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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 296

The issues in not progress but deviating from a long standing standard way of presenting information. People expect it to respond in a certain manner when they operate it and so do not realize they are not doing what they actually think they are doing. This isn't unique to Chrysler or the auto industry; many others have suffered from the same problem of poor human factors engineering.

Comment Re:2414 names? Meh, try (Score 1) 133

There was a fun report some time back, about the US Dept of Defense funding a couple of academic researchers to study what could be learned about US military forces solely from publicly-available published sources. They spent some months collecting publications, wrote up their report, sent it to the DoD -- and within a couple of days it had a Secret classification. ;-)

That's not necessarily as odd as it sounds. A bunch of open source information, compiled and interpreted, can become classified. What's interesting is what is collected and what it is used for, not that all the sources were unclassified.

Comment Re:How long before Apple rejects (Score 1) 67

Apps using JSPatch are already violating the app store rules anyway. Apple prohibits any app that downloads unapproved code from somewhere and runs it (or did last time I checked)

Yes, the question appears to be "Is Apple rejecting such apps?" TFA states developers are currently using it so the answer a[[ears to be No; so I wonder if Apple is simply not looking for JSPatch or has decided to let it go.

Comment Re:Wha? (Score 1) 217

Some streaming content. Not all (though it will throttle all. Yeah, slowed down and still counts against data). not really "neutral".

They should offer Binge On content at lower resolution as they do now, all the rest without the resolution changed but metered with the option to run Binge On content on the same terms. Then there should be no issue about net neutrality.

Comment Re:ISP hotspots makes users vulnerable to phishing (Score 1) 172

I've seen quite a few xfinity wifi spots around, but in order to use them they require my Comcast credentials. I never use them because I'm not sure if it's honeypot built to steal my credentials. I could install an app to confirm if the hotspot is real, but doing so requires giving Comcast invasive permission to access data on my phone.

Gee, who'd setup a hotspot called xfinitywifi with no logon required just to sniff the traffic that comes across it? or use it for a man in the middle attack?

Comment Re:Just have medicare for all and get rid of the o (Score 1) 285

Just have medicare for all and get rid of the overpriced priced bills that have A single aspirin for $25

You hit on one of the numbers behind the $40 billion in unpaid bills. Hospitals jack up bills because they have to cover the costs on un or under insured patients; so you see $25 aspirins. Insurance companies pay no where near those prices; for example when I look at a bill a $500.00 bill becomes about $125 once all the negotiated prices are reflected in the bill. Hospitals have the high rack rates to try cover costs from those who can pay and don't have insurance. Even someone who doesn't have insurance wouldn't necessarily pay those rates either; an MD I knew, pre ACA, would negotiate medical bills prior to entering the hospital and pay up front in cash, resulting in a significant discount, for pre-planned care. The MD carried a high deductible insurance plan for an unplanned catastrophic event, just in case. Of course, it helped to know what insurance companies paid so you could negotiate around that price while offering a no hassle payment up front to avoid all the paperwork that goes into a claim.

Comment Re:Just have medicare for all and get rid of the o (Score 1) 285

This is why I love living in the UK and will defend the NHS until my death.

Here in the UK I don't have to worry about the cost of my healthcare, and if I want it quicker or I want a nicer bed then I always have the option of paying privately anyway.

I'm a fan of the two tier system as well. Assured basic coverage from a national system and the option to pay extra if you want a different service level. The big thing would be to get all the non-emergency patients out of the emergency room and into the system where they belong; since ER care is probably the most expensive in the hospital. Of course, it's not just a simple as offering free care elsewhere but ensuring they can navigate the system and have a way to get to the appointment; otherwise they'll still go to the ER because it's convenient, free to them, and they know they'll eventually be seen.

Comment Re:who here can fix that? (Score 1) 256

That's right. It's not our problem if the government of the people locks out a portion of the population over ideological reasons for purely technical aspects that could otherwise easily be tackled. In fact, it serves them right for thinking differently about their freedoms and whatnot. Those type of people need to either conform of be left out.

Now where amis that damn sarcasm tag when you need it.

The problem is cost. The Adobe solution, while limiting works; going to another to support multiple platforms would require coding, support, and testing, so rathe rattan spend money agencies go with what is cheap and works.

Comment Great. Another data hogging app (Score 1) 85

from companies that want to use my data for their business purposes. Once they start getting data they'll want more simply because it's available and can be turned into money. Of course, it may very well become evidence in court cases, since insurance companies and trial lawyers will know what to look for to bolster their case, and third parties may want access as well in matters unrelated to driving. Once a data breach occurs things could get real interesting, especially if they geo tag the data. "Politician X, you make a lot of stops at this sadness inhabited by Z. Having a little fun on the side?"

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