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Comment: Re:Health Care/Social Plan To Fix Everything... (Score 5, Insightful) 572

by Howzer (#28435577) Attached to: US Open Government Initiative Enters Phase Three

Of course you're describing exactly the system that the US has already. How clever of you.

Except you've omitted one tiny fact: the US system costs the US government (and thus US taxpayers) approximately 4 TIMES MORE per citizen than socialized systems, and the quality of care is demonstrably lower.

You don't do socialized medicine because it's kinder to poor people (although it is)
You don't do socialized medicine because it creates a healthier and more productive population (although it does)
You don't do socialized medicine because it removes the profit motive (i.e. denial of care) from the healthcare equation (although it helps to do this)

You do socialized medicine because it's cheaper.

Anyone who tells you that socialized medicine is more expensive, and/or will lead to a poorer standard of care, either works for a US insurance company, or is willfully ignoring all the evidence from every other industrialized 1st world country, or, like you I suspect, is just a fsckwit.

Comment: Answers for you (Score 1) 931

by Howzer (#26586283) Attached to: A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

>>Can a teacher ask a student not to retain knowledge?

No, that's a stupid question. To be more specific: yes a teacher can "ask", but what possible good would it do?

>>How does IP law relate to teaching and sharing knowledge?

It doesn't, unless there is a contract between you and the institution. Is there? That thing you signed when you became a student, perhaps?

>>Whose property are those notes?

Yours, unless you agreed before the class started that you wouldn't keep any notes you made.

Why is this stuff "hard" or even "interesting"?

Comment: Novels rarely make good movies (Score 1) 396

by Howzer (#25923123) Attached to: New Asimov Movies Coming

Novels rarely make good movies, mostly because they are simply too long and involved.

The good movies that come from novels are (almost always) films where the director has told a different story with the characters/setting of the novel. This is why we use the word "adaption" when talking about novel -> film.

Lord of the Rings is a classic example. It's (thank god) not the novels. Master and Commander is another excellent adaption, again, it's not any one of the 20 novels, but rather an independent story within that "universe". Blade Runner is another good adaption -- yet again the story being told is not the novel.

If there was a report saying an Asimov short story was being developed, I'd whoop for joy.

But color me skeptical that either of these will be anything other than I, Robot all over again.

Biotech

SenseCam Aids Patients with Memory Problems 78

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the man-i-could-use-that dept.
Ponca City, We Love You writes "A small digital camera developed by Microsoft Research could boost memory in people with dementia and possibly mild forms of Alzheimer's disease. SenseCam is worn around the neck and automatically takes a wide-angle, low-resolution photograph every 30 seconds. It contains an accelerometer to stabilize the image and reduce blurriness, and it can be configured to take pictures in response to changes in movement, temperature, or lighting. An entire day's events can be captured and downloaded onto a PC where software converts the pictures into a short movie displaying the images at up to 10 frames per second, to allow patients to view a day's events in a few minutes to jolt their memory. "Not only does SenseCam allow people to recall memories while they are looking at the images, which in itself is wonderful, but after an initial period of consolidation, it appears to lead to long-term retention of memories over many months, without the need to view the images repeatedly," says neuropsychologist Emma Berry."

Ask the MMOG Money Traders 239

Posted by Zonk
from the how-much-for-that-sword-in-the-window dept.
Late yesterday, Sparter Inc. announced the Gamer2Gamer virtual currency trading platform. The goal: to provide a secure currency trading environment for players of Massively Multiplayer Online Games. Rather than purchasing currency outright, the goal of the project is to cut out the middleman and (implicitly) the gold-farming consortiums that supply larger for-pay sites. We were contacted by a representative from the company before the release went out, looking to speak with the Slashdot community about the service. In his words, the folks at Gamer2Gamer "are devoted gamers themselves and are well aware that not everyone will like the idea -- but we think plenty of folks will like a world where Real Money Transfer is workable and unintrusive." And so, you get the chance today to put the hard questions to them. One question per comment, please, and we'll pass on the best of the lot to be answered as soon as possible. Update: 06/14 17:58 GMT by Z : Howzer points out that there is an extensive FAQ on the service, that you can use as a springboard for questions.

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