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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

SnapShot Re:atan2 is a transcendental function (247 comments)

"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil", Donald Knuth

about a year ago
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Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

SnapShot Re:Is this different from sport? (487 comments)

It's interesting that you bring up smoking. I, as an ex-smoker, have believed for a long time that adult ADHD drugs, for some people, fills the niche that smoking, before it became socially unacceptable, used to fill. I would love a minor, stimulating alternative to coffee so long as it didn't become the addiction that smoking used to be.

about a year and a half ago
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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

SnapShot Four years older. (524 comments)

Statistically speaking I'm 5% closer to death. I'll put that down as marginally worse off.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?

SnapShot Re:Production values (332 comments)

That's funny, I was just looking through an old magazine that someone must have left at the house and stumbled across this letter:

Dear Penthouse Letters,

I always thought these letters where fake until it happened to me. I was working my way through college delivering pizzas and I got this call to deliver two anchovy, green pepper and olive pizzas to this dive bar down on the bad side of town. I get there and there are four people at the bar; a pasty guy who looked like he lived in his mom's basement, two middle-age women who could have been his mom, and a short fellow in a "Jesus Saves... and takes Half Damage" T-shirt.

[this goes on for three more excruciating, NSFW paragraphs and ends with the following sentence]

And that's why I don't deliver pizza any more.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels

SnapShot Re:The Orwellian Truth (266 comments)

Isn't "less slowly" the same thing as "faster"?

more than 2 years ago
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IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels

SnapShot Re:The Orwellian Truth (266 comments)

Really? People's income goes up "less slowly than inflation"? So they are earning more after inflation? That sounds like a good thing.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels

SnapShot Re:The Orwellian Truth (266 comments)

A friend of mine trusted the Great Ladder this holiday season trying to hang Christmas lights. He spent the Christmas weekend in the hospital with three broken ribs.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels

SnapShot Re:Average (266 comments)

"Have a little piece of the cloud right in your own office!"

I love this line! I hope whoever is still making servers a year from now uses this.

more than 2 years ago
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Two SOPA Writers Become Entertainment Lobbyists

SnapShot Re:This should be illegal (171 comments)

Sorry, the 1% of the non-voters who are making a principled stand are dwarfed by the 99% of the non-voters who: 1. forgot, 2. were too busy watching Desperate Housewives of Bumfuck Wherever or 3. can't read or write. You may think your lack of participation is registering as a vote of "no confidence" but to the politicians you're just another non-entity.

more than 2 years ago
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Two SOPA Writers Become Entertainment Lobbyists

SnapShot Re:This should be illegal (171 comments)

Nothing makes these corrupt politicians happier than you not voting. You're not making a stand; you're just making it easier for them to do what their doing.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

SnapShot Re:Inkling maybe? (425 comments)

I'd like to second this question... anyone out there had early access to the Inkling? I'm looking for a solution that's not handwriting recognition, but simply records handwriting to a vector file. Inkling looks like a solution but the roll out keeps getting delayed...

more than 2 years ago
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Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

SnapShot Re:After a move (667 comments)

Credit Unions have agreements with other CUs. I live 3000 miles from my CU but I have no trouble using local CU ATMs to deposit checks. The website for your CU should have a map of all the ATMs in your area that allow for deposits.

more than 2 years ago
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Helping the FBI Track You

SnapShot Re:Criminals (193 comments)

Ethanol-fueld might overstate the case, slightly, but are you saying the FBI doesn't use criminal snitches? Are you claiming that snitches don't have motivation to manufacture stories when their actual value starts to dry up? Are you sure that the FBI doesn't draw a very blurry distinction between internet blow-hards, entrapment and actual criminal plots? Are you implying that the current level of FOX/MSNBC news coverage actually does do in-depth investigations of claims by government?

more than 2 years ago
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UN Climate Report Fails To Capture Arctic Ice: MIT

SnapShot Re:Should be interesting (465 comments)

It would be different if I could ride a polar bear to work, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Dice Age — Indie Gaming Project vs. Hollywood

SnapShot Re:Simple solution! (47 comments)

Or keep the name but claim it's an acronym:

Disney Is a Completely Evil Asshole Greedhead Enterprise

more than 2 years ago
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Study Shows Programmers Get Better With Age

SnapShot Re:averages don't describe subtleties (352 comments)

Plenty of people don't learn from experience.

