Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies
preserving one life, or preserving several.
I don't suppose any of these decisions are easy, but how many people die every year due to a lack of an available organ? How many people do we keep alive for a few days, or a few hours just for the benefit of their families emotional state (which is a product of a culture we created), and in the process wreck their organs? ...
We keep people alive, when they aren't able to live, and we treat the absolute maximum survivability of one individual as paramount over the reasonable survivability of many. It's an emotional allocation of resources, not an efficient one. Whether it's healthcare dollars or peoples organs, they are in truth, resources which can be, and are managed. The goal is to manage them efficiently. That needs to combine the people, and actual experts, who are removed from the emotional realities of the situation.
"Efficient" approaches to managing human life have a bad history. I fully support the right of someone to do whatever they want with their own body. But allowing "experts" who are "removed from the emotional realities" to decide life-and-death matters of myself and my family is beyond dangerous.
MIT Researchers Harness Viruses To Split Water
welcome our new Water-Destroying Overlords.
Disgruntled Ex-Employee Remotely Disables 100 Cars
There are other methods of making payments automatically.
In my case, all my payments are automated, but they are automated by pushing to those owed, not allowing them to pull.
By doing this I am not in danger of too much ever being taken out.
The costs that do differ from month to month (and thus can't be automated entirely) I pay online with a few clicks every month.
There is no need to write and send checks by hand with today's technology.
Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity
With its default blue bars and grassy hill default background, we call it the "Teletubby" theme.
At any moment you expect to see a little guy come rolling into the screen.
Distance, in multiples of my height, from my birthplace:
460,171... and that's assuming I can fly over the Great Lakes.
How Infighting Hampers Innovation At Microsoft
Stuttgart = Porsche
Ingolstadt = Audi
Personally, I would be a Stuttgart driver... if I had the cash.
Dell Defect Turning 2.2GHz CPU Into 100MHz CPU?
I don't mean to rub it in, but I think the word is 'scores'.
Air Cannon Ties Pirates In Knots
If I were a pirate, I would totally buy one of these. Disabling a ship for 45 minutes is a great way to catch and board it.
Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels
welcome our new laser-etched fruit-lords.
How Dangerous Could a Hacked Robot Possibly Be?
This needs the "whatcouldpossiblygowrong" tag.
Just think: we'll hire a former hacker inmate to program the jail's robo-security and before you know it we'll have a new Terminator movie on our hands.
Massive Phishing Campaign Hits Multiple Email Services
Top 20 most common passwords:
123456 - 64
123456789 - 18
alejandra - 11
111111 - 10
alberto - 9
tequiero - 9
alejandro - 9
12345678 - 9
1234567 - 8
estrella - 7
iloveyou - 7
daniel - 7
000000 - 7
roberto - 7
654321 - 6
bonita - 6
sebastian - 6
beatriz - 6
mariposa - 5
america - 5
From 2 links deep (http://www.acunetix.com/blog/websecuritynews/statistics-from-10000-leaked-hotmail-passwords/)
AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful
I have a new test for a vaccine that prevents car accidents!
I'll inject 8,000 people with a placebo, and I'll inject my vaccine into another 8,000.
There's a reasonably probability that the half with the "real" vaccine will have less car accidents, thus showing progress in my vaccine!
TLDR: Vaccine trials are useless without infecting people.
Swarms of Solar Powered Microbots On the Way
I, for one, welcome our new Solar-Powered Microbot Overlords.
"Locomotion is achieved via three vibrating legs, while a fourth horizontal vibrating leg is used as a touch sensor."
I'm sure these will be successful in at least one market.
New Species of Worms Found To Release "Bombs"
So this is the latest update to Conficker?
Auto Warranty Robocall Scammers Busted
Its funny, as soon as the car warranty scammers stopped calling last month, I now get robocalls for some cheapo health care ripoff. On my cell, on the do not call list. So it begins again.....
That's a scammer, that's your local Democratic representative.
Fixed that for you.