7 posts • joined 28 May 2011
I'm actually writing a book now and thinking of the title. It kind of
has a bit to do with this issue. Thoughts of titles are:
Don't drink red bull
how I got out of mad
The illusion of choice
Why women shouldn't drive
Another title was "Imperfect beings", on how simple things like a cold
or a fever kills us… After being an engineer for a while (first a
computer engineer, then a coder, banker, then a biomedical engineer,
and now studying medicine 16 years later) I was fascinated by how
simple things cause almost avalanche chain reactions that eventually
kill us. Almost everything is like this and medicine. Heart attacks,
strokes, & pulmonary embolism, are just tiny clots, yet a simple
filter we wouldn't have those things… You would think we would have
evolved this over millennia and we haven't. What I found working with
one of the most advanced interventional radiologists in the country ,
Was that our most advanced techniques in live with fluoroscopy guided
interventional radiology, and minimally invasive surgery, will
basically using balloons and pipe wire, and in many ways less
technically advanced than the techniques used to fix cars.
When you read about things like coronary angioplasty, endovascular
aneurysm repair, percutaneous coronary intervention, they sound
scientific and technically challenging, but actually you're fishing
out a clot with a hook, pressing the button to release once basically
a slinky with a cloth around it, and it replaces an aneurysm, or
pressing a button to inflated balloon. All this is done with a piece
of plastic tubing with a kinked end, you twist to go left and right,
but they are called fancy names.
The technology is very simple. There's a lot more could be done, very
quickly, if more minds were put to this. I would say we are 50 years
behind where we could be today.
It's like the hot girl phenomenon, the nerds don't approach to the
hottest girl in the bar because they think someone better has already
Yes we have death panels in the uk. We deem a maximum fiscal value an
assign it to a persons life for one year. The Republican death panels
were anti-Obama care were not making that up. Then actually happens. I
know many would-be numbers panels for local primary care trusts. But,
there are no preexisting conditions, not one prson without completely
free access to doctors, GPs and specialists. Everyon has that baseline
care. If you're can afford it the upper limit doesn't apply to you.
You can pay for private care, as 97% of GPs do.
Quite a lot of medicine we can solve if only we had the tools. We do
quite a lot with the crudest of tools. Just Google autoimmune
conditions, from psoriasis to SLE, to autoimmune anything, hepatitis,
multiple sclerosis etc, our body starts attacking itself. It's like we have an imperfect fail safe
system that starts deleting critical data when there is a virus,
leading to system shut down. Many of the drugs we give actually
REDUCE our immune system rather than support it!
How is this perfect? Not irreducible complexity, intelligent design
perhaps. Yet, giraffes have 7 cervical vertebrae, as do humans. At
months of gestation it's almost impossible to tell the difference
between a baby fish and a baby human boy (or girl). That's as much
proof of evolution as it is of intelligent design, a common creator.
BUT if we were designed so intelligently why can we save someone's
life by giving them poison (cancer), using a fishhook (pci, used in
all heart attacks), using a bit of cloth (EVAR with interventional
IF we were made by an all good, all knowing creator there is only one
explanation for the design flaws within our bodies and systems. We
must assume they were design flaws, hence our creator was not perfect.
Or 2, the flaws were there to punish, teach us a lesson, in which case
not all good.
Why does god bless some and not others? Why have we (colonisers)
benefitted so much from slavery and genocide? for our evils surely we
should have been condemned?
But we are still of the richest nations, built on the broken backs of
slaves, as Rome and Athens are incredibly beautiful, again on the
backs of pillaging and slavery. Why is it that in one of the richest
nations, 30% of children are uninsured, because of a broken system
where a weeks hospital stay costs the same as a house? And yet this
broken system is the reason we have progress in the world, because
they are the only people that can afford to buy new developments. I
know this from working in academic biomedical engineering Oxford,
while the NHS would go for the lowest bidder, the private market in
the States meant that they would go for the best. We didn't even
bother marketing new technology in the UK, it was pointless as there
was no market for it. Without Americans buying it, it would not exist.
There's a kid I study with who grew up on a houseboat, she didn't have
electricity, and the careers adviser in her school didn't know what
subjects of grades were needed for medicine. She got into medicine and
was the first in her school to do so for a generation. There are many
schools were not one child goes to Oxbridge or medicine. Yet, if you
tax dodge, scam around edges and send your kid to the Westminster
School you have a 50% chance of getting to Oxbridge. The system is
designed so that those that push the limits of social morality and
acceptability get ahead.
