open source surgery

Lots of blue screens of death
Photo by synakus

Talk about a blue screen of death.

More than one-fourth of defective implantable medical devices discovered this year were probably the result of bugs in the software used to control them, a group advocating open source software claimed in a report that argues against the use of proprietary code in the life-saving products.

Although the pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and other IMDs, or implantable medical devices, are heavily regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, the source code for their underlying software is deemed the exclusive property of its manufacturers, the Software Freedom Law Center wrote in the report. As a result, doctors and patients are barred from scrutinizing the code for defects that could result in life-threatening conditions. Proprietary software puts pacemaker users at risk • The Register.

And there’s no reboot.


run for cover – not so much

Given the language from AccWeather, you might expect a firestorm: roaring, edging, pummeling, threatening. And just look at the weather map. A red storm with lightning bolt accents.


Dangerous Storms Threaten Midwest
Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:23 AM

Destructive storms roared over the Dakotas, Nebraska and Kansas overnight and will continue edging eastward over the course of the day. Violent thunderstorms will pummel parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, before threatening lives and property in areas farther south and east from Wisconsin and Illinois to Kansas tonight.

[From – Weather News Headlines – Weather News]

But I’m not afraid. I have an emergency radio and an hour’s worth of potable water in the basement. I’m ready.

General The Mundane

lunch at the Leonard Cafe

Lunch at the Leonard Cafe

Originally uploaded by mcmorgan08

From a couple of weeks ago: We picked up a couple of lamb from the Gonvick butcher and Viv scouted for a couple shooting locations. We had to stop at the Leonard Cafe for eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and muffin.

Posted from flickr, just to see how that works.