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Officials Say Site Now Performing Well 644

The much-discussed health care finance sign-up website has benefited from the flurry of improvements that have been thrown at it in the last several weeks. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid spokesman Aaron Albright told Fox News Saturday that "[w]ith the scheduled upgrades last night and tonight, we're on track to meet our stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users." CMM spokeswoman Julie Bataille. "said the installation of new servers Friday night helped improved the response times and error rates, even with heavier-than-usual weekend traffic." If you've used the site this weekend, what has your experience been like?

Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, and Other Built-In Wii Apps In June 175

damn_registrars writes "Nintendo has announced that at the end of June it will be canceling the services of several of the channels that are built in to the original Wii, including the Weather, News, Everybody Votes, and Mii Contest. This will also affect the WiiConnect24 services, though should not affect the Wii shopping channel. They added: 'Exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games will be disabled.'"

Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum 73

David Greelish, Founder of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, has taken it upon himself to "tell the story of Apple.” Greelish partnered with Lonnie Mimms, a local computer collector, with a museum-quality exhibit dubbed the "Apple Pop-Up Museum." From the article: "...Mimms wanted to focus specifically on Apple—partly because of Steve Jobs' recent passing, but also because of Apple's 'overwhelming success and stardom.' And so the two teamed together to create the Apple Pop-Up Museum, which will be part of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 when it opens in Atlanta on April 20 and 21, 2013. In a twist of historical fate, the show will be held in an old CompUSA store, with 6,000 feet of the CompUSA regional corporate offices being used for the Apple Pop-Up museum. '[Mimms] and his staff are literally building a museum within the separate rooms,' Greelish told Ars."

Comment Drone season (Score 5, Funny) 198

Two words. Drone Season. There you go, its a self correcting problem. You can increase the tax base by selling licenses too. Just thing, for $75 bucks every gun toating, drunk ass redneck can fill the sky with lead.

Errr, on second though, maybe this isn't such a good ideal.

Comment Evidently they do exist (Score 1) 396

A quick Google search turned up this article. It gives the names of two people who were asked for passwords, one by a prospective employer (he refused and withdrew his application) and one by an employer he was returning to (he gave his info because he felt he had to). For the second of those, it names the employer: the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Evidently they stopped asking for passwords after complaints by the ACLU.

Comment Re:To what degree? (Score 5, Informative) 260

I know this is Slashdot and people will rush to post moronic questions just to get first post that would be easily answered if they would bother to read the links, and that will get modded up instantly by other morons . . . but the text of HB418 is actually quite specific. For example:

I. For all software acquisitions, each state agency, in consultation with the department of information technology, shall:


(d) Avoid the acquisition of products that do not comply with open standards for interoperability or data storage; and

(e) Avoid the acquisition of products that are known to make unauthorized transfers of information to, or permit unauthorized control of or modification of a state agency’s computer.

There's a lot of other stuff too, including stuff about open data formats.

Submission Occupy Wallstreet Wasn't What You Thought-> 6

iONiUM writes: "The media has portrayed OWS as being a bunch of hippies camping in a park without a message. While sometimes this was true, there seems to be a much larger, and more devious hidden agenda. From the article, "In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley, California, one of our greatest national poets, Robert Hass, was beaten with batons. The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on "how to suppress" Occupy protests." In addition, "The mainstream media was declaring continually "OWS has no message". Frustrated, I simply asked them. I began soliciting online "What is it you want?" answers from Occupy. In the first 15 minutes, I received 100 answers. These were truly eye-opening.
The No 1 agenda item: get the money out of politics. Most often cited was legislation to blunt the effect of the Citizens United ruling, which lets boundless sums enter the campaign process. No 2: reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks. This law would correct the conditions for the recent crisis, as investment banks could not take risks for profit that create kale derivatives out of thin air, and wipe out the commercial and savings banks.
No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors."
Has America really come to this?"

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Comment Re:Glad to hear it, but a big "duh!!!" (Score 4, Informative) 170

Also, I don't believe anti-net neutrality is a partisan issue, R and D are both for it.

If both parties are against net neutrality, how do you explain the Senate vote last week where the Democrats voted against repealing it and the Republicans voted for repealing it? And Obama threatened to veto a repeal? Link

Comment Re:Stop posting deeply sensitive material online (Score 2) 196

Those pics from the party? Text them to your friends, don't post them online.

No matter. Your friends, who have no conception of any need for privacy and would look at you blankly if you even brought up the matter, took their own photos at the party. And you were in them. And they will post them for all the world to see, without it ever crossing their mind that that could possibly be a bad thing.

Comment Jeep Rice (Score 1) 153

Weird. I did some checking and apparently his real name is Jeep Rice. Really!

Keep Rice was a typo, and that typo is now being propagated all over the Inter-Tubes by trusting bloggers and news aggregators who don't check their facts. (And speaking of Inter-Tubes, he works at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.)

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.