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Comment What scares me here (Score 4, Insightful) 37

is that reading and exploiting data that's a mere 25 years old requires almost archeological-like recovery and reconstruction techniques. Compare that to a thousand year old book that's usually pretty much readily readable today.

I think modern society is on a scary path towards massive amnesia in the not-so-long term...

Comment And... (Score 1) 138

what new policies are in place to insure such an egregious violation of constitutional rights never happens again? What people were fired? And what assurance do the people have that this type of data-mining isn't just passed off to another agency?

Let's be clear here: not that much would have changed without certain revelations. It isn't enough to be caught with your hand in the cookie jar to simply say you won't do it again. I want a clear informed law that states some ass will be ground into dust if anyone tries this bullshit.

Anything short of that is just playing possum until it happens again.

Comment Re:Maine has been doing this since 1976 (Score 2) 34

That's all very well and good. Now look at the cost of medicine today, compare it to just 30 years ago, and then tell me it hasn't been driven in very large part by technological advances, which hasn't significantly improved outcomes, but has driven medical care out of reach for many, keeping in mind telemedicine is seen as a cost-saving measure due in part to more spending on the technological aspect of medicine at the expense of the infrastructure.

For all your claims it isn't getting better, reality has a counter argument.

Take a look at the reality for yourself then. It is less than clear-cut, except for the fact costs have risen dramatically.

Comment Re:Maine has been doing this since 1976 (Score 1) 34

Having seen telemedicine in practice over the past 10 years, I can tell you the clear and defining raison d'etre is a CYA mentality that at least some specialist was involved, and of course money. Lots and lots of money.

Of course any proof that patient outcomes were better is sorely lacking, but hey, who needs scientific rigour when there is money to be had selling a bunch of high-tech equipment to people who can barely afford it, let alone an actual doctor.

I don't see you listing any barriers that can't be overtaken

One of the largest obstacles to automated medicine is simple pattern recognition, where even having a wealth of information on tap is meaningless without boots on the ground that can identify subtle pattern changes that even patients might not notice, which often drives having further tests done. That requires having trained medical staff onsite, and that requires money, which in short supply. That is a huge barrier.

You are clearly against technological progress.

Nope, just seen 'technological progress' used as a sales pitch too often, that had very little to offer in terms of actual improvement, but by-golly succeeded splendidly in making some people rich.

Comment Re:Why? why now? (Score 1) 158

If you're a developer working in a shop writing code for bethesda or valve or EA, chances are your windows site license for desktops and servers is already heavily discounted thanks to your generous interest in a visual studio license despite eclipse being right there. Chances are even better that in order to keep this generous discount your manager has started shoehorning C# into your project requirements to 'maximize the investment value' of what basically amounts to a protection racket for good customers.

This is one of the dumbest things I've read on /. for a long while.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 519

freedom of speech is not freedom of consequences

It's platitudes all the way down!

And in this particular framing, government is some intractable beast held in check, but never a defender of those rights. Why it is perfectly apt to fire someone for being Jewish... oh, wait, no you can't; almost as if the government were also imbued with protecting the rights of the minority against the will of the majority.

Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech

You might want to revisit the meaning of this, since nowhere can it be found that this applies only to government, and the corollary to it is that congress is well within its powers to make laws promoting freedom of speech, of the press, and religion, as can be documented in hundreds of circumstances conveniently ignored.

And just as McCarthyism is viewed distastefully now, only the dim would suppose that disfavor was exclusive to government action. which is why you can safely work for a Republican even though you are a Democrat, and even have the audacity to have Sanders bumper sticker on your car without fear of legally losing your job.

I do believe that is freedom from consequences, damn that meddling government.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 519

Not exactly that clear cut.

The government also makes laws that states you could be fired from your job for expressing an opinion, which just a proxy, much like the US government not being legal in snooping into your affairs without a warrant, but is perfectly cromulent to authorize a foreign government to do the snooping. Doubt you would be as sympathetic if you were fired for expressing your love of kittens. After all, it was just consequences of your speech. The government wasn't involved at all, except making it a legal argument for dismissal.

And all this ignores the spirit of the 1st Amendment, which is to foster debate, free from intrusion. Your line logic lead to free speech zones, which yes; you are free to say what ever you want (just like you could in prison), but far away from it being meaningful.

Comment Re:Roll your own (Score 2) 464

Then let them tell themselves that the traffic, diminished purchasing potential, and degraded quality of life is worth it.

Place I live has a pop. of about 50,000, has a performing arts center that can attract acts like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, is 1.5 hours out from a major city in any direction, has several good universities nearby, and what I use to pay in rent can get a house.

I would expect especially nerds to do a cost-benefit analysis and figure it out.

Comment Roll your own (Score 1) 464

I am consistently surprised that more of the entrepreneurial types don't drag a bunch of their friends to the South or Mid-West to set up shop. There is little benefit I can see to joining established markets except for the "Me too!"-ism and paying inflated costs.

Especially as far as tech is concerned, that can be done almost anywhere. I remember when Austin was little more than flyover country, and it still would have been except a few decided to make the first strike.

Anything cut to length will be too short.