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Are Smartphones Starting a Boom In DIY Medicine?

cheezitmike mHealth (111 comments)

Using mobile technologies for healthcare is not just for self-diagnosis or as an alternative to expensive medical care. Many doctors and hospitals are adopting the technology and encouraging their patients to adopt it. There are lots of things you can do smaller and cheaper where telehealth systems or healthcare websites are currently being used. Preventive medicine mobile applications have been successful for improving health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, in particular. Read the article before casually dismissing the field as a bunch of hypochondriacs trying to self-medicate.

If you're a developer interested in the mobile health field, the mHealth Summit is currently the best annual conference.focused specifically on mobile health out there: http://www.mhealthsummit.org/ Eric Topol, the subject of the NY Times article in the summary above, was one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 conference, along with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Reconsidering Android 4.0 On the Galaxy S

cheezitmike ICS for Samsung Exhibit II? (192 comments)

I can't find any information about whether or not the Samsung Exhibit II (which just came out in October) for T-Mobile will get Ice Cream Sandwich. Anyone else heard any rumors?

more than 2 years ago
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Wicked Lasers Introduces Handheld One-Watt Green Laser

cheezitmike Need Sharks (404 comments)

Nice friggin' lasers. Now we just need some friggin' sharks to go with them.

about 3 years ago
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Virtual Lab Rat Saves Human Lives

cheezitmike Medical College of Wisconsin (69 comments)

To clarify the summary, the virtual rat project is being done at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). NIH is just funding the project.

more than 3 years ago
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South Korean Scientists Create Glowing Dog

cheezitmike My Cat Does That (139 comments)

So what? My cat can produce spots on the carpet that glow under a fluorescent UV light. I suppose if we had a dog, the cat could pee on the dog and make it glow too. But you don't see cats running of to publish stuff in journals; they have too much important napping and paw-licking to do instead.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

cheezitmike Why that article? (574 comments)

The article referenced in the summary says nothing. It just asks some rhetorical questions. Am I supposed to LTFP (Listen to the F-ing Podcast?). There are dozens of good stories about why Netflix is raising its prices. Why lead with that one?

more than 3 years ago
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How often do you Google yourself?

cheezitmike Re:I can't... (225 comments)

10 years ago when I used to search for myself occasionally, 2 or 3 of the top 10 hits were actually me. But now some guy with the same name as me has become a well-known politician and I am completely washed out of Google existence.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Should Focus On Going To..

cheezitmike Omicron Persei 8 (508 comments)

Let's go to Omicron Persei 8 and take them a DVD box set of "Ally McBeal" as a precaution to prevent them from attacking us 1000 years from now.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Looking Into Reviving Classic Games?

cheezitmike iPhone Games? (142 comments)

We just saw the launch of the original Civilization for the iPhone... I'm imagining that EA is looking to do similar things with these other old, but fondly remembered titles. Spruce up the graphics, modify the gameplay to work on the iPhone, and then sell them for $9.99.

more than 5 years ago
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Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

cheezitmike Amazon DRM: books vs. mp3s (646 comments)

I find Amazon's attitude towards DRM to be hypocritical. I buy all my mp3's from Amazon.com (and not iTunes) specifically because Amazon doesn't use DRM on music purchases. I know that music I buy through Amazon can't be remotely erased, I can still play it 10 years from now even if Amazon shuts down their mp3 business, and I can transfer it if I buy a new computer or get a different brand of mp3 player. But when it comes to books and Amazon is selling the hardware AND the content, their attitude sure did change about DRM. I don't own a Kindle, and am not likely to be buying one.

more than 5 years ago
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I Count In

cheezitmike Re:1 Parent at 4AM (599 comments)

I love this book, perhaps more than my daughter does. One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone. Also, the Belly-Button Book rocks. I can do that one from memory too. Bee-bo!

more than 5 years ago

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How a Digital Pioneer Turned Against the Web

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "Jaron Lanier helped to pioneer the field of Virtual Reality in the 1980's and was an influential part of the early days of the digital revolution. But later, he turned against the web culture that he helped to create. Smithsonian Magazine talked to Lanier to explore his thinking on how the Internet is leading our culture the wrong way: 'Lanier was one of the creators of our current digital reality and now he wants to subvert the “hive mind,” as the web world’s been called, before it engulfs us all, destroys political discourse, economic stability, the dignity of personhood and leads to “social catastrophe.”'"
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Classroom Clashes over Science Education

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "In a two-part series, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) examines two hot-button topics that create clashes in the classroom between science teachers and conservative-leaning students, parents, school boards, and state legislatures. Part 1 looks at the struggle of teachers to cover evolution in the face of religious push-back from students and legislatures. Part 2 deals with teaching climate change, and how teachers increasingly have to deal with political pressure from those who insist that there must be two sides to the discussion."
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Physicist's Algorithm Speeds Airplane Boarding