I was born in London, but grew up in an Islamic dictatorship, in
Dubai. I came to England and found myself restricted my freedoms
curtailed. There were 11 PM closing times back in 98, yet in Dubai you
could drink all night. However, to buy a car from an off license you
needed a license!
my point about women driving was that perhaps we have to consider it
more carefully? I think it's appalling that women can't drive in saudi
but the point is the are restricting women's freedom from the
stability of society. I thought this was nonsense, yet as I've grown
older I wonder if this is a fallacy?
Why is it, that with sexual freedom has come the end of family? Post
sexual revolution divorce rates skyrocketed. Why is it that women are
twice as likely (66 vs 33%) to initiate divorce, and 90%, i.e. nine
times more likely in college educated couples.
The rates of cheating, even the men are often blamed, are equal, in
fact, women are slightly more likely to cheat than men.
Women are more likely to benefit from a divorce, much more likely to
have the children, and also more likely to reap financial benefit from
a divorce. I'm not suggesting a system where we go back to Victorian times when
women are not equal, because in many cases I'm sure they deserve it,
but rather a more equal system of marriage with higher penalties for
Women are dumb, perhaps not as dumb as men but they are just as easily
manipulated into bed. By the age of 27 I'd hooked up with about 10,
perhaps average. Being a computer nerd I wasn't good at getting laid.
I started looking to psychology when I was single, and played and
exaggerated caricature of a sociopath, occasionally even head-butting
people for arguing with me in bars. Within 36 months I hit triple
digits. It became so routine was boring. I'm 5"9 and stocky. I'm not
good looking. I had no idea what these women so angry, but often and
walk up to them and say hi. That was my line. If any male friends
tried to interrupt me I would look at said friend, hold gaze for an
uncomfortably long couple of seconds, and say can't you see I'm having
a conversation? occasionally I had to wait my hand and tell them to
jog on. Rarely it came to blows. But I remembered every night, and
have a few broken ribs a fractured clavicle, and a lot of stories left
from those days.
The problem is really that 50% of college educated women don't have
children now in london. That leaves a lot of men without options.
We are losing 50% of our gene pool, 50% of our brightest and smartest,
while breeding idiots ..l in fact it's devolution.
Why is it that in every war we have advanced technologically beyond
what was capable before? Is this our natural state? Does our
aggressiveness (and laziness) make us smarter? Dishwashers, freezers
micowaves, cars elevators, phones, US inventions popularised in US.
Why is it that if I act like an agressive sociopath I'm more likely to
get laid? They've demonstrated the same behaviour and preferences in
chimps, but surely a bunch of female oxford medics & phd students
would have evolved from chimps? Apparently not, despite why they may
say. With alcohol, and lowered inhibitions, few oxford phd girls care
how many papers you've published, but if youre on the rowing team, or
can knock a guy out with one punch you're hot shit.
Come the morning, thier preferences may have changed. But alcohol
brings out the "real, unfiltered" you. Why are we like this? Why do
most women end relationships when they force men into them in the
first place? Why is it than in an Islamic dictatorship like Saudi or
Afghanistan, families are more stable? Why does china, do better than
a western democracy? Freedom, choice, that we have isn't always good.
We have chosen to be retards, just look at people voting against
obamacare when they are the people who would benefit from it.
I want to set up something, a "masculinism" movement perhaps, to bring
equality into marriage, and reduce fuel taxes.
Fucking hell that was a rant. I think I need to write a book, obviously Id proofread it :-)
dont take advice from...
A Professor who claims flying cars reduce emissions...
Back in the 70s it took 2 hours Lon-NYC now its 7. We had a 15 minute Dover Calais hovercraft (hoverspeed) and now it takes almost 2 hours.
Ok let me get this straight. 12 years ago my pocketPC device had Microsoft Word, Excel etc and allowed me to edit those documents on the go, with a colour screen, internet, handwriting recognition in running hand, wifi and bluetooth...
12 years later not ONE mobile device on the market can match that, and WP7 doesnt let me edit word or excel documents. Progress is amazing.
I bought an iphone so I could have apps.
