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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Scottingham Re:sounds like a job for (231 comments)

Oh wow! Thanks for the info! I'm not a Google fanboi by any stretch. I use them more as the most plausible stand-in for my idealized tech company. One that could realize my ultimate dream of a computationally socialist society. In other words, a computer mediated means of allocating resources and services (though not exclusively...a capitalist consumer-driven economy would still be necessary...think basic income vs government housing). We are soooo far away from anything like that today, but I still think it's a laudible goal to get corruptible, short sighted, and narrow minded humans out of the loop ASAP. Admittedly, it's all predicated on very cheap energy and exponentially improving computers/robotics.

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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Scottingham Re:sounds like a job for (231 comments)

You say that with snark (I think) but I have a feeling that GoogleHealth would be far superior to anything offered by today's private shit. Though you'd likely have to watch Ads while in traction, or in the waiting room etc...

Considering that it is the informational infrastructure of a hospital system that is the weak point, not the care itself, Google is clearly pretty damn good at that.

AppleMed on the other hand would suck. Have fun paying 3x for premium couture band-aids. They'd likely excel in plastic surgery.

yesterday
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Scottingham Re:Anarchy is all fun and games... (540 comments)

Yes but what if the state collapses and we're left to deal with roving bands of Palinistas? They'll sure as hell be armed.

yesterday
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

Scottingham MDMA Demand (68 comments)

It seems that this is pretty good proof that there is a demand for reputable MDMA. Perhaps the club scene would be safer if there were less mystery powders claiming to be "Molly". If the dosage was known steps could be taken to provide the most fun for the least amount of harm (it sure as hell isn't harmless).

It's also purportedly good for therapy too. I plan to get some for my parents on their 50th anniversary.

2 days ago
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3D Bioprinter Creates "Living Bandage" Skin Grafts For Burn Victims

Scottingham Re:Sad this thread is 3/4 Trolls (26 comments)

Oh yes, I am full gear all the time! But most riders, like you said, don't have anything on but the legally required helmet (in some states not even that!).

5 days ago
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3D Bioprinter Creates "Living Bandage" Skin Grafts For Burn Victims

Scottingham Sad this thread is 3/4 Trolls (26 comments)

As a motorcycle rider, I welcome this awesome advancement in bio-3d printing. Wake Forest is also doing some incredible stuff with this technology. I'm hoping they can use the superior 3d printing capabilities of stereo-lithography to create a super-detailed biomesh that can later have cells grafted onto it. Currently we have to strip off the cells of a donor organ to get the structure then put the patient's cells in a slurry over that. While that is still amazing, creating the scaffolding is the next big ticket.

about a week ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Scottingham Re:Its not the CFL/LED (596 comments)

Now there's an interesting idea! I'd also like to see in-lamp support for multiple LED types...Like a 'night mode' that puts out orange-red spectrum light. Of course, you'd need custom LEDs to work with this type of lamp. If you could make it work then you'd have some pretty decent lock-in. Possibly allow for the straight LEDs from the manufacturer plug straight in (heat issues would have to be addressed somehow around that socket).

This is sounding more and more like a nerd's dream lamp but nobody elses :-\

about a week ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Scottingham Re:to sum it up: (200 comments)

I had no idea what besan or jackfruit were... I will now stop comparing the two.

about a week ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Scottingham Re:How? (268 comments)

They measured in days, not hours....a trick to hype up the amount.

about a week ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Scottingham Pretty innovative...easy to mass produce. (268 comments)

TFA is pretty poorly written, but the pictures are pretty awesome. IMHO the biggest innovation here is the use of those circular mirrors veruses some custom curved mirror that pretty much all existing parabolic-type solar arrays had used. These can be mass produced super cheaply so replacement is more about fixing individual components versus chucking the whole array. They are also likely able to fine tune each mirror to guide the sun towards the center the best. I wonder if they could actively change via computer control. The actual PV section is also pretty smart, as it is a relatively smaller footprint than unamplified PV arrays. Hopefully that'd translate to few materials and lower costs. These always bring up more questions though...like: What about stray reflections? Could they blind people or melt cars if placed in a parking lot (like the example given in TFA) What is the lifespan of those solar arrays if they're getting blasted with such high amounts of light. How fast would they fail if the coolant system ran out? Would it fail catastrophically?

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Scottingham Re:anarchists cookbook? (404 comments)

I was going to say pretty much this.

I remember reading it when I was 13 thinking 'Mix bleach and ammonia together on the stove on high heat? Yeah fucking right!' Of course, for everybody that had enough sense to see that it was clearly dangerous without any actual proof/background behind their choices there were probably four people who tried it.

Of course, I did end up making napalm and lighting it in my backyard!
Mom coming home early from work seeing a 15ft high flame with a column of black smoke 100s of feet in the air: IS THAT A GREASE FIRE?!?!
Me:.....yes?
Mom: Salt puts it out!
*salt does nothing*

We eventually snuffed it out with a pan lid. It was pretty stupid of me in hindsight...live and learn (if you still live).

about a week ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Scottingham Re: yet more proof (356 comments)

Protip: Get a sense of humor. You are the reason why he had to qualify it.

about a week ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Scottingham Event Scheduling (137 comments)

The only legit reason I continue to use Facebook is that it is good for keeping track of upcoming events (parties, concerts, etc). G+ did not have any comparable feature. If it did, and did so cleanly without all the other FB-esque trash that went along with it, I'm sure many (of at least my)people would have dumped FB.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Scottingham Brain in a jar! (478 comments)

Personally, I'd like to survive long enough to be able to extract my brain and place it into a self-contained support system. It'd of course have to have a substantial sensory input/output system to allow me to interact with my 'surroundings' ie a networked virtualized world. I think this is the only realistic way to 'download' your consciousness to a machine. The brain is simply too complex to abstract to a computer...why not just preserve and support the brain itself? It'd solve all the strange philosophical problems of consciousness transfer and whatnot.

There's nothing requiring breaking the laws of physics for this to work. Obviously it is technologically quite a ways away from today. Given that we're accelerating our technology at an exponential rate, I don't think it is totally out of the realm of possibility that it could be available within the next 50-70 years. It'd certainly cut down on energy/space requirements for me (and possibly billions others), and also allow me to 'live forever'...kinda.

about two weeks ago
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

Scottingham Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (65 comments)

Thanks for the tip about the Mill CPU!! People have been bitching about how Slashdot has gone down the shitter since I was in High School (~2002). There has always been a variable signal to noise ratio, but the signal has consistently proven to be worthwhile enough to come back. Case in point: this.

http://millcomputing.com/docs/belt/

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scottingham Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

...or if it didn't get billions of dollars of US aid....

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scottingham Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

It has? We must be getting our news from two vastly different sources.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Scottingham Re:Worse than it seems. (221 comments)

I also didn't say "millions" because I desperately hope it not to be true, but based on where this is happening it isn't impossible.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Scottingham Re:Worse than it seems. (221 comments)

The fact that these cities contain millions of people in deplorable conditions before Ebola even touched it.

The symptoms include severe diarrhea and vomiting. There is little to no sewage system in these cities. Where do you think it's all going?

about two weeks ago

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New Drug Treatment Could Cure All Viral Infections

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "TFA states that in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection."
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Computer Use Leads To Poorer Reading Skills

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "A study involving children in Sweden and the US has concluded that increase computer usage leads to decreased reading skills. "Our study shows that the entry of computers into the home has contributed to changing children's habits in such a manner that their reading does not develop to the same extent as previously. By comparing countries over time we can see a negative correlation between change in reading achievement and change in spare time computer habits which indicates that reading ability falls as leisure use of computers increases,". Is there any way around this? What about E-Readers? Cue the anecdotal evidence to the contrary!"
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'Giant' Neuron Modulates 50,000 Other Neurons

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "PhsyOrg describes this discovery better than I could: A single "giant", non-spiking, GABAergic interneuron forms an all-to-all negative feedback loop with a population of about 50,000 Kenyon cells, principal neurons of the mushroom bodies, a structure involved in olfactory memory in the insect brain. This normalizing feedback loop serves to ensure relatively constant sparseness of mushroom body output across varying input strengths. Sparseness is an important feature of sensory representations in areas involved in memory formation."
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Brain-Computer Interface Works With Speech Centers

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "Science Daily reports on new research that uses electrodes placed in the speech centers of the brain to move a cursor around the screen. While participants were instructed to utter different vowel sounds their neural activity was parsed and analyzed. Once analyzed and connected to a cursor-control program, participants quickly learned to use the different vowel sounds to move a cursor around a screen. The system can distinguish between actual speech and the cursor-controlling thought-sounds."
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