January 23, 2018 - Written By Justin Diaz Researchers at Stanford University are using A.I. technology to improve the quality of end-of-life care for patients who may have been diagnosed as terminally ill and have been given a prognosis of having only a certain period of time to live. Essentially, the research is using deep learning to more accurately predict when a person with a terminally ill disease is going to die. As the research states, physicians can over estimate the amount of time a patient may have, which can lead to issues with the end-of-life care and the wishes of the patient. More than just using deep learning technology the researchers are also gathering information from Electronic Health Record data to help narrow down a more precise time frame for death to give a better prognosis. The reason for this research is tied to information showing that 80 percent of patients in the U.S. who have been given a prognosis of dying soon would want to spend the time they have left … [Read more...] about Researchers Use A.I. To Improve Quality Of End-Of-Life Care
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It's hard for my kids to imagine not having a computer. Every person in my family has one (except the almost 2-year old; she just steals her brothers' machines). I get enough demo units and upgrade frequently enough that there are, in fact, computers to spare. There are, however, countless students and families who don't share that luxury. Which is why, although I haven't had much time to write this week, I wanted to end the week highlighting a couple of efforts by Microsoft and Intel to improve access. Microsoft announced Wednesday as part of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting that it was launching "a three-year program to ensure that one million students from low-income families in the United States receive reduced-cost software and hardware and discounted broadband internet service." The program is an extension of their Shape the Future initiative and is beginning in Seattle and Charlotte, NC. Almost 10 million children in the US don't have access to computers outside of … [Read more...] about What happens when you don’t have a computer?
Microsoft released the Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2 release candidates at the same time last month, with final versions of both products expected to ship by yearend. Undoubtedly, part of the message is that the desktop and server operating systems are supposed to work together and provide additional value when combined. Slideshow: What we love and hate about Win 7/Windows 2008 Server R2In testing, we found that implementing Win 7, Win Server and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) requires careful planning and attention to detail. But this trifecta offers a significant payoff in terms of virtualization and administrative policy controls.Let's start with Windows 2008 Server R2. The major updates in this 64-bit-only release are a new version of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor, branch cache of files and folders, improved IPv6 connectivity, and DirectAccess remote connectivity ('VPN-less VPN'). In addition, a key ingredient for administrators (and those happy … [Read more...] about Review: Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2 Combo a Win-Win
Along with Microsoft’s Azure cloud announcements, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that academic institutions can apply for free Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources for Ebola research. “We have some tools that Microsoft researchers built to be able to do vaccine discovery, so we want to take all of that and make it available for the research community," Nadella said. Microsoft Research lists the Microsoft Azure Award for Ebola Research application instructions.The CDC provided an overview of “Ebola contact tracing” in the U.S. Basically, contact tracing involves tracing all individuals who came into contact with an Ebola-infected person and then monitoring those contacts for 21 days after exposure. Contact tracing has been called (pdf) the way to “stop Ebola in its tracks.” But in West Africa, where the virus is raging, there are “critical gaps” in contact tracing.“Life-saving spam” sent via the Trilogy Emergency … [Read more...] about Can privacy be respected when using mobile phones for Ebola contact tracing?
