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Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 1) 445

Is moving the goalposts your hobby or just a bad habit of yours? These people were pronounced, in a clinical setting, dead as per your request. These people didn't have 'localized circulatory collapse,' they had their heart and breathing stop, and as the paper notes, this is probably an under-reported problem. Moreover, I donno how to break it to you, but O2 consumption monitors work on the assumption that you are experiencing respiration, something that if you are doing when somebody starts CPR on you? They're doing it very wrong.

It seems unlikely for two reasons that O2 consumption monitoring would have not identified these people as dead, anyway. For one, if you'd read the paper, you'd know it explicitly discusses means for detecting Lazarus syndrome without relying on chance. If it'd work, they would suggest it. Perhaps more to the point, several of the cases in the lit suffered the kinds of damage that strongly indicate oxygen deprivation--no respiration was taking place, meaning you'd be unlikely to notice much difference between it and a fresh corpse since the microbes involved in decomposition also consume oxygen. (How do you think vacuum-preservation of meat works, magic?)

Oh, and the paper covers what medical science defines death as though I suppose it might be hard to understand if you don't have a biomedical background. (Here's a bit of help: in asystole the heart isn't even twitching, the heart monitor flatlines, and it is very, very memorable once you've seen it happen. So of course the physio lab on how heart monitors work required we wrap up with flatlining our pithed frog...)

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 1) 445

In the first world or the US? Because quite frankly, when it comes to general healthcare, the US isn't quite on par with the first world...

On this, it's an issue of technology and staff training. Third World countries typically fail to have the tech needed but have some pretty skilled health care workers once you adjust for the simple fact that they're working around not having access to high tech; First World countries tend to have what fails be staff training, and sometimes overly-dependent on tech so they may not always think to do such common-sense things as confirm that the heart monitor is not just singing the Broken Machine Blues.

Some of these horror stories don't necessarily get talked about outside of the medical community, since the overall feeling is that the general population is going to distinctly overestimate the chances of it happening to them--but the stories get passed around precisely to remind everybody inside that certain steps might seem pointless but aren't. They're cautionary tales, much the local tale(s) of the fate of whomever thought trying to repair a computer while it was on was a Good Idea.

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 4, Informative) 445

I could see that problem in the US, in France, there isn't really a financial incentive to the hospital to harvest body parts.

Also, the stories about people waking in the morgue are lovely tales from the crypt, but have little to do with reality, and have not had for at least 100 years now.

Nope, actually, it's just a lot rarer now--in the first world, anyway, and the general expectation now is that it means somebody botched their job. I think the last case was ~25 years ago, was a little old lady, and she was kicking around long enough afterwards to get interviewed. (I didn't catch much about the case, except apparently the fact that they put her in the freezer saved her life.)

Incidentally, it's cases like that which get brought up when somebody suggests being less careful in checking.

As for the issue with brain death--I think the paper discussing the problems getting noticed in correctly determining the amount of brain activity was published in 2015. I would very much enjoy reading it, but it's very much a current and ongoing problem in neuro.

As for financial incentives in France--can't tell you, I don't read French and any reports that go into the inner workings of France's organ donation system are almost certainly going to be in French. I can, however, with great confidence state that both the US and France have them as being supposed to be donations--because both countries are in pretty explicit agreement on payments being unethical--meaning that no financial incentive should exist, period, in either country.

Comment Re:Default yes is a bad idea (Score 1) 445

I think it'd be safer to avoid making it something like a lower fee for a license renewal. Go for something more likely to encourage families to agree to the decision--maybe defray the final costs for donors, especially any costs associated with donating, since now it's quite common for dying to be rather expensive if you aren't DOA.

Comment Re:Donate how much and for what purpose? (Score 1) 445

Actually, it turns out that the difference between a cadaver's anatomy and a live person's anatomy is sufficient that most doctors actually get their anatomy training on the job--as in, when they get to see inside live people. The best anatomy texts we have are from imaging of live people, followed by a project that worked using donated bodies of people who died under circumstances that meant their body could be frozen at the point of death (or close enough) and then sliced (I think the images are online somewhere), followed by the result of Nazi crimes against humanity in the form of vivisecting some human victims for science.

