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Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 4, Interesting) 57

by CrimsonAvenger (#49604789) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

They know about your medication (see above).
What they may lack is the matching email address to your name?

They know about my meds because I pretty much have to tell someone to get the prescription filled.

They know my email address since the same people I go to to get the prescription filled have my email address so they can send me reminders that my refills are due.

So, the pharmacy has my prescription history going way back (what, you think I change pharmacies every time I get a new prescription) and my email address. And I still have never gotten any spam advertising drugs.

Note that drug advertising to me wouldn't actually do any good, since I'm not an MD, and am incapable of prescribing drugs to myself (or anyone else). That sort of thing is best aimed at doctors and hypochondriacs (the kind who will nag their doctors about the new drugs they see on TV that sound like they'd be PERFECT for their problems)....

Comment: Re:Minumum Wage will push these sooner (Score 1) 43

Machines in every form benefit the owners of the means of production, not the worker that works for someone else.

Is that why the average worker is no better off today than they were in 1800?

Damn, you beat me to it!

It's fascinating watching supposedly educated people pining for the good old days when Real Men (tm) were mostly peasants. Sorry guys, automation is what makes things like cars, computers, TVs, refrigerators, fresh fruit in winter, etc. possible....

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 2) 155

Let's assume he's managed to live in a world where the subject of cloud storage/backup never once reached the level of awareness.

So, what kind of dolt thinks that the grades are stored on machines in the school's computer lab???

Or was he burning down the lab in a fit or pique because his awesome computer skills weren't enough to deal with the grades being stored on a machine he had no access to?

Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 2) 57

by CrimsonAvenger (#49604713) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

Recently, I noticed that when I picked up a prescription for a (for me new) medication that's mostly used for one purpose, I suddenly got dozens of spam e-mails wanting to "help" me with a particular diagnosis I don't have. And that's the few that went through the double layer spam filter. It was way too pervasive to be a coincidence.

I've been taking moderately special purpose meds off and on for years (the sorts of things you take when you have a bone marrow transplant).

I have NEVER gotten any spam emails as a result (unless you count that "you really need to refill your prescription since you're about to run out of pills, you dolt!" sort that I get as a reminder from the drugstore)....

Comment: Re:Assumptions (Score 2) 57

by CrimsonAvenger (#49604695) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

I think it is far more likely that the pharmacy sells this information to insurance

So, the pharmacies are selling information on your prescription drugs to...your insurance company?

You remember your insurance company - they're the ones who are paying for your prescription drugs. If the pharmacies are selling your drug information to your insurance companies, the pharmacies have one of the greatest rackets in history - they're managing to sell information that is REQUIRED FOR BILLING to the people paying the bills.

Now that's audacity!

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 2) 245

Have you seen our national seal? An eagle with arrows and olive branches. We dictate the terms of peace because we have the weapons to do so.

Great Seal of the US - first used in 1782.

US becomes a world power - 1943, perhaps. An argument could be made for 1942 if you tried real hard. Before that? Requires a rather huge stretch....

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 2) 319

by CrimsonAvenger (#49602555) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

The deficit from Clinton's years was due to Republican Congress setting the budget. It was also disappearing by time he left office.

Interesting theory, that.

Oddly enough, a quick check shows that the Democrats controlled Congress during the only part of Clinton's Presidency that the deficit increased.

The deficit began decreasing pretty much as soon as the Republicans took over...

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 245

Hard to worry about what happened over a 100 years ago. Had the issue bothered a lot of people, Hawaii wouldn't have voted to join the U.S. in 1959 by 93%.

It should be noted that the vote to join the USA was a popular vote by the Japanese citizens, the Chinese citizens, the Parsee citizens, the White citizens, and the Black citizens. The natives didn't have much say at all, since they are a teeny, tiny fraction of the population....

For those who are interested in such things, racial politics are...unusual (by American standards) there - the Parsees and Chinese are on top, then the Japanese, then the Whites, then the Blacks. The natives are somewhere down below there.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 2) 624

by CrimsonAvenger (#49584659) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Unless something is done about the population growth

Absent immigration, population growth in the US is negative.

Ditto Europe.

And China.

India isn't quite there yet, but their population growth rate has been steadily declining for most of my life.

In other words, the Third World is the only place where population growth is an issue today. So, yes, we do have the resources....

Comment: Re:This is not a matter of neutrality (Score 1) 433

by CrimsonAvenger (#49584619) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Nothing in your agreement with the ISP requires them to peer with the people you want them to peer with, at the capacity you want them to have.

And nothing in the net neutrality rules requires your ISP to peer with the people you want them to peer with, at the capacity you want them to have.

The operational phrase being "at the capacity you want them to have"....

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 4, Interesting) 108

by CrimsonAvenger (#49581357) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost

All of these recent failues (including the U.S. ones) give some insight into the Apollo program's amazing success (except for 13) in the U.S.

Umm, Apollo had two failures (1 & 13). Out of 17 Apollos (not all of which carried crew). So a failure rate of 11% or so....

As opposed to Shuttle's failure rate (two shuttles of 133 flights) of 1.5%.

Admittedly, Soyuz also had two failures, of 117 flights (as I recall - could be off by a few), which amounted to a failure rate of 1.7% or so.

Oh, look! Shuttle had a lower failure rate than either Apollo or Soyuz! How is that possible?!

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".