A quick hat-tip from ACEP weekend review:

Medication reconciliation rule on hold

Based on comments from ACEP and others, the Joint Commission is taking another look at its National Patient Safety Goal requiring medication reconciliation by emergency physicians. This goal will not be scored during reviews until at least July 2011, when revised language should be in place.


Some sanity exists in this world.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was written in 1998 to protect digital intellectual property, and forbids most attempts to bypass digital security measures.  Every 3 years, the Library of Congress has the ability to create exceptions to the DMCA, thereby legalizing cracking Digital Rights Management.

Excerpt and Link from Ars Technica:

This time, the Library went (comparatively) nuts, allowing widespread bypassing of the CSS encryption on DVDs, declaring iPhone jailbreaking to be “fair use,” and letting consumers crack their legally purchased e-books in order to have them read aloud by computers.

via Apple loses big in DRM ruling: jailbreaks are “fair use”.

The linked post has a great summary.  But the key point has to do with the iPhone, most notably… jailbreaking is officially legal.

Internet credibility is a major problem, and while veterans of the internet understand that not everything on the web is credible, that is something that is not always clear to those who are relatively new to the World Wide Web.  Ars Technica reviews a study reviewing the internet behaviors of college freshman, and relates some troubling findings:

The researchers observed 102 college freshmen performing searches on a computer for specific information—usually with Google, but also making use of Yahoo, SparkNotes, MapQuest, Microsoft we assume this means Bing, Wikipedia, AOL, and Facebook. Most students clicked on the first search result no matter what it was, and more than a quarter of respondents said explicitly that they chose it because it was the first result. “In some cases, the respondent regarded the search engine as the relevant entity for which to evaluate trustworthiness, rather than the Web site that contained the information,” wrote researchers Eszter Hargittai, Lindsay Fullerton, Ericka Menchen-Trevino, and Kristin Yates Thomas.

Only 10 percent of the participants mentioned the author or authors credentials when performing their research, and according to screen captures of those students, “none actually followed through by verifying either the identification or the qualifications of the authors.” The researchers said this was the case even when the student stated directly that he or she should check to see who the authors were and what their qualifications were.

via Students trust high Google search rankings too much.

I found this article interesting, particularly from the eye of a statistician.  Particularly since some of the same problems that results for “meta-analysis” studies are actually reflected in this articles, which deals with the aggregation of Video Game reviews.  In many ways, we see that the problems are similar to the weakness in a meta-analysis study.  Namely, different studies (or in this case, reviewers) have different purposes and designs to how they evaluate something, and trying to put them all together in a nice simple number is just, well, too simplifying.

Linked below for reference.

The world of game reviews is often difficult to navigate. Everyone uses different scores, and a large emphasis is placed on the single score given to games by Metacritic, a review-aggregation site. Metacritic uses a scale of 1 to 100 for reviews, a figure calculated by averaging multiple scores. What comes out after that averaging is seen as something akin to a gold standard for judging the quality of a game. Weve been asked numerous times why were not included in the game rankings given by Metacritic: our reviews arent linked from the site, and were not included in the final uber-score. Thats by design.

via Game reviews on Metacritic: why we avoid inclusion.

Because I am now a homeowner and worry about my lawn, although not today (it’s pouring).  Anyway, some clips below and the full link is included.

1. Mow Less Often

Keep grass tall to improve soil’s moisture retention (translation: you don’t have to mow as often as you probably are!). “Raise your mower’s blade to three, even four, inches from now until right after Labor Day,” says Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual. Taller grass shades soil and blocks weeds like crabgrass from getting sustenance and poking though your luscious lawn. “If crabgrass gets light, it will germinate,” he adds.

2. Leave Grass Clippings On the Lawn

Instead of spending time raking up the clippings left over after you mow, leave them there. They’ll break down and return precious nutrients to the soil. And you won’t need to add as much fertilizer as usual. Better yet, use a mulching mower, which fertilizes the lawn the natural way. It minces cuttings into pieces so small they can still be left on the ground, where they eventually decompose. Just by leaving clippings on the lawn, you’re basically fulfilling 25 percent of its fertilizer requirements.

via 5 Shortcuts to a Perfect Lawn – DIY Life.

A fascinating article about user “fingerprinting.”  Basically it looks at the way you have your computer and browser setup in order to “profile” your activity on the web.  It has nothing to do with cookies, and the more you customize your settings (presumably to prevent identification) the more unique you become (at least until everyone does it).

Anyway, a great read.

You’re concerned about your online privacy, and you do all the right things to keep from being tracked around the Web: purge your cookies regularly, clean out Flash “supercookies,” even switch to browsers like Browzar, which lets you “search and surf the web without leaving traces on your computer.” Doesn’t matter—your browser is giving you away.

via How your Web browser rats you out online.

How to Quit Facebook Without Actually Quitting Facebook – Facebook – Lifehacker.

A quick link, a bookmark really.  I probably will go through with this soon.

Very, very cool.   Plan to update the post with commentary a bit later.

Ars Technica – Nobel Intent – Engineering bacteria for environmental cleanup.

A nice guide on Google Voice can be sometimes hard to find.  Posting this so I can refer people to it later:  From Android Central.

What exactly IS Google Voice?

Think of Google Voice as your own personal switchboard.  You give someone the 10-digit number Google assigns to your Google Voice account, and when they call that number, it rings on your phone.  Or phones.  Or the one phone you specify.  Oh, it has has a killer voice mail system too.I know what youre thinking, and yes, its very cool.  Thanks, Google.Its also a free service, but check with your phone company and mobile provider to make sure you know of any fees they have for call forwarding. Also, for now Google Voice is for US customers only.  Were all waiting for Google to open things up for the rest of the world, heres hoping its soon.

via Getting started with Google Voice | Android Central.

Plants vs Zombies Music Video

Ok, sometimes I’m late finding things on the web (especially on Youtube), but this music is so fun I have to share. The Plant vs Zombies game is really a great game as well, for those of you with iPhones/iPod Touches (I’ve never played the computer version).