This isn't to say that there's definitely other areas of training and research for which donated bodies are highly useful--but, well, some aren't as useful as you think, and providing a cell line is something you can do without dying. (Seriously, I could whip up a cell line from myself given a bit of prep and lab time. Immortal cell lines are easy, too. Hint: In the body they're called 'cancer.')

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 2, Interesting) 445

The rules for Dead are pretty solid.

When there's reports of people waking up in the morgue or, even worse, having the medical examiner realizing they're not quite dead yet when starting the autopsy, I think it's safe to say we're not terribly good at telling if somebody's dead even off the old rules--and the organs are mostly useless for donation once the person's reached the no-heartbeat flavor of dead. (I think there's a few things you can still use, and in fact harvest for a bit after that, but...)

The problem is that we've got unfortunately good evidence that we are not as good as we need to be about telling if somebody's brain dead--which is what you want for organ donation--and there's been questions raised, including simply on the ethics side, of if a doctor who knows the patient is a donor will be as careful about making sure the person is brain dead as we need them to be. I know that in the US, currently the doctor is supposed to have no clue--until brain death is declared, nobody's supposed to even check--but how true that is...

It doesn't help that, to put it bluntly, the hospital gets money even if you(r estate) doesn't.

Anyway. Basically, the problem is that the ethics involved look pretty good, right up until you actually start looking, and people freak out about what may actually be the most ethical possible situation of having somebody asking for their ventilator to be switched off before they hit shut-in syndrome, and for it to be done at a hospital so their organs can be donate. Yes, you're turning off somebody's life support so you can harvest their organs--but you're not ever going to get any better consent, and as long as they've the right to ask for their life support to be turned off the choice ought to be theirs.

Comment Re:Fixing this is too expensive (Score 1) 75

Actually, as smartphones get more ubiquitous and even dumbphones gain more capabilities, the cost of fixing the problem should drop--we're already seeing a shift towards electronic ticketing, how much more effort would be needed to simply have it set up so you can have your phone self-update with the connecting flight information as you go, so it'll be up-to-date and you will know things like "Oh, hey, my connecting flight changed" as soon as possible.

Comment Re:Take the bus (Score 1) 75

This sort of thing varies by the passenger's sex, age, and general body language...and the era at which you take the trip, since some of these problems have dropped simply because the bus is becoming more and more the choice of people who are not merely too poor to get a plane ticket.

My own preference--admittedly helped by the fact that there's actually a station near enough me for it to be feasible--is to take the train...when I can actually find a route that gets me where I want. With all the talk about how awesome public transit is, you'd think some money would be getting put into getting the rail system nudged back towards where it doesn't seem to skip some states entirely.

Admittedly, some of the problem here seems to be people being just plain idiots--I actually am used to the luggage tags my suitcases get being very clearly intended to stay on through a transfer or two because the airport code for offloading is typically not the next stop on my journey, and my social media is being kept very much away from such things as my legal name. I'd think that doing things like posting pics of plane tickets with things like QR codes not censored is begging for Bad Things to happen--the only surprise here is that includes 'having your flight booking altered.'

Comment Paper's got Issues (Score 2) 94

You've done the exact same thing you've accused BBC of, claiming that overall pull requests are accepted at the same rate when this is not true. Women were statistically significantly less likely to have their code accepted than men as outsiders and statistically more likely to have their code accepted as insiders.

Citation please? From the way the entry here is (horribly) written, it looks like gender is less of a factor than being a known coder to the group--which means that if you're going to do the statistical comparison properly you're going to have to be careful to make sure you break it apart on both the gender variable (unknown vs known woman vs known man) and on 'known to community' variable, being careful to make sure the numbers you're comparing match across the board.

