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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

uslurper Re:It's time to fine. (240 comments)

"proprietary, secretive, incompatible "
Hmm this sounds like manager-speak. Lets try google translate to engineer speak.

"Unmanaged, undocumented, badly designed"

about two weeks ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

uslurper Righty-Tighty (120 comments)

Lefty-Loosey

about three weeks ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

uslurper Re:Can the US survive 2 more years... (261 comments)

Hey if we slip into being a 3rd world country, we can call ourselves a 'developing nation' and ignore the kyoto protocol like china does.

Seriously, "China is running roughshod over us " is not accurate. WE are running roughshod over ourselves.
WE want our cheap stuff and our own companies are happy to invest in factories in China, Myanmar, Malyasia, etc. WE have financed their industrial growth. WE have voted on laws and politicians that enable 'free trade' with countries that cannot afford our own products.

If you want to say you think the US is going in the wrong direction, fine. But follow that up with REAL solutions. How do you suggest we reduce greenhouse gasses? -Gee-wiz, Mr. Keqiang, can you please stop using those coal-powered factories that we paid you to build? Ya, thats going to go real well.

about three weeks ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

uslurper funny! (133 comments)

The big bang was the first "FIRST" comment

about a month ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

uslurper The rating system on app stores are WAAAYY too g (113 comments)

The rating system on app stores are too generic.
And considering 90% of all the apps get like 4.5 stars, the ratings are comepletly useless.
The top downloaded lists are much better, but that makes it near impossible for a new app to get any attention.

When you are looking for apps, you usually are looking for something specific.

For example, I was looking for a professional drawing/painting tool for my kid.
About 99.999% of these apps are more like coloring books for kids.
While there were some very nice tools, none on the top 100 downloaded had the right mix I was looking for.
And some had many of the features i wanted, but were severely lacking in implementation.

A good example may be to compare two top-rated drawing apps.
They are both highly rated and have a ton of downloads, but one is geared for kids and one is geared for professional.
Which app is 'best' for me depends on what I am actually looking for. If I want something for my 6-year old to finger-paint with, I definately do NOT want the pro tools.

I think Apple and Google should driving developers to produce better apps instead of more apps.
And the best apps should be sitting on the top of the hill.

One way I would suggest would be to have a Tag/Rating system. This would allow developers to tag their apps with all the different features they want.
Then users could rate each tag separately.

So for example a drawing app could have a tag for a blur tool (among others). Users could then give a rating specifically for that feature.

Prospective downloaders could then search for apps with that specific set of features and compare apps side by side.
search for: Drawing/painting apps
pick from most tagged:
kids
professional *
easy
color picker *
layers *
bucket fill *
brushes *
Blurr tool *
share on facebook
(and more)

App1
professional - 4
color picker - 5
layers - 3
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 1
-Total score: 20

App2
professional - 4
color picker - 4
layers - 2
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 4
-Total score: 21

The same functions could apply to games.

This would help developers compete by showing them what people are looking for, and where there apps need improvement.

Also, there is much logic that could be added beyond the ratings. -How often are apps USED as opposed to downloaded?
Do certain reviewers give blanket 10's? And many ways to get new apps rated.. Can I (automatically) get a free copy of this new app if I agree to rate it?

about 2 months ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

uslurper Re:Suggest a Tag/Rate system (249 comments)

hmm my example did not display properly. So much for plain text.

Trying again:

Prospective downloaders could then search for apps with that specific set of features and compare apps side by side.
search for: Drawing/painting apps
pick from most tagged:
kids
professional *
easy
color picker *
layers *
bucket fill *
brushes *
Blurr tool *
share on facebook
(and more)

App1
professional - 4
color picker - 5
layers - 3
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 1
-Total score: 20

App2
professional - 4
color picker - 4
layers - 2
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 4
-Total score: 21

about 2 months ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

uslurper Suggest a Tag/Rate system (249 comments)

The rating system on app stores are waaaayyy too generic.
And considering 90% of all the apps get like 4.5 stars, the ratings are comepletly useless.
The top downloaded lists are much better, but that makes it near impossible for a new app to get any attention.

When you are looking for apps, you usually are looking for something specific.

For example, I was looking for a professional drawing/painting tool for my kid.
About 99.999% of these apps are more like coloring books for kids.
While there were some very nice tools, none on the top 100 downloaded had the right mix I was looking for.
And some had many of the features i wanted, but were severely lacking in implementation.

A good example may be to compare two top-rated drawing apps.
They are both highly rated and have a ton of downloads, but one is geared for kids and one is geared for professional.
Which app is 'best' for me depends on what I am actually looking for. If I want something for my 6-year old to finger-paint with, I definately do NOT want the pro tools.

I think Apple and Google should driving developers to produce better apps instead of more apps.
And the best apps should be sitting on the top of the hill.

One way I would suggest would be to have a Tag/Rating system. This would allow developers to tag their apps with all the different features they want.
Then users could rate each tag separately.

So for example a drawing app could have a tag for a blur tool (among others). Users could then give a rating specifically for that feature.

