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Comment Re:Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

So, what about making things work isn't support, at least in the context of making things work for a company whose primary mission isn't itself doing IT work for the rest of the world?

What we're really talking about here is training. I'll bet all that equivilent stuff of what they want is installed on the computers, but that's easy. Even putting icons on the desktop and telling the users which icon corresponds to what use they want. However, actual training in how to use those programs beyond open, save, close, is usually batted around from department to department as it requires trainers with specialized knowledge, lots of time to hand hold users, and usually at odd hours as the users still have work to do. Where I work, IT installs the programs, but training for common programs is pushed back to the department and they can use their budgets for trainers. IT installs Excel but they're not going to train the users how to create their spread sheets with functions and and macros. Training for in house programs usually goes to special people who only deal with those programs, or more often than not, is just undocumented knowledge taught from old workers to new ones as they are hired. For a new deployment like this, I wouldn't be surprised if someproject manager wasn't put in charge of training and either they dropped the ball, or more likely, the users just flat out don't want to learn anything outside of what they already know.

Comment Re:I'd choose billing. (Score 1) 311

Case in point, I had a CT once. The hospital sent me a bill for $3,000+, marked down per agreement with my insurer to about $300-400. Whatever TF makes them think it's reasonable to charge 10x what they're actually willing to do the service for is the layer that needs to be cut.

From the radiology billing meetings I've been forced to attend where I work at, it's not the hospital deciding to charge you more than what the exam costs, but the insurance company that offers to pay a percentage of what the hospital charges. In most cases, insurers work off the hospital's Master Charge Record, the cost the hospitals charge the patient, and offer to pay a percentage of that. If the hospital lowered their bill, the insurer would just pay less money.

Comment Re:PET, CAT and MRIs Are Cheap. We Overpay in the (Score 1) 311

That price contains a massive subsidy for people on government programs.

Hardly. Outside of Trauma Radiology in the ED, very little radiology is not pre-approved and medicare/aid ends up paying about as much as other insurances do to the hospital. Radiology, like the pharmacy and surgery is usually a profit center because usually care doesn't have to be given until the hospital sees the money.

You are correct that that $1500 MRI is not market priced, but that is because of the insurance companies and how they cut their deals with hospitals on how much they will pay.

Comment Re:PET, CAT and MRIs Are Cheap. We Overpay in the (Score 1) 311

A $1500 MRI in the United States is about $150 elsewhere. Same machine, same cost of living. The excess costs are come from time the machine isn't in use, how much we pay specialists to review the scans and how the machines are generally used as a profit center for providers.

About half of that cost is coming from insurance. The traditional way insurers do things is to offer hospitals a percentage on the dollar of what they pay based on the Master Charge Record, which is the price they publicly say the scans cost. Since even the best insurances only pay 66 cents on the dollar and most pay closer to 33, the prices have to marked up to represent that. Currently, there are smaller imaging clinics that show up and charge much less, that is because they signed a different deal with the insurers, one that the hospitals were not offered, of a flat rate paid for each type of scan. Thus, if you are self paying, you are paying twice to three times as much as somebody with insurance, not that this matters to the hospitals, as so few self-payers actually pay their bills, that the line item on budget reports for self-payers are assumed to be non-payers (who might donate some funds later in the Collections line item).

Comment Re:Colleges are not for education (Score 1) 274

High school's great for industrial factory workers, but we've moved past that. We don't have that many untrained industrial factory jobs anymore and we really don't want to go back any more than we want to go back to being an agricultural nation. Now even ditch diggers are going to handed a quarter of a million dollar machine to operate rather than a shovel. We need to make high education easier so we can compete with modern nations as the larger the high trained workforce is, the better our manufacturing can be. There will always be plenty of drop outs to fill the role of untrained labor, which these days means a high school diploma.

Comment Re:As a wise man once said (Score 1) 319

Information doesn't want anything. It's inanimate.

Give it a rest. They say 'water wants to find its level' all the time in the sciences and its inanimate and nobody bickers like you. Second law of thermodynamics states that the natural log of all possible states is going to increase which basically means that it takes more energy to keep information from spreading that to let it spread.

Comment Re:More social decay. (Score 1) 319

Why does lifelong monogamy has to be the moral norm ?

Probably because it's the easiest, emotionally and due to resources like time. Ever tried to balance two relationships at the same time? Even when everything is above board and they know about each other, there are a multitude of scheduling issues. Emergencies and times of need can happen at anytime and balancing everything makes for a lot of overhead if not stress. Then, if things are beyond the friends with benefits stage, then they are pretty much going to have to interact with together. If you're lucky, they're going to get along great and conspire against you all the time (usually in a good way), and if not, then you have to manage to people who are constantly at odds. Add another other people and it just increases the complexity that much more.

