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+ - Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials for "improper influence"

Submitted by SpzToid
SpzToid (869795) writes "Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, the Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence" in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences. Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.

"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn’t match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.

Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain."

Comment: Re:Cool... so now what? (Score 1) 85

by Dragon Bait (#49156165) Attached to: NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

To start with: vote out incumbents. Do it again and again with each election until behavior changes.

Vote third party. If the first candidate that gets elected fails expectations, see above.

Unfortunately, you're being contradictory. You can't vote out the incumbents by voting for the third party -- alone. If you want a third party (or indepent) to have a chance, you have to actively campaign for the candidate. Even then, it will be an uphill battle that you'll probably lose.

Comment: Son of Carnivore (Score 4, Interesting) 85

by Dragon Bait (#49153907) Attached to: NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

Is there are reason that we haven't heard about the Clinton's FBI's Carnivore (or descendants of carnivore) lately?

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad we're hearing about Obama's continuation of Bush's domestic spying. But just wondering why we aren't hearing about Obama continuing Clinton's domestic spying.

+ - US Military Soon Able to Copy & 3D Print Exact Replicas of Bones & Limbs->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "The US military is working with technology that will allow them to create exact virtual replicas of their soldiers. Then in case of an injury, these replicas, which are created using x-rays, MRI and Ultrasound technology, will be able to be restored for surgeons to 3D print both exact medical models for rebuilding the injured patient's body and even 3D print exact replica implants. Could we all one day soon have virtual backups of ourselves that we can access and have new body parts 3D printed on demand? It appears as though we are getting closer."
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Comment: Find another vocation or go back to school (Score 1) 1

I have a computer science degree, should I read a few engineering books and sell myself as an electrical engineer? Maybe if I dabble with stuff picked up at the Radio Shack fire sale first?

Most computer scientists that I have come across hate the code generated by most electrical engineers. There are damn few exceptions. EEs tend to think "if it works, it's right" and then proceed to generate hideous code that is impossible to maintain (but it ran for their test cases, next problem). The only exception that I know of is an EE I work with that has absolutely no ego involved and asks for design and coding help at the proper junctures. Over the last ten years he's effectively been given a course in CS.

So, please, no. Just because you can rub a few lines of code together, don't consider yourself a professional software developer. I applaud the interviewers for delving into CS theory and rejecting you because of your lack of knowledge on your chosen field.

Comment: Re:just ban it (Score 3, Informative) 365

by Dragon Bait (#49054379) Attached to: Smoking Is Even Deadlier Than Previously Thought

The reality is that governments are addicted to the tax income. 11 billion a year in Australia.

Why was this marked troll? If governments in the United States were not getting $17B a year in tax revenue would it still be legal?

I notice that if you blame big phrama (next entry down) you get modded "interesting". Blame tax revenues and you get marked "troll".

+ - 'Laziness' behind fall in productivity in Norway->

Submitted by Ugmug
Ugmug (1495847) writes "Too many Norwegians just want to have fun and head for their holiday homes, frets the boss of an international accounting firm’s operations in Norway who’s Norwegian himself. He went public Thursday with his irritation over fellow executives and employees alike who spend too much time at their “hytter” and not enough time in the office."
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+ - The 'Cool Brick' Can Cool Off an Entire Room Using Nothing But Water-> 1

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Emerging Objects, a company which experiments with 3d printing technology has created what they call the 'Cool Brick'. Using basic concepts of evaporation, it holds water like a sponge, takes in hot dry air and converts it into cool moist air. 3d printed with a specially engineered lattice using ceramics, it can be formed into entire walls which could be placed in different rooms of a house or building, thus replacing the need for air conditioning in hot, dry climates such as deserts."
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Comment: Re:How much based on who controls the White House? (Score 1) 307

by Dragon Bait (#48948831) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

If you start thinking some people shouldn't have the vote and you aren't prepared to give up your vote then you are just an ignorant hypocrite.

This statement of yours alone makes my case that there are too many ignorant and stupid people out there. Not only are you ignorant -- even after having read what I wrote -- but you're full of condescending bull-sh*t. I realize that you're probably a victim of the public education system, but go back and sound out the words real slowly and try to understand them as you go. You'll find that I was expressly against taking their vote away.

But, WTF, like so many, why let the facts get in your way.

Comment: Re:So the poor have no say in their own governance (Score 1) 307

by Dragon Bait (#48948813) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

Nevermind all the "smart" people behind great human endeavors like WWI, austerity, or the invasion of Iraq. Nevermind the circular that the poor should surrender their voting rights to elitists, when they are poor because of elitist policies to begin with.

When I go to Wal-Mart and look around, I'm glad so few people vote. I think a case can be made that too many ignorant and/or stupid people vote.

If you're a neofeudalist, sure. Why don't you repeal the 20th Century and go back to only white male property owners having the vote, while you're at it?

I think you missed my point. I don't object to people voting: young, old, rich, poor, white, black, brown, yellow, red, green, and blue. I object to ignorant people voting. I object to stupid people voting. I even stated that I will defend their right to vote; but encouraging someone who is stupid or ignorant to vote, that's just stupid.

Comment: Re:How much based on who controls the White House? (Score 1) 307

by Dragon Bait (#48947651) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

57.5% of eligible voters turned out for the 2012 US elections....

Completely off topic, but everyone keeps saying how bad it is that so few people actually vote. When I go to Wal-Mart and look around, I'm glad so few people vote. I think a case can be made that too many ignorant and/or stupid people vote.

Yes, we have to protect their right to vote, but I'm pretty sure it's stupid to be encouraging them.

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