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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

sribe Re:Failed state policies (409 comments)

A definite failure if I ever heard of one.

It's not that Cuba is a failed state; it's that the U.S. policy was intended to push Cuba to fail. But after 50+ years, we are finally acknowledging that it is the policy itself which failed, not Cuba ;-)

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

sribe Re:Meaningless (167 comments)

That was about the most useless set of HDD statistics I've ever seen. You don't need more than one drive each to compare power consumption and performance.

So you think there's 0 variance?

NOTHING was said about reliability and who cares how much data was stored on them vs how long it was in service. Those two numbers are completely arbitrary.

45 drives each, no initial failures, no failures in the first 3 months. Right there that tells me the WD Red 6TB drives are hugely better than the 4TB drives I used.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

sribe Re:What? (432 comments)

From a front door pointing camera they saw him shoot a gun at bottles??? I'm not from the US but is that considered ok and safe to shoot stuff in front of your house with neighbors around?

Depends on the location. It's perfectly legal for me, because "in front of my house" is still way far away from my neighbors.

But for the same reason you couldn't perform video surveillance on my front yard from any publicly accessible location.

So in this particular case, it does seem highly likely that it would be dangerous and illegal.

Or maybe it's a one-story house and a high utility pole and they also got footage of his back yard. It would be nice to know a bit more than what the very thin article says.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

sribe Re:What? (432 comments)

If he's an undocumented immigrant, why don't they just deport him instead of going through all of this?

Because it's impossible to secure 3,000 miles of border, and he would just sneak back in if that's all we did.

2 days ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

sribe restore & reboot (68 comments)

Don't they know about the backups on the planes in-flight? Shouldn't they just have one do a fly-by and drop an ethernet cable to a car pacing it on the runway below? Stupid Brits, don't know how to get things done in a crunch ;-)

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

sribe Re:About time (179 comments)

5.5" phone screens are at 2560x1440

Or 1280x1440 if you don't believe that an RGBG quad should be counted as 2 pixels just because it's twice as wide as it is tall ;-)

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

sribe Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

Publishers cannot relent.

Of course they can. They can go back to the same politicians they bamboozled the first time, and say "oops!" and get the law repealed.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

sribe Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

They won't change their minds - not until it's too late (which, for many of them, it already is). It's already been tried elsewhere, with negative results:

I think google should move to comply with this IMMEDIATELY, as in they should have stopped aggregating these publishers within minutes of the law becoming effective. And then when publishers do relent, I think they should take a few weeks, at least, to start making that content available. Just my opinion ;-)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

sribe Re:Just Lie (317 comments)

Is it worth it to be sitting on pins and needles waiting for them to check up on you and fire you?

You know what the worst part is? Many of those companies who didn't check that dude's certs probably also have a policy of carefully checking employee's resumes above a certain level in the company. Which means that if he does well, and gets promoted, boom he's fired because then they check all his qualifications. (I knew someone to whom exactly that happened.)

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

sribe Re:If you think about it...it goes beyond wearable (99 comments)

I think the fitbit issue is a bit different, though, since it's not clear that it constitutes a 'medical record' that you'd expect your insurance company to have access to.

It is different. But consider that an insurance company can hire a private detective to follow you and record your activities, check on your Facebook page, subpoena your health club records or your ski lift tracking data...

Besides, I would hope there'd be a legal challenge against using it as evidence, unless they can verify that the patient was actually wearing it, that the results are relevant to the case, and that the data collected is reliable.

Yes, your attorney can raise every one of those issues.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

sribe Re:If you think about it...it goes beyond wearable (99 comments)

So, if an insurance company thinks you are lying about your disability claim, they could ask law enforcement to grab up the X-ray of that broken ankle you suffered playing in the beer softball league.

Absolutely. Although they probably would NOT go for criminal charges, they would just sue for damages in civil court, in which case they could absolutely subpoena your medical records. Actually, it probably wouldn't even get that far, because they'd want the medical records BEFORE paying the claim, and if you didn't provide them, you wouldn't collect.

So, as suspect and hit at, Lucas123 seems to be completely confused about how HIPAA applies when there's a legal dispute over an insurance claim. Seriously, what numbskull thinks you can file an insurance claim and then claim medical privacy in order to avoid handing over data necessary to evaluate your claim???

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

sribe silliest fucking shit I've ever read (66 comments)

This is good news for the treasury coffers, but government auctions threaten the ability of the FCC and similar agencies to manage the spectrum, impose net neutrality rules, and allow new businesses to compete.

Right. Because as soon as the FCC deposits the checks, they automatically waive their ability to enforce regulations on the use of the spectrum. Or, on the other hand, you know, maybe not.

Carriers and internet companies who won the auction might believe the spectrum is theirs to do as they please...

Right. Because their lawyers are illiterate buffoons who have no idea what the regulations are governing the use of the spectrum on which they are bidding billions of dollars. Or, on the other hand, you know, maybe not.

Seriously, are dkatana and soulskill really this fucking retarded??? (Not to mention the author of the actual article...)

about two weeks ago
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FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

sribe Re:I take it (25 comments)

I take it the one medical provider who had the major screwup of providing such personal and private data has had their license revoked and is now out of business?

Why? If someone comes to your doctor with a release approved by you for your medical information, do you really expect your doctor to give them the third degree over exactly how they obtained that release from you?

Personally, I think it's remarkable that so many providers were apparently paying enough attention to notice some irregularity and question the requests.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

sribe Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

A system that moves the panels shouldn't add that much to the cost...

When you just whip something straight out of your ass like that, you risk being very, very wrong ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

sribe Re:Tablet fad is finally over (193 comments)

...they just all look like they were designed by web developers.

AUUUUUUUGGUUUHHHH!!! MY EYES ARE BLEEDING!!!

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

sribe Re: I don't think you know what that word means (274 comments)

It's hate posts like TFS that reassure me that Wikipedia is being well-managed. The best he can come up with is "look at this evil financial prudence!"

Hadn't thought of that--good point.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

sribe I don't think you know what that word means (274 comments)

There is nothing "circular" about higher expenses leading to a need for higher reserves. It would only be circular if in turn the higher reserves led to higher expenses, which is not a point that you have made at all.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

sribe Re:Tablet fad is finally over (193 comments)

And good riddance to it. It can go on the ash heap next to the network computer, Windows RT and .NET everywhere.

The tablet itself is not, and never was, a fad. The fad was the really bizarre belief that tablets could and would replace PCs nearly everywhere. So in that way it is very different than the other examples you listed--in my opinion they were all true fads. But then again, what is a ChromeBook if it's not the current version of the network computer???

about two weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

sribe Re:"Culture Fit" is an excuse for discrimination (139 comments)

Rich white frat boy "tech founders" like being around other rich white frat boys. Anyone that says otherwise, has never set foot in present day San Francisco.

What I keep reading here about "brogrammer" culture just blows my mind. I struggle to figure out if it is a generational thing, or subculture based on location. But I can assure you, it was nothing like that at startups in the Boston area in the late 80's... Particularly the attitude toward women--I assure you, anybody that had acted like some of the stories we've read lately, would have been instantly fired--and the rest of the guys would have been happy to see such a person booted out.

about two weeks ago

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