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Comment: Will you walk into my parlour? (Score 1) 186

by modi123 (#47334201) Attached to: Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

.... said the Spider to the Fly.

Seriously - once this genie is out of the bottle there is no way to bottle it back up. The fear of employment repercussions, insurance, etc all become a concern.

“For me, I’m so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite," he told the New York Times's Farhad Manjoo. "We get so worried about these things that we don’t get the benefits Right now we don’t data-mine healthcare data. If we did we’d probably save 100,000 lives next year."

Eeesh.. I heard this same logic, earlier this year, being applied to the pooling of all NHS records for pharmacons and researches to peel through in the UK. "Think of all the causality linking and better and better benefits".. Eeep! What?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/t...

Comment: Re:Humanity is Sick and Twisted (Score 1) 608

by modi123 (#46840929) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Oh, hey Azriel Abyss, the Prince of Sorrows. I didn't see you come in.

Joking aside, what a sad outlook. Sure history highlights the brutality and atrocities, and if you do not accept the achievements in beauty then I point to the kindness and compassion that happens on a day to day basis. The overwhelming wash of small actions that are not globally interesting to make the history books, but profoundly affect the parties involved. Someone jumping a car for a stranger late to a job interview.. donating to a food pantry.. just stopping to say hello to a coworker on a bad day.. or a young mind sparked to better people through community action.

I guess if I were to discount those actions, and only take humanity for the history book cliff notes of violence, then I would definitely pull up a seat on goth talk. Thankfully I don't and I see a slow progression of betterment. Maybe we'll hit that sort of 'awakening' (as seen with tv tropes with alien archetypes), but if not I think we'll do pretty okay.

Comment: 1994.. that's when I started waiting.. (Score 1) 202

by modi123 (#46630075) Attached to: How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

I started waiting for VR tech in 1994 when my mom bought me the 'VR Madness' book from Sams Publishing. Oh how I tried to make the code work on my 486 Packard Bell (then later my 133mhz Gateway). While discouraged at the time I figured the future is right around the corner.. why not wait?

You know what, world? I am still waiting.

No Johnny Mnemonic come Shadowrun's Matrix navigation.. No Snowcrash-esque systems.. no VR controlled drones.. Nothing!

http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-...

"Oh dear, I think you'll find reality's on the blink again." -- Marvin The Paranoid Android

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