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Comment Re:Not on List - DNA Sequencing (Score 1) 311

As someone who was tested recently for certain enzyme mutations that affect drug absorption and effects, it's gotta be pretty cheap for medicare/medicaid to cover it without a prior-authorization. A pain doctor I spoke to says they test for as much as they can get, even told me that one prior patient had been on 5 meds for high blood pressure and after the test showed those 5 were all a type they would not respond to was switched to a new drug and within 2 weeks was at normal levels with just 1 medication. I know that their test can't be too costly, because the lab they use eats the cost that any given insurance doesn't pay (I guess they make up for it by billing other insurances higher).

The biggest problem about total DNA sequencing is that we just don't know what does what. I had a discussion about a misfolding genome disorder that presents differently whether it is inherited from the mother or the father; they know where on the genes it is, they know what protein gets produced incorrectly, but the idea that a set of chemicals knows which parent it's from is a bit staggering when it isn't on the X/Y 46 chromosome. Epigenetics is going to be a huge field, and cheap DNA sequencing along with people willing to share some details about themselves are going to be the fastest way to find patterns and clusters in that mess of data.

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 2) 268

Anything where safety or lives matter does not operate this way.

Right now I am back in school again working towards a PhD but I have worked with a biotech company and I have NEVER seen behavior even approaching this. If engineers where treated this way they would make mistakes and for many drugs you would not know about it until people started dieing. Then the FDA would investigate and find out why mistakes where made and the company would be SCREWED.

I can't imagine people doing this kind of working environment for drug development, building design, airplanes, materials etc.

Basically Amazon can only do this because what they do truly doesn't matter on a life critical kind of scale and they can afford to burn people out because there are so many to replace them. In many engineering fields unemployment is 1%. You can't burn through people because there is nobody to replace them with.

Comment Re:New eupemism? (Score 2) 179

Wallet in one back pocket, phone in the other. They go in when I stand up, and move to a front pocket or the car door/dash/whatever when I sit. Or get tossed in my purse if I'm sitting down at a restaurant/movies/something-else. I don't know why that's a difficult concept, I grew up around men who always carried a wallet in their back pocket but with sciatica in the family hated sitting on them; the phone is no different.

Comment Re:"Pocket dialed"? (Score 1) 179

My phones have strangely only done this when attached to wireless headphones. Setting the screen to auto-lock and getting in the habit of hitting the power button when I'm done with it helps a ton. But tap the "activate" button on a ear piece or headphone twice, and it will call the last person back. Caused a bit of a panic when I called my parents to tell them I was sick with a flu and was laying down for a nap. I put on said headphones, turned on some trance, and fell asleep. Tilting my head over on the headphone caused it to call them back an hour later, where I talked in my sleep in some manner that they thought was me asking for help. It is truly scary to be woken up from a nap by emergency people banging on the door while the voice of your mother whispers in your ear when you thought you just laid down for a nap.

Comment Re:Makes sense to me (Score 3, Insightful) 157

I think the point was that the real world equivalent of the digital search would not be allowed. It would be considered a vast overstepping of bounds to search 381 houses and do it in such a way that the people that live there did not know that the police broke in and searched it.

I am not saying that real world warrants should be held to the same absurd standards as digital ones. I am saying it should be the other way around.

Digital warrants should be held to the same standard as real world ones. You should need all the same legal standards for each person you want to do a search on and each place you want to search. If searching hundreds of homes is not viable in the real world you should not be giving warrants for that in the digital world just because it is easier.

Terrorism is so rare that it should be handled as an exceptional event within the law and require a justification every time. The information should also be made public after a set period of time to prevent abuse. However, right now the police seem to see a lot of people as terrorists for things that don't involve terrorism at all.

Comment Re:Makes sense to me (Score 5, Insightful) 157

That is the fundamental problem.

The only party served the warrant is judged to have no standing to contest it and the party that the warrant is about is never informed about the warrant.

It should be completely unconstitutional but in the end the world runs by might makes right and the constitution is just a piece of paper they pay lip service to.

Judges will not support the average person over their government and corporate interests.

Secret search warrants should not be allowed but I don't see any actual way to stop them. After the Citizen's United ruling any candidate that tries to run on the basis of trying to clean this kind of stuff up is going to get stomped by the other side since the other side will have nearly unlimited funds.

In the end money decides politics and politics are explicitly for sale to the highest bidder now. The supreme court even declared it is not bribery and we all know that it is. The system is corrupt from top to bottom and baked in. European countries are not any better with that either.

