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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

mmell What's holding me back? (470 comments)

I'm fifty-five years old and my vision is still 20-20.


Scientists Measure Magnetic Interaction Between Two Bound Electrons

mmell Re:soo close.. (26 comments)


about a month ago

US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

mmell Score:1, Flamebait (143 comments)

Hey, he asked for a citation. I provided one. I suppose the Jackass party's astroturfers have mod points today.

*Sigh*. I was even careful not to call it Obamacare - although it does sorta make you wonder exactly which political party/lobby he belongs to, doesn't it?

about a month ago

US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

mmell Re:Well, there's me. (143 comments)

I was unemployed one month ago. Thankfully, I didn't suffer any issues requiring medical assistance.

about a month ago

Big Bang Breakthrough Team Back-Pedals On Major Result

mmell Re:Inflation was BEFORE the big bang (127 comments)

Nothing ever happens the way I expect it to.

The bartender says "Why the long face?"

A tachyon flies into a bar . . .

about a month ago

US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

mmell Well, there's me. (143 comments)

I was far better off before the Affordable Healthcare Act took effect. Before, I could count on Medicare/Medicaid. Now (as a consultant with no company sponsored healthcare), those things are effectively impossible for me to get. I now have a $5,200/person deductable on a 70/30 plan with no catastrophic caps - in effect, I have absolutely no viable access to advanced medical care unless I enrich some insurance company somewhere out of my pocket (but only after I personally pay for the first five g's . . .).

That's one citation.

about a month ago

US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

mmell Re:For a First Step (143 comments)

Good luck convincing Bayer - the same wonderful people who brought you buffered aspirin. Neonicitinoids are big business - who cares if a few beekeepers are inconvenienced? There's no money in aspirin anymore, think of all the employees of Bayer.

about a month ago

Endorphins Make Tanning Addictive

mmell "Nicely rounded coverage"... (51 comments)

Didn't have enough pictures. C'mon, we're nerds here - we only clicked on the link to see some "rounded coverage" (or rounded un-coverage).

Sunlight is addictive. So is food. So is water. So is oxygen. Do without any of these things for an extended period of time and you'll see what I mean.

Too much sunlight is bad. Too much food is bad. Too much water is bad. Too much oxygen is bad. Do your own experiments if you need to confirm these things - but don't complain to the rest of the world when you end up sunburnt, obese, suffering water intoxication or respiratory failure.


about a month ago

Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

mmell What was that, "Steaming Brick"? (89 comments)

Sorry - my hearing's shot. A couple years in the field artillery will do that to ya!

Mozilla should go back to doing what they have always done best - annoying the shit out of Microsoft in the browser wars.

about a month ago

HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

mmell Re:Sad, but... (66 comments)

It's okay, Charlie. You'll forget it completely before long.

about a month ago

Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

mmell You want machine learning? You want IBM's Watson. (56 comments)

That machine wasn't merely a decision engine or a huge database - it was a learning system which was given a few months to learn all it could on a broad variety of subjects by crawling the internet. It wasn't programmed with rules to pair an answer with the correct question; it was a system which "learned" how to associate concepts. It was programmed to permit it to weigh its questions against how well they correlated to the answers - to determine a confidence level - but it wasn't specifically programmed to devise questions associated with answers. That's why the next publicly stated idea for the system was in medical diagnostics. It's another area where the ability to relate multiple seemingly disparate items of information with a non-static data store seemed to be of value.

Giving the right programming, it might even hold a conversation better than a 13 year old Ukrainian boy.

about a month ago
top GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

mmell Re:Wow. Just . . . wow. (422 comments)

"Offtopic" - gee, I guess I hit a nerve with someone, huh?

about a month ago



RIP: ISP's driving the final stake into the internet.

mmell mmell writes  |  about 2 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "I'm sure a lot of Slashdot readers have strong opinions regarding Net Neutrality. I'm also sure that a percentage of Slashdot readers are also aware of, an organization which purports to act as a watchdog over certain government actions. Today, their pitch appears to be BREAKING: The End of Net Neutrality.

The website appears to be down. While we've been enjoying VisageTome, AgriVillage, Confection Smash Epic and various other pap streams, it would appear that the vague and undefined "Powers That Be" have quietly retaken their control over the Internetwork of computers we've come to know and love. How widespread is the damage, and is there any chance of repairing it before it's too late?"

Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news?

mmell mmell writes  |  about 6 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?"


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