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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Wycliffe Re:A critical need in disasters is housing (54 comments)

Obviously they weren't attempting to save this patient when they are already trying to put his organs up for match.

Yes, they obviously weren't attempting to save this patient but that doesn't mean that "organ donation" was the reason.
They thought him a goner and were beginning to discuss the "next step". If he wasn't an organ donor they probably
would have been discussing cremation, etc... Who's to say that they wouldn't have already removed life support and
moved him to end-of-life care if he wasn't an organ donor. Being on the organ donor list might have very well saved his
life as it probably delayed them pronouncing him dead and kept him in the actively monitored section of the hospital.

yesterday
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Wycliffe Re:A critical need in disasters is housing (54 comments)

This is a case of poor bedside manner. Nothing more. The doctors were discussing the
possibility of organ donation in case the patient didn't pull through. They made the mistake
of having this discussion both too soon and in front of the patient but there doesn't appear
to be any discussion of hastening his death.
This would be the equivalent of discussing the possibility of "pulling the plug" regardless of
the status of organ donation. Organ donation happens AFTER someone is declared dead
and/or declared unlikely to survive. At this point, if someone is not an organ donor, they
are shipped off to the morge to be cremated and/or embalmed. At this point your chances
of survival are probably higher as an organ donor connected to life support than as a corpse
being carried away in hearse.

yesterday
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Wycliffe Re:A critical need in disasters is housing (54 comments)

there have been paramedics who have outright announced that they don't work as hard to save donors.

#1) I doubt in many cases a paramedic even knows.
#2) Why would this be the case? An organ donor needs to be on life support to be useful in most cases.
#3) Keeping you on life support longer for being a organ donor seems to make it more likely that you might survive not less.

This is plain old FUD. Name one good reason that a doctor, paramedic, etc.. would try to hasten the death of an organ donor
or not work as hard to save someone who is an organ donor. The only logically reason I can think of is bribes but this would
be both highly unethical and illegal and is an accusation that warrants some proof that it's actually happening.

yesterday
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Wycliffe Re:Decentralizing FEMA one step at a time (54 comments)

Remember, they joined airbnb to make a quick buck, not to have dirty disaster victims for days, weeks, or months on end for free or at discounted rates..

I don't think this is targetted at the typical "airbnb" provider. I think the idea is that airbnb already has all the infrustructure in
place so in the event of a disaster they can run ads on the radio that say something like:

"If you have a spare room and are willing to take a displaced family then please go to airbnb.com/disaster and register your room".

Airbnb already has the ability to register arbitrary rooms in an organized manner which is something that redcross, etc.
doesn't have. It would be very possible that a majority of the "free rooms" would be provided by people who are not normal
airbnb providers but just concerned people trying to help that wouldn't typically rent out their spare room.

As a side note, this would greatly increase airbnb's exposure and would most likely cause a huge influx of people and some of
these people will probably stick around and sell their rooms later so it's very advantageous for airbnb to participate in something like this.

yesterday
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Wycliffe Re:Third Amendment Violations, dead ahead (54 comments)

The fiction that our second amendment rights are "under assault" is a kind of strange delusion bordering on mass hysteria that has no relationship to reality. Across the country gun rights are soundly trumping any attempt at sensible gun safety regulation.

That's your perspective. You openly admitted that they are "attempting" to regulate guns though. The "pro-gun" people on the other end see any attempts to regulate as a form of attack. The more regulations there are on guns then the less useful the second amendment is. The second amendment is not there so people can kill a squirrel. The second amendment is there so people can defend themself if the government starts violating all their other rights. Honestly, I don't know how useful it is anymore though. From tanks to missiles to drones, there are plenty of weapons that are reserved exclusively for government use. I'm not saying that it's necessarily a good idea to allow the average person to own a tank just that the people who wrote the second admendment and the philosophy behind it is a little outdated at this point. When the 2nd amendment was written the founding fathers were highly against a standing army and no massive weapons even existed so an armed populous was on a much more level playing field with an oppressive government. Mandatory 2 year conscription where everyone is trained with the high tech weapons even if they don't have immediate access to them might be one way to help level the playing field. It's somewhat strange to ask "how can the government give it's citizens the ability to overthrow the government if needed?" but that's really what needs to be asked if you want to restore the essence of the 2nd amendment.

yesterday
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Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

Wycliffe Re:Astrobiology (38 comments)

And what would you define something that didn't ingest, metabolize, excrete, reproduce and have some sort of system of heredity? Other chemical processes; like fire and crystallization, might hit some of these marks, but we don't call them living systems. So while the precise chemical processes, heck maybe even many of the chemical elements involved may be different (silicon-based life on Titan or something like that), I think at the end of the day if it going to be called life, it has to have the same basic features as terrestrial life.

