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Comment: Re:The original 0xOmar post on pastebin (Score 1) 422 422

by MrEd (#38625882) Attached to: Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism

instead of punishing the banks for somehow fucking up so badly that the information was leaked online and calling for their heads (figuratively) they're more interested in calling for the heads (literally) of the people who exposed just how fucked up securing that data was--an act that is ultimately self-defeating if it were meant to protect those random people who are hurt .. instead of using the opportunity for a very public, open expose on the issues with the banking system as a justification to fix those problems

Terry Gillam's Brazil comes to mind. Everything that's called "Terrorism" in that movie is just "Central Services" screwing up and passing the buck. The worst terrorist of all is a heating repair man.

Comment: Ob. Lebowski (Score 1) 142 142

by MrEd (#31438480) Attached to: Google's Computing Power Refines Translation

Good times.

"But sometimes, there's a man – and I'm talking about the Dude here – sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude. In Los Angeles."

"But sometimes, man - you can go anywhere - even in some cases, men, men of his time and place. He is the right fit. Order. In Los Angeles."

Comment: Re:A question (Score 3, Informative) 822 822

by MrEd (#30248824) Attached to: Engaging With Climate Skeptics

Well, of the 54 prominent skeptics on the record, only eight of them have any relevant scientific qualification: Tim Ball, Robert C Balling, Bill Gray, Richard Lindzen, Patrick Michaels, Garth Paltridge, Roy Spencer and Wolfgang Thune. So I guess they could fit in one New York Yankees box seat.

Comment: Re:toposhaba - mods are wrong (Score 1) 792 792

by MrEd (#29433815) Attached to: Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax

"cyclists (who pay nothing) have more rights on the road than drivers who's taxes and fees actually pay for the roads"

As others have pointed out, you don't know what you're talking about. "92% of the funds for local roads come from property, income, and sales taxes". Your gas taxes pay for highways, but even they are subsidized by general tax funds.

Comment: How the computer made it worse (Score 1) 403 403

by MrEd (#28515017) Attached to: Investigators Suspect Computers Doomed Air France Jet

You forgot some steps:


1. Computer in control every flight for months
2. Pilots' skills and awareness degrade.
3. Sensors fail
4. Computer: "sorry dudes, you're on your own"
5. Rusty, out-of-the-loop pilots thrown into control
6. Pilots: "Fuck, I'd better troubleshoot the computers"

Here's the same for a B767:

1. Pilots in control, maintaining their skills, developing aircraft and weather awareness
2. Sensors fail
3. Seasoned pilots: "Fuck, it's a good thing I can fly this thing in my sleep"

Comment: Re:Because the Feds are in the way (Score 1) 563 563

by MrEd (#26417877) Attached to: Obama Proposes Digital Health Records

Bingo. You nailed it. Electronic medical records are visible to all sorts of people who aren't working to help patients get better. Medical staff realize the potential for lawsuits, etc. and are responding by using unofficial paper medical records to record the real juicy information that helps them do their jobs.

Now this isn't necessarily bad, your penicillin allergy won't be 'off-the-record' on a post-it note, but the parallel 'shadow medical records' are a real phenomenon that EMR designers will have to contend with. A more complicated hospital visit will likely leave two sets of records, a dry sanitized version for the accountants and lawyers, and the one that really documents all the ugly, embarrassing, CONFIDENTIAL stuff that went into making you better.

Hospital diagnosis is a messy, hugely complex problem, and the communication and documentation reflects this. Trying to tidy medical records can destroy what makes them useful.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries