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Censorship

Submission + - godaddy boycott results->

bs0d3 writes: It appears things are actually down at godaddy. As you may or may not have heard, godaddy has recently been flagged as the only internet company in the world to officially support the internet censorship bill 'SOPA'. Because of this, people around the world called for a boycott of godaddy. Today the results from this boycott are breaking in, it reveals although godaddy hasn't faced a staggering loss, they are only up 370 domains when December 24 is usually their biggest day of the year. On December 24, 2009 godaddy gained 127,452.
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Medicine

Submission + - How Doctors Die

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Ken Murray, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC, writes that it's not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. But they don’t die like the rest of us because what’s unusual about doctors is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. "Almost all medical professionals have seen what we call “futile care” being performed on people," writes Murray. "What it buys is misery we would not inflict on a terrorist. I cannot count the number of times fellow physicians have told me, in words that vary only slightly, 'Promise me if you find me like this that you’ll kill me.'" Feeding into the problem are unrealistic expectations of what doctors can accomplish. Many people think of CPR as a reliable lifesaver when, in fact, the results are usually poor. "If a patient suffers from severe illness, old age, or a terminal disease, the odds of a good outcome from CPR are infinitesimal, while the odds of suffering are overwhelming. Poor knowledge and misguided expectations lead to a lot of bad decisions.""
Firefox

Submission + - Adblock No Longer Filtering All Ads-> 2

SharkLaser writes: Adblock developers have made a radical change to their addon. From the newest version forward, Adblock will only filter the most irritating advertisements. This includes advertisement with sounds, flashy pictures or animations. This means, for example, that Adblock is no longer filtering Google's text ads and any other advertisements that isn't irritating to most users. The developers are saying that this change should push website owners to change to less irritating ads, for example Google's AdSense.
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Comment Re: (Score 5, Interesting) 671

Discover magazine has a much more poetic article on the same subject-- and there's a picture!
http://www.discover.com/issues/feb-05/features/ear th-without-people/
It really blows the other stuff on the topic away, IMO-- it's definitely the first article in Discover to actually bring tears to my eyes.

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