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Comment: Re:Politics (Score 1) 375

by Rich0 (#48211375) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

What do you expect when you constantly tell people they shouldn't have to pay for medical care? Most people don't have a very high regard for "free stuff" or even "cheap stuff".

The US Medical system puts patients and doctors in an adversarial relationship from the start.

The doctor in the US operates as a gatekeeper for medical services. Another word for gatekeeper is guard, and they arm guards for a reason.

I was chatting with a doctor who was talking about how owning a gun increases the risk of suicide, so he was thinking about asking patients about whether they owned one, but was concerned that patients might resent being asked. So, we had a bit of a chat about why patients lie to their doctors.

I know somebody who needs a lot of chronic medical care. They've come to greatly resent doctors in general, though not 100% of the time. The doctor basically wants to be in the role of the final-decision-maker. The US legal system ensures that if the doctor doesn't take this role he gets thoroughly screwed because if he prescribes a treatment course which isn't by-the-book he gets sued. On the other hand, the patient might not agree with the course of treatment and might want a different one. However, in the US medications and often even tests are illegal to sell without a prescription, so the patient's options end up being to either do what the doctor wants, convince them to do something else, find another doctor they can convince, or forgo treatment altogether. The patient is automatically going to resent the doctor for having this choice foisted upon them, even though the doctor didn't personally create the US medical system (though the AMA certainly helps to perpetuate it). Due to the whole liability thing, often the best way to "convince" a doctor to go with a different treatment is to manipulate them by controlling their access to information or lying to them.

The thing is, it is also in the patient's best interests to get frank advice from their doctor. The problem is that in the US we don't offer the patient of receiving frank advice and making an unrestricted treatment decision.

Then money becomes a factor as well, since insurance companies want to pay for the treatment option that is statistically the most likely to cost them the least - ie the patient gets better as fast as possible at the lowest cost. So, they get a say in treatment as well. I think that the folks paying for treatment ought to have a say in the matter, but there has to be a way to do this without taking ALL control away from the patient. If nothing else they should be able to pay for their own pills maybe with a credit for whatever the standard of care would typically cost.

IMO doctors shouldn't be gatekeepers except in limited circumstances. I'm fine with them being gatekeeper for antibiotics (even though it seems like many fail at that job today), since abuse of antibiotics is a public health problem. I'm fine with them having responsibility for reporting epidemics and such - anything that is a true public health problem and not merely a personal one. Otherwise, if somebody wants a test then as long as they understand the risks they ought to be able to pay for a test just like they can pay to get a tattoo. All medications should be available over-the-counter. By all means still have a system of prescriptions so that insurers can decide when to pay for medications, but if somebody wants to take something that is contra-indicated, that should be their right.

Maybe there is an in-between solution. However, if you want people to stop resenting doctors then you need to make them feel like they're the ones actually in control of their treatment.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 3, Insightful) 586

by Alioth (#48211001) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

This has the potential though to backfire quite badly on FTDI. The vast majority of users don't know that the thing they bought is fake, all they know is that it's FTDI branded and all of a sudden it doesn't work, and they blame FTDI, and FTDI gets a bad reputation for unreliable crap (even though the hardware was counterfeit).

Comment: Re:Removing my palms from my face... (Score 1) 103

by Rich0 (#48207773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

OK, let's get 10 random programmers who have never delivered a working system together as a team, and they're going to develop this mission-critical system from scratch in 4 months using Swift and Agile, even though none of the programmers have ever used either. And we can add more programmers if we start to fall behind.

You must work at my employer. Don't forget, resources are fungible!

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 5, Insightful) 586

by mrchaotica (#48206761) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You'd think companies would have learned from the Sony rootkit fiasco, but no.

What did companies learn from the Sony rootkit? That the criminal penalty for perpetrating literally tens of millions of felonies on behalf of a corporation is... absolutely nothing? Sure, that'll teach'em!

