In Uncategorized on January 17, 2012 at 5:45 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today…“The only part of the conduct of any one for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute.” – John Stuart Mill
In Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on January 17, 2012 at 5:33 am
This axiom from the second World War era cautioned servicemen and women to be guarded and silent when talking with others. In fact, “Loose lips sink ships” remained in the American idiom for the remainder of the century and into the next, usually as an admonition to avoid careless talk in general.
In January 2012, when so many use the immediate, flat-architecture of the Internet, “loose lips sink ships” rings loud and clear.
Just think, only 20 years ago, information transmitted via the Internet consisted of just “1% of the information flowing through two-way telecommunication. By 2000 this figure had grown to 51%, and by 2007 more than 97% of all telecommunicated information was carried over the Internet.” according to wikipedia.org.
Internet users in the United States (via all digital devices) has increased from an estimated 44% of the population in 2000 to more than 71% in 2010. Globally, the number of Internet users has grown from just under 361 million to over 6.9 billion in the same period (1).
The Internet has proven to be a veritable trove of incredibly useful information; an astounding real-time information source; an entertainment source or format; a social connector and, sometimes, a repository of junk. To read a remarkable accurate prediction (made in 2000) of where the Internet would be in 2020, click to read “Transcendental Destination: Where Will the Information Revolution Lead?“
The Internet is a (really big and cluttered) digital bulletin board.
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In Everyday Living, Opportunities on January 17, 2012 at 4:57 am
Online Mortality Calculator Could Change Health Care — and Our Views on Death
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A “mortality calculator” created by medical researchers for doctors is now available to anyone online. Josh Dzieza on how it could change health care—and the way we think about death.
When a team of researchers at University of California, San Francisco, started collecting tools for predicting the likelihood of death, they thought their work would be used primarily by physicians. But the project ended up as an interactive tool that would be of interest to medical professionals, elderly patients—and the morbidly curious alike.
The site, ePrognosis.org, displays 16 different methods for determining a person’s chances of dying in the near future. The team designed the site so that doctors could have something better to go on than average life expectancy and intuition when deciding what treatments to recommend for elderly patients. The hope is that a better understanding of life expectancy will help patients and doctors decide on treatments—for instance, sparing a patient with advanced cancer from an invasive procedure for an ailment that likely will never have the chance to become a problem.
The tools aren’t new. Many were publicly available before, or kept behind medical-journal paywalls. But this is the first time so many have been assembled in one place, Read the rest of this entry »