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Comment: Re:Making him? (Score 1) 222

Andy taught him about gaming by making him play and master all of the old video games and gaming systems in the exact order they were actually released.

So he's forcing his kid to play these games?

Would you question his actions as much if instead of "forcing his kid to play these games", he "forced his kid to read these [age appropriate] books" in the order they were published?

I read it as the order which the games and systems were presented were enforced to follow a specific order of introduction, not that the child was forced to do something against his will.

Comment: Re:Enlightening... (Score 4, Insightful) 772

by cdrudge (#48558555) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

The real heros are the ones that stood up after they had started waterboarding and it just got to the point where they couldn't' handled it any more? No, they aren't heroes. Heroes are the ones that stand up, stop it BEFORE it got to that point. Or if it progressed to the point of no return, quit, and made it as public as they can regardless what their personal consequences are. Heroes don't get to abuse, and then just walk away when it gets too much and still get to be called heroes.

I suppose that you'll also call them victims of terrorism for what they have to live with knowing what they've done too.

Comment: Re:Maybe they should focus on... (Score 1) 415

by cdrudge (#48557039) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

I thought the same thing. SFC log file, some antivirus/malware, some .Net housekeeping...a page file...ZOMG! Sounds like pretty much everything that I would expect and would prefer to run while the machine is "idle" rather than do all the things when I'm wanting to use it and would prefer faster performance.

Comment: Re:All for poisioning the well (Score 1) 285

by cdrudge (#48555211) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

So your profile could look like you want hello kitty, mercedes cars and dating sites.

As oppose to having absolutely no profile information, in which case they'd just display random Hello Kitty, Mercedes cars, and dating site ads anyways. The net effect of the end user hasn't changed, but you've still managed to screw over the advertiser in a small, relatively meaningless way.

Comment: Re:Clarification: expires June 2015, law says cour (Score 1) 83

by cdrudge (#48551759) Attached to: FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

Of course it's worth keeping the program. It's much better to capture everything and later realize that you don't need any of it. Or better yet you don't need it for the reason that you thought you would but found another use that is equally beneficial to them. Can you imagine if the Government didn't have it AND they needed it? They might not get re-elected and they just can't have that.

Comment: Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by cdrudge (#48537007) Attached to: Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

Thank god the English language doesn't have multiple meanings for a word. It would be so awful if we were able to have multiple different types of engineers for different areas. Pretty soon even the guy who drives a train is going to want to be called an engineer.

Comment: Re:Like the space shuttle-------- (Score 1) 140

by cdrudge (#48530847) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

I've only ever seen that Orion is to facilitate a mission to Mars, not that Orion itself will go to Mars in it's current incarnation. The Space Shuttle program was never intended to enable asteroids spend months or years in orbit, but it facilitated building the ISS which did allow astronauts to do that.

Comment: Re:BILLER, not PAYER (Score 2) 25

by cdrudge (#48530757) Attached to: FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

They send out bills. Patients send them money. They send money to the doctor or hospital. They keep ledgers.

They don't need to know detailed medical information.

Almost every bill that I've received has a diagnostic code on it, or a semi-detailed description of what the charge was for. My chiropractor bill showed which specific vertebrae was the focus of the adjustment. My dentist bill had that I had a cavity filled on a particular tooth. The supplier for my CPAP machine listed all the accessories I purchased for my sleep apnea. In all 3 cases, I paid my bill with my flexible spending account debit card, and my insurance company wanted a copy of the detailed bill to insure compliance required by the IRS. If any of those 3 providers used a 3rd party billing company, that company would need to know what the charges were for to include in the invoice. They wouldn't need to know specific results of a lab, or what a prescription was written for (unless they were billing on behalf of say a mail-order pharmacy), but saying they don't need to know detailed medical information isn't completely true. They need to know more than just you owe $X to Dr. Smith.

Comment: Re:I take it (Score 1) 25

by cdrudge (#48530665) Attached to: FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

But it sounds like the service did tell customers they were collecting the information, and required for the consent to do so. It was just buried in a kajilion screens of 6 lines of text each. Shady? Yes. Should be fined? Definitely. Criminally culpable to the point that the guilty need to serve a prison sentence? eh...no so sure.

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