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Comment Watson is impressive, but requires supervision (Score 1) 150

I think most people are (or would be) impressed at Watson's ability to retrieve data, crunch data and output it into human-understandable information almost instantaneously. I doubt many people would see it is a reliable "last word" in medicine though.

I believe Watson, in practical application, would help solve the human problem of "digging up" the information necessary to produce the best diagnosis and treatments possible. Several years of medical experience, training and keeping up to date with medical sciences is necessary to actually make the best possible decisions. As a result, there's a huge amount of information from many facets of medicine for doctors to parse, much of which can be outside their area of expertise... specialty areas, the latest on break outs, internal medicine, statistics, demographics, new illnesses and so on... This kind of crunching sounds like something Watson can help with. If it can, it could greatly assist doctors of all kinds.

However, Watson will not replace (competent) humans in the actual decision making process. Ultimately, we are far, far, far away from making a question and answer machine that will usurp human judgement (even with all of its flaws). It could offer a valuable second opinion, though... and at the very least could make a great "research assistant".

Comment Re:Probably a good move, regardless of Vat's logic (Score 1) 323

So this is just grandstanding by the Papacy

This is probably less grandstanding and more of just ignorance. It's clear by the statement that Mr. Lombardi didn't understand the intention of the app. If the Vatican understood that the intention is not to confess to the device but to use it as a tool to aid "real" confessions, then maybe their opinion would be different.

On the other hand, it is probably difficult for anyone to come to that conclusion with news headlines reading, "Can the iPhone forgive your sins?" and "Make confessions through your iPhone" etc...

Comment Re:Ah we do need Tin Foil Hats (Score 3, Informative) 287

Well, if you're aim is to INCREASE this synaptic EM phenomenon in your brain, then yes.

For all helmets [made with foil], we noticed a 30 db amplification at 2.6 Ghz and a 20 db amplification at 1.2 Ghz, regardless of the position of the antenna on the cranium. In addition, all helmets exhibited a marked 20 db attenuation at around 1.5 Ghz, with no significant attenuation beyond 10 db anywhere else.

Comment Gender homogeneity (Score 1) 478

The article says that the snake gave birth to a litter of all female snakes, only with a peculiar chromosomal makeup -- WW instead of ZW (female) or ZZ (male).

What I wonder is what the significance of WW is versus ZW, since YY in human terms isn't viable.

I also have to wonder what good this is in nature if all such snakes can produce are female offspring. On at least the surface -- unless asexual reproduction is common -- this be a seemingly not-so-useful adaptation in terms of survival.

Comment Re:This is an absolutely awful article (Score 1) 322

hen there's his explanation that you can't plug a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 2.0 port, and you can't use a 2.0 cable with a 3.0 device, but you can plug 3.0 devices and cables into your 2.0 ports. Uhm, excuse me, but which is it???

3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0 as long as you use a USB 2.0 cable. USB 3.0 cables have longer connectors.

Comment I would prefer it too... (Score 1) 2

Given that any games you download are *expected* to be loaded with DRM. If it weren't for that, I imagine the numbers would be quite different. I feel there's a very disturbing expectation that if you don't have a physical copy, you somehow own it 'less' because some companies try to shame you into feeling like a criminal by default.

Tell people no DRM would be involved and they really *owned* the games they downloaded and try the survey again -- the results would be different.

Comment Wooooooooossssh (Score 1) 89

Unforutnately, it would appear your humor gland is broken.

I am not so sure why the scientists are arguing about how these creatures walked, the agreement on a bipedal Lucy and relatives seems pretty impressive, and meant that our ancestors could run when they hunt the might dinosaur.

ou're about 62 million years off putting these or pretty much any other hominid species alongside real dinosaurs.