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Comment Re:So which field of engineering (Score 2) 1774

I read somewhere a recent poll said about 46% of Americans believed in Creationism. It may be a minority, but it was the slimmest of margins when 2 evolution beliefs (evolution guided by a creator, and atheistic evolution) added up to 47%.

Here's where I found it:

Comment Not sure, but... (Score 1) 489

I installed Windows 8 earlier this week at work. I don't explicitly remember seeing *anything* about SmartScreen. Based on this thread I checked the settings, and it was not turned on.

I'm not sure what I did to make SmartScreen disabled, but there is probably a choice in the installation process which prevents it from running.

Comment Zelda isn't immune (Score 1) 146

The major complaint in this review is that the game (and most recent Mario games) are derivative of previous ones. And then the reviewer goes on to praise the Legend of Zelda series. I've thought that the Zelda games have been more derivative of previous iterations moreso than Mario ones.


Putting Medical Records Into Patients' Hands 211

Hugh Pickens writes "Roni Caryn Rabin says patients have a legal right to their medical records, though access can prove difficult. But what would happen if patients were encouraged not just to see their medical records but to take them home, study them and really own them? A research collaboration called OpenNotes set out to answer this question, publishing the first results of a study on physician and patient attitudes toward shared medical records and demonstrating that for patients, at least, shared medical records seems to be an idea whose time has come. 'That's the great challenge in medicine: getting patients to be more active in their own care,' says Dr. Tom Delbanco, a principal investigator of the study. 'What we're doing is opening the black box and letting you look inside.' Dr. Delbanco and his colleagues recruited more than 100 primary care doctors who were already using electronic health records to volunteer to share their medical notes with patients. Patients were enthusiastic: 90 percent thought they would be more in control of their care if they saw the notes. They weren't worried about being confused and most said seeing the record would help them take better care of themselves helping them better remember their treatment plan, understand it and take their medication. The goal is to engage patients more fully in their own health. 'Knowledge is power,' says Jan Walker, the study's senior author. 'A patient goes to the doctor only once in a while, but in between visits, you're making all kinds of decisions that affect your health every single day.'"

Comment Re:Sorry to say it... (Score 1) 1452

You pay money for a sporting event, yet you don't get to choose how the teams play.

You pay money to watch a movie, yet you don't get to change the dialogue.

You seem to be stuck on the fact that the only way to innovate and be inventive is to modify someone else's work. News flash: you can create stuff yourself. You just need an artist, a developer, and a sound guy.

Comment Re:Sorry to say it... (Score 1) 1452

I've watched gaming go downhill over the last 10 years with the rise shit like world of warcraft showing everyone the path to walled garden land because there are enough stupid people who don't give a shit about gaming that will just take it up the ass because they aren't passionate about games. So we get things like Starcraft 2 chained to online, no LAN, we get permanent online DRM being pushed and crap like onlive. At this point I really want to burn down the software industry. I remember a time when blizzard wasn't as evil as it is today and you actually were treated like a customer rather then a magpie with a wallet.

I think the crux of your problem is you don't like the methods companies have chosen to ensure that their games aren't stolen. That's the main reason for many of those things.

Comment Re:More to communicatio than being right (Score 1) 1452

Stallman is the foremost champion of the rights of Stallman. I'm really surprised it isn't that blatantly obvious to people. He calls his movement "free" and yet the restrictions he wants to impose on people can be just as limiting as any proprietary software.

Everything he says is from the eyes of someone who wants to tinker with everything. He does not think about things from the perspective of people actually wanting technology and software as a tool to actually go about their daily lives.

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