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Doctors Replace Patient's Thoracic Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Replica

spineboy No logical benefit from this (55 comments)

I'm an orthopaedic surgeon, and I doubt it's anything more than just a typical spacer that is commonly used.

OK found the article, and I'm corect.


The title is misleading - it's just a 3D printed version of spacers that are commonly used - it really doesn't look, nor function any differently than the ones currently being used. The patient had a non-ossifying fibroma - rare in the spine, but benign, and will turn into regular bone eventually. This could have been treated with some bone graft and a plate and screws, which is basically what they did.

Nothing really new here.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

spineboy Tin foil hat solution? (291 comments)

Wrap aluminum foil around it - to block the signal?

about a month and a half ago

How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

spineboy Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (415 comments)

And they continue to work well in a long term power outage/disaster.

about 3 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

spineboy Re:Less. (435 comments)

And stays in the lane at the speed limit. Talk about an easy cat to PITT manuever, spike, shoot, etc. Is this some sort of backwards psychology by the FBI to get people to be more in favor of these cars?

about 6 months ago

Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

spineboy remote doesn't equal secure (213 comments)

While having a remote storage location is iseal for minimizing fallout risks, having an area that is sparsely seen y people can have security risks. It may be prone to terrorist type invasions, looking for dirty bomb material. I'm still not sure why a Nevada military type storage facility at Yucca mountain was blocked. - Guess NIMBY applies, even if your nearest neighbor is 200 miles away.

about 8 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

spineboy Strength of plastic compared to ....? (251 comments)

How strong are the final printed products. Have you ever compared them to pre-existing similar pieces? I'd imagine since the printed product is non-homogeneous, then it would be a bit weaker than a uniform injected similar plastic.

about 10 months ago

Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

spineboy Al engine blocks (521 comments)

I think Porsche might want to argue against your quote about "being handled in a gentle manner" with the Al engine block on their GT3. It's been their most successful racing car engine for years and is bulletproof as far as those things go. In no way will the truck engine exceed the strains of a racing engine designed to run at high compression at 5-8.4K for hours on end. As far as strain - the truck has an automatic transmission which is easier on the engine, and puts out less HP and torque perdisplacement, lower compression, etc.

Of course there will be a few problems as there always are with something new, but to blame in on AL will be foolish. Hell, they even have had Al DIESEL engine blocks for a while.

about a year ago

RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

spineboy Need a different form - the CARPOON! (549 comments)

Have a police car with a Taser type of device, except it's a bit heavier duty - enought to stick into the cars metal skin.
Once it sticks - it fires a big electric shock, frying the cars electronics, and shuts the whole works down.


The Carpoon

about a year ago

Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

spineboy Albini actually gives a crap (440 comments)

I saw him when he was plaing in a band called Big Black at CBCGs a long, long time ago. He was a perfectionist then, and you could see him giving it his complete effort. I still think he cares that way about music, and wouldn't do it for mere financial gain.

about a year ago

The Father of Civilization: Profile of Sid Meier

spineboy You both have it wrong (208 comments)

Probably the vast majority of ANYTHING coming out - movies, music, books, etc is not very good. The stuff that survives is tried and tested good. A lot a good things are popular (Beatles, Sinatra, Nirvana, Stravinski, etc), but not all popular stuff is good (Brittany Spears, etc). The same goes for anything old, and the notion that they don't build them like they used too- well the hardy ones survived, and the crap broke.

about a year and a half ago

Charge Your Cellphone In 20 Seconds (Eventually)

spineboy Multiple small supercaps (295 comments)

Easy solution would be to have multiple smaller ones - I don't know enough electronics to know the advantages/disadvantages of having them in this situation in parrallel or in series, In this way, you might be able to "pop" charge your battery in very small increments. That is - have multiple small supercaps, that you quick charge, and have them hooked up to your battery (or even be the batery).

about a year and a half ago

World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

spineboy Uhhhh Breaking Bad? (523 comments)

Breaking Bad,
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones

about a year and a half ago

Space Junk 'Cleaning' Missions Urgently Needed

spineboy Well , GOOD idea actually Space junk is expensive (165 comments)

It should be a high priority to collect the debris, as it is quite valuable - it takes a lot on money to get stuff into orbit, and most of the stuff is probably space worthy material.

We shouldn't think of it as junk, but as free bulding material left around.

about a year ago

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

spineboy LongTie Gnome-KDE (267 comments)

Been using LInux since 97-98, and using Gnome pretty much most of the time (OK, did use WindowMaker and Enlightenment at first).

