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

meta-monkey Re:Bruce Perens (201 comments)

I work at a hospital that uses Epic. I do back-end databasery, and I can tell you, an open source replacement for Epic would never, ever be adopted here.

First, when you're dealing with HIPAA you need to make sure your t's are dotted and your i's are crossed, and you need somebody to blame if they're not. When your open source system is breached and health data made publicly available, who are you going to blame? "But, we thought it was secure because a bunch of random guys working their basements said it was!" No. You pay Epic so you can blame them.

Second, deployment and training. There's 12,000 employees at my hospital. I can't tell you how much time and money we've spent training people on Epic. To do that, all over again...the horror. The absolute horror. These are not "computer people." These are doctors and nurses and billing and accounts receivable and claims managers and shit. The expense of training is a drop in the bucket compared to what we pay Epic.

4 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

meta-monkey Re:Walked past Security Theatre (214 comments)

That's how you know the terrorist bogeyman is bullshit. If they were still trying to bomb shit, we'd have already seen a rash of bombings at the security checkpoints. Large concentration of people, symbolism of attacking the security infrastructure itself, etc etc. And yet it doesn't happen. Because there are no fucking terrorists.

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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

meta-monkey Re:Transparency (224 comments)

Well, there it is.

The powers behind the MIC, the weapons manufacturers, are billionaire sociopaths. These people care only about their own money and power and will start wars on false pretenses resulting in terrible death and destruction, kids with their limbs blown off, dead soldiers, starvation, panic, whatever, just to make more money selling bombs. Do you think they would have any qualms about threatening a president? Do you really think they're going to let their plans depend on something as silly as the votes of the American people?

To be honest, it's not all awful. Every four years, America holds a popularity contest based on nice haircuts and whether you'd like to have a beer with the participants. The charismatic liar most popular with a plurality of the disinterested, uninformed American people is then given a button that, should he press it, the world will end.

The only thing scarier than the idea that the president isn't given the button is the idea that somebody gives it to him.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

meta-monkey Re:Is it just me... (363 comments)

All those laid-off workers can just retrain to cook curries.

about a week ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

meta-monkey Re:Transparency (224 comments)

Something happens between the election and the inauguration that changes a president's entire ethos.

Makes you wonder what happens when they brief the incoming president on The Big Secret Stuff. Do you think they find out "holy shit there really are terrorists and/or aliens everywhere we're barely keeping at bay," or do you think a man with no name just hands the president a picture of JFK's head getting blown off from the perspective of the grassy knoll and says "here's your new talking points?"

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

I won't disagree with you, but holy shit did digital (plus the multilevel marketing profiteers) blow it up. Back in the early 2000's WPPI attendance (biggest trade show) was like 3000 people. A few years back it topped 16,000. And it wasn't because a greater percentage of photographers started going. And during this time the market for photography certainly hasn't had a 400% increase. Especially with the recession it's gone way down.

My wife still makes a good living, but she's an outlier. She's one of the best there is. But it's nothing like it was before the multilevel marketing people took over. When there was only a glut of photographers instead of an ocean. A lot of people who were good but not great had to get real jobs. They didn't necessarily quit, though. They still have their gear, and they still have their websites up. If somebody wants to pay them, they'll go out and shoot on a Saturday. But now instead of a full-time gig shooting 35 weddings a year for good money they're shooting 10 for significantly less.

I think a similar thing will happen to software development. Right now it's a good gig. One of the last steady jobs that pays a middle class wage.

Well, the powers that be don't like that. Zuck and Bezos et. al. are sick of paying appropriate wages to the people who make them billions. So first they colluded with Jobs in their wage suppression, no poaching racket. Not satisfied, they're doing everything they can to import H1Bs to work for cheap. When that's still not enough, they're funding the whole Code Academy/Code.org stuff to flood the field with as many as they can.

And there's an awful lot of hungry college grads who are looking at those high salaries and steady jobs and thinking, "Ya know, I bet I could learn that..." These are people who never would have gone into software on their own, but they can't get a job in business management or advertising or whatever they actually went to school for. And now they're being told they can learn online for free, no degree required, and get a good job? Fuck yeah. And it's easy for programmers to scoff and say "not everyone can code! You have to be special like me!" but I bet an awful lot of them can code well enough. Certainly well enough to take the mid and low level jobs, starving out the lesser talent and driving up competition for the choice jobs. The result is the same thing as photography: a vast sea of cheap, mediocre talent and the low end and fierce competition at the high end, with depressed wages for all.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

meta-monkey Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Um, women are not "cheaper," they are willing to work for cheaper. If men agreed to work for the same wage, they'd have a similar level of employment. It's not like if you hire a man you are required to pay him 110% of what a woman gets paid.

A large part of the reason a pay gap exists (in America) between women and men is because men are more aggressive. They are more likely to negotiate a higher wage when being hired, to demand raises or to switch jobs for more pay. Women expect that if they work hard they'll be noticed and "rewarded," but business doesn't work like that. If you're willing to work hard for less money, that's good for the employer. Yes please, give me more of these high-output, low-wage employees!

