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Comment Re: Interoperability starts at the server (Score 1) 111

They call them "standards" but they are very configurable. I can't even count the number of times, I was unable to import "DICOM" images to our "DICOM" PACS because of some slight change in the way the "Standard" was configured. Also we exchange images with some other facilities, and certain studies of ours arrive at their destination and can't be displayed. The "Standard" isn't all that standard.

Comment Re:Doctors: Whiny bitches, all of 'em. (Score 2) 111

I once thought similarly. I'm not so convinced now. I once thought that healthcare technology was just going to take awhile to get better at communicating. I now think the lack of communicating between various systems using the same standard (DICOM, HL7,etc) is intentional to get the Healthcare providers to only buy their product. HL7 is supposed to be a standard, but you have to look in multiple places for the data. One system will use one field and another will use another field for the same data. When you call the companies, they all want the other guys to change their system.

So the technology isn't helping the Provider's work flow.

Banks got their technology right. You can go to almost any bank and access your money. Not the same with healthcare. It just goes to prove you can mess with people's health and lives, but don't you dare mess with their money.

Submission + - Is open-source hardware gaining critical mass? (

angry tapir writes: The Open Compute Project, which wants to open up hardware the same way Linux opened up software, is starting to tackle its forklift problem. You can't download boxes or racks, so open-source hardware needs a supply chain, said OCP President and Chairman Frank Frankovsky, kicking off the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose.

Submission + - Clinton regrets, but defends, use of family email server (

dcblogs writes: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that, in hindsight, her decision to use a private email server to conduct official business was not the best one. But she is defending it and said the system was secure. Clinton, at news conference in New York, said the email server that she used had been set up for former President Bill Clinton. The system had "numerous safeguards" and is on home property protected by the U.S. Secret Service, she said. "There were no security breaches," said Clinton. "I think the use of that server, which started with my husband, proved to be effective and secure," she said. It still remains unclear about just how appropriate Clinton's system was. As a general rule, government IT policies don't give federal employees the option of using their own email accounts to exclusively conduct government business.

Submission + - A Search Warrant for Your Brain? (

benonemusic writes: Will signals from your brain be protected under the Fourth or Fifth Amendment in the future? Experts at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science suggest that the Supreme Court may ultimately have to weigh in, and that search warrants for brain scans may someday be a possibility.

Submission + - Bacteria discovered that both eats and excretes pure electrons

Presto Vivace writes: Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life

Some intrepid biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that survives on nothing but electricity — rather than food, they eat and excrete pure electrons. These bacteria yet again prove the almost miraculous tenacity of life — but, from a technology standpoint, they might also prove to be useful in enabling the creation of self-powered nanoscale devices that clean up pollution. Some of these bacteria also have the curious ability to form into ‘biocables,’ microbial nanowires that are centimeters long and conduct electricity as well as copper wires — a capability that might one day be tapped to build long, self-assembling subsurface networks for human use.

Submission + - Microsoft reveals Windows 10 will be a free upgrade (

mpicpp writes: Microsoft just took another big step toward the release of Windows 10 and revealed it will be free for many current Windows users.

The company unveiled the Windows 10 consumer preview on Wednesday, showcasing some of the new features in the latest version of the operating system that powers the vast majority of the world's desktop PCs. The developer preview has been available since Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in the fall, but it was buggy, limited in scope and very light on new features.

Importantly, Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows users running versions of Windows back to Windows 7. That includes Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new features in Windows 10. While Microsoft had already announced it would bring back the much-missed Start Menu, Belfiore revealed it would also have a full-screen mode that includes more of the Windows 8 Start screen. He said Windows machines would go back and forth between to two menus in a way that wouldn't confuse people.

Belfiore also showed a new notification center for Windows, which puts a user's notifications in an Action Center menu that can appear along the right side, similar to how notifications work in Apple OS X.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson revealed that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft over 800,000 individual piece of feedback.

Myerson explained that Windows 10 has several main intents: the give users a mobility of experience from device to device, instill a sense of trust in users, and provide the most natural ways to interact with devices.

