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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

SemperUbi Re: "Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

My AA has offered to help process my emails, but I'd much rather do it myself, since I learn more and remember more that way. Why I would ever want pre-processed mail is beyond me. Where is the demand for this product? I just don't see it.

about two weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

SemperUbi Ebola is harder to catch than most people think. (349 comments)

From an editorial in this week's New England Journal of Medicine by Jeffrey Drazen et al:

"Health care professionals treating patients with this illness have learned that transmission arises from contact with bodily fluids of a person who is symptomatic — that is, has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and malaise. We have very strong reason to believe that transmission occurs when the viral load in bodily fluids is high, on the order of millions of virions per microliter. This recognition has led to the dictum that an asymptomatic person is not contagious; field experience in West Africa has shown that conclusion to be valid. Therefore, an asymptomatic health care worker returning from treating patients with Ebola, even if he or she were infected, would not be contagious. Furthermore, we now know that fever precedes the contagious stage, allowing workers who are unknowingly infected to identify themselves before they become a threat to their community. This understanding is based on more than clinical observation: the sensitive blood polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) test for Ebola is often negative on the day when fever or other symptoms begin and only becomes reliably positive 2 to 3 days after symptom onset."

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

SemperUbi Re:Xfinity Speed Test (294 comments)

Either that or some impressive cognitive dissonance.

about 2 months ago
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Take a Picture Just By Thinking About It, Using Google Glass With MindRDR App

SemperUbi imperfect brain-wave translations (41 comments)

"Oh look at that smoking hot babe! I gotta keep that - oh no wait, how do I change my default settings? My girlfriend will just

ONE IMAGE SUCCESSFULLY POSTED TO FACEBOOK TIMELINE

about 5 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

SemperUbi Melatonin (163 comments)

works for me - on the flight east, one hour before when bedtime will be in the new time zone. Then the next night, another an hour before bedtime.

about 6 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

SemperUbi Virgin Mobile (482 comments)

I've used Virgin Mobile for the past six years, pay $30/mo and am as satisfied as I've ever been with any phone carrier.

about 8 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

SemperUbi Re:easier way (311 comments)

And as a mathematician, I would already remember more significant figures for pi than I would likely be able to get from a bullet-scatter pattern.

about 8 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

SemperUbi easier way (311 comments)

I would just approach my fellow humans with the Mossberg 500 and ask if anyone remembers the value of pi. I live in Silicon Valley: even the zombies would remember it.

about 8 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

SemperUbi Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

People are generally irrational, and child abusers maybe even more so. I doubt this punishment will deter anyone who's rationalizing away their abuse of others.

about 9 months ago
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Genomic Medicine, Finally

SemperUbi Re:Isn't delivery still a problem? (64 comments)

Genomic medicine can be as simple as having your genome sequenced and interpreted by someone who knows what they're doing. Healthy people usually have several genetic polymorphisms or mutations, only some of which are significant, and sequencing can help you learn which genetic findings are significant health risks, and which are harmless. What you're talking about is gene therapy, which is a lot more involved.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

SemperUbi Re:You'll regret being an early adopter. (421 comments)

Five years? In tech time, that's like the Pleistocene era! Good strategy for Google -- limit the supply for a ridiculously long time, making it invite-only to increase the recipients' impressions of a great favor having been bestowed on them -- all of which should increase demand over what it might've been if any old schlump could buy a pair. Too bad Google didn't think through the social side effects. How do you relate to someone who might or might not start recording you at any time without your knowledge? I'm not interested in buying a pair and being 'That Guy' (gal, in my case).

about 10 months ago
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Google Wants To Write Your Social Media Responses For You

SemperUbi Re:Mechanical Monk. (163 comments)

The folks at CERN will be disappointed. Also, you get all of my imaginary mod points.

1 year,22 days
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

SemperUbi Re:DEA, meet HIPAA and HITECH. (455 comments)

Seriously! We MD's and other hospital staff all have to get mandatory patient privacy and security training every year. Some people at the DEA need to do this too because they are WAY out of line.

about a year ago
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My ISP...

SemperUbi "Effectively caps me" (290 comments)

"...by being terrible at what they do"

This is the best poll option EVER. I would click on it repeatedly for days if I weren't so neurotypical.

about a year ago
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Request to Falsify Data Published In Chemistry Journal

SemperUbi Re:Science - It Works (163 comments)

We're talking impartial SCIENCE, man. I say we need "typewriter font -1" and "typewriter font +1." Let the battle begin!

No matter who wins, we'll shake hands, raise toasts to each other in the mead hall, then go slaughter the Comic Sans crowd.

about a year ago
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AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

SemperUbi Re:Too bad. (798 comments)

I'm liking Virgin Mobile a lot, and I've had their unlimited data plan for two years now. I would love to know how much market share they've picked up since then. Anyone know?

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Charges Sales Tax On "Shipping and Handling"

SemperUbi Re:Buy Amazon Prime. (330 comments)

You get all of my imaginary mod points.

more than 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

SemperUbi Re:Voting for Obama (707 comments)

Darth Cheney isn't going to leave him alone until he gets a big smooch. I'm just not sure it'll be on his face.

more than 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

SemperUbi Re:Vote (707 comments)

"Don't let tailored analogies restrict your thinking on the utility and limits of regulation." Agree. Analogies don't constitute a valid argument.

more than 2 years ago

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