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Comment: Re:Pay sucks, raise pay and get more pilots. (Score 5, Insightful) 421

by oskarfasth (#41979513) Attached to: Airlines Face Acute Pilot Shortage

It seems many people are arguing "but that's not going to work, the airlines are already on so very thin profit margins".

Ticket prices are going to rise. A number of airlines are going to file for bankruptcy. Well bohoo. That's just the way it should be - market economy at work.

Comment: Re:Stockholm is an outlier? (Score 1) 159

by oskarfasth (#40025661) Attached to: World's Subways Share Common Mathematical Structure

The article says:

The “core” typically sits beneath the city’s center, and its stations usually form a ring shape.

Note that it doesn't say "loop" anywhere. So I gather they don't mean a central loop line like the moscow subway system. If you think of it more like a geographical grouping of the core stations in a ring shape, I'd say (squinting my eyes a bit) there's an embryo of it in Stockholm city between Slussen, Fridhemsplan and Östermalmstorg with T-centralen in the middle. Here's the map, btw...

Comment: Re:A doctor's opinion (Score 1) 211

by oskarfasth (#38724598) Attached to: Putting Medical Records Into Patients' Hands

Correct, that is pretty much how it works here too. So in practice it is for the most part an issue of availability anyway. I don't know yet how they specifically plan to go about in the cases where access actually could be expected to harm the patient (really only an issue in psychiatry settings, I imagine)

Comment: A doctor's opinion (Score 1) 211

by oskarfasth (#38716096) Attached to: Putting Medical Records Into Patients' Hands

I am a doctor (although currently in a very junior position), and my employer, the local public health care provider, is planning on making patient records public in the very near future. (Link in Swedish, use google translate) For this reason, I have given this a bit of thought. From the larger perspective, I am all for empowering patients to access their records. The main argument against it, as I see it, is that there is a certain group of patients, maybe 1-2 %, where this hypothetically might become a problem. These are the patients who come from a position where they already have established a mistrust of healthcare providers, often (but not always) because of real or perceived mistreatments. There is a tendency among these patients to interpret everything said and done during their dealings with health care professionals in the worst possible way, reinforcing their distrust of health care in general. Having these people access their medical records, with all the latin, medical lingo and outright physician slang therein, could, I imagine, further fuel a feeling that something is going on behind their backs, which I believe is what is often at heart of the problem. On the other hand, you could also argue that it would have the opposite effect, reinstating a feeling of control in these patients when they realize that their doctor didn't write such horrible things in the journal about them as they might have imagined.

As for being a game changer, as some other people has suggested, I personally think this will have little impact on the whole. Really, as a doctor, believe me: we don't habitually hide things from our patients, as some people seem to believe! The kind of people who would use the info from their records to surf the web to find alternative treatments for their diseases etc., know all the meaningful facts even today from just discussing with their doctor. Knowing exactly how high their hemoglobin count was two months ago, and what exact differential diagnoses their doctor considered and decided to document last week, is hardly going to change that -- they would already have asked the right questions. Furthermore, the people who are overly respectful of white coats, have language issues and so forth, who could be considered most in need of information empowerment, is probably those who will make the least use of this service.

Comment: The headline is somewhat misleading (Score 4, Informative) 68

by oskarfasth (#35904198) Attached to: Synthetic Skin Could Replace Animal Subjects'

The headline is somewhat misleading, it should say: "Synthetic Skin Could Replace Animal Subjects IN COSMETICS TESTING, SPECIFICALLY DERMATOLOGICAL PRODUCTS". For medical applications we are very far from such a breakthrough, owing mostly to the immense complexity of large biological systems, such as a living animal or human being. For the vast majority of animal testing, this might at best result in a reduced need for small pieces of skin tissue for basic research in laboratory settings, which is hardly the problem anyway.

