* Posts by Jack Lampka

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Reg readers: Don't assume anything when sharing health data

Jack Lampka

Did you expect a different outcome?

Did you expect a different outcome of this survey based on how the motion has been worded and based on the Register readership? Of course, in the year 2021, only few will be in favor of an opt-out approach. Actually a 24/76 outcome is much better than the 10/90 outcome that I have expected based on the two factors mentioned above.

What if the motion were something like “Sharing my healthcare data will benefit my family and me when we will be in the need of a medical diagnosis and treatment choices”?

This new motion should be accompanied by two facts.

First, a medical diagnosis is more accurate if it’s based on the experience from treating millions of patients instead of only thousands. A typical physician may see thousand of patients per year, building her experience of treating several thousands physicians over the years. Her diagnosis and treatment choices would be more accurate if they were based on the collective experience of treating several millions of patients. This of course requires millions of patients giving access to their healthcare data. This access doesn’t necessarily require sharing private data with third parties, but access through techniques such as federated machine learning where only the insights from the data, not the data itself, are made available to third parties. And this data or insight sharing is not for modeling molecules or analyzing clinical trials, but for analyzing treatment success in the real world, which in the healthcare language is called real world evidence.

Second, people seldom change the default option. This has been researched by behavioral science and is evident, among others, in the participation rates of organ donation programs in Europe or retirement investment programs in the US, all driven by the default choices. Although this is relevant to how sharing healthcare data can be accomplished, it should be primed here to avoid digressing into impractical solutions.

Solar power boom 'unsustainable', says Gov

Jack Lampka

Long live Andrew Orlowski!

Andrew Orlowski is completely right. We should stop subsidizing energy production. Bye bye subsidies for nuclear power (over 1 billion Pounds in the UK annually). Bye bye subsidies for coal (about 2 billion Euros in Germany annually). Bye bye subsidies for oil (about 4 billion US$ in the U.S. annually). Well, bye bye 550 billion US$ subsidies for fossil fuels spend annually by all countries across the world.

Too bad, solar energy, you are late to the game. If you came to the game earlier you could have received tons of tax payers' money to help you get going like the nuclear power industry. The nuclear industry has received for example about 150 billion US$ subsidies since its inception in the U.S. alone. And too bad that the cost of fossil fuels exclude all the external cost, we cannot rig the market anymore. Solar energy, no subsidies for you!

Google sees printing in the cloud

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How about a little more research ...

“for years printers, particularly consumer printers, have become very stupid things with little interest in networking or the internet.”? Really? How about those wired and wireless network inkjet printers that have been available from basically every printer vendor for years? And how about the new ePrint printers from HP with their own email address where you can simply print from any device by sending an email? A little more research for this article wouldn't have hurt.

Old ships' logs show temporary global warming in 1730s

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Where is the journalism?

Really? You just briefly mention that it wasn't normal for warships to carry thermometers at that time and let the rest of the story go? How biased do you have to be? I like The Register for its critical journalism, but when it comes to environmental topics, it's useless. Where is the comment about how the captains must have stuck their fingers in the water to measure the temperature? Or how a quasi temperature measurement during a decade in the 18th century doesn't compare with real temperature measurements over the past 150 years? I just need to stop reading The Register's environmental topics and I hope this amateurism doesn't contaminate the other topics.