[talk] COVID-19 testing without proprietary software

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Tue Aug 17 13:47:36 EDT 2021

On 8/17/21 10:32 AM, George Rosamond wrote:
> On 8/17/21 12:15 PM, Pete Wright wrote:
>> On 8/17/21 8:44 AM, Charles Sprickman wrote:
>>> I recently bought a few Binax Now tests and there was no software 
>>> (or reporting) requirement.
>> me too - i also liked how i didn't need to scrape my inner cranium to 
>> get a sample for the test.
> Oh, I think you're going to miss having your brain scrapped through 
> your nose with a wooden QTip.
> I wasn't aware of the Binax, but as is the "rule" with open source, is 
> it supported as legit by those who require tests?

it is def not approved for use to prove you are covid-19 free for 
traveling for example, but based on what i read on the internet it seems 
like a pretty reliable canary.  my kid was feeling sick so we all took 
the test and it came back negative, our plan was if it was positive we'd 
then reach out to our Dr. and start self isolating.

we are pretty paranoid in general (never stopped wearing masks, etc.) - 
but it did give us a bit of piece of mind.

> Honestly, when it comes to healthcare, it seems the more it's 
> regulated for privacy, the less privacy there is.
> I mean:
> http://mirrors.nycbug.org/pub/presentations/20210707-anonymity/mgp00034.html 
> I also wrote a blog post related for $work, but am not posting any 
> $work URLs here. Hit me offlist if you want a good example of how 
> crappy the picture is.
> The punch line is this: you need *my* DoB to get someone a gift 
> certificate for a facial, but it's okay since that Windows computer on 
> your desk is "secure" and you're regulated by HIPAA?

that's "funny" - i'm shocked major advertising companies would game 
systems like this :)  i'm actually working through a HIPAA audit now and 
I'm often torn between "this just seems like a generally good security 
practice" and "well this is just a public works project to keep people 
like me employed".


Pete Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

More information about the talk mailing list