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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

somethingwicked Re:He thought she had maliaria, not Ebola (487 comments)

The family THOUGHT she had Malaria, but they were then sent to Ebola treatment centers

From the clinic, where she was given an intravenous drip but deteriorated sharply, they were sent to an Ebola treatment unit and then another, at a time when there were no Ebola beds available in the city

If you show up for one thing, and they send you off for treatment of Ebola, it would definitely seem you should be concerned it may be the issue when she died the next day (not complications from the pregnancy)


about 4 months ago

When Geeks Meet, Are They More Likely To Have Autistic Kids?

somethingwicked As bad as the vaccination and autism people... (327 comments)


One guy says this...and it reinforces what some people believe through anecdotal evidence.
Other scientists say nah, not really
Guys does better research, oh, yeah, its not really that big a difference...but we need to look at it more


more than 3 years ago

Has Cleverbot Passed the Turing Test?

somethingwicked Walken vs CleverBot...CleverBot gives up! (427 comments)

Decided to see how it would handle true random statements...

Walken-Frankenstein never scared me...

Cleverbot-No, but horses are.

Walken-But marsupials do...

CleverBot-Are you sure?

Walken-Becaus they're fast!

CleverBot-Are you human?

Walken-I'm a hoffer at heart.

CleverBot-So you're not a robot?

Walken-I kick it old school.

CleverBot-Like Led Zepplin?



Walken-In a bag? Wow!

CleverBot-Oh forget it.

more than 3 years ago

FAA Wants Your Opinion On Commercial Space Rules

somethingwicked Rule #1 (160 comments)

No exploding

more than 3 years ago

Murder Trial May Turn On Missing Router

somethingwicked ALL kinds of "evidence" BUT... (214 comments)

I could spit to the courthouse from here, and these are only a fraction of all the twisted facts:

All kinds of things SUGGESTING he did it, BUT-

This trial is ALL over the place from the prosecution...They have argued he both did it in a fit of rage, and that he premeditated it (such as acquiring the router)

The router is the Prosecution's response for his "alibi"- She was still alive that morning and called him from home while he was at the store before she went jogging.

Computer showed Google Map searches from his computer showing where the body was found before the authorities found the body
BUT- The Defense has offered that the time stamps are an invalid format. However, the Judge would not allow the jury to hear the testimony of the defense witness for this fact.

They said the victim was murdered after returning from a neighborhood party where she had been drinking quite a bit.
BUT-Defense says then her BAC would have still been elevated, which it was not.

He is missing a pair of shoes that he was video taped wearing after she disappeared.

A diamond necklace that witnesses testified she never took off was found in the house, suggesting he killed her then removed the valuable item. BUT-Store tape from two days before shows she was not wearing it then.

A set of supposedly really expensive decorative ducks were missing. The prosecution contended they were broken in a struggle in the house. BUT-Mother of the accused had them somewhere else.

Wife was divorcing the husband who was cheating on her and going to move back to Canada with the kids. BUT-She had had affairs as well and potential divorce proceedings could have outed someone else who wanted to keep things quiet.

The husband bought a tarp the day before- BUT the wife was expected the next morning to help paint a friend's house.

An exterminator says when he was in the garage, there was clutter everywhere, and no room to pull a vehicle into the garage. BUT-Police found a cleared space in the garage where a vehicle may have been pulled in to load a body.

What's crazy about all this the Prosection has gotten away with "It COULD be this, but it COULD be that"

I honestly feel this will hinge on the Judge not allowing the testimony for the defense that the Google Searches are suspect as well. I will contend that looks really bad if you are then not told something doesn't seem right about the dates.

more than 3 years ago

TJX Hacker Claims US Authorized His Crimes

somethingwicked Details look confirmable (and OLD) (159 comments)

RTFP =Petition? :)

Most of the things he attests to actually seem plausible. My guess would be he did participate, with their knowledge and consent on SOME operations. (He probably did very little, but is exagerating to make it seem that he was lead to believe he was now an ACTUAL agent himself)

But, where he fails is that it all look quite a while before the crime for which he was convicted. Like three years later...

Summary- I think he did turn informant on some earlier crimes, but did this well after.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Seeks Suspect's Web Game Records

somethingwicked Re:This one makes some sense (446 comments)

I would never dispute stupid, hateful people will make stupid, hateful remarks ANYWHERE on the internet. I consider the OP an example. (Associating someone who follows Fox with a nutjob who would support these murders)

You cited a story that contained *ONE* concrete example, with a we don't know what else was said because they were deleted qualifier thrown in by the article.

If the OP had stated he saw a few, or dozens, fine.

Stating thousands, and of course, bringing Fox into it, the OP went beyond exaggeration and into hateful as well.

It is the great example of where much of our politics are today. "If you disagree with me, not even on specifically discussed issues, but because You watch Fox News, you are likely the type who must support killing Democrats and the kids who are in the way"

BTW, I too am not a fan of the Tea Party OR Fox News.

about 4 years ago

FBI Seeks Suspect's Web Game Records

somethingwicked Re:This one makes some sense (446 comments)

No citation needed.

