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Comment Re:Biometrics is a dead-end (Score 4, Interesting) 110

Yep, that's a serious issue.

There is a difference between identity and authentication, and that difference is lost when one uses biometric identity measures for authentication.

Great writeup on this from 2006 over at MSDN

Short version: identify and authentication must remain distinct if you want to have a system where users are held responsible for their actions.

Comment Joker? (Score 1) 143

Sometimes I wonder how people develop their hypotheses. In this case, I'm wonder whether one of the researchers may have been struck by Morrison's Joker in the Batman Comic Arkham Asylum - in which a researcher describes the joker as hyper-sane, unable to filter out stimulus from the world around. Hmm.

Comment Re:The damage is already done (Score 1) 813

Thanks. I was unaware of the Provenge issue, and it is certainly uncomfortable. This is exactly the kind of issue the FDA struggles with - attempting to provide clear, specific evidence that a drug is safe and effective. In the face of public pressure. Their standards for approval are fairly high.

Since this IS Slashdot, I'll ask a couple of questions: Your language is fairly judgmental - you seem convinced "the FDA" was out to hurt people. On purpose. Since that's quite a claim, can you help me out a bit here: the FDA advisory panel voted 13-4 in favor of approval. When you say "contrary to any and all expert opinion", are you excluding the 4 that voted no when using the word "all"? Or was that a bit of exaggeration?

Also, I've read several pages from the Google results and am still unclear. What is the evidence that it "maliciously held back" the drug?

Comment Re:The damage is already done (Score 1) 813

Typically, as long as you have 85% or so vaccinated

Uhm, you're numbers are off a bit. At least for measles, it takes more like 95% (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20392713). Unless you have better, peer-reviewed data?

As long as most people are vaccinated you aren't likely to contract the disease, but if you are vaccinated it puts you at risk for side effects.

Also, CDC reported several hundred vaccine reported deaths in the last 10 years. I personally would rather my child have a small risk of allergic reaction or a mild illness than die. Particularly if the mild illness is part of keeping the group as a whole well, but the death my own fault.

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