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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

android.dreamer Re:Obummer (1239 comments)

If European central banks were doing better and bought a bunch of U.S. Treasury bonds ($2 trillion worth), that could have helped. So I put all my blame on Europeans and their Greek Manbearpig!

more than 2 years ago
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UCLA Hospital Hit With HIPAA Fine On Celeb Records

android.dreamer Re:HIPAA is a travesty (57 comments)

Look, let's hypothetically say you had the case above and it turned out your father had AIDS. I wouldn't want my kids to know that. "He's ill" should really be the only thing I would want my doctors to say.

about 3 years ago
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Samsung Wants To See iPhone 5 and iPad 3

android.dreamer Collusion? (136 comments)

Is it possible that these two companies are using this lawsuit, that may go nowhere, to collude on pricing, by comparing technology? Just a thought.

more than 3 years ago
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Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

android.dreamer Re:LOST (449 comments)

Thanks for your support! It was marked "flamebait", and I was thinking that I really wasn't trying to flamebait anyone into anything. It is currently at 0, but glad you liked the comment.

more than 3 years ago
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Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

android.dreamer LOST (449 comments)

If it were me, and I only had 3 minutes left, I'd grab a pen from my pocket and carve into my shoulder "4-8-15-16-23-42" to send a message to my family that 'even if the ending sucked, at least I will find happiness in purgatory.'

more than 3 years ago
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Australians Look To SkyNet For SKA Telescope

android.dreamer bitcoin (59 comments)

I guess I won't be able to earn some bitcoin [1] from this? Oh well! Worth finding aliens, but to be honest, quantum communication is probably the best way to communicate with advanced civilizations. Our best chance of finding alien life at the moment is probably bacterial on Enceladus [2].

In 2005, the Cassini spacecraft performed several close flybys of Enceladus, revealing the moon's surface and environment in greater detail. In particular, the probe discovered a water-rich plume venting from the moon's south polar region. This discovery, along with the presence of escaping internal heat and very few (if any) impact craters in the south polar region, shows that Enceladus is geologically active today. Moons in the extensive satellite systems of gas giants often become trapped in orbital resonances that lead to forced libration or orbital eccentricity; proximity to the planet can then lead to tidal heating of the satellite's interior, offering a possible explanation for the activity.

Enceladus is one of only three outer solar system bodies (along with Jupiter's moon Io and Neptune's moon Triton) where active eruptions have been observed. Analysis of the outgassing suggests that it originates from a body of sub-surface liquid water, which along with the unique chemistry found in the plume, has fueled speculations that Enceladus may be important in the study of astrobiology

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enceladus_(moon)

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Dominates North American Internet

android.dreamer P2P (301 comments)

The key factor for this piece of news to me is that Bittorrent is using less bandwidth than Netflix. Does this prove that being allowed to watch tv on the computer swayed people from downloading "illegally", or is this just a coincidence? I think it is likely a coincidence since Netflix has been expanding customers and increasing their titles for "Watch Instantly". But I would be very curious to know of the affect Netflix has on swaying people who were just really looking for a way to watch tv online and were willing to pay for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

android.dreamer Re:Short Answer (730 comments)

Maybe not, but I would support a candidate that would release the source code currently used.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M

android.dreamer Re:Go go Google (138 comments)

I meant to write "harder to obtain", like from the legal standpoint, not potency or severity. I apologize.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M

android.dreamer Re:Go go Google (138 comments)

I have shamed /. for my improper grammar. I will commit seppuku at once. Forgive me!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M

android.dreamer Re:Go go Google (138 comments)

I meant harder from the legal standpoint, not by potency or severity. I should have been clearer. In fact, I meant to reply to the person above to whom I replied to. I have committed poor /. etiquette. I apologize.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M

android.dreamer Re:Go go Google (138 comments)

While this is true for serious drugs, there are quite a few drugs that require a prescription that should obviously not be, making it very difficult for people to get affordable care. Off the top of my head, one of the biggest examples of this is with small-dosed allergy meds like Zyrtec and Allegra. For the longest time, you could only buy these meds with a prescription and without insurance, it cost a ridiculous amount of money. While overdosing on allergy meds can be bad, for the most part, they are not that harmful. It is quite necessary for a large population to get quick access to allergy meds, especially if they are risk for anaphylactic shock. After many years, they are both sold over the counter and there are generics for the drugs that are significantly less.

Think of it this way: Imagine if you had to go to the doctor to get a prescription for Tylenol or a multivitamin? These are drugs that are deemed safe, used by the majority of the population, and they need quick access to. It would really suck if you had to go to pay a hefty fee to wait a while to see a doctor for a common headache.

To support your argument, you actually can easily overdose on vitamins and tylenol and it can be quite deadly. The thing is, even if you are prescribed a drug, there is still a risk that people can overdose, even with a doctor-set quantity of pills. It is really up to the population to follow the instructions and not abuse medications. It happens often, but a majority of people actually do follow the guidelines of when to take their pills.