This is the fundamental problem. When interviewing a senior developer, the hardest thing to do is determine if the candidate has 10 years of experience like it says on their resume, or do they have 1 year of experience ten times.

Here's my list of desires from a new employee:
1. enthusiasm (younger people often win here)
2. experience (older people often win here, caveated by the statement above)
3. humility (depends on the person)
4. work ethic (also depends on the person)

So, 50% of the criteria for a new employee is not age related.

more than 2 years ago
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Ex-NSA Chief Supports Separate Secure Internet

SnapShot Re:Ssssshhhh stop making sense, please ! (214 comments)

The War on Hacking is the War on Drugs for the 21st Century. A never ending siphon of money into the hands of a few well-connected companies and politicians. There will be some collateral damage, of course, but it will be deemed to be worth it by those who matter. Actually, the collateral damage (loss of privacy, a "locked down" internet) will be considered a feature not a bug.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Best Chess Engine Outlawed and Disqualified

SnapShot Re:The obvious question (315 comments)

However the taps are a derivative work; one that is neither a satire nor used for educational purposes. The taps, therefore, are not within the bounds of fair use and thus all your foot are belong to Lars.

Wait, what was the question again?

more than 2 years ago

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Technology solutions for entering doctor's notes?

SnapShot SnapShot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SnapShot (171582) writes "My wife is a psychiatrist with her own office. I've set up a simple database for her to manage her patients and keep track of notes, but it hasn't been used yet since the process of getting her handwritten notes into the database is too cumbersome. She writes her notes into a custom form with various sections — treatment plan, mental status exam, medication management, etc. I've tried OCR of her handwritten notes but, since she writes in cursive with additional notes in the margin, uses various symbols such as arrows and circles around sections and the notes are filled with various medical shorthand, drug names, and other domain specific words, the OCR is nearly useless.

Currently, she scans the notes into her computer at the end of the day into b&w bitmap files (keeping the paper original as a backup) but this isn't a great solution since the files are large and unsearchable.

So the Ask Slashdot question, have you found any useful ways to get handwritten data into a database. Hopefully it's simple, works with her current forms, doesn't "auto-mangle" her words and doesn't require her to change her writing style. There are three options that I've started researching:
  1. LiveScribe. It requires a special paper but it appears that I can print her forms onto the paper as needed if I buy a color laser printer. It has the advantages that she'll still have a paper copy, but I'm not sure how well the custom forms will work and how forgiving the system is of mistakes.
  2. Wacom has a tablet with a built-in LCD screen. It's targeted towards graphic designers, but if there are handwriting recognition applications available and if it's responsive enough this could be a great solution.
  3. Get a light laptop and have her type directly as she's talking with the patients. She's worried that this will interfere with the conversation with the patient, but it has the advantage of getting the data directly into the database.
  4. OCR? Nothing I've tried seems to work, but I haven't tried everything...

Thanks in advance."

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Supremes lift corporate election spending limits

SnapShot SnapShot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SnapShot (171582) writes "The logical conclusion of the insane idea that corporations are citizens, the five conservative supreme court justices have lifted campaign spending limits by corporations. On the plus side, at least the voting machine conspiracies will go away. Why would a corporation bother when it can just spend a few hundred million on the Congress that they want?"
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Oracle Bought Java (and Sun)

SnapShot SnapShot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SnapShot (171582) writes "Off of Reuters

Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt. The Board of Directors of Sun Microsystems has unanimously approved the transaction. It is anticipated to close this summer, subject to Sun stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

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Why do Apple fans hate tech reporters?

SnapShot SnapShot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SnapShot (171582) writes "Despite the title, this article is not really about Apple or its fans, it's about how "we're quick to see bias in even the most objective news." I've noticed this myself. I'm halfway finished with a scathing response to some post and then I realize that I interpreted the post in the most negative way possible because the writer said something negative about something that I care about. So here's the question, are any of us able to objectively read news about a subject that we are passionate about? Or, are we hard-wired to be evangelists for our "team"?"

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