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

ferrisoxide.com Re:Like SAS etc (212 comments)

It looks like Epic isn't based on Vista as I assumed - but still uses the same M(UMPS) based technology. A comparison of the two systems can be found in a Healthcare IT News blog article.

Vista has an interesting history. Because it was built using US Federal Government money, the "Hard Hats" who worked on it originally successfully argued for the release of its source code into the public domain. It's essentially open source, paid by the public purse and - despite the M language - a successful example of where interoperability between healthcare IT systems can really work.

We've had decades of development in open standards. HL7 for all its ugliness is a great system and has really driven interoperability. For Epic to "go it alone" seems a real shame. And patently stupid - but then we've had similar stupid in my country (Australia).

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

ferrisoxide.com Re:Like SAS etc (212 comments)

MUMPS is pretty special. You can write clean code in it, but the language and culture around don't exactly lend itself to it. That example at DailyWTF is pretty typical of what you see in OpenVista based systems (which I assume Epic uses).

3 hours ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

ferrisoxide.com Re:of course (147 comments)

Exactly. In much the same way that removing the brakes, airbags, firewall, etc will make your car travel faster downhill.

5 days ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

ferrisoxide.com Re:The tipping point (147 comments)

Postgres-XL is currently compatible with Postgres 9.2. Postgres 9.3 introduces better support for JSON data that bring it closer to the functionality of a NoSQL DB. It looks like XL will be compatible with 9.3 in the near future.

5 days ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

ferrisoxide.com Postgres the best NoSQL DB (147 comments)

Just in my experience, the introduction of HStore and JSON data types in Postgres has pretty much nullified the advantages I'd get from using a NoSQL DB. Sharding, high availability, etc are all there with a little work (and help from the many 3rd party projects in the Postgres "ecosystem"). Every now and then I find myself tempted to run a project using a NoSQL DB, but the trade offs (lots of memory, lack of ACID compliance, nascent querying languages, etc) bring me back to Postgres.

Of course there are situations where Mongo or other NoSQL DBs make sense. Using something like InfluxDB for time series data looks pretty neat, and having highly optimized lookup data in a NoSQL DB is great. In the end, you use the database system that makes sense in your work - and avoid the cargo-culting of any technology just because it's the new hotness.

I've been really happy with Postgtes's performance over the years. Raw speed is not an issue - you can always add more nodes using something like Postgres-XL if you have to. It's the gradual introduction of functionality that makes my life easier that I appreciate.

5 days ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

ferrisoxide.com Re:My power bill has never been higher (169 comments)

OP again. US$300 is a lot, but fairly typical here in SA. We regularly hear of families in our area paying AU$1500 per quarter (around US$1300) for electricity. But then we also see families with more TVs than actual family members, reverse-cycle airconditioners running all day and other sorts of outrageous waste.

Pricing has been seen as a means to reduce consumption in Australia. It's a valid approach, but it does hit people hard - particularly those who can't afford it - but by and large it has been effective. But it has also lead to an oversupply of electricity generation, so now the Carbon Tax has been removed it's possible we'll see a return to higher consumption. It's hard to tell if people's behaviour has changed during the period when the Carbon Tax was in force.

As a side note, as a point of comparison, we only pay around US$150 per month for a four-person household (inc. one teenager). We don't go without - everyone has their own computer, there are multiple tablets in the house. We're just careful about leaving things on that don't need to be on.

South Australia's climate also lends itself to better energy use. Winters are mild and because we have a very dry climate, evaporative air conditioning works really well here in Summer (and costs very little to run). We have the highest uptake of residential solar power in the country, thanks to a high number of days with sunshine. Solar panels are also mandatory on all State government buildings, including a large array on top of our Parliament House. I'm not actually from SA originally, but I'm quite proud of the place I call home. Far from being a "backwater", South Australia has been quietly leading the way for a long time.

about a week ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

ferrisoxide.com Re:They need to get their shit together (169 comments)

OP here. Yes, the lack of political will is the main issue. We have a Federal Treasurer who openly declares wind farms an eye-sore (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/joe-hockey-wind-turbines-utterly-offensive/5425804) - maybe because open-cut mines are so much more pleasing to look at - and many State and Federal bodies heavily engaged with the coal industry.

