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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:FDA shouldn't even exist in the first place (123 comments)

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

I agree with your description of the situation as accurate, I however do not agree the situation is uncorrectable or right however.

Back to being AC again, but I am the one you were replying too.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:Charge what it costs to certify (123 comments)

Rather than simply make a quip, would you care to show a general trend of neglect in the pharmaceutical industry? While there are instances of abuse, the over all standards for pharmaceuticals in the US for safety is far better than what one would expect from your comment.

I beg to differ. Are you unaware of the 6+ year history of enforcement actions against the pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy for gross violations of health and safety standards? http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/24/us-ranbaxy-ban-idUSBREA0N06Z20140124. And the FDA enforcements were only started after the pharma giant had been documented by private auditing firms as intentionally neglecting health and safety standards in their drug production processes. http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-05-28/news/39580238_1_ranbaxy-case-us-drug-regulator-paonta-sahib

That's 3 extra years that American health was at-risk because the pharmaceutical industry was allowed to rely on non-government, private safety inspectors.

You can 'beg to differ" all you want to, but you made my point for me with "FDA enforcements were only started after the pharma giant had been documented by private auditing firms".

In fact, I am well aware of that case and it was the specific case I had in mind when I mentioned the exception that proves the rule.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:FDA shouldn't even exist in the first place (123 comments)

Are you certain you are responding to me in this stream? It seems more in place with another comment I made about the Interstate Commerce Clause which is Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the US Constitution. Regardless, it is at best a red herring.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:Charge what it costs to certify (123 comments)

I am not certain why you think my ideas are Libertarian, especially given that I rate libertarians somewhere along the lines of neocons (I agree with them about 50%).

You make several comments that are absolutely falsifiable however. such as: "government agency is always more trustworthy than a private company"

I do find it interesting that you accuse me of being, or at least having, libertarian [ideas] and then go on to describe a libertarian viewpoint. Not being Libertarian, I do not agree with that viewpoint.

In any case, you have failed to make you case with me, I see that you are simply going to be dogmatic and provide neither reason nor proof. I suspect it is because we have very different qualifications for what is a "reason" and what is "proof". So how about we simply agree to disagree? You can think I am a libertarian, and I will think you are wrong. One of us will be correct.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:Not a federal role is not equiv to no gov't rol (123 comments)

Thank you for providing another viewpoint. I do appreciate other people rephrasing things within their own experience as I know my own view points are only expressed through my own lenses. Diversity helps people get past hangups they may have with my particular affectations.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:Charge what it costs to certify (123 comments)

Actually no I did not say that. Again you are making a link that private regulation is no regulation, and even in the OP I did not say simply private regulation I said with oversight. It is really no different that hiring contractors, which is something we do frequently via the Federal Government and in private industry.

I have already given a simple example of how it could work, twice now you have simply responded with a dogmatic statement and no connecting evidence or reason.

  If you do not provide any I will have to infer three things:
1) You simply believe only the government is capable of doing the work
2) All government workers must be actual government works and not contractors
3) The government is incorruptible.

Since I know that all 3 of these are historically and factually false we will have no where left to go.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:FDA shouldn't even exist in the first place (123 comments)

How does the existence of radium products grant a power to the Federal Givernment? {spelling intentional). I was under the impression that we had things called laws that laid out what the government could and could not do .. but I already said that when I went into the difference between regulative and normative.

Maybe you are an ends justifies the means kind of person.. I am a deontologist.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:does it mean anything though? (123 comments)

If that phraseology works for you .. fine. I tried to make it as generic as possible and actually just grabbed the Wikipedia summary and the begthequestion.info tail.

If you really want to understand it then go look at J Woods / D Walton article which is a nice basic intro to the subject.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Hungus Re:Charge what it costs to certify (123 comments)

In other words, provide no oversight at all while an "independent" firm rubber stamps all the industry's apps for a completely legal fee which ends up going to the executives of the fake company via bonuses, then let it fold and start up a new one.

Privatized enforcement is no enforcement. If it can't be overseen by the government it needs to either be banned. You can open up the question of if it needs to be regulated at all, but providing the illusion of safety and regulation when there is none is far worse.

Nowhere does the OP say that, you are jumping way down an argument and not providing your work in between. How I read the OP is that private contractors do the heavy lifting and then the FDA comes back in and audits the results. If you audit one in 3, then see a group fails to catch something so you audit their entire batch, that is still substantial oversight.

I also would be willing to jump in and say the FDA is overstepping what little role it should have and might be provided by the ICC (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) and would even be willing to say that it may only regulate the actual commerce and not the actual products, however I think the OP is a step in the right direction.

about 2 months ago
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Prospects Darken For Solar Energy Companies

Hungus Free Market at Work (435 comments)

How is this a long term bad thing? Either the industry will come up with an idea that will allow a marketable solar power system sans subsidies and thus thrive, or it will die and we can move on to the next idea instead of wasting engineering hours on a failed/NRFPT energy source. In either case we win.

more than 2 years ago
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Computer-Controlled Cyborg Yeast

Hungus Misread Title (61 comments)

You know you have read too much Sci Fi when:
You misread the headline of "Computer-Controlled Cyborg Yeast" as "Computer Controlled Cyborg Yeats" and start looking over your shoulder for the Shrike's 3rd cousin and the Shrubbery of annoyance.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

Hungus Re:Way to make the problem worse (481 comments)

I doubt it id ton try and get people to subscribe, more likely it is to 'develop' a seperate business line so it can be jettisoned and not as negatively affect stock prices.

about 3 years ago
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Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product

Hungus TANSTAAFL (374 comments)

Repeat after me: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

about 3 years ago
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Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

Hungus Re:And Lemme Guess... (197 comments)

This is why I linked to the actual Supreme Court decision in Google Scholar (2nd link). The summary is in fact correct.

more than 3 years ago
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Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

Hungus Re:And Lemme Guess... (197 comments)

Obtaining an iris scan is probably invasive enough to require a compelling reason to perform it, and my guess is that under most circumstances that means that one is either 1) already being arrested, or 2) being served a warrant for the collection of it.

