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Comment: Re:WebMD a starting point (Score 1) 79

by bhv (#48748631) Attached to: The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

Seems inevitable to me that the number of those that will self-diagnose and even attempt self-remedy whenever possible is on the rise. High deductible plans are becoming the norm.

I wonder how many are labeled as hypochondriacs who are really financially forced to make best guesses via whatever online resource(s) and experiment with homeopathic solutions? Yes there are plenty of true hypos out there, but besides those.....I wonder!

Comment: Re:I cant think of a single thing I own (Score 1) 196

by bhv (#48515893) Attached to: IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

It is about the 2 new refrigerators you will have to choose from when the need arises. Will you be willing to anti up for the model without adverts, even though it might cost you twice as much? Some undoubtedly will but I'm willing to bet that the majority will opt for more features or the cheaper price, feeling like they are getting more for the money.

We talk a lot about privacy on /. but ultimately is has a price and most are willing to sell it to the highest bidder. (eg. Facebook, your access to it is far from free).

Comment: Re:Fill the Gap (Score 2) 123

by bhv (#48301689) Attached to: Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

I recall empty seats in some university level tech classes while some were told the class was full. Apparently the empty seats were for non-attending (non-registered) minorities.

So not only are minorities not taking advantage of the education available, but they are interfering with the education of those that want to be there.

Comment: Hope it's sooner than he thinks (Score 1) 320

by bhv (#48242139) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

I look forward to the beginning of autopilotmobiles. However, I'll be one of the last to participate.

I picture the entertainment value of the work commute increasing exponentially. For example, if I need to take a lane I'll look for the autopilotmobiles and just cut in front, knowing that it will see the impending doom and hammer on the brakes.

If they make dedicated lanes then there best be a barrier between them and us regulars, it's impossible to keep the single drivers out of the existing HOV lanes.

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.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"

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