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Comment Article is about computers OUTSIDE the classroom.. (Score 5, Informative) 310

The summary makes it sound like computers in the classroom are the problem. That's not what the article says at all. The teachers' union is accusing out-of-school exposure to "instant gratification" digital devices and games for ruining attention-spans before kids are old enough to go to school. The article claims youngsters are aggressive and inattentive due to past conditioning by games and always-on entertainment. It doesn't even mention computers or tablets in school. Misleading title & summary.

Comment In the operating room, detecting blood oxygenation (Score 1) 322

The hospital I work at uses Invos / Somanetics 5100C monitors which perform Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) monitoring of blood for patients under anesthesia.

This is the monitor:

These monitors run on Linux, a fact I learned when I watched one boot up the other day. It showed its Linux Kernel version and then ran through the typical 5-10 pages of gray text before loading the user interface. They basically have about a dozen hard buttons on the front (no touchscreen) and some specialized ports for the cables to the NIRS sensors. They work great and do exactly what they're supposed to.

Comment "Reply" is the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 568

I think the problem may simply be that teachers perceive they will lack the time to answer questions / comments they receive from parents via email if they open this pandora's box. I know a similar feeling is present in much of the health care industry and other "social service" sectors. The more available one is via "always on" technology, the more time one will have to spend on addressing communications conveyed via this additional medium. Businesses see it all the time - think how much time each day the stereotypical Dilbert-like employee must spend on emails compared with time spent addressing paper memos and phone calls alone (which still exist today) prior to the advent of email. Teachers fear their already strenuous schedule will become even busier. It takes a lot more time for a parent to pick up a phone or write a letter to contact the teacher... and I think that's how a lot of teachers like it.

Comment Self-restraint and following the rules (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Being a juror stinks - I think most everyone agrees on that. But the rationale behind restrictions like this makes sense: communication about the case outside the courtroom may result in a juror's opinion being changed by friends, family, Facebook contacts, etc.

It's hard for some people to slow down and refrain from tweeting of Facebook posting every last thing they do every day... but I'm sure we'd all appreciate a fair trial without undue influence from bystanders who don't know all of the facts if we ever find ourselves seated at the defendant's table one day...

This is one time when following the rules can have enormous consequences. Far too many people see jury duty as a joke, or otherwise don't follow the rules in other areas of their life (parking in handicapped spots to run into the store for "just a minute," taking things from work because "nobody will miss it") and this transfers to abiding by the rules set forth by the judge at trial. It's a joke for some people - and that's just disrespectful.

Comment Wireless = National, Wired = Local (Score 2, Interesting) 124

In answer to the question from the original post... I think there are no hearings about wired communication "monopolies" because there are a variety of wired providers nationally, even if only one or two of them service each domicile or office. There's still comparatively heavy competition in most markets for wired communications services. Wireless, on the other hand, utilizes a finite resource (EM spectrum) and the 4 remaining carriers are largely the only ones available in the US. If I move from Miami, Florida, to Miami, Ohio, I probably have the same options available to me. Virgin Mobile, Boost, Wal-Mart Mobile, etc. all lease their spectrum from one of the big 4, so they aren't true alternatives or competitors. Three providers (or really two providers since I don't count Sprint) controlling all of the cell network EM spectrum seems like a very bad idea. I think that's why Congress is more concerned about the wireless merger than the paucity of wired communications providers serving Podunk, Montana. Other thoughts on this?

Comment Page Up and Page Down don't work right (Score 1) 2254

The Slashdot search / feedback / submit story / login / join banner covers part of the text content on the page. When you hit page up or page down, the first line of the next page is hidden beneath that banner and you have to scroll up a few lines to see it. Very annoying. This happens on the latest Google Chrome and the latest Firefox on Windows 7, 64-bit edition. Please fix this CSS glitch! The content shouldn't appear beneath the top banner on the page!

Comment Re:Innocent until proven guilty? (Score 1) 794

Not all information was meant to be public. War is messy. International diplomacy is messy. Secrets are the currency of both effective war and international policy. Taking masses of secret documents, obtained illegally, and placing them online is not "freedom of the press." If the founders and operators of Wikileaks are so interested in freedom of information, why not post Assange's (and the other wikileaks operators') phone numbers, current locations, dates of birth, complete records of biometric data, family relationships, addresses and phone numbers of their family members, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, license plate numbers, etc. on the site? What does WIKILEAKS have to hide?

They're brave enough to post the secrets of others. Now they should post their own.

Freedom of the Press is wonderful... reprinting stolen, illegally obtained information that may (in the case of the Afghanistan war documents) put the lives of US Citizens at risk is an act of war. If this type of nonsense happened 30+ years ago, these server nerds would have been ERASED by the CIA.

Nowadays, everyone likes to play 5-star general quarterback from their Herman-Miller ergonomic chairs and question everything the government does. Everyone is suddenly an expert on diplomacy, war policy, etc. etc. The reason we have a government is to provide for the common defense of our nation, and to promote welfare within our country. This information does nothing to "educate" the public to help it make better decisions about the direction in which to take the country any more than the information about Wikileaks' operators would help believers of its misguided mission. It is a political stunt by a meek man who will forever spend his life on the run, and who will go down in history as the messiah of anarchists everywhere.

Why Tablets Haven't Taken Off In Business 449

An anonymous reader writes "On PC World's blog, Keir Thomas suggests reasons why tablets have never taken off in business, and explains how Apple's iPad was able to waltz in and steal the entire market. It's all about giving users freedom to figure out how useful tablets can be, he says, rather than forcing them into narrow usage scenarios: 'There's a lot to be said for having faith in users to make best use of their computer, without pushing and pulling them in ways you think are best for them.'"

