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Comment: Re:Comcast and Time Warner, a match made in . . . (Score 2) 112

by pcolaman (#49544875) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

I don't know about that. I can't intelligently comment on Comcast (as I have the pleasure of saying I've never lived in an area plagued by Comcast) but between Cox and TWC I've always had better internet service through Cox. The speeds are better, the downtimes are extremely rare, and although they claim a data cap, I've gone over it numerous times and have never been penalized for it. I called them on it and they indicated that in reality it's a soft cap and all they do is send a warning email. I suppose if that ever changed I might change my mind, but for now I'd personally recommend Cox.

Their customer service, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired (although I doubt it's as bad as what I've heard of Comcast)

Comment: Re:Medical records? (Score 1) 528

by pcolaman (#48528141) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

It is confidential, and disclosure by the employer may violate state laws, but the HIPAA privacy rule does
not apply to an employer, even with records related to a FMLA claim. HIPAA privacy rule applies to the health care provider, and group health plan administrator (the insurance company) as covered entities, but not the employer.

The information is confidential and it should nevertheless be stored separately in a confidential file for the employee.
It should be physically secured and not scanned into a digital representation.

Just because the employer is not covered by HIPAA, does not mean there is no liability, or that the employee won't sue them over damages resulting from negligent treatment of confidential records.

That is not entirely correct. Technically, as a "business associate" of the health plan (assuming that the health plan is through the employer) then they have the same obligations as the health plan administrator themselves when obtaining information for an FMLA claim, and information obtained must be done through a health care provider acting on behalf of the employer. This is a reason why many large employers (like the one I worked for) have on staff occupational nurses to act in this capacity.

Comment: Re:Medical records? (Score 1) 528

by pcolaman (#48527801) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Actually it may very well included test results for stuff like MRIs. I had to claim FMLA years ago with a company I worked with and part of the document that was submitted to my employer was documentation from my Doctor including medical test results (with legal waivers allowing them to be sent to the Employer, of course) to help support the FMLA claim.

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 1) 354

by pcolaman (#47843853) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Honestly I found Bukkit to always be very buggy in many aspects, probably in part to the way it was designed. I know I have no say on the decision, but if I were Notch and company, I'd take the useful stuff that they can get negotiated rights for out of Bukkit, firebomb the rest of it and create their own mod engine from the ground up.

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 1) 354

by pcolaman (#47843683) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

No shit, and my comment was directed at the AC who somehow thinks that Wolfe can try to force Mojang's hand. Yeah, he can make them take down the binaries all day long, but he has no leg to stand on in trying to force them to open source the server. I doubt Mojang would even consider it. It's much more likely if they had to that they would discontinue Bukkit/CraftBukkit and create their own modding engine (which I believe they have been working on in preparation for the modding API anyways).

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 2, Interesting) 354

by pcolaman (#47841087) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

You moronic asshole (see, I can do it too). You are not understanding the fact that there is ZERO GPL violations in the Minecraft server. The whole issue of GPL violations is with Bukkit and CraftBukkit, which this guy did work on. And the irony here is that they had to reverse engineer the Minecraft Server software in order to make Bukkit/CraftBukkit work. In short, not only does Wolfe have no ground to stand on in terms of the Minecraft Server software being open sourced but also he's basically torpedoing the software that he helped to create. I'm guessing the dude is going to have trouble finding friends in the Minecraft Development Community before long.

Comment: Re:What about Discrete Math? (Score 1) 155

by pcolaman (#47293443) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

+50 this. If you want a real foundation that can make you a really damn good programmer in college and beyond, try to get an intro into Discrete Math. I'm sure that through iTunes U and other places online there are likely videos and instruction on Discrete Math if there are not any courses available to a HS student.

Comment: Misunderstanding of what CS really is (Score 1) 155

by pcolaman (#47293423) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

Computer Science != chugging out code. Anyone who has actually gone through a Computer Science degree (I'm nearly done with mine) will tell you that it's not purely writing code. Analyzing algorithms and computational complexity, doing Math up to or beyond Linear Algebra, Set Theory, and Theory of Computation, and possibly (depending on chosen electives) learning about Cryptography, Database Design, and Artificial Intelligence indicates that learning about how computers work, what code does, how important it is to have efficient algorithms, and the real life applications of coding all is encompassed in Computer Science.

I think there is a gross misunderstanding in society of what skills a CS Grad takes from their degree. To be honest, when I was in High School (96-00) there was no such thing as an AP Computer Science class or test (at least not at my HS) so I don't know how much the class focuses on stuff other than coding, but I can tell you that if someone goes from HS to College expecting a CS Degree program to essentially be a bunch of classes about chugging out a bunch of lines of javascript, they'll get a nice swift kick in the ass the first time they take an Algorithm Analysis class and realize all of the math and proofs involved.

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