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Comment Re:Ummm Personal responsibility? (Score 2, Insightful) 520

If they have a 0.001% failure rate they will still err every decade or so.
Good point. And let me add, consider the fact that hospitals can have hundreds of nurses. If the average nurse makes an error only once a decade, then 100 nurses will average 10 errors each year. Error prevention systems are a good thing.

Comment Re:Debug key (Score 1) 806

I did it a few times when I had my window manager configured to use ctrl+alt+(#) to switch between desktop windows. Type something on desktop 3, ctrl+alt+4 to check something on desktop 4, ctrl+alt+3 back, hit backspace with my right hand to correct my typing before fully releasing ctrl+alt with my left... boom, down goes X.

Granted, I would do something like that maybe twice a year, with 7 hour a day use, but I have done it.

Comment China has reached the 1930s! (Score 2, Interesting) 172

Ever heard of the Hays Code? It applied to movies, but they didn't have video games back then.

The Production Code enumerated three "General Principles" as follows:

  1. No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.
  2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented.
  3. Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation.

Comment There are things like this in North America, too. (Score 2, Interesting) 337

See "The Ghosts of Evolution: Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, and Other Ecological Anachronisms" by Connie Barlow. For instance, Osage Oranges were eaten by extinct North American megafauna. In fact, the tree is rather similar to the one in this article, in that it also has sharp spines to defend it.

Comment Iceland is #1 per capita (Score 1) 179

Iceland has an astounding 46.89% of its population on Facebook (since you have to be over 13 to join FB, that means over 50% of adults in Iceland are on Facebook). Norway and Denmark also beat out Canada on a per-capita, with 40.25% and 38.28%. Canada is #4 with 34.37%.
And for those that care, the USA stands at #14 with 19.55%.
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Comment Re:The problem is not that SSNs are easy to guess (Score 1) 268

Even if they only published a list of names, and omitted the SSNs, that would be an act of immense evil.

Oh yes, because a publishing a list of names of people in this country would be so evil. You know what would be even eviler than that? A list of names, with phone numbers! And maybe even addresses! They could call it a "phone book".

Comment Re:The problem is not that SSNs are easy to guess (Score 1) 268

What the parent said. SSN should only be used as a uniquifier, to distinguish John Smith 123-45-6789 from John Smith 123-99-4321. The government should pick a date, say 5 years from now, and state that on that date they will publish the full list of Name & SSN data. Everyone using SSN as a shared secret must fix their databases.

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