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  about 3 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "Fermilab astrophysicist Jason Steffen, waiting for a flight to leave, noticed that airlines wasted a lot of time boarding passengers and figured there had to be a better way: "Steffen considered various methods, such as boarding people in blocks, at random, and in window seats first. He set up a model using an algorithm based on the Monte Carlo optimization method used in statistics and mathematics. He found that the most efficient boarding method is to board alternate rows at a time, beginning with the window seats on one side, then the other, minimizing aisle interference. The window seats are followed by alternate rows of middle seats, then aisle seats. He also found that boarding at random is faster that boarding by blocks.""
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IBM Prototype Chip Acts Like Human Brain

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "IBM has created two prototype computer chips which process data similar to the way humans digest information: "The challenge in training a computer to behave like a human brain is technological and physiological, testing the limits of computer and brain science. But researchers from IBM Corp. say they've made a key step toward combining the two worlds. The company announced Thursday that it has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that now power PCs and supercomputers.""
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When Patents Attack

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "From NPR, a story about how software patents and their licensing and litigation are harming the IT industry. NPR specifically shines the light on a company called Intellectual Ventures which owns 35,000 patents: "Technology companies pay Intellectual Ventures fees ranging "from tens of thousands to the millions and millions of dollars ... to buy themselves insurance that protects them from being sued by any harmful, malevolent outsiders," Sacca says. There's an implication in IV's pitch, Sacca says: If you don't join us, who knows what'll happen?""
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Netflix Killing DVDs like Apple Killed Floppies?

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "While there has been lots of outcry about Netflix separating DVD service from streaming service, streaming media expert Eric Garland says they're just doing to the DVD what Apple did to the floppy disk. "I was reminded of so many precedents: Facebook revamping its user interface, the introduction of the first Blueberry iMac, the one with the conspicuously missing 3.5-inch floppy drive on the front. All of these were moments when there was a paradigm shift that led to an immediate public outcry. People made a lot of noise and had a lot of complaints. People were very upset about these shifts...until they weren't. In the news cycle, the outcry is significant and it is problematic, but it's also important to note how quickly these things are forgotten.""
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Poor Security for Electronic Medical Records

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "A report released by the US Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found that the push to convert health care providers to electronic medical records overlooks computer and network security concerns. From the story: "To underscore the point, the second audit examined computer security at seven large hospitals in different states and found 151 security vulnerabilities, from ineffective wireless encryption to a taped-over door lock on a room used for data storage.""
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Bypassing the Big Guys to get Broadband

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "A Washington Post story tells how former automotive engineer Paul Conlin just wanted to get broadband at his rural home in Fauquier County, Virginia, and ended up forming his own wireless ISP: "Paul Conlin, the proprietor of Blaze Broadband, is not a typical telecom executive. He drives a red pickup and climbs roofs. When customers call tech support, he is the one who answers. Conlin delivers broadband to Fauquier County homes bypassed by Comcast and Verizon, bouncing wireless signals from antennas on barns, silos, water towers and cellphone poles.""
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The Details Behind Beatles: Rock Band

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "In this New York Times story, "While My Guitar Gently Beeps", music producer Giles Martin and Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos talk about the finer details of how the music, art, technology, and people all came together to create "The Beatles: Rock Band", due out next month. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, and Dhani Harrison all talk about the creation of the game and what it means to them, and game producers and experts discuss the phenomenon of music games and how people relate to them."
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Oregon State Pioneers New Ocean Wave-Energy Bouy

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "Researchers at Oregon State University are testing a new type of wave-energy converter to generate electricity from ocean waves: "Even when the ocean seems calm, swells are moving water up and down sufficiently to generate electricity. [...] For decades the challenge has been to build a device that can withstand monster waves and gale-force winds, not to mention corrosive saltwater, seaweed, floating debris and curious marine mammals. [...] In the most recent prototypes, a thick coil of copper wire is inside the first component, which is anchored to the seafloor. The second component is a magnet attached to a float that moves up and down freely with the waves. As the magnet is heaved by the waves, its magnetic field moves along the stationary coil of copper wire. This motion induces a current in the wire--electricity.""
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Sci-Fi Writers Dream Up Ideas for U.S. Government

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "This week in Washington, DC, a group of Sci-Fi writers is helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security envision the future at the 2009 Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference. The agency is hoping the interaction between writers and bureaucrats helps the government 'break old habits of thought' and 'help managers think more broadly about projects and their potential reactions and unintended consequences'. And, it's at minimal expense to taxpayers, since the writers are consulting pro bono."
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Meet moot: A Virtual Unknown