Submission + - Engineer Ends Console War, Combines Xbox One And PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop ( 1

MojoKid writes: It's official, we can finally stop arguing over which is the superior game console, the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Quite frankly, it's a pointless debate, and it took a self-taught engineer to put the argument to rest, which he did by combining both game systems into a 22-inch laptop. Meet the "PlayBox," a gaming laptop that's equal parts Xbox One and PS4 rolled into one. The PlayBox wins the argument because it allows you to play games on either system, and when it comes down to it, the ability to play games is all that matters. Built for a "specific customer," the owner of this prototype system needn't worry about exclusives since he now has a system that can play them all, and do it while taking up no more space than a single console.

Submission + - What Sets Off Fundamentalists? (

Lasrick writes: Responses to last week’s terror attacks in Paris are split into two camps: The first believes that Islam is a violent religion that inspires its followers to seek glory in terrorism. The second believes that political considerations drove the Paris attackers (and most other acts of Islamist terrorism). Ron Hassner explores the issue of what inspires fundamentalists of any religion to violence...or not? 'Therefore, what is truly puzzling about fundamentalist wrath is not merely why some fundamentalist Muslims but not others choose to resort to terrorism against cartoonists but why there is no such Islamist terrorism against abortion clinics, for example, a prime concern for Protestant fundamentalists. For reasons anchored in theology, history and politics, these Christians would never consider reacting with force to a cartoon mocking Jesus just as a cartoon mocking Moses would barely elicit a shrug from a fundamentalist Jew. But fundamentalist Jews riot, and violently so, in response to desecrations of the Sabbath and the unearthing of Jewish remains by archaeologists, two themes that neither their Muslim nor their Christian counterparts have much interest in.' Very valuable read.

Comment Re:Not a bad idea...or so it seems (Score 1) 125

This is just a show - "I am doing something about this awful data breach problem."

If there any exemptions, you can bet it won't be the "little guy" getting them. More likely the "little guy" will be the example of the consequences. After all the "little guy" makes no significant political party contributions.

Just an observation....

Submission + - Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds Of Over 2GB/s

Deathspawner writes: With its SM951 SSD, Samsung ticks all of the right boxes. It might be an unassuming gumstick SSD — it has no skulls or other bling — but it's what's underneath that counts: PCIe 3.0 x4 support. With that support, Samsung is able to boast about cable-melting speeds of 2,150MB/s read and 1,550MB/s write. But with such speeds comes an all-too-common caveat: you'll probably have to upgrade your computer to take true advantage of it.

Submission + - Ansel Adams Act Would Allow Photographs in Public Spaces ( 1

davidannis writes: Photographers have been harassed for taking pictures in public places since 9/11. One was arrested for participating in an Amtrak contest. The park service is charging fees. Representative Steve Stockman (R, Texas) addresses the problem with the Ansel Adams Act which he introduced today. It says "It is contrary to the public policy of the United States to prohibit or restrict photography in public spaces, whether for private, news media, or commercial use." The act prohibits government agencies from prohibiting photography for National Security Reasons without a court order, from charging photographers fees, and prohibits equipment from being confiscated.

Federal law enforcement officers or private contractors shall not seize any photographic equipment or their contents or memory cards or film, and shall not order a photographer to erase the contents of a camera or memory card or film.

Submission + - My Secret Weapon to End Procrastination (

Katie Humphrey writes: Are you constantly making comments about wanting to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, take out time for yourself (need I go on?), but you find that you procrastinate more than taking action?

Don’t worry. It’s in our nature to put things off that aren’t part of our daily routine. It’s easier to talk about what you want than do something about it, or take massive action once and never follow through.

So I’m going to share my SECRET WEAPON with you. It’s what gets lazy-old-me (yes, my natural inclination is to watch movies all day than be productive) who burns out easily (I get stressed about the most minor things) to consistently take care of my health, family, personal needs and business even when I don’t want to.

It’s what helps me reach my goals and “start fresh” every day, even when I’ve been off the grid, on vacation or on a not-so-healthy rampage (hey, I’m human!). I never worry about being motivated or finding the inspiration to follow through on the goals I set because of what I’m going to share.

Find out my secret weapon in today’s video (play below), plus learn the “3 W’s” for getting back on track to a healthier, happier you

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