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Comment: Not just AIDS patients and not just in CA (Score 5, Informative) 134

My father in the mid-south had a 3 year long struggle with this infection. It has left him a completely different person (three tumors in his brain). This is a nasty disease that was previously sub-tropical and is making its way into North America. The treatment is really nasty.

Amphotericin B has terrible common side effects and the nurses had a nickname for it that was something like "Ampho the Terrible."

Flucytosine is also used and it has a dramatic effect on the mental state of the patient.

During the time my father was taking these medications he suffered kidney failure, massive weight loss, constant nausea and vomiting, poor impulse control (to the point that it was like he had no filter to stop him from saying or doing anything). I'm very glad my father is still alive but even two years removed he still is suffering the effects of this illness.

Comment: Re:This is really egg on HP's face (Score 1) 59

by LearningHard (#47607699) Attached to: Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

I have been involved in the accounting and due diligence on several acquisitions in the 100's of millions and a few in the billions. If the executives want to buy a company bad enough they will downplay the findings and make the acquisition happen. Any time you hear about write-downs or other accounting issues after an acquisition rest assured management was fully aware of it. The auditors that look at this are good and will find these things.

The problem is the auditors also want repeat business so they will say what the executives tell them to.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

by LearningHard (#47276765) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

I don't have a detailed breakdown but according to the CBO over 25% of all Highway Fund expenditures are for "non-highway uses". Also "Congress allocates highway money to truck parking facilities, safety incentives to prevent operation of motor vehicles by intoxicated persons, grants for anti-racial profiling programs, magnetic levitation trains, and dozens of other non-road activities. The main diversion is to rail and public transit"

It is partially a revenue problem but as usual with our government it is also a SPENDING PROBLEM.

From http://reason.com/archives/201...

Comment: Re:Not the phone (Score 1) 243

by LearningHard (#46931779) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

Republic uses the Sprint network which is absolutely awful in most of the country. Unfortunately for me if I want decent coverage I need AT&T and Verizon networks which are pretty much awful expensive. The reason my family doesn't use a smartphone is I refuse to pay the extortionist fees they bill. I worked in cost management for Alltel and Verizon Wireless and I'm painfully aware of how cheap it is for them to provide data service to us.

Comment: Re:A good manager deals with the paperwork (Score 2) 249

by LearningHard (#45850455) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

I understand the point you are trying to make but I've also had plenty of managers who did not understand what the team was doing and as a result agreed and committed to projects that were completely outside the scope of possibility. Since those same managers tend to have achieved their level in spite of their competence not because of it the whole thing turns into a finger-pointing game where the manager is trying to find who to blame for the managers over-commitment.

Comment: Re:Psychology (Score 1) 138

by LearningHard (#45538011) Attached to: Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

That is a very disingenuous statement. While I would agree that there are many aspects of Psychology/Psychiatry that are not very scientific, there are some areas that are rigorous. Neuropsychology can be a good example. Testing and measurement is another good example. There is a lot more to Psychology than the hokey therapy that we think of.

Comment: My F500 has no plan I'm aware of (Score 1) 426

by LearningHard (#44872709) Attached to: With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

We are still stuck on WinXP and most of my coworkers have fairly outdated laptops (think core2duo with 2gb of RAM). Right now with XP by the time it is started along with all the other mess our IT wants running I'm sitting at 1GB utilization. Open up a few of my apps I use for data analysis and I'm pushing the limit of what I've got. Usually have a 15-20 minute startup time as well just due to being slow.

I asked about upgrade plans and they were wanting to switch to us using a term server and logging into it using Citrix Metaframe. That ended up being crap because they couldn't figure out how to give us individualized desktops and weren't willing to give us the storage we needed (5gb per user is a joke for what I do).

So yeah... this is going to be interesting times.

Comment: Re:selling shares is not revenue (Score 1) 91

It isn't. Under GAAP it would be reported as an increase in Cash and Stockholder's Equity. Would never touch the income statement.
source: I worked 3 years doing revenue recognition. Plus this is a basic thing covered in accounting 101 under the accounting identity (Assets = Liabilities + Stockholder's Equity).

Comment: Re:aren't there laws against monopolistic practice (Score 1) 202

by LearningHard (#44049233) Attached to: Verizon Accused of Intentionally Slowing Netflix Video Streaming

I can come at this from a slightly different angle. I'm very familiar with interconnect billing practices between ILECs/CLECs/CAPs/CMRS etc.

The issue here is purely Verizon's fault. Verizon's customers are wanting traffic off of Cogent's network. Verizon is obligated to buy ports (Internet Drains in LEC parlance) with a min commit (usually 5gb or so at 2-5 dollars per MB) and billing generally based on hourly samples of usage and then taking the 95th percentile band. There may or may not be a separate access charge. When I am the LEC and my ports to another provider are saturated my response should be to buy more ports with that provider. If I do not then I am doing a disservice to my customers.

Having worked for Verizon for a few years in this capacity. I can also say that I bet this has a lot more to do with the cost of the ports than anything to do with Redbox. That would require too much communication between the right and left hands.

Comment: Maternity/Paternity Leave exists? (Score 1) 832

by LearningHard (#43614313) Attached to: So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

I've worked at one regional bank and three Fortune 500 telecom companies. None of these businesses has offered anything beyond FMLA leave for mother's that give birth. There was absolutely nothing offered for males except you could put in a vacation request.

I guess that is one of the benefits of being in a right to work state?

Comment: VPN is a horrible way to measure this (Score 1) 529

by LearningHard (#43107707) Attached to: The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban

When I work at home I do my best to get all my data local so that I have to hit our servers as little as possible. Our VPN is slow as balls and it can take several minutes to download even a simple file. Plus if I'm on VPN that means I'm on our IM which means people are going to constantly be bugging the shit out of me with questions because god forbid they learn anything on their own.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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