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Comment: Re:misleading (Score 2) 45

by Charliemopps (#48039051) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

The title of this article:

Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

I guess you're just smarter than me... My warning is for all us dumb people, so we're not tricked into thinking this keylogger was targeted at us. I understand that you knew immediately what that meant, but those of us with IQ's bellow 200 might have gotten a tad confused.

Comment: Re:It's time to fine. (Score 1) 127

by Charliemopps (#48038911) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Working with EMR systems for small clinics has shown me that unless fines are given out to these companies developing this software they will make it as difficult and expensive to exchange records with different systems as possible. It is far more profitable for them to make it hard to exchange and then make their clients convince other offices to use the same software if they want to make it easy.

That's not true at all. As the summary suggests, they just print and fax it over. Simple as that. I've done it... some of the more unfriendly places will charge between $5 and $20 for the effort. But that's not that big of a deal considering infrequently you switch HMOs

The reason it's hard is because all of these medical CRM systems are "in the cloud" If you're in Epics cloud it's easy to transfer data to another company in the same cloud. If they have a completely different system? LOL, good luck. Not only would it be a total pain to transfer the data, the security implications on medical data are insane.

Comment: GOOD (Score 5, Interesting) 127

by Charliemopps (#48038865) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

I live in Madison, Right next to Epic actually. Pretty much all medical facilities in the area use them of course.

The problem is, every time I go into the doctor they tell me about how they can now pull in all my medical history from every other system. It's so great! Yay! The doctors are sooo giddy and I roll my eyes because I know what's coming...

So according to this you have Herpes... no? Strange...
And multiphasic drug abuse? No?
Open heart surgery? Really? No?

and on an on it goes.
EVERY time I go in, all that stuff shows up under my name. No, I do not have a common name like John smith. My real name is very unique. Yet, records that have nothing to do with me get pulled in every time. But the only data transferred is the diagnoses. There is no info on where the data came from, when it happened... nothing. I'm pretty sure I'd remember heart surgery or herpes.

People lie about their names at hospitals all the time to avoid billing, law enforcement, etc... I suspect that's what happened to me. I had a rather unsavory roommate in college. But since the system lacks all detail of the event, I cannot even get it removed. This needs to die... and die theroughly. I should get to chose which records are kept about my health.

Comment: misleading (Score 4, Insightful) 45

by Charliemopps (#48038441) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

This is a misleading story and summary.

I got the impression the police were distributing this as some kind of internet filter, and secretly using it to monitor your computer.
It's not.
The are advertising it for what it is. A keylogger... so you can spy on your kids.
It's a crappy piece of software, and the company that produced it made some disreputable marketing claims.
The police are not using it to spy on you.

I have a 6yr old. The way I monitor his internet activity is simple. The computers in the living room right next to the couch. I can see everything he's doing, any time hes on it. I have the password so he can't log on without me entering it for him. Every game he plays or site he visits I go checkout myself. Btw, Adventure Time Battle party is his favorite and it's actually pretty fun for adults to.

Comment: Re:This device is not new or interesting (Score 2) 278

by Charliemopps (#48038321) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The receiver is the only part of the gun controlled by the federal government. It's considered "The gun" for all intense and purposes.

All other parts can be ordered online and are exempt from firearms laws. So for those that think the federal government over-regulates firearms (myself included) making a tool that can cheaply produce a receiver is a big win. For years you could cast a receiver and then mill it out. But that required a lot of skill. With this, you can buy this CNC mill, order the cast block of aluminum... plug it in... viola, a receiver. You can mailorder the rest of the parts and you now have a fully legal, untraceable gun.

Comment: Re:The water wars are coming (Score 5, Interesting) 109

by Charliemopps (#48038207) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

Even the people that want to restore the lake don't argue the benefits of redirecting the water. The problem is how it's been redirected. The soviets litterally dug trenches through sand to get it where they wanted. It's not in pipes, it's not through pumps. The water travels over sand through an open air canal in the desert. Estimates are that less than 15% of it actually gets to the farm fields. If they fixed the canals they could have both the farm land and the sea.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 161

by Charliemopps (#48032353) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

The concept was a good one, but the major thing that kept bugging me was that I would log in after several weeks or months and my playlists kept shrinking. I don't even know which songs it was removing, but in a lot of cases it would remove some songs by an artist and leave others by the same one (or even the same album).

That would be them complying with DMCA requests in direct contradiction to what was found in this court ruling.

Comment: Re:Not sure how well it will work (Score 1) 101

Yea... but how well can a little usb stick decode? I've got a dedicated media PC with an i5 processor and a $200 video card for hardware accelerated decoding just so I can watch 1080p mkv files. Even with all that, some of the more detailed nature stuff can get jittery.

Comment: Re:Licenced Operator "peering" only (Score 1) 150

by Charliemopps (#48026415) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

That makes sense... I was starting to wonder... how would a Verizon customer use this to talk to an AT&T customer when they have entirely different Frequencies, Radios, Antennas, and protocol? The answers is, they wont. This will be a useless feature everyone will turn off or ignore. At best, you'll get in-network push to talk, everything else will be spam and ads. Lame.

Comment: Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (Score 1) 213

I will say though, that I credit Australia for having some rational procedures regarding security.

This would have been rational had their security not be a complete failure in the first place. If you can "accidentally" stroll through their security checkpoint without even looking up, the entire premise of security is pretty much lost. It's pretty easy... each exit, 1 person wide with a guard standing there. Break away doors (like at the super market) in case there's an emergency like a fire, people can push them open.

The problem is the FAA(or Australian version of it in this case) think they can replace a $40k/yr employee with a $50k machine and $10k in process. Sorry, you can't.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik