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Comment um... (Score 2) 133

"Thanks to horrible Adobe Photoshop defaults, it's very easy to unknowingly include this metadata in your final image assets."

If you're saving for the web, use the "save for web and devices" option and it should strip out most, if not all, extraneous data. That's why it's there. If you just do File -> Save As it'll include other stuff.

Comment Re:not for failure, for career-destroying mission (Score 1) 156

> It's a consolation prize for not winning the bigger reward and accepting very
> high probability of a publicly-destroyed career, lots of humiliation and public hate.

Oh boo fucking hoo. LOTS of people have had their careers "destroyed" for one reason or another but we don't give them all $200 million. A typical person might work (very rough numbers) 40 years at an average of $50k/year -- that's TWO million dollars in THEIR WHOLE LIFE. And I'm supposed to feel somehow bad for this 42-year-old who has ONE HUNDRED TIMES that much money?

Poor baby, has a bad reputation and can't work. She'll have to spend the rest of her life, sitting alone in her apartment, looking at want ads, wishing she could work, scraping by with just 100x as much money as a typical working slob will ever see. Boo hoo hoo.

Say she has $200M today. Loses $100M to taxes so she has $100M left. Invests it in CDs at her bank for 1%. That's $1M/year. She is literally at the "live off the interest" level. You could do a LOT of bad things to me if "never have to work again" was the prize.

Comment lol (Score 1) 148

"No Longer a Dream" -- oh really? Can I buy one? Can anyone? No? THEN IT'S STILL A FUCKING DREAM.

Oh, you have a prototype? Well then, excuse the fuck out of me.

There are so many obstacles before we will have lots of people in flying cars. Creating "a vehicle that flies" is the easy part, and it's getting easier every year. It's little things like "it takes an order of magnitude mre energy to fight gravity than to roll on the ground" and "prevent it from falling on people when ONE critical component fails" and "prevent nimrods from crashing into stuff" that will be hard to solve.

Other than that, yeah, no longer a dream. Great. Now we can work on world peace and curing cancer.

LOLOL - I actually RTFA (yeah, I'm new here) and caught this gem: "... designed to operate over water..." Fucking fantastic. So as long as you live in Foster City or Atlantis you're fine. (Sorry, Venice, no plans to sell outside the US.) I guess if you live in the port of Oakland and work on the Embarcadero it's also viable.

Earth

Can Geoengineering Drones Fight Global Warming? (technologyreview.com) 280

MIT Technology Review reports: David Mitchell, a lanky, soft-spoken atmospheric physicist, believes frigid clouds in the upper troposphere may offer one of our best fallback plans for combating climate change... Fleets of large drones would crisscross the upper latitudes of the globe during winter months, sprinkling the skies with tons of extremely fine dust-like materials every year. If Mitchell is right, this would produce larger ice crystals than normal, creating thinner cirrus clouds that dissipate faster. "That would allow more radiation into space, cooling the earth," Mitchell says...

Increasingly grim climate projections have convinced a growing number of scientists it's time to start conducting experiments to find out what might work. In addition, an impressive list of institutions including Harvard University, the Carnegie Council, and the University of California, Los Angeles, have recently established research initiatives... By this time next year, Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to launch a high-altitude balloon from a site in Tucson, Arizona. This will mark the beginning of a research project to explore the feasibility and risks of an approach known as solar radiation management. The basic idea is that spraying materials into the stratosphere could help reflect more heat back into space, mimicking a natural cooling phenomenon that occurs after volcanoes blast tens of millions of tons of sulfur dioxide into the sky.

"I don't really know what the answer is," says a former associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "But I do believe we need to keep saying what the truth is, and the truth is, we might need it."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How Do You Explain "Don't Improve My Software Syndrome" or DIMSS? 7

dryriver writes: I am someone who likes to post improvement suggestions for different software tools I use on the internet. If I see a function in a software that doesn't work well for me or could work better for everyone else, I immediately post suggestions as to how that function could be improved and made to work better for everybody. A striking phenomenon I have come across in posting such suggestions is the sheer number of "why would you want that at all" or "nobody needs that" or "the software is fine as it is" type responses from software users. What is particularly puzzling is that its not the developers of the software rejecting the suggestions — its users of the software that often react sourly to improvement suggestions that could, if implemented well, benefit a lot of people using the software in question. I have observed this happening online for years even for really good software feature/function improvement ideas that actually wound up being implemented. My question is — what causes this behavior of software users on the internet? Why would a software user see a suggestion that would very likely benefit many other users of the software and object loudly to that suggestion, or even pretend that "the suggestion is a bad one"?

Comment Re:Anyone surprised? (Score 1) 341

> Trump got in to office by being lucky enough to run against Hillary Clinton...
> Now that said, any democrat who wasn't named Clinton would have wiped the floor with Trump.

Imagine if we had two qualified, likable candidates in the same election. I wonder what that would be like?

Comment Pedantics unite! (Score 4, Insightful) 78

In all my life, whenever someone said "eating salty food makes me thirsty", I don't think one of them ever meant "eating salty food makes me consume more water over a multi-month period." I'm pretty sure what they meant was "When I eat salty food, I want something to drink right goddamn now!" One thing I know for sure: every time I've expressed that sentiment, I was referring to the current moment.

dictionary.com says "thirsty [thur-stee] adjective, 1. feeling or having thirst; craving liquid." See? FEELING thirsty. CRAVING liquid. A feeling you're having RIGHT NOW. No mention of how much water you actually drank over the course of the next 105 days.

I'd love to see more details of the study. Maybe the ones who had salty food had more water with their meals but then the science kicked in and they had less water over the course of the day? It's entirely possible.

Comment Re:The Market at Work (Score 1) 144

Great idea -- EXCEPT that it would totally screw you. I don't think Google makes a distinction between what goes in the "answer" box and what goes in the regular results summary -- so yeah, it'd be funny to see Kanye's net worth listed as "$0.35 and a half a bag of Doritos" in the big "answer" box at the top of the screen, but when a user figured out that the data is bad and scrolled down the page, they'll see your page in the regular listing with the same bad data showing. What shows up at the top would also show up at the bottom and therefore you wouldn't be doing yourself any good.
http://i.imgur.com/DslvwL6.png
(And in that particular case, the numbers don't match anyway -- the one at the top came from Wikipedia. So it might be the case that ONLY your actual listing would show the worthless data.)

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

Sadly, native controls are getting dumber. I've got a couple controls on the steering wheel for the radio (station or track, and volume) but everything else is on a touchscreen.

Climate controls used to be an array of different physical buttons and levers; now it's a bunch of nearly identical buttons in a row. You actually CAN'T use the climate control in my current car WITHOUT looking at it -- but I could on cars I owned 30 years ago.

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/8-PH_EP...

Medicine

88% Of Medical 'Second Opinions' Give A Different Diagnosis - And So Do Some AI (mayoclinic.org) 74

First, "A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told," according to an article shared by Slashdot reader schwit1: Researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 286 patient records of individuals who had decided to consult a second opinion, hoping to determine whether being referred to a second specialist impacted one's likelihood of receiving an accurate diagnosis. The study, conducted using records of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division over a two-year period, ultimately found that when consulting a second opinion, the physician only confirmed the original diagnosis 12 percent of the time. Among those with updated diagnoses, 66% received a refined or redefined diagnosis, while 21% were diagnosed with something completely different than what their first physician concluded.
But in a related story, Slashdot reader sciencehabit writes that four machine-learning algorithms all performed better than currently-used algorithm of the American College of Cardiology, according to newly-published research, which concludes that "machine-learning significantly improves accuracy of cardiovascular risk prediction, increasing the number of patients identified who could benefit from preventive treatment, while avoiding unnecessary treatment of others."

"I can't stress enough how important it is," one Stanford vascular surgeon told Science magazine, "and how much I really hope that doctors start to embrace the use of artificial intelligence to assist us in care of patients."

Comment Re:Colour me unsuprised. (Score 1) 135

Fabulous points, all. But in the end, you should go ahead and take advantage of a rewards program because they're too popular to stop and you're already paying for it anyway.

It's like when phones used to be on subsidized two-year contracts -- your bill was going to stay the same in the 25th month, so if you didn't get a phone each time you were eligible, you were just leaving money on the table.

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