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Comment Re:Use your imagination (Score 1) 111

I'm sorry, that's not going to happen. You could make something identify 10 or more symptoms, but no way will you get a five pound something diagnose any ten diseases with 100% accurtacy -- the diseases would have to be completely diagnosable from the surface of the patient, and even then, i bet you are going to need the software that i talked about in original post that can parse pictures to identify ailments. I don't get what you guys are saying: This contest is about producing a better medical swiss army knife -- if that's what's keeping those poor refugees from getting treated, then ok, go for it. but i think a lot more people could be helped by focusing on artificial diagnostic intelligence, using something like watson.

Comment Re:Complete waste of effort.... (Score 2) 111

Sure, the patient is biased, but the information they have is still valuable. I have never been to the dr where they didn't ask me questions. A Dr. is good at weeding out red herrings, knowing where to get clarification, which statements to get clarification on. Sure, patients lie, but technology is not a great solution for that problem. Will your tricorder really be bale to see that they really do use drugs or really are an alcoholic? Be realistic guys. I was just trying to say that as far as the basic indicators -- weight, height, blood pressure, temperature -- we have good enough tech already. Unless this contest is going to produce a box that does the magical thing that a tricorder can do, ie MRI in a box, then I think we could advance the medical profession much further by focusing on things like Watson.

Comment Complete waste of effort.... (Score 0, Troll) 111

I'm sorry but this is a stupid idea. You are going to go to great lengths to detect things the patient could just tell you. You certainly aren't going to ask a three-hundred pound person to stand on your tricorder to take their weight. You'll just ask them. medical diagnosis is an algorithm -- it's a software problem. how you get the data is not that important, nor does it require that much technology. A thermometer, a scale, a stethoscope, a blood-pressure cup are all well-established inexpensive tools that work. What matters is what you do with that data. There are two things we need to work on, in my not so humble opinion: 1. An algorithm for diagnosing visual data -- pictures of ears, nose, throat, skin and 2. An algorithm for parsing patient narrative about their ailment against their medical history, family medical history, recent dietary/athletic/sleep/sex/environmental/social triggers. Rather than a Swiss army knife of instruments, we need an i-phone with Siri hooked up to something like IBM's Watson, configured for medical diagnosis. Unless you know how to fit an MRI, XRAY Machine, centrifuge, and dna lab into a five pound box.

Comment You can't go back (Score 1) 517

You've crossed a line that can't be uncrossed. Now that you have notified them, you will be the first suspect when they do get hacked. And you will then have to prove that you didn't hack them. Soooo, short of just hacking them, you HAVE to get them to take action. Contacting a local journalist is a good idea. You might also trying to reach out to one the app developers directly. Until then, you are on guard duty.You were really stupid man. Sorry.

Comment Re:American hypocrisy (Score 2) 56

Good sir, That is not what makes it 1984. it's when there's an effing camera on every effing street corner all controlled by the state that we scream 1984.But that will change. No one over here reads anymore, so soon no will even know what 1984 is if someone screams it.And yes, being able to film officers in uniform performing duties of their office is a vital check and balance for warding off corrupt or inept uses of power, especially when it's illegal to resist arrest. If you don't think that's important, you deserve what you get.

Comment More like "Cyber Strategery" (Score 3, Insightful) 56

If you are organizing a cyber division of your military, and one of your first inclinations is to alert the media. your more than likely are going to suck as as an administrator for said cyber division. Either that, or you are just hoping that the mere rumor you have such a division will deter would-be cyber combatants from picking you as a target.

Comment Re:So what GS is saying is.... (Score 5, Funny) 529

To: Ugandan Upper-class houshold Dear Sir or Madam, I am a Goldman Sachs Broker in the United States of America. We have been fortunate enough to aquire many millions of dollars in private Facebook stock, but because of govt. red tape, we cannot sell it here. If you would be kind enough to put 25000 in a foreign account and give us that info, we can make sure you get in on this once in a lifetime opportunity! Your American counterparts, Goldman Sachs
Businesses

Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec 439

Frank Gibeau, label president for EA Games, recently spoke with Develop about the publisher's long term development strategy. Gibeau thinks developing major games without multiplayer modes is a passing fad: "...it’s not only about multiplayer, it’s about being connected. I firmly believe that the way the products we have are going, they need to be connected online. ... I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing. They’re very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services – as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you’re out. I think that model is finished. Online is where the innovation and the action [are] at."
Novell

Attachmate To Acquire Novell For $2.2B Cash 221

wiredmikey and a few others wrote in to let us know that Novell has agreed to be acquired by Attachmate Corporation for $6.10 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.2 billion. The Boston Globe reports that the deal also includes the sale of some intellectual assets to a consortium organized by Microsoft. Attachmate plans to operate Novell and SUSE as separate business units. Here is the press release.
Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

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