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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

MoneyT Re:Who Would (or Wouldn't) Want to Know? (157 comments)

Yeah, that's not true. You should look up ICD 9 codes and its replacement ICD 10. Many (most?) insurance plans require your provider to submit these codes when billing for treatments.

about 7 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

MoneyT Re:would make Android into Apple's slave (249 comments)

the iphone running Android would make Google into Apple's bitch...

Just like Google is currently Samsung's bitch?

about 8 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

MoneyT Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (314 comments)

And what kind of carpet-cleaning business maintains a "database" of their customers?

Most businesses in the US maintain a database of their customers. At it's simplest form, it's the ledger, which tracks payments in (and what they were for) and payments out (and what they were for). Beyond that, most service businesses are going to maintain records of what their employees were doing on any given day, including where they went and for how long and what the job was.

about 9 months ago
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How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

MoneyT Re:Command line is more error-prone (606 comments)

Here's a better one for you that bit me in the ass:

crontab has two options next to each other on the (qwerty) keyboard. "-e" opens the current crontab file for editing. Care to guess what "-r" does? In the infinite wisdom of the developers, it removes the current crontab file. No confirmation, no backup, just delete. They have added a new option "-i" which asks for confirmation before deleting the file, of course that doesn't actually solve the mis-type problem.

about 10 months ago
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How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

MoneyT Re:It's an Exclusionary Club (606 comments)

So basically, type some text that I want to find into spotlight? I'm pretty sure that was example #1 in TFA.

about 10 months ago
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iOS 7 Lock Screen Bug Leaves Certain Apps Vulnerable For Access

MoneyT Re:Unimpressed. (135 comments)

There is an option to set the font to bold, which does dramatically improve the thin fonts (though some of the larger text, like the lock screen clock looks odd), it's under the accessibility settings. There's also an increase contrast option (which is distinct from the invert colors option) though I haven't found where that takes effect.

about a year ago
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iOS 7 Lock Screen Bug Leaves Certain Apps Vulnerable For Access

MoneyT Re:Unimpressed. (135 comments)

There are a number of UX issues with iOS 7 that I'm frankly quite surprised made it through testing or that anyone thought these were good ideas. Ignoring the theme itself (lower definition icons means less context, especially with hi res screens, that context would have been very usable it's the whole reason we do things like image previews for icons in modern OSes rather than generic jpg icons).

1) The "partial shift" no longer has a distinct visible mode on the keyboard. iOS has 4 modes for the shift button. 1: The button is off, everything is lowercase, 2: The button is on, the next letter or symbol is uppercase / shift symbol (? vs /), 3: The button is locked on, all letters are uppercase, but symbols are not shifted, 4: The button is partially on, the next letter is uppercase, but symbols will not be shifted. Mode 4 is the mode the button goes into at the beginning of a line or after a period. It was also previously distinguished by a blue highlight around the shift arrow rather than the arrow being filled in. Now there is no visual distinction between modes 4 and 2.

2) Minimalist button icons. For buttons that aren't text, the icons are very minimalist and without previous knowledge give little to no clue about what they do. For example the "share" button is now a simple box with an up arrow. The bookmarks icon in safari is a weird divided rectangle that if you squint just right you could argue looks like an open book.

3) The ".com" button is now hidden behind the "." key for web address entry making is non-discoverable except by accident.

4) Folders only display a 3x3 grid, even on iPads and do not remember your last position (nor does there appear to be an option for that).

5) When you first open the OS, it tells you that spotlight has moved and to now simply swipe down from any home screen. That's good, it's great that the search functionality is available anywhere. What it doesn't tell you is that you don't swipe down from the top (which gives you notification center. You instead swipe from another place on the screen.

6) The keyboard seems slower and less responsive. This may be just my iPad for some reason, but it appears that the keyboard sometimes hesitates on displaying and coming ready when displayed.

7) Videos have a "make full screen" button, but no longer have a "leave full screen" button that doesn't stop the video from playing. The "Done" button remains, but this stops the video. The only way to leave full screen without stopping the video is to pinch the screen.

None of these are show stoppers by any stretch of the imagination, but they are the sorts of "little things" that apple (and steve jobs in particular) are noted for fussing over. For making sure that those little experiences add up to be a better experience than the sum of their parts.

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

MoneyT Re:A cynic's view (637 comments)

Part of the reason for the resistance is lost institutional knowledge. These are old systems, probably poorly commented and poorly documented. They've been modified and patched a thousand times over to handle corner cases, odd hardware based bugs, new interfaces, new regulations and new laws, as well as mashing with new insurance companies, new plans, old plans, outdated data and new data and 50 states worth of independent regulations. How much money and how much time do you suppose it would take to rewrite that entire 30 year history, including refactoring all of the data such that is accessible back to the beginning, in a modern language, with modern technologies and can guarantee that it is 99.99% exactly the same functionality for all possible input combinations?

For reference, the state of North Carolina recently overhauled their Medicaid billing system. They are months and billions of dollars behind in payments from this change over, and the project was already over due and over budget.

about a year ago
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Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

MoneyT Re:Bitfrost (387 comments)

The proper solution is to model what damage a trojan can do, figure out what privileges it would need to do that damage, and make sure that a program lacks those privileges without the user's knowledge.

The problem here is it lacks transparency for the user. Here's the problem you need to solve:

The user wants to get X done on their computer. Every time you prompt the user to validate or confirm something that isn't doing X, you are taking time away from the user. And every time you take time away from the user, you annoy them. And every time you annoy them, you make it less likely that they will pay attention to the prompt that you provide the next time, and the time after that. Eventually you get to the point where the user just hits "OK" on whatever prompt you provide them just so that they can get on with doing their work.

