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Comment: Re:Do they have spare batteries? (Score 2) 184

by ToddDTaft (#48580027) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

You have no need to travel with HIPAA PHI on your laptop..

The policy of the medical school where I used to work is to consider any device that even accesses PHI as "contaminated with PHI", even if such access should never have resulted in any PHI being stored on the local hard drive of the machine accessing that data. It's possible that OP may have worked at a place with a similar policy.

Our internal forensics group was able to demonstrate too many cases where it wasn't necessary for a laptop user to even do something as dangerous as download a file containing PHI for the local hard drive to still end up with PHI on it. One such case was OS swap/page files. There were others.

While we took steps to minimize the likelihood of these events happening and PHI ending up on portable/mobile devices, we still treated devices that merely accessed remote PHI as if they contained PHI in local storage and required required them to have appropriate controls in place, such as whole disk encryption, local firewalls, mandatory reporting of lost/stolen devices, etc.

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 2) 102

Signs indicating which road has right-of-way are common in Finland and some of the nearby countries. While it's been a few years since I've driven there, the last time I was in Helsinki, many traffic signals were turned off (as in dark) late at night or on weekends. They also had a number of intersections where there was no Stop or Yield/Give Way signs in any direction. Drivers were expected to know the rules of the road and who had right-of-way.

Comment: Re:Ask a stupid question... (Score 2) 362

by ToddDTaft (#42466053) Attached to: Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

When I was in Australia in the '90s, they had already eliminated their coins smaller than 5 cents, and the common practice was to always round down cash transactions. So, if your total was $1.99 and you paid with cash, you'd only get charged $1.95. If you paid with EFTPOS (debit card) or a credit card, you'd be charged the full $1.99.

Comment: Re:how does redundancy help you when the main powe (Score 1) 123

by ToddDTaft (#37686034) Attached to: AOL Creates Fully Automated Data Center

how does redundancy help you when the main power switch goes down / on fire and there is no one there

If you are a big enough operation, you have redundancy at the data center level. i.e. you can lose an entire data center and have no loss of service on your production applications. Other than a possible speed/performance degradation, your average customer has no knowledge that anything bad has happened.

Comment: Re:Safari has that level of support already (Score 1) 181

by ToddDTaft (#32683172) Attached to: IE9 Preview Touts Cross Browser Compatibility

Requiring users to download and install some codec is probably a non-starter in both cases, though.

While it would be better if free codecs were included "out of the box", I wouldn't say it's a non-starter. There are an awful lot of systems out there where the user has chosen to install Flash. If major "trusted" web sites required WebM, Theora, etc., I would expect that most users would install the appropriate software to view that content, just as many users install Flash today.


+ - The IRS Will Fax Your Life to Anyone Who Asks

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, the IRS is more than happy to fax all your private tax information to anyone who calls up and knows a little bit about you. Identification not required. Really scary with all the identity theft going on. You should have to at least fax in an ID."

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen