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Comment: Re:Something we don't really need (Score 2) 30

by pepty (#48340791) Attached to: Start-Up Vsenn Emerges From Stealth With Project Ara Modular Phone Competitor
As AC pointed out, the same components offered in a modular setup will be more expensive, but not just in terms of space. To keep the same profit margins all of the modules will have to be marked up significantly compared to what you would pay for them all packaged together. If third parties are also selling modules, then the entire profit margin has to come from the frame.

Comment: Re:Which way are the bits going? (Score 1) 97

by pepty (#48296001) Attached to: Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

Step one: propose bonds that would pay for last mile fiber networks, with rollout decided primarily by neighborhood population density.

Step two: ?

Step three: Money goes to municipalities which in turn put network installation and management projects up for bid. Municipalities choose to provide service as a utillity or allow private ISPs to compete to sell broadband services.

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 1) 631

by pepty (#48258257) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

And that's why Apple Pay IS more successful - because retailers have to do nothing to support it. If they have an NFC credit card reader, they automatically support Apple Pay, because it's a glorified credit card.

Except give up 3% of every transaction to credit card companies, which quickly dwarfs the cost of a new terminal.

Comment: Re:Hype or real? (Score 1) 58

by pepty (#48257843) Attached to: Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

In other words:


And I think I know the answer: avoiding all of the intellectual property surrounding running the exact same tests after taking a sample out of a human being. The number of patents on diagnostics based on these types of binding events is astounding. But they are almost all in vitro, not in vivo.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 786

by pepty (#48201379) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Culture is pushing away girls (As Barbie says, "Math is hard!") to woman. Most women pick careers that are "family friendly" or offers a good life / work balance.

The same research that found the percentage of women in majoring in CS plummeting in the '80s -90s found that they held steady at about 46% of math majors. But I'll agree on the life/work balance issue.

Comment: Re:Let me handle this one guys... (Score 1) 141

There's this thing in the scieintific community called "informed consent" - basically if you're going to experiment on someone you have to explicitely say what you're doing for every single experiment

Not really, no. You can completely change the experiment (new primary and secondary endpoints, etc.) without getting the subjects consent. The samples and data collected for one experiment can be used for unspecified future experiments, so long as that possibility is disclosed. The legalities are getting tighter, but unless you are related to Henrietta Lacks (HeLa cells) blanket consent for use of samples, complete with intellectual property rights, is still the norm.

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 3, Informative) 181

by pepty (#48125773) Attached to: The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

Here is what _I_ consider to be an innovator.

Musk is just a salesmen.

Ok, I'll bite. What exactly did Holmes, or even the other folks as Theranos, invent? Microfluidic blood tests, DNA based tests instead of ELISAs, All that stuff was invented in the '80s and '90s.

Have a look at her list of patents. Which actually present new ideas instead of combinations of well established technologies?

Musk took existing technology, improved it and recombined it until it could support real business plans.

Holmes took existing technology, improved it and recombined it until it could support a real business plan.

Good on both of them.

Comment: Re:Informed consent? (Score 1) 141

When they start hiding information to fuck with your mental state for any purpose other than convincing you to buy a product/brand, then they become a culpable actor and potentially contributory to injury or death.

Now that's an interesting distinction to make. If a marketing strategy was actually injurious, would it still get a bye? Also - this research was still ultimately aimed at getting people to use a consumer product (Facebook) as profitably as possible. So shouldn't it be eligible for that exemption?

Comment: Re:Let me handle this one guys... (Score 2) 141

TOS-speak is not accepted by anyone in any of the various corners of science that perform human subjects research.

Nope! When subjects volunteer for a specific study or survey, sure. But most consumer research doesn't require informed consent unless there is direct interaction between the researcher and the subjects. A/B advertising research, OKcupid's experiments ... informed consent is buried in the boilerplate or completely absent. That's even partially true for some medical research: you aren't required to give informed consent for each research project that uses a sample taken from you if you gave a blanket consent when it was taken.

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