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Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 78 78

I found out that my prescription records were stored in Milliman Intelliscript
milliman.com
I was entitled to a report of their data.
I got it, with a FCRA Summary.pdf document, since this falls under the fair credit reporting act.

They got it from my previous health insurance company. You know, they have that 17 page fine print clickthrough agreement that no one can read.

I applied for health insurance, and a nurse from the company I applied to called me and discussed everything ad nauseum, until I finally hung up and refused to buy the insurance.
It was like they were afraid if they signed me up they might have to pay for a prescription or something. That should be just illegal.

Comment Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 1) 78 78

I heard where pharmacies are sharing prescription data with each other and with doctors to stop people from going from doctor to doctor to get more meds. More prescriptions than any one doctor would let one patient have. It might be required by law in my state.

It's all pretty ridiculous, anyway. Doctors ask like they give you 30 pills instead of 100 (which might cost the same under a particular pharmacy generic program) they are protecting you, like they don't trust you, the patient. But they do trust you, not to take the whole bottle at once.

So what's the point?

Comment Re:Has to be worse? (Score 2) 82 82

Well, I'll take a stab at it.

TWC and Comcast were two companies that offered the same product in completely different markets. In terms of their affect on the market, they would have had more power over, say, publishers (ie the TV networks), but no more power over, say, home Internet/Cable/Telephone prices than they did before, as the amount of competition in each area would have been unchanged.

While your attempt was noble, this is completely wrong. Both are already monopolies in 90%+ of their market areas. But at least now people can complain that the "other one" is only charging xyz for service in the next town over. IF the merger had gone through the "new" company would just raise prices and lower service EVERYWHERE...

You completely misunderstood, the parent was saying that Directv and ATT were competing, not TWC and Comcast. For consumers, TWC and Comcast do not compete. Whereas today, if AT&T Uverse TV rips you off you can dump them for DirecTV, who will then rip you off instead.
If the merger goes through you won't be able to switch providers, or the ripoff will be computer coordinated to continue. They have rules and filters set up to do that.

Submission + - LinkedIN Reference Search is legal, but it shouldn't be.->

ciscoguy01 writes: LinkedIN has a paid product "Reference Search" which allows subscribers to search to find someone who worked at a company at the same time as another person, with the idea that you might be able to get a reference from someone it finds.
Tracee Sweet applied for a job, got an offer, then when the employer used the Reference Search to check her out with previous co-workers rescinded the offer.
She sued LinkedIN saying that the LinkedIN product should fall under the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and she should have had the right to review and challenge information there as if it were a credit report. She lost in court last week.
The issue here is this: Anyone can create any number of LinkedIN accounts, can put any employment history in that account, this is not verified by anyone.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act protects consumers from information that may affect credit decisions, employment decisions and more when compiled by a credit reporting agency. Which today LinkedIN is not. But should they be?
Nothing would stop anyone from creating as many accounts on LinkedIN as they want with completely fabricated information in it, for the purpose of having the references there returned by the LinkedIN paid subscriber "Reference Search" Tool.
At the moment LinkedIn Reference Search is legal. But since it can easily contain wholly unverified and possibly forged or otherwise fake information, should it be? Shouldn't someone be responsible for information about *YOU* contained in a database and then being sold for profit?

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Comment Re:Come on already (Score 1) 64 64

Put OpenWrt on it and problem over.

OpenWrt is not without it's issues.
It's not a panacea. Unless you need a package that has been implemented on that platform.
If you do, OpenWrt is appropriate.
DDWrt might be slightly easier to configure, but certainly not without it's own problems.
But other platforms are better for average home users. Easier to use.
Man, so many people get glazed looks when asked to make a change to even a simple home router. They are so simple!
When the guy from the cable company did my install and I made the few little changes that needed to be made, his eyes opened wide that I knew how to do that!
He seemed shocked.

Comment Re:dsl2741b firmware (Score 1) 64 64

old sff pc with two gigabit nics and a separate switch.. Install linux or bsd of your choice and configure, or use distros tailored to the purpose like zeroshell or m0n0wall.

Uh, right. Now that makes no sense at all for most people.
Zynos is not bad, just turn off remote administration if you don't need it.
If you *do* need remote admin, make sure to establish a good username and pw.

Comment Europe has always had better stuff after the US. (Score 1, Flamebait) 495 495

Europe has always had better stuff than the US.
PAL instead of NTSC tv, because they got it after, and it was able to be improved.
America got internet when Algore invented it, and Europe got it after, when better equipment and infrastructure was available.
No surprise about that.

Comment Re:This is logistically impossible. (Score 1) 148 148

Don't even get me started on the logistics behind putting shit in space. We'll need to call Spock for that logic showdown.

And the cost is such that only one time, the Hubble Space Telescope, were repairs done to an unmanned orbiting object. Because of cost.
It cost hundreds of millions of dollars to fix that thing.
Cost is important to business. You cannot ignore it, if you do you often find you are making no money at all.
It happens all the time.

Comment Re:This is logistically impossible. (Score 1) 148 148

im sure firemen and scuba divers might be able to help with that....

Not really. Can you imagine repairing a Dell server with scuba tanks and all that?
It's not that it couldn't be done, of course it could. But it would be much too costly.

Comment This is logistically impossible. (Score 1, Insightful) 148 148

Haha. This is essentially impossible.
The more equipment, the more broken equipment, the more techs need to go in to work on it.
An airless data center would have to be a very small data center, because if someone has to go in and fix something, well, they are gonna need oxygen.

Comment Precisely what AT&T did with their UVERSE IPTV (Score 1) 98 98

Which is precisely what AT&T did with their UVERSE IPTV service.
They exempted the UVERSE TV data the customer used from their data caps and overages, while charging hefty overages for any other usage, whether web browsing, Netflix or Amazon instant video traffic. Or any other kind of traffic.
The exact definition of non-Net Neutrality.

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