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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

deuist Re:Timing (167 comments)

When I was in college there was a chemistry professor who published 50 papers a year. He had an enormous lab staffed by a small army of postdocs and graduate students. Every time one of them published a paper, he got his name on it as a co-author since he was ultimately the PI. For all you know, these cancer research articles could be in the same vein.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

deuist Some tricks (384 comments)

The advice given by others (such as making sure you don't have an undiagnosed learning disorder) is useful. Here are some tricks I used in medical school:

Creating songs about a subject: "The radius is connected to the ulna. The ulna is connected to the humerus..."
Pretend to teach it to others.
Repetition, and repeat, again, and then once more. I usually need to read something 5-6 times to have everything fully committed to memory.
After class, immediately re-work the notes. Timeliness is key to clarifying information that you just learned.

Also, you mentioned taking multiple classes at once. Could you drop down to 1-2 this semester to see how it works with a reduced work load? Your post is well-written and clearly explained; so you clearly know more than you're letting on.

about 9 months ago
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Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions

deuist Re:Apples to Apples. (274 comments)

At $2,000 a month they're making more than I did in graduate school---which wasn't that long ago. And they're in a developing nation. According the World Fact Book, the per capita GDP for Chile is $18,700, indicating that they're not exactly impoverished.

about a year ago
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Censorship Doesn't Just Stifle Speech — It Can Cause Disease To Spread

deuist Re:Rename the disease and awareness will shoot up (70 comments)

Sulfa works for MRSA, as does doxycycline, clindamycin, vancomycin, zyvox, and a few others. It's called MRSA because it's resistant to penicillins, not because it's a "superbug" with magical powers that makes it immune to every antibiotic out there.

Sincerely,
Deuist, MD

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Touch Beta Images Available For Testing

deuist Re:http://www.linuxadvocates.com/p/support.html (48 comments)

Then how does the company you're working for get paid? By your logic, books, movies and music should be free, too. How does an independent artist get paid?

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo's Own Lash Out At Company Over "Weaponized" Patents

deuist Re:Well... (89 comments)

I think that was SCO's thinking when it sued IBM

more than 2 years ago
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More On Why It Stinks To Work At Zynga

deuist That's it? (325 comments)

You work 12- hour days and you're complaining? I'm a resident physician and work 12 hours shifts everyday. Plus, I have to take call which translates into 30-hour shifts on occasion. My personal record is 32 hours awake in the hospital---and that's after Congress stepped in and created the work-hour limitations.

You get free meals? I don't.

You get free shirts? I got a set of scrubs and white coat two years ago that I've been wearing every day since I started. My coat is covered in dried stains from various bodily fluids. The hospital is refusing to replace it and I must keep it until I graduate.

I will say that I'm happy with the management, which I guess is something more than Zynga employees can say.

more than 2 years ago
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Give The Onion a Pulitzer Campaign Gaining Steam

deuist Arianna Huffington (110 comments)

Of course Arianna Huffington supports giving The Onion a Pulitzer. She's running her own fake newspaper.

more than 3 years ago
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Paying Hacker Extortion

deuist Supporting terrorists? (412 comments)

So if a family member of mine is kidnapped and I pay the ransom, am I supporting terrorists?

more than 3 years ago
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Warner Bros. Forced To Fight For Fair Use

deuist Re:This should be a non-issue (222 comments)

If you had RTFA, you would realize that Tyson is backing up the artist's claim and further states that no one else should be using the tattoo.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Adds Chrome Support For Office Web Apps

deuist Re:$20/month/seat (46 comments)

I don't have too great of complaints with Google Docs' word processor and spread sheet, but the presentation software is absolutely horrible. I found Prezi recently and it shows promise.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

deuist From a doctor (566 comments)

I'm an ER doctor. I can't create patients as they come to me with symptoms. I will say that people come to me with minimal symptoms such as cough and fever and then demand blood work, X-rays, and antibiotics, even though the majority of the time their symptoms are caused by a virus and will get better all on their own. Somehow, our society has become so weak that every cough, scraped knee, or hangnail requires a visit to the hospital. And somehow we think that physicians can't diagnose anything without a thousand dollars worth of painful tests. Whenever I try to explain to someone, "You have a cold. You're going to be fine," that's not a good enough explanation. I've even had a few people demanding admission to the hospital---which, if you didn't have a life-threatening disease before, you can certainly pick one up during a hospital stay. This problem is societal in nature and has been made worse with television shows such as House and ER where lay think that every problem requires specialists and lots and lots of tests. Don't blame me; I'm just a cog in the wheel.

more than 3 years ago
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Device Addresses Healthcare Language Barrier

deuist Re:From the perspective of a potential user... (159 comments)

Plus, we already have translation phones that do this. My hospital has a contract to a language line where I make a call to a 1-800 number, punch in my access code, and can find a translator for any language in less than a minute. In the past year I've used Spanish, Italian, Russian, Albanian, Chinese and Czech. I can get through the patient interview and even give discharge instructions with relative ease. And if I can't find the translator phone, Google translate works in a pinch.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Saw My Junk, Missed Razor Blades, Says Adam Savage

deuist lead paint (609 comments)

I was thinking of getting some dense metallic paint (lead perhaps) and painting messages on my undershirts so that when I walk through the scanners, TSA agents will see the message under my clothes. Some ideas I've had are "Eyes up here" and "Impressed?"

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover

deuist Re:My fool-proof no-hangover method (334 comments)

Also, try to make sure you drink a glass of water before falling asleep. You will be hangover free...guaranteed. Simple, safe, and effective.

...and then wet the bed.

more than 4 years ago
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Blackwell Launches Print-On-Demand Trial In the UK

deuist Kindle? (116 comments)

I thought that the Amazon Kindle did away with any reason to travel to the book store. I can get on amazon.com, search for any popular book, and download it straight to my device in a matter of minutes. It takes up no space, is easy to read, hard to scratch, and can read the books to me when I'm driving.

more than 5 years ago
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Developers Looking to Set Up Alternatives To Apple's App Store

deuist -1, Plagiarism (192 comments)

TechDirt stole the story from the Wall Street Journal, which provided a much lengthier discussion and analysis.

more than 5 years ago
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Lawyer Sues To Get a Patent On Marketing

deuist That's it! (116 comments)

I'm patenting funk.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Rack Up $28,000 In Roaming Without Leaving the US

deuist Federal waters (410 comments)

Given that the U.S. claims to own all of the oceans extending 200 miles beyond the coast, I'm pretty sure that the man was still considered on U.S. property.

more than 5 years ago

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Tax write-offs for free (as in speech) work

deuist deuist writes  |  about 6 years ago

deuist writes "Several years ago I wrote a book called The Not So Short Introduction to Getting Into Medical School and released it online under the Creative Commons. I have been asked several times to publish the text so that I can make money off of it. The book has become quite famous among premed students and is now available from the Princeton Review as a free CD that is given to pre-medical interest groups. My question to the Slashdot community involves claiming this work as volunteering for tax purposes. Have any of you had any success with releasing free software and then writing off your time when April 15 rolls around?"
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