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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

hawkeyeMI Re:Please don't (279 comments)

There are a lot of people with huge law school debts working as paralegals or baristas. It's not a bad job, but there are way more lawyers than law jobs.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

hawkeyeMI Re:been there, done that (279 comments)

A second major should be at least somewhat easier than the first, it's not necessary to do _everything_ over, right?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

hawkeyeMI Re:Please don't (279 comments)

At least the OP is learning from past mistakes. It could be worse, he/she could be doubling down on liberal arts and going to law school.

3 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

hawkeyeMI Re:Help! (566 comments)

Mod parent up.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

hawkeyeMI Re:Or... (566 comments)

i3wm ftw. Somehow I suspect i3 users aren't her intended audience, though.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

hawkeyeMI Re: You're Doing It Wrong (566 comments)

There are various apps that will help you mimic a tiling window manager on Windows and OSX, by stuffing windows into pre-defined areas on the monitor. They don't work great. I looked and looked for proper tiling window managers like i3 on Windows. They just don't exist. There have been several attempts but they all seem to be abandoned. I had decent success with Divvy on Windows, for what it's worth, but I prefer i3/linux on my 39" 4K SEIKI display. Landscape. Honestly i find the article a bit dumb. Windows even lets you snap windows into half the display by dragging to the edge these days.

about a week ago
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Intel Processor Could Be In Next-Gen Google Glass

hawkeyeMI Re:Battery life (73 comments)

If you read TFA, it's an Intel-made chip with the ARM architecture.

about three weeks ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

hawkeyeMI Re:bitcoin price manipulation (115 comments)

As a big holder and long-time user of bitcoins, I'm in favor of the price not being pushed down. That said, TFS is inflammatory. TFA, which is open access, is actually an interesting read, and it's a clever attack. They also discuss possible mitigations. It's worth a read if you're into bitcoin.

about three weeks ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

hawkeyeMI Re:And that killed the whole article (115 comments)

Read the article. They have a way of forcing disconnection of a server from the Tor network. They concede it's quite noticeable and it may not work if no non-tor fallback is used.

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

hawkeyeMI Re:Yesbut does it run Linux (236 comments)

There are some issues with wifi drivers on the various surface pro models, but if you turn off secure boot it should boot and install. The latest kernels have pretty good support.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

hawkeyeMI Re:Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (236 comments)

Oh, and I need a tablet with an active stylus, so that's a big part of what drew me to the Surface line. I tried the Note 10.1 and the Note 10.1 2014 and wasn't happy. S-Note on those devices is a joke. OneNote is a really well-done serious note-taking application.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

hawkeyeMI Re:Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (236 comments)

I am picky about keyboards, and the type cover is adequate for me while out and about. It's definitely the best tablet keyboard option I've tried, not that I've tried a ton. I do a lot of command-line stuff on it. The keyboard backlight is nice. It even senses when your hands are over it and turns the backlight on.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

hawkeyeMI Re:Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (236 comments)

It's an ultrabook with no (default) keyboard. Despite being a long-time MS-hater, given my current needs the Surface Pro 2 is an excellent device. It's the only "tablet" I've ever succeeded in traveling with without regret. I've tried that with multiple Android tablets, and the one-window (or even two on Samsung) format + non-standard-keyed bluetooth keyboards always ended up causing problems.

about a month and a half ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

hawkeyeMI Re:Can Google Glass record for 2 hours on one char (357 comments)

It would require an external battery pack (very possible) and an asbestos pad between the glass and the wearer's head. It actually would probably shut down from overheating. It doesn't like running and charging at the same time, and I think recording that much video would overheat it anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

hawkeyeMI Re:Every patient? (62 comments)

Imaging is done on hospital MRI scanners. Image processing is done on normal Linux workstations using COTS and OS software. Simulations are run on Penguin on Demand at the moment (Beowulf cluster... yes really).

about 1 month ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

hawkeyeMI Re:Computational Medicine (62 comments)

Unfortunately it's not open source, but yes, you've got the right site. That's us. The services on that site are outdated, however.

about 1 month ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

hawkeyeMI Re:Every patient? (62 comments)

The largest financial burden per-patient is the imaging. An MRI can cost over $2k. The rest of the cost is going to have to do with getting a software-based medical device approved, which requires substantial software re-engineering and clinical trials to satisfy the FDA.

about 1 month ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

hawkeyeMI Re:Every patient? (62 comments)

1. The system is run offsite, it doesn't currently have any installation costs.
2. It depends on what you factor in. There are a lot of costs to cover engineering and so on. The patient needs an MRI if they weren't already going to have one. That's the biggest cost depending on the hosptial (~US$2k). It's not currently being sold and pricing will have to be determined.
3. We operate the backend, all the doctors have to do is upload the MRI. Minimal training is required to interpret the results. We're working on presenting the data to EPs in forms they are already familiar with.

about 1 month ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

hawkeyeMI Re:Cost less? Doubtful. (62 comments)

