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

rhsanborn Re:Not medical grade instruments ... (123 comments)

Unfortunately, companies like Apple are developing services to aggregate health data from things like wifi BP cuffs, scales, activity trackers, pulse oximeters, etc. And, physicians and regulators are already looking at ways to integrate that information into a broader plan of care. So, regardless of it's novelty, it's going to be used for very real medical decisions. At the very least, there needs to be better education about the lack of oversight and the potential for wildly inaccurate data, and I don't get the feeling that's happening.

about two weeks ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

rhsanborn Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

This is a good way to hide your snooping in sensitive environments that are running adaptive intrusion detection systems. It's also a way to get secure computers that aren't connected to the network, to talk to less secure computers that are. Think military. Jim falls prey to a USB based piece of malware and puts it on a DoD machine that is on their internal, secure network. It talks to an Internet-connected computer to move data from one to the other. The USB vector is exactly how the US/Israel got malware onto Iranian centrifuge controller systems, so it's a valid concern.

about a month ago
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This 360-Degree, 4K Video Camera isn't Getting Kickstarted (Video)

rhsanborn Sad? (61 comments)

Why is it sad that people didn't donate money to a for profit company?

about a month and a half ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

rhsanborn Re:Poverty and city living. (138 comments)

Note also that healthy food from scratch takes more time to prepare, which is also a luxury that isn't available to the single mom taking the bus to 2 and 3 jobs.

about 2 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

rhsanborn Re:Wow that much money? (270 comments)

We just need a political angle and maybe we can get Glenn Beck to "ask some questions"...

about 2 months ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

rhsanborn Re:Not me (255 comments)

It's not necessarily a status symbol, but I do see more people realizing that there are services that fill the needs to "moving the occasional couch". Most people don't need the utility aspect of the vehicle but 1-4 times a year, and likely spend way more in gas and other expenses (tires, etc.) for the privilege than they would if they rented a truck for those purposes.

about 2 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

rhsanborn Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (216 comments)

This is what happens when a company's first priority is to find a way to make money. This product was built with money as the first principle. If, instead, GM asked what would be best for a customer, they probably would have made a deal with Google and/or Apple to build integration into the car and phone. They wouldn't get $5 a day, but they'd sell more cars.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

rhsanborn Re:Don't understand it. (198 comments)

It sounds like Beats has streaming music deals. I'm speculating here, but the record labels aren't happy about how iTunes worked out for them. Read the Steve Jobs bio and you'll find that they were over a barrel and Apple took advantage of that. I suspect the labels were trying to get their pound of flesh back from Apple with streaming contracts. Perhaps Apple went around the labels and is buying less expensive streaming deals via Beats, depending on how long the term is on those Beats contracts with the labels.

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

rhsanborn Re:Competition (258 comments)

Unfortunately, it takes a company as large as Google to be competitive. ATT, Comcast, et al have the infrastructure for this, but not the incentive. The minute a small org comes in and tries to provide higher speed service, then ATT can roll out the higher speed service for less money and destroy that small org with price competition. This isn't direct competition. This is Google being willing to throw away money to shake up some markets, and it shouldn't have to work that way. The governments have granted cable and telcos monopolies, and then failed to regulate them. THAT is a problem.

about 2 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

rhsanborn Re:What we would like to know (329 comments)

We can't know the details, because releasing them would be a violation of patient health information privacy laws. So we only get to hear the story from the side of the parents. We do know the physicians at the hospital have diagnosed the child with medical child abuse. A key point form the Slate article someone else linked is that 1 in 10 children who are abused medically, die. It isn't something that is taken lightly.

about 3 months ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

rhsanborn Re:The Cloud! (145 comments)

We're hitting the age where some earlier services are starting to shut down, and that's actually a good thing. It will start a conversation about how much we're willing to trust to "the cloud" and what we're willing to make temporary. Many of us have Kindles, iPhones, Rokus that use content from providers not unlike GameSpy. We need to be willing to say out loud that ownership of these items is now temporary. The sellers of these items need to be more open about that as well.

about 4 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

rhsanborn Re:nope! (496 comments)

This will take a long time to catch on. I think it works for people who grew up with video games. I think people who didn't will have a hard time conceptualizing the 180 degree view and translating it into what's actually happening outside the car.

about 4 months ago
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Healthcare Organizations Under Siege From Cyberattacks, Study Says

rhsanborn Re:So much for HIPAA... (61 comments)

Not surprising, really. The only time companies get punished for non-compliance is when they are the ones accessing protected health information. No threat of punishment == no compliance.