There are cases where I would say someone misunderstood something, or was duped by trusting someone giving them misinformation.

In this case, neither would be true.

He is PERSONALLY stating
“And have you seen the comments section of Fox news and the yahoo news articles before they were deleted? I did.
Thousands of people were cheering at these murders”

This is easy-


And a bad one at that

about 4 years ago

The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

somethingwicked Easy...There are NO Paradoxes (454 comments)

There are NO Paradoxes that need to be explained in in Back to the Future III.


At least, that how I like to look at the world.

more than 4 years ago

The Science Credibility Bubble

somethingwicked Re:Skepticism requires more than just questioning (1747 comments)

Here's an analogy that works for most people, but maybe not Slashdotters, as it involves talking about girlfriends (use "My Guild is the best and undefeatable" as a substitute)

You claim your girlfriend is 100% trustworthy.

When some jerk thinks you're wrong, and decides he wants to hit on her, you throw a fit saying any doubt can not be tolerated. (Instead, let him publically embarass himself, and show him how its really done when he goes down in flames)

When someone shows proof she's been texting her ex, you throw it out (though, if you looked into it, you might find a good explanation: you might find she was just trying to get back her hottest lingerie to wear for you, or she wanted the phone number of the smoking hot babe she told him no about, but she wants the threesome with you)

If you are confident, these things aren't a problem.

And though I think they are likely correct about their conclusions, their lack of WELCOMING contrary points of view makes this the issue.

Though I will never claim to understand all of the science, I can see immediately their fear of even being questioned.

more than 5 years ago

The Science Credibility Bubble

somethingwicked Jesus, I have not seen more worthless CRAP on /. (1747 comments)

I can not believe that someone on this forum, FOR NERDS, would make such a huge mistake on the REAL stuff that matters.

"You've never worked in the real world... they expect RESULTS!" -- RAY STANTZ TO Dr. Peter Venkman

As a Slashdot reader, you should know better...You might as well have misquoted a Python line, sheesh

more than 5 years ago

Vegetative Patients Can Still Learn

somethingwicked Vegetative Patients Can Still Learn (159 comments)

Vegetative Patients Can Still Learn

Well, let's be honest, no one like to admit this and we "support" them for their right to make their own decisions. But, most of us consider it a real lack of judgment, and making that conscious decision probably says a lot about their overall intelligence.

But, I have never felt that someone was beyond hope just because they will only eat vegetables!

{devilish grin}

more than 5 years ago

Old Operating Systems Never Die

somethingwicked Re:VMS? (875 comments)

But "exists as an open-source hobby project" is a bit bringing back your dead lover as a zombie. Yeah, it's still around, but it's not really the same. Unless you're really, really kinky.

Depending on the ex-lover, there are some that might argue that bringing them back as a zombie is not only "the same", its better than it ever was :)

more than 5 years ago

Mount Wilson Observatory In Danger From LA Fire

somethingwicked Re:Don't worry (125 comments)

*Sigh*, its a telescope. Just move the tripod to somewhere safe. Jeez

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 Canvas Experiment Hints At Things To Come

somethingwicked Classic error... (321 comments)

Try to hit the demo with IE and you get this error-

oh noez - please get yourself a sophisticated browser :)

more than 5 years ago

The Unexpected Patents of Steve Jobs

somethingwicked Absolute Bullshit (198 comments)

Ok, I looked at the patent on this before posting this because I initially thought, was "BULLSHIT, you can't patent a fucking staircase. There has to be something being left out."

But, I was wrong wrong wrong.

About the only descriptive text in the patent.

"We claim the ornamental design for a staircase, substantially as shown and described."

I know he has made some cool tech contributions, but this is absurd!!!

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

somethingwicked Re:In a word... (1385 comments)

Yes, I can...IF...

Its gonna be cost analysis decision just like anything else. I, and I would expect most other people, am not going to go out of my way to use it.

So, my airport is 10 mins away. If I have to go an hour to get to the train, and I still will have to go through all the same hassles (security, ticket counter, etc) I am not going to do it.

Other factors come in obviously, if it crazy cheap, but its all just is this advantageous or do I literally and metaphorically want to "ride the train" because its the new cool thing to do.

BTW- Love that my captcha for this is ELECTIVE, seems quite fitting

more than 5 years ago

Kentucky Officials "Changed Votes At Voting Machines"

somethingwicked Quote - "affecting the outcome of elections"... (494 comments)

"affecting the outcome of elections at the local, state, and federal levels. "

Source please? Not saying your wrong, I just missed that detail when I RTFA.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Would Require ISPs, Wi-Fi Users To Keep Logs

somethingwicked Re:Generate your own 'fake' logs (857 comments)

Yeah, the buggies the Amish use don't have headlights. The govt makes them put reflectors on their buggies, that the Amish hate.

I can assure you, if this goes into effect (And just to be clear, I hate this idea), you won't get away with "My equipment is not capable of meeting your requirements"

more than 5 years ago


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