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Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 127

It will probably take a while for a satellite flyover to check. IIRC there is a hyperaccurate GPS on, or near, the summit so that might give us some info. Remember the Himalayas are pretty active with some areas getting as much as 1 cm / yr in vertical displacement.

Obviously, this is not the high priority right now.

Comment: Re:sort of like Antifreeze and pets/wildlife (Score 1) 90

by ColdWetDog (#49551463) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

That stuff is relatively harmless. I'd not suggest using it as an emergency fluid supply for the reasons you and others mention and the fact that propylene glycol is the active ingredient in a number of bowel preparations used to clean the gut completely out before procedures. You'd be sick, nauseated, completely drained and in a world of butt hurt.

But you won't rust.

Comment: Re:Very expensive (Score 2) 277

by ColdWetDog (#49551023) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

They make deep cycle lead acid batteries for (mostly) boats. Typically they last 5-6 years in a marine application and you can drain them to about 10% without problems. Newer controllers are good in that regard. I'm using six deep cycle batteries pulled from various boats as my backup system. They should last for at least another 5 years since they are now warm and dry and not vibrating all of the time. They are also fully recyclable.

Not sure why you'd want to go to a lithium based technology in a stationary application.

Comment: Re:TURNS 25!?!?! (Score 1) 43

by ColdWetDog (#49547263) Attached to: Hubble Turns 25

Not sure what civilization you are referring to, but here in the good ole' US-of-A everyone is primarily concerned about buying beer, their heroin addiction, and gay marriage.

The price of admission for us geeky folks to support the infrastructure responsible for the bread-and-circuses is that they have to throw a little bone (less than 1% of GDP) to things we think are cool. Otherwise we would all be cyberterrorists and commies.

Comment: Re:Higher diagnoses (Score 4, Informative) 33

by ColdWetDog (#49545193) Attached to: MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer

Probably not - at least in this case. They are looking at a specific form of cancer, lymphoma. Lymphomas do span the gamut from being indolent to extremely aggressive, hence the need for accurate diagnosis, but we have a fairly good idea of what the natural history of each subtype is. This system is not designed to mow through a bunch of clinical data and pop out a 'cancer' diagnosis.

That said, TFA is incredibly poorly written. It is anything but clear WHAT information they are using (pathology slides? DNA samples? Chart notes?) and it is most certainly not AI.

While over diagnosing pre clinical cancers is a concern, this particular methodology won't make that worse. In fact, if it actually does work, it might decrease what are essentially false positive diagnoses by linking the testing component to the natural history of the disease (eg, 'this particular cancer is mostly harmless, don't worry about it much').

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 415

by ColdWetDog (#49541573) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

And a wonderful world it is. I have a 500 GB SSD and a 1 TB spinning HD stuffed in my (now aging) 17" MacBook Pro. A wonderful combo for serious work. I might have to look at the Dell when this thing finally dies as Apple has decided that svelte trumps strength and that nobody needs more than 15 inches. Having two drives (or at least 1.5 TB of storage) is going to be a requirement.

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