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  1. I would boot it up the ladder.  The only time I have ever completely abdicated responsibility was - in what I see as a similar situation but in business rather than academe - when I uncovered some internal corruption. Things like this can taint the blameless - and sometimes the first person who sticks their head above the parapet gets shot. 

  2. That the individual medical practitioner should, even with suitable training, sometimes would be in a position of seeker of consent, provider of information, confidante/advisor, and executor of the procedure;  it seemed to me that a division of powers was necessary.  Even with an enlightened and purely honourable Doctor the possibility of well-meaning paternalism is difficult to avoid; any latent or subconscious foibles, fears, and preconceptions of the physician would be imparted to the patient even if without knowledge or intent; and that a more robust, external and non-arbitrary system would, importantly shield Doctors from accusations of impartiality and patients from uncertainty / lack of trust in the process they were within. 

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    Moderator Note

    Exactly what Area54 said.  First thing draw a diagram, mark off what you know about the figure, think about what else you can tell, and do make sure you have read the question properly and understand.  If you quickly list you ideas about how to approach then members will help

  4. 8.3Mpix for normal shot + 8.3Mpix one stop below + 8.3 one stop above.  And the phone has variable shutter speed and of course a pseudo ISO - if iso is set to auto I think it changes both, if manually set it changes just speed.  The bracketing is nice for HDR compositing.  To be honest most of the time I use the bog standard app which came with the phone - but you do get nicer results with thrid party apps which let you play with settings ie opencamera

  5. Firstly - the inhumanity that we visit on our fellow man is quite frightful and shaming. 

    From a perspective grounded in English and Welsh Law (and I expect Canadian law will be broadly similar) I would claim that not only is the consent claimed by the hospitals in this case not informed consent but that it was obtained under duress and in circumstances under which true consent cannot be given due to lack of capacity.  I am not sure that this is a good example of informed consent or the lack of it due to the catalogue of malfeasance and malpractice - bullying a woman just post partum like that is criminal.  Lying about outcomes, or reversibility is so wrong that it is no longer an issue of the niceties of medical ethics it is a criminal act

    On your point: consent is not consent unless it is informed - but the important caveat is the information given will, by its very nature, be less than complete from a scientific or medical perspective.  It is the level, detail, and complexity of the information given to the patient which is crucial - and to an extent arbitrary; and whilst something like this is open to a subjective approach it is also open to very wrongful manipulation.  It is why you are sent on courses - it is a difficult and recondite subject with the most important subject matter.  I I took one and audited one other medical ethics courses whilst at law school and touched on it in a course on governance of genetics -  my brother taught medical ethics as a physician to medical students; we had some quite royal arguments on the intersection of the two approaches. 

    I must admit I thought male authorities quest for control over female bodies was a phenomenon of the land to the south of the border - fertility rights are the next big battleground and I thought that was a fight we won in the 60s.  But lets not go off-topic. 

  6. Heaven only knows - it was twenty years ago I was there and I head to the islands most years so lots of place/names/people only poorly remembered.  I would have a note of it somewhere if I could find my map - but very very unlikely

  7. 7 minutes ago, Strange said:

    It is still wrong.

    I think it was just a futile attempt to explain some basic schoolboy physics to you. But you are unwilling/unable to learn so we are still going round in circles.

    If we were going round in circles then it would be a constant angular velocity - but as we are going round in ellipses then it isn't.  :P

  8. 33 minutes ago, CharonY said:

    Yupp. Unfortunately I did not have some of my better panoramas here that I could resize, but that works fine. More regular-sized photos require a fair bit of cropping, it seems. I do dig yours, btw.

    I used to spend hours cropping, warping, and matching to make panoramas.  Now I find that if I take a few pictures with my Android phone Google makes a panorama automatically and asks me if I would like to keep it (and it is really well done).  The Barf panorama is an oldish one - using one of the microsoft tools which took much of the graft out of the job.  It is quite amusing when you realise you are attempting to upload a hundred MB picture to be a cover shot - fired up gimp and lost 399 out of every 400 pixels and it still looks good

  9. 29 minutes ago, Gratiano said:

    Around Heraklion things are better regarding lying... Epimenides would have to recall his statement! ;) The stories you hear probably have to do with Malia, I used to work as a lifeguard 12 years ago there and I can guarantee that the awful stories are true! :D Even during daylight... 

    Why "illegally" stayef? What did you do? Were you condemned for any mathematical fault? ;) Classical era had a lot of land unoccupied, offering spectacular views and intriguing one's imagination, and too many slaves to take care of the boring "daily" matters and hard labour work... thus, ancient greeks had plenty of time to occupy themselves with philosophy and mental work... 

    Maybe not illegal - but dodgy; it was a bit of a shrine and place of pilgrimage for many years as the last hermit who lived there was very revered locally.  But it was clear that the locals had stopped coming regularly so I decided to use it.  Will see if I can dig out my snaps - unfortunately before digi-cameras so many fewer photos taken.


  10. 19 minutes ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

    Kite sails are already in use to propel, or assist in propelling, ships. Some types I believe are in part  inflated.