Comment Re:Post the IP address (Score 5, Informative) 765

OK, I'm going to post the IP since it's been requested. According to Gmail, it was last accessed 3 hours ago from this IP. The IP address has been the same EVERY time it's been accessed, starting June 28, 2010. It traces to Cincinnati Bell's Fuse Network (a home internet service). I can't get anywhere with Cincinnati Bell's customer service. "Customer privacy rules," they say.

Here's the IP: 208.102 (DOT) 223.137
I split it up so auto-filters and bots wouldn't find it.

Thank you everyone and anyone who may be on the inside of 'Ma Bell who can help me track this thief down. I apologize if this is a TOS violation for Slashdot, but I am really at wit's end and have PROOF that this is the IP that's violating my account. I need your help.

Comment Re:If you do most of the work... (Score 5, Interesting) 765

I got the IP tracked down to Fuse Network on Cincinnati Bell's home internet service. I'm not going to post the IP address here since that probably violates the TOS of Slashdot or something. I will try calling Cincinnati's police tomorrow, but with the size of the city - and the fact the crime took place in Indiana - i doubt I'll get anywhere.

Submission Retrieving a stolen laptop by IP address alone? 1

CorporalKlinger writes: My vehicle was recently burglarized while parked in a university parking lot in a midwestern state. My new Dell laptop was stolen from the car, along with several other items. I have no idea who might have done this, and the police say that without any idea of a suspect, the best they can do is enter the serial number from my laptop in a national stolen goods database in case it is ever pawned or recovered in another investigation. I had Thunderbird set up on the laptop, configured to check my Gmail through IMAP. Luckily, Gmail logs and displays the last 6 or 7 IP addresses that have logged into your account. I immediately stopped using that email account, cleared it out, and left the password unchanged — creating my own honeypot in case the criminal loaded Thunderbird on my laptop. Last week, Gmail reported 4 accesses from the same IP address in a state just to the east of mine via IMAP. I know that this must be the criminal who took my property, since I've disabled IMAP access to the account on all of my own computers. The municipal police say they can't intervene in the case since university police have jurisdiction over crimes that take place on their land. The university police department — about 10 officers and 2 detectives — don't even know what an IP address is. I even contacted the local FBI office and they said they're "not interested" in the case despite it now crossing state lines. Am I chasing my own tail here? How can I get someone to pay attention to the fact that all the police need to do is file some RIAA-style paperwork to find the name associated with this IP address and knock on the right door to nab a criminal and recover my property? How can I get my laptop back — and more importantly — stop this criminal in his tracks?

Comment What about EMP (electromagnetic pulse) (Score 3, Interesting) 267

Since this technology is still transistor-based, wouldn't it be susceptible to damage from an electromagnetic pulse, either from a high-energy radio frequency device or (less likely, I hope) a nuclear weapon? EM radiation can travel much farther than the actual blast radius, leaving these cards physically intact, but electrically unusable. If true, then why not stick with optical media such as a DVD or CD, which is more durable and offers similarly complex tamper protection (not to mention a larger capacity at a lower price)?

This looks like a solution in search of a problem.

Stem Cell Patent Halts Hospital's Collection 223

eldavojohn writes "It's a classic case that comes up when dealing with patents. A hospital's research on the donated brains of deceased children has been in limbo for three years because of a challenge from a patent holder. The double-edged sword of patents that spurred investment into the field will also cause chilling effects on research like the case of the Children's Hospital of Orange County. They've now been forced to shift the money from the lab to lawyers in order to deal with this ongoing patent dispute over a technique that was developed to extract stem cells at the Salk Institute. Unfortunately the Salk Institute failed to patent the technology, so a company named StemCells happily had it approved. The real disheartening news is that CHOC's Dr. Philip H. Schwartz — the doctor collecting the cells — was one of the original researchers who helped developed this technique at the Salk Institute. Now he can't even use the technique he helped create. Schwartz has since been instructed not to publicly discuss the case further. Research interests are clashing with commercial interests in a classic case that causes one to wonder if patents surrounding medical techniques like this stretch too far. As for the people that donated their dead child's brain to research, those valuable stem cell cultures have been kept in storage instead of being disseminated to research labs (which desperately need them) across the country."

Comment Re:Both need better market focus (Score 1) 756

Medicine: doctors already use laptops for exactly this. Doctors also do lots of data entry (note, scheduling tests, writing prescriptions, etc), so the ability to use a keyboard is required.
Last I checked, the iPad has a keyboard dock for data entry, so if you want to use a keyboard, that's not a problem. Also, the form factor is far more convenient for use at the bedside, plus it likely will fit in the average lab coat pocket (something many netbooks don't even do well due to their thickness). If Apple is so good at making innovative user interfaces, why not make an interface that makes doing the things you mentioned (ordering tests, writing prescriptions) as easy as if the doctor had a paper chart in front of them? Laptops also have an inferior screen to the iPad, ever since Lenovo stopped using the iPad's screen technology in their laptops.
  Manufacturing: to be useful on the manufacturing floor or shipping dock, it absolutely must have a camera/barcode scanner.
Not a problem - bluetooth compatible cameras and barcode scanners are available and are not very expensive. Ruggedizing an iPad like many medical companies have with the old Palm units (and adding a barcode scanner to them) for use in patient identification and blood glucose tracking shouldn't be very hard, but again, Apple hasn't partnered with anyone to make it happen or even suggest that it would be possible. They need to stop being so content with the affluent home user market and prepare a full-on assault in these left-behind markets.
Again - thinking INSIDE the box keeps you from seeing the true potential of these technologies, just like Apple.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_