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Comment: Re:HIPPA is healthcare's "classified" (Score 0) 470

by Jiro (#49629401) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

While HIPPA has good parts and bad parts, one of the things it is routinely used for is to provide "privacy" as an excuse for anything a healthcare organization doesn't feel like talking about, in the same way that "privileged" or "classified" is used by governments.

She called them up on the phone to ask what the codes mean.

Not telling this to someone over the phone really is a measure to take to protect privacy. How do they know who's calling them over the phone? Anyone can say "I'm the patient, tell me".

Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 1) 160

by Jiro (#49562289) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

Finding the information you need to do it takes less time the more you understand. You have successfully taken an hour to find enough information to install it with your level of knowledge, but not with everyone's level of knowledge. Furthermore, even an hour really sucks when we're talking about a consumer product.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 591

Having a chance X of reversibility per year for a life sentence is the same as having a different chance Y of reversibility as long as they are on death row and having a zero chance of reversibility after the execution. If there are values for X you accept, there must be values for Y you would accept.

Comment: Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 2) 270

by Jiro (#49495901) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

People make jokes in stressful situations. Bombing a plane is a stressful situation. Which makes it entirely plausible that a bomber would joke about bombing.

Of course, it's *stupid* for him to joke about bombing and call attention to himself, but criminals get caught by doing stupid things all the time.

Comment: Bad idea (Score 3, Informative) 315

by Jiro (#49442475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

Children aren't clones of their parents. (And even when we discover a way to make clones, they still won't be this kind of clones.)

"I would have benefitted from learning programming early" or even "I did benefit from learning programming early" are terrible reasons to teach your kid programming early unless the benefits apply to most people, not just to you. And they don't.

This is just a variation of the "how do I get my kid interested in sci-fi" or "how do I get my daughter interested in programming" questions we've had before, and the answer is the same.

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 4, Interesting) 489

by Jiro (#49437977) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

You can't compare the two because the average person is exposed to a different proportion of criminals than the average police officer, so the increased rate for police may be explained by the police being more likely to run into criminals.

Also, the rate for the general population is driven down because it includes babies, children, old people, and the handicapped who would have a hard time killing someone and would not be eligible to become police.

Comment: Re:If you demand all your supporters be flawless.. (Score 1) 653

by Jiro (#49414353) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Where is Fiorina's advocacy?

She's pointing out that it's hypocrisy to advocate for one while refusing to advocate in a much worse case like Saudi Arabia.

She doesn't have to advocate herself in order to say this. She just has to be *consistent*. She can be consistent by not advocating for both just as much as by advocating for both.

Fiorina is being a "concern troll" on these issues.

No, she's not. She's pointing out that someone else is being hypocritical. She didn't say he should get out of Saudi Arabia; she objected to the *combination* of being in Saudi Arabia but not wanting to do business in Indiana.

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

If that was actually the reason or giving rich people big fines, then if someone was so badly in trouble financially that even $5 was a major problem for them compared to $1000 for you and me, their ticket price would be reduced to $5. Of course, there's a minimum ticket size--that doesn't happen.

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson