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Comment: Re:Because nobody reads TFA (Score 1) 125

by GrumpySteen (#47534697) Attached to: Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Profit doesn't mean that your privacy has been invaded.

Patents on genetic tests already exist. This program is a way of developing more tests that can be patented and profited from.

That said, my opinion is that allowing patents on human genes was a bad idea that should have never been allowed to happen, but that's an entirely different issue that has nothing to do with privacy.

Comment: Because nobody reads TFA (Score 1) 125

by GrumpySteen (#47534217) Attached to: Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Baseline will be monitored by institutional review boards, which oversee all medical research involving humans. Once the full study gets going, boards run by the medical schools at Duke University and Stanford University will control how the information is used.

Now feel free to laugh derisively at the idiots who didn't read TFA and immediately started screeching about Google invading their privacy.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 2) 135

In very much the same way as a specific brand of laundry detergent is used as a currency in illegal transactions.

Except that doesn't happen. A 100 ounce bottle of Tide weighs about 7 lbs and sells for $10. Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer would need a fucking U-Haul to carry away the detergent equivalent of one afternoon's sales.

It's a dumb urban legend that isn't even remotely plausible.

Comment: Re:Something missing from the summary (Score 2) 77

by GrumpySteen (#47426291) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

The Tesla S has a keyless ignition. The key just has to be in range of the vehicle and you can press the start button and take off, even the key isn't in the car with you. Only after you park the car will it refuse to go any further. All the guy had to do was get into the car and that's not that difficult even if the door is locked.

Tesla wants to examine the wreckage because it's an unusual accident and could provide insights into ways that they could improve the structure of the car, not because they can't figure out how someone started it and drove off.

Comment: Re:What could go wrong! (Score 1) 468

Cost. The wikipedia article says that the cost is similar to the cost of synthetic sapphire. For a cell-phone sized sheet of sapphire, the cost is apparently 10x as much as the cost of a similarly sized piece of chemically hardened Gorilla Glass (source). Most customers would rather save 90% of the cost and get a slightly inferior product that they have to replace sooner.

Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 2) 415

by GrumpySteen (#47399469) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

The article is written in a way that makes it sound like they might be talking about one case, but there are two separate cases. The case you referenced, where they compiled evidence for seven months, was in Warwick, RI. The case the person you responded to referenced, with the USB stick hidden in a tin in a metal cabinet, was in Connecticut.

Chances are that the Connecticut case was similarly investigated before a warrant was issued and the USB stick found, but the article doesn't give any details on the case.

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