IBM's Watson To Help Diagnose, Treat Cancer
I think most people are (or would be) impressed at Watson's ability to retrieve data, crunch data and output it into human-understandable information almost instantaneously. I doubt many people would see it is a reliable "last word" in medicine though.
I believe Watson, in practical application, would help solve the human problem of "digging up" the information necessary to produce the best diagnosis and treatments possible. Several years of medical experience, training and keeping up to date with medical sciences is necessary to actually make the best possible decisions. As a result, there's a huge amount of information from many facets of medicine for doctors to parse, much of which can be outside their area of expertise... specialty areas, the latest on break outs, internal medicine, statistics, demographics, new illnesses and so on... This kind of crunching sounds like something Watson can help with. If it can, it could greatly assist doctors of all kinds.
However, Watson will not replace (competent) humans in the actual decision making process. Ultimately, we are far, far, far away from making a question and answer machine that will usurp human judgement (even with all of its flaws). It could offer a valuable second opinion, though... and at the very least could make a great "research assistant".
Tractor Beams Are Getting Closer (Sort of)
How exciting for our farming industry. Just think of the benefits!
Vatican Bans IOS Confession App
So this is just grandstanding by the Papacy
This is probably less grandstanding and more of just ignorance. It's clear by the statement that Mr. Lombardi didn't understand the intention of the app. If the Vatican understood that the intention is not to confess to the device but to use it as a tool to aid "real" confessions, then maybe their opinion would be different.
On the other hand, it is probably difficult for anyone to come to that conclusion with news headlines reading, "Can the iPhone forgive your sins?" and "Make confessions through your iPhone" etc...
Verizon iPhone Also Haunted By the Death Grip
Brilliant. It fits so perfectly into this discussion. If only I had mod points...
Research Finds That Electric Fields Help Neurons Fire
Well, if you're aim is to INCREASE this synaptic EM phenomenon in your brain, then yes.
For all helmets [made with foil], we noticed a 30 db amplification at 2.6 Ghz and a 20 db amplification at 1.2 Ghz, regardless of the position of the antenna on the cranium. In addition, all helmets exhibited a marked 20 db attenuation at around 1.5 Ghz, with no significant attenuation beyond 10 db anywhere else.
Challenger 25 Years Later
one of the kids had brought in a ham radio
Mmmm, a radio made entirely of ham. How I yearn for the old days.
Court Rules Dungeons and Dragons Threatens Prison Security
Everyone knows zombies have poor reflexes
Kinect Hack Builds 3D Maps of the Real World
[blockquote]Sidenote: why is this article tagged "microshit"? Really?[/blockquote]
It's tagged !microshit, which means NOT microshit. ! is a reference to programmatical methods for representing "NOT" equal to.
Iron-Eating Bug Is Gobbling Up the Titanic
I don't know what I'm talking about, BUT I believe this is less about mineral sources and more about the convection of ocean currents and the weight of salinated water.
Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor
The article says that the snake gave birth to a litter of all female snakes, only with a peculiar chromosomal makeup -- WW instead of ZW (female) or ZZ (male).
What I wonder is what the significance of WW is versus ZW, since YY in human terms isn't viable.
I also have to wonder what good this is in nature if all such snakes can produce are female offspring. On at least the surface -- unless asexual reproduction is common -- this be a seemingly not-so-useful adaptation in terms of survival.
Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0
hen there's his explanation that you can't plug a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 2.0 port, and you can't use a 2.0 cable with a 3.0 device, but you can plug 3.0 devices and cables into your 2.0 ports. Uhm, excuse me, but which is it???
3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0 as long as you use a USB 2.0 cable. USB 3.0 cables have longer connectors.
64% of Gamers Prefer Physical Media
Given that any games you download are *expected* to be loaded with DRM. If it weren't for that, I imagine the numbers would be quite different. I feel there's a very disturbing expectation that if you don't have a physical copy, you somehow own it 'less' because some companies try to shame you into feeling like a criminal by default.
Tell people no DRM would be involved and they really *owned* the games they downloaded and try the survey again -- the results would be different.
New Fossil Sheds Light On Lucy's Family Tree
Unforutnately, it would appear your humor gland is broken.
I am not so sure why the scientists are arguing about how these creatures walked, the agreement on a bipedal Lucy and relatives seems pretty impressive, and meant that our ancestors could run when they hunt the might dinosaur.
ou're about 62 million years off putting these or pretty much any other hominid species alongside real dinosaurs.
McDonald's, Cadmium, and Thermo Electron Niton Guns
Because they were made in New Jersey
Well, that explains it.
Apple Is Nintendo's "Enemy of the Future"
Easter is attributed with the sale of 50 million games. This year, Easter came in March (a surprisingly good month), not April like it usually does (a surprisingly dismal month).
Perhaps this isn't the sole reason, but I'm sure it's part of it. There's really nothing to see here.
AU Optronics Asks For US Ban On LG LCD Sales
May not look serious? What the Hell does that mean? Why would this NOT sound serious? :-)
Personally, I think sales injunctions under *most* situations are merely a "dick" move to shut down competition. What company wouldn't jump at the chance to disable any portion of sales by their competitor?
I think a more sophisticated way to deal with this is levy royalties, retroactive if need be, and enjoy your opponent's success.
Google To Steal Office Web Apps' Thunder?
Copy and pasting images DOES live on the web. A surprising example is AOL email. You can copy and paste a picture from one email to another.. Yes, I said AOL email.
Entergy Admits 2005 Tritium Leak
Absolutely right. I'd like to add that reasonably free-willed capitalism can't sustain itself without 'moral ethics'.
Unfortunately, we've entered a period where our society has disregarded ethics in favor of profit. Of course, profit is almost always the primary motivator in the free-market, but profit needs to be accompanied by ethics or I'd wager the system will ultimately fail. This kind of stuff is often the result of those lack of moral ethics.
For all of you dirty business men/women out there who think you make a quick buck at the expense of public health, safety, product quality etc.. ALWAYS remember this: Where ever morality is found to be absent from capitalism, legislation will be substituted in its place. I, for one, don't personally like 'morality' being legislated.
If you're really a free-market person, then surely you can appreciate doing the *right* thing -- because if you don't -- government intervention in the market becomes YOUR fault.
Measuring the Speed of Light With Valentine's Day Chocolate
but what's an easy way to verify that the frequency is really 2,450,000,000 hertz
It's in the user's manual.
95% of User-Generated Content Is Bogus
I'll have to change it from "Everything" to "95% of everything". :-(
Water4Gas Promises 1833gal Gas from 1gal of Water
RudeIota writes "A very honest sounding fellow who goes by the name "Ozzie Freedom", wants to help YOU free yourself from your "oil addiction" by converting your ordinary H2O into "HHO", a fuel that is "pound for pound 3 times more potent" than regular gasoline. The science behind it apparently comes from the depths of the USPTO's "forgotten patents" and the hardware for it apparently comes from your local hardware store (give or take a pickle jar...)
Mr. Freedom claims that one quart of water will yield enough "combustible fuel" to power his vehicle for about 900 miles and that 1 gallon of water will expand into 1833 gallons of fuel. And if that's not enough, it supposedly lowers engine temperature, cleans carbon deposits, increases engine power and smooths gear shifting....
VERY LITTLE WATER is needed...
1 quart/1 Liter of water (see photo) may last for MONTHS of driving (900 miles in my experience). How come? That's because this small device forces each Gallon of water to expand into gigantic proportions: 1833 Gallons of combustible gas!!! — Ozzie's website
... And here's another gem:
"WHY COMPRESS HYDROGEN IN DANGEROUS HIGH-PRESSURE TANKS WHEN IT IS ALREADY "COMPRESSED" IN PLAIN WATER — AND CAN BE EASILY AND SAFELY RELEASED??!" — Ozzie's website
Good question, right!? *facepalm*"
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