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Comment Re:Floss (Score 4, Interesting) 257

I don't care if there is no evidence of medical benefit, or correlation with cavities/gum disease - those things are intangible. Flossing teeth after just 2-3 days of NOT flossing produces so much gross tangible stuff from between the teeth I still feel a lot better after doing it, no matter what.

I'm going to guess there is no evidence of medical benefit to applying deodorant every day, but FFS please do.

Comment Apple TV (Latest) + 2xChromecast (Score 2) 226

On the main TV I have a new Apple TV, problems abound at first but as seems to be the custom with Apple sh*t a few updates later and it's pretty smooth. The trick I found is to embrace the Siri interface. Pretty quick and easy to get around once you get used to it. On other TVs or while traveling I use chromecast, it's pretty slick but of course I can't stream amazon prime to it. I'm really resisting getting yet another device to stream Amazon, I'm hoping at some point they let it stream on either Apple or chrome. I can stream my laptop browser to chromecast while watching amazon prime, but sheesh.

Would love to cut the chord, the only thing keeping it is the fact that my father in-law wouldn't know what to do with himself if he couldn't watch sports when he's here.

Comment Re:Come on (Score 2) 75

"Hacking" a hand-written chart requires physical access to the chart, which requires physical access to the hospital room, which means you'll likely be seen by the front desk (who would need to actively let you in), security cameras, nurses, the patient etc. If the networked devices are vulnerable you could modify every chart from the back of a van in the parking lot or, worst case, from your parents' basement.

Comment Re:React (Score 1) 48

It's not so bad as long as you stay close to the intent, where you want to do something like facebook, or a blog, with frequently added/updated items and comments and such. So if you're writing a little half-assed blog type thing it would be pretty easy to make it "reactive" to people adding new posts and comments and things. But try and apply it to something like what I was tasked with, which was a little search/modify/create/delete thing it was a complete disaster. YMMV

Comment React (Score 0) 48

I was forced (by a "hip" development director) to try and implement a simple small web application using Facebook's "React" javascript library, and after toiling for three days with it I decided that the only thing you can easily implement with React is something that looks and acts just like Facebook, not surprisingly. I abandoned it and created the site framework-less in four hours. I have no idea what "Parse" is, but I am very wary of these corporate frameworks/APIs/languages since that experience.

Go look at some "hip" github projects out there, it's ridiculous - there are literally 10's of thousands of lines of framework supporting these tiny little applications, it's absurd. There are even massive projects out there to make integration between two frameworks "easier", which themselves rely on any number of other unrelated frameworks. Where does it all end??

Comment Re:Where were you?? (Score 1) 320

It's not really about where people were or what they were doing, that's just how we as humans prompt each other to share our feelings about events that happened so that we can relate to each other. Large scale tragedies and our experience of them are things that all people who lived through them have in common. I find it comforting to talk to other people about how they experienced these things, particularly strangers - anonymously or not.

Comment Third Grade Classroom (Score 1) 320

Thankfully not watching the launch, they interrupted class and announced the tragedy over the PA and we sat and discussed what it meant for a long time. I think I was just old enough to grasp the severity of it, it was certainly clear from the reaction of our teacher and the tone of the PA announcement. Very memorable moment in my life.

Submission + - Google DeepMind algorithm has learnt to play Go better than most human beings

Artem Tashkinov writes: The Go game has been considered the toughest to crack game for AI to this date, and various researchers estimated it would take at least ten more years for AI algorithms to master it and beat the best human players on the planet. However according to a recent Nature publication (PDF) by the team behind Google DeepMind, their AI algorithm manages to beat 99% of all other Go playing applications and also it beat Fan Hui, the best European Go player.

Submission + - 'Huge leap forward': Computer that mimics human brain beats professional at Go (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Eighteen years after a computer beat then-reigning world champion Garry Kasparov at chess, a machine has defeated a professional player at the ancient eastern board game Go. The new advance is much bigger, artificial intelligence (AI) researchers say, as Go is such a computationally demanding game that even a decade ago some researchers thought a computer would never defeat a human expert. What's more, the machine won not by virtue of overwhelming computational power, but by employing "machine learning" tools that enable it to teach itself and to think more like humans do.

Comment Secret Weapon: The Times Crossword (Score 3, Interesting) 92

Whoever they have over there that is responsible for designing and implementing their online crossword page/apps is a genius. If you told me 10 years ago that I would enjoy doing crosswords on a cell phone I would have laughed, but they pulled it off. It's the only reason I subscribe - and the actual news/opinion is a very nice add-on feature :)

Comment Re:PP slogans won't cut it (Score 1) 233

I've seen the same thing regarding AWS. We had already moved away from locally managed hardware to a "private cloud", managed remotely through tickets/change requests/etc. and now we are moving again to AWS. Through all of it we've never had to reduce infrastructure staff, in the case of remotely managed private cloud thing you still needed a team that could take requests from product and translate them into sensible hardware/config requests. With AWS it's even more on the shoulders of our own staff as we will no longer have this remote service group to handle change requests.

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