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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:About fucking time (233 comments)

The brain repairs itself by routing around damage. Although this can restore pre-injury function, it does so by using up "spare" capacity that would otherwise reduce losses due to aging or other insults.

Repeated brain injuries (like multiple subacute impacts per game) go through that reserve capacity quickly. That's what we see in middle-aged professional athletes such as boxers and more recently football players.

As for my age, yup. Retired. But I'm a volunteer emergency medic and we have to stay current, including annual refreshers that cover the state of the art. That includes the findings regarding repetitive subacute brain injuries.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:About fucking time (233 comments)

Unless it's a serious concussion, I think most still go unreported.

Aside from the "all concussions are serious" aspect, in a team sport someone being disoriented should be reported by the other team members, if only in the interest of not losing the game.

However, what we're discussing here in particular is the common case where a player is clearly concussed (as in, disoriented or briefly unresponsive) and instead of being sent to hospital is kept on the bench and frequently sent back into the game after a short rest. At best, they're out for the game but back in practice the following school day and playing the following week.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:If I was running a school system ... (233 comments)

Give them something better than football, and convince them that it really is better, and the world will change.

You mean like election engineering? That does seem to be right up there with football, and remarkably (given that it happens at the same time of year) the two don't seem to be exclusive.

As long as the school budget cuts don't impact the sports program, it's all good. Keeps the kids from getting funny ideas.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:Value your prefrontal cortex? (233 comments)

And the schools don't dare inform parents of all the risks - parents would say "What, are you crazy? I'm going to risk my kids future so you can get a stupid trophy for your office? DIAF."

I wish you were right, but experience with the parents of brain-damaged young athletes indicates otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:Here's an idea (233 comments)

There is some promising work concerning hormone therapy for TBI patients by a Dr. Mark L. Gordon

He's regenerating CNS tissue? How does that work in animal spinal models?

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:Public healthcare and balanced risk. (233 comments)

risk-avoisive bullshit just because people fear being fucked for life over a moderate injury;

Ummm -- do you have even the faintest glimmer of a clue as to the consequences of repetitive concussions?

Why, yes, that was a rhetorical question.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:About fucking time (233 comments)

Who said anything about not wanting to play football?

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot Re:Helmets with Sensors (233 comments)

How about we at least stop putting concussed kids back on the field? A concussion is a more serious injury than a freaking broken arm -- I know, I've treated hundreds of both. Nobody ever died of a closed arm fracture, but the same can't be said for a closed head injury.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

overshoot About fucking time (233 comments)

I'm an emergency medic and unfortuntately meet a lot of kids who have been concussed -- and when they come in saying, "I think I have a concussion, it feels like the ones I get playing football" it's all I can do to not lose my shit right there. The story is always the same: kid gets his bell rung, is either unconscious or maybe A&Ox2 on the field, and if he's more or less functional by the end of the game, he's back on the field.

Those brain cells are gone for good -- and we're talking about minors who are acting under the care of an adult in authority.

about three weeks ago
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High Speed Evolution

overshoot Wolves and coyotes in Yellowstone (282 comments)

Nothing really new here.

Wolves, then seen as unreservedly undesirable, were eradicated from the Yellowstone region by the early 20th century. Between then and the end of the century, coyotes got larger and started hunting in packs, taking the ecological niche that wolves had filled and pursuing larger prey.

Then (1994) we reintroduced wolves to Yellowstone.

Even in the short time since, observed coyotes have gotten smaller and started acting less like apex predators and more like the sneak and scavengers that they are in other habitats where they're threatened by the apex predators.

That's a lot fewer generations than the reported adaptation of lizards in the islands.

about 2 months ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

overshoot Re:Why South Korea and Japan can do it and USA can (291 comments)

The population density of the USA is low in large part because huge portions have no people at all. Yes, the internet access there sucks, but the bears and elk don't really seem to care. On the other hand, some parts of the USA do have very low population density but still have fat pipes.

about 2 months ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

overshoot Re:No. (291 comments)

Around 25 to 35Mbps depending on the encryption method and how much load that crypt takes.

You say that like it's slow. It's an order of magnitude greater than most Americans can afford. Fiber vs. copper isn't the bottleneck, and neither is encryption bandwidth. The rates providers charge is, and when they switch to fiber the rates per Mbps increase, not decrease.

Of course, the rates per megabit increase regardless.

about 2 months ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

overshoot It's not that it's not available (291 comments)

At least in large parts of the USA, it's that "broadband" isn't affordable. "Basic" DSL or cable, with download rates of less than 5 Mbps, cost upwards of $50/month. Higher speeds are proportionally faster -- and very, very few people even in the USA are willing to pay hundreds of dollars a month for download speeds far less than those taken for granted in other developed countries.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

overshoot Re:Inequality isn't harmful (839 comments)

The correlation is not just in the USA, not just the past six years, for another.

And FWIW, the past thirty years have constant-dollar wages in the USA flat while productivity increased. (Household income increased due to increasing hours worked, mostly women.) The exception was during the 90s, when (despite predictions to the contrary) wages actually increased.

