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Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

DeadCatX2 Re:Seriously? Did no one see this coming? (125 comments)

The payload might be agnostic to the OS, but what about the dropper? I would imagine that would have to be custom-tailored to each OS. Unless the manufacturers are letting NSA drop the payload in before it gets to the consumer.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 Re:Woohoo! (130 comments)

That's why FDA issued this guidance. Because they were being forced to heavily regulate simple things unnecessarily. Up until now, if you wanted a doctor to use your app, you had to get it FDA approved. Now, assuming your app meets one of the exemptions, doctors can use your app more easily without potential liability (doctors tend to be paranoid about what they'll use on patients).

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 Re:Stop, wait, reverse that (130 comments)

I kinda sorta work in this industry, so I already knew about this guidance. In fact, I kinda sorta knew it was going to happen before it was official. So I didn't really have to read the article. :)

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 THIS IS RELAXING REGULATIONS (130 comments)

It seems that literally nobody can be bothered to actually understand what happened ("nanny state" "snuffing" "innovation" with "unnecessary regulations"). The FDA's guidance, released this past Monday, is RELAXING regulations - it is EXEMPTING whole categories of applications from regulation.

FTA: "The agency has cleared about 100 mobile medical applications over the past decade; about 40 of those were cleared in the past two years"

FDA has ALREADY been regulating medical apps. For a long time. The problem is, even if all your app does is draw pretty graphs, you still needed to go through e.g. 510K certification for your application. This guidance by FDA is aimed at reducing the barriers to entry for non-critical medical applications.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 Re:Woohoo! (130 comments)

Except this is not preemptive. FDA has already been regulating medical applications on mobile platforms (quote, FTA: "The agency has cleared about 100 mobile medical applications over the past decade; about 40 of those were cleared in the past two years"). This guidance is saying that certain medical applications are now exempt from regulation.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 Re: Woohoo! (130 comments)

Yeah...it's almost as if the FDA is doing a good job.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 LH Surge is more reliable (130 comments)

While I use My Days to track my wife's cycle, you can have improved accuracy using an LH strip. It's a "pee in a cup, stick strip into pee for three seconds, let dry for five minutes" test.

The beautiful thing is that the LH surge happens very reliably, 24-48 hours before ovulation. (see the third chart in this link and note how narrow the blue peak is compared to the other charts: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Hormones_estradiol%2C_progesterone%2C_LH_and_FSH_during_menstrual_cycle.svg )

I've also read (Amazon reviews, so take with appropriate amounts of salt) that if a woman has polycystic ovarian syndrome, she may not ovulate, even if she menstruates. The LH surge can tell her when she actually ovulates.

Using the LH strip in combination with My Days, you can reliably avoid or become pregnant. After a few cycles, you can tell whether My Days is correctly predicting ovulation (my wife is usually right on or a day late). Since sperm lasts up to five days, and there's some natural variations in the cycle, we generally avoid 8 days before and four days after ovulation is supposed to start. No condoms, no pill, no spermicide, and still no babies, four years running.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 Stop, wait, reverse that (130 comments)

This new guidance *relaxes* the regulations, meaning that the barrier to entry for releasing a medical app has been lowered. Before Monday, if you wanted to sell a medical app on a mobile platform, you needed FDA approval. As of Monday, large swaths of medical apps are no longer required to comply with Federal Drug and Cosmetic Act.

about 10 months ago
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FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices

DeadCatX2 Re:Blood glucose monitoring? (130 comments)

The headline is misleading. It implies that this is about *beginning* to regulate medical apps. In reality, medical apps have ALWAYS been regulated. The new guidelines issued by FDA *relax* the regulations, meaning that some medical apps no longer require FDA 510K approval. I have a feeling that OP's "read, parse, and analyze data" app will fit into that category, as of Monday.

