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How Do You Prove Software Testing Saves Money?

balloonhead Re:First things first (312 comments)

Why not just edit the splash screen with a big Google-esque 'Beta!" stamped over the application title? Problem solved.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Takes Action Over Australian Logos

balloonhead Re:L.C.D (425 comments)

and 1% of us at the very top end know that there isn't a bell curve for intelligence - it has a smaller hump at the lower end which corresponds to those with mental disability of whatever kind - but that the 6 000 000 000 sample size irons things out enough that to all intents and purposes median and mean are close enough to the same thing.

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T's Bad Math Strikes MythBusters' Savage

balloonhead Re:First response... (305 comments)

what's black and white and dead all over?

more than 4 years ago
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Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

balloonhead Re:outsourcing and unemployment (1144 comments)

I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Slashdot fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of a MacPro (3GHz / Quad-core, 8GB of RAM), directly connected to one of the internet's root servers, for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to load the front page with all the new scripting. 20 minutes. At home, on my Pentium Pro 200 running NT 4 on a 300 baud modem with IP over Avian Carriers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_over_Avian_Carriers), which by all standards should be a lot slower than this MacPro, loading the old site would take about 10 seconds. If that.

In addition, during this page load, Chrome will not work. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even Twitter is straining to keep up as I type this.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while surfing the new site, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is being unable to get the preferences to actually change anything, despite the open source 'Bazaar' architecture seemingly allowing the community to quickly suggest a fix without waiting for a proprietary solution to release a solution. My 486/66 with 8 megs of ram printing on a daisy-wheel printer and posting that surface mail to OSDN directly to request a printout of the front page by return post delivers content faster than this cutting edge computational monster on government-grade bandwidth. From a productivity standpoint, browsing Slashdot no longer just occupies my employer's paid time but interrupts my personal life and sleep pattern too now.

Slashdot addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use Slashdot over Digg.

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Considered Harmful To Swine-Flu Panic

balloonhead Re:Is this going to lead to racial profiling? (383 comments)

You will note from the wiki that there was *limited* evidence of bird flu human-human contact. The public health guys seemed less concerned about this - they were worried that it might mutate and make the jump to a more significant rate of human-human spread.

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Considered Harmful To Swine-Flu Panic

balloonhead Re:Is this going to lead to racial profiling? (383 comments)

You are correct. But I was not talking about SARS. I was talking about avian flu. SARS is a coronavirus, Bird flu is a strain of influenza A.

In case you want some more complete info: SARS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome
Avian flu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H5N1

Avian flu and Swine flu are both influenza A, but they are different subtypes. SARS was a completely different kind of virus.

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Considered Harmful To Swine-Flu Panic

balloonhead Re:Is this going to lead to racial profiling? (383 comments)

Not sure. That's how the public health specialist described it, but the content of the presentation was on our response, not the genetics - that was just a brief mention as it was a curiosity.

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Considered Harmful To Swine-Flu Panic

balloonhead Re:Is this going to lead to racial profiling? (383 comments)

It's not just the very young and very old dying. That's part of the worry. It's early days, and what we know changes by the day at the moment. What we do know is:

- there is evidence of person to person spread (unlike bird flu, which seemed to be just animal-person)
- the people dying are over-represented in the 20-40 age group (unlike most flu)
- mortality so far has been around 7-8% (probably lower as a lot of cases probably never present for medical care and so are not included in the survival statistics
- the viral genetics are a mix of 4: human flu, swine flu, avian flu, and human/swine flu (apparently a separate one)

This might be bad news
Information source for anyone interested: I am an emergency doctor, we had a presentation this morning from a public health specialist and an infectious diseases specialist detailing the regional response plan for swine flu, so it's about as up to date as is available.

more than 4 years ago
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A Look At the Wolfram Alpha "Search Engine"

balloonhead Re:athe real question... (216 comments)

You do realise women don't piss out their vagina? There is more than one hole. Think bowling ball.

more than 4 years ago
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Grad Student Project Uses Wikis To Stash Data, Miffs Admins

balloonhead Re:Theft? (268 comments)

It would be more like leaving a sign saying that it was OK to come in and write cool stuff on your wall, then getting pissy because some douchebag came along and wrote a bunch of encoded hex instead.