Why does life have to ingest, excrete, etc?? That's a way too narrow of definition. Heck, you've almost managed to exclude
plants. I'm not even sure something needs to reproduce to be considered life. If we found something moving and/or growing
on the moon and that can respond to it's environment in a semintelligent way like bacteria then it would be hard to argue that
it's not some form of life. We don't consider robots alive but finding the equivalent of a robot on mars would mean that it's
either life or was produced by something that was intelligent even if we don't yet know how.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Wycliffe Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (539 comments)

But the data was improperly restricted to people with experience with both slideout keyboards and virtual keyboards. You can't say anything about the general phone population with this restriction in place.

Why is this a big deal? Saying 20% of people who have tried both prefer pepsi over coke makes alot
more sense that saying 95% of people who have tried pepsi like it.

I would assume that most people have had experience with more than one phone and probably most people
have considered a physical keyboard at some point. The ones who have actually bought them are probably
more likely to be heavy typers/texters so that biases it a little bit but if 30% of the population has owned a
physical keyboard at some point and 50% prefer a physical keyboard that is still a 15% market share that
is being ignored.

A non-conspiracy answer is that the majority of people who are heavy typers/texters are teenagers that
buy cheap phones and therefore that is the reason all the keyboard phones are cheap.
There might just be too small of market for people who type/text alot and also are willing to pay for an
expensive phone (i.e. geeks)

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Wycliffe Re:MyTouch 4G Slidw (539 comments)

Same here. I replaced my nokia n900 with the mytouch 4g slide. It's been a decent phone and when I broke it, I
went to buy a replacement and rather than settle for the terrible choices currently available I ended up buying a
another mytouch 4g slide on ebay for a fraction of the cost. I'm hoping my new one will last until there is reasonable
replacement device. Currently there is not much in the physical keyboard department for highend phones.
I'm even willing to SWITCH CARRIERS if I can get a decent high end phone with a physical keyboard.

2 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Wycliffe Re:We need different divisions (175 comments)

Oh, gimme a freakin' break. Appendectomy, really? Polio victims are crippled and won't pass the qualifying rounds. Or did you just come up with ridiculous examples for some unclear end?

The point of these "ridiculous examples" is to show that very few people now days are "unmodified".
Where do you draw the line? Olympic bicyclists have one leg larger than the other. Many other
professionals like weight lifters, etc... are similiarly deformed. Weird protein shakes and specialized
diets are the norm. Reinjecting your own blood right before game time is pretty common in some sports.
It's not a drug or enhancement but clearly is not something that should be allowed. How do you
regulate these things? What about someone who has a medical condition and needs to take steroids
or some other drug like an antidepressant that has a side effect of enhanced performance.
Professional sports for the most part are already twisted into a sport for only accidental freaks of nature
who in addition to having some lucky physical trait also train round the clock 24/7 with specialized diets
and specialized exercise routines. We all might be better off if we just say anything goes and see exactly
how far we can push technology and the human body instead of pretending that all athletes are normal
human beings that just walked in off the street.

3 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Wycliffe Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

he doesn't even have to deal with blisters on one of his feet.

I doubt this. From what I know of prosthetics the attachment point is prone to all kinds of problems with blisters, rubbing, chaffing, etc...

This is more of an extended shoe that still connects to the leg which brings up an interesting point.
If you ban this do you also ban someone who has one leg longer than the other and needs a 2 inch sole? What about an 8 inch sole?
What about someone who has corrective surgery to fix the length of their leg or someone who has elective surgery to increase the
length of both legs?

Currently we seem to not care until they actually come in 1st place then we start asking questions.
Regardless of the outcome, this is good news for the advancement of prosthetics and people who need them.