I hated Apple with a passion, and protested against all Cupertinian. I had an Psion till 2006, a Nokia S60 until 2009. Both broke, and I bought the best rated Android at the time, an HTC Desire (rated 9.8/10 at CNET). 8gb sd card, but only 80Mb of Apps? So I have Skype, Opera, Gmail, Whats App and then I have to uninstall skype if I want to update Google Maps?? WTF?
I had o hack S-off to root it to instll more apps, but the thing keeps crashing when I do that. AFter 2 years of this nonsense, calendars not syncing, and stupidities like type number, click add to cntacts, click google contacts, click name, type nme, hide keyboard, scroll dow, click save.... vs. 3 steps in Nokia/iphone i gave up and went iphone. Not looked back, except for google maps amazing navigation on android.... but i have many free nav options on iphone also!
WHY OH WHY DID I JUST SPEND SO MUCH ON IT!
@LarsG WAIT A MINUTE, MY LAPTOP DOES THAT AND MORE, OH WHY OH WHY DID I JUST SPEND SO MUCH ON IT!
Here's why... I have a dual core Atom N550 Asus netbook with 12 hours of battery. I use it to do some rendering, coding etc. but most of the time a netbook is a broswer and emailer that I lug around. It takes 30 seconds to resume from standby, 90 from hibernate. Every few standbys the thing gets so slow I have to reboot, thats just using standard browsing apps and a few Office files open.
I didnt use my ipad for 3 weeks. Before I could open the cover it resumed. Let me repeat this so it sinks in. After 3 weeks of non-use, it booted up **before I could open the crappy smartcover**. Thats less than one second. And had 96% battery left. No screen lock, because I used the cover. Thats faster than my laptop, desktop, phone, or psion. Nothing else does that. Thats amazing.
I'm not a fanboi. I desperately tried Blaclberry, every major Nokia since 1995, a few droid phones (Nexus, Desire, Galaxy).... WHY do you have a 100mb limit on apps in HTC DEsire? So I have to choose between Skype or Medscape? Why do you have to say "New contact" click the name, scroll down, click the number, hide the keyboard, then scroll down to save?
After 2 years of android, I gave up and got an iphone 4s.The navigation/maps cant compare to android, BUT there are many free nav programs that dont use any data for the iphone.
Skype video, far better and faster than droid, on the same network. Same with Voip/SIP calls. Its one step ahead on the iphone. Same with the ipad, no other droid tablets compare.
Yes ipads basically a big phone without a phone, ie a brick without using a droid/iphone as a hotspot. And its severely crippled and limited in what it can do. But for web browsing, internet, skype & SIP it is a joy to use.
Iphone & ipad all the way.
6 years on el reg and my first post... I agree with some issues mentioned such as lack of standardization etc. After protesting for years I finally bought an iphone last year. it broke a few months later and i got the best rated android phone, the HTC Desire..
Here's the issue... I have 16Gb of free space, but I can't install more than 50Mb of apps. So I was out of space after a day. Now I'm a coder and have been for two decades. Ive coded on Symbian, C++ Delphi & Fortran, and I write my oen kernels. Yet even I could not work out how to install apps on the SD card. Yes I tried the apps availible to do that, manually going into settings and moving a few (maybe 10% of apps have the option) individually, but that was too tedious... i found an o0ut the box methods that involved flashing & jailbreaking the phone, but that took ME a couple of hours and it didnt work, presumuably due to a ROM update by HTC....Even WIndows mobile addressed these issues 10 years ago...
So WTF, 50mb on a 16GB phone? There are other issues, eg. I choose a photo I want to email, click Share... then I get taken to the "Sharing" program and have to choose the photo again... I also agree with the other comments there are minor annoyances that havent been sorted out, and I like the HTC Desire but to me it's like a comparison between my 1997 Nokia 6110 and it's more feature rich sucessor.... the Nokia 6110 was made in two tone brushed aluminium, and its simplistic interface belied its capabilities and hid its cutting edge tech... it was an object of desire, it was a joy to use....
Ultimately it comes down to this, the iPhone felt natural... my gran started using it immediately. On my HTC Desire I still have to think twoce that I have to click the "To" text space, then click "down" to hide the keyboard and click the "text" space, then click "down" to hide the keyboard before clicking "Send" in Android....
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