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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

rhsanborn Re:The Cloud! (145 comments)

We're hitting the age where some earlier services are starting to shut down, and that's actually a good thing. It will start a conversation about how much we're willing to trust to "the cloud" and what we're willing to make temporary. Many of us have Kindles, iPhones, Rokus that use content from providers not unlike GameSpy. We need to be willing to say out loud that ownership of these items is now temporary. The sellers of these items need to be more open about that as well.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

rhsanborn Re:nope! (496 comments)

This will take a long time to catch on. I think it works for people who grew up with video games. I think people who didn't will have a hard time conceptualizing the 180 degree view and translating it into what's actually happening outside the car.

about two weeks ago
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Healthcare Organizations Under Siege From Cyberattacks, Study Says

rhsanborn Re:So much for HIPAA... (61 comments)

Not surprising, really. The only time companies get punished for non-compliance is when they are the ones accessing protected health information. No threat of punishment == no compliance.

That's not the case at all. HIPAA makes a distinction between covered entities (usually hospitals, doctors, insurance companies), business associates (people providing services for covered entities such as medical coding, transcription, IT services, etc.) that require access to protected health information, and everyone else who isn't allowed to access protected health information. If a covered entity loses or discloses protected health information, or is breached, that entity is responsible for fines under HIPAA, which are being levied regularly. e.g. http://www.healthcareitnews.co...

about a month ago
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Healthcare Organizations Under Siege From Cyberattacks, Study Says

rhsanborn Re:Simple solution (61 comments)

There is a law, it's called HIPAA. Healthcare organizations are very cognizant of HIPAA and do work to avoid breaches of healthcare data. The Department of Health and Human Services does hand out significant fines for breaches. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy... Additionally, for large breaches, healthcare organizations are required to notify prominent news media, which arguably has a larger financial impact than the fines themselves.

about a month ago
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Building an Open Source Nest

rhsanborn Re:I don't understand the draw (195 comments)

The idea of the Nest is that it's going to do something that most people aren't good at doing, which is programming their thermostats. Tech geeks aren't the target market. We already programmed our thermostats and for the most part they work relatively efficiently. It's for my crazy aunt who doesn't have a programmed thermostat and can recoup that $250 by letting some silly device do it for her. There are also smart added benefits like being able to check on the house remotely when you're out of town to make sure the furnace hasn't failed and your pipes are frozen, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:so why would i want to wear a computer? (219 comments)

I think cars are a good analogy. I have to find a source for this, so, of now I'm talking out of my rear end, but I believe cars have held steady in price according to inflation. This is counter to most technology which tends to go down, like TVs. The reason is that the technology of the car has been continually improving to match. So, they haven't gone down in cost asa percentage of an average person's income, but that average person gets much more in a car today than in the past. They are crazily more safe, get much better mileage, have comfort features, etc. I think this would be similar. A smart light switch today costs around $50. It's way more than a dumb light switch, but doesn't require any extra wiring and does loads more. You probably can't justify the cost of a system like this based on electricity savings, but for some people, they may be able to justify the cost based on convenience and features. Advances like Intel is making, may tilt that in favor of vein more cost competitive.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:Other applications (219 comments)

I do want my fridge online. We went out of town once and the kids didn't shut the freezer all the way and it ran and also spoiled all the food. At the very least, we could have known and arranged to have someone go close it.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:The Internet of THINGS! (219 comments)

I'd love for the motion sensor in the hallway outside my door to correlate with my alarm clock and know that I just got up, and then kick on the coffee maker. Technology is supposed to make life easier, and this will help it do that.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rhsanborn Re:so why would i want to wear a computer? (219 comments)

It's more than that, and it's silly little things we haven't thought about. Granted, we can do some of this already, but I had a use case this last week. I have a really hard time getting up in the morning when it's dark out. They make sunrise alarm clocks, but I think it would be nice to have the bedroom lights slowly dim up to simulate a sunrise and gently wake me up. (This is possible with current home automation tech)

It might be nice to have a light sensor in my gutters that warns me if a downspout is clogged or they need cleaning before my annual fall cleanup. I have a whole house humidifier and when it gets to -10 like this week, it needs to be turned down or I get condensation on the windows. Smart things can do that for me. These are all things that ubiquitous computing can do, and that's pretty cool.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

rhsanborn Re:Build a business case (383 comments)

The only caveat to situation three is that there are sometimes dynamic tensions that are good for business, and it's good to recognize when that is happening. The SLAs need to be based in a business reality. A board member or someone else may insist on an SLA that doesn't actually need to be met for the business to grow and be profitable. They pulled the number out of their rear end. You may have a lot of work, and you can "never get caught up", but the business is humming along, and things are generally going fine. You are probably adequately staffed, but some IT people tend to feel over worked in those cases, because they are shooting for "all the work to be done". If you ever hit a point where all the work is done, look out, you're likely looking at cuts soon.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

rhsanborn Re:Build a business case (383 comments)

130 Desktops and max of 28 logical servers and you need 3 windows systems administrators!? Cross train the IT manager or programmers, or contract with a local outsourcing team to provide backup. I've found small local IT services shops can do basic systems management at a reasonable cost, and work well when paired with a knowledgeable person on the client side. You be the smart guy, and leverage a local services team who probably have a CCNA, Windows Server admin, SAN admin, etc. on staff.

