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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

sharkette66 Of course it is! (488 comments)

Because it's the only language I have extensive experience in.

about a week ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sharkette66 Re:Same if it were Hillary, right? (448 comments)

Wow, going after Hillary, that is original!

Hillary doesn't need lousy tech company board jobs to wash the blood off her hands... at least not as much blood as Condi has to wash off.

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sharkette66 Re:Condi Rice is legitimate choice (448 comments)

Yeah, she's legitimate after she blames people in the "bowels" of the agency [NSA] she's a part of for her failures.

Oh, I get it... you think she's "legitimate" because other rich people like her, not because of an actual record of competence.

My mistake.

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sharkette66 Re:Justice (448 comments)

Yes, it was Condi's unpopular views that caused her to miss so many things, like the forged documents saying Iraq was trying to get weapons grade uranium from Africa. If she was more popular, rather than more competent, perhaps this would have shed light on the lies that led to the Iraq war.

It was just the most colossal screw up in modern history, sure, give Condi a pass, bro! Let her rehab her torture and war stained reputation on corporate boards!

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sharkette66 Re: It is an easy call for so many of us. (448 comments)

Well, no. Me and my cronies aren't going to leave, and we will continue to oppose the involvement of those with blood on their hands. Condi doesn't bring anything but the stink of torture to the table. You're sooooo welcome to her.

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sharkette66 It is an easy call for so many of us. (448 comments)

We don't want anything to do with a corporation that has Condi on the board. We determine what we want our worlds to be like... and we don't want Condi Rice in our world. At all.

I want everything she touches to be radioactive.

She earned it.

about 10 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

sharkette66 50-60K? In Cali? (409 comments)

Maybe since it is a sales position, there is a bonus structure of some kind.

If we're talking Indian, do we mean dot-com or feather-com?

1 year,18 days

The Other Exam Room: When Doctors 'Google' Their Patients

sharkette66 Re:So.... (231 comments)

Uh, no. This is a feeble understanding of HIPAA. HIPAA would only be involved with the information in the medical record, and violations occur when information in the medical record is shared in a way that HIPAA does not allow. There are many exemptions.

Googles records of a person's search, even a doctor's search, would not constitute sharing a patient's personal medical information(PMO) in a way prohibited by HIPAA.

The idea that google knows something has been searched, then by extension 'the government knows it', therefore an inference can be made about the subject matter of the search, therefore something was illegally shared in violation of HIPAA? No way....

The google searches occur because the PMI in the record doesn't match the physical evidence in front of the health care professional. If a doctor learns something about a patient's medical condition on the internet, the privacy afforded by HIPAA should apply, of course.

1 year,24 days

Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook

sharkette66 There is not even a small voter fraud problem... (178 comments)

It is infinitesimally small. And whatever infinitesimal amount there is won't be solved by tougher voter ID requirements.

more than 2 years ago

Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him

sharkette66 Deja vu? (249 comments)

Didn't Ryan Bingham do this already?

more than 3 years ago

Benchmarks of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs. GNU/Linux

sharkette66 I just wanted to see if ... (143 comments)

I don't use BSD, I just wanted to see if the "BSD is dying" troll still posted. It has been years, eh?

It does also seem to me that the FreeBSDk thing is meant to make certain features available to developers, maybe be more reliable, and "faster, faster" isn't being sold as part of the bill of goods. Yet, the talk returns to speed, speed, speed.

But what do I know... I work as a nurse. Although... I DO love a fast computer.

about 5 years ago

Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

sharkette66 It's okay to teach them FORTRAN (794 comments)

But only if they have to do it on punch cards, like I did. Give each student a can of WD40 to keep the machines working smoothly, too.

more than 5 years ago

What Did You Do First With Linux?

sharkette66 The first boot thrill is an end in itself (739 comments)

I just remember being thrilled at a command prompt with something other than DOS. Some early Redhat it was. And then getting an X-window up and loving the right-click.

What did I "do"? I just enjoyed the thrill. Late 90's or so.

I remember law students staring at me sideways in 1999 when I booted Caldera on my laptop... just wanted to see how wasy it was to use real-time in class. People still stare funny when they see Linux on a laptop.

more than 5 years ago

Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated Story

sharkette66 My Netbook with XP is great... (833 comments)

The Asus 1000HE, latest model. Very zippy, windows XP does the simple stuff well and works with IE easily so I can use it at work.

I like Linux, but it isn't worth the effort on the little machine. I dual boot my big desktop.

more than 5 years ago

Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics

sharkette66 Buzzword Ponzi Scheme (219 comments)

When the first questionable but exciting buzzwords come to life, just explain away the doubters with more buzzwords that sound even better!!

more than 6 years ago

Professor Bans Laptops from the Classroom

sharkette66 Re:For those of you who haven't been to law school (1260 comments)

For beginners, I attended law school, graduated 2001. Laptop use was about 30%, more as time went on and laptops became more powerful.

This professor is TOTALLY within her rights. This is law school. She gets to teach however she wants. Don't like it ? Too bad. It's her class and she gets to create whatever atmosphere she thinks is best.

This is a law school issue much more than a slashdot issue. If you haven't been to law school, your response is possibly interesting, but you cannot really understand. If somebody wants to quit law achool over this, they really are whiny asses and shouldn't be thinking about being a lawyer.

more than 8 years ago



"Lost emails" and "lack of server spac

sharkette66 sharkette66 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sharkette66 writes "Once again a politician is hiding behind the "lost emails" defense, this time it's Mayor Nagin in New Orleans. I know actual accidents sometimes happen, technology isn't perfect, etc. Still, I am a little tired of what I see as technology being used as just another delaying and obscuring tactic in the legal and political arenas. Just how unrealistic do the lawyer claims of "lost emails" and "lack of server space" have to get before the judge calls "bullshit"? From NOLA.com

"Orleans Parish Civil Court Judge Rose Ledet delivered a stinging rebuke to Mayor Ray Nagin's administration Tuesday after learning that virtually all of the e-mails sent and received by Nagin last year and much of the information on his 2008 calendar have been erased in an apparent violation of the state public records law."

"Deputy City Attorney Ed Washington told Ledet that he learned late Monday from officials in the city's information technology unit that nearly all of Nagin's e-mails and all calendar information prior to June 30, 2008, have been deleted and cannot be retrieved. Washington said there is no written record of the mayor's calendar, which he said exists only in electronic form.... Washington said he discovered only the day before that the city's computer network lacks the "server space to preserve more than a few days" of e-mails.

He said Nagin and the mayor's communications director, Ceeon Quiett, both were under the impression that "backups" existed to save the electronic communications. "But that isn't the case," he said. ""

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Databases, Voter Registration, Democracy

sharkette66 sharkette66 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sharkette66 writes "I am writing Ask Slashdot in search of technical commentary on the Texas Election Administration Management System (TEAM). It is a centralized voter registration database being implemented by Texas for HAVA compliance. Description: "...the US$14 million system was built by IBM using an Oracle database and a Java-based registration management application from Hart InterCivic, an Austin-based elections and records-management software maker. The system runs on Solaris-based hardware from Sun Microsystems," (CSOonline). What's happening with the new system? Everything takes much longer, nobody designing the thing ever thought that cities might add new streets, counties are paying for huge overtime budgets, amongst many other things. The last Secretary of State said the system "isn't worth a darn." During August 4 -August 10, the 254 counties in Texas are going to stress-test the system by trying to simulate a full election workload. I appreciate that the new Secretary of State is trying to solve the problem, but many of us have doubts. Any questions I shouldn't miss asking when I call the State spokesperson?"


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