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Comment: Re:sounds like a job for (Score 1) 222

by Scottingham (#48039451) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records
Oh wow! Thanks for the info! I'm not a Google fanboi by any stretch. I use them more as the most plausible stand-in for my idealized tech company. One that could realize my ultimate dream of a computationally socialist society. In other words, a computer mediated means of allocating resources and services (though not exclusively...a capitalist consumer-driven economy would still be necessary...think basic income vs government housing). We are soooo far away from anything like that today, but I still think it's a laudible goal to get corruptible, short sighted, and narrow minded humans out of the loop ASAP. Admittedly, it's all predicated on very cheap energy and exponentially improving computers/robotics.

Comment: Re:sounds like a job for (Score 3, Funny) 222

by Scottingham (#48039003) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records
You say that with snark (I think) but I have a feeling that GoogleHealth would be far superior to anything offered by today's private shit. Though you'd likely have to watch Ads while in traction, or in the waiting room etc...

Considering that it is the informational infrastructure of a hospital system that is the weak point, not the care itself, Google is clearly pretty damn good at that.

AppleMed on the other hand would suck. Have fun paying 3x for premium couture band-aids. They'd likely excel in plastic surgery.

Comment: MDMA Demand (Score 2) 68

by Scottingham (#48026717) Attached to: Analyzing Silk Road 2.0
It seems that this is pretty good proof that there is a demand for reputable MDMA. Perhaps the club scene would be safer if there were less mystery powders claiming to be "Molly". If the dosage was known steps could be taken to provide the most fun for the least amount of harm (it sure as hell isn't harmless).

It's also purportedly good for therapy too. I plan to get some for my parents on their 50th anniversary.

Comment: Sad this thread is 3/4 Trolls (Score 1) 26

by Scottingham (#48002767) Attached to: 3D Bioprinter Creates "Living Bandage" Skin Grafts For Burn Victims
As a motorcycle rider, I welcome this awesome advancement in bio-3d printing. Wake Forest is also doing some incredible stuff with this technology. I'm hoping they can use the superior 3d printing capabilities of stereo-lithography to create a super-detailed biomesh that can later have cells grafted onto it. Currently we have to strip off the cells of a donor organ to get the structure then put the patient's cells in a slurry over that. While that is still amazing, creating the scaffolding is the next big ticket.

Comment: Re:Its not the CFL/LED (Score 1) 596

by Scottingham (#48002405) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
Now there's an interesting idea! I'd also like to see in-lamp support for multiple LED types...Like a 'night mode' that puts out orange-red spectrum light. Of course, you'd need custom LEDs to work with this type of lamp. If you could make it work then you'd have some pretty decent lock-in. Possibly allow for the straight LEDs from the manufacturer plug straight in (heat issues would have to be addressed somehow around that socket).

This is sounding more and more like a nerd's dream lamp but nobody elses :-\

Comment: Pretty innovative...easy to mass produce. (Score 4, Insightful) 268

by Scottingham (#47989391) Attached to: IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC
TFA is pretty poorly written, but the pictures are pretty awesome. IMHO the biggest innovation here is the use of those circular mirrors veruses some custom curved mirror that pretty much all existing parabolic-type solar arrays had used. These can be mass produced super cheaply so replacement is more about fixing individual components versus chucking the whole array. They are also likely able to fine tune each mirror to guide the sun towards the center the best. I wonder if they could actively change via computer control. The actual PV section is also pretty smart, as it is a relatively smaller footprint than unamplified PV arrays. Hopefully that'd translate to few materials and lower costs. These always bring up more questions What about stray reflections? Could they blind people or melt cars if placed in a parking lot (like the example given in TFA) What is the lifespan of those solar arrays if they're getting blasted with such high amounts of light. How fast would they fail if the coolant system ran out? Would it fail catastrophically?

Comment: Re:anarchists cookbook? (Score 2) 404

by Scottingham (#47985507) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
I was going to say pretty much this.

I remember reading it when I was 13 thinking 'Mix bleach and ammonia together on the stove on high heat? Yeah fucking right!' Of course, for everybody that had enough sense to see that it was clearly dangerous without any actual proof/background behind their choices there were probably four people who tried it.

Of course, I did end up making napalm and lighting it in my backyard!
Mom coming home early from work seeing a 15ft high flame with a column of black smoke 100s of feet in the air: IS THAT A GREASE FIRE?!?!
Mom: Salt puts it out!
*salt does nothing*

We eventually snuffed it out with a pan lid. It was pretty stupid of me in and learn (if you still live).

Comment: Event Scheduling (Score 1) 137

by Scottingham (#47975399) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail
The only legit reason I continue to use Facebook is that it is good for keeping track of upcoming events (parties, concerts, etc). G+ did not have any comparable feature. If it did, and did so cleanly without all the other FB-esque trash that went along with it, I'm sure many (of at least my)people would have dumped FB.

Comment: Brain in a jar! (Score 1) 478

Personally, I'd like to survive long enough to be able to extract my brain and place it into a self-contained support system. It'd of course have to have a substantial sensory input/output system to allow me to interact with my 'surroundings' ie a networked virtualized world. I think this is the only realistic way to 'download' your consciousness to a machine. The brain is simply too complex to abstract to a computer...why not just preserve and support the brain itself? It'd solve all the strange philosophical problems of consciousness transfer and whatnot.

There's nothing requiring breaking the laws of physics for this to work. Obviously it is technologically quite a ways away from today. Given that we're accelerating our technology at an exponential rate, I don't think it is totally out of the realm of possibility that it could be available within the next 50-70 years. It'd certainly cut down on energy/space requirements for me (and possibly billions others), and also allow me to 'live forever'...kinda.

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison