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Comment: Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (Score 1) 329

by flink (#48830819) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

And a little advice to Valve, next time have developers familiar with Linux working on your Linux client. That /* is how a Windows developer would write the command to delete a directory if they simply looked up the equivalent command for Linux.

A competent Windows developer would probably just write:
if exist "%STEAMROOT%" rmdir /Q /S "%STEAMROOT%"
no dangerous glob needed.

It kind of floors me that they aren't doing some kind of check that the directory tree they are about to delete actually looks like a Steam install before deleting it. e.g. check that ClientRegistry.blob file or SteamApps directory exists under $STEAMHOME.

Comment: Re:This could be fun.... (Score 2) 164

by flink (#48812541) Attached to: Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

How does the FDA draw the line between 'must be approved' and 'not our problem' for devices that connect to a greater or lesser degree to other equipment?

I can only speak to IT software since I am a software developer, but I worked for many years in the field writing both practice management (scheduling, claims processing, etc) and clinical (IHEs, patient records, RX) software. The way it worked at the time is that you basically told the FDA if you wanted to be regulated. i.e. it was up to the company to say: yes, this software constitutes a medical device and should be regulated.

Comment: Re:How about ignoring it? (Score 2) 484

by flink (#48633709) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I can't believe anyone can be stupid enough to think cannabis is dangerous enough to merit criminalization.

What you can or cannot believe isn't important, the truth is that cannabis can have a devastating effect on the developing teenage mind. Even if you don't consider that enough to warrant criminalization, that does not justify insulting those of us who do.

By that measure, so is alcohol, or any number of other drugs that are sold over the counter. Yes it should be age restricted, but the point is that it is not any more dangerous than plenty of other substances that are legal. It's certainly less dangerous than cigarettes.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 440

by flink (#48617711) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

It is now cost effective for governments to micromanage EVERYONE'S life.

The cameras may be next-to-free, but the cost to review their video and type up laborious transcripts isn't...yet.

Yes, but if they have hundreds of hours of tape on everyone, then whenever a government official wants to compel you to do something, all they have to do is threaten to laboriously review your tapes.

Don't challenge this eminent domain taking, or else we'll review your tapes. Don't fight this speeding ticket, don't attend that protest, don't report that dirty cop, etc.

Comment: Re:Knowledge is the solution (Score 4, Insightful) 1051

by flink (#48582585) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Government forcing medical procedures on anyone is really not something we want, especially since government won't take responsibility for the (admittedly unlikely) consequences of a bad result.

You mean take responsibility by compensating (the very few) people who are legitimately harmed by a vaccine reaction: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Comment: Hiding evidence (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by flink (#48559753) Attached to: Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

If you are a US citizen, I don't think you could get out of producing a document the court ordered you to supply by airmailing it to a confederate in another country. Similarly, if the data in question are related to Microsoft's US operations, then MS, being a corporation incorporated in the US, should be required to produce them.

Comment: Re:If so damn many people are making nukes (Score 1) 260

by flink (#48297595) Attached to: Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

fair enough, I should have been more specific. Anything with pseudoephrine has been behind the counter for years. I'm talking about a lot of stores now have a blanket policy on any cold medicine regardless of ingredients

  but I stand my my point regardless if you can make meth with it. How about instead of regulating things that could potentially be used to make bad things, we simply go after people who actually DO bad things. Stop inconveniencing the majority because of a very VERY small minority

Many cough formulas contain dextromethorphan, a mild dissociative that can be abused recreationally. When they check IDs for over-the-counter stuff, they're probably trying to screen out robotripping teenagers, not people cooking meth.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 3, Informative) 463

by flink (#48149881) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

Some flus are absolutely more deadly for healthy people. Part of what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly was that it could induce a cytokine storm resulting in multiple organ failure. Since the release of cytokines is an inflammatory immune response, the better your immune system the worse off you are. Thus a young, fit person with a healthy immune system is more at risk than an infant with a undeveloped immune system, or an elderly person with a failing one.

Comment: Re:A bit early (Score 2) 279

by flink (#48140429) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

TFA's commentary on patient zero being sent home with a bottle of antibiotics (for a virus, of course) was spot on though. That's what happens when you insist on running healthcare as a business.

The suspicion is that either the ER Doctor(s?) ignored the nurse's notes,
or the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) software didn't let the Doctor see the nurse's notes.

I spent 15 years designing/implementing hospital information systems and later HIEs. In every instance I can think of where a doc was denied access to a portion of the chart, we gave implementers the option of enabling a "break glass" button that would let them see the entire unredacted record in case of an emergency. Using the button would trigger an administrative alert to prevent abuse or routine use. A competently designed system should never get ion the way of the delivery of urgent care.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl