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Comment: Re:Reason for not talking to people (Score 2) 81

Don't post online about current work-related stuff is probably good advice for all of us to take.

TFA was a bit sketchy on details, but it did seem to indicate her Facebooking had something to do with the mistrial, and eventual acquittal... whether or not this is factually accurate,

it's probably safe to say this was poor judgement on her part.

Comment: Re:Higher diagnoses (Score 3, Interesting) 33

by rmdingler (#49544137) Attached to: MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer
Elderly men with slow developing prostate cancer are frequently not treated because the disease is unlikely to kill them first.

Sadly, your medical care is incentivized in the same fashion as an automotive repair: the more repairs that are necessary, the greater the final invoice.

This is not to suggest there are not a great many ethical physicians, but we would be fools to overlook the likelihood that some sociopaths have slithered into the profession.

Comment: Re:No, This Is Important for People to See (Score 1) 255

by rmdingler (#49536489) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Well, I can't speak for the poster ... but I think you can reasonably conclude (and in fact should) that if someone comes out of the blue and claims to have a miracle cure for cancer, but no scientific evidence you should treat them with a degree of skepticism.

That absolutely nobody ever confirmed a diagnosis of cancer tells me this was a fraud which was committed with the willing complicity of the media, her publisher, and everybody else who utterly failed to do anything other than take her on face value.

Maybe everyone didn't "know" ... but people sure as shit should have been saying "OK, how credible is this claim". Because, really, reading the news stories about this ... there was absolutely no basis to deem her claims credible.

Just a media who wanted to show a story, and a bunch of people who lacked critical thinking skills who wanted to believe in miracles, or something which matched their existing world view.

When people make big claims about their magic healing cure which has no scientific evidence or study ... they should not be taken at face value.

Folks diagnosed with cancer are desperate people. Desperate people, sadly, just want to believe they can make every horrible boogeyman disease go away if they do the right thing, especially when receiving a grim outlook from conventional medical practitioners.

Fact checking, logic, and realistic thinking are displaced by the grasping of straws.

Comment: Re:Cautionary Tale? (Score 1) 182

by rmdingler (#49533133) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Claim To Have Genetically Modified Human Embryos

They warn that "because the genetic changes to embryos, known as germline modification, are heritable, they could have an unpredictable effect on future generations."

I guess they mean if the children don't inherit the disease, DrugCo's profits will fall.

Unless DrugCo's patent skills are Monsanto-like...

Comment: Sadly, we've elected these Luddites (Score 0, Troll) 196

by rmdingler (#49533075) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity
It seems likely, yet difficult to pinpoint, that there has been a time such as this before in the history of human governments,

when the governors were so far behind the curve of technology that it caused physical pain to watch them at work.

Is a powerful Senator hell bent on false god belief any less harmful to the future prosperity of mankind than a 4th World Jihadi member of ISIS?

Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 5, Insightful) 206

Yes. Intent is an essential consideration when sentencing, but not so much to the guilt or innocent phase of the trial.

Since it occurred at MIT, the bastion of clever hacking, it's fairly likely Aaron never imagined his hacktivities would be treated criminally, let alone get to a zealous prosecutor. IIRC, the most egregious prior transgressions were charged with trespassing and little else.

Sure. He was ill equipped to handle the fallout of being made an example of. It probably never happened to him before. To be fair though, his response was as big an overreaction as that of the prosecutor.

+ - Scotus rules extending stop for dog sniff unconstitutional. ->

Submitted by bmxeroh
bmxeroh writes: The Supreme Court ruled today that a police officer may not extend a traffic stop beyond the time needed to complete the tasks related to that stop for the purposes of allowing a trained dog to sniff for drugs. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority (6-3) that police authority "ends when tasks tied to the traffic infraction are — or reasonably should have been — completed,". The case, Rodriguez v. United States, 13-9972, all started with Rodriguez was stopped in Nebraska for driving out of his lane. After he was given the ticket for that infraction, he was made to wait an additional seven to eight minutes for a drug dog to arrive which promptly alerted to the presence of drugs in the car. Upon search, the officers found a small bag of methamphetamine in his possession.
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