Friday, April 13, 2012

Questions on my mind

These things have been bothering me lately.

Why do you have to be at the airport two hours before an international flight? It shouldn’t take two hours to check to see if you’re on the “No Fly” list. Do the baggage handlers need that much time to steal the valuables from your suitcase?

Why can pilots, who sit right next to the avionics, use iPads on planes during takeoff and landing and I can’t? If iPads cause disruptions to sensitive airplane systems from Row 38, they must really wreak havoc from the pilot’s seat.

What does Microsoft do with the error reports they receive? I think the programmers at Microsoft sit around and laugh at the fools who send in these reports.

Why does the “Alternative Minimum Tax” sound like a good thing but actually is not so good? Having just paid it, the “minimum” part doesn’t seem so minimal to me.

Will the “Affordable Care Act” be affordable? I don’t think so.

Who made the rule that says a multicenter randomized controlled trial has to have a catchy acronym? If I see one more cutesy study acronym that is the result of a forced, artificially awkward series of words, I’m going to scream (or blog).

Why is it called “Meaningful Use”? Is it really meaningful? Or useful?

Why is gasoline the only item priced in 9/10 cent increments? I have no idea. It has been this way as long as I can remember.

How is it possible that someone could have a 2-inch long hair growing out of a nostril and not notice it?

Do you have any questions? Or answers?


Diane said...

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Diane, thanks for the link. It's a good discussion of the issue.

Anonymous said...

I sort of like the acronym SNOT (Sino-Nasal Outcomes Test)

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Yes, SNOT is a good one. Very appropriate.

BobbyG said...

"Why is it called “Meaningful Use”? Is it really meaningful? Or useful?"

I have dealt with the issue here:

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