Electronic health records: A ‘clunky’ transition – Arthur Allen – POLITICO.com

The government-led transformation of health information is driving doctors to distraction, igniting nurse protests and crushing hospitals under debt.

Most health care professionals accept the inevitability of going electronic and see its value. But they have a message for the administration’s multibillion-dollar push: not so fast.

via Electronic health records: A ‘clunky’ transition – Arthur Allen – POLITICO.com.

 

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey thinks 30 frames per second is ‘a failure’ | PC Gamer

Developers offer plenty of reasons for 30 frames per second in blockbuster games, but Palmer Luckey isn’t having a bar of it. According to the Oculus Rift founder not only is it inexcusable in virtual reality, but even consoles and onscreen PC games shouldn’t be let off the hook.“For VR you need much higher frame rate than you need on a typical screen,” Luckey told LinusTechTips. “60 frames per second is definitely enough. You see huge improvements up to 90 and 120hz, and even beyond that you can see small improvements.”While 60 frames per second is sufficient, Luckey thinks much higher frame rates will become the norm for VR gaming. “Virtual reality is going to need much higher frame rates than consoles,” he said. “Although even for consoles or traditional PC games I don’t think 30 frames per second is smart. It’s not a good artistic decision, it’s a failure.”

via Oculus founder Palmer Luckey thinks 30 frames per second is ‘a failure’ | PC Gamer.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXCLUSIVE! People Who Illegally Trade in Antiquities Commit Other Crimes!

The Banteay Chhmar temple was famous for its wall carvings. Looters hacked one wall into pieces. PHOTOGRAPH BY KRIS LEBOUTILLIER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE
The Banteay Chhmar temple was famous for its wall carvings. Looters hacked one wall into pieces. PHOTOGRAPH BY KRIS LEBOUTILLIER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Most countries have laws prohibiting the plundering of sites and the export of their stolen cultural heritage, but wealthy collectors and other buyers continue to purchase looted artifacts, often viewing the trade as “a victimless crime,” Mackenzie says.

But several studies, both ongoing and published, link antiquities traffickers to a range of serious crimes, including corruption, money laundering, prostitution, and the smuggling of drugs and endangered wildlife. Moreover, new evidence from Afghanistan and Iraq suggests that artifact smuggling networks are closely connected with violent insurgents.

via New Evidence Ties Illegal Antiquities Trade to Terrorism, Violent Crime.

Aniruddh Chaturvedi’s answer about American Culture foreigners don’t believe until they come to America – Quora

An almost-classless society

I’ve noticed that most Americans roughly have the same standard of living.

Everybody has access to ample food, everybody shops at the same supermarkets, malls, stores, etc. I’ve seen plumbers, construction workers and janitors driving their own sedans, which was quite difficult for me to digest at first since I came from a country where construction workers and plumbers lived hand to mouth.

Also, (almost) all sections of society are roughly equal. You’ll see service professionals owning iPhones, etc. as well. This may be wrong but part of it has to do with the fact that obtaining credit in this country is extremely easy. Anybody can buy anything, for the most part, except for something like a Maserati, obviously. As a result, most monetary possessions aren’t really status symbols. I believe that the only status symbol in America is your job, and possibly your educational qualifications. — via (352) Aniruddh Chaturvedi’s answer to American (U.S.) Culture, Habits, and Behavior: What facts about the United States do foreigners not believe until they come to America? – Quora.

It’s undeniably true.

8 Myths About The Super Rich – Business Insider

1. The world’s wealthiest inherited all their money

This is a misconception. 65% of the world’s UHNW individuals are self-made, with a further 16% having only partly inherited their wealth, before going off to make their own fortunes. In other words, only 19% of the world’s UHNW population has fully inherited its wealth.

In terms of fortunes, we also see that UHNW individuals with inherited wealth also have the lowest average net worth of US$130 million, as opposed to US$142 million for self-made UHNW individuals. Even for the world’s 2,170 billionaires, 60% have made their fortunes themselves, with a further 20% being classified as inheritance/self-made. — via 8 Myths About The Super Rich – Business Insider.

Dem Senators bring verbal pen-knife to verbal gunfight with George Will « Hot Air

A careful reading of Will’s full editorial would show that he was essentially making two points. First, the “math” being cited to define the number of sexual assaults taking place was unfit for a 3rd grade Common Core tutorial. Second, Will noted that expanding and inflating the definition of sexual assaults to include micro-agressions – such as a boy staring for too long at a young coed with a low cut blouse – would tend to dilute the pool of actual assaults and diminish the seriousness of the real problem. — via Dem Senators bring verbal pen-knife to verbal gunfight with George Will « Hot Air.

IRS lost emails by official in tea party probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year. — via IRS lost emails by official in tea party probe.

I hate coming off angry here, but the IRS lost nothing.  This is a lie to cover up the original crime.