Linky Friday #82
[E2] Even hermits need to have good people skills, if they want to go pro.
[E3] Employee loyalty isn’t just unrewarded, it’s actively penalized.
[E5] How men and women approach posted job requirements. It was only chance that I didn’t approach it the way that women seem to, and decided to just kinda go for it. It’s definitely something I hope to pass on to Lain.
[H1] Olga Khazan investigates why there are so few rural doctors. Not much that I disagree with there, though if we are interested in creating more rural physicians, we don’t need to know why physicians as a whole don’t want to move to ruralia. We need to find out (a) what’s stopping those least averse to it, and (b) how we can get more people who might be interested in it into medical schools and residencies. Throw in there that some physicians may be dealing with assumptions that about ruralia that are not actually in evidence. (link via Saul)
[H2] Avik Roy is taking on the herculean task of trying to convince conservatives to reform and build on PPACA, rather than insist on repealing it.
[H3] “The Match”, which matches prospective residents with programs, is undergoing an overhaul.
[H4] It’s often assumed that one of the reasons that health care costs are as high as they are is because we incentivize more – rather than better – care in how we compensate doctors. An experiment with pharmaceuticals demonstrates that it’s more complicated than that.
[H5] Maybe we kind of want our surgeons to be… the way that stereotypical surgeons are.
[P1] From James Hanley: Against empathy.
[P2] Isolation is unhealthy. But unhealthy relationships are also unhealthy. So what to do?
[P3] MIT’s Technology Review interviews Joseph LeDoux on attempts to understand and tinker with human memory.
[P4] The efficiency of negativity.
[P5] From Chris: Is apathy contagious? A new study suggests that for some people it can be. But who really cares, ya know?
[P6] From Chris: When people are hungry, they’re less generous than when they’re sated. The hungery people remain less generous than the sated people (though more generous than the were before) if they eat something after fasting. The implication, of course, is that people are more generous when they don’t have immediate needs. This seems obvious (I mean, it’s Maslow, basically), but I’m not sure anyone had ever actually demonstrated it empirically.
[S2] There’s also a new iPhone coming out at some point in the relatively near future, which means that current iPhones areabout to get slower.
[S3] The Great Smartphone War, and how we got here.
[S4] Allison P Davis is frustrated at her inability to mooch a charge for her phone. I would just point out that with a Samsung and a spare battery, this isn’t an issue.
[S6] I get that smartphone theft is lucrative for the carriers and handset producers, but the most apparent solution would likely involve cracking down on all reselling, which is a cure worse than the disease.
[S7] After spending a week on the cell phone to end all cell phones in 2004, Ashley Feinberg reports that it actually kind of sucks. Good battery life, though.
[A1] A federal bill wants to restrict gun advertising “to children” on the same basis that cigarette advertising to children is banned. Eugene Volokh explains that there are differences.
[A2] The drought situation, in maps and images.
[A3] Know what Detroit needs? Detroit needs goats.
[A4] Why I find the precautionary principle so offensive. Whenever anyone trots it out, I consider it along the lines of extraordinary scientific claims, that they require extraordinary evidence. You want me to respond with the force of law to something in order to prevent a tragedy, I need some pretty compelling evidence that the something in question is an actual problem/threat.
[W1] From James Hanley: Who wouldn’t be interested in Traffic Zebras in Bolivia?
[W2] The Economist looks at the costs of foreign aid, to the recipient nation.
[W4] io9 delivers up the story of some interesting micronations.