The difference in procedure time will be substantial. Right now most of the time spent on a VT ablation is for mapping the rhythms and scar. We can pretty much eliminate that (trials ongoing), meaning the procedure can be cut from 4-12 hours down to 2-3 hours, reliably. Considering the cost of time in the EP lab, the savings can be quite large. When it comes to ICDs, risk stratification is really important. If we can avoid putting in unnecessary devices which cost (not counting implantation) $25k-$55k, that's a big savings.

about 1 month ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

hawkeyeMI Re:Meaningless! (62 comments)

This research is being done in cooperation with EPs at JHU and some other top insitutions. It's not being done in a vaccum. We have retrospective validation and prospective is ongoing.

about 1 month ago

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Barclays Downgrades Electric Utility Bonds Due to Solar Competition

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  about 7 months ago

hawkeyeMI (412577) writes "Barclays this week downgrades the entire electric sector of the U.S. high-grade corporate bond market to underweight, saying it sees long-term challenges to electric utilities from solar energy, and that the electric sector of the bond market isn’t pricing in these challenges right now. It’s a noteworthy downgrade since electric utilities which make up nearly 7.5% of Barclays’ U.S. Corporate Index by market value."
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Installing Debian Wheezy (7.0) Linux on the Chromebook Pixel

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hawkeyeMI writes "When Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, it was not long before people started trying to boot normal Linux distributions on it. With Linus Torvalds taking an interest, patches were quickly merged into the Linux git repository, and I continue building the latest version and collecting fixes from elsewhere. I've written up the steps required to get an almost-fully-functional pixel running Debian Wheezy. As of today, I've incorporated fixes that eliminate the audio popping and volume control problems. The only real remaining problem I have is that I can't yet control the keyboard backlight, although I've compiled and loaded a module that is supposed to control it. I'd love it if a Slashdotter more adept than me at kernel hacking could sort that one out."
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Ask Slashdot: What is the best way to become a rural ISP?

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hawkeyeMI writes "I live in a small, rural town nestled in some low hills. Our town has access to only one DSL provider, and it's pretty terrible. However, a regional fiber project is just being completed, and some of the fiber is in fact running directly past my house.

Currently, there are no last-mile providers in my area, and the regional project only considers itself a middle-mile provider, and will only provide service to last-mile providers. Assuming this will not be my day job, that the local populace is rather poor, and that because of the hills, line-of-sight service will be difficult, how could I set myself up as an ISP? I have considered WiFi mesh networking, and even running wires on the power/telephone polls, but the required licensing and other issues are foreign to me. What would you do?"
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Valve Steam for Linux Beta Survey

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hawkeyeMI writes "Valve has moved one step closer to releasing Steam for Linux, and they want beta testers that have a lot of experience with Linux. Knowing Slashdot, many of you probably fit the bill. So, if you'd like to try to get into the beta, go fill out the survey! You will need a Steam account to do so."
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BitInstant rolls out cash deposits at Wal-Mart, 7-11, and more

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hawkeyeMI writes "One of the most difficult things about using Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency, is getting sovereign currencies into the exchanges. A company called BitInstant has been trying to remedy that for some time, but today has launched the most accessible methods ever for getting USD (and other currencies) into popular exchanges. With their rollout today, one can now deposit cash from Wal-Mart, CVS, 7-11, MoneyGram, and many other locations in the USA, in addition to the major banks they previously supported. Note: although I am involved with Bitcoin I do NOT have any relationship with BitInstant."
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India's Graduates Not Suitable for Call Centers

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hawkeyeMI writes "There's a story today in the Wall Street Journal about a problem faced by India's outsourcing industry; while there are many graduates from high school and college, most of them lack the critical thinking and English speaking skills needed for work in call centers, and for more skilled labor. The problem is especially keen where communication with the English-speaking world is most needed. This mirrors my own experiences with various firms on Elance, and with GetFriday and AskSunday. Maybe the outsourcing 'threat' espoused by many in IT is hitting its limits?"
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Long-term storage of moderately large datasets

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hawkeyeMI writes "I have a small scientific services company, and we end up generating fairly large datasets (2-3 TB) for each customer. We don't have to ship all of that, but we do need to keep some compressed archives. The best I can come up with right now is to buy some large hard drives, use software RAID in linux to make a RAID5 set out of them, and store them in a safe deposit box. I feel like there must be a better way for a small business, but despite some research into Blu-ray, I've not been able to find a good, cost-effective alternative. A tape library would be impractical at the present time. If anyone would have some ideas, I figure it would be the Slashdot audience. What do you recommend?"
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Heart simulator enters academic beta

hawkeyeMI hawkeyeMI writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hawkeyeMI (412577) writes "CardioSolv, LLC, a company that is commercializing academic heart simulation software, is beginning a beta trial of their heart simulator and web interface. The simulator is capable of handling a whole human heart using accurate human-derived ionic models. Its capacity is limited only by the constraints of VirtualBox and the machine on which it is running. All of the necessary tools will be bundled in a VirtualBox machine image. The company is now taking sign-ups from academic users on its site. (Disclosure: I am a founder of the company and this is my project.)"
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