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Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 0) 285

Iraq was invaded in 2003 under the official pretense that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Well it turned out that he had none which means either the US's intelligence is so shit that they found something that wasn't there or that US intellgience had lied about what they knew. Either way, this makes the invasion of Iraq purely stupid and illegal - the justification of invading Iraq was totally unfounded.

Don't be a fool.

First option is the chemical weapons were moved into some hole in the ground out in nowhere-land desert and the guys that did it killed on purpose by the regime or just through ordinary action in war. This is unlikely, but could have been done if an appropriate way to make it look like something else during spy satellite image processing.

Number two is that they never had those weapons to any appreciable degree, but the cronies told other cronies they had them, so there was a widespread belief that they existed. How does a spy tell the difference between information about chemical weapons that is true, and information about chemical weapons that is false but believed to be true? Saddam's underlings were weaving an extensive lie to him to stay alive.

Also. They DID have those weapons and used them against Iran. USA SOLD THEM to him.

Saddam having those weapons was entirely plausible at the onset of the war.

True, it was probably a bunch of Bush dick waving and a big distraction from the real problem (Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other places with islamists gathering strength) however your conclusion it was all about false pretenses for chemical weapons isn't a sound one.

Comment Re:Smart TV (Score 1) 148

Is there really any reason to buy a "Smart" TV, versus a standalone display?

There are good "dumb" TVs out there. I picked up a "hisense" which is apparently a very popular brand in south east asia, it's a dumb TV with HDMI input, component input and that's it. The remote is simple and it looks great. The speakers are even surprisingly good, much of the time for regular sitcom TV I just use those rather than my Onkyo reciever and surround system.

These things are out there, just be willing to go to a different brand than the usual line up. (BTW Hisense is available at Costco. Not sure where else, try Target.)

Comment Re:Transition (Score 5, Informative) 232

And in 20 years, both of you will realize a close in small screen is a completely dumb idea only a kid would want to have.

Eyesight beyond 40 is NOT conducive to any type of product like that. You'd have to assume lots of medical breakthroughs that are safe, effective, AND inexpensive to fix eyesight first.

Now get off my lawn.

Comment Re:Not too hard (Score 1) 67

So far as I've ever heard, all credit card numbers are generated according to an algorithm that can be fairly easily reverse-engineered, so this 'news' really isn't a surprise at all to me. Other than that he's doing more-or-less a brute-force attack on PoS terminals by tossing 'up to 40 (fake) cards' at them. I think in the end the only thing that will be impressive about this is what AmEx may do to him legally (criminal or civil) first for creating this device, then revealing it publicly; he gave enough details already that anyone moderately competent should be able to duplicate it and go on a fraud-spree.

Judging by the number of times I have seen people posting online "my card was compromised before I got it in the mail" or "before first use" ALL of the CC issuers have the same problem.

If the card gets compromised once, it's replacement is relatively easy to compromise as well.

Comment Re: Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 4, Insightful) 256

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) 256

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) 179

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) 179

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 Re:No defense (Score 1) 98 There are thousands of references indicating that a space detonation would be much much more damaging than a ground blast.


Physics and real world tests indicate just simply "No" even if the retardation of linking "proof" on a web site desperately trying to sell stuff mitigating the threat they are over-inflating.

Comment Re:Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 2) 486

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.

Comment Re:What changes? (Score 1) 48

It does give additional recourse to the consumer if they get scammed. They Scum Scammers may have enough legal prescience to cover a lot of the parts of the scam, such as selling a low quality product as high quality, or just offering some sort of lame service for money. But if they are doing the illegal money transfer it gives them one more thing to get them on.
You go to jail for breaking the law, you don't go to jail because you are a waste on human society.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.