This issue is made worse by the fact that consumer level computer security is different from corporate / server level security. A user owns all their files, and they want their applications to use their files. That a malicious application can't get root privileges and install a rogue ftp server is beside the point because the user doesn't care about that, they care about the files that any app running with the user's permissions can (by design and by necessity) access.

Sure android tried to solve this with their "confirm permissions on download" but seriously, have you ever read through the list of permissions some apps ask for? What user is going to even understand half of those? Even worse are the fact that the descriptions are nearly useless, you get crap like "this permission gives the app the ability to read your location, but it could also be used to track you, your kids and your little dog too". They're useless descriptions that essentially tell the user nothing about WHY the application wants those permissions, which is the important information.

about a year and a half ago
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Psystar Offers $399 "OpenMac" Computer

MoneyT Re:No wonder Apple wants to stop Psystar (615 comments)

They can enter into that contract, if and only if it's a valid contract, which requires consideration. A person posting a comment with an EULA attached to it doesn't work.

1) There is no opportunity to decline the contract before agreeing to it.
2) The comment being requested and viewed by the viewer is not owned by the poster, but instead by sourceforge. The poster is not providing any service or consideration, and therefore is in no position to bind people to contracts.

more than 6 years ago

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Showdown Round 4

MoneyT MoneyT writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Not so bad

Soft Crash in Windows

Situation: While playing Worms World Party, after completion of a mission, the program exited with no errors to the desktop. No other problems.

Repeatable: No

Conclusion: Failure in Windows to maintain system stabillity. Possible memory issues.

Performance on other computer: N/A
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Score:

PC Hard: 3
PC Soft: 1
Total: 4

Mac Hard: 0
Mac Soft: 1
Total: 1

Current Winner: Mac

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Showdown Round 3

MoneyT MoneyT writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Here we go again.

Hard Crash in Windows

Situation:System had been left on overnight, causing the display to turn off. Upon attempting to wake the computer back up, system froze, unable to wake up.

Repeatable: No

Conclusion: Failure in Windows to maintain system stabillity while in idle state. Possible hardware issue.

Performance on other computer: N/A
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Score:

PC Hard: 3
PC Soft: 0
Total: 3

Mac Hard: 0
Mac Soft: 1
Total: 1

Current Winner: Mac

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Showdown Round 3

MoneyT MoneyT writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well well well, looks like this is a bad week for computers:

Soft Crash in OS X

Situation: Editing a webpage in mozilla, changed screen resolutions to help with alignment of images. Mozilla locked up (beach ball of doom) other programs remained responsive. After about 3 minutes Mozilla's talkback (cash reporting feature) came up, and mozilla quit.

Repeatable: No

Conclusion: Likely the problem lies in Mozilla and the resolutions switch somewhere since it crashed when I was trying to edit in the new resolution (despite having preferomed the same edit multiple times in the other resolution.

Performance on other computer: N/A

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Score:

PC Hard: 2
PC Soft: 0
Total: 2

Mac Hard: 0
Mac Soft: 1
Total: 1

Current Winner: Mac

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Showdown Round 2

MoneyT MoneyT writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well I didn't expect this to show up so soon but here it is anyway.

Hard Crash in Windows

Situation: Installed the latest windows updates, clicked OK when asked to restart. Computer made it as far as the Windows is shutting down window and locked up.

Repeatable: No

Conclusion: Fault of windows, unable to properly shutdown. Does not appear to be an overheating issue, temp monitor stays in normal operating range.

Performance on other computer: N/A
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Score:

PC Hard: 2
PC Soft: 0
Total: 2

Mac Hard: 0
Mac Soft: 0
Total: 0

Current Winner: Mac

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Showdown Round 1

MoneyT MoneyT writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hard Crash in Windows

Situation: Inserted a damaged CD-R into the computer in hopes of recovering data. The only programs running were Bit Torrents. Computer locked up, no blue screen. No response at all from any input.

Repeatable: Yes

Conclusion: Hard crash in windows, fault of windows unable to properly handle bad disk

Performance on other computer: The mac when given the disk popped up a dialouge saying the disk was unreadable and asking if I wanted to eject or ignore the disk.

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Score:

PC Hard: 1
PC Soft: 0
Total: 1

Mac Hard: 0
Mac Soft: 0
Total: 0

Current Winner: Mac

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MoneyT MoneyT writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ok, so I've decided to create a showdown between my mac and my PC to see which one crashes more often. Here are the rules:

* All crashes however insignificant are reported, including application crashes. Information about the crashes will be posted, including any details on the causes or the frequency by which this has appeared elsewhere (if possible).

*A running total of Hard Crashes and Soft Crashes for each machine will be kept at the end of each entry.

* A hard crash is described as a crash which makes the whole machine unuseable (i.e. no Ctrl-Alt-Del response from windows, no quit response of other app response from OS X)

* A soft crash is any crash which is recoverable without a restart or logout.

*Known thirdparty issues which result in a soft crash in the third party software (such as the failings found in Max Payne 2) are not counted towards the total.

*If a reader can provide documentation that a crash is a third party issue and not a system issue, I will retract the crash from the count.

* Judgements on what constitutes a third party issue are arbitrary and determined by me and a concensus of other people whom I know.

* If possible, the conditions which produced the crash on one computer will be duplicated on the other to see if the problem exists on both. If so, both computers a given a crash point.

* In the interests of full disclosure, I am primarily a mac user, the PC was home built and both computers are left ON all day long (though are occasionaly suspended)

* Performance complaints will not be adressed here

* The rules and computers are subject to change, and will be reposted if they change.

The computers in question are as follows:

AMD XP 2000, GeForce 440, 512 RAM, CD-RW, Abit MB, Soundblaster Audigy

Powerbook G4 Nov '02 revesion, 1 gig Ram, 1 gig processor.

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