Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment Re:He's certainly *different* in many ways (Score 4, Insightful) 1545

> He probably should have ignored Meryl Streep, for example.

I imagine he fought Meryl Streep because she was given so much prime time. There were many others who said a lot worse about Trump but who were not prominent. In a way he was battling the media, not the actress.

Fighting the media has been working for Trump so far, unbelievable as it may have seemed to us.

Comment I'm getting the impression... (Score 3, Interesting) 55

From scanning the paper briefly is that those are people who would be really thrilled if they had actually discovered something useful and they hope this can lead to important new work, presumably with them being asked to follow up on it. It's almost like a marketing piece. "It is possible that the use of wearables will lead to false alarms and overdiagnosis of disease. The number of false alarms will depend upon the threshold that is set, which can be personalized." It doesn't say how it could be personalized, which sounds critical for a claim like that. "Overall, we envision that these devices could be particularly powerful for individuals who are responsible for the health of others (i.e., parents and caregivers), and perhaps also for those who have historically limited health care access, including groups with low income and/or remote geography." We didn't really check with these people, but we're sure it could work for them, and them, and also them!

I hope I'm wrong, and that someone more knowledgeable here can confirm this was good research. Because if not, it would be downright irresponsible to suggest burdening people with sensors for an outcome that could be not just not useful but possibly harmful. That would fall under "academic prostitution". Again I'm hoping this is just my ignorance and laziness to read the article carefully.

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 1) 205

I think you need to spend exactly as much as it takes for them to know that as a nation you're ready for them (and that you are not afraid, which overspending would indicate, apart from being wasteful). Again psychology matters. If your were fighting bad weather, earthquakes of epidemic you could go by pure statistics. But with people as your enemy, your level of preparedness helps deter them or invite them to harm you more.

That approach is deeply ingrained in our psyche, and probably for a reason. Going against it no matter what the apparent rationale may be would get you voted out of office (or, in less enlightened times, outright killed).

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 0) 205

Where your strategy also breaks, behind not being compatible with human psychology so that were you a policymaker who decided let's not waste resources on fighting Islamic terrorism it would likely cause a level of social paralysis, is that if you do nothing, you invite more and more of them to commit acts of terrorism.

If someone is not acting randomly but is out there to get you, you have to stop them, no matter what the material cost.

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 0) 205

Because knowing that you can be blown up to pieces by a deranged zealot whenever you go shopping or watching a movie is worse than knowing that you can die on the highway. The former has a quality of what we call evil and awareness of it becomes persistent in people's minds, unlike statistically random accidents, or even statistically random acts of shooting. You have to know that you or your community or country is fighting that evil or you will not have rest, you won't be able to go on with your life. Psychology matters. You could say it is irrational for people to have PTSD when they are out of harm's way, yet they do, and you have to do something about it.

Comment Re:Which customers? (Score 1) 293

That was then, the world is now a different place, and Apple has too big of a user base to serve to be able to mind details like that. I don't care either way, I'm not an Apple fan or a product user (besides my 4 year old iPhone 4S) but I don't really think they had a choice -- it was either grow insanely to where they are now or be eaten by competition, no middle ground.

Comment I'll go out on a limb and predict... (Score 1) 105

... that instagram and the entertainment social networks have peaked and will now start to decline. Unlike past inventions like email, instagram's, and to a lesser degree, facebook's, utility is limited. I have unfollowed almost everyone on my facebook feed and haven't posted on my wall in weeks, although I still occasionally comment on other posts. Having experienced that feeling I don't plan to go ever go back.

Slashdot Top Deals

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis

Working...