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Comment: Re:Not news... Use better passwords. (Score 1) 109

by clovis (#49777341) Attached to: Linux/Moose Worm Targets Routers, Modems, and Embedded Systems

This is not a story, and not really a Linux problem. The worm relies on weak passwords to execute code. This is about as newsworthy as telling me that car thieves found a way to exploit Fords that have the keys left in them.

This is more like "dealerships hide a spare key under every car, but they don't tell the owner".

Comment: Re: Meh... (Score 1) 247

by clovis (#49760345) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

Then give a definition, rather than telling me mine is wrong. 99% of the jackasses who do that would argue with any definition I give, so there's no point in me wasting my time.

I get it, you are the self-appointed guardian of "toilet to tap" and argue with anyone who uses that phrase.

Here's your definition.
"Toilet to tap" programs are those in which the treated sewage is directly used as the input into the water treatment plant.
The phrase "toilet to tap" is pejorative; the intent is to make people opposed to the process of recycling water directly from the sewage treatment plants. The phrase is also used by journalists hoping to attract attention to their article.

Less disparaging terms are those like "recycled water", "water re-use", "water reclamation" and so on.

Some people consider discharging the treated water upstream to the cities water intake to be "toilet to tap", or also the process where the treated water is put into holding ponds that also serve as water intake. Those are called the same terms with the word "indirect" added, such as "indirect recycled water".

No one calls the case of upstream cities sewage (treated or untreated) being dumped into a river that downstream cities use for their water intake to be "toilet to tap". That's just traditional practice, and is called "pollution" in the case of untreated sewage.

Here is a journal article that discusses it in more detail.

Comment: I luuuuuved Win 3.x (Score 4, Funny) 386

by clovis (#49756597) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

Speaking as a support person, I loved Window 3.x.
It trained the entire world to expect that their computer to crash often, even daily, and that those crashes could be explained away with "Yep, that happens".
Followed by "You need to reboot more often".
Before MS Windows, I supported mainframes and those customers wanted to know why for every crash, which was rare except for hardware failure, and they expected it to get fixed so that it didn't happen again. Those people are still like that, and they pay plenty for it.

After MS Windows, life was pretty much like this:
"My computer is broken."
      "Is it on fire?"
      "Then reboot. If it still doesn't work I'll send someone to re-install everything" (thinly disguised threat)

Comment: Re: Markets, not people (Score 1) 615

by clovis (#49708009) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

In larger and more diverse cultures Socialism has always devolved into some form of communism or fascism with corruption, violence, and death aplenty, typically with extreme poverty for all but the 'connected' and powerful.

That sounds good, but I'm drawing a blank when trying to think of a socialist society that devolved into communism.
I'm also having a hard time recalling the names of any socialist societies that devolved into fascism.

Can you give us some examples of socialist societies that so devolved?

Comment: Re:No H1-Bs for contractors (Score 1) 636

by clovis (#49582655) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

The H1-B program should be changed such that only the company that is the end recipient of the work product of the H1-B worker can apply for a visa.

Those companies that provide on-site engineers to other companies should not qualify for H1-B visa sponsorship. In this way many abuses would be stopped.

Indeed, that would help a lot.
Also, in my dream world, the hiring companies that claims they have a need for H1-B workers must apply to some agency (federal or NGO) for their H1-B employees.
That agency would have on file resumes of any US citizen workers that are interested in having their resumes on file as well as the H1-B applicants.
The agency would be mandated to to send US citizens from the pool as applicants for interviews, and not until all qualified or semi-qualified citizens (that wanted the job) had received an on-site interview would that company be allowed to interview an H1-B worker. No email interviews, no phone interviews, no skype interviews unless the worker asked for such through the agency.
After that pool is exhausted, then H1-B can be interviewed.

Furthermore, any company that hires H1-B employees must pay 10x the usual rate pay into the fed and state unemployment insurance agencies.