3 days ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Wycliffe Who keeps track? (278 comments)

My house is a mix of CFL and tungsten with a few halogen and leds thrown in. I replace a half dozen tungsten a year and
over the years I've had to replace the occasional CFL but I honestly couldn't tell you if the CFL I replaced was 1 year,
2 years, or 5 years old. I can say that I have to replace tungsten more often and as my house is a fairly even mix then
I would guess that the CFLs last 3-4 times longer but I don't keep track of how old my bulbs are.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Wycliffe Re:I have automated maintenances in the form of .. (265 comments)

I am updating your outward facing mail server, the update fails, where is your god/email now?

If at least some part of your paging and monitoring system isn't independent from your servers then you're doing it wrong.
We use multiple third party companies to monitor our website. It's highlevel checks but one of the checks is to check
that our internal monitoring software is working. You can purchase third party monitoring software or spin up an instance
somewhere like amazon or digital ocean for a few dollars a month. Depending on how critical your systems are you
could spin up a few dozen. The point is that you should be monitoring your servers from outside your network for
multiple reasons. The first being that it doesn't really matter if everything is up if the outside world can't connect to it
and the second being that you still want to be paged if your entire datacenter goes up in smoke.

about three weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Wycliffe Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

The Washington Post story states:

Researchers confirmed through DNA sequencing that the infection in the child is not a new infection, but was the one passed from the mother.

If the reinfection is also from the mother (which is what is most likely) then how can they tell whether it is the original infection or a reinfection
from the mother as presumably it's still the same strain in the mother.

about three weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Wycliffe Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

I'm interested in solar power as a means to offset the cooling costs during 95+ degree F days with 80+% humidity. That is the bulk of my energy usage. Solar seems like a natural fit since my power usage is much lower on rainy days and night time.

You would probably get a better bang for the buck with a ground source heat pump.
It's alot more efficient to pump in the cool air already underground to cool your home than it is to do the multiple
energy conversions from solar->electricity->compressor.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Wycliffe Re:Forget reading, GET AN IMPLANT! (87 comments)

Jetpacks and flying cars are already completely possible. It's only cost and practicality that keeps them at bay.
Implantable memory even if VERY expensive would be very useful. Why go to college when you can pay $40k
and have a college degree without also having to give up 4 years of earning potential to get it.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Wycliffe Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

I wasn't necessarily talking a physical cell. Laptop manufacturers sell 3 cell, 4 cell, 6 cell, 9 cell, etc.. batteries
all for the same laptop. That doesn't mean those batteries all have different voltages. I'm not even sure that the
cells that dell, etc.. advertise even correspond to actual cells. The point is that you could run a laptop for a
few minutes on a couple plain 9 volt batteries and have all the rest of the space for your devious plans.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

Wycliffe Re:And in other news (139 comments)

Rates are based primarily on number of miles driven which is already included in most insurance.
I can see the rates being higher for someone who drives more (or possibly for someone who does
more risky behavior if you can prove taxi driving is more risky) but there is no reason their
COVERAGE should be required to be higher. If a motorist is only required to have 10k of coverage
for hitting a pedestrian then why should a taxi be required to have more?

about three weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

Wycliffe Re:And in other news (139 comments)

so your ok with with a non taxi taxi hitting your car and then the they get to use EULA to get out of paying the cost to fix it? or what about if it was your kid that got killed and you where stuck with the bills?

What difference does it make whether it is a taxi or a private car? A taxi shouldn't be required to have more collision insurance
for external collisions than any other car. You MIGHT be able to argue that they need more coverage for passengers but it makes
no sense to require them to have higher coverage for external collisions just because they are a taxi.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Wycliffe Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

The first flight I took after 9/11 I remember seeing postal boxes where you could mail confiscated items back to
yourself if you accidently brought something that wasn't allowed. Sadly I haven't seen these in recent flights.
The TSA should be required to mail high value items back to you and should destroy (not resell) other confiscated
items.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Wycliffe Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

The TSA is probably thinking that if the battery in your gadget doesn't work, it might not actually be a battery...so, just to be on the safe side....

Security theatre at its best. It would be almost as easy to replace all but one cell with something else.
That way the laptop still boots up and can operate fine for 5 minutes or so. This solves nothing.

about three weeks ago

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