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Comment: I quit smoking many years ago... (Score 5, Funny) 150

by The Grim Reefer (#47554537) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children
But being a man, I was always smart about which cigarettes I bought. I never bought the ones that caused cancer and all that other scary shit. I only smoked the ones that caused low birth weight and pregnancy complications. I figured since I would never be pregnant, those were the ones to go with. I could never figure out why the brands would keep switching though. ;-)

Comment: Re:Social robot (Score 1) 61

by The Grim Reefer (#47539051) Attached to: Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

My dog kept dropping the video camera when my wife and I wanted to make an intimate recording. Jibo won't do that.

Ergo, Jibo is much better than a pet.

My pet is a Doberman. Actually three of them. They kindly let would be burglars they're at the wrong house. In your situation a tripod will probably suffice.

Ergo, a pet is much more functional than a Jibo. As a bonus, they aren't obsolete in two years either.

Comment: Re:No one RTFA (as usual) (Score 1) 157

by The Grim Reefer (#47538343) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

What they didn't say is that Neymar shows only 10% brain activity compared to another "common" person for whatever he's doing...

So you're saying he's more intelligent than the "common" person? It's been understood/believed for some time that that the more intelligent a person is the less their brain has to work at similar tasks.

Comment: Um... (Score 1) 125

by The Grim Reefer (#47534375) Attached to: Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

According to Google, the information from Baseline will be anonymous, and its use will be limited to medical and health purposes.

I work in the medical field. Both clinical and research. I've seen what "anonymous patient" data looks like. While it can be done correctly, it almost never is. When I say almost never, I mean under 5% of the time; and that's being generous.

The DICOM data generated by most advanced imaging scanners (MRI, CT. etc) is pretty big. To make matters worse, every vendor (Philips, GE, Siemens, etc) uses more than just the standard fields (tags) to store the unique patient identifiers. They all also use proprietary or what are sometimes referred to as "shadow" or "private" tags. These tags are different for every vendor and are used in different ways. To make matters worse, these tags can change depending on the model, firmware version or even the scanning sequence used.

If you just remove just the standard patient identifying tags, you could very well miss that they were all duplicated in the private tags. If you simply remove all of the private tags, you may end up removing the very data that is needed to make sense of the images themselves. Such as how many mm a pixel is, or the volume of a voxel. This all needs to be done for every image in the exam and there can be thousands to tens of thousands of them. Most programs used to de-identify the exam either miss all of the private tags, or remove too much data and render the exams useless. So patient identifiers are left in most exams and we just try to ignore this.

The big question is, is how will a company like Google treat this unfortunate situation? Most in the medical field are there because of their compassion for their patients and do research for the betterment of the general population. What happens when executive types realize they have this kind of data?

Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 2) 148

by The Grim Reefer (#47532895) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

something small enough to fit on a phone while still being useful for a 60 inch TV or 120 inch projector.

What are you using to compress and into what format? My phone (Galaxy S3) limits me to a max file size of 2GB. I've yet to find a way to compress a movie into 2GB, or less, and maintain enough quality to view it on a 60 inch TV, let alone my projector without a very noticeable drop in quality.


Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 97

"Vital For Possibility of Earth-like Alien Life"

A lot of assumptions there.

We can't even communicate with other species here on Earth in the same Class as us. Elephants, whales, and dolphins show signs of intelligence. Certainly enough to communicate with each other. And we've hunted species of two of them to the verge of extinction. The Great Apes are in the same Family as humans and we can't have a meaningful conversation with them. Perhaps they are simply too primitive. Or maybe we aren't as smart as we would like to believe.

A non-terrestrial species may communicate using some form of telepathy or chemical component. That would be fun to try to figure out. Or use gravity waves over long distances. What if they are silicone based and live for thousands of years. It could take them 3 days to say hello using subsonic vibrations.

Until 20 years ago we didn't even know that Elephants could use bone conduction through their feet to listen to subsonic calls from other elephants that create seismic vibrations. Or that they also had cells in their feet that are able to pick up vibrations in the ground.

ET could be screaming at us right now and we don't even The messages could have been sent through cosmic radiation and is encoded in cancer cells. They may have thought that would be the easiest way to get our attention and we just haven't picked up on it yet.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 1) 503

by The Grim Reefer (#47484025) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

It makes me wonder if the BUK (being a Soviet-era weapons system dating back to 1979) wasn't just misplaced somewhere - if the National Institutes of Health can misplace 300 vials of deadly diseases and biological weapons,

On one hand I agree with you. However there's a rather big size difference between 300 vials and a tank sized missile launcher. I've been to the NIH, it's a huge campus. One is like finding a sliver of a needle in a haystack, while the other is like a marble sized ball-bearing in a haystack.

The likelihood of any of the smallpox still being viable after sitting in an unrefrigerated closet for decades is pretty slim. The odds of a BUK missile system remaining functional after being forgotten about for 24 years is pretty slim too.

Comment: Re:Car analogy? (Score 2) 81

I owned a Pinto. The mileage of that POS was in the same ballpark as the Hummer.

Either it was very old by the time you got it, or something was really wrong with it. Pinto's were advertised to get 34 MPG, and many did better than that. The worst mileage I've ever heard of a stock Pinto getting was 22 MPG, but that was pulling a trailer with the AC on.

The Hummer H1 was 9 MPG city and 12 highway. The H2 was around 14 combined, and the H3 was 14 city, 18 highway. So no, not really in the same ball park at all.

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