Comment: Been there, done that: Hemo the Magnificent (Score 1) 352

by clovis (#49557911) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

His dream has already come true.
I remember seeing the 1957 film "Hemo the Magnificent" 1961, and the experience was exactly as Godsey described it.
The teacher turned on the projector, sat down, and did heaven knows what while we kids sat in the dark watching the flickering screen.
And then the teacher got up and facilitated more learning.

Sea Water!

Comment: Re:Somewhere in the middle... (Score 1) 341

by clovis (#49530897) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

For example: The highest rate of mortality for Chicken Pox is 100 out of 300Million. This was what could possibly be attributed, which means that most of these people were already fatally ill with things like Leukemia when they contracted the Chicken Pox. The mortality rate of the vaccine according to the CDC is 1 in 30,000. (The actual wording on the CDC site is that 2 out of 15,000 will have extremely severe reactions to the vaccine, and 1 of those will be fatal.

Your claim of a 1 in 30,000 mortality rate is false.
Here's the CDC safety data for vaccines:

Here's chickenpox vaccine:

Comment: Re:I Call BS! (Score 1) 47

Disclaimer: PACS employee for state wide health system here...

Calling Bullshit here that it's as 'easy as a call to the Hospital Administrator'.

I agree with your calling BS on that story.
I used to work in a hospital IT department, and what the AC above said is spot on. Heck, it's hard enough for the typical hospital to get some kind of interoperability between their own PACS system and their own EMR and their own pharmacy.

The article says some NFL commish called some hospital CEO, but it doesn't make it clear exactly what he was asking for.

If the article is implying that the hospital's CEO ordered EMR interoperability between the NFL and the hospital and got that to happen, I got a bridge to sell to a whole bunch of people.

I suspect that what the NFL wanted was to have the hospital to send over the players records in some form without having to jump through the usual time-consuming hoops, such as getting the player to sign some HIPPA release forms. And I bet they also wanted the hospital to assign VIP status to those records.

For those that don't know, major hospitals flag celebrity, VIP, and politician medical records. Every single access to a VIP EMR causes a flag report to be sent for investigation. Looking at one of those records is the fastest way there is to get fired from a hospital.

Comment: be sure to follow the correct order of things. (Score 1) 315

by clovis (#49444349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

I didn't read beyond the article's title , but I'm sure that tells me everything that is needed.

How to Introduce a 7 Year Old to Programming.
Using "Kevin" as a sample name, you do an introduction like this:

Hello, Programming, may I present my son, Kevin?
(assuming yes)
Programming, I would like you to meet my son, Kevin
Kevin, this is Programming.

The rule is the senior one receives the first introduction.
Remember to make eye contact with each person as you speak to them.

You should have prepared your son to make eye contact with whomever he is being introduced to, and he should be prepared to handshake if one is offered.
Your son should not offer his hand first; the higher status person does that.
Also, I recommend that you check and remove any boogers from his hands and face before initiating the introduction.

Comment: Re:I can summarize article (Score 1) 489

by clovis (#49440995) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

A follow up thought:

There is a true irony here. The desire for government regulation really is driven by selfish self interest. I want to not be screwed over by selfish people running businesses so I can get more for myself. My desire for government regulation against selfishness stems from my own selfishness.

So true.
My father-in-law taught me a valuable lesson back when I was a closet hippie.
"Always vote for your own self interest first. If everyone does that, then the country can take care of itself. It's when people start trying to guess what's best for others that things get screwed up."

Comment: I can summarize article (Score 4, Interesting) 489

by clovis (#49440453) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

1) net neutrality is pushed by a coalition of commies and rent-seeking aristocrats, so you should be against it
2) no one in government understands the Internet, so whatever they do will be wrong
3) even if you are a commie, you should know that the market always responds to what the consumers want in spite of corporations attempts at anti-competive practices, so we can trust the ISPs to always do what is best for us

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