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Comment: Not surprising (Score 1) 75

by gurps_npc (#48020849) Attached to: Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards
There are three reasons this happens:

1) If you don't get certain very expensive medical care, you DIE. So if you can't afford it you, you are likely to consider stealing someone else's medical insurance. Death makes people consider doing things they wouldn't otherwise do.

2) Many patients with health issues have a lot more important things to think about than finances. Or worse, the patient might be dead, so they can't complain against the charges.

3) Many providers actively avoid talking about finances. Not only do they know about point 2 above, but they also fear that if they talk too much about the finances, you will realize how badly they are screwing you over and might actually look for reasonably prices services.

So when you steal the Identity of a patient with serious medical problems, there is an inbuilt set of honest people willing to buy the information you stole, the victims may not be in the best shape to investigate, and no one else wants to look to deeply into it.

Comment: Re:Wiretapping laws still exist. (Score 1) 266

by gurps_npc (#48004939) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States
#1 I never made the statement you think I did. I never said you can record on your property, I said you could record if you put a sign up. Even in the toilet. If someone puts a sign up stating "YOU MIGHT BE RECORDED", then the people in the toilet have no expectation of privacy, not even in the toilet. Granted, the court will probably require a very big sign if you put it in the toilet. Also, no person would ever use such a toilet, unless they were an exhibitionist or a porn star.

Audio is NOT the problem. The problem is the lack of the sign. Ever call a customer support line? They often say "Calls may be recorded for purposes of quality control."

When you inform them you are or 'may' be recording, you are allowed to record audio

Comment: Re:My Compact Flurorscents die (Score 1) 591

by gurps_npc (#48002723) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
I repeat the part of my comment that you did not understand "Yeah, most of them will last a lot longer than the printed date, because chances are you won't buy them and install them on the day they make them."

I am talking about bulbs that should have lasted 2 years of constant use, 12 years of actual, use, but I had to replace 8 months after I bought them.

If they had a 2 year past manufacture date guarantee, it would solve my problem.

But to be honest, I did not even try to return the curly bulb 8 months after I bought it. But I seriously doubt a normal retailer would have accepted it's return.

So that is why I want a guarantee printed on the bulb, based on constant use from date of manufacture. To get the manufacturer to stand behind their product, not screw everyone over ridiculously.

Comment: Re:My Compact Flurorscents die (Score 1) 591

by gurps_npc (#48002659) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
Re-Read my original comment.

If the bulb was rated for 5 years, than it would be guaranteed for 5 years after the manufacture date. As I said earlier "Yeah, most of them will last a lot longer than the printed date, because chances are you won't buy them and install them on the day they make them."

If the bulb can't last longer than 5 years from the manufacture date, it is obviously FLAWED.

Comment: Many ways they could make the $ but legally (Score 1) 299

by gurps_npc (#48002187) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography
From what I read, the law looks like a blatant violation of the First Amendment. You can't stop people from taking pictures.

The worst part is that they COULD accomplish their legal goals without violating the Constitution.\

The way to do this simple:

1)Make the law "SHALL ISSUE" rather than "May Issue". This means the government would not be able to refuse to issue said license

2) Make the law a sliding scale, based on the size of equipment. I.E. Camera phones and similar stuff weighing ounces could be free, while equipment weighing up to 1 lb could cost $100, Over 1 lb could cost $500 per pound of equipment. Equipment would include lighting, filters, lenses, cases for all of this, power supplies, light meters, generators, film, filters, supports and mounts (including tripods and monopods), etc etc.

If they did this, they would not have offended anyone, stopped the wild abuses they claim are occuring, and end up making MORE money.

Comment: My Compact Flurorscents die (Score 2) 591

by gurps_npc (#48001963) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
way too early.

I want a required "Good till" date printed on them, that guarantees they last at least X days, just like soda.

Yeah, most of them will last a lot longer than the printed date, because chances are you won't buy them and install them on the day they make them.

But still, if a curly bulb is supposed to last 5 years, and it dies one year after you install it, there should be an easy way to get a refund.

Comment: Single splittable password (Score 1) 191

by gurps_npc (#47993051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?
Create a SINGLE algorythm to generate a password based on the item/program.

Start with a core that involves a Capital letter, a lowercase letter, a number and a symbol. You want it be about 7 letters long, something like this:

Sp1tab$

ALL your passwords will start with that. Next decide if you are going to use the first, second, last, or second to last letter.. Let's go with "first"

Add the "first" letter of the name of the device/software for which you are using a password. Then add the "first" letter of your username.

Conclusion: Using this system, my password for slashot would be:

Sp1tab$sg

My password for my Dell Laptop, with a username of "Me" would be:

Sp1tab$dm

If something says 'no symbols', drop the $.

If something says "at least 10 characters (haven't seen that yet), then add a 0.

You now have ONE not that hard to remember word, plus a few simple rules to figure out what the password is.

The only problem with this system is obnoxious requirements to change your password every X days, combined with prevents from reusing parts of old passwords. To solve that problem, Try continuously raising the number you inserted in the core password.

Communications

Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015 42

Posted by timothy
from the don't-worry-that's-next-year dept.
Zothecula writes There was an understandable amount of skepticism when Amazon announced its grand plans for delivery drones last year. But if the last twelve months are any indication, Jeff Bezos and his fellow tech heavyweights are actually kinda serious about the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles. Speaking at the Social Good Summit in New York on Monday, engineering director at Facebook Connectivity Lab, Yael Maguire, has further detailed the company's vision of internet-carrying drones, with plans to begin testing in 2015.

Comment: Re:Can't help plugging Atwood (Score 1) 394

by gurps_npc (#47977397) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
Non-Fiction vs mainstream Fiction vs. Science-Fiction vs Fantasy. Plus reasons to write, besides money, fame, and a burning need to tell other people your story.

Non-Fiction: purports to be an accurate portray of real life. Reason to write:You know 'what happened' and think other people want to know

mainstream Fiction: purports to be a realistic portray of possible actions in the real world. Reason to write: you do not know what happened, but are reasonably sure about what is possible.

Science-Fiction: purports to be a portrayal of a logically consistent possible reality that strictly abides by rules and laws similar but not identical to the real world. Reason to write: You have a story to tell, can abide by strict rules, but are not sure what is possible, so you make it up and stick to it..

Fantasy: purports to be a portrayal of a consistent possible reality without bothering to strictly abide by any rules. More interested in character relationships than laws of science. Reason to write: You have a story to tell, it requires breaking certain existing, known physical rules, but the story is more important than the rules.

P.S. Stories that involve sword fighting - even if they are 'light sabers' - are never Science Fiction, no matter that they are cloaked in the traditional words of Science Fiction. If they are not historical in nature, they are most likely Fantasy, as they are explicitly breaking known rules - for example the known rule that you DON'T BRING A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.

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