Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Rotary VOIP Phone

This is a project I've had brewing ever since the extraordinary Raspberry Pi project was announced.  It's a fully-functional VOIP device cased in an old Western Electric rotary phone!  You can use the dial to place calls, and talk via the receiver.  Calls end when the receiver is placed back on the hook.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court Might Kill 1.1 Million People Today

A quick back-of-the-envelope calculation:

Assuming the Senate Bill, the 95% of the nonelderly population of the USA (or 86.7% of the total) would have insurance by 2021.  Assuming 325 million people in 2021 (1), and 82% coverage without the legislation (2), an extra 36.6 million people stand to be covered (this number is pretty close to the one estimated by the CBO-- 34 million (3)).

Assuming the uninsured face a 3% increased mortality rate over eight years (5), overturning this legislation will be responsible for roughly 1.1 million deaths from 2021-2029.

Citations below the fold.