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Comment: Re:More Regulations, Please (Score 1) 221

by ColdWetDog (#48039959) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Or the fact that it is a major pile of confusing fail, with moving goalposts and targets. Coupled with Medicare's Meaningful Use criteria (a semi random and, again, constantly changing set of requirements for an EHR) and you have the typical US Government Official Mess.

While Epic hasn't been particularly helpful - think of them as a Microsoft wannabee in terms of hoping to define the criteria and technology used for EHRs - it's really much more complex than simply a recalcitrant vendor. It has little to do with the underlying technolgy / language / data structure - it's just data, mostly text and some simple numerical info. The problem is organizing what data gets sent so the receivers can understand it.

This was supposed to have been solved decades ago with SNOMED, but alas, too many standards, too many cooks and too much potential for making lots of lots of money for some folks.

We're doomed.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 192

by ColdWetDog (#48028545) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

....

Photoshop, although not as bad as GIMP, isn't exactly a pinnacle of user friendliness either.

Photoshop's UI is abysmal. It is, however, consistent. A PS user from 1990 can pick up CS 2014 and get around pretty easily. It's also an efficient work flow. Especially if you like keyboards.

But easy it is not.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by ColdWetDog (#48028375) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I still am not ready to buy into the Adobe CC thing, I don't like the idea that if I have a lot of PSD files, I've done work on, I may refer back to, say as templates for my business albums, etc...that if I quit paying rent, that I can no longer open and use my files I created.

If you have a .psd or better yet a .tiff file, you can open it up in all of it's glorious layered goodness in any one of a number of programs. Of course, if you are looking at a Photoshop specific manipulation or feature, you're unlikely to be able to do it in anything other than Photoshop. However, as you point out, there are not all that many late model Photoshop effects that are to-die-for.

I bought into the CS6 Production Premium Suite of tools...and so far, I've not see anything Adobe has done or added that is so groundbreakingly compelling that I would give up my standalone as long as I want them (in VM's if need be for OS changes) and use them.

I would agree. I have CS6 happily sitting on my hard drive, but also have a current subscription (hint: if you try to cancel, they give you the old price back. At $29.00 a month for the entire suite it can be a steal, depending on what you use).

I'm actually wondering if Adobe keeping the 'deals' running for so long is and indication that not quite as many have flocked to CC as they imagined. But regardless of that, I don't wanna rent my software, who's to tell when once they have you hooked, they start raising the prices? Also, what's to keep the fire lit under them to innovate once everyone is paying monthly and there is no stand alone option any more?

Hard to say. Adobe's SEC filings look pretty good. Other companies are jumping on the subscription band wagon which suggests that either it works or they're desperate. I suspect it's a little of both. It costs very little to add a customer (it's not like Adobe spends any money on customer support....). If they can get some rate of conversion to Endless Subscription, they've made some good money. If the user drops out after a while, well, they've made some money.

Remember, CS is professional software. They don't make much off us one of hobbyist / low grade professional shops. They make money on the big guys. And subscriptions make accountants happy for some weird reason. Further, Adobe, bless it's pointed little metallic head, really has made inroads into listening to professionals. You don't have to upgrade a version. Downgrading is easy. Running every version ever made (after 6) is easy.

Customer support still sucks, but it is Adobe.

Comment: Re:Sometimes the change is good (Score 3, Funny) 191

by ColdWetDog (#48011857) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

"In 1994, when Tony Cicoria was 42 years old, he was struck by lightning near Albany, New York, while standing next to a public telephone. He had just hung up the phone and was about a foot away when a rogue bolt of lightning struck. He recalled seeing his own body on the ground surrounded by a bluish-white light. Cicoria’s heart had apparently stopped, but he was resuscitated by a woman, (coincidentally an intensive-care-unit nurse) who was waiting to use the telephone.[2][3]"

Holy crap!.... makes me almost want to believe in some sort of higher power.

110 or 220?

Comment: Paging Dr. House (Score 2) 208

by ColdWetDog (#48010265) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Dunno about the OP, but I've to, due to job, from time to time. It's a bit like jail, with soft, white round corners. It gives me the jeebies, and I'm always grateful to return to my Debian box (FVWM, by the way).

So yes, I have, and never enjoyed the experience.

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Ah, now we've got it:

Separation anxiety disorder of childhood

      F93.0 is a billable ICD-10-CM code that can be used to specify a diagnosis.

Clinical Information:

        Anxiety experienced by an individual upon separation from a person or object of particular significance to him.

Comment: Re:what a difference a day makes (Score 4, Insightful) 221

Which is exactly why lots of people wonder about the intelligence of hiring on the lowest bidder to clean out and stock commercial aircraft. You know, those people who scrunch down everywhere in the cabin with no supervision. Who load baggage in the hold after the TSA 'screens' it. Who deliver boxes and boxes of stuff to all manner of aircraft.

Comment: Re:Copter data (Score 1) 92

by ColdWetDog (#48004117) Attached to: DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

But really, work out the business case. An island of 3000 or so people needs JUST a small medication (or part or whatever) often enough to spin up this entire system? I can't remember the last time I (as an ER doc) needed just the a medication to treat a patient. If the med is that unusual that it's not stocked then it typically is dangerous enough (or the patient sick enough) to transport the person to a bigger facility. Yes, there are some exceptions (say snake bite antivenom, Digifab but they are definitely edge cases.

Perhaps. And presumably DHL has done some homework - we have to assume that they aren't just batshit insane. But it's just hard to figure.

The only thing I can thing of needing this sort of delivery system is iPhone replacements or drug withdrawals.

Comment: Re:Pretty Cool (Score 1) 92

by ColdWetDog (#48004019) Attached to: DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

Maybe a Global Hawk, but Alaska is pretty damned big. Besides. we've figured this out long ago Bush planes. Cheap, simple, fairly robust. Certainly able to fly under any conditions that a wee little drone could fly in.

And if you're really sick, you want said bush plane (or the Coast Guard or Air National Guard depending on where you are) to haul your ill ass OUT of wherever you happen to be. Most people who need urgent / emergent medicines need a bit more than just the drug. Like a doctor, nurse, clinic facilities, etc. The exception would be cocaine withdrawal but I don't see DHL getting into that game just yet.

Comment: Re:I can't quite decide (Score 4, Funny) 82

by ColdWetDog (#48003833) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

Three Rings for the Fortune 100 in New York City.
Seven for Haliburton in its halls of stone,
Nine for FBI doomed to lie,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In Fort Meade where the Shadows lie.
One Program to rule them all, One Program to find them,
One Program to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In Fort Meade where the Shadows lie

The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack." -- H.L. Mencken

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