That's not the case at all. HIPAA makes a distinction between covered entities (usually hospitals, doctors, insurance companies), business associates (people providing services for covered entities such as medical coding, transcription, IT services, etc.) that require access to protected health information, and everyone else who isn't allowed to access protected health information. If a covered entity loses or discloses protected health information, or is breached, that entity is responsible for fines under HIPAA, which are being levied regularly. e.g. http://www.healthcareitnews.co...

about 5 months ago
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Healthcare Organizations Under Siege From Cyberattacks, Study Says

rhsanborn Re:Simple solution (61 comments)

There is a law, it's called HIPAA. Healthcare organizations are very cognizant of HIPAA and do work to avoid breaches of healthcare data. The Department of Health and Human Services does hand out significant fines for breaches. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy... Additionally, for large breaches, healthcare organizations are required to notify prominent news media, which arguably has a larger financial impact than the fines themselves.

about 5 months ago
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Building an Open Source Nest

rhsanborn Re:I don't understand the draw (195 comments)

The idea of the Nest is that it's going to do something that most people aren't good at doing, which is programming their thermostats. Tech geeks aren't the target market. We already programmed our thermostats and for the most part they work relatively efficiently. It's for my crazy aunt who doesn't have a programmed thermostat and can recoup that $250 by letting some silly device do it for her. There are also smart added benefits like being able to check on the house remotely when you're out of town to make sure the furnace hasn't failed and your pipes are frozen, etc.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:so why would i want to wear a computer? (219 comments)

I think cars are a good analogy. I have to find a source for this, so, of now I'm talking out of my rear end, but I believe cars have held steady in price according to inflation. This is counter to most technology which tends to go down, like TVs. The reason is that the technology of the car has been continually improving to match. So, they haven't gone down in cost asa percentage of an average person's income, but that average person gets much more in a car today than in the past. They are crazily more safe, get much better mileage, have comfort features, etc. I think this would be similar. A smart light switch today costs around $50. It's way more than a dumb light switch, but doesn't require any extra wiring and does loads more. You probably can't justify the cost of a system like this based on electricity savings, but for some people, they may be able to justify the cost based on convenience and features. Advances like Intel is making, may tilt that in favor of vein more cost competitive.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:Other applications (219 comments)

I do want my fridge online. We went out of town once and the kids didn't shut the freezer all the way and it ran and also spoiled all the food. At the very least, we could have known and arranged to have someone go close it.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:The Internet of THINGS! (219 comments)

I'd love for the motion sensor in the hallway outside my door to correlate with my alarm clock and know that I just got up, and then kick on the coffee maker. Technology is supposed to make life easier, and this will help it do that.

about 6 months ago

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Obama and Romney Respond to ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

rhsanborn rhsanborn writes  |  about 2 years ago

rhsanborn (773855) writes "President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney have both responded to a questionnaire on the "most important science policy questions facing the United States". The questionnaire was created by ScienceDebate.org, a group consisting of many influential organizations in science and engineering. Questions are on many topics including research, internet regulation, and climate change."
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Federal Appeals Court Orders TSA to Explain Delay in Body Scan Public Hearing

rhsanborn rhsanborn writes  |  about 2 years ago

rhsanborn (773855) writes "One year ago the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the TSA to hold public comment on the use body scanners in EPIC vs. DHS. The order has been ignored prompting a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking for the Obama Administration's response. One year later, Wired reports, the court has ordered the TSA to explain why it hasn't responded to it's original order. The TSA has until August 30th to respond."
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