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Submission + - Watson Pwns the best players in Jeopardy (

ShooterNeo writes: Watson takes the competition to the cleaners this round. The elegant part about it is that IBM has 'solved' the Jeopardy problem. As long as they save the software for this machine, they can win any Jeopardy match given anytime, anywhere.

What use is Watson? IBM hopes the same technology will be able to analyze patient medical files and pattern match with vast storehouses of medical information. The main reason objection to Nurse Practioners acting as primary care physicians is that they lack the education and experience to identify less common illnesses.

The most accurate method today for diagnosing a heart attack is not a top cardiologist but instead a static mathematical formula based on key syptoms. Sophisticated learning alogorithms on a supercomputer would be far superior to this, and would make possible for health care providers everywhere to diagnose patients correctly.

Submission + - Dutch pair tows rocket with private submarine (

ShooterNeo writes: So these Dutch blokes are about to test out their hand built sub-orbital rocket that they are towing to the launch site using a private submarine they also built. I don't even know what to say about the pure epicness of that. Shame these aren't the kids of a billionaire, can't even imagine what they could do then.

Submission + - The Fundamental Design Fault of Windows Vista

ShooterNeo writes: In their haste to clone features from Apple, and to add new useless features to lure in users, Microsoft forgot why their operating system has economic value in the first place.

First, the delays. There is no technical reason why an operating system cannot respond essentially instantaneously to user input on any computer hardware newer than 2000. It is feasible, using vector graphics, to make control panels, menus, file directories, and other common tasks respond to user input in under 100 milliseconds. An operating system designed for productivity would do this.

Second, Windows has always been valuble because of backwards compatibility. Choosing to mostly give up this goal in Vista destroys the value of windows. Microsoft should support backwards compatibility for any application ever created. A virtual machine that uses a copy of the actual version of windows or DOS the application was written for would make this goal feasible.

User Access Control is yet another collosal blunder. Microsoft should have used virtualization to maintain backwards compatibility and to prevent malicious applications from causing real damage.


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