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Comment Re:A license does not make people honest (Score 1) 569

You think a license makes people honest? There are plenty of doctors and lawyers and other licenses and bonded professionals that behave unethically and even criminally. A license doesn't solve this problem. All a license does is attempt to ensure a base level of functional competence. It doesn't ensure honesty one bit.

The license does two things: it gives the individual more of an incentive to be honest (to avoid revocation) and it gives them leverage against pressures from management. If an engineer can say "I'm not doing that, and if you try to make me, the state board will hear about it and you won't have any (legally mandated) engineers to approve your designs" there is a lot better change they'll get people to back down. It won't stop a dishonest engineer, but it can help an honest engineer who is in a tight spot.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 4, Insightful) 139

If journalists stop asking because they could expend all the time, money and labor to dig up the information without being able to get any reward on the expose, then the public will be hurt. Since fewer people will be asking, less information will be released.

A short delay before putting the information public would leave an incentive for journalists to keep investigating, while still making all of the results available to the public.

Comment Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

If for example, Samsung and LG make decent Android devices and provide support for them, you could buy from them and get a decent consistant Android device and support.

If that were the case, you'd be safe. I don't know of a manufacturer that consistently provides bug-free devices and support for them for, say, 2 years back.

You are generally safe with Nexus devices, since you have the best chance of upgrading to the latest OS. This helps with vulnerabilities which won't be fixed in older versions of Android. But because Nexus devices shuffle between different manufacturers, you lack consistency from a hardware standpoint.

Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 2) 78

I doubt it. I think it is far more likely that the pharmacy sells this information to insurance, pharmaceutical, and marketing companies. Big data is big business these days. So long patient confidentiality.

Definitely not. Pharmacies and PBMs are prohibited from selling patient health information. PBMs sell aggregated information to pharma companies, so they can understand the drug trends in an area. They sell doctor-identified data as well. This is a pretty good summary of the data that PBMs and pharmacies can and cannot sell

I suspect that this was information retrieved by the ePrescribe network. The NCPDP SCRIPT standard defines a transaction to retrieve a prescription history. The standard is not publicly available so we can't see what data elements are required to request a medication history, but I'm guessing that this is how PillPack retrieved the info.

Comment Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 533

If they begin to become an existential threat to the US, we have a big nuclear arsenal to keep them off our shores.

But they aren't even close right now. The challenge is to defeat them without killing tons of people in "collateral damage" that ends up turning people into militants who weren't before.

Comment Re:Notify CTO, CFO & CEO offices (Score 4, Informative) 230

In my Fortune 25 company, we have a department of people devoted to resolving issues of people who contact the CEO, President, or other members of senior staff. This method absolutely will light a fire under the IT staff to fix it. I don't know whether he reads every incoming letter or email, but I do know that each one is handled by the presidential escalation team, and tracked, and reported out regularly.

We also have a Chief Information Security Officer who will personally latch onto this like a bulldog and ensure that it's fixed. We had a breach a number of years ago and it's still used as a reminder that "That will NOT happen again."

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe