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How Doctors Die 646

Posted by timothy
from the self-healing-fail dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Dr. Ken Murray, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC, writes that doctors don't die like the rest of us. What's unusual about doctors is not how much treatment they get when faced with death themselves, 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 because they know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. '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."

Comment: Re:Please (Score 2) 334

by mal3 (#36195076) Attached to: <em>Neuromancer</em> Movie Deal Moving Forward

Whether you want to see all of the political information on screen or not is one thing, but Starship Troopers turned the political segments into a straight parody of Heinlein's views. You shouldn't piss on the author while making his book into a movie.

As far as his views in ST being fascist, I disagree. They're not mainstream, but not totalitarian either. There was a democracy, you just had to earn the right to participate through community service. I'm not 100% sold on the idea, but it has some merit.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 525

by mal3 (#31195416) Attached to: Tenenbaum's Final Brief &mdash; $675K Award Too High

IANAL, and you are, but it seems to me that there are two issues here.

What is a reasonable estimation of damages?
Does the statutory damage award have to bear some resemblance to the damages.

Gore and Campbell appear to only address the second question. The first is still very open. I don't think either side is arguing that correctly. To me $21 is just as wrong as $675000(though possibly less damaging to society). The real answer lies somewhere in between, but both lawyers are arguing the interpretation most beneficial to them(probably cause that's their jobs). In my mind the judge should put damages at some estimated seeding ratio * number of songs * punitive multiplier. I think 10*21*3=$630 would be about right. That's enough to be a deterrent to most, but not enough to ruin someones life for a trivial offense.

Google

+ - Google services failure 1

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banetbi writes "It seems that there is a massive failure at Google. Twitter is abuzz with reports of all Google services failing. It seems the outage is pretty widespread as there are reports from the US, Canada, and South America."

Comment: Re:Non-Story (Score 2, Insightful) 261

by mal3 (#27842285) Attached to: FDA Could Delay Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs

I'm particularly not crazy about stem cells being cultivated, and possibly embryos destroyed, for frivolous treatments.

I'm not particularly crazy about you not realizing that this has nothing to do with embryos even though the article summary(not even the article itself), mentions twice that the stem cells don't come from embryos.

Comment: Re:Good for AT&T! (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by mal3 (#27379507) Attached to: AT&amp;T Won't Terminate User Service For RIAA Without a Court Order

First off, not only did you not RTFA, but you couldn't even read the headline. The whole point of the article is that AT&T is *NOT* going to turn off your service without a court order.

As far as them being jerks for sending you a letter, I would think you'd like the heads up that whatever you're doing(legal or not) is drawing the attention of the RIAA. This is about the best policy one could hope for from an ISP.

Privacy

Cambridge, Mass. Moves To Nix Security Cameras 366

Posted by timothy
from the buncha-lefties dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Citing privacy concerns, the Cambridge, Mass. City Council has voted 9-0 to remove security cameras scattered throughout the city. 'Because of the slow erosion of our civil liberties since 9/11, it is important to raise questions regarding these cameras,' said Marjorie Decker, a Cambridge city councilor. Rather than citing privacy, WCBVTV is running the story under the headline 'City's Move To Nix Security Cams May Cost Thousands.'"

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