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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

X-Ray Artist Time Capsule (69 comments)

I just don't understand why they have to bury the Time Capsule so deep.

about a week ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

X-Ray Artist Re:"Revitalizing"? (47 comments)

"If he really wanted to help, he would make MRI cheaper, because it is far more informative than ultrasound."

Not necessarily. Each medical imaging modality has its purpose. Ultrasound shows what is happening in real time. Eventually mainstream MRI will, too. Because of the required magnetic fields, I doubt MRI will ever be as portable as Ultrasound.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

X-Ray Artist Re:screw scientists, heres the pundit forecast (294 comments)

"24-7-365"
I know I am off-topic, but why do people use that phrase?
Shouldn't it be "24-7-approximately 52.18" to avoid redundancy?

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

X-Ray Artist Money, money, money... (124 comments)

It seems that this all about the financial bottom line. I understand things cost money, but it would nice if there was, for once, more concern about human lives.

At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, I think this particular outbreak is being publicized to create FUD.
There have been outbreaks in the past that weren't nearly so well publicized. I think a few companies are close to having a cure/preventative and are using this FUD to get around a few regulations (we have a cure, but the rotten regulators won't let us use it and you could die because of the red-tape). I am not a fan of red tape, but to try to circumvent it for purely pecuniary reasons is not good, either.

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

X-Ray Artist Re:Non-Microsoft Items (347 comments)

There are no "standards". Things will eventually work together, but it'll cost you - or the Non-MS company. "Standards" is a buzzword to lull us into thinking that companies think about the end users and not just the bottom line.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

X-Ray Artist Re:non profits are run like for profits. (104 comments)

I think most of your small ones are legitimate. "Tax system gamer" is hardly applicable, as the taxing agencies know how to get around the "tax-exempt" status. Even non-profits must generate some profit just to maintain. Most of them have no "paid" executives. Just a handful of people trying to carry out the mission of helping others. So, please, do help the small ones, if you are so inclined. They need all the help they can get.

Some of the Big Ones, I agree, are a little shady.

about a month ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

X-Ray Artist Re:new NEO (121 comments)

"new NEO?"
Is this a built-in redundancy?

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

X-Ray Artist Re:I call bullshit (395 comments)

I don't see why not. A 1.21 gigawatt power supply has been around for years.

about a month and a half ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

X-Ray Artist Re:HL7? (240 comments)

Yes, the consulting hours are a very lucrative incentive to have a "non-standard" standard. Our laboratory had a LIS installed. The EHR company charged alot of money to build an interface so the Lab Information could be sent to the EHR. So when our Radiology department installed a RIS, the EHR company charged alot of money to build a similar interface. As we went along in this process, it became apparent the the EHR company just "copied and pasted" the Radiology interface from the Lab interface. There was some "fine tuning" done so the Radiology system would quit getting Lab orders and vice versa. The Radiology results in the EHR look very similar to Lab results, which is not good, as Radiology reports are text notes, and the Lab results are numbers with reference ranges.

The HL7 "standard" has been perverted to make some companies very rich.

DICOM is the same way

about 2 months ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

X-Ray Artist Re:HL7? (240 comments)

Complying with HL7 is right next to pointless. The HL7 standard is (despite its name) is NOT standard. One would think that patient demographics would be very easy to assign codes to. Unfortunately, there are many places the information can go and still be considered HL7 compliant. So if one system uses one of these sections and the other system uses another for the same data, they will be unable to effectively exchange information. Each of theses systems' companies will blame the other and insist the other one change their system or, better yet, that the facility using these systems dump the other and purchase their similar system. I believe this is intentional.

You don't see similar problems with electronic banking. As I am fond of saying: You can mess with peoples health and lives, but don't you dare mess with their money.

about 2 months ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

X-Ray Artist Re:HL7 & MUMPS (78 comments)

The sad part is, aside from the security issues, the HL7 "standard" is far from standard. The same goes for DICOM. What we need is a secure standard that is truly "secure" and "standard."

about 2 months ago
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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

X-Ray Artist Re:Turf building (24 comments)

Sounds unsafe to me. Maybe a Class Action Lawsuit could be filed. "If you or a loved one..........."

about 2 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

X-Ray Artist Re:Nobody took it far enough. (462 comments)

I wish more people had your attitude. Yes we have many problems that need to be worked on, but things could be much worse. I wish we COULD get more participation from the citizenry. The interest just isn't there. We seem to be too busy trying to keep things together (working to keep up on bills, trying to spend quality time with our families, trying to find some quality time for ourselves, etc.) to dedicate any significant time to something like public service. So we let those who want to spend that time do it and we wind up with many who are in it for all the wrong reasons (money, power, fame, etc.) running our cities, states, & country. To be fair, there are plenty of good people in our governments. There just aren't enough of them.

about 2 months ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

X-Ray Artist Re: "Carefully targetted" (74 comments)

Strong magnetic fields have also been linked to brain tumors. There is still some argument about that, though. I can't remember if there has been any definitive answers.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

X-Ray Artist This is not a good idea (643 comments)

I am really surprised by the number of people supporting this. I wonder how many would support having to wear one themselves.

You can rationalize it for nearly any occupation. Politicians should have to wear one 24 hours a day. I am sick of having to hear about off-duty antics and the subsequent investigations. With a camera, it would be simple to ascertain whether he/she slept with him/her. Someone already mentioned teachers. The list could go on and on.

At this rate, apparently we will not be safe until everyone is wearing a camera all the time.

If this is the price, I don't want to be safe.

about 2 months ago
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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

X-Ray Artist Re:Resistance is futile! (108 comments)

"You will be simulated."

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

X-Ray Artist Re:First World Problems (154 comments)

First World, Third World...Why don't we ever hear anything about the Second World?

about 3 months ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

X-Ray Artist Re:I would be very interested... (200 comments)

This is more than "just being a kid." We all have to cope with boredom. Expecting things to be customized to our particular level of interest in unrealistic. I have been ADHD since childhood and it causes problems from time to time. Fortunately, I work at a job that has plenty of distractions as part of the job. Hopefully, I usually remember to get back to the tasks I have been distracted from. I tried the drug solution for awhile and it did make me more able to concentrate, but I didn't like the stifling of my creative side. ADHD/ADD are real but often overdiagnosed.

about 3 months ago

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