The average IT spend as a percent of revenues is around 2-2.5%. That varies depending on industry (tech industry is much higher upwards of 4%), but it's a good starting point. I'd look at where you are at now as a benchmark. As others have mentioned, you need to make a business case. What projects are being delayed, by how much time, and what is the effect. If the effect is that the company misses $200k in revenue or increases production costs, you can probably make a case for additional help. If the effect is the floor manager gets grumpy because he really would like this thing, you probably aren't going to get additional help, nor should you.

about 4 months ago
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User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

rhsanborn Re:Easy Solution (286 comments)

The response email from LG implies the original author agreed to the access when he accepted the terms of service. That would likely stand, for now, in the US. I'm not sure if it would fly in the UK.

about 4 months ago
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Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

rhsanborn Re:Huh (567 comments)

If they're good, they're going to identify frequent high-G jerking when she looks up and realizes she's in another lane. They'll catch her slamming on the breaks frequently because she wasn't paying attention, etc. If there is any industry who can crunch data and find the outliers, you can actually trust the insurance industry. That's why they were so good at identifying people with a high likelihood of future medical illness and not give them health care.

about 5 months ago
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SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

rhsanborn Re:They're ALL on crack. (188 comments)

Particularly the marketshare among teens and young-20s who Facebook is losing.

about 5 months ago
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Desert Farming Experiment Yields Good Initial Results

rhsanborn Re:Why those vegetables? (178 comments)

Cucumbers and eggplant are a significant source of pretty much zero vitamins and minerals. I wonder if they are particularly robust in the scorched soil because they require relatively few nutrients ... ?

about 5 months ago
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Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

rhsanborn Re:Lesson learned (215 comments)

I believe the producers actually have an interface to upload this content. So, this is really a publisher/producer issue. I strongly suspect Apple didn't do this alone, or with all their own money. AMC was looking at a class action, and I think they would have lost. Now, we'll see if Amazon follows suit.

about 7 months ago
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FAA May Let You Use Electronic Devices During Airplane Takeoff and Landing Soon

rhsanborn Re:Finally I can start flying again (166 comments)

You're 20 minutes may be unimportant, but some of us travel quite a bit. Many people travel weekly, with two legs each way. Let's use 15 minutes to make it simple. That's 15 minutes up, 15 minutes down, twice, each way. That's 2 hours a week. Assume you're a road warrior and travel 40 weeks a year and you've wasted 2 working weeks waiting for this. I'd appreciate those two weeks back if it turns out those electronic devices don't do a darned thing to the plane.

about 7 months ago
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At Current Rates, Tesla Could Soon Suck Up Worldwide Supply of Li-Ion Cells

rhsanborn Re:Well... (351 comments)

This. There are several battery plants that were built in anticipation of a boom in hybrid and EV vehicles during the first spike in oil prices. Once oil prices stabilized, those booms of new EVs never happened, and there are several battery plants that are sitting idle right now. The Dow Kokam plant in Midland could absorb half of the Tesla increase alone. http://www.dowkokam.com/about-dow-kokam/global-capabilities/midland-battery-park/

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

rhsanborn Re:What a Wonderful Job! (193 comments)

Like the mom and pops had to do when Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart et al. took over? Like black smiths had to do when cars become affordable? Like telegraph operators had to do when the telephone caught on? Like telephone operators had to do when we got automatic switching? Industries change, people find other industries to work in.

about 8 months ago
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

rhsanborn Re:Already happening (867 comments)

I think you're in the minority. Most people would cry bloody murder if they were taxed at a rate to accommodate the costs of rural living. It's the cost to build out broadband networks, increased mail delivery, road costs would be crazy. I say this coming from a semi-rural community. I too am willing to acknowledge that I have an increased cost on society, and I should pay to support that, but we'd have riots if anyone proposed that.

about 9 months ago

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Obama and Romney Respond to ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

rhsanborn rhsanborn writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rhsanborn (773855) writes "President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney have both responded to a questionnaire on the "most important science policy questions facing the United States". The questionnaire was created by ScienceDebate.org, a group consisting of many influential organizations in science and engineering. Questions are on many topics including research, internet regulation, and climate change."
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Federal Appeals Court Orders TSA to Explain Delay in Body Scan Public Hearing

rhsanborn rhsanborn writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rhsanborn (773855) writes "One year ago the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the TSA to hold public comment on the use body scanners in EPIC vs. DHS. The order has been ignored prompting a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking for the Obama Administration's response. One year later, Wired reports, the court has ordered the TSA to explain why it hasn't responded to it's original order. The TSA has until August 30th to respond."
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