What I propose is they do the same thing they did with pseudophedrine. You use to be able to buy Sudafed over the counter to help with nasal swelling and stuffy noses. A lot of people used it responsibility until people found they could use it to make crystal meth. They did not require a prescription for the drug. What they did was that you walk to the pharmacy counter, show your ID, and then you can get the drug. They keep a government record for the number and length of times that you bought that prescription. If you bought the drug within a certain amount of time, you could only be allowed to buy the drug with a prescription from your doctor allowing you to take more. This is basically what doctors do with prescriptions anyway. The difference is that you do not need to see the doctor to know if the drug is right for you, but you can save a small fortune on medical bills. These improvements are great for poor people that have to choose between eating and taking their pills. I do think even harder drugs should be legal, like marijuana, just sold in very small doses. The difference is, the doctor can advise you, instead of having to make decisions for you. Doctors should be able to have access to the drugs you buy, and if it hits a warning in their system that you should not take it, then you can't buy it. But you make these decisions every day about moderation. Heck, drinking too much coffee can kill you! There is no need for control of meds by the medical industry to have such a major influence over price. This is more about price gouging than it is about your health safety. Yes, the risk of overdose by people may increase, but I think the right to these drugs in a freer market is more important.

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Researchers Test Flying Trains

android.dreamer Hover Train! (221 comments)

Heck yeah! I've been waiting for decent hover technology for years. Back To The Future 3 predicted correctly!

more than 3 years ago
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Police Recruiting Drug Users to Help Identify High Suspects

android.dreamer Pharmaceutical Drugs count? (6 comments)

Figuring out Crystal Meth or Pot is one thing, figuring out the difference between a user of Oxycodone or Diazepam is much more difficult.

more than 3 years ago
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Cambridge Hires Students to Babysit Drunken Partygoers

android.dreamer Great Salary (3 comments)

I was paid $7.15/hour as a TA (grading papers, tutoring, etc.) and made ~$100 in a week. To think you could make that money in a single night, or triple over 3 nights, is totally worth it! Worst job? Sounds more like best job!

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

android.dreamer Re:forwarding patients to the ER (566 comments)

And you didn't ask or research that there were other preliminary tests

Of course I did. That is why I was pissed they made me go to the ER, instead of just performing the tests in clinic.

Sounds like it all went away in a couple of days anyway...was is so chronic that you thought you'd busted something?

I could hardly walk. The pain was that bad. I was just hoping I could just get some pain meds, not get admitted.

you just went?

They didn't give me a choice. They wouldn't let me leave on my own. They had me go in an ambulance across the street.

Are you in an HMO where you can't go see a second independent doctor?

I have a PPO. It was bad enough that I saw the doctor at the clinic on call, versus my primary doctor. The pain was bad enough to warrant seeing a doctor, but I didn't think it warranted going to the ER.

It mightily sucks that what happened to you did, but you seem awfully trusting for some serious hospital work "just in case."

I didn't have a choice in the matter. It wasn't that I was trusting, they wouldn't let me leave on my own. They were liable or something.

Then again, maybe I've just had better doctors.

Maybe that is true. But I will say that I go to Beth Israel in Boston, MA, and are "suppose to" have some of the best doctors in the world. The two doctors I saw at the clinic there went to Harvard Medical, not that it means anything,

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

android.dreamer forwarding patients to the ER (566 comments)

Twice in the past two weeks I went to see a doctor at my primary care office. I first went in with severe back pain. Instead of taking an x-ray, and then putting me on pain killers and on an anti-inflammatory, my doctor wants to rule out Meningitis. I don't have symptoms for the disease that would include a significant high fever, but I did have neck pain and a headache. So for the lumbar puncture, they had to send me to the ER for everything. I was not treated at the primary care office. This was on 4/27 this month. They ended up not doing a lumbar puncture at all in the hospital and instead, a simple blood test. They put me on Oxycodone and since it didn't really relieve my pain, they decided to admit me to the Hospital (where they added a muscle relaxer, neurotin, and valium). I then spent the next 3 days as an inpatient waiting a full day to take an MRI, receive the results, and wait another day to meet with an inpatient physical therapist to get evaluated. It turns out just to be muscle pain, as I originally thought and I was about to be released. This all could have been done as an outpatient. But instead, I got a high fever and got pneumonia which I caught from staying as an inpatient in the hospital. I am released 2 days later, and receive an antibiotic. Two days after that, I get pharyngitis. I go back to the primary care office, Instead of taking a throat culture, puting me on a liquid painkiller and antibiotics, he sends me back to the ER. They do exactly that in the ER and they keep me overnight. Doctors in primary care offices seem to be sending more and more patients to the ER for things they can take care of in their offices, because they want to rule out something more dangerous. Is this absolutely necessary for medical care?

more than 3 years ago
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Man's Tattoo of Crime Scene Helps Solve Murder

android.dreamer Memento (3 comments)

I guess he is his own John G.

more than 3 years ago
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US Funding Five Game-Changing Energy Projects

android.dreamer Moon Movie (529 comments)

Do you think they would finance NASA if we could mine the top layers of the Moon for He3?

more than 3 years ago

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