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+ - IRS lost Lois Lerner's emails in tea party probe-> 1

Submitted by ABEND
ABEND (15913) writes "The IRS claims it cannot access Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division Lois Lerner's email prior to 2011 due to a crash of Ms. Lerner's PC during that year. These emails are considered to be important for the investigation into IRS targeting of specific organizations based on their political affiliations. The specifics of the "crash" have not yet been revealed but, anecdotally, my PC has crashed many times without the loss of any email. What could have caused Ms. Lerner's emails to have been lost?"
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+ - Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "HP's revelation that it's working on a radical new computing architecture that it's dubbed 'The Machine' was met with excitement among tech observers this week, but one of HP's biggest competitors remains extremely unimpressed. John Swanson, the head of Dell's software business, said that 'The notion that you can reach some magical state by rearchitecting an OS is laughable on the face of it.' And Jai Memnon, Dell's research head, said that phase-change memory is the memory type in the pipeline mostly like to change the computing scene soon, not the memristors that HP is working on."
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+ - How Florida cops went door to door with fake cell device to find one man-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the early morning hours of September 13, 2008, a woman notified the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) that she had been raped and that her purse, containing her mobile phone, had been stolen. Within 24 hours, the Florida capital’s police had contacted Verizon and obtained real-time ping information, which gave the police a “general area” where they might find the phone and thus, hopefully, the perpetrator of the crime. But that general area still covered plenty of ground—where exactly was the phone? ... After learning the phone's general location, Tallahassee cops deployed a vehicle-mounted stingray and cruised the streets. Verizon had already provided them with the phone's unique IMSI identifier, which told the stingray exactly which handset to track. (“Stingray” is a trademarked product manufactured by Florida-based Harris Corporation, though it has since come to be used as a generic term, like Xerox or Kleenex.) ...

Eventually, Corbitt and his colleagues detected the phone inside apartment 251, the residence of a woman who was also hosting her boyfriend, the suspect James Thomas. Officers knocked on the door; when it opened, one inserted his foot in the opening to keep it from being closed again. Police then conducted a "protective sweep" of the apartment and waited while a search warrant was obtained. ...

This newly released transcript (PDF) provides what is likely the first-ever verbatim account of how stingrays are used in actual police operations. And it shows that stingrays are so accurate, they can pinpoint the very room in which a phone is located."

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+ - Daniel Ellsberg criticizes Kerry for calling Snowden a coward and traitor ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defence Department staff who leaked the Vietnam War Pentagon Papers to the New York Times has some harsh criticism of Kerry's recent call for Snowden to come back to USA and "man up".

"Nothing excuses Kerry's slanderous and despicable characterisations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States," he concludes."

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+ - Polar Bear number just made up to meet public demand->

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bricko (1052210) writes "Researchers with the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) recently admitted to experienced zoologist and polar bear specialist Susan Crockford that the estimate given for the total number of polar bars in the Arctic was “simply a qualified guess given to satisfy public demand.”

http://polarbearscience.com/20..."

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+ - Physician Operates on Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Jaikumar Vijayan reports at Computerworld that a physician at Columbia University Medical Center (CU) attempted to "deactivate" a personally owned computer from a hospital network segment that contained sensitive patient health information, creating an inadvertent data leak that is going to cost the hospital $4.8 million to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The error left patient status, vital signs, laboratory results, medication information, and other sensitive data on about 6,800 individuals accessible to all via the Web. The breach was discovered after the hospital received a complaint from an individual who discovered personal health information about his deceased partner on the Web. An investigation by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that neither Columbia University nor New York Presbyterian Hospital, who operated the network jointly, had implemented adequate security protections, or undertook a risk analysis or audit to identify the location of sensitive patient health information on the joint network. "For more than three years, we have been cooperating with HHS by voluntarily providing information about the incident in question," say the hospitals. "We also have continually strengthened our safeguards to enhance our information systems and processes, and will continue to do so under the terms of the agreement with HHS." HHS has also extracted settlements from several other healthcare entities over the past two years as it beefs up the effort to crack down on HIPAA violations. In April, it reached a $2 million settlement with with Concentra Health Services and QCA Health Plan. Both organizations reported losing laptops containing unencrypted patient data."