And now I'm using KDE (Kubuntu), because I just can't stand Unity, and Mint at work.

I just can't stand scrolling through pages of apps trying to find the infrequently used ones. I've given it a fair shot several times, and it's made me a convert.....to KDE.

Can I hear from someone the reason(s) as to why they like Unity better than the old Gnome?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

spineboy Longtime Linux User Uses Ubuntu (573 comments)

Heh - Started in 97-98 using LInux with early version of Redhat, then went to Suse, and Mandrake, back to Suse for a long time then to Ubuntu. I'm not going to talk about my experience with Gentoo, other than I spent too much time compiling. I think I had a couple of Suse boxes running for about 3 years of uptime before a power outage.

Been on Ubuntu for about 3 years or so, and run KDE on top of it.
I just want something that works - and Ubuntu is that - makes the computer more transparent.. Package system is much better IMHO than Suse, and that's why I switched a while ago.

Oh yeah - and it runs Steam

about 2 years ago

Next-Gen Console Wars Will Soon Begin In Earnest

spineboy Hello- What about the Upcoming Steam Box -by Valve (284 comments)

I think that the new steam (Linux) box by Valve will grab a significant market share. Why? because it will be much more customizable, AND run current PC games.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

spineboy Volume and newest titles vs boutique (547 comments)

People often change their minds, and are inspired to see other films when browsing. Having said that, The biggest advantage the online destinations have vs a brick and motar physical store is volume, and you can't compete with that.

The latest movies - sure you can get that. I think the real question for financial success is to offer a "flavor" or style, that isn't generated by an endless catalog, because you just have to get the people who are there, rent what you have, and be happy about it. They have to see what you have, and think "Hey that looks cool/good! I want to watch that." Even if it's an older movie.

I think people who are leaving a store don't know what they want, and can't make up their minds, or aren't inspired by anything they've seen. I think what you're aiming for is a niche destination. It can never compete on a sheer volume of scale with Netflix, or other services, but it will need to offer something that captures, and rewards a certain group of people. Somewhat like Starbucks vs the local coffee shop.

more than 2 years ago

Faculty To Grad Students: Go Work 80-Hour Weeks!

spineboy Medical residency (454 comments)

Before the 80 hour/week restriction, surgical residents used to average over 100 hours/week. I did that for 5 years learning how to be a specialized surgeon, and hit up to 130 hours a few times
There is that much to learn.

The average person does not need 9 hours/night of sleep - 6 to 8 I'd say yes, but there are many very driven people in doctorate fields, and many who just aren't like other people.
I typically need about 4-5 hours/night, and have been doing that for 25 years. Some people just don't need that much.

more than 2 years ago


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Vacation - Yeah!

spineboy spineboy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Woohoo - first real vacation in 2 years. Gonna kick back and do nothing for the first few days. Absolutely nothing. THen I'll think about hacking around on the computer, reading some books, little trips around town. Can't go anywhere 'cause the wife still has to work - so I'll play house-husband. Looks pretty low stress, which sounds goood to me.


Prolly shouldn't watch the T.V. news, since BBC has a lot of the LOndon bombing coverage, and those Al-Quada Mo'fos' seem to bomb whatever city my brother happens to be living in.


Angry wake up

spineboy spineboy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Grrr. I don't know what it is about me, but when someone wakes me up out of sleep I'm usually very angry and hostile.
I just worked most of last night and came home early this AM. I fell peacefully asleep and was trying to catch some sleep when some wander Jehoveh's Witnesses came by to try and get me to take their magazine.
I could have been a little nicer, but sorry folks -that's the price you pay for knocking on my door sometimes.



spineboy spineboy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

FIrst entry:
F*CK, gotta whack off the arm and entire shoulder up to the neck of a fellow surgeon, for some cancer operation that went awry at another hospital. This is giving me major angst/identification issues and I don't like i -it's too painful. I just hope it's not in vain and they live for more than 5 years.
    Some other guy whose arm I had to whack off for cancer came in today for a follow up visit. Awesome guy, former guitar player (I still play bass, so this too is way to close for comfort), has 2 kids now has major problems with wife. She's drinking dailey and is prolly' going to dump him after said amputation above his elbow.
I need some one to remind me again why I chose this f*cking career. 10 year old girls and boys with leg tumors give me nightmares. Sometimes I just wished I worked as a painter or had some other job like that.

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