As we're adopting cloud computing, we're more aware of the security concerns it raises than we were of issues created by other large-scale technologies we adopted in the past. This is a wonderful thing! But security nirvana has yet not been achieved. While there's still plenty of room for cloud providers to improve, many aspects of cloud security must be the responsibility of the consumer.In particular, I see five security-related issues with cloud computing that are critical to the success and security of a cloud-based project—and that are not always getting the full consideration they deserve. [Get highlights of these 5 challenges in cloud security in PowerPoint .ppt format]In the past year, many organizations have foregone using public clouds, choosing instead to build private clouds behind their firewalls. This may be the best solution for risk-averse groups.These teams, though, need to understand that just because they've built a cloud inside their firewall doesn't mean … [Read more...] about 5 (more) key cloud security issues
Microsoft released the Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2 release candidates at the same time last month, with final versions of both products expected to ship by yearend. Undoubtedly, part of the message is that the desktop and server operating systems are supposed to work together and provide additional value when combined. Slideshow: What we love and hate about Win 7/Windows 2008 Server R2 Blog: MDOP is the hidden gem of Microsoft's WS2008 R2 and W7 releases In testing, we found that implementing Win 7, Win Server and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) requires careful planning and attention to detail. But this trifecta offers a significant payoff in terms of virtualization and administrative policy controls.Let's start with Windows 2008 Server R2. The major updates in this 64-bit-only release are a new version of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor, branch cache of files and folders, improved IPv6 connectivity, and DirectAccess remote connectivity … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s two new operating systems: A win-win
This article is also available as a TechRepublic download.In the firstpart of this article series, I gave you some insight into the innerworkings of the Kerberos protocol by showing you what a Kerberos transactionlooks like when viewed through the Network Monitor. In this article, I want tocontinue the discussion by showing you some other ways that you can verify thatKerberos is working correctly, and diagnose the problem if it isn't.The Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit contains a couple ofdifferent tools that can be used in diagnosing Kerberos health issues. The maintools of interest are Kerb Tray and KLIST. I will discuss both of these toolsin detail in a moment. In the mean time though, if you do not have a copy ofthe Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools, you can download them from theMicrosoft Web site. Kerb Tray is a graphical utility that's designed to show youall of the Kerberos tickets that have been obtained since login. To use KerbTray, simply double-click on the … [Read more...] about SolutionBase: Diagnosing Kerberos health issues, part 2
This article is also available as a TechRepublic download.Most Windows administrators know that Windows server usesKerberos for authentication. The problem is though, how can you be sure thatKerberos is working properly? After all, there aren't any Kerberos diagnostictools on the Administrative Tools menu. Likewise, you'll never see a pop-upmessage telling you that Kerberos is malfunctioning, and even Kerberos relatedevent log entries tend to be scarce. So how can you tell the Kerberos is evenrunning? In this article, I will answer that question by showing you somediagnostic tools that you can use to make sure that Kerberos is workingproperly.Before I get started, I just want to mention that most ofthe tools that I will be discussing are included as a part of the WindowsServer 2003 Resource Kit. If you do not have a copy of the Windows Server 2003Resource Kit, then you can download the resource kit tools for free Microsoft'sWeb site.For the purposes of this article, I'm assuming that … [Read more...] about SolutionBase: Diagnosing Kerberos health issues, part 1
Windows Server 2008 is expected to officially launch in February of next year, but many companies are already preparing for the next generation of Windows server software and trying to decide whether, and when, to upgrade. Release candidate evaluations are available from the Microsoft Web site and many IT departments are already trying it out in their testbed labs. Exciting-sounding new features and promised improvements on the old ones make the upgrade tempting.In this article, we'll look at 10 things you should consider in making the upgrade decision, including eight good reasons to upgrade as soon as possible and two equally good reasons you might just want to hold off for a while.Note: This information is also available as a PDF download.First, let's take a look at some reasons to upgrade your network infrastructure and/or individual servers to Windows Server 2008.Reason #1 to upgrade: Security, security, securityThe most compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 2008 sooner rather … [Read more...] about 10 things to consider when making a Windows Server 2008 upgrade decision
Samsung has its fingers in nearly every segment of the tech industry you can think of, so it’s hardly shocking that the company has its own line of smartwatches. But this might surprise you: some of them are compatible with your iPhone. It’s true! Just like Android Wear before it, Samsung’s Gear S3 and S2 smartwatches eventually gained iPhone compatibility, giving Apple phone users another wearable option that isn’t the Apple Watch. And Samsung’s watches are pretty impressive, too, with bright, rounded touchscreen faces wrapped by a rotating bezel that you can use to navigate the UI.But how well do these Tizen OS-powered watches work with iOS, and what kind of functionality do you gain—and lose—by using Samsung’s hardware instead of an Apple Watch? We’ve been using the Gear S3 Frontier with an iPhone 7 Plus recently, so here’s a look at how to use the two together, and what to expect.Mentioned in this article Gear S3 … [Read more...] about How to use a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch with an iPhone—and why you might want to