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "The Washington Post has a feature story about 4chan.org founder moot: "Over in the corner, a serious-looking 21-year-old wearing a gray hoodie and a mop of curly hair chats with friends about his two kittens and the night's dinner plans and how, after dinner, and after the after-party, he'll be going home to his mom's house in a nearby suburb. This is moot. His real name is Christopher Poole. He is responsible for the online lives of 5 million monthly 4chan visitors — the hackers, slackers and potty-mouthed geeks. They come to 4chan when they should be doing calc homework. Now — in debt, out of work, another example of the Internet's intangibility — Poole just needs to figure out how to make that matter.""
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How to Protect Children from Zombie Attack

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "In today's world of roaming undead and random zombie attacks, you cannot be too prepared for the possibility that you will need to flee on foot with your children. That's why all you should read this guide to protecting children from zombie attack. From the article: "The market abounds with hundreds of child transport variations — from sleek, European buggys to integrated backpacks and off-road joggers. Selection of a transport type often becomes more about public perception and personal status than actual functionality. When it comes to holding up in a world filled with the living dead, many of these devices fall sadly short." Remember, even if you're not a parent now, you should be prepared aid children belonging to your neighbors, family members, or fellow survivors barricaded in your local safehouse in the event of a zombie crisis."
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Paper Ballots Will Return in MD and VA

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "According to a story in the Washington Post: 'Goodbye, electronic voting. Farewell, fancy touch screen. Maryland and Virginia are going old school after Tuesday's election. Maryland will scrap its $65 million electronic system and go back to paper ballots in time for the 2010 midterm elections. In Virginia, localities are moving to paper after the General Assembly voted last year to phase out electronic voting machines as they wear out. "The battle for the hearts and minds of voters on whether electronic systems are good or bad has been lost," Brace said. The academics and computer scientists who said they were unreliable "have won that battle."'"
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Craigslist sues eBay, alleges corporate spy plan

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "From today's Washington Post, Craigslist is Suing eBay for stealing trade secrets: "Online classifieds leader Craigslist.com filed a countersuit on Tuesday against business rival eBay Inc, alleging eBay used its minority stake in Craigslist to steal its corporate trade secrets. [...] Craigslist's complaint alleges a plot by San Jose, California-based eBay to use its position as a minority shareholder and its position on the board to pressure Craigslist into a full-scale acquisition deal by eBay. Barring that, Craigslist argues eBay used its position to gather competitive information that led to the launch of eBay's rival classifieds business. It charges eBay code-named this its 'Craigslist killer' in internal strategy discussions. 'In the months leading up to the launch of its competing Kijiji site ... eBay used its shareholder status to plant on Craigslist's board of directors the individual responsible for launching and/or operating Kijiji,' the latest suit alleges.""
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Darth Vader spared jail in Jedi church attacks

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "According to a story in The Washington Post, "A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of a group calling itself the Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday." The Wales on Sunday newspaper detailed the attack: "Barney Jones, his brother Daniel and their cousin Michael were performing some warrior moves in their back garden when the drunken Darth attacked them — not with a lightsaber, but a metal crutch. The three are founders of the Anglesey Jedi Church, which takes teachings from the famous Star Wars film heroes. During the epic attack, Arwel Hughes wore a black bin bag as a cape and leapt over a wall to strike Barney over the head. He then turned on Michael, hitting him on the leg and causing a bruise. The knights were in the middle of filming a documentary, which will be aired on Channel Four.""
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The Curious Histories of Generic Domain Names

cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "ITworld.com uses the Wayback Machine to document the histories of five generic domain names: music.com, eat.com, car.com, meat.com, and milk.com. "In this brave new Web 2.0 world, it's almost a badge of honor to have a Web site name that only hints at what the user will find there (see Flickr) or is so opaque as to offer no clue at all as to what the Web site is about (see del.icio.us). It's easy to forget the first Internet gold rush of the mid-to-late '90s, when dot-com domain names based on ordinary (and, investors hoped, marketable) nouns and verbs were snapped up by hopeful companies from the humble geeks who had purchased them (often ironically) in the early '90s.""
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cheezitmike cheezitmike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cheezitmike (537630) writes "The Washington Post reports that several bands, including R.E.M., are joining up to raise public awareness in support of Net Neutrality:

The Future of Music Coalition — an advocacy group of musicians that fought radio consolidation — is assembling a lineup of name bands, such as R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie, to join the fight to keep the net neutral. The group will join net neutrality advocate Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) for a teleconference today to kick off the campaign, which is called "Rock the Net ." The campaign will include a petition and a series of concerts. The coalition fears that if companies are allowed to charge for faster access to the Internet, it will hurt the ability of musicians to get their music out to their fans, especially small, indie bands.
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