Comment: Re:We need a whitebox mobile device. (Score 2) 76

by causality (#48205029) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Problems with that.

Cell frequencies are licensed and pretty much anything that touches those frequencies needs to be fully approved by the FCC.

The carriers aren't going to allow it on their networks.

Presumably the whitebox device would include as core components all of the FCC-approved hardware necessary to use said frequencies. Upgrading the GPU, the amount of RAM, or the battery shouldn't have anything to do with this.

When you build your own PC from separate components, you don't have to worry about whether it can be powered by 60hz AC. The power supplies sold in this country are built to handle the electric supply found in this country and come with all of the UL (etc.) approvals.

Comment: Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (Score 2) 76

by causality (#48204977) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Isn't it more important to do cool and interesting things with a computer rather than everything obsessedly being open source?

The idea is that open source and the freedoms that come with it facilitate and ensure that you can continue to do cool and interesting things, often things the original designers didn't think of. It's certainly easier to be creative when you have the full specifications, source code, and documentation. It's easier to share your creativity with others when you can legally redistribute your derived works without violating someone else's copyright.

Obsession with anything is not good; on that I agree. However I haven't seen that in this thread. To cry "obsession" merely because someone points out a controversy isn't helpful (and ironically raises the question of whether you have an obsession with the perceived obsessions of others). All I saw was someone stating that they wish to avoid certain Broadcom hardware because it does not provide the degree of open source access that he or she desired. That people have their own criteria and express a desire to choose products that best suit their own needs is a good thing. Your own priorities being different is not surprising and doesn't indicate fault with anyone else.

Comment: Re:This is why they made the cloud (Score 1) 241

by Rich0 (#48196915) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

You don't buy expensive, power-hungry [hard]ware that's going to cost an arm and a leg to store, power, and cool for the next year when you only need its brute force for a few hours.

But he is planning to do conversions over and over, one after another, handling problems as they occur. As such, one of his goals is that the conversion be as speedy as possible, and he specifically said that he doesn't want to share a CPU with other cloud users. He wants one fast CPU devoted 100% to his project.

It would make sense to at least test the whole concept in the cloud before buying hardware. That costs almost nothing to do, and then it can point you to just what you need in a server.

It seems like most of the proposals on that website are MORE MORE MORE of everything. What about RAM? 64GB, ECC! What about disk? 4 250GB SSDs in RAID10! What about multi-thread? Gotta have 16 cores! What about single-thread? Better make that dual Xeons so that we can use the ECC RAM and since those are the best! Does it need fancy graphics? Nope, so we better build a second system to use as a console for the big one so that it can be put in another room so that you don't hear the hurricane of fans! Wait, noise? Ok, scratch that, let's buy some big fancy cooling rigs even though we aren't overclocking so that it is as quiet as a mouse, but let's still build that second console!

Why not at least profile the thing in the cloud and figure out what you really need?

Comment: Re:CapEx vs OpEx (Score 1) 241

by Rich0 (#48196813) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Because he's looking to open it as a conversion server for pretty much anyone that wants to use it on an ongoing basis - which means that CapEx is a much better solution.

Let's assume that a conversion takes 5 hours on EC2 at 25 cents/hour. Do we really think that there are 2000 repositories out there that need to be converted?

And if there are, then wouldn't it be nice to be able to convert them 10 at a time instead of doing them sequentially?

This is really a model case for a cloud solution.

Comment: Re:This could be really good for Debian (Score 1) 547

by Alioth (#48195397) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

That's a feature, not a defect. I run Debian on a bunch of servers. I like that it changes slowly. I like that it's not trying to be the bleeding edge. I like that migrating from one major version of Debian to the next is reasonably painless. For running a bunch of servers, I want something that follows the tried and trusted, not something that rides on the bleeding edge and something that has an absolutely rock solid packaging system. This is Debian, and it's why Debian is the right tool for this job.

If you want a distro that develops, there's always Ubuntu or Fedora.

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