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Comment: Re:would like to see this kind of reply (Score 1) 369

After all, the school organized and funded (invested) these events.

They most certainly did not. I checked, and that school district and therefore that school is funded by tax revenue. Taxpayers funded those events. The school employees organized them, yes, but because they were paid by taxpayers to do so.

Comment: Re:Only in some situations ... (Score 2) 137

by SecurityGuy (#49753155) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Part of the reason people are starting to insist on body cameras is we don't trust the police. Because increasingly the police are not trustworthy, and don't know or care what the law says.

Well, mostly. I've been arguing with people for years on this. For so long, many people had this default notion of the police as the good guys. This is very much the default in traffic court. If the police say you did it and you say you didn't, you're guilty. People need to understand that putting on a badge doesn't change your morality. Some people are trustworthy, and some people are not. Police are people, and we don't have a perfect process to separate the trustworthy from those who aren't, so inevitably sometimes we hire police who aren't. Just like every other profession.

Comment: Re:Hatred of High School Principals (Score 1) 369

I'm well over 18, and care because I saw this sort of thing when I was a kid. It was wrong then, and it's wrong now. The fact that it doesn't impact me directly means I care less than the student in question and less than when I was in school, but I still think this sort of abuse of authority should never go unchallenged.

Comment: Re:How is the north and south pole more round? (Score 2) 480

by SecurityGuy (#49743677) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

I think you found the worst possible answer to this question.

"Elon, I finished the task you gave me! I haven't actually done what you wanted, I just redefined the terms so I was done before I started."

I usually say asking such questions in an interview is a terrible idea, but I'd honestly disqualify anyone who gave an answer like this.

Comment: Re:Qustion on US views (Score 1) 289

by SecurityGuy (#49722573) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

I don't want government internet because my government thinks it's ok to read my email (and everything else). Letting them be the ISP makes it that much easier.

That said, I don't see any problem with letting local governments, with the consent of their citizens, provide that service any more than I think it's a problem for them to provide trash service, water service, etc. Internet service at this point should follow a utility model. All I want is a pipe.

Just don't make the public option the only one. Monopolies can be bad no matter who runs them.

Comment: Bad summary. This is about BI. (Score 1) 152

No, in the general case you're not responsible for making sure your users make the right decisions. Imagine doing that for a dating app. Should you date this person? How should I know? All I can do is present you with information.

The article, though, is about software that specifically exists to help businesses make better decisions. So yeah, if you're writing software that's supposed to help people make better decisions, you do have some ethical duty to write software that leads people to make better decisions. If you're writing such software that DOESN'T do so, why?

This is just a specific instance of the general idea that if you write software to do a thing, it should actually do that thing.

Comment: That's partly how it should be (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by SecurityGuy (#49642335) Attached to: No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft

The world at large should consider it mostly not your problem when someone opens a credit card account in your name. It should be as simple as saying "Nope, not me!", and it's actually the credit card company that has been defrauded, not you. That's why I really hate the term identity theft. I had that happen to me, and my identity wasn't stolen. I still had it. My credit card company was defrauded to the tune of a couple thousand dollars, but I was mildly annoyed and had to spend a few minutes confirming that a few purchases weren't made by me.

I think it should still be considered a criminal act, and obviously things like changing your medical record or arrest record can have very serious consequences, but it's a positive that creditors understand that when this happens, THEY have a problem. I much prefer that to them coming after me and trying to stick me with the consequences of their lax security.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

by SecurityGuy (#49634645) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Oh, easily. People who don't get paid tend not to provide service. If you think you're going to go to the hospital and get whatever is medically necessary and now and again the hospital gets stiffed, I think you're wrong. There will be some sort of coordination where the hospital will find out or know in advance what they'll get paid for, so that single payer becomes the de facto controller of your care.

It's not much different than insurance now. The typical policy has things it just won't pay for, limits on some things, things which require preapproval (and sometimes they say no). You can switch doctors all day long and that won't change what your insurance policy pays for. If you want that, you need to switch insurance policies or companies...unless you can't, because there is only one.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

by SecurityGuy (#49634613) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Of course you have people who are not happy with their healthcare... They actually used it.
I can promise that any problems they have are NOTHING compared to the USA.

No, you can't, actually. The US is where they went when they weren't satisfied with Canadian care.

I'm really sorry for what you experienced. That must have been a nightmare. It sounds like outright fraud...but that's not a systemic problem with US healthcare. One of mine spent a month and a half in the hospital, a reasonable portion of that in the NICU. Aside from one medical record error which was the fault of a transcriptionist, the care and payment was flawless. To this day I don't know what all that cost, but I wasn't making much at the time, and whatever it cost me wasn't enough to remember.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

by SecurityGuy (#49634561) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Then that would be interesting, IF they could guarantee that it wouldn't ever be worse. If you've ever paid attention to my (US) government, you'd know that's not the case. Case in point, I think the ACA is, on balance, a good thing, but there's a very vocal minority who would repeal it in a heartbeat if they could.

It's the IF that's the problem, though. I don't live with a government that has a track record of doing things well all the time. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

by SecurityGuy (#49630649) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Americans really do seem to see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires".

There's a lot of truth in that, tbh.

The country that got to be rich and powerful by innovation and thought is all for more of that in the medical space. I switched insurance plans last year. Give me a better option and I'll switch again. All I'm saying is don't take away the thing I chose because I like it, then give me something else and tell me it doesn't matter if I like it because it's the only game in town. That's not innovation.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

by SecurityGuy (#49630571) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

You're describing one system, not all systems that use single-payer. I can't remember if it was Germany or a Nordic nation that was profiled, but for them you just showed up for GP visits.

Saying, in effect, that some countries do it right and some don't really makes my point. If you implement this in a nation of 300,000,000 people where moving to another country is kind of a very big deal, you're hosed if your country doesn't do it right.

Now consider that I live in a country that periodically shuts its government down because they can't even pass a budget.

If all else fails, lower your standards.