Facts on the US part readily available from the lovely search and visualization tools at the St. Lous Federal Reserve.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

overshoot Re:It's just an academic exercise (839 comments)

No, I plugged in the wrong number. The actual per-family-of-four value (as you point out) is more like $80K (well above the median income.)

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

overshoot Re:It's just an academic exercise (839 comments)

As noted, all sources. Federal, State, and local.

I included links for that very reason.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

overshoot Re:It's just an academic exercise (839 comments)

Fully half of the United States economy is socialized spending.

US per-capita government spending, all sources, is $12,100 per year (2014). US per-capita income (2014) is $53,960. Half of $53,960 is $26,980

Sources already cited in previous comments.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

overshoot Re:Self-serving -- meh! (839 comments)

I have the impression that income taxes are comparatively low in the US whereas the corporate taxes are exceptionally high. Anyone who can comment meaningfully on this?

The statutory tax rate is 35%, which is the highest in the G20. However, there are so many exemptions, deductions, credits, and of course outright avoidance that the actual rate is close to zero.

Unfortunately, that "average corporate tax rate" includes some companies that actually get reamed and others (think General Electric) which are actually net recipients of money thanks to credits.

about 2 months ago

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PICing Arduino

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "At the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend, Digilent showed a couple of new Arduino family boards — but these are based on 32-bit PIC micros. The IDE is the standard Arduino one, GPL, but with support for both AVR and the PIC devices. The performance is nice, but the thing that got my attention is all of the serial I/O of the Max32."
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There really is a "stupid" gene

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "Researchers have discovered a gene in mice that reduces the ability to learn and remember. When researchers produced mice without the RGS14 gene, they were better able to remember objects they'd previously encountered and were quicker to learn mazes. Humans also have RGS14, so science has confirmed what we've always joked about: there really is a "stupid gene.""
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Speech gets (slightly) freer in UK

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "Simon Singh, the science writer sued by chiropractors in the UK for daring to call their claims "bogus," just won an appellate decision that his writings are "fair comment." Best of all, the Court was extremely critical of British libel laws and compared the standards Singh faced in the lower court as an "Orwellian ministry of Truth" and held that scientific disputes should not be fought in the courtroom."
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Jury rules in SCO v Novell

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "Looks like the obese lady in Utah is at least warming up: the jury in SCO v. Novell has returned their decision. It would seem that like Judge Kimball, they don't believe Novell transferred its Unix copyrights (whatever they may be, not that anyone knows by now) to CalderaThe SCO Group."
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LED wiring for new construction?

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "With any luck I'll be building a new house in the next year. Rather than wire it for 19th century lighting, I figured it was about time to plan ahead for LED illumination, complete with designed-in addressable color controls and all that. Which is all well and good, but the current house was preplanned for LAN, too — and I totally missed the boat on LAN wiring standards. I'd rather not repeat that little bit of history, but I haven't found any standards in the pipeline for 21st century home lighting connections.

Anyone have suggestions?"
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Mindwipe: we has it

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "How often have we all read science fiction stories where someone has the ability to "wipe" memory, perhaps down to tabula rasa? It's a pretty stock plot device, often used as a threat against a framed protagonist. Well, peeps, it might be closer to fact than we'd like. Apparently long-term memory is dynamic, and interfering with the "refresh" process just makes the past ... disappear. So far the experiments involve injections into specific regions of mouse brains — but we all know how technology advances, right?"
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First it was voting machines

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "Now it's breath sniffers. An Arizona Court has ruled that the manufacturers of a popular portable breath sniffer have to turn over the source code to the machine to defense attorneys in 23 criminal DUI cases. The decision was based on Constitutional grounds, and the Pima County Sherriff's department (not, please note, Maricopa County's comedy case) will be appealing. IANAL, but this looks like one to go the distance unless the manufacturer caves."
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Landshark Cage Match

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "From the "it couldn't happen to nicer people" division of the "a plague on both your houses" department: The Church of Scientology's premier Cruise ship seems to have an asbestos problem — that they've been literally sweeping under the carpet for more than 20 years. Asbestos lawyers all over the place must be cranking out class-action boilerplate at this moment for everyone who's been aboard since the ship was renovated two decades ago.

Popcorn, anyone?"

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What happened to OpenMoko?

overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "Does anyone know what happened to OpenMoko? First they were going to have development hardware last December, then it slipped to February, with commercial availability in June, then the development units showed up in the summer but the consumer devices were going to be available in October. Well, my calendar says October was two months ago, the website hasn't been updated since July, and I'm still lusting after that phool fone."
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overshoot overshoot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

overshoot (39700) writes "I hate to break the news, but the /. readership isn't all that important politically. The people who really count are the over-65 set, who have money and (more important) actually vote. Which is why I was totally floored last week.

I was chatting with my (over 80) mother on the way to a University graduation party for two of my kids when, in response to a rather innocuous comment, she let loose with a rant about how patents and copyright have to change before they ruin the country. Now, this is a woman who has been a Republican for her entire adult life and for years was a loyal party worker — by no means a child of the 60s (that's me, actually.)

So, I'll ask: how many of us have actually talked about the IP wars with our past-retirement-age family? Is there a profound public perception change happening that the noisy (as in, you and me) /. set haven't noticed because we're making too much noise ourselves?"

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