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Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy 572

Posted by samzenpus
from the paging-doctor-manners dept.
Administrators at England's Worthing Hospital are insisting that doctors say the magic word when writing orders for blood tests on weekends. If a doctor refuses to write "please" on the order, the test will be refused. From the article: "However, a doctor at the hospital said on condition of anonymity that he sees the policy as a money-saving measure that could prove dangerous for patients. 'I was shocked to come in on Sunday and find none of my bloods had been done from the night before because I'd not written "please,"' the doctor said. 'I had no results to guide treatment of patients. Myself and a senior nurse had to take the bloods ourselves, which added hours to our 12-hour shifts. This system puts patients' lives at risk. Doctors are wasting time doing the job of the technicians.'"

Comment: Re:Interval arithmetic (Score 1) 359

by harshaw (#32067608) Attached to: What Every Programmer Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

Everyone's comment in this thread is correct per se, "you need precise language to describe math", "you didn't work hard enough to read the article", "you are lazy", "wikipedia is not for teaching", etc.

You are all correct.

However, I would like a resource that helps me understand the math *without* becoming an expert. Or at least better tools. Look - it's been 13 years since College. I don't remember all the terminology. However, there are many times when I would like to dive deep into a field of mathematics, or at least refresh my knowledge (stats is a good example). I find wikipedia less than helpful in this regard -or least that grokking the page takes a ton of time and effort.

Comment: Re:Interval arithmetic (Score 4, Insightful) 359

by harshaw (#32065454) Attached to: What Every Programmer Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

Gah. Yet another unintelligible wikipedia mathematics article. For once I did like to see an article that does a great job *teaching* about a subject. Perhaps wikipedia isn't the right home for this sort of content, but my general feeling whenever reading something is wikipedia is that the content was drafted by a bunch of overly precise wankers focusing on the absolute right terminology without focusing on helping the reader understand the content.

Comment: Re:How is this different from / better than Twiste (Score 1) 113

by harshaw (#29388753) Attached to: Facebook Releases Open Source Web Server

The twisted folks have been working on web frameworks for years (nevow/athena comes to mind). One problem with twisted is that the core devs don't focus much on marketing (ala RoR) so not many people know about it. These guys had a good comet implementation before the phrase was coined.

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