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Comment: Re:Folks I know on VA (Score 1) 279

by bhv (#48142513) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

"....While I'm on the subject, I've never met a Canadian or Britain who would trade their health care for ours...."

Canadian system (which is really a bunch of individual provincial systems with some oversight) has caused my family plenty of pain/grief. Speaking strictly of OHIP and AHC, never dealt with other provinces.

The issues with the American system typically revolve around cost to the individual while the Canadian systems have more to do with quality and timeliness of care.

As it stands right now, I'd take quality over cost. So, if responding to a /. post qualifies as "meeting someone" then you can never say the above again. If not, then continue your misinformed FUD.

Comment: Horrifying??? (Score 0) 158

by bhv (#47757303) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

The internet is a source of as much mis-information as it is information. In that you are censored with every click. What is truly horrifying is that some think this is horrifying. Back away from the tech for a few weeks.

While I would most definitely have to find a new profession, I view a world without the internet as refreshing and may go so far as to call it the beginnings of a utopia.

Comment: Pfffft, preventative care doesn't pay (Score 1) 162

by bhv (#47324135) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

While the theory of preventative care is great for marketing and selling the privacy intrusion to legislators, it has a negative impact on the bottom line. Ultimately the data is far more valuable to an insurance company than a healthcare provider.

Don't expect a call from your doctor, only an insurance rate increase notice in the mail.

Comment: Re:Causation (Score 1) 875

by bhv (#47203853) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

To the point others have already made. Considering the last 20 years, violent crime is on the decline while gun ownership is on the rise. No one is saying that the two are related but more importantly, they are not likely related. Therefore, more gun laws and controls would be "barking up the wrong tree".

But you can bet that if we enact new gun laws the already declining violent crime rate will be used as justification after the fact.

Comment: Re:What?? (Score 1) 116

by bhv (#46834831) Attached to: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Started using Whatsapp a few years ago and after 6 months I realized that group threads completely replaced Facebook for me, so I deleted my fb account. Main reason for using it over standard SMS is that it allows me to emulate SMS internationally (important for many) for free. SMS is $0.50/msg!!!

However, my group (mostly family) recently made the switch to Telegram instead. Opensource version of the same thing.

Comment: Re:That isn't what a CSci degree is for (Score 1) 287

by bhv (#46749111) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Beg to differ. No matter the IT position, no 4-year degree = no employment as far as my employer is concerned. They don't seem to be concerned with the area you majored in but only that you have a CSci degree.

When I started here I already had 18 years experience, 15 of which were technical and every day of those were critical to having a successful interview but without the degree and the appropriate documentation to prove it, I would not have even made it to the interview process.

Right or wrong more employers are heading in this direction.

Comment: Re:In South America (Score 1) 280

by bhv (#46326651) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Similar here, Started using it because my immediate family is international, but now:
    - One group for myself and my kids and their spouses (International). Completely replaced my only need for Facebook, deleted > 1 yr ago.
    - One group for a few friends
    - Became my defacto IM platform because of the above.

+ - Rental business Aaron's admits role in spying on customers-> 1

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bhv (178640) writes "After firmly denying that it used software on its rent-to-own computers to spy on customers, including capturing passwords, sensitive financial information and images of private intimate moments, Atlanta-based Aaron’s has owned up to the practice in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission."
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