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Comment Data (Score 5, Insightful) 64

This sounds like a data capture initiative. Aetna has access to full medical records of those they insure. The Apple Watch captures enough health data continuously for them to be able to correlate a person's behavior with the amount of money it costs to cover their healthcare needs. This could be used to filter out who NOT to insure or how much more to charge a customer based on their lifestyle. It also could potentially decrease costs by helping people live healthier lives as well, but knowing insurance companies, data is more important to them than anything, and this is a tremendous source of it.

Comment Re:Not a bad guess (Score 2) 166

While out hiking in dense old-growth forests, I was curious if there was more oxygen there from being surrounded by so many trees. I wondered if, perhaps, there was enough additional oxygen in the air to have a clinical affect on my metabolism (perhaps I didn't breath quite as fast because of all that extra O2 generated by the forest). Some very quick research revealed that is definitely not the case, because there is simply already such a massive amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. If you took 100% of the CO2 in the atmosphere, which is only 0.04% of the atmosphere, and converted every bit of it to O2, you still would not raise the level of oxygen by 1/10th of a percent. So that should give an idea of what a minuscule percentage of the Earth's oxygen is being cycled in organic processes.

Comment Re:So many problems... (Score 1) 326

I don't think any of the problems you state are legitimate.

The autoinjector he uses is a medically approved device used by many diabetics that can't bring themselves to casual stick a needle into their body and then inject the insulin.

1) Dosing is a big issue. Huge. Not just determining the correct dose but mechanically and reliably administering the correct dose. This is NOT a trivial concern. Both under and overdosing with epinephrine can be a very serious matter.

For dosing, it cannot administer more than was loaded into the syringe. Those with severe allergies can get approval and training from their physician to use a regular syringe and ampule to administer epinephrine to themselves (or a parent to a child). If dosing isn't a concern there, then it isn't a concern with preloading a syringe. Whether or not it injects the full amount is a factor of whether the device has been medically approved, and this autoinjector has been. If it is not killing patients by not injecting the full amount of insulin, then we shouldn't have to worry about its efficacy to deliver some other drug. So dosing is not a "big issue". As for the depth setting, that can simply be set ahead of time and glued in place.

2) Quality control in a device like this is essentially nonexistent. It might work but you can virtually guarantee that it won't always work. If it doesn't then that will very likely result in serious injury or possibly death. I work in a company that makes components for medical devices. The quality control standards are VERY stringent for very good reasons.

Quality control, as stated, isn't an issue, as the whole concept of using this device to operate a syringe that was loaded by the patient has been approved by the FDA and is in use.

3) Sourcing the medication. Sure you might be able to buy it but there are VERY good reasons why we have a controlled supply chain in the pharmaceutical industry. You are seriously rolling the dice if you buy outside the normal supply chain.

This is an alternative for people who can already legitimately get an EpiPen. If someone can get a prescription for an EpiPen then there are legitimate ways they can get prescriptions for ampules of epinephrine too. I already stated that physicians will write prescriptions for epinephrine for patients who will self-administer via a standard syringe.

4) The person who administers the injection is quite likely to not be the person who built the device. This raises a whole host of problems.

And? How is that any different than the person using an EpiPenis not the machine that made the device? You push the button and push it against the thigh, or vice versa. With an epipen you have to remove the safety from the back. Both require the same amount of steps and are obvious enough to use.

My concerns are more practical I do believe.

1) Sterility is a big concern. Any time you remove something from packaging it is no longer sterile. Medically that needle cannot be considered sterile. Further, I doubt the device he uses protects the needle from contamination in any way. It is designed to load and use immediately. Throwing the thing in a purse or backpack is a sure way to let dirt enter through the opening and get on the needle, etc.

2) Safety. The device appears easier to 'misfire" than an EpiPen, which has a cap that must be removed from the back of the device. With this, just through handling, I can see a person accidentally setting it off by pushing the button and bumping the bottom at the same time.

3) Size. This thing is bigger and bulkier than an EpiPenby quite a bit - across every axis it is larger.

4) Loss of medication. Prefilling a syringe and then storing it without an airtight cap could lead to a loss of medication. I suppose things like barometric changes in pressure could cause some medication to come out. I just don't know that surface tension is enough to keep all the liquid in the syringe indefinitely when the tip of the needle is open to the atmosphere, especially when it's being bounced around and vibrated, like riding in a car, etc.

Comment Already approved (Score 2) 69

Will Oracle Surrender NetBeans to Apache?

Why is this posed as a question? The articles say Oracle has already turned it over to Apache.

Also, when I see stuff like this:

The finest IDE in existence

My attention immediately shuts off any I have no respect for what that person is saying. Sounds like marketing drivel.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 5, Interesting) 132

Our dev team recently spent an entire iteration enhancing the performance of our online products. They involve lots of resource loading, WebGL rendering, HTML5 canvas rendering, etc. Our benchmarks showed Edge was far and away the best performer of our supported browsers (Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox, OSX Safari), particularly when it came to loading time. We develop using Chrome and only do compatibility testing on Edge, but all the times I've used it I was impressed.

Comment Closer than scheduled? (Score 2) 32

Juno will zoom within 2,600 miles (4,000 kilometers) of Jupiter's cloud tops -- closer than the probe is scheduled to come during its entire mission

Which makes it sound like it's not supposed to come that close to Jupiter. Obviously it is scheduled to come that close to Jupiter - the actual article says it's the "closest" it will come, not "closer" than it is scheduled to.

Comment Re:Google obviously could have made Android.. (Score 0) 182

This is very much the case, given the fact that all Android devices run on the same family of processor. One of the key points of Java, the VM, is binary executable portability, which isn't even an issue for Android at all. Google could have just created a standard compiler for Java (the language) to produce ARM assembly if they were so in love with that particular language. Or pulled an Apple and used some obscure (at the time) language like Objective-C. Or they could have just used... gasp... C++. Or pulled another Apple and created a new language like Swift.

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