Prospective downloaders could then search for apps with that specific set of features and compare apps side by side.
search for: Drawing/painting apps
pick from most tagged:
kids
professional Total score: 20

App2
professional - 4
color picker - 4
layers - 2
bucket fill - 4
brushes - 3
Blurr tool - 4
>Total score: 21

This would help developers compete by showing them what people are looking for, and where there apps need improvement.

Also, there is much logic that could be added beyond the ratings. -How often are apps USED as opposed to downloaded?
Do certain reviewers give blanket 10's? And many ways to get new apps rated.. Can I (automatically) get a free copy of this new app if I agree to rate it?

about 2 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

uslurper US industry will NOT pick up! (322 comments)

Companies will just find a different oppressive country in which to manufacture their goods.
Adding carbon tarriffs does not change the fact that it is expensive to manufacture in the US.

about 4 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

uslurper Americans have a social stigma to math (688 comments)

If you look at the american culture vs. academics, you will see that for decades academics have had a social stigma attached to them. Especially mathematics which appears to be the most "nerdy" of them all.

Just look at how movie and tv culture ridicules the smart kids and idolizes the athletic, attractive, charismatics. Many stories are about the 'maverik' who doesnt follow the rules and goes by the 'gut' feeling overcomes the odds and wins the day. Even the science fiction buys into this! Examples: Captain Kirk sleeps around, cheats on his tests, has other people do his science and engineering. Spock has a great intellect, but is really a comic character and only wins when he goes with his 'human' side. The android Data really just wants to be human and have feelings.. doesnt care about making scientific breakthroughs even though he has the intellect for it. Luke uses the "force" -a mysterious power that is a metaphor for having a lot of "heart".

None of the stories talk about years of study, winning because you are better prepared, succeeding by hard work, etc.

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Former Director of JPL Edward Stone About Space Exploration

uslurper What was you biggest game-changer moment? (58 comments)

Being involved in these amazing projects must have provided many moments of exitement when discoveries are made.

What was your biggest "this changes everything" moment and how did it make you feel?

about 5 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

uslurper police cannot do anything (664 comments)

Police cannot do anything.
They need a warrant to enter a home and they cannot get one.

about 5 months ago
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Astronomers Determine the Length of Day of an Exoplanet

uslurper How does the rotation speed affect gravity? (34 comments)

How does the rotation affect the gravity of a planet?
If the planet is rotating fast enough, does that reduce the force of gravity, or does the gravity still 'squash' you since it is actually affecting the space around it.

For example, if there was a planet with twice the mass of Earth, but spinning twice as fast, what would it be like to stand on the surface?

Do black holes spin? -or are they 'locked in' because the mass would be impossible to move.

about 6 months ago
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Stop Listening and Start Watching If You Want To Understand User Needs

uslurper Re:False premise - usually devs DONT want to (161 comments)

+1

And add to that the mid-managers who promise the execs something will be done in time for christmas, tell the devs to stop everything and work on an emergency audit, then go bat-shit crazy when project A isnt done on time.

about a year ago
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Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

uslurper RULES ARE THERE FOR A REASON! (470 comments)

Often times, the regulations are there for good causes.

In the case of a regulation stating that cars must be sold by an independent dealership.
Perhaps this was meant to prevent manufacturers from directly selling to buyers. If they were to sell directly, they could undercut the local dealerships and put them out of business. Many people would think that sounds reasonable.

A similar law was passed which prevented Kodak from developing its own film.

Those kinds of regulations are not limited to Texas. In California there are laws stating that any new dealership must be approved by a panel of existing dealers. (hmm going from memory, may be confusing with schools) This was intended to keep an area from being over-saturated with dealerships. I do remember a story about someone trying to setup an online car dealership that was smothered by local dealership regulations.

Problems with seemingly good regulations occur when the governing bodies are controlled by the companies they regulate. Large corporations dont just payoff government. They also plant representatives on comitties, board members, and trade organizations. These different powers separately are easy enough to bypass. But when organized into a single weapon can effectively block innovation.

about a year ago
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Finnish Doctors Are Prescribing Video Games For ADHD

uslurper Are there any available for free? (76 comments)

Are there any of these games available as an app or free download?

1 year,8 days
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What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov

uslurper I'm just a Bill (267 comments)

Nonsense!
Congress does not get to soley decide how money is spent. They just start the process.
Any bill needs to be agreed upon by the congresss, senate, and president.
Didn't you watch schoolhouse rock?

Otherwise, whats to stop them from not paying for anything they dont like? Revoking the salaries for judges that dont agree with them? Or not paying for fuel for Air Force 1?

Congress needs to pass a budget that will pass senate and not get veto'd. Knowingly passing a budget that will not complete is purely political. Its normal and accepted for most things, but for the budget it is downright evil.

1 year,12 days
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In Praise of Micromanagement

uslurper Involvment yes, micromanagement no. (1 comments)

I think the strong point for these CEO's is their enthusiasm, involvment, and empowerment. Executives, managers, and workers all benefit from these traits. I have seen most CEO's to far removed from the reality of their company and too insulated from their problems to be effective. Managers tent to be too powerless to control anything around them just give up and shrug.

