We can think of a lot of
info we'd like to be able to get by text -- stock market updates, sports scores, even mash notes. But being notified of
a relative's death by the impersonal flash of a text message across our phone's screen has got to be one of the worst
uses we've heard of for SMS technology. But that, apparently, is what a hospital in Ceske Budejovice, in the Czech
Republic, is doing. OK, they're not sending out text messages saying "Hi! Yr uncl is ded." But they come
pretty close: the hospital sends text messages asking family members to call a special number, where they're told the
actual news. Local ethics officials call the practice "absolutely inadmissible," but the hospital defends it
as being a fast and modern way to communicate with relatives.