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Submission + - Radiation therapy mistakes cost lives ( 1

jmtpi writes: The NYTimes has an investigative report about how powerful medical linear accelerators have contributed to at least two deaths in the New York area. Although the mistakes were largely due to human error, buggy software also played a role. Has anything improved since the Therac debacle of the 1980s? Or have things gotten worse?

Submission + - NYTimes to charge heavy users (

jmtpi writes: The article is frustratingly vague, but the New York Times is reporting that it will start charging online visitors who visit the site regularly. Occasional users will still get free access. Most of the key details are not yet determined, but the system is scheduled to be deployed at the beginning of next year.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.