This is actually a big deal to people who already have 510K. It used to be that you could say, "yeah I'm 510K" and you were one of only a few fish in a small pond. FDA just made that pond a LOT bigger, so now saying "yeah I'm 510K" isn't all that useful.

about 10 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

DeadCatX2 Re:If you can't control yourself ... (1440 comments)

That's great, if you live in an area where it's possible to pull off to the side of the road. In many places where I live, there IS no side of the road, especially when that road runs along a ravine, or the road has trees all along both sides. It's great if you want to avoid speed traps, since there's no where for a cop to park - but terrible if you need to pull over for an emergency.

Or the side of the road is a sidewalk with pedestrians. Or you're on the highway - do you really think it's a good idea to pull over on the highway?

I'm not trying to defend people who text and drive (although "sitting at a red light" != "driving", IMO) - personally I make my wife handle all phone/GPS details while I'm driving - but I think pulling over to text is more dangerous than texting at a red light. At least in my locale.

about 10 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

DeadCatX2 Re:If you can't control yourself ... (1440 comments)

The big difference between being drunk at a stoplight and texting at a stoplight is that when you put the phone down and start moving, you're no longer texting. But if you were drunk and you start moving...you're still drunk.

But for that matter, I don't know why anyone types on text messages anymore. Verbal transcription in the latest mobile OS platforms is so good that I haven't typed a message in at least a year.

about 10 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

DeadCatX2 Re:as a pedestrian i say great (1440 comments)

A driver trying to steer out of the way of a pedestrian engaged in reckless behavior (like walking out in front of traffic) might very well end up killing someone, and it WOULD be the pedestrian's fault.

about 10 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

DeadCatX2 Re:jerk (1440 comments)

I'd rather people talk on the phone while driving, than text or GPS while driving, or even talking to a passenger in the same car.

You see, when talking on the phone, your eyes are still on the road. If texting or GPS, your eyes are on the gadget. If talking to a passenger, you will inevitably look away from the road in order to observe nonverbal cues from your companion.

about 10 months ago
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GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

DeadCatX2 Re:Some people... (621 comments)

Why is it that the natural reaction of attraction to a beautiful woman implies that she is an object?

about 10 months ago
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Secret Court Upholds Phone Data Collection

DeadCatX2 Re:Yahoo (174 comments)

this information comes from revelation of secret court documents, not a PR statement itself.

I believe I read that this declassified opinion from FISC was written *after* the Snowden documents were leaked. So we cannot actually be too sure that this opinion was not written as a matter of PR.

about 10 months ago
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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

DeadCatX2 Re:Shadow banking system (387 comments)

You will appreciate this.

A widow in PA lost her $280,000 home over $6.30 in unpaid property taxes. Well, after interest and penalties, the $6.30 became $235 - still less than 0.1% of her home value.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100975448

Fortunately, a Judge has decided she has a chance to appeal the loss of her home. But it has already been auctioned off.

about 10 months ago
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Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth of Sea Ice In Antarctica

DeadCatX2 1998 - deniers favorite year... (236 comments)

The NYT link does not back up your side of the story. In fact, it explicitly debunks the other two links.

Moreover, their claim depends on careful selection of the starting and ending points. The starting point is almost always 1998, a particularly warm year because of a strong El Niño weather pattern.

Somebody who wanted to sell you gold coins as an investment could make the same kind of argument about the futility of putting your retirement funds into the stock market. If he picked the start date and the end date carefully enough, the gold salesman could make it look like the stock market did not go up for a decade or longer.

Emphasis mine. Every time someone says "global temperatures are not going up" - literally, every single time - it is because they use 1998 as the starting point. 1998 sets off all kinds of alarm bells, because it's a cherry-picked date.

Worse, it's not even proper statistics. These people are using high-school-level point-slope form; (Y2-Y1) = m(X2-X1). That's the only way you can get "flat". If you do a proper undergraduate-level Least Squared Linear Regression, even using 1998 as your starting point isn't enough to claim "flat". If you don't feel capable of performing undergraduate statistics, you can always use Excel, or any number of free online spreadsheets, to do the Linear Regression for you.

about 10 months ago
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Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth of Sea Ice In Antarctica

DeadCatX2 Re:Wat? (236 comments)

It is not a matter of "how do you know that that's not supposed to be [the] temperature?"

