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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 420

This is complicated by the fact that some human drivers do not even know themselves, what they intend to do. So how should a computer control system be able to anticipate what a human driver intends to do, when the human drivers don't even know themselves?

This is Google we're talking about. If anyone can do it, it's them.

First thought: use facial recognition against their Google Street View database to positively identify the individual. Then pull up all their online activities and generate a psychological profile of how aggressive a driver they are. Then compare that profile to others in the past as well as that individual in the past to predict what they are going to do next.

Comment Re:Business and Bitcoin? What could go wrong? (Score 1) 67

I have some US dollars. Let's say $100,000.

If I wanted to hold that much in Bitcoins, what is the recommended way? Not in a central bank, because I need to control my wallet.

But on my computer? How do I prove that a virus in a flash add on a website doesn't break in and start reading local data looking for a bitcoin wallet?

Offline, burnt on a CD/DVD? Do I need to worry about bitrot? How do I prevent that?

Comment Re:I'd choose billing. (Score 2) 311

The problem of billing is multi-factorial.

1 - The hospital has to spread out the cost of the device, upkeep, and personnel over all patients that use the device.
2 - The hospital negotiates a payment with insurance companies. This has to be lower or the same as for uninsured patients. If the hospital low-balls what they charge uninsured patients, all insurance companies will get the lower rate.
3 - The hospital negotiates with the insurance companies every year or so. If they don't come up with an agreement, the hospital becomes "out of network" and a higher percentage of the bill goes to the patient.

This leads to hospitals charging 3-5x for uninsured patients what they charge to insurance companies. As a patient, you can call up the hospital billing and see if the charge can be lowered or waived. They are surprisingly negotiable at times.

Comment Re:... no one is paying for that (Score 1) 296

And when Windows 7 is no longer getting security updates? What then?

Might as well slowly start looking into other options.

I was a MS Windows fan since win386 days. I chose Ubuntu in 2005. When Ubuntu messed up their desktop UI, I switched to Linux Mint (and OS X on a Apple laptop).

Maybe staying with one desktop OS for your entire life limits you a bit?

P.S. So much easier to be on non-Microsoft OSs now than it was a decade ago. So many things are either web-based or cross-platform. I haven't used wine or virtualbox in well over a year.

Comment Re:High Risk + Low Success = High Cost (Score 1) 245

Sorry to hear about your experience regarding your mom.

That's the problem with oncologists. They peddle in hope, rather than reality.

It's a double-edged sword, really. If they say there's nothing to do and it's best to just keep her comfortable, some patients and families will think they're giving up. On the other hand, if they go all-in and keep doing round after round of therapies, some families will feel they are milking the situation.

Better to ask the patient's primary care physician their opinion. If they are board certified in Internal Medicine, they should have a general idea of cure rates for most standard cancers. They're also a disinterested third party.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

Yes, but sometimes you get fooled.

I rear-ended someone once. The velocity was slow enough that it was barely a scratch on either of our bumpers, but it still shakes me years later when I think about it.

I was driving in an ice storm down a slight grade and saw the car ahead of me and hit the brakes. I then promptly slid for several car lengths before hitting him. (I was smart to just slam the breaks and let the car's anti-lock breaking system figure out what to do. You start second-thinking the ABS and pump the breaks and you end up sliding a lot more.)

Comment Higher priorities (Score 1) 191

Apple should have higher priorities than force touch.

For instance, make a power-on button that works for more than a couple years.

Last three iPhones my wife and I bought had the power switch become less responsive (requiring heavy pressure to register) after about three years.

Or, of course, just expect everyone to throw away their phones in 2 years. That seems to be what everyone does, anyway.

A university faculty is 500 egotists with a common parking problem.