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Predicting the Risk of Suicide By Analyzing the Text of Clinical Notes

kaoshin Sounds legit (70 comments)

With significant development I think detection could become at least 50% successful. It would probably be more cost effective though to just not lose the quarters when you flip them.

about 8 months ago

Ancient Egyptian Brewer's Tomb Found

kaoshin Pyramidology (66 comments)

The ration for an pyramid labourer included a measure of beer although supervisors got to have jugs. The only reason the Giza pyramids were built is because everyone was totally blitzed. Interestingly enough, beer is often seen in modern pyramid structures.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

kaoshin Naturom Demonto (796 comments)

When thou retrievest the book from its cradle, you must recite the words, 'Klaatu Barada Nikto'.

about 8 months ago

Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

kaoshin toasters (87 comments)

This one bears resemblance to a cylon raider. Perhaps their plan is a much more sinister one?

about 9 months ago

US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

kaoshin Re:Something has to give, buddy (466 comments)

Motorcycles are more efficient than cars if you don't account for the greatly multiplied rate of human injury and sacrifice.

about 9 months ago

Officials Say NSA Probed Fewer Than 300 Numbers - Broke Plots In 20 Nations

kaoshin Re:I'm sure it's effective (419 comments)

Was it the "This is a parody of" that gave it away? Woosh.

about a year ago

Officials Say NSA Probed Fewer Than 300 Numbers - Broke Plots In 20 Nations

kaoshin Re:I'm sure it's effective (419 comments)

Did the NSA say this? I don't recall that they did

In big bold font on their homepage:

"If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear"

about a year ago

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

kaoshin Re:Bloody Romans! (322 comments)

You left out the most important one of all. Welfare.

about a year ago

Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

kaoshin Re:Datacenter in the Desert? (410 comments)

Evaporative cooling in a dry environment like the desert is actually a cheaper and more efficient method of cooling a data center. Outside temp doesn't matter so much.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

kaoshin bblean (359 comments)

Virtual desktops are part of the core functionality of bblean. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions have for a long time worked tremendously well for me on Windows 7 OS. It is #1 on my list of must have software for Windows. My only gripe is that the program I use for updating my WoW addons (curse client) is a whimpy .NET application that won't execute at all under alternative shells (they say they don't support it), so I have to very simply work around their jankyness by switching back to explorer shell.

more than 2 years ago

Shanghai Government Proposes 100 Community Hackerspaces

kaoshin China (76 comments)

They have space left there?

more than 2 years ago

NASA CTO Says Help Desks May Disappear

kaoshin Re:I don't need help, I just need permission. (131 comments)

I had to handle a situation from a rather technical guy not long ago who decided he would take it upon himself to set up an ipod for hold music. The problem is, he didn't have a charger for it. Rather than go out and buy a charger, he decided he would power it off the company file server and install the itunes software. Unfortunately, because he was a techie someone made an exception and granted him elevated privs on the server. The root volume on the server rapidly filled up with music downloads and the crash caused significant downtime in an office that is dependent on time sensitive transactions. You can't make assumptions about your users ability to drive things if you are the ones responsible for devoting overtime resources to fixing it all.

Not to be condescending, but the vast majority of users I have spoken with over the last 14 years are barely computer literate. Although it is important to understand standards and conventions, etc. and even a simple thing can get you in trouble, most people I talk to can't even read things off the screen properly. There isn't anything wrong with that, and on the other hand usually I can not begin to comprehend the business tasks they perform so we work together as a team. People just need to work together and get over their ego trip or self confidence issues with calling someone for assistance. I've been in IT a long time, and I still call technical support.

more than 2 years ago

Air Force Network Admins Found Out About Drone Virus Through News Story

kaoshin cyber command (161 comments)

Ok, is this what they meant by downgraded provisional cyber command? As in, a room with pictures of maps on big flat screens and no actual command of anything? If this is the best the most elite hackers our military can muster, then I think my wife should try and apply. She knows how to use Excel pretty well.

more than 2 years ago

Florida School District Begins Fingerprinting Students

kaoshin How very sad (294 comments)

What this says to me is that in Florida, the schools are really bad at keeping track of kids and have to rely on exotic and controversial measures that the vast majority of the country doesn't use. The alternatives I can take away from this are that this is all about money or they are just passing off responsibility onto machines.

more than 2 years ago


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