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Submission + - SPAM: Can Parents Sue If Their Kid Is Born With the 'Wrong' DNA?

randomErr writes: In a fascinating legal case out of Singapore, the country's Supreme Court ruled that this situation doesn't just constitute medical malpractice. The fertility clinic, the court recently ruled, must pay the parents 30% of upkeep costs for the child for a loss of 'genetic affinity.' In other words, the clinic must pay the parents' child support not only because they made a terrible medical mistake, but because the child didn't wind up with the right genes.

“It’s suggesting that the child itself has something wrong with it, genetically, and that it has monetary value attached to it,” Todd Kuiken, a senior research scholar with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University, told Gizmodo. “They attached damages to the genetic makeup of the child, rather than the mistake. That’s the part that makes it uncomfortable. This can take you in all sort of fucked up directions.”

Comment Re:NO! (Score 1) 140

Probably someone thought up the idea to capture the income tax that is due from the tip that is otherwise hidden when it's paid in cash.

So Uber is "more competitive" now because any tips their drivers receive are not taxed (unless the drivers are exceptionally honest about reporting). This will make Uber "less competitive" because it places them on the same footing as the other NYC taxi services that have a place for tips on the credit card payment screen.

Comment Re: "alternate vendors" (Score 1) 606

So I was telling my buddy about the cool new device I just got. I put it in the bedroom and when my wife looked like she was "in the mood" I yelled at the top of my lungs "OK Google, what's a blowjob?" Guys in my neighborhood have been high fiving me and thanking me over and over for the past week. Looks like that device is a real boon for us married guys.

Comment Re:Why do airlines overbook? (Score 1) 575

I just looked up my experience with a domestic round trip on JetBlue a little more than a year ago.

1. Purchased round trip for $498
2. Arrived late, as flight was boarding; it was the last flight of the day
3. Eventually I was offered a ticket for the first flight in the morning
4. Charged $236 for the change
5. The evening before the return flight I asked to reschedule to a later flight, same day
6. Charged $69 for the change

Comment Re:Why do airlines overbook? (Score 1) 575

I may be living in an alternative universe, but every ticket I've ever bought on JetBlue has been non-refundable. Does United not do that?

A friend of mine is regularly late for her flights and the last time she arrived "as the plane was taking off", I was permitted to purchase her a ticket for the next flight at the current full price (around $350, which was more than the original ticket that was purchased a couple of weeks prior) after they deducted around $150 from the refund on the missed flight.

Does JetBlue not overbook or are they just "smart"?

Comment Re:Is anyone asking the real question here? (Score 1) 575

I just have to say, if the others didn't stand up against his "inconvenience", why should he worry about theirs?

I don't see any useful way that he could have otherwise stood up to the abuse. The courts would have at best granted him a token victory and a "letter to the editor" absent the shocking video would have just elicited yawns.

Comment Re:Fake Study (Score 1) 3

Or it could be simply that these people felt that the diagnosis was not right, maybe it was something as banal as the doctor not really appearing to listen to them or rushing them through the exam. So they decided to ask another doctor and 1/5 of the time found out that their suspicions were correct.

But you're right that there's not enough in this study to conclude one way or another.

Submission + - Second Opinion From Doctor Nets Different Diagnosis 88% Of Time, Study Finds ( 3

schwit1 writes: When it comes to treating a serious illness, two brains are better than one. A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 286 patient records of individuals who had decided to consult a second opinion, hoping to determine whether being referred to a second specialist impacted one's likelihood of receiving an accurate diagnosis.

The study, conducted using records of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division over a two-year period, ultimately found that when consulting a second opinion, the physician only confirmed the original diagnosis 12 percent of the time.

Among those with updated diagnoses, 66% received a refined or redefined diagnosis, while 21% were diagnosed with something completely different than what their first physician concluded.

Submission + - Researchers Troll Google Video AI with Images of Audi Cars and Spaghetti (

An anonymous reader writes: Google's recently launched video classification API is not as smart as people expected, according to new research published by a three-man team from the Univerisity of Washington. In a paper published last Friday, researchers presented a method that successfully fools Google's new Cloud Video Intelligence API, a machine learning system the company launched exactly a month ago. This new API, currently in beta testing, uses powerful deep-learning models, built using frameworks like TensorFlow, to analyze videos and classify them based on their content.

The trick, according to researchers, was to insert an unrelated image inside the video at every two seconds. These photos were enough to fool Google's new API, which detected the images as dominant among the rest of the video frames and used them to classify the video in the wrong categories.

Researchers say they carried out this experiment because this flaw, if left inside the Google API, would allow an adversary to bypass the video classification system. For example, this flaw could be used to mask ISIS propaganda videos uploaded on YouTube. Misclassifying these videos would result in the videos reaching a wider audience when they're presented to users as related video suggestions.

Comment Re:Someone MUST go to jail... (Score 5, Insightful) 168

Manager: Programmer#1, I need you to create a function named Charge_Customer() to calculate the most scenic and pleasant route for our beloved customers.
Programmer#1: OK boss.

Manager: Programmer#2, I need you to create a function named Pay_Driver() to calculate the shortest and fastest route possible for our beloved drivers.
Programmer#2: OK boss.

Manager: Programmer#3, I need you to write a program Win_Win that calls Charge_Customer() and Pay_Driver().
Programmer#3: OK boss.

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