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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

cs668 Re:It's the Dick Chaney Playbook (534 comments)

Well, I am someone who normally voted conservative. I voted for Obama specifically because I did not like the Executive Branch power grabs of the Bush administration.

Basically, I believed the Obama's bullshit about an open government and I've never felt so duped.

I learned my lesson though, I will never vote for a republican or democrat again. They are both assmunches.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

cs668 Neutrality is required for last mile competition (270 comments)

As a consumer I pay for a certain amount of bandwidth. How do I make a choice if I only get that bandwidth when I use certain services and the rules are so complex that I can't figure out when I am not getting what I paid for because the provider sucks, or because I have the wrong one for the services I want.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

cs668 I have seen this several times (572 comments)

One of which was a case where credit card information ended up being in the proxy logs of the company that was doing this :-(

about 5 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

cs668 Re:units please (476 comments)

Because of the continental climate many of the north central US cities are colder than those in Alaska.

Were I live in MN for example the average low for January is 3F(-16C), in Embaras MN it is -8F(-22C), the average for Anchorage AK is 8F(-13C).

about 5 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

cs668 Re:units please (476 comments)

-29.4444C

about 5 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

cs668 Re:units please (476 comments)

Damn, not MM, but MN as in Minnesota. Apparently my brain doesn't work when it's below 0. We woke up to -21F this morning :-(

about 5 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

cs668 Re:units please (476 comments)

In MM when someone says "below zero" it means below 0F. Not sure what it commonly means in the rest of the US though.

about 5 months ago
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Project Rescue Expert Todd Williams Talks About Healthcare.gov (Video)

cs668 Re: Me too! (276 comments)

Yea, already vetted or already made the right contributions to the right people/organizations.

  I have had friends try to do business in Washington and after the lobist gets them access they are told were to contribute if they want the contract :-(

about 8 months ago
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DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

cs668 Re:Not unlike a big-bang private sector project... (429 comments)

The problem isn't that it was the lowest bidder. The problem was that it was probably the company that gave the most $$ in backroom deals to secure the contract with no sanity check on whether or not they could actually deliver!!

Here is the scenario. You go talk to a lobbyist about getting access to XYZ congress critter because you want to pitch your company for a federal contract. Next thing you know you are told that if you donate X hundred thousand here and Y hundred thousand there and show up to these 3 parties the contract is yours. You don't know the Washington ropes so you bow out and some company that does know the ropes gets the contract, but they don't have the tech chops to pull it off because they are better at backroom dealing than getting the job done.

about 9 months ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

cs668 Banking is the worst (410 comments)

I was working to connect a product of ours to a major financial processor and they couldn't set up VPN. So, it was either wait until the dedicated production circuit was in or test via PPP over a modem :-( The CC/banking systems are so antiquated it would frighten people if they really new.

about 10 months ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

cs668 Re:If I... (1255 comments)

Agreed.

So free lunch and breakfast makes up for ~$1200 per child. That still leaves a lot larger expenditure per pupil in MPLS. I guess all that I am trying to say is that $$ can not solve the problem. If kids are not taught to value education they won't, and if they are not asked about their homework every night they won't do it!

The schools can not parent the kids, but we expect them to. If we can't get the parents of the kids in MPLS to make school a priority then it will not be for the kids either. No amount of $$ will fix that, and no one is even willing to talk about that for fear of being branded a bigot.

PS I immigrated to the US when I was in the 3rd grade. I didn't speak the language and there was no ESL at the time - so I do understand that it can be challenging. But, I also get tired of it being an excuse.

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

cs668 Re:If I... (1255 comments)

I think the problem is it varies district by district. In some districts each room has a $8000 smart board and each student is given an ipad. The teachers get decent pay, but have a ton of time off. If you pro-rate for how much time off a "normal" worker has they make a very fair wage. They usually have a pension and great benefits. So, if you live in one of those districts and hear a teacher complain you don't have much sympathy.

Then you have rural school districts where the teachers really are very underpaid. The problem is that the way education is funded creates such a huge imbalance.

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

cs668 Re:If I... (1255 comments)

So out of curiosity I looked up the $ per pupil spent in our inner city schools of Minneapolis and compared it to what is spent in the well to do city of Edina. Just for fun I have included what my school district spends.

In 2011:

14,404 Minneapolis
9,699 Edina
8,510 Waconia

The majority of the difference in funding between Minneapolis and Edina is state aid. So even though I do not live in Minneapolis, I pay to make sure that they can spend more per pupil than one of the richest school districts in our state.

Sort of makes me think that $$ doesn't have everything to do with education, and that we need to start having some honest conversations about parental and community involvement. If the parents do not stress the importance of education and raise their children, the schools cannot educate them.

about a year ago
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Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

cs668 Re: Why are they putting a number on the amount of (531 comments)

The American peasants of that time were wealthy landholders compared to the European peasants. So much so that it is hard to make the statement that you did. Because although it is true, it is not the whole story.

about a year ago
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The Savvy Tech Strategy Behind Obamacare

cs668 Re:Too bad someone didn't figure this all out (146 comments)

Sorry I wasn't clear. I meant that many of these systems EMR/EHR have a table or laptop interface that is used by the physician or assistant in the exam room. They will indicate what observations/tests they are doing and what the results are. Those systems will suggest other things they should do, in part to ensure good out come, in part to maximize the coding on the claims that will be submitted from that visit. That is the part I was suggesting would actually drive up the healthcare costs, not the support contract or professional services. Although, those are not cheap and the data/vendor locking is crazy. Once they have you they have you, so make sure you get everything you want thrown into the original sale price, because they will screw you later when you can't migrate to a competitor.

1 year,15 days
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The Savvy Tech Strategy Behind Obamacare

cs668 Re:Too bad someone didn't figure this all out (146 comments)

Actually makes things worse. Because when the EHR's are in place they usually make sure to maximize the billable services provided in the back office so that you make sure to submit every claim possible. This helps to raise healthcare costs instead of lowering them by reducing paperwork......

1 year,15 days

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Testing for man in the middle with javascipt?

cs668 cs668 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cs668 writes "Recently I have run into a corporate firewall/proxy combination that decrypted and inspected https traffic by issuing a self-signed certificate for all requests and having a custom CA installed in the browsers of the employees.

I've been trying to find a way to detect this automatically and let the web server know and have gotten stuck. I thought that if I could access the SHA1 fingerprint of the cert used and sent it back to the server it could be tested against the real cert fingerprint to make sure that they match, but I have been unable to get this information in javascript.

Is there anyway that the fingerprint of the cert used for the current connection can be obtained with javascript?"
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Simple file transformation tools, where are they?

cs668 cs668 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cs668 writes "There is a part of our business that does one time loads of data. It comes from the customers in varying formats and can be anywhere from 5,000 to 500,000 records. Our import processes use XML. Currently we are using Excel to transform the data from the customers format to our XML. It's the wrong tool for the job.

We are looking for a good data transformation tool that makes it easy to graphically define the transformation, allowing the input format to be easily defined and constraining the output to the XSD for our XML. Here is the problem, every tool we can find is geared at writing code, or the part of some massive ETL architecture intended to be the MOM of your entire enterprise. It seems like 10 years ago you could find nice tools for this, but all of the good ones have turned into massive piles of Enterprise level over complexity.

Can anyone recommend a simple tool that is suited for this type of one time data transformation?"

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