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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

pepty Re:Cameras (125 comments)

For quite a few cleanrooms the common case is the logs are used for QC and for compliance with federal regulations. Also, people in clean rooms are generally wearing safety glasses, masks, bonnets, etc, so figuring out who is who would be a pain.

yesterday
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Start-Up Vsenn Emerges From Stealth With Project Ara Modular Phone Competitor

pepty Re:Something we don't really need (30 comments)

As AC pointed out, the same components offered in a modular setup will be more expensive, but not just in terms of space. To keep the same profit margins all of the modules will have to be marked up significantly compared to what you would pay for them all packaged together. If third parties are also selling modules, then the entire profit margin has to come from the frame.

about three weeks ago
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Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

pepty Re:Which way are the bits going? (97 comments)

Step one: propose bonds that would pay for last mile fiber networks, with rollout decided primarily by neighborhood population density.

Step two: ?

Step three: Money goes to municipalities which in turn put network installation and management projects up for bid. Municipalities choose to provide service as a utillity or allow private ISPs to compete to sell broadband services.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

pepty Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

And that's why Apple Pay IS more successful - because retailers have to do nothing to support it. If they have an NFC credit card reader, they automatically support Apple Pay, because it's a glorified credit card.

Except give up 3% of every transaction to credit card companies, which quickly dwarfs the cost of a new terminal.

about a month ago
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Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

pepty Re:Ok (58 comments)

Particles about one billionth of a meter in width are smaller than the antibodies that are supposed to be coating them. Even an ScFV (useful fragment derived from an antibody) is over 3 nm.

about a month ago
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Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

pepty Re:Hype or real? (58 comments)

In other words:

"WHY THE FUCK AREN'T YOU JUST TAKING A SAMPLE??"

And I think I know the answer: avoiding all of the intellectual property surrounding running the exact same tests after taking a sample out of a human being. The number of patents on diagnostics based on these types of binding events is astounding. But they are almost all in vitro, not in vivo.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

pepty Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

Culture is pushing away girls (As Barbie says, "Math is hard!") to woman. Most women pick careers that are "family friendly" or offers a good life / work balance.

The same research that found the percentage of women in majoring in CS plummeting in the '80s -90s found that they held steady at about 46% of math majors. But I'll agree on the life/work balance issue.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

pepty Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

Replace most of the volunteers with one roller conveyor: one end in the truck, one at the counter. One volunteer in the truck loads ice, one at the counter just takes money and never even touches the bags.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

pepty Re:Let me handle this one guys... (141 comments)

There's this thing in the scieintific community called "informed consent" - basically if you're going to experiment on someone you have to explicitely say what you're doing for every single experiment

Not really, no. You can completely change the experiment (new primary and secondary endpoints, etc.) without getting the subjects consent. The samples and data collected for one experiment can be used for unspecified future experiments, so long as that possibility is disclosed. The legalities are getting tighter, but unless you are related to Henrietta Lacks (HeLa cells) blanket consent for use of samples, complete with intellectual property rights, is still the norm.

about a month and a half ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

pepty Re:Nothing (181 comments)

Here is what _I_ consider to be an innovator.

Musk is just a salesmen.

Ok, I'll bite. What exactly did Holmes, or even the other folks as Theranos, invent? Microfluidic blood tests, DNA based tests instead of ELISAs, All that stuff was invented in the '80s and '90s.

Have a look at her list of patents. Which actually present new ideas instead of combinations of well established technologies?

http://patents.justia.com/inventor/elizabeth-holmes

Musk took existing technology, improved it and recombined it until it could support real business plans.

Holmes took existing technology, improved it and recombined it until it could support a real business plan.

Good on both of them.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

pepty Re:Informed consent? (141 comments)

When they start hiding information to fuck with your mental state for any purpose other than convincing you to buy a product/brand, then they become a culpable actor and potentially contributory to injury or death.

Now that's an interesting distinction to make. If a marketing strategy was actually injurious, would it still get a bye? Also - this research was still ultimately aimed at getting people to use a consumer product (Facebook) as profitably as possible. So shouldn't it be eligible for that exemption?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

pepty Re:Ethinomics (141 comments)

But scientists in marketing research do A/B advertising, etc, all the time without a hint of informed consent. Amazon and other retailers don't ask for informed consent when they study offering you discounts on items languishing in your shopping cart.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

pepty Re:Let me handle this one guys... (141 comments)

TOS-speak is not accepted by anyone in any of the various corners of science that perform human subjects research.

Nope! When subjects volunteer for a specific study or survey, sure. But most consumer research doesn't require informed consent unless there is direct interaction between the researcher and the subjects. A/B advertising research, OKcupid's experiments ... informed consent is buried in the boilerplate or completely absent. That's even partially true for some medical research: you aren't required to give informed consent for each research project that uses a sample taken from you if you gave a blanket consent when it was taken.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

pepty Re:Let me handle this one guys... (141 comments)

But Facebook is just doing the same things other consumer product/service providers do to their customers. It was only newsworthy because it was Facebook.

about 2 months ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

pepty Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

#1 and #2 shouldn't generate red flags: Facebook pays people and has bots to trawl for fake names. There are probably plenty of other folks who do it for reasons other than keeping Facebook's user data harvesting clean and efficient.

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

pepty Re:Low pay? (342 comments)

You're comparing to average household income, not average income for someone with one or two degrees, which most of the low paid rural jobs don't require.

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

pepty Re:Salary != Compensation (342 comments)

1) most teachers still work at the school over the summer, if they didn't the median salary figures would be much lower

2) bullshit. 6 hrs in school, 4 hrs afterschool/at home for the teachers I know.

3) Yep, job security is still better than the private sector.

4) Full pension - but remember to subtract social security, which most teachers aren't eligible for.

5) Or getting put in jail because the kids said you had group sex with them when you didn't

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

pepty Re:Low pay? (342 comments)

Remember that most teachers aren't eligible for social security benefits when looking at that benefits package, and that median teacher is also working during the summer. Median teacher salary in the US is around $56K and is dropping. So are the benefits packages.

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

pepty Re:Oh lord (342 comments)

Is that 4a) worry that the gubmint will take our 3D printed guns, or 4b) H1b visa holders are taking the 3D gun printing jobs?

about 2 months ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

pepty Re:Low hanging fruitfor (174 comments)

Until they have to head to the next county for a forest fire and then run their pumps all day.

about 2 months ago

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