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Comment What's the wide-spread use of Watson for medicine? (Score 1) 53

Throwing out the idea that this is going to make radiologists jobs and half of their depended employed medical-field co-worker obsolete is kind of far fetched IMHO. I've lived in some pretty big urban areas down to po-dunk no-where and I've never had a diagnosis or analysis done with Watson. It's probably more with my sheer lack of knowledge on the topic and 'real' (not theoretical or proof-of-concept uses) of Watson in the real world. Maybe I'm the outlier here, but I've honestly never experienced them first hand (and no I'm not counting e-medicine or skype-like appointments). Has anyone else?

I support remote sensing science applications and regardless of how much image processing, trained models and HPC crush power for analysis we do, most of the scientist in our GIS department still prefer human analysis with the naked eye as the final approval. Not that GIS is anything close to medical field, but from a pure analysis perspective, human processing and interpretation still rule those domains.

The only real cool thing I've seen Watson do in my life is play an impressive game of Jeopardy and quite honestly, I wish it would have blasted Trebek SNL style. I hate that pompous guy.

Comment Re: What happened to basic training standards? (Score 1) 86

Ah. You're right. I was always viewed as a "hell of a good guy" vs "model soldier". You took more slanted patriotic stock in my opinion than it took me to give a shit to read yours.

One thing I did learn is how not to be a coward, than post as one and be a poser troll, to boot. Back to your cave, Taliban troll.

Comment What happened to basic training standards? (Score 4, Interesting) 86

Ah how the U.S. Military has softened up. I remember pushups, kick in the helmet, and more pushups, sweat in the eyes, drill sergeant fear and pushups to correct my shooting posture and shaking.

I am sure it is a cool corrective tool to use, but its a crutch. But we have been shooting guns for centuries and using less-than-accurate firearms than we have now, its a matter of attention, caring and wanting to be good with your firearm.

And icing on the cake: When I was in the 'motherland' for OIF, it was a great feeling to know I had good shooting mechanics and trusted my shot. I couldn't imagine being in the military and sucking at that.

Comment Re:Pressuring the majority? (Score 5, Informative) 866

Holy Heck, as a Non-American I thought your claim that there are states that ban atheists from being elected was probably an exaggeration or simply an interpretation of how it is hard in many places to be elected if one is a self-declared atheist. Hit a google search and figured i'd put this in there in case others were thinking like I was but don't bother to follow up.

Arkansas, Article 19, Section 1:
No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.

Maryland, Article 37:
That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.

Mississippi, Article 14, Section 265:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.

North Carolina, Article 6, Section 8
The following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.

South Carolina, Article 17, Section 4:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.

Tennessee, Article 9, Section 2:
No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.

Texas, Article 1, Section 4:
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.

from here and the wiki page they probably got it from.

If i had more time i'd look to see if there are cases of anyone actually being denied in the recent past or unseated after the fact but the fact that these provisions even exist to begin with is pretty awful.

Comment Very sad, indeed. (Score 4, Insightful) 140

I better speak to this in past tense or some troll is going to attack me...

I was a big google code project user, have a handful of projects on there plus commit to quite a few professional ones as well. It's really sad to see it go. It's not really a matter of how trendy, popular and intuitive Github is and has become (google code had git functionality and you choice of svn or mercurial), I thought google code was merely fine and met the requirement.

The overall sucky part is it was a intuitive service. It worked. It was reliable for everyday project work. I don't think I ever had any problems with it. I hate to see things that worked well on the internetz go away at the cost of popularity and newhat trends.

RIP code.google.com. May I be so lucky to see you on archive.org afterlife?

Comment Re: Morale of the Story (Score 1) 217

Unfortunately the approach for venture capital is "high stakes on good odds" -- you might lose a million, but you might make a hundred million.

Fuck that! All I EVER see out of VCs these days is "Hmm, You have a $100M Idea here, OK, I agree with that. I also see that you only need $750K to make it happen. and $250k to do the rest of the initial fund raising. Tell you what, Here's $250K, But I want you to pay the $25K upfront that it will cost me to do my due diligence, and I want 51% of the company, and I want you to assume all the risk, and I want your house as collateral just in case."

No one is willing to take ANY risk any more - unless it's with someone else's money.

Genius is ten percent inspiration and fifty percent capital gains.

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