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Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 4, Informative) 31

by arth1 (#49604473) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

This is just plain irresponsible behaviour by PillPack, nothing to do with hacking.

No, this is just plain irresponsible behavior by those who share infomation to PillPack and others.

Recently, I noticed that when I picked up a prescription for a (for me new) medication that's mostly used for one purpose, I suddenly got dozens of spam e-mails wanting to "help" me with a particular diagnosis I don't have. And that's the few that went through the double layer spam filter. It was way too pervasive to be a coincidence.

It's clear that the US prescription system leaks like a sieve, and that even spammers have access to people's prescription history.
Can we go back to paper prescriptions that don't enter a database, please?

Comment: Re:idgi (Score 1) 452

by sjames (#49604387) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

The thing is, as cropped the picture isn't pornographic and it's no more objectifying than any posed picture. Unless your beliefs demand that a woman wear a burka, there is nothing to be offended by in the actual image. There is nothing there that is at all inappropriate for any age.

You are essentially arguing that a reminder of the idea of a pornographic image is offensive. Where does it stop? Is her yearbook picture offensive (after all, it's the same person and nearly as "revealing")? If she herself now "unclean" and intrinsically offensive? Should we lock her away?

Comment: Re:Error in headline (Score 1) 277

You're making the assumption that increasing the number of women means bringing in less qualified women

Generally, it would. There just may not be enough qualified women out there.

Really, you just need to convince some of the highly qualified women who otherwise wouldn't go into STEM that STEM is a good place to be.

That's an entirely different problem involving different people. I can't imagine scientific paper graders to have much say in that, regardless. By the time the problem gets up to their level, it's far too late. The only thing they could do in their capacity is lower standards, the worst solution available.

I am entirely supportive of equality of opportunity. Just not equality of result.

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 1) 247

by pwizard2 (#49603827) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
I suppose everyone else is a "liberal" to extreme right-wingers. Clinton was a moderate by USA standards, but he was a right-winger by world standards. If the USA political spectrum were a football field (with the moderates at the 50-yard line), the repubs would be situated down past their side's goalposts, through the bleachers, and somewhere out in the parking lot. It's fucking scary.

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 3, Insightful) 247

by pwizard2 (#49603769) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Don't blame Clinton for the shutdown. I'm not sure what was in that budget, but it must have been terrible since as a moderate, Clinton was willing to negotiate most of the time. You seem to overlook the fact that the repubs were the ones issuing threats. How little has changed. They're still a bunch of spoiled children, as evidenced by their last shutdown a year or two ago.

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 204

There certainly was an AT&T error there. When he called about the 1st month, the rep couldn't figure out what was going on even though he should have easily seen it was all to one number and that the number was AOL. Further, he promised to send a tech out to investigate and failed to do so. That failure accounts for half of the bill.

Meanwhile, warning your customer if they're running up an unusually large and potentially unpayable bill is just part of good business.

And yeah, in this day and age, $0.36/minute for long distance is rapacious.

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 1) 247

by pwizard2 (#49602983) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

I'd like to see where you're getting your numbers.

So tell me, how do tax cuts for the rich translate into lower deficits? Repubs have been promising that for decades and it has never worked. It's fools math the repubs like to sell to folks who don't know any better. The government requires money to run. If you're not getting the money from taxes, it needs to come from someplace else. You either need to borrow it to pick up the slack (deficit) or do cuts (which affects most people rather badly). So where does the extra money come from?

The mortgage debacle was caused by corporate greed and lack of regulation. The banks would give a loan to anyone who could fog a mirror because they could make a quick profit iby reselling those shit loans and leave someone else holding the bag. Furthermore, Bush had advance warning of 9/11 and did nothing.

Comment: Re:AT&T customer uses $24,298.93 in services (Score 2) 204

Except that it is a long running pattern across corporate America. Company keeps demanding the money, threatens collections. Problem drags on for weeks. Local consumer reporter makes a call, indicates interest in airing the story and BAM! no more bill. You think that's a coincidence?

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 1) 247

by pwizard2 (#49602881) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Except a lot of the dems don't advocate all those things. They play lip service to the ideas but they never follow through. What is liberal or socialist about that? The dems' only saving grace is they aren't as spiteful as the repubs-- the repubs have often been incredibly mean-spirited lately just to gin up their racist inbred base, and I for one am sick of it.

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 4, Insightful) 247

by pwizard2 (#49602643) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
No, you got crumbs, and even that was an unintentional byproduct. The rich got a hell of a lot more benefit out of Bush's policies than you did. Look at what happened to the debt under Bush. The only POTUS who did a worse job was Reagan with his bullshit trickle-down economic policy. Unfortunately, the repubs took that as gospel and we've had 30 years of it. As a consequence this country is a withered husk of what it used to be.

Comment: Re:I WISH he was a candidate (Score 1) 247

by pwizard2 (#49602591) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
The problem is voting third party is the same as voting repub these days. If Nader had dropped out in 2000, the first decade of this century would have been a lot different and things would have been better for everyone. Nader split the Dem vote, which allowed Bush to steal FL and therefore that election.

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley