what the enemy needs to do to win is to get disable codes?

Given Pentagon's contractor efficiency and reporting requirements, the choices will probably be in a plaintext file accessible from the internet, in a budget report.

about 5 months ago

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TheMeuge Re:You can't sell what you don't have! (274 comments)

This has nothing to do with their network infrastructure, and everything to do with the fact that they would like you to pay out of pocket to stream media on their network. With a 10gb monthly limit on my 4 user plan, if I go away on a trip and watch 3-4 netflix movies in HD, I've used up my entire monthly allowance, and then streaming becomes pay-per-view at $10+ per movie.

They are annoyed that they have customers who still have an "unlimited" plan, and they are effectively converting those users to having a usable 5gb plan.

about 6 months ago

Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

TheMeuge Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (157 comments)

Of course there would be. That's not the point, and not at all what I was talking about. General education ensures that a person at level 1 with aptitude for level 5 under perfect conditions, can get as close as possible to level 5. Or are you having trouble reading?

about 6 months ago

Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

TheMeuge Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (157 comments)

I'll feed this troll.

...we're lead to believe with enough money for education everyone can be intelligent!

Appropriate general education ensures that we all have a chance to get to a certain level. Surely some people are more intelligent than others at baseline, but like most characteristics it needs to be exercised and developed... in the absence of education, it's easy to waste what you were born with, and that's what general education tries to prevent - the waste of intelligence. The other important role of education is to ensure that no matter what your level of education, you receive instruction sufficient to let you integrate into society.

about 7 months ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

TheMeuge Re: 100 to 1000 times below NOEL (162 comments)

You've got to be kidding me. Almost no drug gets anywhere near that. I'm happy with one log10 of leeway.

about 7 months ago

Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

TheMeuge Re:Not such a big problem (74 comments)

Correction: Most newly graduating and practicing doctors. Established doctors make good money, the lowest average being around 150k year. I don't feel for doctors in general because they are making tons of money off the backs of sick patients. It's time to end for-profit medicine and move to a sane single-payer system. The only thing stopping this is the love of money. Things should be like the military or government, where the medical schools are run by the government and doctors graduate with no debt, but are required to give the government 10 years of service in lieu of tuition. They would get promoted based on time in grade and time in service. They would receive sane salaries like military doctors. It's beyond time to remove the incentive of money for good treatment.

Just like bakers, farmers and chefs. They make money off the backs of HUNGRY people. It's time to end for-profit food-making and move to a sane single-payer system. Things should be like the military or government, and they would receive salaries. It's beyond time to remove the incentive of money for good treatment.

See what I did there?

about 7 months ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

TheMeuge Re: Why not? (619 comments)

Yeah. GPS road tax... sponsored by the NSA and your local police department that does not track you without a warrant.

about 7 months ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

TheMeuge Re:Irrelevant (187 comments)

At least helicopter daddy and blackhawk mommy give a shit about the Precious. Or do you prefer the absent daddy and welfare mommy? People DO go overboard... but I feel like the pendulum is starting to swing entirely too far the other way.

about 9 months ago



No charges father after fatal beating of map raping his 4 year old daughter.

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "A Texas grand jury has declined to issue an indictment in a case that proves that common sense can still prevail. The father heard his daughters screams during a family event, he told police, and followed them to a secluded area, where he witnessed an employee of the family attempting to rape his 4-year-old daughter. Several witnesses decribed seeing the father beating the assailant's head against the pavement repeatedly. During the subsequent 911 call, the father's frantic voice can be heard: "I need an ambulance! This guy was raping my daughter, and I beat him up, and I don't know what to do!""
Link to Original Source

Malpractice Insurance May Force M.D.'s out of NY

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "Newsday is reporting that recent hikes in malpractice insurance in New York State will amount to a 25% increase in premiums, in addition to a $50'000 surcharge.

With insurance rates peaking at as much as $100'000/year, this will mean that many doctors may have to shell out nearly $175'000 in insurance premiums this year alone. Considering an average physician in private practice makes around $200'000 in New York State (before taxes), it is leaving a significant percentage of doctors with no choice but to pick up and move elsewhere.

Given that health insurance companies have no intention of paying 25% more for doctor's time we're left with a situation where rising healthcare costs are being blamed on overpaid doctors, while liability claims go through the roof and malpractice insurance threatens to reduce the physician to a minimum-wage job."

Measles Outbreak Reveals Under-Vaccination

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "Recent measles outbreaks in several states, have led to more than 70 cases so far this year, the worst in six years. Uut of the 64 of the most recent cases, 63 of the patients have not been vaccinated. Some in the medical community are concerned that disease outbreaks may be fueled by clusters of believers, dedicated to vaccination controversies. While the a 1998 UK study, proposing a link between autism and the MMR vaccine has long been refuted, and even retracted by 10 of the 12 of its authors, many parents as well as vocal groups across the internet remain committed to the cause."

Merck settles Vioxx lawsuits for $4.85 Billion

TheMeuge TheMeuge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheMeuge (645043) writes "Three years after pulling the infamous anti-inflammatory drug off the market and 20 civil trials, Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 Billion to settle nearly 27'000 lawsuits brought by people who claim they or their family members suffered injuries or died as a result of taking the drug. Interestingly, this comes after Merck won most of the lawsuits that reached juries... after the initial spectacular $253 million dollar verdict against the company. As a result, the average plaintiff will receive on the order of $100'000 before legal fees and expenses."


TheMeuge has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?