As a society we've kind of backed ourselves into a corner, with global coal prices slumping and China now pushing for high-quality and cleaner coal (e.g. less sulphur). As another poster mentioned, South Australia is often considered the butt of other States jokes and referred to as backward - when we actually have a long history of being progressive. It's a win for SA, but it sets the bar for other States and hopefully will help move us away from being dependent of just digging things out of the ground to get by.

about a week ago
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Why Speed-Reading Apps Don't Work

ferrisoxide.com Scam? (92 comments)

Many years ago I got pulled into a scam around speed reading. A good friend (at the time) was in the thrall of a conman with an interesting proposal. The elevator pitch went something like this: "Imagine a system that flashes words at you subliminally and when it detects you haven't understood a word (via a biofeedback mechanism) it then flashes the dictionary definition of that word. You could read an entire book in minutes and have complete understanding of the content."

Even though I was young I still could smell bullshit. A small group of similarly-minded people tried to pop the bubble, but when the true believers had invested so much time and emotional energy there was no turning them around. The was more to it than this: crazy mind games, a three-car pile up and other weirdness (including an impromptu cover of "The Rainbow Connection" in an upmarket restaurant), but I won't bore you with the details. The end-point is it soured a friendship which never recovered.

Maybe I'm biased by that experience, but any technology that promises to solve problems by getting people to read faster - instead of, say, with better comprehension - leaves me with the taste of snake-oil in my mouth.

about 5 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

ferrisoxide.com Re:Article hard to read (138 comments)

It seems more optimised for smaller devices. Read fine on the phone, harder on a regular screen.

about 7 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

ferrisoxide.com Re:String Theory will survive (138 comments)

So... we can both make pop references to String Theory? Win-win! Though yes, yours is more pithy.

about 7 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

ferrisoxide.com String Theory will survive (138 comments)

By explaining that those extra supersymmetrical particles are actually packed away in really tiny dimensions that the LHC can't touch. Prove it aint so!

about 7 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:jscript (505 comments)

Just compile your Dart to JS (https://www.dartlang.org/docs/dart-up-and-running/contents/ch04-tools-dart2js.html). Then you can debug the generated code on ALL platforms :)

about 8 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:Just goes to show... (505 comments)

Oh, you're no fun.. why can't we get all jihaddy from time to time. "The sports team from my general geographical location is better than yours" works for the general public. What's wrong with a bit of rough and tumble over each other's favourite programming language?

about 8 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:Can the Slashdot mobile site get any worse? (505 comments)

Yeah.. wassup with that? The mobile version of slash seems to have gone away the last few days. Apologies for remaining off topic.

about 8 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:Javascript is paradigm-free (505 comments)

Did I say Java? Sorry.. Javascript. Ah.. so easy to get them confused. Damn you Netscape Marketing Division - you got me again.

about 8 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:I has a sad (505 comments)

The fact that there is a need for a book like this: http://shop.oreilly.com/produc...

Maybe? :) Still haven't found a "C - Just the Good Parts" book, but still looking.

about 8 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:Javascript is paradigm-free (505 comments)

Why pick one when you can pick all three in the same application? :)

No, you're absolutely right - being able to choose a mode of programming is neat and Java does lend itself to doing neat things. But it still feels like a language that someone quickly hacked together. And the freedom to pick a paradigm means your fellow coders get to pick whatever happens to be in their clue bucket for the day. At least with a language that focuses on imperative or functional coding you can be reasonably sure that the guy sitting next to you has a similar view of reality as you do. "Multi-paradigm" is a bit like saying "post modern", with all the positive and negative connotations. I prefer my languages neo-classical :)

about 8 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

ferrisoxide.com Re:I has a sad (505 comments)

In my 35 years of professional programming, getting good at dozens of languages, I've only run across 2 I've actively disliked. Javascript is one of them (tcl was the other). JS is a crap language that IMHO can't be fixed. If they ever add an honest garbage collector to the base language then most programs will delete themselves upon execution.

