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+ - Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of ordering out for pizza or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.

Acxiom Corp. (ACXM) and LexisNexis are two of the largest data brokers who collect such information on individuals. They say their data are supposed to be used only for marketing, not for medical purposes or to be included in medical records. While both sell to health insurers, they said it’s to help those companies offer better services to members."

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+ - MH370 Was On Autopilot When It Crashed->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan explained that MH370’s “highest probability flight path” was a straight course such as one flown by an aircraft on autopilot. Authorities have not been able to assess the exact point at which autopilot was turned on but believe the Boeing 777 was operating on autopilot from the 1st arc — shortly after MH370 turned south past the tip of Sumatra — to the 7th arc in the southern Indian Ocean. The revelation that autopilot was activated raises further suspicion the plane’s disappearance was a mass atrocity committed by either the captain or copilot of the plane. The theory is also consistent with reports that an official police investigation into the mystery identified the captain as the prime suspect if it is proven human intervention was involved. As the result, the hunt for MH370 will now return near to the original search area. An expert satellite working group has reviewed all existing information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean. The new area is around 1,800 kilometres west of Perth and had previously been subject to an aerial search, which found no debris. This area shall now be scoured underwater."
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Comment: Astronaut James Irwin had a heart attack on moon (Score 5, Interesting) 83

by DanDD (#47312207) Attached to: What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

From Wikipedia on James Irwin :

The astronauts' physiological vital signs were being monitored back on Earth, and the Flight surgeons noticed some irregularities in Irwin's heart rhythms.[9] Irwin's heart had developed bigeminy.[10] Dr. Charles Berry stated to Chris Kraft, deputy director of the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) at the time: "It's serious, [i]f he were on Earth. I'd have him in ICU being treated for a heart attack."[10] Endeavour's cabin atmosphere was 100% oxygen when in space, so it was decided that he was in no serious danger by Dr. Charles Berry.[10] Specifically, "In truth,...he's in an ICU. He's getting one hundred percent oxygen, he's being continuously monitored, and best of all, he's in zero g. Whatever strain his heart is under, well, we can't do better than zero g."

Comment: Re:The Tesla is great but... (Score 1) 143

by DanDD (#38768360) Attached to: See the Tesla S at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)

A hydrogen economy is so far off that it's even more fiction than a Tesla. There are at least two Tesla dealerships in the Denver, Colorado area, and these cars are in fact driving around (at least the Roadsters).

First, hydrogen is just an energy carrier. How are you going to produce this hydrogen?

Second, once you produce hydrogen, how are you going to distribute it around? Replace natural gas? Not for hundreds of years....

If you have the energy to produce hydrogen, why not just use the existing grid? Sure, the US electrical grid needs some TLC, but it is quite functional and is capable of serving a significant number of electric vehicles, especially when charged during off-peak hours. We have no infrastructure to produce and distribute hydrogen on any usable scale.

Comment: Family conflict exposes copyright flaws (Score 1) 411

by DanDD (#38729940) Attached to: A Copyright Nightmare

Money and greed indeed. If it wasn't MLK's family conflict, it would be something else. The point is that copyright is flawed, which just accentuates human flaws.

Instead of serving to distribute the literature and humanity that was MLK, copyright is being used for greed. This is sad, but no big surprise.

Fix copyright and patent laws to protect the individuals that originated the work, and the vultures less. Individuals who are able to create and inspire will continue to do so, and vultures will have to search a little harder for their financial carrion.

Comment: Re:Tolkien's prose (Score 5, Insightful) 505

by DanDD (#38643380) Attached to: JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose

I find it disturbing that you critique LOTR the way you have, yet admit you've not read them. My 10 year old children have read and loved both the Hobbit and LOTR.

Tolkien's prose does assume a higher level of reading comprehension than is common today, this is very clear. Compare any Tolkien to JK Rowling. She tells nice stories, but with such stark simplicity that I find them painfully droll.

Comment: Re:Jobs (Score 4, Informative) 272

by DanDD (#38222282) Attached to: Permafrost Loss Greater Threat Than Deforestation

Permafrost makes it harder to dig, hurting the economy and killing jobs. That's why everyone hates it.

Permafrost gives villages something firm to set buildings and roads on. When the permafrost melts, areas typically turn into a marshy bog. This increases the cost of living, travel, infrastructure, etc. The increased insects increase disease.

If you want to live and work in a bog swarming with bugs, go for it. Perhaps you can explain the benefits to the rather annoyed polar bears, or to all the farmers in Texas, Oklahoma, and most of Colorado and Kansas who will see their land turned into an arid desert.

Comment: Re:Let's have both. (Score 2, Insightful) 202

by DanDD (#37810236) Attached to: Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets

> So, _every year_ we spend about 6 _APOLLO PROGRAMS_ blowing up people that don't even matter to us. We borrow 9 APOLLO PROGRAMS every _year_.

Ahem. Please keep this kind of generalization to yourself. All humans matter to me, especially those that need blowing up. However, I do appreciate your sentiment that our priorities are severely skewed.

Comment: Re:Jobs didn't "steal" anything (Score 1) 1452

by DanDD (#37673794) Attached to: Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

I don't believe Apple paid Xerox in an amicable fashion, regardless, it does seem that you acknowledge that Jobs drew from a wellspring of ideas and success that was not entirely his own.

If Stallman and the FSF people didn't believe we could 'steal' ideas, we'd simply all pirate our software. Instead, we've done something that infuriates the likes of Jobs and Mr. Bill even more - we've written our own.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky