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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

PlusFiveTroll It's time to fine. (240 comments)

Working with EMR systems for small clinics has shown me that unless fines are given out to these companies developing this software they will make it as difficult and expensive to exchange records with different systems as possible. It is far more profitable for them to make it hard to exchange and then make their clients convince other offices to use the same software if they want to make it easy.

about three weeks ago
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Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

PlusFiveTroll Re:A few hundred extrasolar planets (80 comments)

The problem is 'i kan reed' is a sarcastic asshole in all his conversations and not this one alone. Assuming he is being sarcastic is no great leap of interpretation as, from his own history, just about everything he says is sarcastic.

about a month ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Humans have too much (206 comments)

Are you 'tarded or something. Tracking ACoward can be much harder than an actual username. Logged in users with a long posting history leak all kinds of information about who they are, information that can possibly trace back to them without an IP address. At worst both just leave an IP, which if measures are taken, such as proxies or hacked machines can be near impossible to track.

about a month and a half ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

>I propose all arms going to third parties be given rounds with propellants / explosives that chemically degrade over time.

That's not going to happen.

We still shoot ammo made in WW2. It's very likely many of the mortars fired in the past decade were produced in the Vietnam era. 18 months is silly stupid short in itself and you are begging for defeat. Most of our own weapons are stockpiled for years if not decades before a conflict occurs. Because if a 'real serious' enemy shows up, all they have to do is hit your chemical industry and game over, you only have a year of ammo left at most. Even worse, you're not going to stockpile the amount of weapons needed to keep a hypothetical strong Russia or China needed from overwhelming you because you are risk adverse to going bad. Lastly your weaponry has to work reliably in all conditions, not just the desert, you have the jungle, the sea, the frozen wastes. You are really just begging for your own soldiers to get killed.

about a month and a half ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

PlusFiveTroll Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

>The only people who complain about boot time are desktop users

Or people who spin up and down cloud based instances. Might want to catch up with the times. Very few servers are on the actual hardware these days.

about 2 months ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

PlusFiveTroll Re:What about nursing?? (329 comments)

I know a person who has worked at an inmate detention center for 20 years. That long around people and you gain some insight in to human behavior. In general they summed up the interactions between inmates in the following manner.

Males: Violent.

Females: Manipulative.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

PlusFiveTroll Energy costs? (421 comments)

Me>So you want year round school in the south, but do you want to pay for it?

Other person>But it's the same amount of days, they are just spread apart differently.

Me> But not all days are created equal, when it's 105F out, you're spending a whole lot of electricity to keep the place cool. Even worse, most school busses are not equipped with air conditioning and would have to be refitted or replaced.

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com...

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

PlusFiveTroll Learn more during summer (421 comments)

This is a huge point most educators miss. School actually teaches you very little about life outside of school. School is a very limited subset, and very unrealistic reproduction of reality. If I don't like where I work, I get a different job. Unless your parents move (or are rich) you don't get another school. A huge part of a vast portion of society will working alone or in small groups. Not in a room with 20+ other people with the same task.

about 2 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

PlusFiveTroll Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

If you printed your own card and put a number for an issuer that you controlled I don't see what the difference is.

about 3 months ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:Ok Cupid.... (161 comments)

>The particularly stupid part was messing with their match algorithm.

You are making a false assumption because you are dealing with a biological system.

If you made a screen to sift sand, that screen will reliably sift sand of a certain size because they sand has no choice in the matter and does not evolve.

On the other hand if you make an antibiotic that kills bacteria X you will quickly find out that in just a few generations almost all of bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic.

Culture evolves, religious views change, human relationship standards evolve. 50 years ago it was probably a bad idea to pair a black guy and white woman, not so much so these days (in most places). Saying that a sorting process is going to stand up to that change, when that sorting process itself feeds back in to the system is pretty unrealistic.

about 3 months ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:what? (161 comments)

>lying about compatibility on a dating site.

Here's the gist of it, they already were lying about compatibility, or at least what you think of as compatibility. Different cultures have distinctly different criteria for selecting mates and it evolves over time. There is no golden rule, no algorithm, no magic. They throw a bunch of different shit at the wall and see what sticks. Why they look so good at finding matches is not actually finding matches but weeding the unmatchable out. Take them out, and most other people can date a pretty wide range of other people with just a few points of similarity.

The fact you don't think that their matching changes over time boggles my mind. Culture evolves and changes, technology evolves and changes, communication evolves and changes, to think some kind of static algorithm could possibly work at matching people under those influence is insanity.

about 3 months ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:Enough already! (161 comments)

You must not have been online during those times, as SYSOP I trolled the living shit out of people I didn't like.

about 3 months ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:A/B Testing (161 comments)

>OKCupid flipped bad matches to good matches

To be fair on this point is there any objective measure on what a good or bad match is? The entire system on OKCupid is made and defined by OKCupid, there is no objectivity. Therefore a good match == bad match == imaginary purple dinosaur. There are plenty of writeups online about just this subject. Human happiness in relationships is not as formulaic as OKC would like you to believe.

The FB thing is definitely more objectively definable. As in many bits of information was posted, only bits of information that fell under content X were shown to other users.

about 3 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

PlusFiveTroll Re: Red Bull (511 comments)

Bottled water is many times from city sources, it has been filtered again, but is many times still fluoridated.

If you don't want chlorine, put your water in a non-sealed picture in the fridge. The chlorine will evaporate out.

about 3 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

PlusFiveTroll Re:Red Bull (511 comments)

>You could also live in a country where you could grow and roast your own coffee beans. There is always a price vs convenience tradeoff.

Growing your own will cost far more. Think economies of scale.

>Which is great reason to kick the caffeine addiction habit in the first place.

Mormons up in the house, I see.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

PlusFiveTroll Re:Surprise, surprise... (739 comments)

I don't 'like' lima beans, that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. In this case your lima beans have been switched out with castor beans and you're dying. Pretty big difference.

about 3 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

PlusFiveTroll Re:Thanks (398 comments)

Netflix uses http and https, mostly off of Amazon cloud services.

about 3 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

PlusFiveTroll Re:Thanks (398 comments)

>And they can't fake delivering the page more quickly, can they?

Well, possibly.

On non-SSL sites they can proxy content, which in general is a good thing. Trouble comes if they start gaming the system and not showing the freshest content to give a perceived gain in speed.

about 3 months ago

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