The term micromanagement has a different connotation for me though. I have seen the downsides of it firsthand. Executives who read all the self-help books and throw around buzzwords without listening to their employees or being open to others ideas.

1 year,16 days
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Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

uslurper Re:Controls? (194 comments)

Maybe the cost is not so rediculously high if you consider that serious journals pay for the staff and resources to actuially read what is being submitted.

1 year,16 days
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

uslurper Re: Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Actually we had a budget surplus during the Clinton years and then Bush ruined us. Also remembe that Bush signed the bailout, $700 billion TARP program, while Obama signed the Ecenomic Stimulous act (equally expensive).

1 year,18 days
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

uslurper Re: Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

damnit, theres a really good chart of federal spending and deficit that XKCD put out.. I cannot find it.. help please?

1 year,18 days

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Fox News call Mainstream Media Biased. - In other news: The Pot Calls the Kettle

uslurper uslurper writes  |  about 2 years ago

uslurper (459546) writes "This starts out as piece about the medias role in the 2012 race. But then turns into accusations that other 'mainstream' news agencies are biased in favor of Obama. I didnt really get what they were trying to accuse 60 minutes of. But I really laughed at then end when asked who is it they thought was in the tank with Obama and the reply was: "NFM: Non-Fox Media".

After all this, I am still left curious about the effect of media on the 2012 race. I can easily tell what news stations or editorials people listen to based on what they say about the candidates. What do you fellow slashdotters think?"

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What number taken to the root of itself yields the highest value?

uslurper uslurper writes  |  about 2 years ago

uslurper (459546) writes "I should probably be working, but for some reason my mind was wandering about square roots and roots. Then cube roots, then 4th roots. I tried plugging in the equations to Excel but apparently it doesn't do radians. Googling "4th root of 4" gave me results. And I found that the cube root of 3 was the integer that gave me the highest number. However I found that "2.9th root of 2.9" was higher. So.. What Real number to the root of itself yields the highest number?"
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Best for teen drawing: PC and touchpad or tabletPC?

uslurper uslurper writes  |  more than 2 years ago

uslurper (459546) writes "My kid does some great things on the Nintendo DSI using a sketching program and flip-book like animation tool called flipnote. See the link to source for a tutorial.

OK so I would like my kid to advance beyond the basic tools of the Nintento DSI. But at only 13, advanced tools like photoshop are too hard, and too expensive if it turns out to be only a flight of fancy. Also, going from a pen to a mouse is proving too difficult for him.

So I was thinking about buying a drawing tablet to connect to the PC.. something like the Bamboo. But I am still worried that since you are not actually looking at what you are drawing on, it may be too difficult for him and he will loose interest. The budget for the tablet and software looks to be around $200.

My other option was to get a tabletPC like the Kindle Fire. Thats about the same price as above. It seems that a tablet PC would make a great drawing tool. Are their any good drawing tools for android that surpass the Nintendo's flipbook application? Can you use a stylus on a tabletPC and draw directly onto the picture? Or should I just push my kid toward standard PC software?"

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Is there a way to GPL ideas instead of patent?

uslurper uslurper writes  |  more than 4 years ago

uslurper (459546) writes "Is there a way to GPL ideas instead of patent?

Lets say I were to invent something (besides software) for the benefit of society. And I wanted to share my idea freely with the world so that everyone can benefit from it.
Patents are expensive me being a poor Joe, and just wanting to share my idea, I'm not going to patent something just to give it away for free.
If I just told everyone I knew, what would stop them from taking that idea and patenting it and thus 'owning' the idea?

Is there a way to freely publish an idea in such a way that it will not be patentable? -similar to say the GPL software licence but with allowance for the 3rd party to profit? (since they are actually selling goods)"

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Request for a better File Transfer Protocol

uslurper uslurper writes  |  more than 4 years ago

uslurper (459546) writes "Request for a better File Transfer Protocol

  I work for a financial company that acts as a 'middleman'. We have always been involved with securely transferring data, but we will be increasing our use of data transfer substantially.
However I am having a difficult time managing and automating the data transfers among various clients and vendors.
I have some programming skill so I can create or customize as i see fit, but the fact that i have to customize each and every connection wastes my time.
There does not seem to be one widely accepted solution.

Here is what I need:
1. Send and receive files.
2. Data must be secured using a HIPAA accepted method.
3. Transfers must be automated.

Here are my best options, but each has its own drawbacks.

A. FTP
FTP would work great except it is very hard to work around firewalls. This is due to the way it handles "active" and "passive" modes.
Many network admins do not understand its peculiarities.
Also, the various encryption methods used means it is not a common setup.

B. SSL web page.
HTTPS is well known and reliable, but its a pain to automate.

C. Email
Email can be automated, but it requires the files to be encrypted before transfer using PGP or other methods. PGP is being used less and less, and frankly it can be a pain sometimes.

So, is there a better solution available?"

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