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Comment: Re:income data? (Score 5, Informative) 223

by Motard (#48988319) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach

Why is a healthcare insurance provider collecting income information on the people they insure?

I've worked in employee benefits for over 25 years, and the usual reason is that they are administering more than your health insurance. Often you also have short-term and/or long-term disability insurance, or life insurance. The benefits of these are based on some percentage of your salary. Your short term disability benefit may be 60% of your salary, or your life insurance benefit may be 2 X salary.

In all my time working for insurers like Anthem I have never been asked to pull salary data for anything not related to the above.

Comment: Re:4 of 5 contained zero of the claimed ingredient (Score 4, Insightful) 412

by Motard (#48971725) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Over-regulation is bad. Selling a bottle that is 100% not what it says on the label, is a reasonable expectation. Call it what you want - false advertising, fraud, etc. It's clearly something that shouldn't be permitted. I don't think you'd get much argument from either side of the isle.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 492

by Motard (#48901383) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Yes, there really is a good reason. To get the universe back into balance. Back in the day, people bought into their developments tools on the basis of cost and quality. Then companies like MS and Oracle followed the long established lead of the likes of IBM and charged managers through the nose for the 'most advanced technologies'. But the weren't really, and all of us techies knew it.

Turbo Pascal was a full participant in the PC revolution. It brought advanced capabilities - much more advanced than IBM or MS were offering at a hobbyist price. But it continued, until cheaper and better wasn't good enough. It had to be free.

There are some really great free products out there. But none of them are of a quality that can compete with the high end companies who are developing their programs for their paying customers rather than for themselves.

Companies like Borland found themselves in the middle of this. The ill-fated Kylix is the proof. Partially free didn't work. Now our choices are limited to Free or $10,000.

It sucks.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 4, Informative) 492

by Motard (#48901313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Mmmm. PASCAL was designed by Wirth as an introduction-to-programming instructional language. It was supposed to teach the logic, methodology and 'best practices' of programming as they were defined then.

And it did.

Then it got adopted as a production language ... and God knows why ...

Oh, I don't know....maybe it represented the logic, methodology and best practices of programming

and went through a few iterations to iron out the bugs and add some features and utilities that a serious production/development language would require (including, most importantly, killing that one shot compiler).

And evolved into seriously great products like Turbo Pascal and Delphi.

As a result it has very few strengths compared to purpose designed languages/environments

It remains a great choice precisely because it isn't designed to a particular purpose, but is quite adaptable..

Comment: Re:Early fragmentation (Score 1) 492

by Motard (#48901209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Turbo Pascal was quite successful into the IBM PC years. Iin fact I'm wondering if it even existed before the IBM PC)..

But I've use the UCSD-P system, Turbo Pascal and Delphi, and never had the problems you describe. Sure, some were more evolved than others, but I can't ever recall anything more than preferring a specific implementation.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)