Doing a bit of work to find the paper itself reveals that it's not peer-reviewed which probably explains why a read-through of the methodology is leaving me extremely skeptical on if they controlled for this obvious confound, especially since there might be additional confounds--for example, I'm not really seeing any attempt to control for the possibility that the rate at which skilled female coders deliberately adopt genderless/gender-neutral personas may be higher than it is for skilled male coders, meaning that the higher acceptance rate (of 6.2% higher then men's) is actually an artifact of that--and hey, since somebody might as well point out the elephant in the room, let's bring up the possibility that some people might have their GitHub persona more accurately reflect their gender than their LinkedIn profile because there are some employment discrimination suits you don't want to be the one trying to win.

I'm also somewhat skeptical of the whole idea that changing larger parts of code is automatically less cautious, since this seems a rather bad assumption on the whole. I would expect the amount of testing done before submitting the code to be a better indicator--but you can't measure that so easily, even if a small tweak could easily enough result in a kludge in the code becoming suddenly broken, meaning that a more cautious coder might end up submitting a larger amount of changes because they're both submitting the tweak and what is necessary to get the program working again after the tweak. (I'd actually be unlikely to submit them separately, unless the tweak isn't essential to what I did to get the program work again and the kludge itself is a particularly ugly thing that needs fixing no matter what.)

These are the kinds of things that will get brought up in the peer review process for a paper, so really, I'm not surprised in the least that it isn't.

As a side note, I am, however, pleased to have learned from this paper that, in fact, I can have my LinkedIn profile be gender-neutral, which is my personal preference.

Comment Re:Ain't nobody got time for that (Score 1) 111

I check work email first thing when I wake up hoping to see confirmation that I am not already half a day's work behind schedule.

Offhand, I'd say that 'not already half a day's work behind schedule' would count as happy news. I usually check my subject lines and if I read anything it's either important or something I think I'll enjoy reading while getting ready for the day.

Comment Re:Smart quotes break technical content (Score 4, Insightful) 207

Honestly the main problem with them is that they're not smart--most implementations are pretty buggy and annoying, and it's ultimately easier to turn the 'feature' off than have to grovel over any text of decent length in order to make sure all of them are right. They'll curl when they oughtn't, they'll not curl when they ought, and they'll go the wrong way, pretty much entirely at random. About the only decent way I can see of making any implementation of an automatic text adjuster so it's not mangling things is to make it so you have to flag things--so it doesn't just cheerfully go altering apostrophes and quote marks, but you have to do something extra (from using a hotkey combo to having it followed by a different character that flags it for the program) to get it to do so.

I did use the latter technique a lot for making my life easier when I was taking scientific and technical notes on a computer--I used particular key combos as placeholders, so I could go back on a unicode-capable machine and insert the proper characters or alter the formatting, since I could type that pretty much as fast as the instructor went. As shorthands go, it worked very well for setting up for later adjustment for proper formatting.

Comment Re:Turning point (Score 1) 511

This is about the only time I'm going to talk about this--but it's very, very reassuring to me to have gotten to see you around, just being proof that one can be a calm, rational being and trans, Ms. Hudson. You've very correct about the problem with a member of a minority screwing things up for everyone--and that can include creating, causing, and/or strengthening stereotypes that will cause some people to opt to be closeted simply because they don't want to be seen that way.

Comment Signal:Noise Improvement Needed (Score 1) 164

This gets fed into by the sound quality--phone calls tend to have absolutely shoddy sound quality, and sometimes about the only way to get understood on the other end or understand them is to increase the volume. I don't pretend to understand how and why, audio & auditory perception is not my field, but I'm very much on board with the people who think that it's well past time we ought to take advantage of tech improvements to raise the quality of audio over phone lines.

Mostly, admittedly, because I am very lucky when I can manage to get anything done over a phone: part of why I know about this problem is that my voice has these problems badly--enough of the 'signal' gets lost that it's frustrating and often nearly pointless to be trying.

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