NYCEDC: NYC’s Next Top Maker Is…
…The Power Clip! Congratulations!
The Power Clip is a device that gives first responders immediate access to power during an emergency.
The compact unit provides an efficient and inexpensive power source to charge appliances through USB from a car battery. It was created by the Power…
All To Common in Healthcare$
For anyone that has tried to make sense of healthcare costs can understand the absurdity that is documented in this article from the New York Times.
Dr. Frost, the anesthesiologist, spent three days in the same hospital and owed only $8, thanks to insurance coverage by United HealthCare. Still, she was baffled by the charges: $6,844, including $546 for six liters of saline that cost the hospital $5.16.
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: Will Healthcare Get a Double Whammy by Staying on Windows XP?
Most folks that stay apprised with technology are aware that Windows XP goes to end of life in April 2014. However, in healthcare it appears that vendors and some support entities have buried their head in the sand about this looming date. Only time will tell ,but there is a good potential…
My wife — a pretty tech savvy RN with a couple of MBAs under her belt — works for one of the largest care providers in the Northeast USA. And there, her staff spends countless hours struggling with the hairball products still pushed by Microsoft, and loathed by sysadmins everywhere. Hopefully, a better (cheaper) answer’s on the horizon with the advent of the ACA and the departure of Steve Ballmer.
From the Big Bummer Archive: The demise of Armadillo Aerospace, one of the intrepid bunch of recent would-be rocketeers.
Space is Hard – After 13 years, John Carmack’s Armadillo Aerospace calls it quits. The space startup has laid off all full-time staff, and John himself has stated he does not intend to invest any more of his own money. Started in 2000, the company was aimed at developing suborbital space tourism capabilities, but now it looks like it won’t make it.
One day after speaking at the QuakeCon in Dallas, John Carmack—the famed video game designer and space entrepreneur—confirmed to Ars that he’s “winding down” his company, Armadillo Aerospace. The private space company began in 2000, and eventually began doing contract work for NASA, but it turned to developing reusable rockets in recent years. “I laid off most of the full-time employees,” Carmack told Ars on Friday.
“[We have a few doing some] minor part-time hours, and there’s one guy still on there. We still have the building, and I own materials there, and I don’t have the funding to continue development.” He said that he’d spent over $1 million a year of his own money to fund the company, which will now be cut significantly. “I’m spending [somewhere] in the couple hundred thousand [dollar range], we still have to pay accountants, lawyers, and pay for insurance. We’re talking to people and we hope that some money shows up, but if not we’ll wind down even further.”
I do hope that the Armadillo will come back from hibernation at some point in the future, but if nothing else this does illustrate the point that it is rocket science after all.