Sorry but you would be incorrect.

The Supreme Court has said that individuals do not possess an expectation of privacy in their personal characteristics (see United States v. Dionisio, 410 U.S. 1 [1973]). Thus, the police may require individuals to give handwriting and voice exemplars, as well as hair, blood, DNA, and fingerprint samples, without complying with the Fourth Amendment's requirements.

Iris Scans fall into the same category.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

Hungus Archival Quality BD-R (397 comments)

Delkin offers Archival Quality Disks tested via ISO 18927-2002 standards with an estimated life expectancy of 200 years. You can buy them at most any mid to high end photography supply store for around $10 each for 24GB of storage. I use them for all of my research projects.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?

Hungus Re:Treat it like fiberglass or asbestos (247 comments)

Better yet use a wet saw and keep water running over it the entire time. Then you can filter the water but particulates should never become airborne and so you will never inhale them. You should also be wearing thick non porous gloves what handling them and make certain any think you work with is lead free if you plan on making jewelry out of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Online Social Security Statement In Limbo

Hungus Re:Sigh (160 comments)

Actually you are wrong, Currently SSA takes in MORE money than they pay out. There is no "Fund" as Congress has been "Borrowing" it to fund other parts of the budget. The best way to maintain benefits after the switchover occurs (when more money is being paid out than put in) is to raise SSA taxes now and feather the retirement age again.

Social Security brought in an excess of 68.6 Billion dollars last year. (thats what remained after all payouts were made)

Don't believe me?

The data is here: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/progdata/assets.html

more than 3 years ago
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Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

Hungus Re:Disregard your own opinion on climate change mo (504 comments)

I have to disagree. Politicians are using Global warming as a grab for power, scientists & academics are using it as a grab for funding. The entire situation is hyper politicized.

more than 3 years ago

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Demonoid Returns Again (Not a repeat from 2008)

Hungus Hungus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hungus (585181) writes "It has been many weeks since the popular semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid went offline. The site’s owner claimed the downtime was due to hardware issues and warned of the loss of both torrents and user data. Today, however, there is hope on the horizon, as Demonoid’s tracker is now up and running again.

Since Demonoid went down in September there has been a lot of speculation about what had caused it, and how long it would take for the site to recover.

As always, Demonoid staff kept quiet about the site’s future and all its users could do is wait for a sign of life, which quietly arrived earlier today.

A few hours ago Demonoid’s tracker started to respond again. It appears that it’s still hosted in the Ukraine, and although the frontend of the site hasn’t updated yet, this comeback might indicate that the site is preparing for a full return.

The current situation stirs memories of Demonoid’s downtime back in 2007. At the time the tracker also returned before the site itself became accessible again, which took two more months. Many Demonoid members are undoubtedly hoping that this chain of events will complete more quickly this time around.

Demonoid tracker is up and running

When the site returns, it’s likely that members that joined the site more recently will have to sign up again, while others may have to resubmit their torrents. “A loss of some months worth of activity including registered users and torrent submissions is to be expected,” Demonoid staff warned earlier.

The tracker’s return in itself is already being welcomed by the thousands of users whose torrent clients are not supporting trackerless torrents. Many of them might have been staring at several unfinished downloads for weeks, and now they are finally able to complete their downloads."

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New Music sounds a bit fishy

Hungus Hungus writes  |  more than 9 years ago

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4693307.stm

Hi-tech fish make their own music
A ground-breaking hi-tech art project that generates music using fish and digital locators has opened its doors as BBC World Service Go Digital producer Colin Grant reports.

Real fish movements drive the animations
"Never work with animals and wireless networks," cautions the digital artist, Julie Freeman.

She is putting the finishing touches to an unusual exhibition that invites electronically tagged fresh-water fish to conduct their very own mood music.

Visitors who find their way to Tingrith Fishery in Bedfordshire, southern England, will find that amongst the fishermen, Ms Freeman has stealthily installed a gallery, housed in a 20ft-high converted cylindrical silo.

The exhibition called The Lake demonstrates how increasingly artists are collaborating with the makers of ground-breaking technologies to explore a brave new world of digital art.

Sixteen fish from the lake - an equal number of tench, rudd, goldfish and carp - have been volunteered for the exhibition.

Under anaesthesia they are slit open and miniature bio-acoustic tags are inserted into their bodies.

The fish are then stitched up, woken up and returned to the lake where they emit a tiny acoustic signal every two seconds.

Within the lake are a number of hydrophones (underwater microphones) which pick up the emissions from the fish tags and feed that information into a laptop hidden nearby that works out the co-ordinates of each fish.

The gallery is in an old silo
That information is, in turn, sent over a wireless connection to two other computers in the roof of the silo, and using software Ms Freeman has written, one of the computers generates an animation from the movement of the fish.

The other computer generates a soundscape, playing sound samples recorded in the environment that Freeman has matched to seven different types of movement or behaviour patterns of the fish.

You can see the results in the converted silo housing loudspeakers which play this random fish symphony and a canvas membrane, acting as a false ceiling, upon which the coloured representation of the fish movements are depicted.

It is a beautiful, aural and visual entertainment where the viewer is offered a sensual experience of the private lives of fish, ordinarily hidden deep beneath the surface of the lake.

Barring a few teething problems with clashing and crashing software, it is all worked smoothly.

But a little peal of anxiety works its way across Freeman's brow when asked to consider the likelihood of another artistic intervention: the real possibility that a fisherman lands one of her fish.

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