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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-04 05:32
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If I traveled back in time, would I get ancient diseases?Straight Dope on a topic of interest to authors of time travel fiction.

Stride Rite’s New Star Wars Shoes — Because reasons, damn it. :: shakes cane ::

Google Glass Will Soon Also Let iPhone Users Access Navigation And Text Messages — I would not have expected this from the maker of Android, especially given their fractious relationship with Apple these past few years.

Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression — Using Twitter as a public health tool. (Via David Goldman.)

Robotic insect: World's smallest flying robot takes off

NASA Rover Prototype Set to Explore Greenland Ice Sheet — Careful, there might be some of those liberal "facts" and "data" to be found.

10 Weapons You Won't Believe Are Legal A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Arizona Law Puts Kibosh On Gun Buybacks In Phoenix — More of that measured rationality and public spirit from conservatives and the gun culture. (Translation: These people are fucking nuts.)

Say Hello to the Liberator, Supposedly the Word’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun — Just like religion doesn't have to make you stupid, gun enthusiasm doesn't have to turn you sociopathic, but in both cases each does so an alarming amount of the time. MIT Tech review with more.

Sarah Palin gets standing O from NRA crowd — Speaking of gun-oriented sociopathy, the poster child for the Dunning-Kruger effect in politics talks to her natural audience.

QotD?: Will I see you at Gaslight Gathering today?




5/4/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA on audiobook prep)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurts)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2013-05-04 14:11 (UTC)
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Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
Re: Twitter as a public health tool...

One of my contracts at work handles giving health care advice over the phone, sanctioned by our provincial government. Two years ago I saw a joint study done by our R&D guys and the National Research Council on using anonymized data from our service to watch for upcoming public health issues; using nothing but archived timestamps, symptoms given, and postal codes the software was able to pinpoint the start (and locations!) of our H1N1 outbreak two weeks before our unassisted PHO did in an historical study. I don't know if that's progressed further but I hope so.

The privacy issues aren't trivial, but the benefits are so great (and the cost is so low) for this sort of thing that it will become more common as the world gets more automated.

-- Steve will, in the spirit of full disclosure, admit that he stands to profit from this but hopes that isn't biasing him too much towards thinking this is a good trend.

Edited at 2013-05-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
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User: Jeff P
Date: 2013-05-06 14:15 (UTC)
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Never heard of Dunning Kruger. Makes total sense to me. I'm incompetent and KNOW it.
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