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Submission + - IBM & Watson booted by MD Anderson cancer research center (

Life2Short writes: According to Fortune Magazine IBM's Watson has not impressed folks at the University of Texas' cancer research center. Apparently IBM does not meet the expectations of MD Anderson. FTFA: "And a scathing report from auditors at the University of Texas says the project cost MD Anderson more than $62 million and yet did not meet its goals."

Comment How can they make money? (Score 1) 156

Went to Las Vegas this summer. Payed $12 for a shuttle ride to my hotel. Buy the ticket, wait 8 minutes on the bus for it to fill, then we take off and stop at two other hotels before we arrive at mine. On the trip back, my buddy gets an Uber. Three of us ride the same distance for a total of $7. I don't see how anyone can be making money at that low of a price.

Comment Re:Linux. (Score 2, Insightful) 405

I agree, Macs are great. I only boot into Windows for games. I'm delighted with Steam's attempt to move to Steam OS / Linux, but they have a long way to go. Once games are more widely available for either Macs (not likely) or Steam OS / Linux, there won't be any need for a very large number of people to ever use Windows.

Comment Re:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Score 1) 322

It's not just "Hitchhiker's Guide..." that makes for great radio. Check out "Dimension X", an NBC radio sci-fi show from the 1950s. "X minus 1" is another great 1950s radio sci-fi show. Many episodes can be found online and some of them are really great. It's pretty eerie to be listening to a 1950s radio show reference an outbreak of nuclear war in the 1970s when you're safely in the year 2013.

Comment Re:couldn't that be done with books, too? (Score 2) 126

Actually, based on your comments and the findings of numerous other studies, it sounds like education has a lot to do with motivation, and relatively little to do with forms of education delivery. Look at the history of education, do you see enormous growth spurts tied to the printing press, movies, radio, home video, the internet? In as much as they make information more readily available they increase education. But it's not like there's some magic mode for learning. How many people would sit and watch a Disney film on Differential Equations, no matter what the production values were or how applied it was, etc.? So yes, whatever we can do to make information available is good, but we should stop thinking that we're going to come up with a magical sugar coating that will make everyone want to learn everything.

Comment Re:Music is always been tricky (Score 1) 128

Actually, before Top Gun, FM and Heavy Metal were two other movies that featured extensive and problematic soundtrack licensing issues. Heavy Metal, for example, wasn't released to home video until 1995 (despite being released in 1981 to theaters) because they couldn't get the legal issues sorted. Even the original soundtrack LP left off songs that had appeared in the film.

Comment Fake users? Hah! They have Facebook in heaven... (Score 5, Interesting) 171

It's a lot worse than you think! FTFA:

"Celebrities had found Marfa too. The town's beloved food truck, the Food Shark, has nearly 1,700 'Likes' on its Facebook page -- including ones from luminaries such as Bob Dylan, Tammy Wynette, and Willie Nelson."

According to Wikipedia Tammy Wynette died in 1998. Facebook was launched in February 2004.

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