    They keep on being suggested but I think they are a novelty item rather than a replacement (or even partial replacement) for the motor.  The consensus is that for very small ships they might make a tiny saving in fuel - but would require extra crew/officers (you don't just assume automatic systems will work in the deep ocean), provide a significant extra danger (super hi tension steel wire rope anyone?), and are untested in real world situations.  BTW - my company currently shells out about 30-40000 dollars a day per ship on fuel; we would happily adopt a decent technology which cut 5% off that expense.  It is just that sails/kites don't pass the test that our maritime architects, naval engineers, and master mariners throw at them.  

  11. Haven't been to Crete for many years - the whole island was pretty quiet when i was last there; apparently the area around Heraklion is quite ridiculously busy now.  When I was there it was mainly for people wanting to see Knossos - but now I hear awful stories; almost as bad as Rhodes  

    I stayed (illiegally) for a week in a cave on the coast of Tilos (I think) that had been inhabited on and off for about 3000 years.  It was basically a hermit's cave  which had been walled in the 19th century; it was two hours hard hike from the nearest road and three hours to the nearest shops.   After a while the beauty , isolation, and utter tranquillity allowed the mind to really wander - it became clear how they came up with all these amazing ideas in classical times; space for the mind to be free. 

  12. Delta Aquarids are at peak tonight - if cloud clears look after moon has set


    Late July 2017, before dawn, the Delta Aquariids
    Like the Eta Aquarids in May, the Delta Aquariid meteor shower in July favors the Southern Hemisphere and tropical latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. But these meteors can be seen from around the world. The meteors appear to radiate from near the star Skat or Delta in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer. The maximum hourly rate can reach 15-20 meteors in a dark sky. The nominal peak is around July 27-30, but, unlike many meteor showers, the Delta Aquariids lack a very definite peak. Instead, these medium-speed meteors ramble along fairly steadily throughout late July and early August. An hour or two before dawn usually presents the most favorable view of the Delta Aquariids. At the shower’s peak in late July 2017, the rather faint Delta Aquariid meteors will not have to contend with moonlight, as the waxing crescent moon will set before the midnight hour. But by early August, the waxing gibbous moon will definitely intrude. Best seen in the wee hours before dawn in late July.


  13. 9 minutes ago, studiot said:

    Well spotted.


    I particularly like your alternative. +1

    Without getting too mutually congratulatory - I really liked your write up of the Cavendish Experiment and it was the fact that this had fallen on deaf ears that made me a little waspish

  14. 56 minutes ago, ivylove said:

    Using a space station orbital radius of 4.04 x 10^5 m and 2 km/month orbital decay, the free fall rate of the international space station would be approximately 0.00027 mph.

    Also, it should be:

    "If it was the centripetal force that was causing the weightlessness of the 50 kg astronaut then the angular velocity would be constant"


    Orbiting at a radius of 404km?  - that's a neat trick around a planet with a radius of 6300km.  You mean orbital height

    That measure you give would be the orbital decay - which is caused by friction from the very rarefied atmosphere in the lower orbits.  If anything it is a measure of the tiny amount by which the ISS is not quite in free fall - but the size of the adjustments required mean that we are safe in saying that ISS is in freefall. 

    Alternatively:  Can you not just look up freefall on wikipedia, read that it is the state when the only force acting on an object is gravity, then stop arguing?

  15. 2 hours ago, iNow said:

    In many ways, discussing consciousness and self are like discussing a section of river or waterfall. By the time you point to it, it's no longer where you're pointing. It's changed entirely. I'm on a conference call right now, but will try to return to this thread later if I conceive of a better way to express this point.


    I might claim that consciousness and self are ongoing non-repeating processes - but not linguistically that they must be thought of as verbs

  16. Announcements SFN Upgraded   07/22/17 SFN has been upgraded to IPB version 4. View the announcement for more details, or to report any problems you're experiencing.    Edit Profile    Cover Photo  imatfaal Moderators   See my activity CONTENT COUNT 7740 JOINED September 28, 2010 LAST VISITED  1 minute ago DAYS WON 134 You last won the day on July 27  Congratulations, you had the most liked content! COMMUNITY REPUTATION 2453 Glorious Leader  See reputation activity  Write a public message on your own feed... imatfaal I am changing the way my bike changes gear using my desktop pc - is there a possibility we have become a little silly in our uses of technology?


    Just in case you are missing the button - it is so easy to not see something right in front of one's eyes; the arrow to click is about a third of the way down on the right hand edge of the screen shot. 

    In parallel will investigate if this is a staff only feature or weather it can be unlocked for vveryone

  17. 9 minutes ago, dimreepr said:

    Indeed, a common thread in religions is forgiveness, which is a pretty decent position to hold.

    "Indeed, a common thread in religions is forgiveness, which is would be a pretty decent position to hold; but for some reason very few of them do."  FTFY

    Not even sure how common it is in religions. Xty espouses a weak form but for lots of the others lex talionis applies

  18. On 7/26/2017 at 1:34 PM, studiot said:

    Do I really need to know what swansont is doing every minute of the day?


    The good thing about swansont is that when he has his game face on you can get to know what he is doing every 100 picoseconds of the day - none of this dangerous "60 seconds or so" time-keeping inaccuracy

    11 minutes ago, CharonY said:

    I thought that was the whole purpose of this forum. Well, that and denying ydoaPs a mod position. But we all know how that worked out.

    the ydoaPs thing is just a long term practical joke - the denouement is set for sometime next decade



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