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Comment: Re:Clipper Chip Anyone? (Score 4, Informative) 387

by bill_mcgonigle (#48040263) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Those who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat it....even if they have to force it down our throats.

Holder doesn't fail to understand it - he and his ilk are back for Round 2. They will persist until the liberty is removed, however many rounds that takes. Then they will move on to the next liberty that still stands. If they can't win at the Federal level, they will get it done at the State level (e.g. California's back door requirements for cell phones).

That's how government works; I guess your point is well-supported by the history after all.

Comment: Billionaire Computer Science Major Judith Faulkner (Score 1) 205

by bill_mcgonigle (#48039411) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

billionaire computer science major Judith Faulkner

What? Who says things like that? Is there even any semantic meaning in context of the issue? </aside>

My understanding, especially from friends still-on-the-inside (of clinical information systems), is that EPIC's main product is a SEP field.

I used to work on what was once hailed as a model clinical information system, but it was killed by beancounter CIO-types, angling for bonuses on unspent budgets, and eventually they were replaced by the clinicians who just wanted something where they felt they could get features and reliability (internal requests for such were almost always turned down by management because of perverse incentives).

Not being qualified to make technical decisions, [as I understand it] the clinicians went for big & popular, as it was felt that at least that stood a good chance of being decent. But more importantly, the internal bureaucrats were always angling for budgets and lawyers while the outside vendor is able to offer relief from all of that for merely a mountain of money. Clinical functionality is somewhere down the list in terms of required features.

Comment: Re:Kill two birds with one stone (Score 1) 134

by bill_mcgonigle (#48038365) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

Obvious downside: fossil fuel use to get water where it is most useful may exacerbate the problem over time.

We know just fine how to build nuclear-powered ocean vessels. Maybe Congress can give the corporate welfare to the MIC to build iceberg haulers instead of battleships.

Since we're on the subject, does anybody know how to calculate the centripetal and gravity effects of a long-range tunnel bored through the earth's crust? I suspect there must be a maximum achievable tunnel length but also maybe the rotation of the Earth could be used for pumping energy, depending on direction.

It might just be easier, though, to warm to environment and have some of Antartica melt again, and re-humidify the atmosphere. People cannot seem to wrap their heads around the ice sheets, but if you told them there was a hole bigger than the United States filled with 500 feet of fresh water that was locked away from the atmosphere - that they could get. Even fewer can understand that the oceans have risen 120m in the past 20,000 years - geologists aren't welcome in the mainstream (pundits won't even accept those graphs in the IPCC reports).

Comment: Re:The water wars are coming (Score 0) 134

by bill_mcgonigle (#48038273) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

All the water that used to be in the Aral Sea, had to go somewhere. Today it is in the oceans, raising global sea levels by several millimeters.

I can see not reading the article, it is Slashdot, but to jump to comment before even the second paragraph of the summary ... that just leads to embarrassment.

Comment: Re: anti-science idiocy (Score 1) 205

You are right. There is always the north korean style, the chinese style, vietnamese/cambodian style, german style, and a few others i missed.

Communism has and likely will always devolve into oppresive styles of ruling over the people with brushes against mass murder because everyone has to either agree with the results of it, be forced to agree with it, or eliminated from innfluencing it at all. Every single conversion to communism we have witnessed has either mass murdered some of the people who rejected it or imprisoned them. This is just history and no one has ever pointed to anytjing that would change it in the future. There has however been plenty of people claiming it was never true communism and thinking it would somehow be different if we just tried again. Unfortunately, everyone looks like a scottsman to them.

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 445

by sumdumass (#48037751) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I'm sort of at a loss here. Why would a random person think they have ebola? The CDC has ready contacted the people possibly exposed. Either way, yes, they should contact a medical professsionsl as they have all or should have all been contacted and are aware of the threat and symptoms.

But thats largely neither here nor there. The entire point of my comment was about people knowingly in a possible situation where they could have been infected.If they are one of the, assuming they value their life or even the lives of others, do yoh think they would want to know if it was ebola or just not care and get some antibiotics?

Comment: Re: anti-science idiocy (Score 1) 205

Exactly. Get the people to want something they have previously rejected and witnessed most previous attempts turn into violent oppressive regimes that failed to progress much through fear and contrived disdain.

All hail the stupidity of the crowd. Er i mean the will of the people.

Thus spake the master programmer: "After three days without programming, life becomes meaningless." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"