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Comment Re:Bad data is worse than abstract data (Score 1) 232

You obviously don't know much about how business works. Businesses try to minimize costs

You obviously don't know much about how businesses that deal with insurance work. Those businesses try to maximize costs in order to maximize profit. Witness this at any auto body shop. My kid, the insurance adjuster, can tell you all about this crap.

Comment Re:How Much? (Score 1) 232

As with any overly complex system, people will find codes that are generic enough to reuse, or some such workaround, The data that the proponents claim will be more useful, will not be accurate. The only other solution is as you suggested, training someone in every Dr office, ER and Urgent Care, to properly code new patients. My money is on doctors seeing this as a waste of time/money. I'm betting that the "proponents" are really the insurance companies, who want to know every little artery that gets stitched up.

Comment Re:Just avoid the cinema... (Score 1) 279

The approach I take is to not bother going to the overpriced, customer-hostile and noisy cinema.

Agreed. But then, I go to matinees, at a theater that kicks noisy/disruptive people out. Some movies are best seen on a big (bigger than my 60") screen, with a great audio system. I'm selective about the movies we attend, so we only go a few (maybe half-dozen) times a year, treating it as a lunch date with my wife. Otherwise, I wait for it to come to cable.

Comment Re:This wasn't an engineering decision... (Score 1) 569

Yes, I agree that there's evidence to prove the case that pretty much everyone in cycling was juicing. I'd still argue that doesn't make it okay, and that those who got caught need to be's the only way to clean up the sport. Or else, just open it up and be honest about letting the "athletes" do whatever.

I personally have trouble watching sporting events where a certain amount of cheating is expected, and praised. Flagrant fouls, and pass interference in the end zone, should be automatic scores in my not so humble opinion.

Comment Re:Engineers were just as guilty (Score 1) 569

Can you afford to walk away from your job right this minute? Knowing you'll get no unemployment compensation, no welfare, no assistance of any kind?

Even right out of school (35 yrs ago), I could have answered yes to that question in the middle of the early 80s recession, when it took me months to find a job.

Plenty of people had to be aware of this. And knowing that it would be simple to prove to authorities, or the media, there should have been little fear. I wouldn't have walked away, I would have made them fire me, and then sued their asses. Sure, they have the deep pockets, but is such a blatantly provable fraud that they'd have no chance of winning.

Comment Re:If you found it would you snitch? (Score 1) 569

It would be like letting the air out of the footballs so that the ball was more grippable and throwable for only one team in a championship game. And we know how that turned out. Oh, wait...that's a bad example.

But, but, everybody else does it. But, but, we would have won anyway. But, but, you're all just jealous of NE, ha8ers!

No! You break the rules, and get caught, you should get punished, period.

Comment Re:If you found it would you snitch? (Score 1) 569

Gaming a test is not unethical. Tests were made to be gamed, rules were made to be broken.

And fines and jails were made for those who do so. Seriously, I believe we're seeing more and more of this kind of cultural shift in attitude here in the U.S. (not saying you're American there), much of it in the areas of professional sports, and in the belief that "whatever it takes" is okay. And, that attitude is spreading and needs to be stopped.

Comment Re:That's not an ethics issue, just plain fraud (Score 1) 569

But since VW is a foreign company, this is going to be blown completely out of proportion. When American companies are caught cheating, it's just fierce competition, and it gets them a slap on the wrist. That is an ethics issue.

This is a couple years old, but the list refutes your claim.

Comment Re:Whistleblowing (Score 1) 569

I sincerely don't think Germans think that way.

Disclaimer: I'm not German, though my grandparents came from there, and I spent six years living there.

I sincerely don't think Germans think in the stereotypical manner to which you've referred. I've personally had many discussions with German nationals in regards to topics on American ethics (or lack thereof) and laws. Most often it came with a hint of arrogance because the German way must be better, right? Things like, how can an actor (Regan) run for president, why is the 38.5 hr. work week and six weeks off superior, and even about Hitler (with my great Aunt, who was alive during WWII, and thought he did great). It takes all kinds, and Germany has them in enough abundance that I don't believe your conclusion can be backed by any statistical evidence.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky