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Comment Re:You can't estimate this linearly (Score 1) 347

PC#1 complete. PC#54 (still infected) re-infects PC#1. Even if you turn them all off and only put them back on the network after they are wiped: are you sure you found *every* PC with the infection? Are you sure they won't get reinfected again (is your baseline immune to the infection vector?)

Being completely naive and giving them the benefit of the doubt: someone suggested they planned a replacement cycle anyway (so had a budget approved) with w7 machines already - this expensive fix may have bought them a year more on one-foot-in-the-grave hardware. We're also assuming they had the staff/skill to do the work (unlikely) or to oversee the contractors and have the skill to verify the contractors did the job 100% correctly (unlikely). Plus everyone has to sign up to the risk of "we should spend heaps and if this happens again or something similar happens we all look like morons.."

W7 may not have been immune to the infection but given everything I've read in this thread, I'm leaning more towards speeding up replacement as the simplest approach here. But looks terrible as a news headline.

Comment Canadian doctors sell your records to your new doc (Score 1) 659

In Canada, I've read that doctors who are retiring often 'sell' the records they've kept over the years to the new doctor who takes over the practice - no wonder they'd prefer not to give patience full access. Years ago the values I'd heard mentioned was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for these records.. in a way not too different from estimating the value for intangible 'goodwill' when selling a business.

Arguing on the "positive" side of preventing access: personally, I document things differently if it's customer facing vs. internal notes. Selling the records does give the older doctors a little more financial security in their retirement. Giving people full access will probably cause a few headaches for the doctors - imagine if someone wrote "5th visit, all tests came back negative, issue may be psychosomatic.. patient however became almost when this was listed as a possibility."

While transparency doesn't fix all problems, I'd prefer if the records were open: if we're avoiding the hard talks/arguments because 4% flip out when a reference is made to a mental condition or unpopular diagnosis is made, if doctors are relying on selling records to supplement retirement income because they don't have enough (really??)... I think these are problems to try and fix; not sweep under the rug. These medical records are literally life and death: I'd say open them up. Maybe if everyone had more access, we could possibly find the level of care improving in different ways. It's certainly worth a trial somewhere.

Submission + - Vegetative patients 'still learn' (scienceblog.com)

enigma48 writes: "Scientists have found that some individuals in the vegetative and minimally conscious states, despite lacking the means of reporting awareness themselves, can learn and thereby demonstrate at least a partial consciousness. Their findings are reported in today's (20 September) online edition of Nature Neuroscience.

It is the first time that scientists have tested whether patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states can learn. By establishing that they can, it is believed that this simple test will enable practitioners to assess the patient's consciousness without the need of imaging.

The abstract is available in the advance issue of nature here: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nn.2391.html"

Comment Re:well duh (Score 2) 174

I'm no expert, but I have to call bullshit on this.

We've deployed an internet-facing Sharepoint (not MOSS, v3) server that can be used on any random PC. You do need domain credentials for access though, if you've restricted access. It does take more work to set it up this way.

And the search feature in v3 is currently the quickest search we have. With a few hundred documents, we get search results in around a second - it takes longer to render the page - Google / Windows Desktop Search are a bit slower on searches.

I'm not a Sharepoint pro, but I support a few v2 sites and use a couple v3 ones.

Comment Re:How Much? (Score 1) 135

This seemed a bit high to me, and I think the $585M is the total amount charged to all conspiring companies to date:


$31M seems a little low but a) they plead guilty and b) they assisted in building the case against the other companies. Still, for a $70B (2006) market, even if they were a small player they seemed to have gotten off a bit easier than I'd expect.

Comment Re:It's a bit like (Score 1) 288

I haven't posted to Slashdot in ages... but wow. This is one of the best analogies I've seen on here (despite the lack of cars). It moved me.

Roland engaged with the world and you're exactly right, he added colour to it. People who tore him down (IMHO rightfully when he lifted large amounts of text, less so when he cleaned up his act) never contributed in that way. The Roland-haters actually bothered me far more than he did and made slashdot less enjoyable to read.

RIP Roland.

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Submission + - Alcohol craving blocker developed

An anonymous reader writes: A team from Melbourne's Howard Florey Institute discovered blocking the action of the brain's orexin system can also prevent someone relapsing of alcohol cravings. This chemical is involved in the "high" felt after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs. Orexin-producing cells are also thought to play a part in regulating feeding, so the researchers believe they could also help treat eating disorders. Alcohol-related deaths rose to 8,386 in 2005 compared to 4,144 in 2001 in the UK, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease have more than doubled in a decade, reaching 35,400 in 2004/5. In rat studies, a team led by Dr Andrew Lawrence created a compound which was seen to block the "euphoric" effects of orexin. In one experiment, rats that had alcohol freely available to them stopped drinking it after receiving the orexin blocker.
It's funny.  Laugh.

David X. Cohen Interviewed on New Futurama 240

eldavojohn writes "Toyfare has a short but exclusive interview with co-creator of Futurama David X. Cohen. There's a lot of information about how they plan to continue the series. He also reveals they're halfway through writing the new season and just starting animation. When asked about his favorite minor character of the show, Cohen responded 'Hypnotoad. By the way, we are looking into producing a full 22-minute episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad for the DVD release. I am serious.'"

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