about 5 years ago
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Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off

balloonhead Re:Not that it matters ... (505 comments)

Dude, you've come up with the solution! All we need to do is build loads of ships, then sink them. It will spur economic recovery (shipbuilding) and reverse the rising seas (global warming). You're a genius! It's foolproof!

about 5 years ago
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UK Government Ads Link Games With "Early Death"

balloonhead Re:Don't become a vegetarian. (232 comments)

Vegetarians have a lower risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. For most people, it probably doesn't make a huge difference. But this dude has already identified himself as someone who is at a higher risk, and is trying to minimise his risks as much as possible. So in answer to your rude and incorrect post - 1. The medical degree I have probably holds some weight, and 2. there is a lot of scientific evidence that avoiding meat is helpful in terms of heart disease

more than 5 years ago
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UK Government Ads Link Games With "Early Death"

balloonhead Re:So did I miss something? (232 comments)

Some general advice (you might know this already): - low dose aspirin daily (50-100mg), balanced against the risk of some sort of bleed (most likely stomach ulcer) - low dose beta blocker (atenolol 25mg prob enough) daily - low dose ACE-I (ramipril seems best candidate, more likely best drug company-sponsored research spin and all drugs in this class have similar effect) - regular exercise - don't overdo it and injure yourself another way. - be aware of all the possible manifestations of a heart attack (about 1/3 of them are diangosed retrospectively - people who thought they had heartburn / 'colic' / ate something bad) and go the the ER if they happen (assuming you are in the US - have health insurance) - keep your weight down and your central body fat low (waist measurement) - get your GP to check your blood sugar yearly - make sure your cholesterol and blood pressure are known and treated if necessary (some of the above will help the BP) - become a vegetarian - look both ways before crossing the road....

more than 5 years ago
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Why Doctors Hate Science

balloonhead Re:Evidence-based medicine (1064 comments)

Unfortunately this is severely mitigated by two groups - lawyers and patients. The original article could equally be titled 'why lawyers hate science' - as the parent says, many judgements against doctors are based on whether something could have been done, not whether there was evidence to support doing it, or even whether it would have been effective.

That is sheer and utter nonsense.

I'm not so sure it is nonsense (at least the general principle behind the comment, although the statement itself may be incorrect). The care given in a litigious country (i.e. US) is different from that received in a socialised one. While there are a variety of reasons (including insurance companies) that contribute, I think the worry of litigation is a significant reason for the difference in practice. As a lawyer I expect you are more concerned with the outcome of the lawsuit - but I would rather be sued as few times as possible when each time may have knock on effects on my personal and professional life in terms of stress, job satisfaction, and time away from actual work. Around 98% of cases against the medical profession do not reach a guilty verdict, but that's no help if I lose my marriage and my happiness defending medically correct decisions.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

balloonhead Re:Wrong Premise (1108 comments)

is CO2 equally distributed in the whole atmosphere? If it's not, that could have a significant effect on the conclusions of your calculations.

more than 5 years ago
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Privacy Group Calls Google Latitude a Real 'Danger'

balloonhead Re:Everyone focuses on the negative (227 comments)

it shows that the cell phone companies can track individuals

it shows that the cell phone companies can track a cell phone, or else they need to come clean about the rectal probe and tracking device.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

balloonhead Re:Nonsense (442 comments)

Why, with a few books from the library and maybe a couple Google searches I could probably give your friend that kidney transplant they need. How hard could it be anyway, those overpaid doctors never had to work with Laplace transforms!

I am an underpaid doctor (not yet finished specialty training). Imagine how pissed off I was when I started having to learn all that shit about the law of Laplace (Young-Laplace equation to you engineering types). And the Hagen-Poiseuille equation. Fortunately after my last round of exams I can now forget it entirely, though often I lie awake at night worrying about my patients' bad outcomes because I never worked out the viscosity.

more than 5 years ago

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balloonhead balloonhead writes  |  more than 7 years ago

balloonhead writes "A New Zealand study has shown a disproportionate amount of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) cases in sedentary office workers. DVT can have a variety of outcomes, including the blood clot dislodging and travelling to the lungs, where it can cause a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE). The study implicated long hours sat at desks, stating the main groups affected are workers in the information technology industry and in call centres. Slashdotters beware!"

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