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Comment Re:Surgeon accountability? (Score 1) 269

Have you ever been inside an OR during surgery or seen a sponge? I spent two months watching my boss perform open heart surgery. Let me tell you, there is a great deal of blood. The sponges are inside the thoracic cavity during the procedures, and there is so much blood that they almost appear to be part of the tissue. The ones I saw also weren't that big, and they look nothing like the sponges we use in the shower. Certainly this type of incident should not happen, and the OR staff works hard to keep track of equipment; however, don't trivialize how difficult that can be under the conditions of a surgical procedure. It is a mess in there.
Censorship

Submission + - New York bans use of the word "Nigger"

LordLucless writes: "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"
United States

Submission + - US 200-year (child)porn sentence stands

An anonymous reader writes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6399471.stm

"The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a high school teacher from Arizona sentenced to 200 years in jail for possessing child pornography. [..] The state of Arizona argued each image of child abuse was a separate crime so the sentences had to run consecutively."
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Refuses 200 Year Porn Sentence

Class Act Dynamo writes: "The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of a high school teacher who was sentenced to over 200 years in prison for possessing thousands of child pornography images in Arizona. The justices declined without comment to hear the case. His attorneys argued that the sentence (10 years per image for the 20 images presumably leading to indictment) was disproportionate to the crime. I put this under Your Rights Online even though those rights really don't include possessing child pornography. However, what do Slashdotters think? Was the punishment appropriate for the crime? Think of the children!..but not in the way that this teacher apparently was."
Privacy

Submission + - Who's number is on my caller ID? Who Called Us

An anonymous reader writes: I got a few calls today from a number I didn't recognize. They didn't leave a voice mail so I assumed it was a telemarketer. I decided to see what Google thought about the number and the first link that came up was: http://whocalled.us/lookup/3123279690. This link includes the phone number I was searching for. Pretty cool way for us to work together to ID the telemarketers.
Microsoft

Submission + - Keyloggers Installed via Windows Update Service?

sedimentary_rock writes: "A Dell computer user found a keylogger installed on his computer with Guardian Monitor registry keys after updating the OS through the Microsoft Windows Update service. The article suggests that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), which "calls home" to Microsoft, functions as a mechanism to surreptitiously install surveillance software on a computer.

http://www.dellideastorm.com/article/show/63923/No _WGA_preinstalled"

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