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Comment Preventing sleep deprivation? (Score 1) 332

This sounds all roses and sweetness but the reality is, surgery involves volatile hours. Some degree of predictability may be known, for example weekend nights probably have a greater probability of road accidents, but for the most part, surgeons have to perform at a moment's notice to save lives.

Whilst you could simply employ more staff to ensure there's a healthy buffer of refreshed and well slept surgeons, I'd hazard a guess this is far more costly than most hospitals could afford or would want to cut into profits.

Declaring sleep deprivation might make some academic journal tingle inside, but how will that affect lives? You get a disclaimer and a law suit potentially sidelined. But the patient then must wait for a suitable surgeon to perform. In many locations, that simply might not be an option.


Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed 1352

A survey of American voters by World Public Opinion shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. One of the most interesting questions was about President Obama's birthplace. 63 percent of Fox viewers believe Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear). In 2003 a similar study about the Iraq war showed that Fox viewers were once again less knowledgeable on the subject than average. Let the flame war begin!

Comment Re:Another fine investment decision... (Score 2) 125

Are Twitter at any point going to get a revenue stream?

Yes. They're now selling promoted tweets for up to $100,000. Engagement rates were significantly higher than what was seen on Google's sponsored links, though that's likely due to its novelty. With enough promoted tweets however, you could start to see some serious cash rolling in.

Submission + - Wikileaks: Shell Corporation runs Nigeria

Maxo-Texas writes: The Guardian's analysis of wikileaks documents has revealed that Shell Corporation has inserted employees into every aspect of the Nigerian government and basically runs the company. In what is a view into our corporate controlled future, while the country has billions of dollars in oil income, 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.

"The company's top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew "everything that was being done in those ministries". She boasted that the Nigerian government had "forgotten" about the extent of Shell's infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations."

Comment Re:Wow surprising (Score 5, Insightful) 212

Er what? I think you misread what the CEO was saying (assuming the article you don't cite mentions it). Netflix was saying that third-party content providers were not essential to its success. At the end of the day, Netflix has the subscriber base and the cash rolling in to negotiate with whomever they want. It doesn't matter if they go direct or via some third-party route.

At the end of the day, it's in the studios' or brokers' best interest to receive large slabs of money because content providers can double dip as much as they want. First the air it on TV (money), host it on their sites (more money), make it available to iTunes and other pay-per-view services (the dollars continue to flow), then sign up as many streaming services as those companies can afford (ooooh, they're getting richer) before releasing to DVD and syndication.

Direct or indirect - Netflix doesn't care because someone will agree to those handsome checks.

Submission + - Euro Phone Carrier Want Data fees from Apple et al ( 1

omnibit writes: Content providers like Apple, Google and Facebook have been told they need to pitch in to help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, European phone operators say. “Service providers are flooding networks with no incentive” to cut costs, France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said last month. “It’s necessary to put in place a system of payments by service providers as a function of their use.”

Submission + - The Top Silver Geekiversaries of 2010 (

itwbennett writes: 1985 was an excellent year to be a geek — although you may not have realized it then. The Amiga computer celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. The first .com domain was registered. And 'Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution' hit bookstores. 1985 was also the year Back to the Future was released, AOL started innundating us with free trial disks, and the Nintendo Entertainment System launched in New York City. And, of course, there was Windows 1.0.

Comment So why not just provide a link? (Score 2, Interesting) 169

If the non-profit organization liked the story, why wouldn't they simply acknowledge Righthaven by way of summary and then link back to the source. Copying verbatim, even with acknowledgement, denies Righthaven hits to its website that otherwise would have been forthcoming.

What is fair use? IANAL but I would hazard a guess that entire reproductions without permission aren't fair.


200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

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