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Comment: Re:No thanks. (Score 1) 87

by sjames (#49820277) Attached to: The Artificial Pancreas For Diabetics Is Nearly Here

The feedback loop will be longer than with a natural pancreas, so the control won't be as tight, but I'm not so sure it will be that loose. In any case, manual management by injecting a bolus of longer but slower acting insulin analogs isn't going to be as good as a natural pancreas either. The pump will be doing continuous injection of faster and shorter acting insulin.

If that proves inadequate, they could always add a couple demand buttons, one to indicate the patient has started eating (the natural pancreas does get signals for that) and another to indicate exercise is beginning. Still not perfect, but it has real potential to provide much better control than manual injection.

+ - Cybersecurity and the Tylenol Murders

Submitted by writes: Cindy Cohn writes at EFF that when a criminal started lacing Tylenol capsules with cyanide in 1982, Johnson & Johnson quickly sprang into action to ensure consumer safety. It increased its internal production controls, recalled the capsules, offered an exchange for tablets, and within two months started using triple-seal tamper-resistant packaging. Congress ultimately passed an anti-tampering law but the focus of the response from both the private and the public sector was on ensuring that consumers remained safe and secure, rather than on catching the perpetrator. Indeed, the person who did the tampering was never caught.

According to Cohn the story of the Tylenol murders comes to mind as Congress considers the latest cybersecurity and data breach bills. To folks who understand computer security and networks, it's plain that the key problem are our vulnerable infrastructure and weak computer security, much like the vulnerabilities in Johnson & Johnson’s supply chain in the 1980s. As then, the failure to secure our networks, the services we rely upon, and our individual computers makes it easy for bad actors to step in and “poison” our information. The way forward is clear: We need better incentives for companies who store our data to keep it secure. "Yet none of the proposals now in Congress are aimed at actually increasing the safety of our data. Instead, the focus is on “information sharing,” a euphemism for more surveillance of users and networks," writes Cohn. "These bills are not only wrongheaded, they seem to be a cynical ploy to use the very real problems of cybersecurity to advance a surveillance agenda, rather than to actually take steps to make people safer." Congress could step in and encourage real security for users—by creating incentives for greater security, a greater downside for companies that fail to do so and by rewarding those companies who make the effort to develop stronger security. "It's as if the answer for Americans after the Tylenol incident was not to put on tamper-evident seals, or increase the security of the supply chain, but only to require Tylenol to “share” its customer lists with the government and with the folks over at Bayer aspirin," concludes Cohn. "We wouldn’t have stood for such a wrongheaded response in 1982, and we shouldn’t do so now."

Comment: Re:Useful technique (Score 4, Funny) 476

Who do you recommend as an alternative? (And did they, by any chance, support the Patriot act?)

Bernie Sanders, who voted against the PATRIOT act and its reauthorization.

Voting against the Patriot act was a good thing, but everything else Bernie Sanders he stands for is just batshit crazy.

Comment: Useful technique (Score 5, Insightful) 476

So he did one thing you agree with. The rest of his profile is just bat shit crazy.

That's a useful technique - agreeing or conceding the immediate issue, while making nebulous unsupported statements about everything else. Look to see this for the next year or so. "I agree with him on this issue, but everything else is crazy".

...problem is, that "agreeing on this one issue" seems to happen a lot. Like, for most issues.

Who do you recommend as an alternative? (And did they, by any chance, support the Patriot act?)

Comment: Is this a win? I can't tell... (Score 4, Informative) 476

The Huffington Post was live updating the proceedings, and said this:

USA Freedom Act advances 77-17

In a stunning reversal from last week’s drama, the USA Freedom Act was passed by a vote of 77-17. The bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly several weeks ago will now move forward and is likely to receive a final vote on Tuesday.

The bill fell three votes short of the needed supermajority to advance last week but with the clock ticking on controversial provisions of the Patriot Act, supporters of NSA surveillance thought that the proposed reforms were better than letting the program expire entirely.

Rand Paul stated that the Freedom Act will likely get passed on Tuesday.

Wait... did we win or not? Isn't this just a 2-day repreive?

Comment: Re:MS Paint (Score 2) 278

by snowgirl (#49810507) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

Most, I hate the Sparta icon... it's white, with no contrast border... which makes everything that is assigned to it being the default program, show a white globe on a white background... it's like, "way to go, Microsoft!" followed by a slow clap.

"clean" "modern" design... which will never work decently on all backgrounds... you know... like good logos, and designs...

Comment: Darmok and Jalad... at Tanagra. (Score 3, Interesting) 58

On the other hand, if no new physics is discovered, could this be the Michelson–Morley experiment of the 2000s?

It could be "Shaka, when the walls fell!"

A valid question, and I like a well-turned metaphor ("it was a wine red sea"), but wasn't there a Star Trek episode essentially mocking that sort of usage?

When out president says something is "our Sputnik moment", the Tamarians would understand perfectly.

This could be "The river Temarc in winter!"

Take an astronaut to launch.