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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

Silas is back Re:which could impact patient care (329 comments)

Unfortunately, non-profit hospitals are, in many cases, a sham. Yes, the "hospital" is losing money, while all the doctors working there are pulling in substantial incomes at the same time.

You do realize that med school leaves you with student loans of around 300k and the real money doesn't start to flow before you're 35-40 – by which time you probably have kids and should start to save up for their education? And the very high suicide rate is probably not because of the 80-100 hours a week and litigation threats but because they can't afford to have both their Porsches waxed twice a week.

about 3 months ago

Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

Silas is back Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

When Universities invent something, like blue LEDs, and put it out there "for free", it doesn't serve the public good. What it will serve is the large companies who need the technology and now get it for free, paid for by taxpayer money. The University gets nothing from the invention, the students don't get to profit from lower tuition fees (no, tuition fees are by far not enough to cover a University's expenses) and the public good gets nothing else than to pay taxes and the possibility to build a company assembling blue LEDs without having to worry about patents. Well, I guess that's something.

about 4 months ago

What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

Silas is back Re:Not a watch (97 comments)

Ah shut up, hater, and let me watch American Hustle on my revolutionary iTV.

about 4 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Silas is back Re:Apple? (409 comments)

What's wrong with not using it if you don't like it?

about 4 months ago

Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Silas is back Re:Very Sober (294 comments)

I like how the naysayers are depicted as sober, rational minded individuals while those who see things progressing more rapidly are shown as crazy lunatics.

I don't see the word "sobering" used that way. For me this just means that after one might get excited after hearing Kurzweil, hearing from Winfield is a sobering experience. There is no implication that either of the two is less crazy or more right.

about 5 months ago

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Silas is back Re:what i've always wondered, as a non-medical per (1038 comments)

Frankly I want to go back to a time where we are non interventionist. Let other countries worry about themselves. If you dont want to sell me a product I want/need, Then I will no longer provide you with the intel that you want/need

Frankly, everybody wants the US to become non interventionist again.

about 6 months ago

Apple Pushes Developers To iOS 7

Silas is back Re:no iOS 5 love (336 comments)

I know what you mean. I'm working on an app that doesn't need much horsepower and would like it to be available on the iPad 1 so that people could put old ones they have laying around to good use. But Apple isn't making it easy to support older device so I'll probably have to make it iOS 7+ only. :-(

No you don't. Just set deployment target to iOS 5 and make sure you heed the warnings. Test on your iOS 5 device (yes, no Simulator for that, which sucks) and you're done.

about 7 months ago

Apple Pushes Developers To iOS 7

Silas is back Re:no iOS 5 love (336 comments)

This is not breaking support for iOS 5. I have an app in the store that is built against the iOS 7 SDK and it is compatible for iOS 5 and higher. You can even go lower, it's called the deployment target, but since there's no old iOS version available on the current Simulator it's much harder to test.

about 7 months ago

Eric Schmidt: Google Glass Critics 'Afraid of Change,' Society Will Adapt

Silas is back Re:Segway (331 comments)

Personally speaking, I wouldn't mind something like a ruggedized google glass for snow boarding [...]

That already exists, the Zeal Z3. One third the price of google glass, speedometer, temperature, altimeter and more inside the goggles:

I have never seen somebody wearing these while snowboarding, nor would I want one, but there you go.

about a year ago

FDA Approves Software For iPhone-Based Vision Test

Silas is back Re:What no Android versione? (46 comments)

With all those 400+dpi displays out there - are they actually... useful? Short of holding the phone to your nose or otherwise uncomfortably close (to make it hard to actually... use it) does one notice the difference between the 320-odd "retina" DPI vs. the 440 DPI these new 1080p screens offer?

For the human eye it does not make sense to go above the ~320 DPI. It might make sense for Samsung to go to 440 DPI though because their Pentile displays only have two colors per pixel, with different combinations one besides each other (See e.g. here: But is a 440 DPI Pentile display better than a 320 DPI IPS LCD? Real tests like the ones over at might give an answer. Whether these in turn make any difference during daily use, who knows?

And for developers the 400+ DPI create a new issue: how should you optimize images for your apps/websites? Do you go 3x the size the image has at standard resolution? Meaning you now have to create each image three times, despite nobody seeing a difference over the double-sized 320 DPI images? Vector images help, but are not the solution since lines will be blurred. Oh how we love numbers.

about a year ago

Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

Silas is back Re:who gets paid for this crap (276 comments)

Wow, I am really disappointed that I had to scroll down 2/3 to find the first comment asking this very question. Thank you, AC. Phone benchmarks?? Really??? I mean, this kind of benchmarks doesn't even matter on desktops, except for workstations, why are we doing this same crap on PHONES?

about a year ago

Apple Patent Describes iTunes Reselling and Loaning System

Silas is back Re:finally, some good sense (97 comments)

Seeing how many people pirate iOS and -- even more so -- Android apps tells me that DRM will stay in apps for quite some time.

about a year ago

Apple Patent Describes iTunes Reselling and Loaning System

Silas is back Re:finally, some good sense (97 comments)

To be fair, they implement DRM because the content rights holders want them to. Apple fought to be able to remove DRM from the songs they sell, and they convinced the industry to let them remove it some time ago, which is great and hopefully can expand to the other digital content soon.

about a year ago

The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

Silas is back Re:Why tenure? (193 comments)

"getting tenure" is just a proxy for becoming a prof. I don't know at which university you are and how many grants that you have reeled in, but at the European and US agencies that I have applied you better have a list of good publications to get your funding. And as for "not to worry about tenure", that is highly illusory. Tenure and teaching contracts may save your salary, but what do you say to your lab technicians, programmers and grad students when you run out of money? "Don't worry, you'll get completely adequate gov benefits"?

about a year ago

The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

Silas is back Re:Public-funded research should be public. Period (193 comments)

This is like saying "we don't need Slashdot or Ars Technica or the NYT, just go to Twitter and let the community upvote the most important news. People with more followers have more weight when favoriting/retweeting".

You will never again see actual news.

There is no way around peer review, and good peer review can only happen if experts choose the review panel. Now this is already being done by professors for journals (for free!) and there is a movement of high-profile profs that will only review for Open Access journals. This is definitely a way to go, and the government agencies requiring Open Access is likely the best solution to date.

about a year ago


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