It's not like we have real "equilibriums", i.e. a global minima/maxima. It's more like we have a lot of local minimas/maximas. Enough forcings can push us out of our current local min/max and into a new min/max - like a flip flop that went metastable, sure it's not "supposed" to be at half-voltage, but it's a local minima that is relatively stable until something forces it toward the global minima. In all cases, the earth is at temperatures it's "supposed" to be at, otherwise we'd be violating laws of physics.

The question is, can humanity deal with the new local min/max as well as humanity dealt with the old min/max? That is why arguments about what temperature the earth was back in prehistory are red herrings. We didn't have massive civilizations with skyscrapers and monoculture farms feeding billions of people back in prehistory.

about 10 months ago
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US and Israel Test Missile As Syria War Tensions Rise

DeadCatX2 Re:Leaked evidence chemical attack was false flag. (227 comments)

No?

So it's not true that the 1979 revolution in Iran was in part fueled by anti-American animosity for our role in installing and supporting the Shah as ruler of Iran?

I mean, sure, in 1953, they might not have been opposed to what was happening (if they even knew what was happening at the time). But then again, in 2003, the US and most of the world thought Iraq had WMD and planned on using it. Funny how time has a habit of changing how an action is perceived. Just because someone isn't against it at the time it happened doesn't mean that it isn't viewed as a "disagreement" after-the-fact.

about a year ago
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US and Israel Test Missile As Syria War Tensions Rise

DeadCatX2 Re:International Dickwaving. (227 comments)

Bad analogy. You're choosing an evil target and a sympathetic target - that is not the case in Syria. On one side, you have Assad. On the other side, you have a coalition of rebels, a significant portion of whom align themselves with al-Qaeda (they are referred to as "al-Nusra" in media reports)

Better analogy: you have two neighbors, Assad and al-Nusra. You hate them both, they're both deadbeats, they leave garbage all over their lawn, beat their wife and kids, etc. You see Assad and al-Nusra get into a fight with each other.

Doing nothing in this case is prudent because you don't want either of them to win the fight. They're both bad guys.

about a year ago

Submissions

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Ask Slashdot: Recourse for unauthorized email access?

DeadCatX2 DeadCatX2 writes  |  about a year ago

DeadCatX2 (950953) writes "My mother's Yahoo account was recently compromised. Her password has been changed, but I would like to investigate other options as well. Yahoo helpfully provides a Recent Login Activity page, which provided me with an IP address, date, and time of the unauthorized access. The date and time correspond to an obvious piece of spam email that I received from her account. A traceroute on the out-of-state IP address suggests the ISP is Verizon Wireless. Given this evidence, are there any legal options for pursuing the attacker? If so, how much time and effort might this involve?"

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DeadCatX2 DeadCatX2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Man, someone should really have some sort of collection of slashdotting tips.

I found a pretty neat page today thanks to a comment that was sitting at score 1. To expedite the process of getting the fascinating comment modded up, I posted one of those "mod parent up" posts.

I got accused of karma whoring.

Now, was I whoring the other person, or myself?

I don't see how I was whoring myself, as the goal wasn't to get my post modded up.

I wasn't whoring the other person, because their post eventually got modded up, anyway.

It then occurred to me that this is what the "post anonymously" thing is for.

Methinks I should post anonymously more often (on the rare event that I do post). My mistake, I took a karma hit, whatever, I'm still positive so that's all I care about. I'll never make it to "much excellent karma, here start at score 2 all the time", nor do I care to. But man, some people. I'm fucking new here, can't you see the near-seven-digit user number?

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Karma

DeadCatX2 DeadCatX2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Yay. After posting something stupid a long time ago and putting my karma into the negative, I posted something smart today, and my karma is neutral.

I hope this means I'm no longer posting at Score 0. That makes it fairly difficult to get the comment seen by anyone.

It's so hard to get karma, and so easy to lose it.

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