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Comment: Re:Feds (Score 1) 183

The first thing I thought of reading the summary was a CCD, which is a type of CDA from the HL7 spec you cite. Just because a document follows a standard doesn't make it usable.

I've seen huge CCDs; documents so vast they can't possibly be entirely meaningful without an analysis squad. So obviously providers are only reading the most recent additions to it. The acronym is Continuing Care Document — the operative word being `continuing' — so by it's nature it becomes very long, and the various entities and their systems are often very verbose and redundant in how they amend the CCD, repeatedly transcribing lengthy treatment instructions and whatnot. So it grows and grows into tens of megabytes of XML....

Comment: Re:Pot vs. Kettle (Score 3, Insightful) 100

by Tailhook (#49450003) Attached to: Microsoft: Feds Are 'Rewriting' the Law To Obtain Emails Overseas

Indeed. ACA employer mandate causing politically inconvenient layoffs in election years? Punt that down the road. Three times. Yay! ACA Cadillac plan excise tax giving your union constituents heartburn? Punt that one to 2018. Yay! Immigration laws angering your constituents? Ignore/rewrite that stuff. Yay! Medicare Advantage cuts have the AARP up in arms? Pencil whip that one out of existence. Yay!

NSA playing fast and loose with your papers and effects? (selective) OUTRAGE! (selective) OUTRAGE!

A government powerful enough to deliver all the social justice you demand is powerful enough to exercise its own prerogatives.

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 2) 407

It's incorrect to say that the home countries of H1-Bs don't benefit. In the first place, a lot of people send money home to their families.

Trading your energetic youth for subsistence income is a benefit? I guess that's why Mexico is no longer a kleptocratic hell-hole where cartels no longer slaughter students en-masse after the police round up their victims for them.

Oh. Wait...

Comment: Re:one person != some developers (Score 1) 131

by Tailhook (#49440383) Attached to: Why Some Developers Are Live-Streaming Their Coding Sessions

He's not the only one.

I've been watching Jonathan Blow develop a game programming language since late last year. Smart cookie. A mix of pragmatism about the supposed value of some cherished ideas mixed with a laser focus on what the game programmer really needs is leads to interesting design choices.

Comment: Re:Unnecessary, but profitable. (Score 5, Insightful) 215

by Tailhook (#49399005) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge

The operative word there is "was". That plant is gone now, moved to Asia in 2014. Also, it was an "assembly" plant; the major components were made in China, as you suspected.

There were big claims made and lots of happy talk about 'merican jobs, herp derp. The cold reality is the plant is gone, the 'experiment' failed, and whatever statements about how it "wasn't cost considerations" is just so much corporate grifter B.S.

The ability of the West to feather its environmental regulatory nest without multiplying the cost of manufactured goods depends entirely on evacuating the industrial base to unregulated third world Asian hell holes. That is reality. Don't like it? Feel free to substitute whatever fiction you like best, just like everyone else does.

Comment: Re:A sign of progress? (Score 3, Insightful) 308

by Tailhook (#49372511) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

I just figured EVERYTHING was ALWAYS called "terrorism" now

No one at Lufthansa or the German government have called the Lufthansa mass murder `terrorism.' The '09 Ft. Hood shootings are still officially classified as `workplace violence' despite all evidence to the contrary, and Nidal Hasan was not charged or convicted has a terrorist. Obama has never gone further than the generalization that "anytime bombs are used ... it's terror" regarding the Boston marathon bombings, and Tsarnaev isn't charged under any terror statutes.

Is someone finally figuring out that if everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism?

They've figured it out just fine, as the specific cases I cite prove. The authorities are clearly being conservative with the use of the term `terror' and erroring on the side of `not terror' in their prosecution of violent acts. The problem isn't our authorities labeling `everything' terrorism. The problem is the fictional world filled with hysterical terror-mongers you've nurtured inside your head. It's not real. There is something wrong in there.

Comment: Re:Full benefits & Full responsibility (Score 4, Insightful) 227

by Tailhook (#49367241) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

Payment in advance please.

Already paid, at least in the US. The US has been accumulating funds via taxes to do exactly as you demand since early days of Nuclear power. The nuclear industry, it's rate payers and their governments have already set the precedent you demand and paid the taxes you demand.

Nuclear waste is not a finance problem or a physics problem. It's a political problem, and the political problem comes from hysterical, low-information anti-nooks coupled with anti-energy, anti-prosperity libtards.

Comment: Sad (Score 0) 54

by Tailhook (#49358955) Attached to: Notel Media Player Helps North Koreans Skirt Censorship

The last place on Earth not yet polluted with Western style pop culture and consumerism. You would think that after 70 years of wholesome, commercial free living these N. Koreans would have lost their taste for soaps and TV dramas. It's almost like they're not satisfied with the indigenous culture of their great nation.

I think perhaps this isn't really a case of these good people debasing themselves with our media dreck. They are collecting this material for use in their world class education system. Course material for their uncorrupted pupils; "See little Jin? These Americans are in the last stages of starvation... their bellies have bloated so much they can no longer peddle their bikes and must use giant SUVs to do the bidding of their capitalist masters."

They're also collecting it as evidence. So you better watch out; when N. Korea finally conquers us all we'll have a lot to answer for, because they'll have the proof.

Comment: Re:Should have been spelled out in the contract (Score 1) 133

by Tailhook (#49352351) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Lesson learned for how to draw up future contracts, I guess.

That's a two way street, son. The contractor is hat in hand looking for more funds beyond the terms of the current contract. All of the contract terms are on the table, as they should be, when a contractor fails to perform.

Comment: Re:Seriously NJ? (Score 3) 167

by Tailhook (#49347995) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

a PITA but oh well that's what careless IT admin buys you

Yeah. Careless IT people.

Nothing to do with unreasonable faculty demanding those peon IT people give them wireless and remote access to everything using their iphone/pad, android and infected eight different ways home peecee without the slightest friction or impediment. Probably has nothing to do with the IT budget that gets grudgingly funded only after the quarterly pension COLA bump and the administrative bonuses are paid out, ensuring the whole system relies on a wheezing 12 year old sonicwall appliance. That couldn't have anything to do with it. It's got to be those fools in IT.

On the other hand, the IT staff probably is the direct result of a hiring policy that has actual knowledge and talent waaay down the list of qualifications after race, sex, sexuality, disability and every other imagined grievance they can dream up. That and they're almost certainly terrified of touching the slightest thing lest they interfere with the $240k/year politically connected hypercrat in district HQ that spends nine hours a day surfing porn.

School districts in places like NJ are pretty dysfunctional institutions. Pinning this kind of failure on the IT peons alone is badly naive.

Comment: the patience of the non-nuclear states (Score 1) 228

by Tailhook (#49338219) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

the patience of the non-nuclear states is wearing thin

That's and amusing line. These people are living in some kind of alternate reality where the Putins, Kim Jong-uns and nuclear armed imams of our world are standing around waiting for war crazed 'muricans to come to their senses so we can all mutually disarm because some pacifist hippy in Geneva said so. Just how far up your peacenik ass must you have shoved your head to actually believe the worlds nuclear powers are really going to indulge the `patience' of their client states?

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye