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Apple's Plans For Your DNA 92

Posted by Soulskill
from the download-a-parkinson's-cure-from-itunes dept.
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hospitals or scientists run medical studies on iPhones by collecting data from the devices' sensors or through surveys." A source says Apple's plan is to enable users to easily share their DNA information with medical workers and researchers performing studies. "To join one of the studies, a person would agree to have a gene test carried out—for instance, by returning a "spit kit" to a laboratory approved by Apple. The first such labs are said to be the advanced gene-sequencing centers operated by UCSF and Mount Sinai."

Comment: Re:Which is why we disguise cell towers (Score 2) 208

by BlueStrat (#49625619) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

I was under the impression that my private business with my cellular phone provider was just that, private, and without a warrant this information in the form of 'papers and effects' was supposed to be subject to 4th Amendment protections unless sought via warrant process...

Let's see, how does that go? Soap, Ballot, Jury, and Ammo?

We seem to be at Jury...and it's not going well.

What's that other one? "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Hmm, what to do, what to do...?


Comment: Re:Scientifically driven politics (Score 1, Insightful) 346

I have to waste some mod points to give the reasons. The legislation bans consideration of research where all data is not publicly available without regard for which data is available - like public health studies with anonymized data [].

This bill would make it impossible for the EPA to use many health studies, since they often contain private patient information that canâ(TM)t and shouldnâ(TM)t be revealed. Studies based on confidential business information would also be off-limits. Studies of human exposures to toxics over time and from a variety of locations likely cannot be reproduced. Neither can meta-analyses, looking at the results of hundreds of scientific studies to assess their conclusions. Such studies provide critical scientific evidence in many fields of research. This legislation wasnâ(TM)t designed to promote good scienceâ"it was crafted to prevent public health and environmental laws from being enforced.

So, you've got one guy on a political-agenda-driven website, who is not a lawyer, who says *in his opinion*, that's what the bill would do.

What specific parts/language of/in the bill forbids anonymized personal, individual data to be used in otherwise open and reproducible studies?

If the bill does contain such wording.language, if it were altered so that such pragmatic and practical concerns are handled, would you then support it?

Or is this just a vector of attack on a bill which you do not support the main intent (eliminating regulation-creation within Federal agencies/Depts with force of law based on secret studies/data) of?


Comment: Re:Time (Score 3, Interesting) 311

by BlueStrat (#49608827) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I think the place they will dominate first (and next, I guess) is motorcycles. The only thing missing from most current electric motorcycles is top speed.

Prepare for major E-cycle-gasm. 140 miles per charge highway, 230 city. Full charge time 1 hour. Insanely fast.

Even this one is reportedly quite fast, and being a replica of a "light cycle" from the movie "Tron", it *should* come with a gold-plated Nerd Card included.

They also makes more cosmetically-conventional (and affordable/practical) models as well.


Comment: Re:how (Score 1) 173

by BlueStrat (#49592051) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

Don't worry, the next round of Republican voting will ensure he's replaced by a guy that uses a drawl, could beat up the other candidate physically, and asks God for guidance on good encryption policy.


Robert Byrd is dead and was a Democrat, besides he didn't look all that tough! Maybe he was a bit more spry back in his younger days when he was burning crosses on 'uppity' black family's front lawns with Al Gore Sr.


Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 409

There's a difference between invasive and non-invasive probes. Finding molecules outside your car is non-invasive. Projecting an EMF beam into it is.

This is why I included infrared in my sample of possible devices/methods. An infrared camera type device simply detects the radiation leaving your personal/private property/vehicle/home that a human cannot see with their eyes, the same way a biological sensor called a dog detects scent molecules outside your personal/private property/vehicle/home that a human cannot detect with their sense of smell.


Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 409

The dog sniffing around your car is not considered a search of the car (because it's searching the area around the car that is not part of your personal property.

How is that any different than an X-ray/millimeter-wave/infrared device being used to determine the contents of the vehicles?

In both cases (sniffing-dog and machine) a tool outside of the officer's five senses is being used.

Does having fur make using a dog permissible legally while a scanning device is not permissible short of some sort of probable cause?

