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Comment: Re:Proper coding != fraud (Score 1) 294

by meosborne (#41428517) Attached to: Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic

The problem with your scenario is that that extra 5% is *not* necessary to the care of the patient and is done simply to be able to charge a higher fee. That, my friend, is certainly fraud. Your charity analogy is not relevant here. You can give *your* money to whomever you wish, but the money here is *not* yours. It comes from someone else. A better analogy would be someone who is paid by the hour "checking a few additional things" simply to get the time over the pay hump. Would *you* be OK with that if you were paying?

Comment: Free market & Communism - flipsides of a coin (Score 1) 149

by meosborne (#39834311) Attached to: Good News For US Fusion Research

The notion of a naturally free market is an unrealistic utopian idea akin to that of communism. It sounds really great on paper or in words, however, it will never actually appear in the real world due those pesky things called human beings. They just refuse to operate according to the theory.

Go figure.

Comment: It's not a question of innocence (Score 5, Insightful) 1046

by meosborne (#39542351) Attached to: Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

It's not a question of guilt or innocence, Zimmerman is guilty of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. That is not in question at all. The question is whether he was legally justified in doing so. Unfortunately, one side of the story (Trayvon) has been removed and cannot be heard.

A human being *died*. A young man was shot and killed while bearing only a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles. An investigation of more than simply accepting the word of the shooter is definitely warranted.

Comment: Re:Which was always obvious. (Score 1) 144

by meosborne (#38929163) Attached to: Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing

> "Nice" isn't a business model. It's hardly even a worthwhile adjective.

Egad, I would *never* wish to have any sort of dealings, business or social, with you. "Nice" are all of those things which are not strictly required but can make all the difference between a pleasant experience and a poor one.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 542

by meosborne (#38504736) Attached to: Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

Download music from iTunes, and you can only play it on a limited number of computers (try it and you'll find out).

Nope, been unencrptyted now for many years (and with iTunes Match Apple will even give you a nice 256kb DRM-free audio file of everything you ever ripped from a CD).

So that was totally wrong.

Of course, iTunes, is NOT proprietary in any way, nor is the format of the information managed by it. Apple freely provides the necessary information for non-Apple programs/devices to do similar functions.

Locking hardware to software.

This was a particularly amusing error because you almost had a point! If only you had reversed it.

But in fact Apple does not lock hardware to software at all. Apple, for example, shipped bootcamp with the first Intel Mac.

So, your iGadget is not locked to software? You can freely connect it to another gadget which contains NO Apple software and actually move things back and forth?

Pushing of proprietary standards.

Like the industry standard HTML5?

Or the industry standard video codec h.264?

Or forcing the music industry to drop DRM?

Apple has not pushed proprietary standards since AppleTalk.

What about the mag-safe connector, the iPod connector, keyboard, etc? These are not proprietary? What about the standard USB?

Being the middle-man.

I can download music from anywhere and load it on an iPhone.

Without software from Apple?

Free apps pay nothing to Apple.

I can put any number of PDF's on a iPhone, or read Kindle books with which not one cent went to Apple...

"A" middle man? Sure. THE middle man? Not even close.

If Apple is not THE middle man, the please explain where you get the apps if it is not via Apple's store. Having only ONE store certainly places Apple in the middle.

Comment: Apple *bought* CUPS (Score 1) 542

by meosborne (#38504406) Attached to: Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

CUPS was developed long before Apple bought it. Have you ever tried doing something in CUPS on OSX that is easily possible on CUPS in Linux? CUPS on OSX is some kind of franken-CUPS.

Before Apple bought CUPS there was a CUPS aware printer driver available for Windows. That was great, one printer driver for just about everything. Sigh, that hasn't been updated since the purchase and the old driver no longer works with CUPS. Not exactly an advancement.

Comment: You have issues that need addressed... (Score 5, Informative) 219

by meosborne (#35835774) Attached to: To Be Given Back To the Community

Perhaps your rant applies in *your* world, but it certainly doesn't apply in mine. The company I work for has been using quite happily for years. It does everything we need to do. We've integrated it into a majority of our workflows. We've felt no loss from not having either Microsoft Office or even Windows. Yeah, we're a double conundrum. We're a long-term successful business who doesn't use Microsoft Office or Windows. And we're not even a remotely IT-related business, nor are most of our employees computer experts.

In short, I think you are completely full of it.


Ontario School Bans Wi-Fi 287

Posted by samzenpus
from the balance-the-humors dept.
St. Vincent Euphrasia elementary school in Meaford, Ont. is the latest Canadian school to decide to save its students from the harmful effects of Wi-Fi by banning it. Schools from universities on down have a history of banning Wi-Fi in Ontario. As usual, health officials and know-it-all scientists have called the move ridiculous. Health Canada has released a statement saying, "Wi-Fi is the second most prevalent form of wireless technology next to cell phones. It is widely used across Canada in schools, offices, coffee shops, personal dwellings, as well as countless other locations. Health Canada continues to reassure Canadians that the radiofrequency energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment is extremely low and is not associated with any health problems."

Songbird Fossil Virus May Help Predict Pandemics 42

Posted by samzenpus
from the oldest-medicine dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers announced they found a fossil virus hiding in the most unexpected place: the chromosomes of several songbird species. This ancient virus resembles human hepatitis B virus. Finding this ancient virus will catalyze new lines of inquiry that may help scientists predict and prevent future human viral pandemics that originate in birds."

Whisky Made From Diabetics' Urine 226

Posted by samzenpus
from the I've-tasted-this-before dept.
It's doubtful that any other distillery will come up with a whisky that tastes like Gilpin Family Whisky because of its secret ingredient: urine. Researcher and designer James Gilpin uses the sugar rich urine of elderly diabetics to make his high-end single malt whisky. From the article: "The source material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including Gilpin's own grandmother, Patricia. The urine is purified in the same way as mains water is purified, with the sugar molecules removed and added to the mash stock to accelerate the whisky's fermentation process. Traditionally, that sugar would be made from the starches in the mash."

Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers 238

Posted by Soulskill
from the dem's-fightin'-woids dept.
On Tuesday we discussed a scathing critique of Ray Kurzweil's understanding of the brain written by PZ Myers. Reader Amara notes that Kurzweil has now responded on his blog. Quoting: "Myers, who apparently based his second-hand comments on erroneous press reports (he wasn't at my talk), [claims] that my thesis is that we will reverse-engineer the brain from the genome. This is not at all what I said in my presentation to the Singularity Summit. I explicitly said that our quest to understand the principles of operation of the brain is based on many types of studies — from detailed molecular studies of individual neurons, to scans of neural connection patterns, to studies of the function of neural clusters, and many other approaches. I did not present studying the genome as even part of the strategy for reverse-engineering the brain."

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