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Apple, IBM To Bring iPads To 5 Million Elderly Japanese 67

Posted by timothy
from the get-them-from-los-angeles-school-kids dept.
itwbennett writes: An initiative between Apple, IBM and Japan Post Holdings could put iPads in the hands of up to 5 million members of Japan's elderly population. The iPads, which will run custom apps from IBM, will supplement Japan Post's Watch Over service where, for a monthly fee, postal employees check on elderly residents and relay information on their well-being to family members.

Comment: It already exists (Score 1) 100

by peter303 (#49573353) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System
The first crowdsourcing seismology was called QuakeFinder. It used mems in laptops or special mems mini-boards for desktop computers. The second generation is called MyShake and is a cellphone App. QuakeFinder establish the proof-of-principle for crowdsourcing. They registered quake signals and could use public internet to accumulate results. Quantity of sensor compensated for lower quality of sensor.

The advantage of dedicated wall cellphones is they'd be attached to something solid like a wall instad of a persons pocket. And there would be continuous uptime without the phone used for something else or out of juice.

Comment: 38M is huge for non-oil seismology (Score 1) 100

by peter303 (#49573281) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System
If here my seismology classmate Lucy Jones say that quake happend on a "hidden fault" I'll be very disappointed again. This explanation came from the USGS for about half of the large earthquakes in California in the past 30 years. Yet the oil industry routinely runs 3D sound-tomography surveys to routinely find oil-related faults. The problem is that each oil industry survey costs over $10M. The USGS or academia cannot this cost. So they cleverly try alternative experiments to find what they can. But they dont really find the hidden faults out there.

Comment: japan quake 40x larger than Nepal quake (Score 1) 114

by peter303 (#49554547) Attached to: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead
Japan 2011 was M9.0, Nepal M7.8. Each whole magnitude number is 32x the energy. Japan gets M8s every century and is well prepared for that. The 2011 quake was the 5th largest every in 130 years of seismographs. Japan didn't expect that size of quake was possible and it's tsunami walls weren't tall enough. The Japan quake was three historical faults breaking at once, contributing to its large magnitude. Because a similar multi-quake occurred in Sichuan China recently, seismologists are more concerned about a multi-quake breaking California. Being a poor country, Nepal did not design for even a smaller quake. Routine M5 quakes in California merely crack plaster, but shatter buildings and kill in underdeveloped countries.

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