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Comment Re: Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 4, Insightful) 248

Oh look, someone broke into your house, and stole all your valuables and personal belongings. Well you were stupid enough not to use bank vault doors, and you gave the spare key to a close friend who didn't lock his door that day.

The problem with Information security is that to be safe you need professional level of security on your consumer devices, and constant vigilance to keep it up. This is a lot of work for a person, especially if they don't find security patches fun, or barely get by using the internet.

Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 4, Insightful) 248

So we should be all nice and fuzzy with a group intent of harassing people. Oh they are making peoples lives miserable, but let them just go on their marry way, because if we mess with them they will mess with us too.

Yea it is OK the Nazi were capturing Jews, because we weren't Jews, if we did try to stop them, then they would just go after us.
Yep that mentality is looked soooo fondly in the view of history.

Comment Re: OMFG! (Score 3, Interesting) 171

No I am saying different genders will gravitate towards different jobs. Towing more women at a job to meet a quota even if that isn't what they want to do, will just cause a higher level of turn over. However as I stated before this is a trend, not a rule. Like any trend there are exceptions... A lot of one, a Trend can mean 51% of a population will fall in such a category (assuming I have a low margin of error) meaning 49% will fall in the minority. 49% is a big minority.

There are a lot of talented women who are just as good if not better then men at the building and creating of technology, if that is what they want to do, we shouldn't say they can't because of their gender. However if there is a balance in the stereotypes and you find your organization isn't having the gender equity, then there is a problem with the organization which will need to be corrected, such as fostering values that will attract women stereotype tech workers to your field, as they will bring something the organization needs anyways.

Comment Re:OMFG! (Score 1) 171

I work in a division where the gender population across the tech folks is 50/50 There is still an open position so depending who we fill in that roll will make the determining factor. However I work in health care, that industry will naturally attract a higher female group.
However in terms of looking at rolls to fill and the people who apply I find the following trends.
Male Tech workers: Focus a lot on the technology, they like to build and create, when there is a problem they will jump in and tackle it. When there is a development job they will be the first to volunteer.
Female Tech workers: Focus on the people, they are more likely to dig into a problem and find where it went wrong, offer suggestions on how to make a product better, and work with others to find what the ideal solution would be.

Working in a hospital we need a good mix of both, however if you are working in a place that builds software far more men will be attracted to that type of work.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 3, Informative) 555

By the way, Russia has a long history of violating the airspace of other nations. I'm surprised there hasn't been such an incident earlier.

This is ironic considering Turkey lost an F-4 to Syrian air defence a couple of years ago after the Turkish aircraft violated Syrian airspace...

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 4, Insightful) 555

The situation between Turkey and ISIS is actually a lot more murky than you would think - Turkey has actually actively collaborated with ISIS on occasion when it comes to fighting the Kurds (which Turkey has a long standing conflict with). Turkey has also actively protested Russian targets within Syria as they are pro-Turkey factions of ISIS.

Turkey will play the anti-ISIS game only as long as they have to in order to keep up international appearances - behind the scenes, the game is played completely differently.

Comment Re: Instant Run sounds nice (Score 1) 40

Productivity doesn't always mean how much faster you get something done, sometimes productivity is whether or not you actually do something.

I learned this lesson almost 20 years ago. And there are some people who view Man Hours as a sunk cost (no value). They don't see the value in upgrading / speeding up a process. They don't see it, because to them whatever it is costing to get the improvement isn't worth it, even if it would be worth in in spades. They just don't see man hours as anything other than static cost.

But sometimes, the efficiency is such that it makes the difference

Comment Real issue to Telemed (Score 2) 34

1. The big one: Most insurances wont pay for it. Lets face it, behind the marketing BS, a major driving factor is making a lot of money. Doctors get paid a lot of money, Big wigs at a large healthcare institution get paid a lot too. Money is a big driving factor. A few insurances are willing to pay for it. But not enough for wide distribution.

2. Health Care Technology is behind the time. There are a lot of reasons for this, Usually due to most of it being very expensive, having to buy a new multi-million dollar MRI just to allow for better transmission of data, or the millions spent on a new EHR system. After the investment they want to keep it for a while to pay off the investment. The bad part is they keep them for far too long and technology bypasses them. This aged infrastructure make telepresence hard because we need it integrated as part of the health record, otherwise it could come down to a point where the doctor said he saw the patient and the patient said no he didn't.

3. The ones who need it the most don't have the resources to use it. If you are in very rural locations, chances are you may not have the internet speed to take advantage of it. Or you are too poor to access transportation, that means you will be on the slowest internet connection (if you have one at all) with a slow hand me down computer.

4. IT Skills. For both Doctors and the Patients. Many of the older doctors are reluctant to learn technology, their Ego gets in the way of them learning something new, as they may look stupid in front of those normal people who didn't study for 8+ years in a particular field. Still even today most Doctors will make paper charts and hand them off to someone else to put in those damn expensive EHR that the government told them to use. As well for patients, many of the people needing health care are the older folks who are not so technology aware, where you suffer from watching them trying to move the mouse, and confused that scrolling down makes the text go up. Also how many times do you see someone struggling to start a web-ex session. Imagine how hard it would be for two people who don't use it regularly?

5. Image quality. It is getting better, however there are some odd things about telepresence... People look at the eyes of the people on the screen... So they look like they are looking down, giving a false non-verbal communication. Resolution at slower speed, or cheaper web-cams may not be good enough to see particular issues, a Rash may be a red blur or may not be picked up at all. Details such as sweating for flushness of face or swelling may not be picked up.

6. Security. Most health care systems have this approach to security. Go with a vendor who will take the blame if there is a problem. This means they will pick a big company with an army of lawyers who will find a way to differ the problem. This isn't security or choosing the best secure system. Just saving your butt. This is newer technology and trying to find a vendor who is willing to take the blame if some how that Dr. visit was captured and transferred to a scrupulous source due to a virus or some sort of malware on the home users PC.

7. Patient location may not be HIPAA safe or just safe for the patient to have a consult. Having that abusive other just outside the door or the child listening in and taking what is said out of context.

There are a lot of issues to be resolved

Comment Re:Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 2) 484

Making a secure end-to-end encryption isn't rocket science... If the terrorist know or expect that consumer devices have a government back door, they will just make their own that doesn't have one. Sadly to say, many of these terrorists are educated engineers, they can do the work with a little amount capital.

All these laws do is make a back door so the terrorists/hackers can look at my personal data as well.

Make it right before you make it faster.