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Comment: Re:People seem to be forgetting what a server is (Score 1) 125

by mrchaotica (#47713881) Attached to: Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

It seems to me that a lot of the performance tuning knowledge is getting lost on a large percentage of devs

As a web developer I'd like to care about such things, but I spend all my time four or five layers of abstraction away from the server and all the performance-related backlogs are prioritized so far behind new revenue-producing features that they'll happen sometime between "six decades from now" and "heat death of the universe."

Comment: Re:Is there an counter to this? (Score 1) 235

by mrchaotica (#47713283) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Comcast itself records the call too... last time I had a dispute like that, I told them to go listen to their own recording, which would prove I was correct. They refused until I filed a Better Business Bureau complaint, but once they did they honored their CSR's promise.

(You should still record the call yourself instead of relying on Comcast's copy, though!)

Comment: Re:Photographic law precedence (Score 1) 194

by mrchaotica (#47712663) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

You can't climb a ladder and take pics of some girl sunbathing in her backyard legally if she is behind a privacy fence that you had to go out of your way to see over, that includes using a drone to do so.

So does that mean a 5' 6" tall photographer is legally prohibited from taking a picture over a 6' privacy fence, but a 6' 6" tall photographer is not?

Comment: Re:A limit is a limit (Score 1) 460

by pla (#47706393) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
Realistically, what are your chances of actually keeping pace with the thing or out-running it without losing control of your own vehicle?

Pretty damned good, actually - Unless talking about an intentionally homicidal driver in an unencumbered tractor, even the wimpiest piece of crap passenger car on the road can blow the doors off a loaded semi.

Now, against that trailer-less tractor, good luck. 400-600HP with no load and tires the size of your entire car means you can kiss your Fortwo, aka that shiny metal smear on the pavement, goodbye.

Comment: Re:Or (Score 1) 82

An mp3 file is not considered tangible personal property... I can buy a book and somebody can inherit it. I cannot buy a pattern of electrons called an ebook and somebody inherit it.

Nobody except the RIAA, MPAA, et. al. has ever made a legal argument that such a distinction exists. I do not believe it exists. I do not believe that any court has ruled that such a distinction exists or that any law has been enacted that creates such a distinction. I think you are an RIAA (et al) shill, spreading FUD.

Now put up or shut up.

Comment: Re:why internet connected? (Score 1) 110

by mrchaotica (#47704707) Attached to: Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

Excuse me. I guess I should have said "successful research" -- like this (which is a study about a system that specifically was able to de-anonymize patient medical records!):

"Often organizations release and receive medical data with all explicit identifiers, such as name, address, phone number, and Social Security number, removed in the incorrect belief that patient confidentiality is maintained because the resulting data look anonymous; however, we show that in most of these cases, the remaining data can be used to re-identify individuals by linking or matching the data to other databases or by looking at unique characteristics found in the fields and records of the database itself."

Granted, it does go on to say "when these less apparent aspects are taken into account, each released record can be made to ambiguously map to many possible people, providing a level of anonymity which the user determines," but I see no reason whatsoever to expect that any actual medical billing software company would spend that extra effort. In fact, the quotation itself says that's exactly what happens!

Comment: Re:why internet connected? (Score 1) 110

by mrchaotica (#47704385) Attached to: Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

regardless of your unsupported claim that such info is easily de-anonymized.

  1. 1. A huge amount of de-anonymization research is being done these days (both academically and by companies like Google, Amazon, etc.)
  2. 2. Medical billing companies are trying to maximize profit, so they aren't going to put much effort into preventing de-anonymization (i.e., they're going to do the bare-minimum to be plausibly HIPAA-compliant).

Given the above, I think the idea that such info might not be easily de-anonymized is the extraordinary claim that needs support!

Comment: Re:why internet connected? (Score 1) 110

by mrchaotica (#47703753) Attached to: Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

It's not a HIPAA violation because it's "aggregated and anonymized" (but we all know how easy it is to de-anonymize that kind of thing...).

I've heard it first hand from somebody who works at a medical billing software company (not going to be more specific for employment reasons, sorry).

Comment: Much ado about nothing (Score 5, Insightful) 687

by pla (#47702403) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban
Basically Fark has one particular mod, of a gender I don't need to mention, who gets upset every time she greenlights another trashy Jezebel link and the Fark regulars (rightly) rip it to shreds. Admittedly, some posters cross the lines of good taste in doing so, but most just point out that Jezebel itself does more to advance misogyny than any forum trolls could ever do.

The official announcement thread for the new policy pretty much says it all. Fark regulars openly mocked this new policy, much like anti-beta posts here... All while shown prominent links to Foobies (along with plenty of other not exactly "wymyn friendly" advertisements) in the sidebar. This policy will last a whole week, unless Drew goes nuclear and literally bans half the userbase. But hey, we need another MetaFilter since Google has starved off the original, right?

For those seriously debating the "need" for websites to take actions like this, look at Slashdot as a role-model. Put bluntly, sites that feel the need to censor their comments simply have inadequate moderation systems. As much as Slashdot's doesn't always work to bring the best to the top, it does do an amazing job of pushing the complete garbage to the bottom. Browse at -1, and Slashdot looks much like Gorgor-era Fark; browse at 2+, and threads look like a coherent discussion of the issues broached in TFA.

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley