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US Nuclear Power Enters the Digital Age

agentc0re Re:Hackers? (291 comments)

1. Disable the Windows "run" command to piss me off.
2. Don't allow me to click on the clock to see a calendar.
3. Block web sites randomly for "security" reasons. (Hint: I'm a doctor. If I'm going to a web site I either have some legitimate reason to, or I'm goofing off because I have some critical patient that I'm stuck in the hospital with.)
4. Throw up wireless networks with some idiotic click through screen before it will route anything, thus breaking every automated device on the market.

Probably any of us on Slashdot could do a better job than some of these idiots.

1. It's because we like to piss you off
2. Because windows has shitting admin rights, and only admins should be allowed to change the time, and unfortunately this ties in with your meaningless capability to click on the stupid clock to see a calendar. You remember how you wanted that new pretty version of outlook so bad? USE IT, it has a calendar, as well as your stupid EMR software probably does.
3. It's random because it's always the sites "you go to".... Wrong. Go RTFM. Websites are blocked usually be a predefined list that is not produced by your IT staff. However, they do have the ability to unblock it but probably wont because you're attitude smells like dogshit.
4. There are numorous reasons as to why this is done, probably none of which you are capable of understanding because i get the impression that you are like all the doctors i worked for in the past that follow the mentality of ME ME ME!!!

I mean, after all, it is you who makes the $500k a year and pays IT's salary and for the internet, you SHOULD be able to do whatever you want, right? You should have admin rights to install whatever you damn well please too, right? Might as well just start printing out all the patient records and handing them out as fliers to any passer by, because that's exactly what that type of attitude will get you.

Go be a doctor and let the IT professionals do their job.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

agentc0re BOFH says, GTFO! (1307 comments)

Well It's too bad you didn't share the clinic and/or hospital because I'd be emailing a HIPPA violation instead of this comment. You do understand that IT allows you to surf the web during all that downtime you probably have. You don't bite the hand that feeds you. /facepalm

You have good intentions and you want to work more efficiently but the execution was bad. You should involve the IT staff and got them on board because then you wouldn't be at risk for possibly loosing your job.
My advice is, take your initiative to another workplace that will appreciate it with infrastructure in place that suites your working desires. Docs are cheap and they would rather pocket the money for a server than allow you and your co-workers to be productive. They will also go as far as telling the accountant to not fund the 401k with employer contributions because they'd rather have a bonus for that quarter and the funds can be done later(which was a lie but...whatever).

more than 3 years ago
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US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

agentc0re Re:It should be: 4+3+2=x+2 (Solve for x) (1268 comments)

Therein lies the problem. You're treating an unassigned value as zero. Zero is a value. ( ) has no value, but can contain one. Logic would denote that to balance the equation, one would add some value somewhere. That somewhere is obviously within the brackets that currently have no value.

Logic would also denote that you should know what the hell you're talking about. If the ( ) is supposed to represent a circle as to where you place your answer it could then make sense. Algebra has rules, parentheses have rules. Zero is a value, and because there is nothing with in the parentheses, it's assume a zero value and there for the the problem is incorrect.

Parentheses are not a place holder, they are not a variable. That is logic, and I encourage you to go ask a Math professor at your local University.

more than 4 years ago
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Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

agentc0re Re:This is pretty much what I've been telling peop (973 comments)

>>>This planet has an expiration date.

Yeah 5 billion years into the future.

Actually it's going to be around 1 Million years. We're slowing moving out of the "Habitable Zone", which we're already on the inner edge of to begin with, and that will happen much sooner than when the Sun begins to expand during it's Red Dwarf stage. http://www.spacedaily.com/news/extrasolar-99m.html
Also the Moon is moving away from us and in about 1-2 Billion years our axis wont be stable which will cause profound weather changes. http://www.seti.org/Page.aspx?pid=769

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Doesn't Appreciate Toilet Humor

agentc0re What about all the Johns in the world (104 comments)

So does this mean that all the John's in the world get to sue port-a-potty company's for associating their name which follows their reputation with port-a-john's?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

agentc0re I gots teh 5 bars (534 comments)

Okay, wait a second here Apple. You found a "bug" in your software that misrepresents signal strength, but does it in a way to make AT&T look like they have good coverage? I'm seeing this as it's own, separate issue than the antenna one. My first thought is, was that intentional? Really makes you wonder how the people in New York were feeling when they'd look at their iPhone and have 5 bars but just dropped a call. Now they'll see the truth of one bar, so does this make it some sort of "false advertisement" by either or both parties?