AI

Google's Driverless Car and the Logic of Safety 510

Posted by timothy
from the professor-I-have-the-solution dept.
mikejuk writes "Google's driverless car could save more than 1 million deaths per year and tens of millions of injuries. It is an impressive achievement, but will we allow it to take over the wheel? Sebastian Thrun puts the case for it in a persuasive TED Talk video. However it may be OK for human drivers to kill millions of people each year but one human fatality might be enough to finish the driverless car project — in fact it might not even take a death as an injury might cause the same backlash. Robot drivers might kill far fewer people than a human driver but it remains to be seen if we can be logical enough to accept the occasional failure of algorithm or hardware. Put simply we might have all seen too many 'evil robot' movies."
Medicine

Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones 220

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-what-about-my-junk dept.
Stoobalou writes "Researchers at the National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, looked at that strange breed — men who wear mobile phones on their hip. They discovered evidence to suggest that the proximity of the mobile phone caused a reduction in bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) in the men who wore the phones over a 12-month period, compared to a control group that didn't."
Microsoft

Microsoft Charging Royalties For Linux 286

Posted by samzenpus
from the that-doesn't-seem-right dept.
andydread writes "It seems Microsoft's campaign to scare manufacturers away from open source and Linux in particular is proceeding at full force. The latest news is from Digitimes out of Taiwan. Apparently Microsoft is threatening Acer and Asustek with having to pay Microsoft a license fee for the privilege of deploying Linux on their devices. This time, it's in the form of Android and Chorme OS. So basically, this campaign is spreading to PC vendors now. What are the implications of this? Does this mean that if I build PCs with Linux (Ubuntu/ChromeOS/Fedora) and sell them I am at risk of getting sued by Microsoft? "
Science

What Scientists Really Think About Religion 1123

Posted by kdawson
from the two-towers dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post has a book review of Science and Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund, who spent four years doing a detailed survey of 1,646 scientists at elite American research universities. The study reveals that scientists often practice a closeted faith, worrying about how their peers would react to learning about their religious views. 'After four years of research, at least one thing became clear: Much of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. The '"insurmountable hostility" between science and religion is a caricature, a thought-cliche, perhaps useful as a satire on groupthink, but hardly representative of reality,' writes Ecklund. Unsurprisingly, Ecklund found that 64% of scientists are either atheists (34%) or agnostic (30%). But only five of the 275 in-depth interviewees actively oppose religion; and even among the third who are atheists, many consider themselves 'spiritual.' 'According to the scientists I interviewed, the academy seems to have a "strong culture" that suppresses discussion about religion in many areas,' says Ecklund. 'To remove the perceived stigma, we would need to have more scientists talking openly about issues of religion, where such issues are particularly relevant to their discipline.'"
Graphics

Nvidia Drops Support For Its Open Source Driver 412

Posted by timothy
from the let-them-eat-text dept.
An anonymous reader writes "While Nvidia is not open-source friendly (despite public outcries over the years), they have traditionally supported the xf86-video-nv driver to provide basic mode setting support and other basic functionality. However, with the 'Fermi' and future products, even that open source support will cease to exist. Nvidia has announced they are dropping this open source support for future GPUs and really ending it altogether. Nvidia's recommendation is to just use the generic X.Org VESA driver to navigate their way to nvidia.com so that they can install the proprietary driver. Fortunately there is the Nouveau project that provides a 2D and 3D video driver for Nvidia's hardware, but Nvidia fails to acknowledge it nor support their efforts in any form." David Gerard points out that Nouveau is going into Linux 2.6.33.
Canada

Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones" 106

Posted by samzenpus
from the big-ocean-long-pig dept.
timothy writes "As places to study what happens to corpses, the Atlantic Ocean is both much larger and much more specialized than the famous 'body farm' in Knoxville, TN. But for all kinds of good reasons, sending human bodies into Davy Jones' locker just to see where they float and how they bloat is unpopular. Pigs don't pay taxes, and more importantly, they don't vote. So Canadian scientists have taken to using them as human-body proxies, to study what happens when creatures of similar size and hairlessness (aka, us) end up 86ed and in the drink."
Movies

Dune Remake Could Mean 3D Sandworms 589

Posted by timothy
from the that's-3d-I-can-get-behind dept.
bowman9991 writes "The new Dune remake is becoming as epic as Frank Herbert's Dune series itself. Now that director Peter Berg has been ousted, new director Pierre Morel has decided to throw out Peter Berg's script entirely, starting afresh with his own ideas and vision. 'We're starting from scratch,' said Morel. 'Peter had an approach which was not mine at all, and we're starting over again.' Morel also reveals that 'It's the kind of movie that has the scope to be 3D.' He's also keen on sticking to the original material and recognizes that he must try to delete the images associated with David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune from the public's consciousness."

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