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Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii? 222

Posted by kdawson
from the if-the-wii-fits dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Politicians in the Australian state of Victoria are currently locked in a debate about whether an injured man should be able to claim the cost of a Nintendo Wii for rehabilitation purposes under worker's compensation. The man's doctor apparently recommended he use the Wii Fit exercise device, but both insurance companies and the government itself have blocked the payment and have now ridiculed the idea as paying for video games. But with the Wii Fit increasingly being used for rehabilitation purposes internationally, does the man have a fair case?"
Medicine

+ - Major New Function Discovered For The Spleen

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circletimessquare
circletimessquare writes "The spleen doesn't get much respect. Those undergoing a splenectomy seem to be able to carry on without any consequences. However, some studies have suggested an enhanced risk of early death for those who have undergone splenectomies. Now researchers have discovered why: the spleen apparently serves as a vast reservoir for monocytes, the largest of the white blood cells, the wrecking crew of the immune system. After major trauma, such as a heart attack, the monocytes are disgorged into the blood stream and immediately get to work repairing the damage. '"The parallel in military terms is a standing army," said Matthias Nahrendorf, an author of the report. "You don't want to have to recruit an entire fighting force from the ground up every time you need it."'"
Games

+ - California Student Arrested for Console Hacking-> 2

Submitted by
jhoger
jhoger writes "Matthew Crippen was arrested and released August 3rd, 2009 on $5000 bond for hacking game consoles (for profit) in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

This is terribly disturbing to me... this man could lose 10 years of his freedom for providing a service of altering hardware. He could well lose much of his freedom for providing a modicum of it to others. There is no piracy going on, necessarily... the games that could then be run may simply not be signed by the vendor. It's much like jailbreaking an iPhone.

But it seems because he is disabling a "circumvention device" it is a criminal issue.

Time to kick a few dollars over to the EFF!"

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