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Teen arrested for making suicide threat to a GM {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2009 10:27AM The last two posters nailed it. I seriously doubt he was "arrested". It varies from state to state in terminology. Around here he would be taken into "protective custody" and taken for a psychiatric evaluation at the ER. If he was really suicidal he could be held for 96 hours in a psych hospital. Bliz absolutely did the right thing. Both for the kid and for themselves. If he had done it can you imagine the negative press and lawsuits. It should be pointed out as well that he is a minor and does not have the same rights as an adult. Hopefully this was a good lesson for him about making empty threats. The overall impact on his life will be much less now then if he were an adult.

Enter to win a free Tom Tom ONE GPS unit! {Gadling}

Jul 8th 2008 11:43PM I like the NFT guides as they're pretty discreet looking compared to maps and other guidebooks. Otherwise pages of Google Maps. A GPS would be most helpful!

No Wrong Turns: Protect yourself from food poisoning {Gadling}

May 13th 2008 9:04PM I've heard that taking Pepto daily will help reduce food-borne illnesses. If you are going somewhere for an extended period or where healthcare access is poor I would suggest getting your doctor to write you a prescription for a broad-spectrum antibiotic such as Cipro. Make sure they brief you on how to take it and what symptoms to take it one. Immodium is a big help to for persistent diarrhea to help prevent dehydration and if you have no choice but to move.

Feist on Colbert: Become an iPod artist, get citizenship {TUAW.com}

May 4th 2008 6:54PM I saw the St. Louis show as well. It was great! Didn't she say her father was from STL? What was with the giant ketchup bottle reference?

Redesign giveaway: HTC's new Shift UMPC {Engadget}

Apr 10th 2008 6:19PM Would be nice

Cheapo refurbished iPhones for sale online from AT&T {Engadget}

Mar 18th 2008 12:36PM Do you have to activate to use the iPod features? Would that prevent one from using this as a iPod Touch? Currently even the 8 Gb Touch is $299.

Dying on a plane is less likely than dying in a plane crash {Gadling}

Mar 4th 2008 1:10PM Oxygen on the airplane or in the hospital can be administered by nose or mask. The oxygen on the airplane wouldn't be any different then medical oxygen per se. It just depends on what kind of mask they use to deliver it and the flow rate. That will control the percentage of oxygen delivered.

The mask in the medical kit is going to be different from what drops out of the ceiling in an emergency. Regardless if you go into cardiac arrest like this lady did oxygen isn't going to make that big of a difference. Regarding the defibrillator I strongly suspect it worked but after it analyzed her heart rhythm it didn't deliver a shock. If she wasn't in a "shockable" rhythm then it would have instructed the crew to continue CPR and not deliver a shock. Something television and movies have trained everyone to believe is that defibrillators are used to shock people with a flat-line EKG (asystole, no electrical activity in the heart) and "jump start" the heart. In fact defibrillators are designed to basically STOP a heart in fibrillation (disorganized contraction) with the hope that it starts back up into an organized rhythm. Kind of like re-booting your computer. If someone is flat line there is no point in shocking them and an AED won't shock them if it's working properly.

While it's quite unfortunate for this lady the truth is that she probably got far quicker care then if she'd been sitting at home. The outcome was probably going to be the same regardless. The survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest is practically nil.

Microsoft said to have dropped $500 million on Danger {Engadget}

Feb 12th 2008 9:53PM The Sidekick was nice for what it was intended for. IM, SMS and non-corporate email. Browser sucked but it was going to with non-3G speeds. It was my favorite keyboard for messaging by far and I liked the flip screen. The Sidekick demographic seems to fit the Xbox demographic well. Put in strong XBox Live integration (playing your XBLA games on the go would be a strong start), slimmer form factor, YouTube, music and a reasonable price (carrier subsidies would help here, something LESS than $399) and it could do fairly well. It will be interesting to see how they handle carriers. MVNO, unlocked GSM (not likely), exclusive agreement (T-Mobile is the obvious choice per Danger's history).