Comment Re:An actual question (Score 1) 727

because the proper, conversational response to being told "you are showing prejudices against a group of people" is not "no I'm not, shut up whore" but instead "what have I done to suggest that?" If someone points to your behavior and says "that behavior is prejudiced," again the correct response isn't to shout "no it isn't" but is to ask "how can I better express my view that X equals Y without being prejudice," or "my view is X, how is that prejudiced?"

Then learn from the experience.

Comment Re:An actual question (Score 2) 727

Actual nominally-female gamer here. You've been demonized since the 90s? Welcome to my 80's (Atari 2600), where as a girl who liked games I was spit on, shamed, shunned, and all the rest of the stuff that GGers complain about. I put up with parents who didn't think video games were for girls, same for computers and programming.

You know why I don't agree with GamerGate? Because so much of the hatred spewed in it's name is targeting women for having an opinion about the way women have been portrayed in video games. We've been here just as long as you have. We've gone through the same shit. But if we dare voice an opinion about that, we're shouted down as femi-nazis and SJWs.

Maybe you aren't part of that part of gamergater, maybe you don't mind women who have an opinion about "things". Tell ya what, I'll stop purposefully conflating the various sides of GG (the truth in reviews part, the men's rights side, etc) when GGer's stop conflating all feminists with a few fringe 1st and 2nd wave non-intersectional feminists.

Comment Re:What happened to Common Sense? (Score 3, Interesting) 363

Sometimes you look both ways and it is clear and while crossing the street someone still zooms through on a left turn and nearly hits you.

I have nearly been hit a few times while crossing the street by careless drivers that drove through an intersection FAR too fast. This is all while paying attention to my surroundings.

For a child they are smaller and even more likely to get hit.

I can't wait for the day when humans are no longer permitted to drive.

Comment Re:"Machine with Concrete." (Score 1) 148

I don't know about a hand crank version, but MIT did have a bunch of his works on display a few years ago. I had to do a spring break report for a new media art course, and my spring break happened to be a trip to Boston to see family. I stared at "Machine with Concrete" for a while, working out how long it would take to move the tip of a gear tooth one Planck length; assuming no backlash. Pre-loaded with backlash, that machine could go well past mankind's existence before the concrete felt any force.

And I really wanted a small version of "Machine with Oil" to sit on my desk. The chain sound, the garage odor, the constant work being done just to keep doing work. Beautiful.

Comment Re: Wow gorgeous (Score 1) 302

The Top500 is not relevant to desktop or laptop performance.

I love using linux for all my HPC stuff but on a desktop or worse a laptop it can be a major pain in the ass. Linux is really tuned for a server and not as a desktop. Even with an SSD and all fully supported hardware on a laptop linux just doesn't run as well. It can use things like optimus to switch between integrated gpu and dedicated gpu but it is clunky and buggy compared to windows. The interface does not run as smoothly and the fonts don't render as well.

Only part of the problem is that consumer hardware is designed for windows, the other part of the problem is that linux still does not take the desktop seriously after all of these years. The entire experience is still pretty glitchy and I have used linux as a desktop for over 15 years now. Windows has improved enormously and it is harder and harder justifying using linux as an end user machine.

Comment Re:Unacceptable... (Score 1) 333

This could also end up backfiring spectacularly.

Self driving cars are getting much better very quickly. A few too many of these protests is going to be remembered when it is time to deploy self driving cars.

The worst one is all the train strikes in Germany and other places in europe. Their jobs can be completely automated right now. The technology to do it has existed for more than a decade. If they keep striking the way they have been people are going to get fed up and instead of giving in they will replace the entire lot of them with self driving trains.

If you are enough of a nuisance the public will react to make the problem go away. It just may not react in the best interest of those causing the nuisance.

Comment Re:I would suggest the stl (Score 1) 345

With the type of work I have been doing additional storage is not a problem however resizing is expensive. I create all my vectors at their required size in advance in almost all cases. I think I only have a few cases where I have to dynamically expand a vector since there was no way to know the size ahead of time.

I agree though that you could screw up pretty badly if you just create it at size 0 and then keep building it up to millions of elements. That would be horribly slow compared to the rest of the code.

The great thing is that vectors are guaranteed to be contiguous in memory and that means you can hand them to BLAS routines.

Comment Re: I would suggest the stl (Score 1) 345

CUDA and opencl are great for certain types of problems. If you don't have a problem that works well on GPUs then they are pretty horrible.

For the kinds of HPC work I have been doing I get a nearly linear speedup up to 128 cpus with appropriate use of openmp.

OpenMP is a standard and supported by all modern compilers. It works extremely well and gets rid of all the boilerplate code you would normally need with threads and gives extremely good scaling on high performance systems.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.