Comment Re:Get Self-Employed (Score 1) 268

The answer is easy, implementation, not so much.

True, but the problem given by the OP isn't the real issue that people should be taking away from the article. The issue is not a mass of people suffering for long periods of time in a horrible business environment. Amazon is not the sort of working conditions that one can put up with for years on end. Unless you can consistently out preform everybody else in your group without stress while they work at burn out levels, you will eventually burn out or be let go. Friends that have worked there say that the average time of employment there is about 18 months. Amazon is just burning through people as fast as they can because there are plenty of people to burn through. Not bad if you are looking for some contacts and something to put on a resume to get a better job, but not a career possibility no matter how much you can put up with a bad work place.

Comment Re:Get Self-Employed (Score 1) 268

If you don't like the working conditions then form your own business and work for yourself. It's that simple.

Most people do. That is what people I have known who have worked at Amazon and the article have said. The average time of employment there is 18 months. By that time, people have either taken their experience and put it on a resume to get a better job, or been chewed up and spit out by the review process. Anybody treating Amazon like a career, that isn't in some very lucky position, will be in for a rude surprise when they either burn out of are let go. Treat is like a stepping stone from the beginning, and it might work out for you.

Comment Re:"allow illegal discussions on its site" (Score 1) 141

Growing cannabis in the US is still illegal at fed level. Just because a minority of deadsville states have legalized purchasing it, primarily to stop filling their prisons and ruining people lives for a relatively benign activity, doesn't mean we don't face jail time if caught with it across most of the country affecting the vast majority of the population.


You forgot to mention cost. I highly suspect that if the Feds had given those "deadsville states", like Washington, serious grief about not respecting Federal Law, you would have seen a lot of cops holding people till Federal agents showed up. Probably more cops and people than there are Federal agents to investigate. Those wanted for Federal crimes would be moved to Federal holding facilities, where they would later be tried in Federal courts, and serve time in Federal prisons. I bet the last thing the Feds want is to fill their courts and prisons with casual pot smokers and small time dealers either.

Comment Re:How hard is it to meet your people ONCE? (Score 1) 676

There is no evidence that encryption was used to protect the emails.

Not everyone who communicates with one another can ever actually meet and exchange key ids, so they need trusted introducers (and even then, that's usually not so bad). But it's hard to believe that for all the people that she was talking to, she never met any of them (which would make a key exchange easy). They ought to have at least pretty-well-verified (and usually very-well-verified) keys for one another other.

I think they mean on the thumb drives themselves, meaning if the drives were stolen, the holder would have access to all that info. At my work we deal with HIPPA info, and all our thumb drives are encrypted and require a password to read what is on them.

Comment Re:Alternative to Clinton? (Score 1) 676

Trump's popularity is a mile wide and an inch deep - it's all name recognition. Once people start to hear some of the other candidates, you're going to see that lead erode, and fast.

Not to mention, he's not a Republican. He might be trying to run on the party ticket and have a good deal of Republican voters behind him, but he's not part of the Republican Party. He probably doesn't have leverage within the party to get the nomination and has demonstrated he has no loyalty to the party and will run as an independent. The party insiders at worst will be put in a position where they will have to relinquish the control of the party to Trump, or let Trump cost the party the election and take all the blame for it while still letting them remain in control as Trump is forgotten. I bet the Republican Party would rather see another Perot before being blackmailed into giving away their control.

Comment Re:Abraham Lincoln (Score 1) 161

Hooker and others were extremely bad. He was scrapping the bottom of the barrel when he picked Grant.

Not really the bottom of the barrel, just from a secondary front where he had been racking up success after success, invading Tennessee, isolating Texas, controlling the Mississippi, and pushing the enemy lines back.

Comment Re:Legality aside... (Score 1) 231

Why didn't taxi/cab companies come up with better service like Uber? Cost seems only one differentiator...

Not quite. It depends on the individual market. Where I live they are more expensive than taxis, but taxis are slow to respond, dirty old cop cars (often still with the spotlights and battering rams), with unhelpful drivers that you really have no guarantee will even show up. I stopped using taxis here after several times in a row of waiting for an hour and half with multiple calls and drivers saying they went by and I wasn't there and didn't answer the phone. Uber, which I do not use but my friends do, have new, clean cars, nice and polite drivers, are on the app you can see where they are on the way to pick you up, and evan have much better service as I've heard of some that will keep a small cooler of ice cold bottled water to give away on hot days. They seem to take advantage of whatever deficiencies the local cab company may have.

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