[portland] Meeting, Tomorrow! (Tues, Oct 9th, 7pm, CubeSpace)

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 19:45:45 CEST 2007

On 10/8/07, Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 8 Oct 2007, kirby urner wrote:
> > Operators won't get bogus data past this gatekeeper, if everything's coded
> > "air tightly".
>    Unfortunately, they will.

Yeah, ultimately there's no way to fully iron clad protect against
incompetent usage.

I've gotten good at writing scope of work agreements that keep
me off the hook when it comes to abusing our products (I write
clinical data collection apps for use close to the point of care).

In my field of medical research, limiting one's scope of work is
important, as people have become accustomed to gaming the
system in search of quick / easy lawsuits.

Probably that's why I'm deeply buried in one hospital system's
silo -- it's too hard to establish all the trust conditions from scratch
over and over, at least for me.

Best wishes with your application, hope to see you at the meetup.


>    Perhaps a valid analogy is that of statistical software. There is knowing
> how to operate the software, and there is knowing what statistical tests are
> appropriate for use in any given situation. Using the wrong tests will work,
> but give invalid answers. I've seen this done when, for example, consultants
> use multiple t-tests rather than ANOVA (Analysis of Variance). Our
> application is like that. If you put in inappropriate data you'll generate
> an answer, but it won't be the correct answer.
> Rich
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