so much of his time was spent not treating the patients, but merely recording their medical information—a tedious but necessary part of containing an epidemic that has now claimed an estimated 10,000 lives. Due to the risk of contamination, he would take notes on paper, walk the paper to the edge of the enclosure, shout the information to someone on the other side of a fence, and later destroy the paper. “The paper can’t come out of the high-risk zone,” he says.
Looking for a better way, he phoned Ivan Gayton, a colleague at the MSF home office in London. Gayton calls himself a logistician. He helps the organization get stuff done. In 2010, he tracked down someone at Google who could help him use its Google Earth service to map the locations of patients during a cholera epidemic in Haiti. As part of its charitable arm, google.org, the tech giant runs a “crisis response team” that does stuff like this. So, after talking to Achar, Gayton phoned Google again, and the company responded with a new piece of tech: a computer tablet that could replace those paper notes and all that shouting over the fence.
uTorrent was at one time one of the better torrent clients. It seems like more and more software companies are trying to monetize their software by sneaking unauthorized software onto our PCs to make them work for a 3rd party rather than the owner.
Many users of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent are complaining about it silently installing a cryptocurrency miner with a recent update. The Epic Scale tool, which slows down host computers, is reportedly being installed without consent and for some is particularly hard to remove.
With well over 150 million active users a month uTorrent is by far the most used BitTorrent client around.
The application brings in revenue through in-app advertising and also presents users with “offers” to try out third-party software when installed or updated.
These offers are usually not placed on users’ machines without consent, but this week many users began complaining about a “rogue” offer being silently installed.
The complaints mention the Epic Scale tool, a piece of software that generates revenue through cryptocurrency mining. To do so, it uses the host computer’s CPU cycles.
This isn’t unexpected, since Glass has seen more ridicule than acceptance. It looks like anyone who bought one won’t have much if any new software coming their way, but I assume existing functionality will continue to work.
Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear.
The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form.
Instead it will focus on “future versions of Glass” with work carried out by a different division to before.
The Explorer programme, which gave software developers the chance to buy Glass for $1,500 (£990) will close.
The programme was launched in the United States in 2013. It was then opened up to anyone and was launched in the UK last summer.
It had been expected that it would be followed reasonably quickly by a full consumer launch.
From next week, the search firm will stop taking orders for the product but it says it will continue to support companies that are using Glass.
WASHINGTON — An 18-month congressional investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s mistreatment of conservative political groups seeking tax exemptions has failed to show coordination between agency officials and political operatives in the White House, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Once again, Republicans are shown to either be intentionally lying, or to be paranoid. They obviously project their bad intentions onto others.
Pakistan’s civilian and military and leaders vowed to eliminate terrorists a day after 132 students were slaughtered, signaling a move to combat a Taliban movement it has periodically fought and talked to.
“No difference will be made between good and bad Taliban,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told reporters today after meeting leaders of the country’s main political parties in Peshawar, where the attack occurred that killed 148 people, most of them students. “We all pledged to fight terrorism until the last terrorist is eliminated from our soil.”
It looks like Pakistan is ready to stop sheltering terrorists. We’re lucky that terrorists are so stupid that they’re willing to make everyone hate them, leading to their own demise.
(CNN) — Russian authorities are failing to protect gay people from persecution and are not prosecuting the perpetrators of a growing number of homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
Its report calls for a July 2013 anti-gay propaganda law to be repealed, saying many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people interviewed for the report had noticed an increase in persecution since last year.
It would be nice if Russia could make some progress on human rights like we have. It looks like they’ve decided to go in another direction. Cave men.
I’m not generally for blocking people, but there are several deranged subcultures on Twitter that have nothing but hate and derp to contribute to any conversation.
Darren Wilson screwed up badly, took a life, and should have been prosecuted, but no one should have to live in fear of a revenge killing.
(CNN) — Darren Wilson has lived in the shadows for nearly four months, changing residence from house to house, spending spare time in dark movie theaters, in hopes he won’t be spotted.
But he has not sneaked around alone. He has had protectors.
Fellow officers have been by his side day and night, as deadly threats have driven the former Ferguson police officer into hiding, after he shot unarmed teen Michael Brown in August.
I’ve been through severe clinical depression myself, so was horrified that Robin couldn’t imagine the light at the end of the tunnel like I could, but his decision makes a lot more sense to me knowing he knew he was going to lose his mind.
LOS ANGELES — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide, his wife said Thursday.
In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson’s diagnosis when he was found dead earlier this week. Authorities said the actor-comedian’s death was suicide.
For no particular reason—or for a reason I can not articulate right now—I want to share something with you.
At the end of the Civil War, when the United States was considering selling homesteads to black freedman, some number of white Southerners decided to turn to fraud. Whites would sell them painted sticks claiming that gave them possession of a particular parcel of land. They’d also sell them “deeds” to the land.
One such deed reads as follows:
Know all men by these presents, that a naught is a naught, and a figure is a figure; all for the white man and none for the nigure. And whereas Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so also have I lifted this damned old nigger out of four dollars and six bits. Amen. Selah!
Given under my hand and seal at the Corner Grocery in Granby, some time between the birth of Christ and the death of the devil.
The recipient of this deed was a black man who could not read. His money was taken, and then he was mocked. The mockery is almost a show of cause. His illiteracy is a weakness and that weakness makes him worthy of contempt and suitable for plunder.
When I was a child in West Baltimore it was a hobby to jump people who’d somehow wandered through your neighborhood. But you could not jump them for the hell of it—even if that’s what you were actually doing. You had to make up some fraudulent reason for plunder—“Yo, ain’t that the dude that was messing with your cousin?” or some other nakedly false show of cause. We could not accept the fact we were behaving thuggishly, that we had embraced villainy. Even in total cowardice we had to make ourselves heroic.
I learned this. It was not natural to me. I was a tender boy, until I wasn’t. And then I learned to despise weakness and to mask that contempt behind narrative and myth.