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Comment: Your health doesn't matter to Myriad (Score 5, Informative) 255

by fastbiker (#41018135) Attached to: US Court Sides With Gene Patents

I used to work at Myriad Genetics on their lab software and believe me they don't give a single shit about anybody's health. They care about charging exorbitant amounts for testing and counseling. Remember, these tests do not definitely tell anybody they will get cancer. They are simply and statistical indicator.

What Myriad patented are not the genes themselves (EVERYBODY has them). What they patented are the pattern of specific mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. It is these specific mutations (nucleotide patterns) within the genes that MAY indicate the POSSIBILITY of cancer. You have to also consider the medical and family history of a specific patient and then make a guess as to what the probability of cancer will be in the future. It's never a yes or no answer.

To add insult to injury, the original research for finding the mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes was done by the founders of Myriad at the University of Utah which is a state school. The public paid for the original research.

Comment: You get what you don't pay for (Score 1) 387

by fastbiker (#30272464) Attached to: Are Ad Servers Bogging Down the Web?

I still don't get the continuing obsession with the idea that everything on the internet should be free. There's no free lunch. It costs money to run the servers, write the software, create the information that is being served and on and on. Yet all this should be free. So everything ends up being supported by ads. If customers would be willing to pay a reasonable free for the services rendered, everybody wins. The folks who run the service can stay in business and customers can get a quality product without being bombarded by ads.

Comment: Pay for what you use?? Heresy!! (Score 1) 501

by fastbiker (#29705305) Attached to: Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

The rate at which demand is increasing will far outpace any attempt at building infrastructure to keep up. It's that simple.
A simple solution is to rely on old fashioned supply and demand. Demand is huge and the supply is limited. Use all you want, you just have to pony up for it. It's fair for everybody. Maybe ATT could lower the price for customers who don't use a ton of bandwidth.
I'm not an advocate of the capitalism-can-solve-everything view but in this case it seems straight forward.

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+ - Sun Aims For More Modular, Unified Java With JDK 7->

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snydeq writes "Sun's plans for a more modular Java SE Development Kit 7 could one day lead to a single Java implementation, the company said today at JavaOne. The modularity, which Sun is tackling through Project Jigsaw and JSR 294, is intended to address a situation for which Java has gotten too big and 'gives us a taste of how perhaps we're getting to a point where we can start to think about how we might end up with one Java.' Although Sun has no formal plans for a unified Java, modularizing down to the smallest device could reduce fragmentation. Sun also announced its intentions of evolving the JVM into a true, multilingual universal runtime for high-level languages."
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Comment: Re:Sure it will. (Score 1) 469

by fastbiker (#27668457) Attached to: BYU Prof. Says University Classrooms Will Be "Irrelevant" By 2020
Apparently you need to spend more time at a real university to strengthen your vocabulary and understanding of human communications. You used the metaphor 'Brick and Mortar' no less than 8 times and have failed to understand that a quality education is more than reading a bunch of web pages. Human communication is far more complex than can be expressed in a set of online documents. The interaction with fellow students, professors and the scholastic environment are all critically important to the educational process. Were this not true, distance learning would have become the standard for higher education long ago with the advent of the modern printing press and the ability to take colleges courses by mail. Of course the idea of fulfilling any type of laboratory requirements online is simply laughable. The very notion of a laboratory requirement is to force the student to practice what he or she is studying in a controlled environment with fellow students (lab partners), some type of supervision and assistance. Even a lousy TA is better than none at all. There is also the practical problem of the equipment required for any lab be it chemistry, biology, physics or even CS. Even lowly English majors benefit from a real library and fellow students with whom to exchange ideas. Laboratory time also fosters the ability to work together on a project. A skill that is becoming ever more rare in the field of computer technology. A higher education that has any worth is much more than simply completing the reading requirements outlined in a syllabus and taking a few fill-in-the-blank tests. Itâ(TM)s a dynamic, challenging and serendipitous experience. The web makes a great reference manual and poor substitute for something real, deep and meaningful. As for substitutes for the term âoeBrick and Mortarâ, how about: real, genuine, tangible, physical, actual, corporeal or manifest?

Comment: Re:It's not possible even in theory (Score 1) 266

by fastbiker (#27604315) Attached to: Encrypted But Searchable Online Storage?
Sorry but Mozy does not search or index you backup data. They're starting to offer a service like this but it works ONLY if you use the Mozy supplied encryption key. With the Mozy supplied key your data can then be unencrypted, stored and indexed. Yes it's then stored unencrypted on the servers. If you choose to use your own private encryption key, then Mozy cannot do anything with your data. In any case, Mozy does not encrypt file names. File names and directory paths are stored on the servers unencrypted.

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