+ - Lasers Unearth Lost 'Agropolis' of New England->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Hidden ruins are customary in the wild jungles of South America or on the white shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Now, researchers have uncovered a long-lost culture closer to Western civilization—in New England. Using aerial surveys created by LiDAR, a laser-guided mapping technique, the team detected the barely perceptible remnants of a former “agropolis” around three rural New England towns. Near Ashford, Connecticut, a vast network of roads offset by stone walls came to light underneath a canopy of oak and spruce trees. More than half of the town has become reforested since 1870, according to historical documents, exemplifying the extent of the rural flight that marked the late 1800s. Some structures were less than 2 feet high and buried in inaccessible portions of the forest, making them essentially invisible to on-the-ground cartography."
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Comment: Re:Hey Americans! (Score 1) 644

by ABEND (#45570109) Attached to: Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

The primary motivation against socialized healthcare in the U.S. is to maintain a state of decentralized power. We want our Federal Government to have less power not more power. When the U.S. Government has control over healthcare in the U.S. it will have significantly increased its power over a significant part of the U.S. economy. Add that power to the power of the U.S. military and the rest of the world may start thinking that maybe decentralized power in the U.S. looks like a pretty good idea.

Comment: Re:Officials say? (Score 1) 644

by ABEND (#45567215) Attached to: Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

There is also no constitutional right to social security, roads, clean water, safe food, ...

Good roads, clean water, safe food, are all benefits to public health and national security. It's a happy accident that these things benefit individuals.

Social security and healthcare for individuals are charity. They are not Constitutional or God given rights.

+ - Code.org Disincentivizes Teaching CS to Boys

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "As supporters of Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC, leaders of the nation's tech giants are lobbying for an increase in the number of H-1B visas to "meet our workforce needs." And as supporters of Code.org, many of the same leaders, their companies, and the politicians receiving FWD.us support have declared a Computer Science education crisis in the U.S., saying there simply aren't enough kids studying CS to fill a projected 1,000,000 CS job shortfall by 2020 (assuming the job vacancies are still there after FWD.us is done). But Code.org is sending the message that boys aren't the answer to this CS crisis with its learn-to-code program which calls for educators who teach Code.org classes where fewer than 40% of the students are female to receive 25% less money from the organization. "When 10 or more students complete the course," explains Code.org, "you will receive a $750 DonorsChoose.org gift code. If 40% or more of your participating students are female, you'll receive an additional $250, for a total gift of $1,000 in DonorsChoose.org funding!" (CNET reports that Slashdot owner Dice supports efforts like Code.org and Donors Choose). The $1+ million Code.org-DonorsChoose partnership appears to draw inspiration from a $5 million Google-DoonorsChoose partnership which can completely disqualify schools from its AP STEM funding (including CS) if participation by female students is deemed insufficient. So, since the NY Times just reported that women account for only about 25% of all employees at Code.org supporters Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, shouldn't their CEOs cut salaries at their own companies by 25% until 40% of their programmers are women?"

Comment: Re:Furloughed workers (Score 1) 346

by ABEND (#45369503) Attached to: "War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

So ... I repeat my wife's question: do you REALLY want these people in charge of your healthcare? I don't.

Does your wife really think that insurance companies don't make errors with billing, coding or paying the bills?

Next time you're in your doctor's office, ask them how much effort it is to work with the various insurance companies.

Ask them which is worse - the insurance companies or Medicare?

Yes. The insurance company haters should ask their medical providers this question. They will find that medical providers are encouraged to "over treat" patients in order to be reimbursed enough from Medicare to pay for a visit's "paperwork" costs.

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