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Comment Get a contract. (Score 1) 109

Let's take it for wrote that the NSA will spy on us and the snowden leaks were only to show the NSA where they were holes in its operation that it closed down.
So no country is safe from the NSA.

They are not suppose to spy on citizens though. So I guess that still makes US the safest place.
However when shopping for online hosting, we rarely put the effort that is deserving for the cost of the information. If you want extra protection, then you need to work up a custom contract for work, and not their standard terms of services. That will cover all the holes you want to be sure is covered. You may end up paying a lot more for it too. But if your data is that valuable then you need to go threw the extra effort.

I work in a Mid-Large size Hospital and we take HIPAA and your personal health records very seriously, sometimes we need to work with an outside vendor who will host some systems, the contracting will take months to insure the data is secure, and if there is a breach they will legally on the line for their mistake not us, and they will have to face nearly all the burden including paying us back for any work on our end, for their damage. Now in generally I tend to really hate this, because it takes months, and I have to explain to the vendor's Project Managers, our end users and upper management, that it is still in contracting and they get frustrated as there is no movement, I get frustrated too, because this may take an unexpected amount of time so it is hard to prioritize my work. However the data is extremely important and we need to be sure that we have covered all the holes that we can think of.

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 2, Interesting) 562

There are fringe groups of Environmentalists and Health Nuts, who seem to forget or not realize the advancements we have made over the last couple thousand years in providing clean and much more healthy drinking water. There is a reason why our forefathers drank a lot of beer and hard cider, it was healthier then drinking water. The alcohol which damaged their livers and took decades off their lifespan, was a better option of drinking fresh water which could have microbes that could kill you the next week. Now we had great improvement in water purification technologies so clean drinking water is possible and better for you then alcohol. Which then leads us to the 1920's prohibition, where many people who were employed to serve alcohol either had to work black market, go to a different career, or adapt. Those who adapted, help make things as Malted Milk Shakes, and Soda-Pop and other "Soft" drinks. Where they could use their now clean water to make new drinks which is what they were good at. Now these soft drinks were speciality drinks, were candy not meant for constant consumption, so they were not targeted towards to being part of your daily diet. Then we get to those silly Baby Boomers who never wanted to grow up. So their culture rejected all the stuffy restrictions of their parents and tried to be young and hip. Thus causing them to drink more soda, and avoiding classifying it as kids stuff, then we get to their kids, where they felt it was OK to feed their children this as part of their normal grocery items. So the Gen X got hooked on the taste.

Now, Soda isn't like tobacco where it is an addictive substance, it is much easier to quit the soda habit/substitute it with something else. We Americans have a problem of overdoing things that we like. When we smoke we smoke packs of cigarettes a day not one every few days. When we drink soda it is part of our diet not just a random treat. If we don't like meat then we go full vegan, if we like meat, then we reject all vegetarian meals. When our excess goes out of control, it is easier to blame the product maker, then ourselves for going in excess.

Comment Brave polling, but in real life? (Score 5, Insightful) 222

It is interesting to see the current results with over 40% in "Sorry I can't help, but I just can't recall any ..." but I expect most of these people will not realize how much pressure you may get from legal authorities to release your password. Chances are most of you would crack after you have legal authorities pressing you. Why? because you don't need to be criminally prosecuted for your life to be made miserable. Especially if you don't have anything incriminating, it will be easier to give the password show that you don't have anything and just go on and change your password. Now this isn't fair and we should have legal protection against officials for even asking the question, but real life, if you are going to stand up for your rights, there will be consequences you will have to face. If you have the bravery to do this, good for you. But in reality most of us do not have the bravery that we think we do in such a poll.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 319

You really have no idea on what you are talking about do you.
Jobs, Gates, Ellidon while extreamly successful with the lack of business school, they are blips. The 1% in the US of 300 million people is well 3 million people.

Jobs and Gates took a risk and got lucky that the market was hungry for something.
Many engineers do have an MBA you go to these MBA classes and they are full of computer scientist and engineers. They often take the MBA as to give them more leverage dealing with higher management and make them more sellable as outside consultants.

Comment Re:well, of course (Score 1) 29

That is true, but hospitals like hiring yes men to manage their IT.
So Doctor will abuse the "Medically necessary" excuse for the quickest and easiest setup so they get to play with there new toys faster.
If the hospital hired more competent staff the doctors have fits and may leave the organization because we will not give them access to install Dropbox or allow there PC to use USB sticks.
Also MD for some reason feel like they are qualified to make such decisions as somehow there degree makes them qualified for all levels of work. Not realizing that other people who may not have the Dr. Title in their name may still be a specialist in their field and knows what needs to be done far more then they do.

Comment Re:Acceptable ads? (Score 1) 256

So you just want to steal from people who operate and maintain your favorite sites.
Or do you make a list of sites that you regulatory visit and send them a check for thanks for running?

For me ad blocking is about computing safety as a bad add posed as a legit link can lead to a system security or performance problem that eats up my battery life.

Good ads I don't have issues. I know it is an ad it isn't slowing my system, advertising a legit product or service. And the money from these ads pay for the site information which I value.

Comment Re:Oh God (Score 1) 268

But we as humans have the ability to go past our natural instinct and will fight them for will or for woe.
4:30 am the alarm wakes me up. I sense no danger, I am not starving, I do not have to go to the bathroom, I am still tired and could sleep. But I don't I get out of bed put on garments that will not keep me warm or cool or protect me from harm, heck that top button is sometimes a little uncomfortable.
I will then eat eat even though I am not starving. Then I will go to a place where I lift heavy weights and run until I am physically exhausted, making me more vulnerable to predators. Then I go to a place where I tinker with a bunch of other objects that don't appear in nature and make them do unnatural things. Without directly looking for food.
Unlike the cat who will sleep as long as it is tired and feels safe, then do actions that it feels as hunting.

Comment Re:The algorithm isn't clever, but scales well. (Score 0) 82

No not really. It is easily parallelized yes. But you really don't improve big O speed like you do with sort algorithms.
String compare will always be O(n)
Now based of of the data you may be able to speed it up say your string of data contains particular patterns where you can group as a one letter such as compressing the string and compare the two compressed data, or say with DNA you just compress the data to 4 bit for value so you are searching more optimally. However you are still going in linear speed.

That said linear speed isn't that bad, but compared to log speed it gets poky

Comment Re:Soon! (Score 1) 26

I am not stating that you legally can't but the fact you probably shouldn't.
It would be difficult for a company to make a profit of designing luxury items, that will require major trauma for installation. So it may be hard for you to get such a system. It may go in the realm of extreme body manipulation, split tongue, horn implants... However requiring brain surgery is kida hardcore for most people.

Comment Re:See (Score 4, Insightful) 106

Exactly, Adblocking for the most part isn't about trying to stop advertising that helps pay for the operation of the website, but to stop abusive add companies that attempt to turn your full device into an advertising media. Especially when it gets past the site you are viewing, then the add revenue doesn't go to the web-site but only to the advertising company, thus creating a no benefit business model.

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.