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(Popular Science)   Chicago Department of Health uses cool research tool to automatically find dirty restaurants, no longer needs to rely on food-poisoning victims calling a hotline. The tool is called Twitter and the algorithm is open-source   (popsci.com) divider line 16
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2014-08-24 07:45:51 PM  
So, someone actually is interested in your bowel movement tweets.
 
2014-08-24 09:10:09 PM  
If anyone knows about torrents of shiat exploding forth, it's twitter users.
 
2014-08-24 09:45:04 PM  

wildcardjack: So, someone actually is interested in your bowel movement tweets.


*insert Penny Arcade comic about Twitter here*
 
2014-08-24 10:06:46 PM  
art.penny-arcade.com
 
2014-08-24 10:34:01 PM  
It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.
 
2014-08-24 10:42:47 PM  

RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.



That's what I was thinking.  Food poisoning takes a long time to actually make you feel sick.  If you start feeling sick tonight, it is from whatever you ate 2 days ago, not from the lunch you ate today.  So food poisoning complaints are usually aimed at the wrong targets.
 
2014-08-24 11:24:15 PM  

2chris2: RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.


That's what I was thinking.  Food poisoning takes a long time to actually make you feel sick.  If you start feeling sick tonight, it is from whatever you ate 2 days ago, not from the lunch you ate today.  So food poisoning complaints are usually aimed at the wrong targets.


Depends.
 
2014-08-24 11:32:58 PM  
Can they tweak it to find dirty Chicago politicians?
 
2014-08-24 11:42:04 PM  

RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.


This. As owner of a restaurant we sometimes get complaints that something someone ate here made them sick. I'm usually extremely apologetic but at some point I throw in the fact that most food bourn illnesses take a day or two to incubate to the point where you become sick. It's much more likely they got sick from that burrito they ate at the taco stand after drinking all night than it is from my immaculately clean restaurant.

That being said, everyone can do better with sanitation and it's good to get a reminder of that.
 
2014-08-25 12:01:03 AM  
Rises from the grave, gets right on the case:

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2014-08-25 12:09:32 AM  

wax_on: RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.

This. As owner of a restaurant we sometimes get complaints that something someone ate here made them sick. I'm usually extremely apologetic but at some point I throw in the fact that most food bourn illnesses take a day or two to incubate to the point where you become sick. It's much more likely they got sick from that burrito they ate at the taco stand after drinking all night than it is from my immaculately clean restaurant.

That being said, everyone can do better with sanitation and it's good to get a reminder of that.


I still remember this crazy lady who called saying we made her sick. Turned out, she hadn't eaten for two days before, so a Spinach Alfredo Pizza, cheesesticks and Coke MAY not have been her best bet.
 
2014-08-25 12:17:08 AM  
This is also a bad sign:

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2014-08-25 12:41:07 AM  

wax_on: RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.

This. As owner of a restaurant we sometimes get complaints that something someone ate here made them sick. I'm usually extremely apologetic but at some point I throw in the fact that most food bourn illnesses take a day or two to incubate to the point where you become sick. It's much more likely they got sick from that burrito they ate at the taco stand after drinking all night than it is from my immaculately clean restaurant.

That being said, everyone can do better with sanitation and it's good to get a reminder of that.


well put!
 
2014-08-25 12:45:49 AM  

RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.


Actually, if I were building such a system I'd monitor for food poisoning complaints, then roll back timelines an appropriate length of time. Then look for overlapping people. If you're correct, then people complaining will have a shared source in spite of possibly misidentifying their source.

Actually, John Snow would recognize the method. But Twitter makes it like being able to snoop everyone's diaries.
 
2014-08-25 08:40:51 AM  

we todd did: 2chris2: RogermcAllen: It's too bad that people often blame their food poisoning on the wrong things.


That's what I was thinking.  Food poisoning takes a long time to actually make you feel sick.  If you start feeling sick tonight, it is from whatever you ate 2 days ago, not from the lunch you ate today.  So food poisoning complaints are usually aimed at the wrong targets.

Depends.


This

http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesfory ou/consumers/ucm103263.htm
 
2014-08-25 08:41:26 AM  

wildcardjack: John Snow would recognize the method.


Jon Snow knows nothing.
 
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