Lol. And the garbage collector would then send out an email to every web designer who says "I know how to code in Java" when they mean Javascript and clean up that confusion once and for all.

I've been forcing myself to get good at writing JS lately (if only because Node looks like it'll make all my other skills irrelevant in the web development market). It.. just.. feels.. wrong. Nothing in the language lends itself to building architectured solutions. Maybe the testing tools have caught up with other languages now, but you're still testing ugly code.

Javascript is the smallpox of coding languages. Maybe once it's finally eradicated Brendan Eich will only be remembered for this, the equally damaging Rust language and attempting to remove the marriage rights of same-sex couples in California. Hey, did I just politicise Javascript there? Flame on.

about 8 months ago
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Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter

ferrisoxide.com Re:well the good news. (279 comments)

Well.. as everyone knows in this country, drop bears are if anything MORE aggressive during heatwaves. You rarely get reports of attacks during the winter months, but there's been a spate of deaths in the areas outside of Brisbane this summer - again, mostly visiting tourists who never seem to take the danger seriously.

about 8 months ago

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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

ferrisoxide.com ferrisoxide.com writes  |  about a week ago

ferrisoxide.com (1935296) writes "South Australia has hit its target of 33% renewable energy by 2020 6 years earlier than expected, delivering clean power to the state through investment in wind, solar and geothermal energy — mothballing one coal-fired power station in the process.

Not resting on their laurels though, the SA government has now announced a new "stretch" target of 50% by 2025.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill declared that despite initial upfront costs to renewable energy generators such as wind farms, the 50 per cent target will not add one extra dollar to energy prices."
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Security theatre reaches new heights as passenger removed from flight for doodle

ferrisoxide.com ferrisoxide.com writes  |  about two weeks ago

ferrisoxide.com (1935296) writes "Oliver Buckworth, a passenger on Tiger Airlines flight bound for the Gold Coast (Australia) claims he was removed from the flight when other passengers saw satirical sketches in his note book and informed airline staff.

"The irony is I was writing a sentence about the absurdity of the fearmongering when we live in such a happy country of ice-cream and beaches and fluffy things," he said.

"My concern is what it looked like to the rest of the people on the plane. I did tell them as I was leaving, 'I'm not a criminal. This man simply took something out of context that I was writing in my book. Just so you know and this whole fear thing isn't instilled even further.' ""
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Sherlock Holmes finally in the public domain in the US

ferrisoxide.com ferrisoxide.com writes  |  about 9 months ago

ferrisoxide.com (1935296) writes "As reported on the Australian ABC news website, film-makers in the US are finally free to work on Sherlock Holmes stories without paying a licencing free to the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle after a ruling by Judge Ruben Castillo.

A quirk of US copyright law kept 10 stories out of the public domain, on the basis that these stories where continuously developed. In his ruling Judge Castillo opined that only the "story elements" in the short stories published after 1923 were protected and that everything else in the Holmes canon was "free for public use" — including the characters of Holmes and Watson.

Holmes scholar Leslie Klinger, who challenged the estate, celebrated the ruling.

"Sherlock Holmes belongs to the world," Mr Klinger said in a statement posted on his Free Sherlock website.

IANAL, but the ruling of Judge Castillo that "adopting Conan Doyle's position would be to extend impermissibly the copyright of certain character elements of Holmes and Watson beyond their statutory period," is surely going to have implications across US copyright law. Mark Twain must be twisting and writhing in his grave."
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Kids more capable of understanding science than given credit for

ferrisoxide.com ferrisoxide.com writes  |  about 2 years ago

ferrisoxide.com writes "Physics and chemistry are the bane of many a high school student, but what if we're pitching the ideas to them too late? Can eight-year-olds absorb atomic theory? A former high-school physics teacher has asked that question in a bold experiment at a Brisbane primary school. And he says it shows young minds are much more advanced than we think."
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