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Posted Monday, June 7, 2010 4:48 PM
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Scott-144766 (6/7/2010)
Sadly, tuberculosis isn't a thing of the past like smallpox. It infects a third of the world's population and kills over a million people a year.


Well said.



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read a joke once that said that computer professionals were the only ones that got excited when things actually worked

that wasn't a joke, we were being serious, but as usual...


and as far as the evil of tv and games go, I'm not sure that research is keeping up with led displays and high refresh rates, nor even with 1080p and the peculiar jitter from various pulldown patterns, and even the audio pitch shift associated with some of these arcane remapping techniques.


I'm inclined to believe that some of the learning issues associated with delta rhythym push from conventional CRT TV's may become less of an issue as a change in epilepsy related problems, particularly the 3SD of status epilepticus without long term damage diagnoses become more common.


Did think, on first blush, that this topic could become positively litigous, but it's looking interesting instead, and maybe Steve Earle doesn't really mind his bluegrass take on the world being rendered a little more mainstream country by Brad Paisley

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ppl [sic] using technology will never understand how or why it works

isn't this the way it always has been, since witches used willow to cure headaches or blue cohosh to to cure pregnancy?




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Posted Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:49 AM


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Dan.Humphries (6/7/2010)
The problem is simple! Society as it stands today no longer understands or appreaciates the effort that goes into technology. Most ppl using technology will never understand how or why it works. They understand one and only one thing and that is the convience it brings to their life.


Yes, but this is not new, by any means. Do you think most women, for example, care about the technology that was put into their automobile? or how it works? Most of them I know just care whether it gets them from Point A to Point B. They could care less about the technology behind it. Technology is a fact of life nowadays, and people will always take advantage of the convenience of what it offers, but I doubt seriously whether most people today really care or spend a lot of time wondering how/why it works. It just does, and that's all that really matters to most people.


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Said of the fact that the Incas progressed to become an advanced civilisation without inventing (or discovering) the wheel and wondering how many apparently obvious innovations are still waiting for us...


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Scott-144766 (6/7/2010)
Sadly, tuberculosis isn't a thing of the past like smallpox. It infects a third of the world's population and kills over a million people a year.


In some parts of the world it's even becoming a greater problem than historically, because of strains of drug-resistant forms that are starting to appear.



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In some parts of the world it's even becoming a greater problem than historically, because of strains of drug-resistant forms that are starting to appear.

And when you combine TB with HIV you get a very unpleasant situation. Just goes to show we shouldn't confuse "It's a thing of the past" with "It's a thing of the past round here".


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In some parts of the world it's even becoming a greater problem than historically, because of strains of drug-resistant forms that are starting to appear.

And when you combine TB with HIV you get a very unpleasant situation. Just goes to show we shouldn't confuse "It's a thing of the past" with "It's a thing of the past round here".


Indeed. Toss poverty and government corruption into the mixture and it becomes one hell of a mess. Locally, if statistics are to be believed (and around here these kind of stats are well below reality), there's over half a million people living with active TB.

How many of these are considered (in the first world countries) to be things of the past?
Malaria
Cholera
Polio



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Sadly, tuberculosis isn't a thing of the past like smallpox. It infects a third of the world's population and kills over a million people a year.


In some parts of the world it's even becoming a greater problem than historically, because of strains of drug-resistant forms that are starting to appear.


The East End of London, UK sports one such population.


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WayneS (6/7/2010)
Thought-provoking. Very nice... as are the replies.


Same sentiment.




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Very interesting editorial and comments!

This actually plays right into something I'm doing now. In addition to my full-time IT job, I also teach part-time at a small business school. This module (my school's equivalent of a semester), I'm teaching a class called "Office Information and Management Systems." One of the big topics of discussion is how technology has changed the workplace. I've discussed with my class how the office has changed, and how technology has affected that change -- going from typewriters, file cabinets, and switchboard operators to email, databases, and automated phone systems. Talk about a paradigm shift.
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