This is not the fault of employers. This is the fault of women. Ladies, if you want higher pay, demand it. If they won't pay you more, jump ship to another company who will. But nobody's going to just show up and shower you with cash. They don't "give" it to men, either. Men demand it.

about a week ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

meta-monkey Re:I bet Putin couldn't go to the moon (197 comments)

Incorrect. Putin would plant the flag, on the moon, shirtless, and the moon would explode from exposure to his supreme manliness.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:photographers can't suffer enough (131 comments)

Did a photographer kill your dad or something?

As for the "quality" of their work, oh please. My mom blinked for a wedding photo, so they painted on some eyes. You get stupid very forced poses, misrepresentation via Photoshop, and a huge distraction from whatever event might be getting photographed.

Yeah, your mom got jacked by one of the cheap, shitty photographers the dumbing-down of the industry has churned out. No decent photographer would do that. Thanks for proving my point.

How DARE they claim copyright on a photo of ME

They claim copyright on a photo of you because...they made the photo. That's how copyright works. If I write a song about you, do you own the song? No. You're just the subject. The creator owns the copyright. And that's as it should be, because the creator did all the hard work. The creator learned the technical and artistic aspects of photography, bought all the expensive gear, showed up, chose the lighting and posing and camera settings and all that jazz to create the photo. You just stood there and did what you were told to do. And from your attitude you were probably being a bitch about it, too. Why the fuck should you own it when you didn't do the work?

that was paid for by ME!!! How DARE they put a watermark/logo thing on MY photo!!! How DARE they not provide raw format files, or negatives for the older technology!!!

What'd the contract say? I bet the contract said exactly what they would and would not deliver. If you didn't like those terms, you shouldn't have hired that photographer. You can find plenty of shitty photographers who will give you the moon for a song. They're shitty, but they'll do it. The reason good photographers don't provide the RAW files is because then amateurs will take the file, muck it up and still present it as work done by the photographer. Besides, 99% of clients don't want RAW files, they want JPEGs and prints or albums. So the photographer weighs the chance of losing a client for not providing RAW files (unlikely) against the damage to reputation of having shitty work attributed to them floating around (likely) and decides not to provide RAW files.

You're all butt-hurt, but you could have had anything you wanted and you chose wrong. Your fault. Photography is a completely free market, libertarian wank job of an industry. There are no rules. There is no degree required, no state license, no test, nothing. There are no standards. So absolutely everything you want exists. There are photographers who charge $10k for a wedding, photographers who will do it for free and everything in between. Hell, once I saw a girl who would pay YOU to let her shoot your wedding. She'd give you $250 and then hope to make the money back on prints and albums. Crazy. But it's out there. Same thing with copyrights and files. There are some who won't give you a single file. Every print must come from them. There are some who will shoot, hand over a disk of RAWs and leave. You can find all of these things, and it's up to you to find a photographer who will do what you want for a price you want to pay. But don't get pissy because you didn't buy the RAW files and now the photographer won't give them to you. It's like you're going to McDonald's and you're furious they won't sell you a taco. If you wanted tacos, go to fucking taco bell, but don't get mad at the entire restaurant industry because you went to the wrong store.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

You are exactly right.

Starting about 10 years ago. There's a guy named Dane Sanders, who is a miserably bad "photographer," and he wrote a book called "Fast Track Photographer," which is basically a manual on how to be a con artist in photography. Dress well, act confident, "live your brand" all that bullshit. And then he dazzles them with the idea that they can charge $10,000 for a wedding and get flown off to exotic locations to shoot fabulous destination weddings. It's complete crap. There are a few extremely talented (or extremely well-marketed) people who can do that, but for the vast bulk of these girls living in Buttfuck, Alabama, that ain't happening.

He teams up with a guy named David Jay who makes slideshow software and websites for photographers, and they create this girl named Jasmine Star. Pretty (by some standards), exuberant, blogs prolifically about her *AMAZING* photographer lifestyle. They each post all over the internet about how AMAZING the other two are, creating a cyclone of bullshit. You too can have this *AMAZING* lifestyle...if you buy David's software, and come to Jasmine's workshop, and buy Dane's book...

This whole spiel is then copied by dozens of other hucksters who want in on the action, too.

Combine this with the for-profit trade organization, WPPI, publisher of Rangefinder magazine, who wants lots of people to attend their conventions, and the camera and equipment makers themselves, and it's just a feeding frenzy. How many dumb young girls can we sell on the idea that, without any real talent or experience, they can live this amazing lifestyle that, ya know, speaks to their soul and their passion. Every girl you can sell this to, you suck her into the industry and she's going to spend $30k on gear and seminars and shit in her first two years in business.

