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Comment Re:Thinking out of the box (Score 1) 520

Yeah, I guess I should be clear. I absolutely believe that most failures in healthcare are systems issues. I would never want a nurse to be prosecuted for making a mistake. I just read this story as "a nurse deliberately bypassed a safety feature, resulting in the death of a patient." You're absolutely right that even then, it could be a training issue, or a workload issue, or a combination of factors. I shouldn't be too quick to judge.

Comment Re:Thinking out of the box (Score 1) 520

In many cases it comes down to the resourcefulness of the nurse. I have heard of at least one case of a nurse who gave an enteral feeding intravenously. The connections were incompatible. Her solution was to attach the two ends together and keep them in place with surgical tape.

I hope she was fired and prosecuted, but somehow I suspect otherwise.

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Submission + - Cosmetic Carbon Copy, a new standard in email (

paulproteus writes: "Say you have an email where you want to send an extra copy to someone without telling everyone. There's always been a field for that: BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. But how often have you wanted to do the opposite: make everyone else think you sent a copy to somebody without actually having done so? Enter the new IETF-NG RFC: Cosmetic Carbon Copy, or CCC. Now you can conveniently email all of your friends (with a convenient exception or two...) with ease!"

Comment I am, but maybe not much longer... (Score 1) 263

I currently use SPF, and am thinking about dropping it. It causes me a massive pain in my ass every time some dumbass with a misconfigured forwarder doesn't understand SPF or SRS, and tries to blame me for the fact that they can't receive email from me. There just aren't enough large sites sending SPF-enabled mail for misconfigured receiving sites to realize they're doin' it wrong.

Comment Re:Where have you been? (Score 1) 944

What this guy doesn't get is that most so-called 'libertarians' don't really like freedom -- they just hate anything that looks like cooperation or collectivism. It doesn't matter whether it's voluntary. So while I applaud his principled stance, he's going to have trouble getting anybody to listen.

Comment Re:The test seems to be bogus (Score 1) 108

Unless any of this is documented anywhere that _I_ the consumer can read it, it's all useless bullshit distinctions to me. I just want to know whether my data will work. All your factors are irrelevant to me unless it's documented somewhere what they are, so I can control for them. Otherwise the article's approach of testing randomly is a better and more realistic approximation of the conditions I will actually _get_.

Disclaimer: I have T-Mobile, so all the information in the article is useless to me anyway. :-P

Comment Re:Unison; and maybe git in the future. (Score 1) 421

Hmm, according to the docs that's automatically set on OSX. And anyway, I'm not sure what Unison could usefully do besides fail out -- if I have 'A' and 'a' on the Linux end, and they're different files, what should it deposit on the Mac end? Ignoring case does't help make that decision. If it just picked one at random, that'd be worse.

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