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Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 4, Interesting) 60

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 3, Insightful) 164

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) 60

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) 60

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) 248

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) 334

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) 248

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:when? (Score 2) 179

Stop holding back the future by asking for comparisons from today.

There are tens of millions of people that get to make the following choice:
1. Dial up.
2. High latency capped satellite.

If they're "lucky" they one or two more choices:
3. Slow and asymmetric ADSL
4. Fast but capped LTE.

I have no desire to hold back the future but if you ask me to rate my frustrations with the residential internet marketplace in the United States a lack of gigabit+ speeds doesn't make the list.

Incidentally, the sentence that you quoted had the word "residential" in bold. You listed a bunch of potential business and academic applications to refute my assertion that connections like these are useless in the residential setting.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 179

If you're working from home on a regular basis you can spring for a business class connection with the money you're not spending on transportation. Better yet, your employer should be paying for it. This thread is about residential use. I know that's a blurry line for a lot of people (myself included) but let's at least acknowledge that residential service is not intended for business proposes.

Comment: Re: Kill the entire H1B program (Score 1) 624

by Shakrai (#49591695) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

I guess the point that I was trying to make is why is the H-1B program any different than agriculture, taxi driving, or any other position that's stereotypically filled by immigrants? You can tout out the, "They're just doing the jobs that Americans don't want to do." line if you wish but it rings hollow with me.

The hostility here towards H-1B feels hypocritical to me. You're either in favor of the free movement of people, goods, and labor, or you're not. You can't cheer on immigration so long as they're limited to grunt work.

Comment: Re:Two million lines of code (Score 1) 160

by Shakrai (#49591155) Attached to: US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System

In fairness, a screwed up insulin level won't immediately kill you and the symptoms are recognizable by anyone with an understanding of diabetes or basic first aid training. Your link says that blood tests are still needed and it sounds like that pump exists not to save life but to make it easier. When they're using iOS to run a pacemaker we can talk..... :)

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