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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

Frojack123 Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

Yes, because it's likely they'll have to put as much effort into fixing it as the original designers, if not more.

Lets hope so.
Or lets hope they have the common sense to start over.

about a year ago
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

Frojack123 Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

The last time I had to "re-architect" an existing website, I ended up putting in roughly twice the amount of time as the original "architects" (and I use that word very very loosely). Believe me, there's a lot of shit out there that will require a lot more effort to fix than originally went into building it.

Good thing they brought a "lot more effort" to bear then.
Not only more, but higher quality.

about a year ago
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

Frojack123 Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

True, But...

With Oracle doing JUST the database,
And Google and Redhat handling the server Cloud
and Google fixing the bugs in the existing code or rewriting large segments
it could conceivably get done in time, because it is just a software system with a web presence, not a baby.

Unlike a baby, you can LEGALLY dump the stillbirth into the trash and start over.

about a year ago
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David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)

Frojack123 Re:My question (40 comments)

Both stories are hyping the same book, so the linkage may be to the author rather than to Blizzard.

about a year ago
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David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)

Frojack123 Re:My question (40 comments)

Two Blizzard stories on same page.

When did Blizzard become a Dice Holdings company?

about a year ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

Frojack123 Re:not flaming (232 comments)

They are of course free to do whatever they want on their bodies, with their own money.

Unfortunately, is most often the Children that are refused transfusions, and allowed to die for an otherwise
survivable injury.

about a year ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

Frojack123 Re:9 out of 10 vampires prefer real blood though (232 comments)

This might actually be a solution for the crazy Jehovah's Witnesses in the US that will watch their injured child die rather than allow a transfusion.
(Although I hate to see good science enabling bad religion.)

about a year ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

Frojack123 Re:Makes sense (232 comments)

Yes but does the blood taste of chicken

Alas, no. More like sea worm.

And you would know this HOW?

about a year ago
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Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered

Frojack123 Re:How quickly can you bury this? (100 comments)

Ask any big hospital in Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago.
Phantoms in the Snow was a political ass covering. Maybe you missed this disclaimer:

The authors acknowledge financial support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (formerly the Medical Research Council of Canada) for this research.

The southward pilgrimage is rampant and shows little sign getting any smaller. In spite of the Obama administration trying to hide these facts, they become more clear every year.

http://digitaljournal.com/article/328561
http://www.medicaltourismmag.com/article/canadians-seeking-healthcare-abroad-why-and-how-many-.html
http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/11/report-thousands-fled-canada-for-health-care-in-2011/
http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/08/report-thousands-fled-canadian-health-system-in-2012/

Its proven such an embarrassment to the Canadian Government that in 2012 they undertook a massive campaign to reduce wait times. They actually made some progress. Then they realized how many major procedures they would have to add, they suddenly got very quiet.

1 year,6 days
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

Frojack123 Re:Well that's easily remedied (161 comments)

How could one possibly read a web page without copying it?
Its copied to cache the instant you click the link.
Its copied to the screen immediately thereafter.
It stays in cache until I clear it or the cache reaches the maximum size.

You can not post something in public and forbid all copying at the same time. It makes no sense.

1 year,7 days
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Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered

Frojack123 Re:How quickly can you bury this? (100 comments)

And don't forget that Canada has rationed medical treatments.
There is still a HUGE flow of Canadians down to the States (And even to Mexico) for treatments on their on dime for which they would have to wait years in Canada.

Canada's health care system only works because its close to the US. That will soon stop in Obamacare.

1 year,7 days
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Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered

Frojack123 Re:How quickly can you bury this? (100 comments)

Clearly you don't understand that Governments don't pay for anything,
citizens do.
France up to 75% personal income tax.
Sweden 57%. Norway 47%

How can otherwise intelligent people be so ignorant of basic economics?

1 year,7 days
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Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered

Frojack123 Re:How quickly can you bury this? (100 comments)

Why is price relevant?
Isn't your government paying for the medication?

Oh right, you live in the US...

Oh right, you flunked economics 101.

1 year,7 days
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Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered

Frojack123 Re:How quickly can you bury this? (100 comments)

....or alternatively what do you want to bet that this will be priced to a point where it will be impossible for the normal person to take advantage of.

Exactly like polio vaccine.

Oh, wait...

1 year,7 days
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

Frojack123 Re:Well that's easily remedied (161 comments)

True, but for court cases, you may need the entire document. And academic may not be interpreted broadly enough in the case of internet archives. Is the whole work the entire website, and one page simply a reasonable passage? Or do pages stand alone as a entire work?

 

1 year,8 days
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

Frojack123 Re:Appendices? (161 comments)

I often print to pdf pages that I would like to link to. Then I put a live link, and a pdf link on my pages.
When the live link rots, I remove it and substitute the pdf link. I make very little effort to track down revised pages. (Putting in redirects is their job, not mine).

So far, because of the topic area I do web construction for, I've only been called to task for this once, and that was from an agency that had a updated version of their rotted link, (and didn't know enough about redirects).

Most rotted links are due to people not caring any more.

1 year,8 days
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

Frojack123 Re:Well that's easily remedied (161 comments)

They should just start linking through the Wayback Machine.

Interesting concept, but Wayback is not always complete.

Perhaps the court should create an exemption to copyright, that allows the creation an internal copy (perhaps in image or pdf format) of the page for anti-link-rot protection.

I'm sure with clever wording they can manage to restrict this to lawyers and court proceedings, however:
I could make the case that it should apply universally.

After all, If you ever put up a page publicly on the net to content you were the rightful owner of, you have declared that version of that page to be a public document, and anyone should have the ability to make a static Image of that document. There are all sorts of copyright corner cases involved, but it is really no different than publishing your screed in the New York times or your local paper. There is no way to unpublish it, and no way to prevent it being archived.

1 year,8 days
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

Frojack123 Re:Is it fixed? (247 comments)

Actually, this is what most modern SMTP servers do anyway. They have access to the list of valid email accounts that they serve, and kill the mail right after receipt of the "RCPT TO". Obviously this can only work at the destination, but you still don't end up even receiving that spam, because the connection is simply closed after the 500 message.

about a year and a half ago
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Study Suggests Generating Capacity of Wind Farms At Large Scales Overestimated

Frojack123 Re:Boundary effect (209 comments)

Given the fact that power generating wind turbines only poke up 30-50m from the surface, I fail to see how the effects are going to be as significant as Keith suggests. Surface winds are already moderated by friction and topographically generated turbulence, while the vast bulk of wind energy exists above the boundary layer. We're unlikely to deploy large wind farms in a linear sequence anyway, so atmospheric coupling means surface winds will only be affected for a finite distance downstream of a given facility.

I didn't see where he made any dire predictions about the effects, other than an out of hand comment about what might happen if you covered the entire earth with windmills. Clearly he is not suggesting we are anywhere near that.

His whole point is that these turbines are packed too densely, and the front ones are shadowing the rear ones, and this fact seems to have been missed when people were making promises about the efficiency of large wind farms. Yet it is easily measurable by reading the output power from the down-wind turbines in existing large deployments.

I suspect that if simply reading the meters on turbines in the rear indicate a lower available energy budget, that this alone indicates there has been some environmental effect. Perhaps it is not significant, or far reaching. Maybe it is even beneficial to other land use (farming, etc)/. But the effect is there, and measurable. Further the effects may reach further than most people think. similar to the way that watering fields in California boosts rain fall hundreds of miles away.

about a year and a half ago
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Study Suggests Generating Capacity of Wind Farms At Large Scales Overestimated

Frojack123 Engineers Learning Daily... (209 comments)

Quote TFA:

Keith's research has shown that the generating capacity of very large wind power installations (larger than 100 square kilometers) may peak at between 0.5 and 1 watts per square meter. Previous estimates, which ignored the turbines' slowing effect on the wind, had put that figure at between 2 and 7 watts per square meter.

Seriously, you have to wonder how this effect was over-looked by the original engineers.

Yet there appears to be hope. When you look at large windfarms, you will see the older ones were built much more densely than the modern ones, which endeavor not only to place turbines in the gaps between other turbines, but also leave more room between the towers as well as using towers of varying heights.

It would appear that simply reading their meters, the engineers are realizing that densely packing turbines behind each other is going to give progressively less ROI for those that are downwind.

I wonder if the good professor made any differentiations based on the age of the wind farm development?

about a year and a half ago

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