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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

bhv Re:WebMD a starting point (79 comments)

Seems inevitable to me that the number of those that will self-diagnose and even attempt self-remedy whenever possible is on the rise. High deductible plans are becoming the norm.

I wonder how many are labeled as hypochondriacs who are really financially forced to make best guesses via whatever online resource(s) and experiment with homeopathic solutions? Yes there are plenty of true hypos out there, but besides those.....I wonder!

about three weeks ago

IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

bhv Re:I cant think of a single thing I own (196 comments)

It is about the 2 new refrigerators you will have to choose from when the need arises. Will you be willing to anti up for the model without adverts, even though it might cost you twice as much? Some undoubtedly will but I'm willing to bet that the majority will opt for more features or the cheaper price, feeling like they are getting more for the money.

We talk a lot about privacy on /. but ultimately is has a price and most are willing to sell it to the highest bidder. (eg. Facebook, your access to it is far from free).

about 2 months ago

Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

bhv Re:Future Office (144 comments)

It's more about being able to work all the time. At home, at the mall, at gramma's house or on the way to and from any where. Just run out to the car (loosely termed) and get to it. The office is always with you.

The only word that comes to mind for me is "Depressing".

about 2 months ago

Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

bhv Re:Fill the Gap (123 comments)

I recall empty seats in some university level tech classes while some were told the class was full. Apparently the empty seats were for non-attending (non-registered) minorities.

So not only are minorities not taking advantage of the education available, but they are interfering with the education of those that want to be there.

about 3 months ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

bhv Hope it's sooner than he thinks (320 comments)

I look forward to the beginning of autopilotmobiles. However, I'll be one of the last to participate.

I picture the entertainment value of the work commute increasing exponentially. For example, if I need to take a lane I'll look for the autopilotmobiles and just cut in front, knowing that it will see the impending doom and hammer on the brakes.

If they make dedicated lanes then there best be a barrier between them and us regulars, it's impossible to keep the single drivers out of the existing HOV lanes.

about 3 months ago

Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

bhv Re:Folks I know on VA (279 comments)

"....While I'm on the subject, I've never met a Canadian or Britain who would trade their health care for ours...."

Canadian system (which is really a bunch of individual provincial systems with some oversight) has caused my family plenty of pain/grief. Speaking strictly of OHIP and AHC, never dealt with other provinces.

The issues with the American system typically revolve around cost to the individual while the Canadian systems have more to do with quality and timeliness of care.

As it stands right now, I'd take quality over cost. So, if responding to a /. post qualifies as "meeting someone" then you can never say the above again. If not, then continue your misinformed FUD.

about 4 months ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

bhv Horrifying??? (158 comments)

The internet is a source of as much mis-information as it is information. In that you are censored with every click. What is truly horrifying is that some think this is horrifying. Back away from the tech for a few weeks.

While I would most definitely have to find a new profession, I view a world without the internet as refreshing and may go so far as to call it the beginnings of a utopia.

about 5 months ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

bhv Pfffft, preventative care doesn't pay (162 comments)

While the theory of preventative care is great for marketing and selling the privacy intrusion to legislators, it has a negative impact on the bottom line. Ultimately the data is far more valuable to an insurance company than a healthcare provider.

Don't expect a call from your doctor, only an insurance rate increase notice in the mail.

about 7 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

bhv Re:Causation (875 comments)

To the point others have already made. Considering the last 20 years, violent crime is on the decline while gun ownership is on the rise. No one is saying that the two are related but more importantly, they are not likely related. Therefore, more gun laws and controls would be "barking up the wrong tree".

But you can bet that if we enact new gun laws the already declining violent crime rate will be used as justification after the fact.

about 8 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

bhv Need a lot of islands (493 comments)

Considering the lifespan of typical vaccinations, there are likely far more "unvaccinated" than vaccinated in the western world. Probably just a given on the rest of the planet.


about 8 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

bhv Re:What?? (116 comments)

Started using Whatsapp a few years ago and after 6 months I realized that group threads completely replaced Facebook for me, so I deleted my fb account. Main reason for using it over standard SMS is that it allows me to emulate SMS internationally (important for many) for free. SMS is $0.50/msg!!!

However, my group (mostly family) recently made the switch to Telegram instead. Opensource version of the same thing.

about 9 months ago

Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

bhv Re:That isn't what a CSci degree is for (287 comments)

Beg to differ. No matter the IT position, no 4-year degree = no employment as far as my employer is concerned. They don't seem to be concerned with the area you majored in but only that you have a CSci degree.

When I started here I already had 18 years experience, 15 of which were technical and every day of those were critical to having a successful interview but without the degree and the appropriate documentation to prove it, I would not have even made it to the interview process.

Right or wrong more employers are heading in this direction.

about 10 months ago

Stanford Researchers Spot Medical Conditions, Guns, and More In Phone Metadata

bhv Re:Outed? (193 comments)

Replace GUN with CAR in the above rant and it still works. (If you compare annual automobile deaths vs gun deaths, CAR is far more concerning).

about a year ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

bhv Just separate already!! (506 comments)

Besides the drive from Toronto to Halifax being that much quicker, you can reign over something like facebook.que instead and leave .ca to real Canadians.

about a year ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

bhv Re:In South America (280 comments)

Similar here, Started using it because my immediate family is international, but now:
    - One group for myself and my kids and their spouses (International). Completely replaced my only need for Facebook, deleted > 1 yr ago.
    - One group for a few friends
    - Became my defacto IM platform because of the above.

about a year ago

Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

bhv Re:We think.... (300 comments)

Funny, we left Verizon for AT&T recently and the vastly improved coverage will keep us there.

more than 3 years ago

FCC To Vote On Net Neutrality On December 21

bhv Re:There it goes. (319 comments)

So your saying the FCC dosen't censor television? huh.....guess I learned something today.

more than 4 years ago



Rental business Aaron's admits role in spying on customers

bhv bhv writes  |  about a year ago

bhv (178640) writes "After firmly denying that it used software on its rent-to-own computers to spy on customers, including capturing passwords, sensitive financial information and images of private intimate moments, Atlanta-based Aaron’s has owned up to the practice in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission."
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