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Comment: Re:ResearchKit! ResearchKit! That's The Big Story! (Score 2) 529

I'm more worried about the invalid correlations that will result from this data, given that the users will be self-selected, upper-class individuals.

Participants in research studies are already stupidly self-selected, and many drop out (and are thus invalidated) because it can be incredibly challenging for people to continue to routinely report over a period of time, especially if the participant has to deal with periods of instability in their lives..

Seeing as you can get an iPhone that supports ResearchKit included with a phone contract, I'm having trouble buying the "upper-class" angle here. The iPhone may have started its life as a Toy For The Rich, but today, it's just another "free phone with contract!", side by side with the likes of the HTC One, the Galaxy S4, and the Droid MAXX.

Medical research (especially meta-studies) are already rife with invalid statistics. This can only exacerbate it.

ResearchKit will provide sensor-driven data to researchers, in a readily-used format, on a far denser timescale than is currently practical, via a familiar user interface, across a considerably wider and more engaged sample. If you genuinely believe that the only outcome of this scenario is that it will degrade the quality of data in medical research, then I'm genuinely interested to hear your recommendations for improving the quality of said dataset. Given, of course, the same temporal and financial constraints as exist today.

Comment: Re:ResearchKit! ResearchKit! That's The Big Story! (Score 1) 529

Where exactly do they say it's open source?

The CEO of the company utters those very words, with his own mouth, in front of a live audience full of journalists. As part of a major marketing presentation. That is also being simultaneously watched by FSM knows how many random people and media organizations via webcast.

I'd be a lot happier with an open, semantic tool for storing and cataloguing medical data vs. some proprietary solution that only works with certain brands of devices.

Or, to put it another way, you'd be a lot happier if they did exactly what they said they were doing.

Comment: ResearchKit! ResearchKit! That's The Big Story! (Score 5, Interesting) 529

The single biggest thing to come out of this was the announcement of ResearchKit. I don't think people fully appreciate just how...sparse and brittle medical research data can be, even today.

Even in situations where there do exist tracking devices, they tend to be clunky, cobbed-together, user-unfriendly things that are built using generations-old, heavily-used devices--generally by dint of the fact that researchers have so little money to spend on this sort of thing.

Having an open-source platform that'll open the data floodgates? THAT is going to have some real and lasting consequences for medical research.

Comment: Re: Not surprised (Score 1) 311

by American AC in Paris (#49134515) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

When a forum starts to limit legal speech a slowly growing cancer of censorship is inevitable.

1. Reddit cannot, in any way, stop you from expressing your opinion. The most they can do is refuse to facilitate said expression.

2. I find it amusing that such a staunch, unyielding proponent of True Free Speech would use such a tremendously wiggly, pro-oversight qualifier as legal In defining what they consider acceptable. Legal implies a level of trust in the state that is entirely at odds with the rest of your post.

Comment: Re: Not surprised (Score 5, Interesting) 311

by American AC in Paris (#49134509) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

When a forum starts to limit legal speech a slowly growing cancer of censorship is inevitable.

1. Reddit cannot, in any way, stop you from expressing your opinion. The most they can do is refuse to facilitate said expression.

2. I find it amusing that such a staunch proponent of True Free Speech would use such a tremendously wiggly, pro-oversight qualifier as legal In defining what they consider acceptable. Legal implies a level of trust in the state that is entirely at odds with the rest of your post.

Comment: Just Remember (Score 5, Insightful) 188

by American AC in Paris (#49130461) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

I cannot even begin to count the number of commenters here who pushed HTML5 as the best way to end, once and for all, those incredibly invasive and annoying Flash ads.

You got exactly what you were asking for.

So long as business is on the web, there will never, ever, ever be a technological "solution" to online advertising. There's simply too much money at stake for that to happen.

Comment: Re:Seriously, an Apple car? (Score 4, Funny) 196

by American AC in Paris (#49095365) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

I can see it now:

Apple announces the Apple Car. It only comes in three styles (coupe, sedan, and light SUV), three colors each. It has no steering wheel, no pedals, and no user-maintainable parts. They are shiny, closed systems, are well-marketed, and work well, with some quirks here and there.

Naturally, serious gearheads, tinkers, and the automotive industry chuckle at Apple's folly, as they know nothing about what cars are supposed to be.

Naturally, it turns out that Apple knows a good deal about what the typical person would actually like in a car, and they sell millions of 'em.

Naturally, this leads to gearheads clawing their eyes out with rage at the sheer stupidity and worthlessness of the ordinary driver. Quirks are held up as fatal flaws, a sign that Apple exists solely because of slick commercials and glitzy designs.

Naturally, this leads to the auto industry spending the next five to seven years trying to play catch-up to Apple. Each automaker ends up changing pretty much their entire fleet to match the Apple Car's functionality and style.

Naturally, the auto industry eventually catches up to Apple Cars--and eclipses them, in some ways.

Naturally, the gearheads all roll their eyes at the morons who are still buying and driving Apple Cars, when the cars made by the industry are so clearly superior.

Rumors begin to circulate that Apple is designing a spacecraft.

Comment: Future Support Call (Score 1) 168

"...OK, sir, I've found the problem. Your order was not delivered because we have your address listed as a no-fly zone."

"...that's right, sir."

"...all you need to do is go to 'no fly zone dot org' and click the large 'unregister' button at the top of the page. Once the change goes through, your order will be on its way."

"...it should only take about fifteen minutes to process the change, sir."

"I understand your frustration with the delay, sir, but unfortunately, noflyzone.org is a third party website, and there's nothing we can do to accelerate the process."

"All right, then, sir, your pizza will on its way just as soon as that is resolved. Thank you again for your order. Is there anything else I can help you with today?"

"You too, sir. Goodbye."

Comment: Quality Journalimism (Score 5, Insightful) 397

by American AC in Paris (#48914945) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

"You heard the scare-mongering"

"Promised "2-3 feet" snow"

"government's overreach"

Congratulations, Timothy. Today's the day I take Slashdot up on its longstanding offer to disable advertising, and it's all because of you!

Because honestly, y'all don't deserve money for this level of pabulum.

Comment: Re:Look To History (Score 1) 479

We should let those skills themselves (and nothing else) determine who gets to practice them.

And that works wonderfully, given that we assume humans are frictionless spheres in a vacuum.

In the world in which we live, though, millennia of societal mores and pressures have resulted in a situation where huge swaths of people are presented with unique challenges and roadblocks simply by dint of their genetic makeup.

You simply cannot have a society based on merit so long as these deficiencies exist. If you want our world to become a meritocracy, then the responsibility of the coming generations is to work to eradicate these social discrepancies. To pretend they are no longer a factor does not move us towards a society built on merit.

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