Then of course they never actually make any money, and get bitter and disillusioned. They either quit and go back to working at Denny's, or they realize the con and start their own series of workshops where, for the low-low price of $899 for a two-day course they can teach YOU how to live the awesome rockstar photographer lifestyle! In this world there is no place for the actual masters of the craft who try to tell people the truth, that it takes years of training and experience to make good images and that succeeding in this business is HARD. Nobody wants to buy that. They wanna be fabulous and get rich quick.

So, yeah that's pretty much the entire industry now. It's a pyramid scheme with the camera makers at the top, then the trade organizations and labs/album makers, then the workshop speakers, and then as many dumb young girls as they can suck up at the bottom.

The same thing is going to happen with programming. We're already seeing the advent of "rockstar programmers" who have blogs and webisodes about language features and concepts, code academy, this website here. The gold rush will be in training new coders who are super-stoked to score those $100,000/year jobs without having to get a degree or any real certification (not that I'm saying a good coder needs those things, I'm just saying the fact you don't need one is a nice selling point to people who want to get rich quick). Of course these people will mostly flood the app store with a bunch of shitty apps, but the better ones will take the low-hanging fruit jobs, flood the industry and drive down wages. In the end, the winners will be bosses who get cheap, good enough code and the people running the "how to code" websites. The losers will be...everybody who wants to make a living writing software.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

I don't know of anybody who's ever died from a kludged together web app, either. If you need a PE, sure, get a PE. That's similar to what's happened in photography. There are still some highly paid specialists, but the generalists are fighting over scraps. Most coders aren't doing mission-critical work.

Just saying it's ridiculous to think software development will be immune from the race to the bottom that practically every other profession is facing.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

Also, people are grasping at straws. People want to get into coding because they heard it's good money, and nobody else is hiring. They don't necessarily want to be a developer or have a real interest in computing...they're just hungry and looking for a paycheck.

It's the gold rush. And you know who made money in the gold rush? Dudes selling the picks and axes. You want to make money in this bold new era where everybody codes? Make shit like "a website that teaches you to code well enough to get a job." That's where the money is. Devs are just going to find themselves in a race to bottom, just like every other profession. It's foolish to think this is the one career that's immune.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

meta-monkey Re:overqualified (471 comments)

Sure, but half (or more) of the time, the Indian programmer doesn't actually have a real degree. We had this happen all the time when I was working for a consultant group. We'd get Indians who would claim to have a degree from Shrkekrlkajrthu University, but if anybody bothered to call good ol' SU, they had no record of them. Or, the Indian would pay SU $10k to give him a "degree" with no credits earned. Fraud. Lots and lots of fraud. Like, to the point where I had a database programmer working with me who didn't know what a join was. Shit you not.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

My salary probably is too high. But don't tell my boss.

It's really easy to say "Oh, that'll never be a threat to me, because I'm so skilled!" Do I think some website is going to turn out good coders? No, but I think that combined with the other 1500 "teach kids to code" initiatives it'll produce enough "good enough" to be death by 1,000 cuts.

My wife is a photographer. A really good one...degree in photojournalism, been all over the world with the Army covering stories for them, then got into weddings and portraits, has a studio, is a PPA Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. Digital came out and it looked "easy" and every 23 year old girl with a camera and a dream suddenly wanted to "follow her passion" and be a photographer. And entire industry sprang up to take these girls' money and teach them photography, but mainly sell them cameras and photoshop actions and cute camera bags etc etc. Well all the old school photographers looked at this and laughed. "The work they do is terrible! The people teaching them are terrible!" Very true. It's like 98% garbage from any kind of a technical standpoint. But there's a ton of them. And they're cheap. And it's "good enough." And the photo industry has been just destroyed (I mean the part that sells pictures to clients. The part that sells shit to photographers is doing great). There used to be 10 full-time studios in my town. Now there's 2 full-timers left and 30 part-timers. The average quality of work has gone way down. But it's cheap, there's lots of it, and it's good enough. And the death of photojournalism has been covered many times on Slashdot, with what magazines are left using cellphone pictures because they're "good enough."

Companies still outsource work to India and we know what the quality of code that comes out of there is like. But they do it because it's cheap. Now imagine they can get cheap, "good enough" code without having to deal with the language, culture and timezone problems?

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

meta-monkey Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

And to be honest, why do we want to? Software development is one of the few professions left that actually pays well. Yes, yes, let's teach everyone to do it and flood the market with cheap programmers.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

meta-monkey Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (475 comments)

This isn't even Keynesian. Well, actually kind of as he used WWII as an example in explaining his theory.

But damn, if we're going to have government make-work programs, have them do something constructive. Fix our roads and bridges. Build schools and hospitals. Make things that improve infrastructure, which improves our ability to trade. But you build a tank, and it just...sits there.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

meta-monkey Re:uh oh (475 comments)

The Kurds would want their own state, too, and Turkey will not allow it. The day after a Kurdish state is inaugurated, Turkey will be rolling across the border in tanks.

about a week ago

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