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Friday, October 19, 2012

Likee-poo thinks it had a black wallet in its back pocket with a picture of its baby inside

Took the final for Patient care this morning. Scored 58 out of 60. Pretty sure I got an A overall in the class. So maybe I won't actually kill anybody when I start clinicals next week.

More on the concept of that Story Bone the other day. "Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infections can clog patient-monitoring equipment and other software systems, at times rendering the devices temporarily inoperable." Well, that could be an issue. "Software-controlled medical equipment has become increasingly interconnected in recent years, and many systems run on variants of Windows…" I think I've found your problem. Also, "The GAO report focused mostly on the threat to two kinds of wireless implanted devices: implanted defibrillators and insulin pumps." They also choose the most obvious device after pacemakers, sorry Jim. The companies claim the regulatory process for not being able to upgrade to secure their machines but I call bullshit on that. Basically, they don't want to pay the money to go through the process again. But it wouldn't be necessary had they done their jobs correctly the first time. This isn't something that couldn't have been seen. This is cutting corners to save money. And here's the thing, that's negligence (both a moral and legal failing). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

That Humble Bundle is changing how digital goods are sold. "What Humble Bundle has believed since their launch in 2010 is if you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind." Note this is different from the "I'll only pay $0.99 for an ebook" argument. Also, for anybody who has had to do sales, that pretty much works anywhere. (Grokked from Rae Carson)

Because you probably thought there wasn't an internet master switch. Have a picture. (Grokked from Joe Hill)

"'These changes are happening faster than plants can adapt, so we will see substantial impacts on global growing patterns,' said… a former senior scientist for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture… While there is still debate about how human activity is altering the climate, agriculture is already adapting to shifting weather patterns." Again, when it's your money on the line you can get awfully practical awfully quick.

"N to the 41st power" Ha! Math humor. (Grokked from Random Michelle)

"These are the people who are helping to set our country's science policy. The (House's Committee on Science, Space, and Technology) is currently considering bills on nuclear energy, rare earth metals, biofuels, cybersecurity, and a response to the current drought. It's also responsible for the budgets of groups like NASA and the National Science Foundation… In short, the committee can play a key role in setting the science and technology agenda, and help inform the entire House about key technological issues. Currently, nearly 10 percent of its members are on record as dismissing science, or being outright suspicious of the people doing it." And that's just the people who have spoken out about their views. If a cold shiver didn't just go up your spine, I don't think you're paying attention. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Calling (Rep.) DesJarlais a hypocrite (for forcing his mistress to have an abortion while shouting about "pro-life" to everybody else) is a fun way to spend an afternoon, but the sordid tale’s real value is in demonstrating what’s really going on with the anti-abortion movement. Anti-abortion politicians will often speak of abortion bans as “ending abortion,” even though everyone… knows that making abortion illegal simply drives it underground. As DesJarlais’s case shows, attacks on abortion (and increasingly on contraception) serve a different purpose: Putting men in a position of power over women. But that doesn’t sound as good as waxing poetic about 'life,' which would explain why they rarely talk about it in those terms." Also, it's hard to get a movement to actually support that openly let alone pulling in the political donations and getting elected. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Think the argument that conservatives (particularly social conservatives) are really trying to reinstate the misogyny so prevalent in the past (it's a sliding scale, and thinking back I found it difficult to say when it ended because, well, it never really did) is just folderol? Someone of them say it out loud because they think they're close to achieving their goals. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The fact checking of Mitt Romney continues. Including the continued analysis of his nonexistent balanced tax cut plan."Last month, the (Joint Committee on Taxation) asked its staff what would happen if Congress repealed the biggest tax deductions and loopholes and used the new revenue to lower tax rates. The staff started adding it up: end all itemized deductions, tax capital gains and dividends as ordinary income, and tax the interest on state and local bonds, along with several other revenue-raisers… ending all those deductions would only produce enough revenue to lower tax rates by 4 percent." You know, if he wins election, I'll have to invest in a affect checking organization. I have a feeling it'll be a growth business. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Clearly Ms. Costello isn’t too familiar with (the American Family Association) – lying (about Mix-It-Up Day) shouldn’t surprise anyone… It’s also interesting that when the topic of bullies comes up, the religious right immediately thinks of itself." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Tweet of my heart: @Catrambo: Amazon is recommending my own book to me. Yay?

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