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Comment Sad news (Score 1) 20

My favourite show of all time. He was perfect for the role and he played it well. Similar to JMS, can't speak much for his political leanings, but he was a genuine and authentic person from any interviews I've seen of him and snippets of his show.

Comment Terrible analysis (Score 1) 174

Okay, here's a few reasons why this basic analysis falls short and doesn't apply a monetary valuation on the following items:
a) like someone else mentioned, Netflix doesn't materialize out of nothing. You also pay for your Internet connection (and bandwidth).
b) Err, sports anyone? This is actually the only thing stopping me since other than doing kludgey stuff with Kodi/XBMC there are no good (legal) options where I live
c) like someone else also mentioned, Netflix shows older content
d) may not matter to many of you, but for me, Netflix is not regulated by the federal broadcast authority; i.e. they can do whatever they want pretty much

Seriously, perhaps the original writer decided to write 3-4 paragraphs after googling for 30 mins, post it, await reaction from proper forums and then use that information to actually write an insightful article? I can't stand lazy journalism. and the worst is that Slashdot appears to provide a willing vehicle to crap content like that.

How does one get a gig like that?

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 326

I used to run the IT department at hospital years ago. There was a sizeable budget set aside for transcriptionists, who entered written/scanned notes or recorded notes into the medical IT application. There are even managed services that offer that to hospitals which don't have their own transcription department.

Major critical piece; my director was demoted after a VPN outtage affected a lot of remote transcriptionists for almost a week and he had made the decision all by himself to do with vendor support for the VPN appliances. Things I learned don't mess with pager systems, telephone, transcription and the main medical app; everything is best effort including e-mail, Internet, Wifi, printing, etc.

Comment Re:Burnt out doc here: (Score 1) 326

I can give another perspective. I have worked with "clinical working groups" that are composed of nurses, doctors, therapists, communicate care, etc. Typically the docs and nurses dominate the conversation because they have complex and heavy workloads (not that the others don't, but I digress). It's actually very hard to get medical folks (even paid) to participate.

So every little UI, technical change, login process, etc get debated for a LOOOOONG time when finally there's finally consensus or quorum on what the decision is made. 90% of the time it's what the doc wants in the various settings; emergency department, general practice, palliative care, etc.

When the change is implemented, half of the people who clearly stated that they wanted something done one way, have had a change of heart or argue that this is not what they wanted. Documentation, sign-offs, mock-ups be damned. "This is not I what I signed off".

When it actually makes it to larger pilot group, we get feedback from one extreme to another. Even when we have colleagues from the same docs AT THE SAME INSTITUTION IN THE SAME DEPARTMENT.

At the core is patient safety and the crazy checklists that come with it. The best thing to do is to pass those check lists to someone specialized (i.e. not a doc or nurse); like a medical cleric (or like someone else mentioned, a scribe).

TL;DR; Everyone has an opinion and every doc appears to have their own preferred way of doing things. This is not unique to the medical field. I see that in CSRs as well.

Comment Re:comparison (Score 1) 135

They're releasing it because it has no commercial value. Probably costs them more in energy doing all the compression and decompression than it would to just put more storage in their datacenters. Nice technically, but the niche of useful applications is probably pretty small.

That's a very valid point; what's the cost in cpu-power versus storage costs?

Now, the issue is that storage is permanent, in the sense that you're using your disk/SAN/tape storage space with the file. Compression happens only once, the quicker decompression only happens when someone accesses it. So the 22% storage savings of JPGs across TBs may be worthwhile.

It's not totally clear how much of their space is being used up by JPGs? Also tiered storage may have been an option? Generic compression using already established libraries for other file types, etc, etc.

Comment Re:Bitcoin was not dead, nor is it "back" (Score 2) 106

It could go sky high and still fail in its mission.

Indeed, it couldn't go sky high and not fail in its mission. With those kinds of rapid value changes and deflationary tendency, it would, under those circumstances, prove itself to be a valuable commodity, but it would be a very poor choice for a currency. Alas, goldbugs usually don't understand the difference...

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'Boaty McBoatface' Polar Ship Named After Attenborough Despite Less Votes ( 232

The UK's 200 Million Euro polar research ship won't be called Boaty McBoatface. Instead, the new ship will be called RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough. The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) had originally planned to name the new ship via an online poll. In all fairness, RRS Sir David Attenborough did pick up a few votes, though in terms of popularity nothing came close to Boaty McBoatface (it earned over 124,000 votes). "We want a name that lasts longer than a social-media news cycle and reflects the serious nature of the science it will be doing," said Jo Johnson, the U.K. Science minister. BBC reports: While the polar ship itself will not be named Boaty McBoatface, one of its remotely operated sub-sea vehicles will be named Boaty in recognition of the vote. James Hand, who first suggested the flippant moniker, said he was pleased the name would "live on."

Comment That's a very smart thing to do (Score 2) 39

I've worked on a bunch of contract at various levels of government and I'm always shocked to see how belligerent and protective departments or groups can be with their code and applications. There's been so many times when I get hired to do something that after spending a day or two there, that I discovered that another department has done the exact same thing. What follows is my recommendation to leverage what they have in-house already rather than whip something up. What always follows after is weeks of chatter and the eventual escalation to the board/CIO/CTO/CEO to make things happen. 90% of the time they tell me to go back to my original work order and get it done as they initially requested. Good money for me, but what a waste.

Case in point, the "communications" department wanted to refresh the staff directory with more helpful information and include (for who wants to) include their Twitter/LinkedIn/geocities/etc links. We get hired to do this for them. HR has a full-fledged table that we need to do nightly imports and THEIR OWN Web Application (and a dormant web-service to call). What would be a simple DB extend by adding a couple of other linked tables, becomes a duplicate because the HR folks have their own IT department and don't want to play nice with corporate. $10k vs $50k.

Comment Re:How did they calculate? (Score 4, Informative) 36

In the physical literature about the n-body problem (n 3), sometimes reference is made to the impossibility of solving the n-body problem (via employing the above approach). However, care must be taken when discussing the 'impossibility' of a solution, as this refers only to the method of first integrals (compare the theorems by Abel and Galois about the impossibility of solving algebraic equations of degree five or higher by means of formulas only involving roots).

See here.

Submission + - Ebay shop scrapes Thingiverse, sells designs in violation of Creative Commons (

He Who Has No Name writes: A little over a week ago, Thingiverse user Loubie posted Sad Face! to Thingiverse, protesting the use — without permission — of their designs and those of others by JustPrint3D, an Ebay seller marketing physical prints of the designs in question (over 2,000 by some counts). Despite a terse and legally shaky denial of any wrongdoing by JustPrint3D, there are obviously multiple violations of various iterations of the Creative Commons licenses (several forms of the CC license are options for Thingiverse uploaders to assign to their Things when uploading, and one is the default). Now MakerBot itself is wading into the uproar firmly on the side of its users, and has released a statement mentioning potential legal action.

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