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Comment Re:Easy Hack (Score 3, Interesting) 74

If you gather together enough unclassified information, you can frequently distill from it facts that are considered classified.

Like tracking the tail numbers of international flights to uncover the CIA's rendition program.

Not to mention that a staff directory is exactly what you want for spearfishing campaigns.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 263

associated by who?

Pretty much everyone, including law enforcement.
The media loves to link Bitcoin to "the dark web" and terrorism.

invested hundreds of millions of dollars into blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology is not virtual currency, it's merely a distributed/verified ledger of transactions.

Lots of companies want to get involved with using the blockchain concept, not all of them want to get involved with using Bitcoin.

Even SWIFT, the 800 lb gorilla of financial transactions, is trying to figure out how to revamp their business to use blockchain technology as the foundation. Likely a private blockchain which they can control.

Comment Re:anyone, employee or not, can (and should) buy s (Score 1) 258

I'm generally aware of the rising importance of inheritance on wealth inequality, but do you have any source or data where we can see that the majority of millionaires are such because they inherited their wealth?

I know a lot of boomer millionaires, and most weren't born into it. Most saved a lot during the 60s, 70s and 80s to get there.

I think your point holds true for people with net worth > 10 million. But a million dollars isn't much these days.

Comment Re: Voluntary? (Score 1) 428

the problem is that both wings of SCOTUS have now accepted the "living Constitution" model where its meaning changes continuously, even if folks like Scalia deny it.

But that's not what a "living constitution" is. We have a "living" constitution because it can be changed. Not because we choose to interpret it differently.

Comment Re:I hate to be THAT GUY... (Score 1) 242

Regarding your points: First, the ship. You either have a rigid ship that stays upright until it won't, or you have a ship on gimbals with some "give" to it. Either way, there's going to be a literal tipping point and the amount of anticipated wind is the guide. Obviously they over-played the amount of atmosphere and thus the amount of wind on Mars, and clearly did so for dramatic affect. Accurate: no. Dramatically well played: yes.

The question of Whatney's survival was substitute narration, as already explained. As for freezing, his suit would have had to have not just an insulating effect but a heater just to be out during the -63C day.

Ruptured lungs is pretty much imploding. His capillaries would also rupture, starting with the ones in the skin and outer muscles and he would slowly bleed out internally, except for his lungs where he would bleed out in about a minute.

He was a botanist, so that he knew about hex without "knowing" hex is neither surprising nor egregious. The better question is why the hell didn't he have any music on his own laptop?

I really thought they explained he pointed the pathfinder antenna at one of the satellites, but I may have misheard/misunderstood that.

Simulating Mars gravity accurately would have meant putting not just Damon but all of the stuff he picked up, set down or dropped on a rig. That would have added considerably to the soundstage costs, which I'm sure were already considerable. Given that the movie was about Mars and not Gravity, I happily give them a pass on this one. They did well with the zero gee simulation on the Hermes, I think.

Sound is also a quibble. Almost everything was presented as being heard through the suit mics. The docking and EVA were bad, in that no one was tied down, and the guy crawling over the ship, while not unrealistically done, would have been better portrayed by using a SAFER pack.

I thought that the huge glass windows in the Hermes were the most unrealistic, unscientific aspect of the movie. Structurally not as sound, and a hazard for both radiation and micrometeoroids.

Regarding the punctured suit, during the incident in question on the shuttle EVA the astronaut was injured and his blood sealed the hole ( http://www.geoffreylandis.com/... ). The bigger question, I think, is how large a hole would be required to produce any usable thrust without being so large that there's no explosiveness to the decompression?

The slingshot and gravity assist were, clearly, not "genius" ideas, but more dramatic substitute narration. Unnecessary, but typical Hollywood, so shouldn't be a surprise. And they lifted a from a lot of other movies than Apollo 13 including 2001, various Star Treks, Aliens, and most directly, Lord of The Rings.

Comment 30 years for me next year (Score 2) 162

I started out as a programmer, and spent my first 10 years in IT doing green-screen programming on various flavors of Pick. I got my first taste of system admin'ing on a Sequoia running TOPIX, and then made the move to full time system admin on a DEC Alpha 8400 running Digital Unix and Universe. The first version of Linux I worked with was Red Hat 3, and have not looked back. I admin 50 servers today and none of them run a GUI, it's all command line using bash and Python.

Comment The real problem will be the translation (Score 1) 232

IDC-10 codes are just for the diagnosis. The real problem will be the corresponding billing codes (CTP codes). There was a well established translation set between IDC-9 and CPT codes, so that everyone would know that if the diagnosis was flu, the doctor or ER could not bill for doing an appendectomy. This is understandable and reasonable. However, this is all about to change, as IDC-10 turns into an approximately 6-for-1 translation of the new IDC-10 codes to align with the allowable billing codes.

And the real catch? Medical institutions run software to "optimize' the billing so that they are billing for the greatest allowable number of codes per diagnosis, and are using the codes that have the highest reimbursement rates; while the insurance companies run the counterpart software to validate the diagnosis-to-billing code combination in order to deny services, and thus not have to pay the bill, or at least deny some of the line items. An example of this is a hospital doing a tubal-ligation with a secondary appendectomy, and the hospital bills for two surgical trays when only 1 is really needed--unless there are complications which should have been noted by multiple DX's, but some software programs only look at the primary DX code and ignore the secondaries. This is done in the name of "optimization" and "contractual adherence" but can absolutely be administrated as deliberate delaying tactics.

Comment Re:YAY (Score 1) 266

There is NO correlation between one's major, and one's social life.

Source, please? That's a hell of a claim.

There have been numerous studies showing that there are strong correlations between certain MBTI types and certain majors; I'm not saying MBTI is a proxy for "social life", but at least introversion/extroversion play into types of interaction in social life.

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