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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis" 368

Posted by samzenpus
from the sounds-like-rickets-to-me dept.
It's one of the fastest-growing health issues that doctors now face: "Google-itis." Everyone from concerned mothers to businessmen on their lunch break are typing in symptoms and coming up with rare diseases or just plain wrong information. Many doctors are bringing computers into examination rooms now so they can search along with patients to alleviate their fears. "I'm not looking for a relationship where the patient accepts my word as the gospel truth," says Dr. James Valek. "I just feel the Internet brings so much misinformation to the (exam) room that we have to fight through all that before we can get to the problem at hand."
Patents

How To Vet Clever Ideas Without Giving Them Away? 539

Posted by timothy
from the don't-clever-ideas-want-to-be-free? dept.
Rival writes "As an inquisitive and creative geek, I am constantly coming up with 'clever' ideas. Most often I discover fundamental or practical flaws lurking in the details, which I'm fine with. As Edison said, 'I haven't failed; I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.' Other times, I discover that someone else has beaten me to the idea. I'm fine with that, too. At least I know that I've come up with a great idea, even if I'm not the first. There are times, however, when I can find no flaws with an idea and nobody else seems to have thought of it. I'm not conceited enough to think my idea is genius; I just assume that I'm not knowledgeable enough to see what I'm missing. In these times, I often want to ask a subject matter expert for their thoughts. On the admittedly long chance that an idea is genius, however, what is the best way to ask for another's insights while mitigating the risk of them stealing or sharing the idea? Asking a stranger to sign a contract before discussing an idea seems like a good way to get a door closed on my face. What are your experiences and suggestions?"
Education

Getting Beyond the Helldesk 474

Posted by samzenpus
from the through-the-perly-gates dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I've been working as a helpdesk monkey for over a year in a small-medium sized law firm of around 200 users and I don't know if my patience and sanity can last much longer. I'd like to remain in IT, but in less of a front-line role where I can actually get some work done without being interrupted every five minutes by a jamming printer or frozen instance of Outlook. There isn't really any room for progression at my current employer, and with the weak job market it seems I can only move sideways into another support role. I've been considering a full-time Masters degree in a specialized Computer Science area such as databases or Web development, but I don't know if the financial cost and the loss of a year's income and experience can justify it. Do any Slashdotters who have made it beyond the helpdesk have any knowledge or wisdom to impart? Is formal education a good avenue, or would I better off moving back home, getting a mindless but low-stress job, and teaching myself technologies in my free time?"
Censorship

+ - AT&T censors pearl jam webcast

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After concluding our Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, fans informed us that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the "Blue Room" Live Lollapalooza Webcast. When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them. During the performance of "Daughter" the following lyrics were sung to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" but were cut from the webcast: — "George Bush, leave this world alone." (the second time it was sung); and — "George Bush find yourself another home." This, of course, troubles us as artists but also as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media. More Here: http://pearljam.com/news/index.php?what=News#195"
The Internet

+ - Digg's "Boston Tea Party"?

Submitted by Seismologist
Seismologist (617169) writes "Forbes.com is running an article about the recent user base revolt that occurred on Digg over 'the' HD-DVD encryption key which of course can be followed in this or this Slashdot article:

Digg.com has become one of the Web's top news portals by putting the power to choose the news in the hands of its users. Just how much power they wield, however, only became clear Tuesday night, when Digg turned into what one user called a "digital Boston Tea Party." When the site's administrators attempted to prevent users from posting links to pages revealing the copyright encryption key for HD-DVD discs, Digg's users rebelled. Hundreds of references to the code flooded the site's submissions, filling its main pages and overwhelming the administrators' attempts to control the site's content.
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Privacy

+ - Texas High School Suspends over Counter-Strike

Submitted by Phi Kai
Phi Kai (666) writes "As found on the GamePolitics.com main page, a 17 year old High School Student was arrested and suspended from school for creating a Counter-Strike map based on the school. The student's map was brought to the attention of the administration the day after the VT shootings. The map has evidently been available for months prior to this, but was only brought to light after the shootings. The student in question is of Asian decent and the Asian-American community in the area is rallying around the student. Read more at GamePolitics.com or just check the Google.com results."
Announcements

+ - A Greener Apple

Submitted by enkrateias
enkrateias (982198) writes "Steve Jobs released a detailed announcement explaining Apple's environmental policies and plans for the future, addressing the fact that recent environmental reports have placed them in a bad light. Now that they have clarified what they have done, and what they plan to do, it definitely looks like our beloved Apple is once again leading the way!"
The Internet

+ - The Pirate Bay to stay in Sweden

Submitted by paulraps
paulraps (1007407) writes "The Pirate Bay has ditched plans to buy its own nation so as to avoid international copyright laws. One of the founders says that the operation is now less vulnerable to police raids in Sweden now that it has spread its servers around different locations. Amusingly, they may still buy an island, but for more modest reasons: "We have 20,000 to 25,000 dollars to spend. Really we just want somewhere we can name The Pirate Bay, so we can look on Google Maps and find ourselves there," said Tobias Andersson, who, despite running the most poopular site in Scandinavia, still works as an electrician."
Robotics

+ - Fish-like sensors for underwater robots

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Today, both submarine and surface ships use sonar for navigation. But sonar and other vision systems face various limitations. So why not imitating fish? For millions of years, fish have relied on 'a row of specialized sensory organs along the sides of their bodies, called the lateral line' to avoid predators or to find preys. So engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have decided to build an artificial lateral line for submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The first tests have been successful, and we can now envision a day where AUVs could detect and track moving underwater targets or avoid collisions with moving or stationary objects. Read more for additional details and a picture showing a future model of autonomous underwater robot using a artificial lateral line."

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