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Comment: Re:Another "news for tabloids" article. (Score 1) 107

by CAOgdin (#49639263) Attached to: Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs
Of course, if you make 100% off-line backups of every computer, every night, you can roll-back one or two days and be back in operation in less than an hour. BTW, this is another argument for keeping programs and data separated. I HATE "user profiles" in Windows for storing data adjacent to the O.S. We keep data elsewhere, so software can be restored without losing valuable data. (This happened just yesterday with a new software utility update that trashed the test system. We just rolled back to last-night's backup, then wrote to the vendor, and in our newsletter to clients, saying: Don't Use It!)

Comment: A Trivial Issue (Score 0) 59

by CAOgdin (#49622247) Attached to: The BBC Looks At Rollover Bugs, Past and Approaching
I love the way that the entire world-o'-geeks gets upset about a triviality. What prevents future *NIX releases from changing the "base date" to, say, 2010, and changing all the dependent modules to compute properly? Are there to be no future *NIX releases between now an 2038?

Are there programmers who, in their cleverness, have use primitive code that still relies on the older base date without reference to the underlying O.S.? Sure. But, change the base date soon, and all their bugs will appear LONG before 2038, but they'll be individual and isolated, and easily identified.

Geez. Much ado about NOTHING. This sounds more like an out-of-sync April Fool's joke than a serious problem...or, was that the original point?

Comment: Re:HHS Asleep At The Switch (Score 1) 184

Your ignorance of the issue is appalling. Yes, a single standard, so that vendors of software and equipment KNOW they can connect to existing systems without hassle and customization. The reason the HHS needs to do it, is a) they are the senior government authority with medical focus, and b) it needs to be open, not proprietary to be universally adopted.

I suppose, with your rationale, we should have dozens of different standards with conflicting rules over the header of a TCP/IP packet...as we DID have, in the old days, where there was no single IETF standard for such details, when each new vendor of a "network" technology invented their own rules (e.g., Novell), leading to internetworking chaos. Today, unless my Specialist Physician and my Primary Care Physician are using the exact same model and version EMR system, they can't exchange data except by exporting it all (e.g., to paper) and then re-importing at the other end. One standard for all that data, from MRI results to nurses' notes, would dramatically lower the cost of medical services across multiple providers.

Standards of this kind define how thing INTEROPERATE; it has nothing to do with the screen displays, or methods of input, or some theoretical (to quote you: ..."single standard" for medical records) overarching one-size-fits-all rule.

Comment: HHS Asleep At The Switch (Score 5, Interesting) 184

This is another example of government not doing their job. We have needed a single, comprehensive standard for the form and format of Medical Health Records (MHR) for a long, long time. They needn't mandate specific products, but those products should all comply with one, universal and constantly-updated standard. But, nooo! We have to let Republicans exercise their fantasy that government can't do it, it has to be the "private sector" (in other words, reward the people who pay them to sit on their hands instead of solving problems). What was once a rich and vibrant marketplace of products has narrowed down to one industry leader who does NOT have patient information reliability and quality on their list of priorities.

We should have seen thermometers and scales and manometers and oxygen-level gauges (all standard tests on any pnysician visit) automated to send the information to the currently-opened patient record in the examining room over secure WiFi a decade ago...insofar as I can see, there are still no such products. These Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software products (especially from the "leader") are designed to impose the maximum load on professional staff, because it's easier to code them that way. I'm surprised they aren't designed to require staff to use green-screen, text-only monitors!

So, yes, lawyers are making money. And, I'm glad those lawyers are starting to attack the EMR system providers. But the Department of Health and Human Services (and, truth be told, the Republicans who think that underfunding government agencies to cripple them is a good idea) are a root cause of the problems..

Comment: Re:Crappy set of rules. (Score 4, Informative) 441

by CAOgdin (#49466619) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality
That's actually not true. There were three significant decisions in the same week, only one of them was about Title II (aka "Net Neutrality"). Another had to do with pre-empting state laws forbidding local communities from setting up their services...laws that were passed on behalf of telecomm lobbyists. I can cite from recent observation that a local Wireless ISP is, in fact, using two 1GB/s Comcast backhauls for servicing all their customers (in rural Northern California, where Comcast and AT&T have only spotty service). The third issue that week was they raised the definition of Broadband to be at least 25 Mb/s; below that is no longer considered "broadband" Internet access. Good decisions all, I assert.

Comment: I keep mine in the trunk of the car... (Score 1) 446

...think about it, if there's a fire and I'm NOT home, I've got the car, and they're safe. If there's a fire and I AM at home, the first think I'll do is get the car out of the garage. My biggest risk is whether the fire is between me and the garage, and I've got several alternative routes to get there (including two that involve going outside).

My main storage media are 1 Terabyte drives with 100% copies of each backup from every computer (4) in the house, every night. I change the drive about once a week. I have a three-point cycling system: #1) This week's backup, connected to one of the computers where a copy of each computers' backups are written; #2) Last week's backups, in the car; #3) Two-week-old backups, at the front door of the home; if I can't get to the garage, the front (or back) door is my next natural alternative.

When I was more actively engaged in business, I stored #2 in the local bank's "safe deposit box" in the vault, and #3 in the car trunk. Never had to test these options under "real fire" before, but I think it's a reasonable set of alternatives. Of course, all my essential records are digital, not on paper.

Comment: It seems to me there's a Logical Flaw Here... (Score 1) 289


1. Money is Speech (ever heard of the "Citizen's United" decision?)
2. Sending money to (putative) criminals under this Executive Order is illegal.
3. Logical conclusion: The Executive Order section asserting this prohibition is unlawful.

That's not to say our corrupt government, hell-bent on benefiting the 1% and limiting freedoms for or benefits to the 99%, hasn't asserted that intentionally in order to start the long road to gutting the First Amendment.

Comment: CMStorm QuickFire (Score 1) 452

by CAOgdin (#49276083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
I love the key layout, the tactile feedback, and the sturdiness of the assembly. My only problem is that my skin oils tend to erode the white letters on the keycaps. If I could get one with "double-shot" keys (the white is MOLDED into the black key), I'd be happier. But, $85 or so every three or four years (I'm not willing to spend my time changing keytops), is a cheap price to pay for a keyboard that is so reliable and stable that I just don't much ever think about it.

Good luck on picking through all these opinions!

Comment: First, Stop the Abstract Judging (Score 3, Insightful) 255

by CAOgdin (#49233831) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members
This thread is evidence of the problem: Many commenters here post one-sided, one-size-fits-all solutions in which they believe. But, flexibility is the hallmark of successful people. Your ability to see each contributors' strengths and weaknesses, and help them contribute from strength and evolve from their weaknesses is what successful managers and executives do. The rest are just "wannabes."

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