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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

peter303 the most common type of identity theft? (165 comments)

The reference claims medical identity theft is the most common type of identity theft. but I dont beleive because there are relatively few cases in news about it compared to fake credit card and account withdrawals. It might be source of the most general identity thefts, due the looseness of medical record keeping.

2 days ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

peter303 Re:US NFL aggressively enforces copyright (226 comments)

I've heard a number of states have considered or passed these so-called "revenge sex" laws. That allows police/prosecuter to investigate entity that first posted with subpoena power and go after them. A lot of these revenge sex incidents are crimes of passion and the poster isnt covering their tracks as well as a seasoned p0rn ring.

5 days ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

peter303 compilers touted as early form of A.I. (425 comments)

Compiliers allowed you to move from brutal machine-language numbers to language-like or math-like statements; from number to problem-domain concepts. Compilers were complex pattern recognition, rule-base translators that implemented this. I've seen some early ads touting COBOL as programming in "almost English" (har har). As with most soft-A.I. results, once you did it, it wasnt really considered A.I. anymore.

about a week ago

Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

peter303 standard to subpoena "computer logs" (158 comments)

The includes browser records, google searches, etc. for major crimes. Its didnt quite work for the Newtown killer who trashed is computer and operated under aliases.

about a week ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

peter303 flash/disk/tape ratios still stand (183 comments)

Cheapest retail magnetic disks are about 3 cents a gigabyte and a fraction of cent gigabyte for digital tape.

Unless one is a video hog a terabyte should be enough for anybody. And I'd stream most new content anyways. I only read/watch most stuff once.

about a week ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

peter303 Google, Apple attempting similar? (306 comments)

Go, swift were supposed to be more global Internet languages than their predecessors.
Then too, corporate derived projects arent necesarily as good as a celver grad student project.

about two weeks ago

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

peter303 Panama Canal took 33 years, 4 countries (322 comments)

France, US, Columbia, and Panama. Jungle diseases of workers was a huge problem at beginning.

about two weeks ago

2D To 3D Object Manipulation Software Lends Depth to Photographs

peter303 popular topic at SIGGRAPH for last decade (76 comments)

The algorithms and software get better and better.
SIGGRAPH next week in Vancouver.

about two weeks ago

MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

peter303 MIT introductory CS course uses LISP (205 comments)

From 1970 to 2010, required for all CS degrees, and after 1980 all EE degrees. The explanation was to teach algorithms, not latest fad-itern language. Nearly all the powerful faculty pushing LISP have retired. The new introductory language is a variant of Python.

Nearly all the languages used in my MIT courses decades ago are pretty much gone, save LISP. These include APL, PL/I, AS-360. You learn how to learn instead.

about two weeks ago

MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

peter303 hasnt chanced too much since my 70s years (205 comments)

The core courses- math, physics, and chemistry- cover prettymuch the same material as the 1970s. The style of teaching has changed. Firs they tried "activity-based" teaching like labs or clickers. Now courses are "flipped" watching the lecture videos at home and doing homework problems in class.

about two weeks ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

peter303 humans have muscle gowth suppressor (387 comments)

Myostation, whihc makes them a fifth as strong as other apes the weight. It is thought this diverted metabolic resources to the brain and running. Undergorund chemists are seeking to neutralize of this statin to improve athletes. Medical scientists hopign to stop muscle wasting in dystropy and old people.

about two weeks ago

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

peter303 MIT professor (88 comments)

I was suprised to find out Joe is a professor of writing at MIT. But he wrote manyof novels before joining MIT.

about three weeks ago

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

peter303 telepresence delusion known for decades (88 comments)

By operators of factory/medical robots and drones. You start to feel you are actually there. It will get so much better with the new Oculus

about three weeks ago

SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

peter303 three years late with commerical launch (22 comments)

I was expecting public subortial launches in 2011. Almost as slow as NASA which is likely to slip seven years behind in a shuttle replacement.

about three weeks ago

Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

peter303 generational thing (213 comments)

I notice people under 35 dont join much of anything whether its hiking groups, sports teams or professional societies. That generation isnt into groups.
The majority of programmers are under 35.

about three weeks ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

peter303 I dont know a single one! (570 comments)

Not something relatives or acquaintances brag about I suppose.

What are the odds of this happening if I know 400 people and zero out of 35%? Must be at least 6-sigma!

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

peter303 low end Android tablets now $59 (113 comments)

I was perusing the back-to-school sales in the Sunday papers and saw some new Android tablets listed for $59. I think they were the early 7" models 8GB and Android 4.2. I see such models even cheaper online.

about three weeks ago



data mining suggested serious flu 18 days early

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert. I've heard of similar claims to monitor increases in certain search engine requests for looming medical and other disasters."

Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The Wall Street Journal suggests the Justice Department has begun an anti-trust investigation of Google's large lead in online advertising profits as being monopolistic. I wonder who may have complained to the Justice Department :-) Google joins a long list of super-successful IT predecessors- AT&T, IBM, and MicroSoft- who have undergone this scrutiny. Perhaps this story has contributed to large recent drops in the GOOG stock price."

new book "The Dumbest Generation"

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "In the latest round of generation bashing, Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30). Mark's thesis is that new digital devices instead of enhancing student intelligence and education, they degrade them. He reviews a large number of studies that young people are anti-intellectual, rarely read, and rarely attend fine arts events. He blames this on young spending an average of six hours a day on "screen devices"- cellphones, video games, internet, television, etc.- in entertainment and gossip and not intellectual pursuit.

I thought it was an interesting thesis, but not a new phase of American culture. Americans have always been accused of anti-intellectualism. GenY's boomer parents were derided for spending too much time in front of television. What this book does is modernize this complaint to the current generation, and cite a mind-numbing number of studies supporting it."

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The recently activated Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a photo of the the Mars Opportunity Rover with enough detail to see its platform and and camera tower. In the previous best picture from the Mars Global Surveyor (from the same manufacturer Malin Space Science) could only resolve the rovers as a four pixel splotch. This give hope of solving the mystery of the failed Beagle landing which has only been guessed at in the Surveyer low resolution photo."


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