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Comment: Government ineptitude (Score 5, Insightful) 76

by rickb928 (#48020603) Attached to: Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

If Medicare practiced fraud/risk control energy marginally as will as the payments industry, they could cut fraudulent claims by 70%.

- Does the zip code you are shipping durable equipment to when remotely match the patient's residence? If not, just a phone call might work to confirm the transaction.

- Does the durable equipment have use for any Diagnostic code used my the patient in past?

There are other triggers that could help.

Comment: Repeating previous advice, network! (Score 2) 471

by rickb928 (#47978805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

1 - Contact your university's career placement office. Get real chummy with them. Be very, very polite. they want you to get a good job, so you can afford to donate to the alumni associations.

2 - Contact your alumni associations, all of them. Get really, really chummy with them, until they realize you aren't donating any time soon. You want to go to events, meet fellow graduates that have been out there for a while and have opportunities, and you want them to remember you favorably.

3 - Find professional associations and get involved. Near first,then further away. Again, be real chummy, be a good guy, keep it simple, and admit you are looking for opportunities. NOT WORK. NOT A JOB. an OPPORTUNITY. New terminology.

4 - Find a job club in your area, possibly at the local Job Service or Employment Security office. You will be slumming with healthcare workers, salesmen, and laid-off union workers. They will teach you things you do not know, like how to actually write a resume, make an elevator speech, and interview.

5 - Above all, stay active, exercise, eat well, sleep. Keep yourself in shape, mentally and physically, to nail the next interview and hit the ground running.

Now, about that interview question. Me, I would have responded with "Wow, it's been a long time since freshman Computer Science, but let me see... I remember vector, pair, list, gee, I had to use valarray for a test, but it's been a while since I had to recite those. I've spent more time in {fill in your favorite high-level language here, unless it's VB6} for the past two years, but C is something like riding a bicycle. I don't remember every trick, but I can code whatever I need to, even if it means looking something up to jog my memory and get past a problem. What sort of C++ or C# work do you do here?"

Take the question, demonstrate familiarity with the subject, a partial answer with acknowledgment that you are not a walking encyclopedia, and then turn it around and ask about the apparent basis for the question - do they need a C++ guy, are they just scared you slept through that class, and can you both think on your feet and are interested in the requirements, how you will fit in, what's the real criteria here?

There are only three questions to be asked: Can you do the job? Will you do the job? And will you fit in?

Have ready answers to those.

Comment: Re:"imperialist Russia" (Score 4, Insightful) 338

by rickb928 (#47971125) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

The Soviet Union (USSR) included Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia (now Belarus), Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya (now Kyrgyzstan), Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia (now Moldova), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Its sphere of influence, the Warsaw Pact nations (the Iron Curtain), included Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungry, Bulgaria, East Germany, Romania, Albania and Yugoslavia.

The USSR's influence extend well beyond these nations, to North (and now South) Vietnam, North Korea, various Central and Latin American nations.

This extended Russia's 'borders' greatly.

Claiming the U.S. was a uniquely global empire from the 50s to the 80s is disingenuous. Even now, I'n not sure we can claim a global empire, whether by design or incompetence being a question for the scholars.

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 338

by rickb928 (#47971073) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Our real nuclear threat is that someone either 1) demonstrably not entirely sane, or 2) with little to lose, will gain control of a working nuclear weapon and deploy it. IT doesn't matter where.

And there are lots of slightly insane actors on the global stage who give us the very clear impression that they would absolutely do this. There need be only one.

Comment: Re: Alright smart guy (Score 1) 504

by rickb928 (#47960453) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

My G1 got a ton of updates, because Android was young and naive.

My Sensation 4G got one good update, because Android was more mature, and didn't give it away so easily.

My HTC ONE M7 is getting updates, with update to Android L scheduled, because HTC seems to consider updates a competitive advantage. And because it still meets the specs.

Phones that are not strong enough should not get updates. You have to buy more to get more, and that costs $$$.

Stop buying cheap stuff if you want it to last.

Comment: Re: This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 392

Romneycare is not Obamacare. State solutions would be entirely acceptable to Republicans, since state have substantial powers under our Constitution. Article 10.

My first objection to the ACA is that it is unconstitutional. States have regulated insurance of all types, and the federal government even administers Medicaid on a state level.

Comparing the U.S. to other nations should be an exercise in misdiagnosis. States have seen their powers and authority diminished, in return for federal money and diminished responsibility. The cost of this is central control and failed programs. Has the ACA improved healthcare access in America in measurable way? Really?

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.