If hospitals weren't capable of containing virulent, potentially fatal infectious diseases, just based on the things I've seen during med school/residency, we'd all be dead/dying of XDR TB, pan-resistant E. coli, and/or variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease by now. People panicking because Emory has two patients with Ebola need to calm down.
They're going to harpoon a comet (via NPR) http://www.npr.org/blogs... - if I were the person in charge of pressing that button, I would totally yell "From hell's heart, I stab at thee!" as I pushed it.
On USB being reprogrammable. Many devices have ROM for a base boot image that can boot from NVRAM or other locations and reprogram the NVRAM. NVRAM will often have double the size so you can fit two boot images, one upgrade and one old for rollback. These have always been programmable if you know what you are doing.
Am I wrong to feel irritable when a free service, where I was encouraged to sign up, says it's going to charge (I've never really used it)--and the site offers no way to say "Remove my account"? (I've sent support email. Clearly, they won't/can't actually charge me, but I don't care for the Second Life "Hotel California" model.)
Home after five days at camp in the Mendocino Woodlands. We had a day trip to the tide pools, and enjoyed good food and the company of excellent friends. Hikes and swim holes. No cell service there (good electronics break). What did I miss?