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Comment Re:Can a Hillary supporter step up and explain? (Score 1) 634

Sorry for the Fox link, but here is an example of email that cannot be justified. People will die as a result of this.

"At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as "HCS-O," which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record."

Comment Re:Can a Hillary supporter step up and explain? (Score 2) 634

You say " the information in those emails was not classified at the time it was sent, then there has been no real wrongdoing here".

Demonstrably false. If the person had reason to believe the material should be classified then they are obliged to treat it as classified.

Given that we know some e-mails were SCI-level intelligence, there is reasonable suspicion she should have believed it should be treated as classified.

If you disagree, is she really competent to be reading classified material in the first place?

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1305

I support AC. I used to moderate extensively but ever since I gave +5 to "fuck beta" posts I lost my mod points. Don't know if I was somehow banned behind the scenes from moderation, but ever since then I've posted AC because there was no point in signing in.

Slashdot moderation is unique, and far preferable to reddit.

Please leave AC and moderation unchanged. Thanks!

Comment Re:Gorbachev's off the cuff comment I heard live (Score 1) 210

What should not be forgotten is how bad the CIA estimates were on the Soviet economy. They were utter crap. I cannot stress this enough, and I encourage anyone interested in the topic to read the highly-rated (at the time) US texts on Soviet economy.

Virtually all highly rated US texts in 1980-1999 on Soviet/Russian economy were garbage.

So, what does this say about the CIA?

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 1) 157

Oh, and I left out rx, and payments to (and clawbacks from) providers. We can also discuss vision and dental, but again, what is the point???

The American medical insurance is so broken there is no believable reason another nation would wish to copy it.

Why not adopt a more believable (and simpler) hypothesis that the reason medical insurance claims data was of interest was because of mental illness and sexual disease claims?

Comment I call BS (Score 1) 157

I offer my services to the Chinese. For a mere $300K I will elucidate in greater detail if required. Medical insurance is not exactly rocket science (and you've already launched something to the moon! Congrats!)

Let's break it down. There are a few components:

Plans - but in a Communist country I'd expect everyone has the same insurance plan, right? Or is one animal great than another?

Member Information - things like name, gender, age, tobacco user, dependents, etc. Again, though, given it is a Communist country, are there really dependents, or is everyone a participant?

Provider information - things like provider name, address, tax ID. I hate to sound tedious, but in a Communist country I don't think you'd have PPO networks, right? Aren't all providers equal?

Premiums - this ties the member to a plan. In a capitalistic society this gets pretty complicated, as there are a vast number of plans, and different rates based on member age/smoker status/gender, etc. As I have now stated ad nauseum, I expect under a Communist system everyone pays the same, so maybe this becomes a trivial issue?

Claims processing - in a Capitalistic system one would take the billing codes, procedure codes, diagnostic codes, etc., match them against the date of service, connect this to the member and the plan, and adjudicate to determine if 1) the claim falls under the plan, 2) who gets paid what, 3) a bunch of other stuff (like lifetime deductibles). Now, if we were operating under a Communist plan, wouldn't all claims be covered?

When I started writing my response, I sympathized w/ the Chinese, as I've been involved with a few claims processing systems, and there's a ton of institutional knowledge. However, under a Communist system, what really is there?

Ps - Honestly, as an American who thinks theAmerican insurance & medical business is a complete scam, I'd love to hear what Sweden and other civilized countries need in the way of medical insurance software.

Comment The stupid, it burns! (Score 2) 246

I worked for seven years in the medical insurance business (so glad to have left the field!) and the ignorance seen in many high-rated posts here is astounding.

1. GAO report, so no fraud
2. Even if someone wanted to fraudulently create an applicant, I don't see the problem, as long as they don't submit a claim. What's wrong w/ additional premium? (I will ignore the geeky underwriters, as I understand their position, but haven't seen any relevant objections so far about messing up the statistics.)
3. You cannot begin to appreciate the stupidity of pretty much everyone in the insurance business - so the inability to do very basic SSN validity checking comes as no surprise at all.

I left the year ACA came into effect, so got to experience the fun as we tried to implement insurance plans that Congress had not defined. See, ACA went into effect 2014, but we (that is, insurance companies) didn't have black letter law or even Federally-defined policies established (on many different fronts) until way past Jan 2014. How can you determine policies if underwriters don't know what the rules are???

Biut what continues to be under-reported is what a complete disaster/fail the back-office procedures are. Are we finally able to determine if someone is eligible? When I left, there was no way to tell if an applicant was qualfied for subsidies under the various arcane income rules.

If I were dictator, I'd immediately force hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to fall under the anti trust laws that everyone else has to follow. The high-deductible plans were created under the assumption that consumers would be motivited to shop around for the cheapest deal. But, it is impossible to get an actual quote for a procedure. If you require hospitals to produce a rate sheet that applies to all, and permitted people to import drugs from anywhere in the world, a massive amount of money could be saved.

But this cuts into rx profits, and we can't have that.

Comment No surprise - I work in the industry (Score 4, Informative) 122

Incompetence abounds in the health care industry:

1. Legacy mainframe systems that have no data integrity - dates like 99/99/9999 are considered valid

2. Legacy mainframe systems that have no data integrity - tabs present in names & addresses, so a tab-delimited extract then proves challenging

3. IT Staff who refuse to block China and the -stans (despite having only US coverage), saying that it is not a complete solution.

4. On the database side, passwords stored in cleartext. Surprisingly, this apparently isn't a violation of PCI rules.


My advice? If you have a sensitive claim, pay cash and don't involve the insurance company. This is difficult, and may require you to use a different doctor when going this route. Bonus points if you can use fake ID. You would be absolutely astonished at where the claims data goes. Third parties get all sorts of data. HIPAA exclusions are enormous. If you think only your doctor knows about your embarassing drug addiction/sexual disease/mental health problem you are grossly mistaken.

Comment law enforcement (Score 1) 727

Your Patreon post states "So, I waste hours documenting this for law enforcement."

Can you enumerate the law enforcement reports you've made? Columbus District Attorney said they had no complaint, and you apparently followed up that it was a communication error.

Given the penalties for filing false reports, have you actually filed a report? Please include jurisdiction and date.

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067

I believe this is slighly incorrect. In the very first chapter of many algebra/trig/calculus textbooks there's something to the effect that we study y = f(x), where there is only one solution for f(x). In other words, linear. As a kid I wondered why 1/0 was undefined. I only learned at the end of linear algebra, in college, when it came to inverse functions.

We know that x * 0 = 0, for any value of x. However, if we take the inverse operation of multiplication (that is, division), there is an infinite number of solutions for x / 0. Since we're operating in a linear system where there's only one solution for y = f(x), having more than one solution is undefined.

Clear as mud... This is why Feynman was a genius and I am not.

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