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Comment Re: Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 4, Insightful) 244

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) 244

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 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 Educational toys (Score 1) 373

I think most kids of recent generations are being cheated.

I got to play with Lincoln logs, all right, but I also got to play with several different Gilbert chemistry sets, including their largest, and including an "inherited" Gilbert U238 atomic energy kit which my dad bought for my older sister in late 1950. I still have (what remains of) it. Nothing like that is available now, and has not been for some time.

I built the digi-comp mechanical computer (and later built my first one out of TTL, definitely due to the influence of that digi-comp. I can still remember a great deal about the 74181 ALU. :) We built quite a number of Heathkits. I still have some of them. My Heathkit transistor tester is still something I use -- it is quick, easy, and usually tells me what I need to know in one step; it often saves me from having to go through a full curve-tracing undertaking. He got all three of us microscopes, a decent (for the day) telescope, taught us how to build cameras, scoop ponds for paramecia and the like, and took us on multiple rock-hunting and nature trips. We went spelunking, picked mushrooms, learned how to identify some geological formations and quite a few plants. The games my sibs and I played with each other and with our parents were poker, go, chess, mahjong, and scrabble. When other kids were screwing around all summer, he enrolled me in an NRI electronics course so I was occupied with something fun that had a little more focus to it. I'd row out to the middle of the river (the Delaware), drop the anchor, and lay back and read for hours out there, taking the occasional jump in the water to cool off. He would quiz me in the evenings. We got music lessons, martial arts lessons, and dance lessons. We listened to, and discussed in depth, every musical genre they could think to present to us. Including comedy. I still worship at the altar of Tom Lehrer to this very day, one of the funniest and definitely one of the smartest comedians to ever play to an audience. Talented otherwise, too.

Most kids now seem to grow up sitting in front of the television, not exactly focused on educational programs, either. Later they graduate to game consoles and smartphones. They think comedy is encompassed by asshole "shock jocks" and the like. They don't even know how to make conversation with each other - in a restaurant, what I typically see is a table full of kids, all with their heads buried in their smartphones, rarely even speaking to one another. I guess they're happy, but I look at them and I see failure in progress.

IMHO, the best thing about recent years in this sense is the easy and inexpensive availability of computers of significant power. Including smartphones, though most don't seem to actually realize what they are holding in their hands. In my community, at least, there aren't very many parents seeing to it that the actual standalone small computers are in the hands of their kids. Deb and I bought full Raspberry Pi setups for all the grandkids for them to experiment with (and it's been loads of fun teaching them how to write assembly language and Python), but according to them, none of their friends are familiar with the pi at all.

But hey, football sure is popular around here... :/

Comment Circuits? (Score 3, Interesting) 39

Wires, according to TFS. Not much of a circuit, really...

But it's a start. Perhaps they'll also figure out resistors, capacitors and semiconductors. Along with a way for them to self-assemble in such a way as to be able to do something of an intentionally designed nature.

Interesting to see such research going on. I wonder what the eventual consequences might be if they can go further. Rare plants that report to "central" if you try to uproot or poison them? Vegetation that sends out an analysis of the digestive conditions of those that eat them? Weeds that are weather stations? Surveillance built into the trees on a nicely shaded street? Organic LED displays from the garden? Soft, programmable illumination from the tree over your picnic table?

Okay, perhaps I just need more coffee. Not supposed to be dreaming after I wake up. :)

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.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.