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why software is different

why software is different

Posted Nov 27, 2012 11:03 UTC (Tue) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
In reply to: why software is different by Cyberax
Parent article: Phipps: Stop patent mischief by curbing patent enforcement

> But in reality similar risks are inherent in most of drug development, and there simply won't be any new drugs on the market if ALL risks were required to be zero.

Yes! and let's not forget that "no new drugs on the market" incurs in a casualty penalty also... Even if a new drug kills or maims 1% of the patients, if it also saves the lives of 10% of them, what should be the decision?


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why software is different

Posted Nov 27, 2012 15:11 UTC (Tue) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

It means that it's useless for 89.1% of the patients. The target of the drug better have a high fatality rate (to justify the 1% "bad stuff" rate) and low false positive (to justify the 9.9% efficacy plus the cost) to justify its use. Numbers should always be taken in context :) .

why software is different

Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:50 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

A useless drug (as opposed to a killing drug) is a good drug.

if you have 1000 patients, half of them sick and the other half misdiagnosed:

* with the "useless" drug: 10 of them will die (because of the side effects of the drug, will kill 1% of the patients).

* without the "useless" drug: 50 of them will die (because the drug would have saved 10% of the really sick patients).

why software is different

Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:58 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

I should go without saying that I mean "N people will die" DURING the treatment. All of them will die, of course.

why software is different

Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:59 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

Again: IT should go without saying...

why software is different

Posted Dec 12, 2012 11:59 UTC (Wed) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784) [Link]

We haven't in this example been told what the disease's fatality rate under the current standard-of-care treatment is, or even if there is a current standard-of-care treatment other than "nutrients, fluids, painkillers, and rest".


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