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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

guru42101 Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

More correct IMO would be Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Virginia..... Although technically speaking it was annexed by England not US.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

guru42101 Re:design (89 comments)

With 200+ facilities it kind of has to network accessible if they're using a centralized system.

about a month ago
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

guru42101 Re:It's not like they've had 5 months to fix it... (89 comments)

I know people who work there. Their only priority is profit. A few weeks ago they did the largest settlement ever with the feds for defrauding medicare. One of the higher ups in a town hall meeting about their atrocious turn over rate compared their employees to janitors. They put red tape over things that should be simple which causes employees to use improper routes to just get something working for now.

about a month ago
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Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic Career

guru42101 Re:Chicken or Egg (42 comments)

Medical / Biology has it's own author order convention. First author is generally the person that did the most work/research on the publication. Last author is the person who managed it. Second author is generally the primary grunt of work. After that is anyone else that contributed / edited, often in order of amount contributed.

Source I worked at a research hospital for several years and actually managed to snag myself a second authorship on a project.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

guru42101 Re:History (404 comments)

He's also a failed optometrist.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

guru42101 Re:Overly Paranoid (245 comments)

This is what I've done. I have the most recent official copy on me or in my fire safe at home (for DL's the old copy is officially invalid, but unless you're dealing with the government no one cares). The backup/older copy is with with a family member in their fire safe.

about 5 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

guru42101 Re:Is it really censorship? (166 comments)

I'd agree that it is protectionism, but more from brain drain. It shows eccentric scientists living happily and somewhat successfully in the US. One of the main characters is of Indian descent and there are often several other Asian scientists shown in the university lunchroom.

about 5 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

guru42101 Re:One of these things is not like the others... (166 comments)

Or maybe she's failing at paying her bills and often has her boyfriends loan her the money to pay them? (The actual reason given in the show).

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

guru42101 LabNodes (170 comments)

https://labnodes.vanderbilt.ed... has the ability to keep track of resources and share them with other researchers. They were working on notebook functionality before I left, but it doesn't look like that has been implemented yet.

about 5 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

guru42101 Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (360 comments)

IMO the solution is to change it from charging the battery to swapping out the battery. The problem then is having a standardized battery configuration/connection and we all know how well standards go. The station can then charge for the electricity and expenses, including an amount to cover the occasional battery replacement.

about 4 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

guru42101 Re:Creative Counting (723 comments)

That is a doubtfully low number. KY alone, last I heard, had around 370k plans paid for and a 60%+ decrease in uncovered individuals.

about 5 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

guru42101 Re:7.1 million is pathetically low, so ya I believ (723 comments)

I don't know which numbers include children/dependents and which ones don't. That is an important bit of information. If the 60 million is individuals and the 7.1 million is plans, which is how it reads then the total coverage could be significantly higher. If it's the other way around then it is significantly worse.

about 5 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

guru42101 Re:Communism is the only way forward (870 comments)

I think you're saying the same thing. Government is interfering in the wrong ways because it has been overly influenced by corporations and financial institutions. Due to this it is not acting in the best interest of the general populace but those few that have enough cash to game the system.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

guru42101 Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

Ya, it would be nice if there was a Amazon app for Android so I could watch it on my Nexus. We only got it for two reasons: free shipping (as we had just moved into our first house) and I had been gifted a Kindle 7 HD. Now we've also acquired a Nexus 10 and the only option to watch Prime videos is via the browser with flash enabled, which is a non-trivial task.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

guru42101 Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

Really? My brother has Netflix and it looks to be leaps ahead of Amazon in terms content available. Amazon has a larger and more recent library but only if you include episodes and movies that you have to purchase, which run $1.99 (for an episode) - $29.99 (for a season or a movie).

about 6 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

guru42101 Re:Because (712 comments)

Bankers again. Investing a lot of money into garbage ideas

about 7 months ago
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Dyson Invests £5 Million To Create 'Intelligent Domestic Robots'

guru42101 Re:I'm not covinced by Dyson (125 comments)

The fans work surprisingly well. I have one that I use to direct the heat from the fireplace to other parts of the house.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

guru42101 Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

2000 was a server OS that people used as a desktop OS because ME was such crap. The list is only desktop OS's

about 8 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

guru42101 Re:Colors of computer science (612 comments)

From what I've seen the problem is not Computer Science as a curriculum but the precursors to someone pursuing computer science as a career option.

Much as girls were not encouraged to help their dad's tinker about the car in the 50's and 60's I don't see them tinkering on their parent's computer as much as boys. I don't know if it is a society induced thing due to commercials and stereotypes or an actual difference in preference of interaction. Most CS majors I've known had significant interaction with computers as a child and developed an interest in them with their peer groups of like minded children. This also falls true with the few girls I've known in CS. A small number of them came into CS from other angles, usually sciences where they had to use computers significantly. I would say the percentage of women coming in that angle is larger than men as they were not exposed earlier in life to discover that it is their interest.

As for race, I see it more as a economic/exposure factor than race. Children who grow up poor are less likely to have home computers to mess around on and develop an interest from. Among my friends' children I've seen a strong divergence in CS interest from those who have an actual desktop/laptop versus those whose only exposure is a gaming console, smart phone, or even tablet.

My take away from these observations are that computer science in schools is important and that low income area schools deserve greater funding than higher income area schools as they have to compensate for the lack of exposure/education the children are likely to receive at home.

about 9 months ago
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Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

guru42101 The NIDDK was aware of this years ago. (189 comments)

The NIDDK was aware of this years ago and had commissioned a feasibility study on creating a storage mechanism that all grant paid research would have to use. Unfortunately after a successful feasibility study the reviewers for the follow up real grant responded with "I do not see the scientific value of this research" and the grant went away with Vanderbilt as the only applicant. I've heard through the vine that someone picked up a new similar grant to work on it, but I haven't seen anything from it yet. The big problem is that researchers do not want to share their unpublished research. From what I've gleamed they want to keep things in their back pocket for future grants/publications.

The site was http://dkcoin.org/

about 9 months ago

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