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First Ever HIPAA Fine Is $4.3M

altek Re:Dentists... (197 comments)

They're required by law to provide you with the records you are requesting. X-ray data is considered part of your medical record, and legally you are the owner of it. Not sure if you actually had this discourse, or if it's hypothetical, but if it's the former, you should probably remind them of that fact. Then again, I don't know if dentistry is subject to the same regulations as hospitals / other health care providers, but I would assume so. What I said definitely applies to hospitals.

more than 3 years ago

Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

altek Re:Logical fallacy (377 comments)

I see, thanks for making that clarification.

about 4 years ago

Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

altek Logical fallacy (377 comments)

"Amazon has physical operations in 17 states in which the company and its employees enjoy the fruits of local taxes -- police and fire protection, roads, hospitals, and other infrastructure that make its operations possible. Yet Amazon skirts tax collection in most of these places through clever legal tricks." But, the sales tax would not be paid to those states where said employees reside, it would go the state where the customer resides. And, the employees of Amazon in those 17 states ARE paying tax (income, property, etc), Amazon is paying taxes (wages, business, etc).

about 4 years ago

Anxiety and IT?

altek Re:Become the IT manager (347 comments)

In my experience (which is almost all in healthcare IT, a particularly stressful brand of IT when your users are always screaming the mantra "patient care issue, patient on the table!", even when the IT issue has nothing to do with the actual patient's care), the managers are mostly on call all the time. So even if they're not the ones doing the break-fix during a downtime, they are always getting paged at 2am for systemwide outages affecting other areas, other applications, etc. And no matter who on our team gets the page for an issue, if there is a downtime that our team is affected by, they're running communications with leadership, etc. I know it's not always like that everywhere, but in healthcare IT it seems to be the norm. So I'd rather NOT be a manager for that reason, right now I have my two weeks on call, then eight weeks off, but managers are mostly on call all the time.

about 4 years ago

Genetic Disorder Removes Racial Bias and Social Fear

altek Re:Why such terms? (319 comments)

Do you know if there is such a thing as "mild" WS? After reading this post, and then reading some articles and info online about WS (including a very good NY Times article from '07 which I'll link to below), I'm beginning to think someone close to me might have this. This individual has always seemed a bit strange socially since childhood, had learning disabilities, ADD, a slightly strange-ish facial appearance (low nasal bridge), etc. Also very socially open yet oblivious to the sorts of intonations and cues that the articles all speak of. Trusting of everyone, often to a fault. Late to start speaking. Hearing problems as a child (they initially thought possible autism). Eventually they settled upon ADD and prescribed Ritalin. I believe this person still takes it and is 26 years old. Basically, they have most of the symptoms, but in a mild form. Is there such a thing? Is this usually diagnosed by a medical doctor, or by a psychologist?

more than 4 years ago

Simple, Free Web Remote PC Control?

altek Hamachi (454 comments)

Can Hamachi accomplish this? Just connect to the same Hamachi VPN and then you have access to everything - remote desktop client, VNC, SMB shares, etc?

about 5 years ago

What If They Turned Off the Internet?

altek Re:Uhm... wrong site. (511 comments)


I have been on /. since it launched (yeah, back then we nerds were quite resistant to ever creating logins for sites, hence my non-low account ID). And it seems in the last 6 months or so it's been going this way - I have gone to reading it in Google Reader and also have Gizmodo and Engadget in there as well. It seems like at least a third of the posts lately are just regurgitated from Giz and Engadget, a day or so later.

My thought is that the internet has grown so huge, that /. can't compete with sites that have pageviews hundreds of times higher, and this is their way of sucking in some extra pageviews.

The content on here has definitely changed. I still find some engaging comment threads, but it just seems like the truly geeky content has gotten watered down with posts about new products, jokes, etc.

Part of it may just be that the tech world as a whole has transformed from what it was in the mid-nineties. Back then, everything was awe-inspiring and amazing in the tech world, and now it's all pretty pedestrian, we've become quite jaded.

And, our attention spans have gotten so short, that spending a half hour reading an article about a distributed network cracking the latest encryption algorithm gets pushed under the three posts about new cell phones. And a simple yet brilliant idea is no longer brilliant, it's just expected from middle management in the outsourced development sweatshops.

more than 5 years ago

Verizon CTO Argues For Metered Pricing

altek Re:Perfectly workable (99 comments)

Given that this is Verizon (and every other US provider that is sure to follow suit), who says there will be a real live human on the support line? It takes about 10 levels deep of automated menus just to get to a human, then you still get transferred all over PBX hell until you get to someone who may be able to help, and usually end up getting disconnected in the process. Not to mention that VZW doesn't even staff the phones during non-business hours except for tech support. And if you finally do manage to get someone, they are usually rude AND incompetent.

This sounds like utter hell, my own worst nightmare. I mean, something like this might actually force me to go outside!

more than 5 years ago

Dell Buying Perot Systems For $3.9 Billion

altek Re:Obligatory political joke (92 comments)

That is simply, purely not true.

I know many people who work for Perot Systems that are full-time, non-contract employees. Maybe the ads you saw were for contract positions, but your statement that they ONLY hire contract employees is simply false.

more than 5 years ago

Garlic Farmer Wards Off High-Speed Internet

altek Re:The Dangers of Wi-Fi (475 comments)

8. Increased consumption of Kleenex and lotion

more than 5 years ago

Google Releases Open Source NX Server

altek Contradictory to Chrome OS? (257 comments)

From what I've read so far, they have gone out of their way to implement ChromeOS without using X Windows and instead going with something proprietary and in-house.

It just seems odd that they are also releasing a server that dishes out X Windows sessions remotely. This must not be meant to integrate with Chrome OS. I guess they could still have a client for it in Chrome OS, but it still just seems odd to me.

more than 5 years ago

Space Station Marathon Starting This Weekend

altek Re:Marathon? (61 comments)

need... mod... points...

more than 5 years ago

ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings

altek ASCAP (461 comments)

is that some type of ASSHAT?

more than 5 years ago

Google Voice Grabs 1 Million Phone Numbers

altek Re:What happens when Google Voice is down? Privacy (198 comments)

Not sure where the bad attitude is coming from, I never suggested that these things *do* happen, just asking about the potential for them to happen. And my first question was just that, a question, if it absolutely relies on google's service to route your call through.

Additionally, it introduces ANOTHER variable of service into the mix. Now I rely on my telco to work, with this, I rely on my telco AND Google to work.

And Google's track record with gmail being up and down in my own personal experience is not great. Nothing major, but every so often its down for a minutes.

But my main concern is what would happen if they just decide to stop developing this service? Is it easy to go back to straight telco? I relied on Google Notebook quite heavily and a few months ago they just stopped developing it.

I want to use this service, I'm just asking questions about concerns that I have before deciding to use it or not.

You kind of came off as a bit dickish, and i'm not sure how it was warranted.

more than 5 years ago

Newspaper Crowdsources 700,000-Page Investigation of MP Expenses

altek Re:Power to the people! (188 comments)

Can you please elaborate?

more than 5 years ago


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