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Radiation Therapy Mistakes Cost Lives

qohen Re:CHECKLISTS! (215 comments)

Background on medical checklists saving lives (and yet meeting up with resistance at times from medical practitioners) in this important New Yorker piece by surgeon/writer Atul Gawande:


Gawande now has a book out about checklists called "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right" that expands on this and also describes the usefulness of checklists in other areas: http://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/dp/0805091742 (If the topic interests you, btw, Amazon apparently is selling this $24.50 hardcover book for only $10).

about 5 years ago

Using Drupal

qohen Re:Drupal and the CMS. (122 comments)

FWIW, Warner Bros. Records uses Drupal very heavily for its artist sites.

Check this out post, for example, on WBR's VP of Technology Ethan Kaplan's blog: http://blackrimglasses.com/archives/2007/07/26/wbr/

(Mind you, it appears that ecommerce may be handled outside of Drupal--whether that's due to some a lack in Drupal or some WBR-specific reason (e.g. legacy system), you'd have to ask check w/Ethan).

about 6 years ago

10 Years of Translated Bin Laden Messages Leaked

qohen Re:That's pretty damning for the CIA and Bush admi (690 comments)

Of course you have some evidence that Saddam sent his weapons to Syria? And by evidence I don't mean the MSM, or the Bush Whitehouse. If I gave you several bad cheques in a row, would take another one? They lie. They lie all the time.

There have been several reports that WMD was moved to Syria, including from a top Iraqi air force general, from a top Israeli general and a Syrian journalist:

The Iraqi and Israeli generals are quoted here:


The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.

The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.

"There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands," Mr. Sada said. "I am confident they were taken over."

Mr. Sada's comments come just more than a month after Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam "transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria."

There's more there.

The Syrian journalist's report:


A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq WMD located in three Syrian sites

06 January, 2004


Nizar Nayuf (Nayyouf-Nayyuf), a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper âoeDe Telegraaf,â that he knows the three sites where Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are kept. The storage places are:

-1- Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels.

-2- The village of Tal Snan, north of the town of Salamija, where there is a big Syrian air force camp. Vital parts of Iraq's WMD are stored there.

-3-. The city of Sjinsjar on the Syrian border with the Lebanon, south of Homs city.

Nayouf writes that the transfer of Iraqi WMD to Syria was organized by the commanders of Saddam Hussein's Special Republican Guard, including General Shalish, with the help of Assif Shoakat , Bashar Assad's cousin. Shoakat is the CEO of Bhaha, an import/export company owned by the Assad family.

And, again, there's more there.

On the other hand, stories like this came out, in Apr. 2005, about how it was unlikely that WMD was shipped to Syria after a report about the issue came out:


Report Finds No Evidence Syria Hid Iraqi Arms

By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 26, 2005; Page A01

U.S. investigators hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have found no evidence that such material was moved to Syria for safekeeping before the war, according to a final report of the investigation released yesterday.

Given the way things work in the middle east, though, and given how clueless Western intelligence can be about the area, I wouldn't dismiss the possibility too quickly.

more than 6 years ago



qohen qohen writes  |  about 8 years ago

qohen (104310) writes "The New York Times reports that Mike Myers (of SNL, Austin Powers, etc.) is looking to star in the movie adaptation of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising" to the silver screen. The book is written by Daniel H. Wilson, who earned his PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

From the New York Times article, The New York Times:

Mike De Luca, who approved "Austin Powers" while president of production at New Line Cinema, is producing the third and perhaps most tentative of the current Myers projects. Titled "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," it is an adaptation of an obscure tongue-in-cheek survival guide by Daniel H. Wilson, who wrote it while a Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.

(Note: a story about this movie appeared on Slashdot previously but apparently Myers wasn't involved until later. Clearly, Mike Myers' experience doing Austin Powers, with its nefarious fembots, will allow him to bring a unique perspective to this role...)."

qohen qohen writes  |  more than 8 years ago

qohen (104310) writes "Via instapundit.com:

BIG DAMN HEROES: The Firefly convention was cancelled, but nonetheless: "Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Mark Sheppard, Jonathan Woodward, Christina Hendricks and Adam Baldwin have all turned up and are partying with fans at the hotel bar into the night at the cancelled convention Flanvention. These actors? I don't have the words."

More here.



qohen qohen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Some Hadoop links I had bookmarked:


ZooKeeper (part of Hadoop but doesn't appear to require it?)


qohen qohen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Proper (and Improper) Usage of Memcached

While the above says don't use memcached for sessions, others have other ideas--are they wrong?

This might be what's needed if you want to do sessions, etc. w/memcached--patches for memcached which add replication:

Some other memcached links:

Memcached and MySQL:


qohen qohen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

There's a bunch of stuff in the comments, everything from the old print '';var_dump();print '';
(with the added wrinkle of using ob_start then ob_contents, etc. in some incarnations) to an open-source project called Krumo that reminds me of that Javascript-based unobtrusive thing I journalled about a while back (i.e. http://defproc.co.uk/dpDebug2/)

Anyway, check it out for various ideas/tools:

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