I also am not understanding this philosophy of everyone saying, "Well just return it" blah blah blah {insert kesha song here}. Yeah, sure you can return it. There is obviously something wrong with something you bought though, and you may really enjoy this product and you'd rather see the issue fixed rather than give up what you use daily. I am less inclined to believe you will get Apple to fix the issue by doing a recall of the phone by having a mass of people return it versus having that mass file class action lawsuits that end in forcing Apple to legally do so. I highly doubt Apple will do anything about the antenna problem without some sort of legal action, but I also believe it will have to be better than a class action lawsuit. It should be the FCC coming after them.

In the end, kinda makes me wonder if Steve made his cronies "fix" a iPhone 4 for him so he wont have the problems because I bet he's pissed for lookin like a fool with his pants on the ground!

more than 4 years ago
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China Bans Military Personnel From Blogging

agentc0re Re:A Natural OPSEC Move (82 comments)

As a Marine Vet, I'd have to agree with the previous poster. You give up your rights when you sign to serve your country. You welcome the dictatorship over the democracy you swore to protect. You're rights are those given to you by your NCO's or CO's. The USAF is more like a glorified civilian anyways, so I guess you probably wouldn't understand.

I agree with doing away with those stupid social networking sites while you are in. You get phone privileges and can call home while overseas. The only people that would be severally pissed off would be all the POG's and Fobits that abuse that shit daily while there. You probably wont catch many grunts willing to waste their fucking time on that shit, I guarantee that. From patrols to post duty, when you are afforded your time to sleep, you do that over playing on the internet.

Semper Fi!
Semper gumby!
Kill'em all and let God sortem out!

more than 4 years ago
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Senate Panel Approves Cybersecurity Bill

agentc0re Re:Wait... (269 comments)

It's the United States of North American Korea.

Please enjoy your stay.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

agentc0re Re:Alternative energy (398 comments)

Don't forget the rodin coil and circuits involving the joule thief.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Buy Offers Bogus "3D Sync" Service

agentc0re Re:Poor choice of verb. (248 comments)

He's a witch! Burn him!!

WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does he weigh as much as a duck?

more than 4 years ago
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Why quit Google?

agentc0re Re:frist (3 comments)

Total "first" failure! You planning on "fristing" someone? :P hahhahaha ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Game Industry Vets On DRM

agentc0re No evidence of drm affecting sales? (372 comments)

Well no shit. Last time i check the population is growing, not at a standstill or decline. So us older folks who grew up in a non DRM gaming environment to what we have now are the ones that avoid that shit with a plague unlike our younger counter parts who most of which probably have no clue what DRM is. If they do, they don't give a shit, they're having fun playing their game one way or another. It wasn't their money if they bought it and they become a "rebel" once they hack it and have bragging rights to their friends to sound uber cool!

However, this doesn't justify DRM's methods of preventing piracy. I think this guy has it right: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-mt4BpnfAN-o/how_anti_piracy_screws_over_people_who_buy_pc_games/
Enjoy! :D

more than 4 years ago
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Harder-Than-Diamond Natural Carbon Crystals Found

agentc0re Ohhh shinny! (250 comments)

Finally, the crystal I needed for my lightsaber! :D

more than 4 years ago
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How Many Admins Per User/Computer Have You Seen?

agentc0re You didn't mention if you were busy (414 comments)

Are you busy? Just because you've posted the question doesn't necessarily mean that you are. Bodies usually are warranted on a need basis not based on how many of X that you have. In a small shop you're probably going to have a mixture, like I do. We have 110 Employee's, 12 Windows servers(2 DC's, 1 SQL, 1 X-CHNG), 6 linux servers(2 are XenServer Hosts, 1 Firewall). We both handle everything, neither of us are assigned to just do Servers and the other to answer the phone. Honestly we hardly get phone calls, and when we do the Tech Support dice could answer the question(no joke). Usually simple stuff. I've been more busy with server maintenance than anything.

Anyways, the point is how busy are you? Is some of the slack not being picked up by other tech's? If I was also judge this based on machine count it would be around 50 to 60 machines per Tech. Probably around 500 Machines warrants the segregation of Tech's(phone and email support) and Sys/Network Admin.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Removes Search Choices For BlackBerrys

agentc0re Why is anyone supprised by this (510 comments)

We've seen all the major carries do something to this same effect dozens of times and even more frequent with these smart phones becoming more efficient tools. They know it'll piss customers off, but they know you want the phone you have. They also know a lot of people aren't willing to cut their contract and pay the fee. There are a few out there that probably would do this, but it's not enough to make a difference.

