NHS patients 'forced to watch TV'

Thousands of patients in NHS hospitals are being forced to watch television for up to 15 hours a day… Matt Durcan, an IT specialist, said he complained to staff at North Hampshire Hospital after he was unable to turn off the TV set beside his son’s bed. —NHS patients ‘forced to watch TV’ (BBC) Didn’t these guys user test their design at all? What an insultingly stupid “service”. Thanks, Rosemary.


'Little Prince' author's plane wreck found after 6 decades

Saint-Exupéry disappeared on a solo flight in July 1944 while photographing southern France in preparation for an Allied landing there. Just one year before, the 44-year-old veteran pilot had published The Little Prince, which went on to become one of the best-loved books of all time. —‘Little Prince’ author’s plane wreck found after 6 decades  (CBC News)


Surgeons Who Play Video Games Err Less

Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games…. Rosser has developed a course called Top Gun, in which surgical trainees warm up their coordination, agility and accuracy with a video game before entering the operating room. —Verna Dobink…

With IMs, friends can be foes

Infocom is long gone, but never mind. The original Infocom games are available for download at www.latz.org, and also for free play through AIM. A Web programmer named Andrew Baio has written an “AIM bot” that makes it possible. Bots are simple programs that act like a human being who’s subscribed to an instant messaging program. Hundreds of such bots have been written; America Online, for instance has its Safety…