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Comment: Re:And the result is... (Score 2, Informative) 50

by timonak (#32916372) Attached to: Telemedicine Comes Into Its Own
Actually, thats not true. I have experience with telemed having worked on a telemed project for the last 4.5 years. Telemed actually decreases response time and improves costs. One group that I'm familiar with, makes it a requirement for their doctors to check the telemed case queue when they have down time. This particular clinic when from having a waiting list 4 months long to get an appointment, to now its typically less than 1 week. And telemed is responsible for this because the doctors can take and review cases when they have a few moments free, instead of the patients having to travel in to the clinic and occupy an exam room.

Comment: Re:Medical... (Score 3, Interesting) 727

by timonak (#31467364) Attached to: Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Kind of, not really. We are in a really weird position. Our device is a kiosk with metal brackets for hanging other devices on. At the root of it, we are a class I, but because we talk to class II and III (12-lead ECG) and because we shuttle data around, we are a class II. Although there is the risk the FDA could come back and say we are a class III given that we talk to a class III.

The project is a lot of fun in spite of the FDA :) http://afhcan.org/cart.aspx

Comment: Re:Medical... (Score 5, Informative) 727

by timonak (#31466400) Attached to: Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Sadly, your wrong. I work for a medical device manufacturer. The two big things that drive the cost of a device up are the FDA and lawyers. The amount of documentation we have to produce for the FDA is mind-numbing. We sent a hold box of paper when we submitted out 510k. I can't make a single change in the code base without having a signed-off requirement. I can't fix a defect without having the defect entered as a bug, and then tracing that bug back to a requirement. All because of the FDA. Some of this is good, and a good part of GMP, but a lot of it is overkill.

Comment: Re:RS232 is fee-free (Score 2, Informative) 460

by timonak (#31303776) Attached to: Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

Thats not 100% true. You can get a 16 PIDs from FTDI for free and use their programmer tool to replace their PID with yours. I did this for a biomedical device manufacturer we purchase equipment from. You still have to use their VID, and it takes a tiny bit of work to make the FTDI serial driver work with the new PID but its entirely doable.

Comment: Re:"Not for ________ use" (Score 5, Insightful) 422

by timonak (#30804732) Attached to: Wii Balance Board Gives $18,000 Medical Device a Run For Its Money
I can honestly tell you that you have no idea of what you are speaking. I work for a small medical device manufacture as a software architect/engineer. There are many reasons why a medical device is expensive. I'll enumerate the two that I have experience with. The first, and biggest is the FDA. We are a class 2 medical device, much like the piece of equipment mentioned in the article. So what does this mean? It means reams and reams of paperwork. Not nearly as much paperwork his required for a class 2 as a class 3 (pace maker and other implantable devices) device, but still reams of paper. We sent almost a WHOLE box of paper to the FDA when we submitted our paperwork. If I had to add up the cost to produce the paperwork, given the cost of lawyers, and staff time, my guess would be >$250k. Thats just the initial cost. We now have to get ready for an FDA compliance audit in the next few months. We have also have to overhaul how we develop the software. We have to be able to trace every line of code back to reams of paperwork, that adds an additional burden to the bottom line. Next are lawyers. We spent a TON of money on lawyers while doing our FDA 510K. Competent lawyers who are also knowledgable about the FDA 510K process are NOT cheap. ONE of the lawyers we used cost $600/hr. You also have to remember that the medical market is quiet limited. How is a small medical device company supposed to survive if they sell the device for a couple of hundred dollars into a very limited market? When you see our product, you might be tempted to think $5000? I'm not paying that much for a metal frame, a hardened PC w/ a touch screen and some software. Its not worth that much. And when you do, I want you to tell that to me personally, to my face. I also want you to tell me that my family doesn't deserve to eat.
Nintendo

Nintendo Brain Games Effectiveness Questioned 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the flickering-boxes-will-make-us-smart dept.
nandemoari writes "While Nintendo boasts that its Wii can make you fit, the game company's popular line of DS 'Brain Games' have for some time promised to make kids smarter by challenging them with word puzzles and math formulas. However, a French professor isn't buying the shtick. University of Rennes professor Alain Lieury, a cognitive psychology specialist in Brittany, France, recently studied a group of ten-year-old children playing a variety of mentally-challenging games. Not all were video games, however; Lieury pitted more traditional games (including sudoku, Scrabble, and regular old reading and homework) against Nintendo's popular line of DS hits, including Brain Age, Big Brain Academy, and Brain Training. Although he credits the Nintendo DS — one of the best selling consoles of all-time — as 'a technological jewel,' he finds Nintendo's claim that it can actually help kids learn is nothing more than pure 'charlatanism.'"
Windows

In-Depth With the Windows 7 Public Beta 785

Posted by kdawson
from the ctrl-alt-del-makes-him-blink dept.
Dozer writes "With the Windows 7 public beta out, Ars Technica has an in-depth look at the release. There's praise for Windows 7's UI changes and polish as well much-needed changes to UAC, but also a warning that those who have problems with Vista won't like Windows 7 much better. 'If you couldn't stand Vista's UI (whether it's because you didn't like Explorer, Aero, Control Panel, UAC, or anything else), Windows 7 is unlikely to do much to help, as it builds on the same UI. If Vista's hardware demands were too steep, Windows 7 will likely cause you the same grief, as its hardware demands match. And if Vista didn't work with a program or device you need to use, Windows 7 will offer no salvation, as its compatibility is virtually identical.'"
The Courts

RIAA May Be Violating a Court Order In California 339

Posted by kdawson
from the play-nice-now dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In one of its 'ex parte' cases seeking the names and addresses of 'John Does,' this one targeting students at the University of Southern California, the RIAA obtained an order granting discovery — but with a wrinkle. The judge's order (PDF) specified that the information obtained could not be used for any purpose other than obtaining injunctions against the students. Apparently the RIAA lawyers have ignored, or failed to understand, that limitation, as an LA lawyer has reported that the RIAA is busy calling up the USC students and their families and demanding monetary settlements."
Image

The Best Burglar Alarm In History 137

Posted by samzenpus
from the suck-it-Edison dept.
Sportsqs writes "When Nikola Tesla got creative with transformers and driver circuits at the turn of the 20th century he probably had no idea that others would have so much fun with his concepts over a hundred years later. One such guy is an Australian named Peter who runs a website called TeslaDownUnder, which showcases all his wacky Tesla ways, or rather electrickery, as Peter calls it." Very cool stuff, I wish I would have had something like this to protect my comic books from my little brother when I was a kid.

Comment: Status of site (Score 2, Informative) 229

by timonak (#13299243) Attached to: The NetBSD Toaster
This is from an email from Jessie Off on the TS-7200 mailing list: We don't have the bandwidth for that so our web site is pretty much down right now. FWIW, we're not being limited by the TS-7200 CPU or RAM. Only 2% of the CPU is actually being utilized currently. I have Apache configured for up to 30 maximum simultaneous connections (of which all 30 are full) and we're satisfying about 10 page loads per second. We also got linked from http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=25321 which has been generating a lot of hits all morning so we weren't really in a position to receive the "slashdot effect" //Jesse Off

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