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+ - The disaster and ensuing coverup of the Obamacare website

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An anonymous reader writes "New reports reveal significant corruption in the Obama administration’s botched effort to create the Obamacare website.

The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the development of the site, and its parent Department of Health and Human Services.

“Officials at CMS and HHS refused to admit to the public that the website was not on track to launch without significant functionality problems and substantial security risks,” the report says. “There is also evidence that the Administration, to this day, is continuing its efforts to shield ongoing problems with the website from public view.”

The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them. This is both both a coverup and incompetence."

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by Mr D from 63 (#47928959) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
I said it I could see why it would be useful. Certainly how it is implemented would be a key consideration, I never said every implementation would be safe or wise.

There are simple things that can be done to significantly limit the intrusion you described. First thing, you don't need to have it operable all the time. Second, various authentication possibilities are out there. Third, not having an integral alarm.

But most of all, if the product and implementation have security flaws that have been exploited, don't buy them.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by Mr D from 63 (#47928855) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Security implications? I've considered the improbability. I think there are much more blatant indicators of not being at home that are much easier for a local person. I don't worry so much about the highly improbable. First they have to find the thermostat, find out who it belongs to and where it is, and somehow access it by obtaining my password or other means. Then they have to determine what constitutes 'being away'. Then they still have no clue as to when I will return. I worry more about the guy who drives through the neighborhood and actually observes my house.

When we start hearing reports of burglaries happening this way, I'll start being more concerned.

Comment: Re:Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (Score 1) 115

by Mr D from 63 (#47927469) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
I think comparing with something like a TV remote setup isn't really on target. A centralized web based remote update service is a lot easier to maintain than providing software for each user.

For home automation, if it is an over internet remote access type control, an account setup is often needed just for IP address resolution and to simplify the process of device recognition, as the common customer isn't going to mess with setting up a DNS service. If it is only LAN based, then I agree, accounts bite.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by Mr D from 63 (#47927409) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Some products are not problem solvers, but rather they are enablers or enhancers. I love my remotely accessible thermostats. I can program the temperature profile from my desktop for each season. If I forget to adjust before heading out on vacation, I can adjust remotely. I can also set back to normal just before arriving home. On abnormally hot days, I can bump it up remotely, etc. For only a bit more than a normal programmable stat, it is well worth it for me. It didn't 'solve a problem' but it sure is nice.

Many other uses I agree, not likely a big benefit to turn lights on/off remotely. I think remote door lock/access control makes sense for some people.

+ - Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease->

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An anonymous reader writes "New research from Washington University has found that the condition known as schizophrenia is not just a single disease, but instead a collection of eight different disorders. For years, researchers struggled to understand the genetic basis of schizophrenia, but this new method was able to isolate and separate all of the different conditions, each with its own symptoms, which are classified the same way (abstract, full text). "In some patients with hallucinations or delusions, for example, the researchers matched distinct genetic features to patients’ symptoms, demonstrating that specific genetic variations interacted to create a 95 percent certainty of schizophrenia. In another group, they found that disorganized speech and behavior were specifically associated with a set of DNA variations that carried a 100 percent risk of schizophrenia." According to one of the study's authors, "By identifying groups of genetic variations and matching them to symptoms in individual patients, it soon may be possible to target treatments to specific pathways that cause problems.""
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