All Your Base Are Belong To Us.

If they truly feared people leaving them for doing something like this, they wouldn't do it. It's unfortunate that most of their pissed off customers can't leave either, no one wants to take a 300 dollar hit to make a "point".

Ohh, I just thought of something though. If you could make a site... lets call it, "letsleaveverizon.com". On that site you see a couple things. One being a counter of how many people would agree to leaving if the amount was above 10000(just throwing out numbers). You'd also see a link to click on that would allow you to "join". This join would only send you an email once the counter reached the specified goal. You'd obviously want a Captya to prevent unnecessary joins. Lastly a paragraph explaining the simple guide lines, like.. Don't join if you are not 100% on board with leaving once the goal is reached. Also the leave can be canceled if Verizon meets the criteria... IE: Adding back my option to choose, because after all that is why you bought the phone in the first place.

Thoughts?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Seeks Patent On Shaming Fat Gamers

agentc0re Re:Digital medical records (553 comments)

So THAT's why we're going to have electronic medical records...

There fixed that for you.

more than 4 years ago
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The Star Wars Christmas Special Still Exists

agentc0re Ahh this makes sense now! (316 comments)

So this is why the Empire wanted to kill the Rebels.... Shit, I've been rooting for the wrong side the whole damn time!

more than 4 years ago
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Harvard Says Computers Don't Save Hospitals Money

agentc0re They don't have "money" (398 comments)

I work in a clinic that is inside of a Hospital. Our Docs have Hospital duty, basically on call during the day/nights and weekends. So what i see in the clinic could be different than a Hospital but i bet you it boils down to the same old thing. Money.

I was very lucky this year and finally received the 'OK' to upgrade my servers from Server 2000, to Server 2008. It took me several years to buy the two servers necessary to host the new 2008 servers(will be virtual servers). With Medicare cut's, echo, cath, nuc, we'll even have more of a hard time with that. Anything labeled "Medical" is 30x more expensive. And Doctors tend to work as much as they want. This is a huge problem since if they are okay with earning 50k, 100k less than the company as a whole suffers. There are multiple docs like this. You can't tell them what to do because it's their company.

Our EMR software is more guided to our line of work as well. However it still has major flaws and could preform better. The problem with it is that it was designed by doctors. At first it sounds good until you see the SQL end. Doctors designed that too. So the whole program, designed by these docs(not mine some can barely can turn on a PC), really is a mess that no one can fix but they just keep piling on to it. It's bloated to all hell.

I think the key to success is to break the EMR system down to individual sectional needs. Like a TV. a TV isn't built (or a good one at least) with a DVD/blu-ray player, xbox306, ps3, wii, cable tuner, etc. etc., inside of it. No it has ports to link it all to the TV. EMR software should be similar in the fact that there should be a standard "Link" so that when you have your Cardio EMR and you need to link it to your Lab EMR, you can. The billing side of all of this is probably the worst joke as i would say it's the hardest of all of this.

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Hate Being Called an "IT Guy?"

agentc0re A degree is like being in the military... (736 comments)

Well except that it's usually more of an Honor to have served than to have gone to college. A degree says I was able to deal with a lot of stupid things that i really didn't need to do for 4 years and I did it how i was told.

I hate people who think that because they have a degree in English and/or History, IE like the post above(i just didn't want to directly reply to him), that they are more than the other person that has just as much experience but not the degree. I would never higher someone based off a degree, experience wins always. I'm sure most everyone would agree with me on that. With either of those two degree's anyways, why would you expect to be looked at on a pedestal when you work in IT? They have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with your line of work.

I can understand having different titles with in the IT department so that if and when you do need to higher you can attract the correct crowd. But in the end, does it really freaking matter? No.

So you degree mongering jackasses should just stop thinking you're better than someone who has more experience than you but only a HS diploma. You're going to learn the real world now, and it's nothing like the text book.

more than 4 years ago
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How Not To Pay a Parking Ticket

agentc0re Epic Fail (54 comments)

<quote>Prosecutors will decide next week if there is enough evidence for the charges facing Sun to stick. If they do, he could face serious fines and jail time.</quote>
So this poor kid has to stay in jail until they...find a convenient time to accuse him of "terrorism"? They had no trouble rushing to the point of accusing him that it was a "weapon of mass destruction"... and why is anyone calling this box that in the first place? Wouldn't IED be more fitting? This whole story is full of fail. I hope this kid gets some good lawyers and sues the shit out of anyone accusing him of terrorism.

more than 4 years ago

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