{link} FDA demands 23andMe halt marketing genetic tests

I don’t think that concern is as valid as they say. I think if people use 23andme and find something they have a concern about, it only leads them to more research, and to take action to discuss things with their doctors, not leap into (their own) action.

The concern is that the consumers are relying on these tests to form critical health decisions, even though the tests themselves might produce inaccurate results about the genetic susceptibility to serious diseases. It raised the specter that women could undergo prophylactic surgeries, including removal of their breasts or ovaries, to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer based on a false positive results.

“If the (gene mutation)-related risk assessment for breast or ovarian cancer reports a false positive, it could lead a patient to undergo prophylactic surgery, chemoprevention, intensive screening, or other morbidity-inducing actions, while a false negative could result in a failure to recognize an actual risk that may exist,” the FDA stated.

via FDA demands 23andMe halt marketing genetic tests – The Technology Chronicles.

Things You Should Double-Check

Some things in life require that you do a bit of due diligence before starting. Especially things that might need to be kept secret, or perhaps embarked upon with discretion.

A great example would be if you sign up for an email list, or perhaps a utility company’s site like PG&E, and use an email address that you think is yours but isn’t. That happens every so often. It reminds me of this xkcd comic.

But a real big goof is when you sign up for a site that’s not a utilities company or Ebay … but… let’s say one called AshleyMadison.com. You would think that when signing up for a site to cheat on your spouse that you would really be sure to use your own email address.

So yeah, guy with one of my alternate emails: I changed your ashley madison password and I am slightly altering your profile. And those password reset requests are being ignored because they’re coming to me now. No, I won’t dox you unless you really get on my nerves.


{link} Instagram Is Spoiling Your Dinner


Morewedge says the effect is short lived so it might be a good idea to simply put the phone down as you approach dinnertime. “If you’re going to eat shortly after looking at food pictures, you’re probably going to enjoy that food less. If you’re eating further down the line, then you’ll probably be fine – it resets pretty quickly.”

via Instagram Is Spoiling Your Dinner | The Connectivist.

Japanese police ask ISPs to start blocking Tor | Ars Technica

A blanket ban? Sheesh…

Tor is a valuable tool for activists who live under repressive regimes and anyone who might want to do something online anonymously (like whistleblowers for instance). Quite what “abuse” of Tor means is unclear. Since by definition you can’t really know what someone does when they’re using the service, it seems a blanket ban is the real intention.

via Japanese police ask ISPs to start blocking Tor | Ars Technica.

Two Interesting Twitter Accounts and a Saved Search

A while back I meant to link to two interesting twitter bot accounts… well, they may not be full bots, they may be semi-automated. I forgot about mentioning them until I was cleaning some screenshots off my phone.

I had set up a search on Twitter for “Fuck David Stern“. I did this the day that Pop sent the big 3+1 home before the Spurs/Miami game. (see pics below)

At first it was funny to see the tweets. And it was even interesting that most of the fans think their teams are being wronged or slighted in some way- especially smaller-market teams. Actually, even Lakers fans still hate him for kiboshing that CP3 trade.

But after a while it was depressing to read the anti-Semitic comments and other racist crap. That’s what reminded me about the other accounts.

The first is @YesYoureRacist. It’s an account that retweets anyone that starts a tweet with “I’m not racist, but”. Harsh stuff out there. I’ve a seen a few people who were making (bad) jokes that were trolled after a retweet, but 99% of them are just out and out bad people.

The other account to watch for is @YourInAmerica which is a BuzzFeed sponsored bot that corrects people who write Your instead of You’re. Another interesting flashlight shining in the dirty corners of twitter.

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