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Comment: Re:Don't fix what ain't broke (Score 4, Interesting) 183

Army hospitals too. My father worked in the records department of a 13 story giant Army medical center in the '80s and '90s. While the records themselves were fat paper folders, much of the patient information was kept in a database (which I think by the '90s was an AS/400) - and part of the job of the record keepers was to take the new information from the doctors and update the patient files in the database. So while the historical record was all on paper, the most up to date stuff was in the database where it belonged. They had about 30 people doing this kind of data entry full time for a hospital of 100 doctors.

Comment: Re:I can summarize article (Score 1) 489

by sandytaru (#49441053) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)
The philosophy works under the assumption that everyone in business is a decent human being. That is patently untrue. While some savvy businessmen are also great guys, most successful businessmen are cuthroat heartless bastards that would sell their grandma for another 2% profit margin boost to the bottom line.

Comment: Re:Start with basics (Score 1) 216

Funny, I got all those things in my middle school and high school classes. The difference was I actually paid attention in class. Daily aerobics and later ballet in high school? Check. Balanced lunches, even if they were overcooked? Check. Balancing a checkbook? That was 7th grade math class. Check. Basic child raising skills? 12th grade anatomy class. We carried around bags of sugar for six weeks, kept a "feeding" journal, and would fail if our bag of sugar had tears or leaks at the end (child abuse!). Politics? 9th grade civics class, 10th grade economics class. About the only thing missing was "protecting the environment" - that was sort of included but not explicitly taught. So maybe in biology class?

Comment: Re:Alternative Explanations (Score 1) 385

by sandytaru (#49356331) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
The thing about a terrorism attack, though, is that one of the known terrorist organizations would need to be taking credit for it for any of these to be plausible. If ISIS came out today and said, "Haha he was secretly one of us BE AFRAID" then it'd most certainly be reclassed from murder suicide to terrorism. But if a lone dude does it, and no organization claims credit for it, the murder-suicide theory will be the only logical one. Terrorism works by publicity of actions.

Comment: Re:A Bit Fishy (Score 1) 385

by sandytaru (#49356253) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
That's a good idea. Rapid shedding of altitude should automatically pop the lock. Say, 20,000 feet descent in under 5 minutes. That is very clearly not normal behavior of a large plane, which takes 30 minutes to reach cruising altitude of 30K+ feet, usually in small increments of 1000 feet every 2-3 minutes after the initial rise. If the plane really is crashing due to catastrophe, popping the lock on the cabin door won't make a difference. If it's crashing because the pilot saw a vision of Jesus who told him to kill everyone on board, it might save the plane.

Comment: Re:My 'old man' is coming out (Score 1) 407

by sandytaru (#49353659) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
I was pretty swiftly disabused of that notion after I was hired for my first job. It's kind of made me scared even as I'm searching for something new. Now I know I'm not that great - I'm merely average, or maybe just barely above average at best. How am I supposed to convince an employer that I'm worth their time and money?

Comment: Re:Define "Qualified" (Score 1) 407

by sandytaru (#49353623) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
I'm in the same boat - I consider myself one of the first Millennials, mostly because I identify more with them than I do Gen X. That 1980 cutoff is really unfair (I was a month too early.) I think a better definition is "grew up with computers." If you were the kid programming your parent's VCR when you were 7, you're probably more Millennial than GenX.

Comment: Re:Most degrees from India... (Score 1) 264

Some of them are legit, but they are a fraction of the degrees issued there, and the graduates immediately flee to America or elsewhere in the world where they'll get taken seriously. The senior architect at our company was born in Mumbai, but got a real degree, moved here, got US citizenship, and is now raising his seven kids on a 20 acre farm.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.