If someone is stopped by an officer with a dog, the dog is legally allowed to sniff around the vehicle, but even if the officer has a scanning device with him he's not allowed to use it short of a probable cause existing.

A search is a search, regardless of whether it uses scent molecules or infrared/millimeter-wave/x-ray/ultrasonic energy, and it's also a search regardless of whether or not the "detector" has fur and a collar.


Comment: Re:From courts to no telco needed (Score 1) 83

Classic court allowed telco support would be for one cell number, account or person.
The cellular phone surveillance device becomes a cell tower like device in a community and collects all calls in that area.
The cell site simulator has total access as it forces all mobile phones in the area to connect to it.
Collect it all is how a cell site simulator works for cellular phone surveillance.
A change to bulk collection.

Are these devices attended by actual humans, or, as is likely, it's set up and left recording in some nearby convenient location like the back of a parked van, motel room, or abandoned building, etc?

If so, they should be easy to radio-locate, like the old CB radio 'rabbit hunts'. How upset would they be to find their expensive toy missing when they returned?

If it *is* attended, surround the location and start protesting and out them. Don't forget to video record.

If police don't need a warrant, then does that mean that anyone can run a Stingray? It's not that hard. A little sauce for the gander.

You can even pick up the essentials to "roll your own" "Stingray" type device at a bargain, used/refurbished.


Park one in a van in Washington D.C. on K St. or near the WH, and/or certain parts of Alexandria VA for extra lulz.


Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by BlueStrat (#49515683) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

If so it might well completely collapse the economy.

You say that as if some in power don't see that ideologically as a feature, rather than a bug. Many in positions of power/wealth have set themselves up so that they would benefit hugely in various ways such as politically/ideologically and financially from such a disaster, and in fact use it as a catapult into total authoritarian takeover.

George Soros, as one example, has made a pastime of profiting, and many say working to cause, national currencies and economies to collapse. There are many others who would stand to benefit enormously in various ways both inside and outside the US from it's economic/political collapse.

Bottom up, top down, inside-out.


Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by BlueStrat (#49507861) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Think about your circuits class.
1)You have a battery and some lights. Then someone else starts attaching more power to your system. Your bulbs start popping because you can't stop them from attaching more power than your grid can hold.
2) You are now a lineman. Go to replace a light on your circuit board. You turn off the power and grab the bulb, BUT someone has hooked up another power to your board without you knowing. ZAP!.
This is a safety issue for the linemen as well.

How dare you bring logic and facts into this political/ideological low-info Donnybrook!


Comment: Re: 'fail-dangerous' device. (Score 1) 191

An unexpected and unwanted text message from a wireless company prematurely exploded a would-be suicide bomberâ(TM)s vest bomb in Russia New Yearâ(TM)s Eve, inadvertently thwarting a planned attack on revelers in Moscow, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Explains why more terrorists don't use Verizon.

Achmed the Dead Terrorist agrees! (But at least he took that Verizon bastard with him!)

(At 8:08)


Comment: Re:If I Were Tesla Motors... (Score 1) 197

Just create two other "car companies" that sell re-branded Tesla cars and have the three of them open up a permanent auto trade show in which they would be allowed to sell directly.

Why bother creating other companies? Just create a trade show for electric-only cars. If Nissan and Fiat (is there anyone else selling 100% electric cars?) don't show up, it's still a trade show. Tesla doesn't compete with the Nissan or Fiat electric cars, yet.

Think outside the box!

Why not use the IRFA that's been so much in the news lately?

Being able to legally purchase any product directly from the maker if said maker is willing and offers to sell is part of your religious beliefs and practices as a member of the Teslaticular Church of Gedouddamahface.


Comment: Re:Executive orders are not law in and of themselv (Score 5, Insightful) 289

For this to be true, there must be some law passed by Congress making the donation illegal, presumably when the recipient is a member of some group as determined by the executive branch.

How 1980's!

There is only one branch of government, the Executive, then there are the minor agencies and departments like the Congressional Dept. and Legislative agency, all closely overseen by the Executive branches' all-seeing intelligence and monitoring apparatus.

Any who buck the status quo are destroyed.

But hey, there's rumored to be a new Marvel Comic-based movie in the works!


Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?