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Comment: Re:Still works, just not the way people thought (Score 1) 96

by Ichijo (#49508199) Attached to: How Uber Surge Pricing Really Works

in some neighbourhoods the wait time actually increases along with the surge price increase.

It makes sense that neighborhoods with a relative oversupply of drivers would see their wait times increase, approaching the wait times in neighborhoods with higher demand.

In San Francisco when they implemented surge pricing for parking, prices went up in some neighborhoods and down in others. But prices on average fell.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by Ichijo (#49479605) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

At the local level [churches are] exempt from property taxes.

So they don't have to pay for street lights, sidewalk repair, police and fire protection, things like that. That's one good reason to replace property taxes with fees. (Another is to prevent property taxes from causing financial hardship for people on fixed incomes.)


Kludgey Electronic Health Records Are Becoming Fodder For Malpractice Suits 184

Posted by timothy
from the so-it-says-here-you-were-born-in-1709 dept.
Lucas123 writes The inherent issues that come with highly complex and kludgey electronic medical records — and for the healthcare professionals required to use them — hasn't been lost on lawyers, who see the potential for millions of dollars in judgments for plaintiffs suing for medical negligence or malpractice. Work flows that require a dozen or more mouse clicks to input even basic patient information has prompted healthcare workers to seek short cuts, such as cutting and pasting from previous visits, a practice that can also include the duplication of old vital sign data, or other critical information, such as a patient's age. While the malpractice suits have to date focused on care providers, they'll soon target EMR vendors, according to Keith Klein, a medical doctor and professor of medicine at UCLA. Klein has been called as an expert witness for more than 350 state or federal medical malpractice cases and he's seen a marked rise in plaintiff attorney's using EMRs as evidence that healthcare workers fell short of their responsibility for proper care. In one such case, a judge awarded more than $7.5 million when a patient suffered permanent kidney damage, and even though physicians hadn't neglected the patient, the complexity of the EMR was responsible for them missing uric kidney stone. The EMR was ore than 3,000 pages in length and included massive amounts of duplicated information, something that's not uncommon.

Japanese Court Orders Google To Remove Negative Reviews From Google Maps 106

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-there's-definitely-nothing-worse-on-the-internet dept.
An anonymous reader writes: As reported by TechCrunch, the Japenese Chiba District Court issued a preliminary injunction forcing Google to delete two anonymous reviews for a medical clinic. Although negative, neither review violates Google policies. "The decision is based on a defamation suit from the clinic, a key part of which included an affidavit from the doctor who interacted with the anonymous reviewers and denied their claims." And here is the key part: "The court ruled that Google not only removes the content in Japan, but across the entire globe too." Google is currently considering it's options including an appeal.

Comment: Re:Gaming the system (Score 1) 75

by Ichijo (#49443417) Attached to: FTC Creates Office Dedicated To "Algorithmic Transparency"

Maybe a full analysis was done and a round number close to the optimal number was selected.

That also happens to be a power of 10? There's only a 1 in 10 chance of that happening in real life, so that's not likely.

On the other hand why mandate when a number has to be reexamined? If inflation is low it could be quite a while before needed.

Someday the number will need to be raised, so why not plan for the inevitable?

Comment: Re:Gaming the system (Score 1) 75

by Ichijo (#49442553) Attached to: FTC Creates Office Dedicated To "Algorithmic Transparency"

Round numbers are easy to remember and deal with.

That's true, but other than criminals, who needs to memorize how much a person can deposit before it gets reported?

[The number is too low] When too many transactions get reported and the investigation teams get swamped.

That's an objective metric, certainly better than picking a number out of thin air as the first one appears to have been. Maybe they should write that into the law and also that the number must be re-determined periodically so it's never too high nor too low.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.