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Comment: Then you need to fix your hiring practices. (Score 1) 153 153

I would not expect a standard CS curriculum to have a class on the TCP/IP stack. A networking class, maybe, but more theoretical than on IP implementation details.

If you need somebody that knows the ins and outs of IP, then I suggest your organization look for such things during the hiring process, instead of going through the incredibly expensive process of hiring somebody only to let them go months later.

It sounds like you are a bunch of morons there that have managed to (consistently!) confuse CS and IT.

Comment: Why Not Java? (Score 2) 128 128

Why not Java? They have to pick some language, and Java has a wide array of IDE's, many of which will run just great on whatever ancient Windows boxen a school can scrape up, an extensive textbook infrastructure, a decent number of people that know it, and the ability to implement (in a straightforward manner) most of the concepts you need to teach in a high-school CS class. It has it's quirks, but I'd prefer it to C++.

Yes, a full CS curriculum uses several languages in order to teach different concepts, but that's just not possible within the confines of a couple High School courses.

When I did AP CS in the early 90's, it was Pascal all the way... it had a very easy to learn syntax, but didn't have enough modern language features (like OOP) that the folks in my college's CS program that had passed the AP test were really hurt when their follow-on classes assumed they both knew C++ already and that they had some familiarity with OOP. (I didn't pass the AP CS test due to my brain being fried from a brutal AP US History test that morning.)

Comment: Did Musk pass basic math? (Score 1) 154 154

In theory, there is nothing whatsoever wrong with the idea of a hyperloop. Pneumatic-powered transportation has been in the prototype stage for a very long time (a century or so, IIRC.)

But a line like this between SF and LA? The finances required for such construction are daunting enough with "simple" high-speed rail line. Constructing hundreds of miles of something far more finicky and complex? I suppose if one wanted to construct such a line across the great plains (not exactly a high-demand market) that could work. But a not-flat region of CA? His estimated construction costs are for raw trackage, and do not include the extensive system of bridges and tunnels that would be absolutely required, not to mention the expensive right-of-ways. And for what? Yes, there is a lot of air traffic between LA and SF, but not so much the construction of this boondoggle makes any sense whatsoever.

Comment: KlearGear? Not a place you want to buy from (Score 1) 133 133

KlearGear is a terrible, horrible, no-good bunch of a$$holes. They used to have a clause in their customer agreement "allowing" them to bill customers $3,500 if they left a bad review. They billed some customers that wrote a nastygram on ripoffreport. When the customers (understandably) ignored the bogus bill (the bogus clause didn't even exist when the customers made their purchase), it was sent to collections and dutifully reported on the customer's credit report.

When the customers sued, KlearGear ignored the lawsuit, had a default judgement entered, and then tried to have the judgement vacated because the parent company is French and they argue they didn't receive proper service. (This is quite bogus because they most certainly have a substantial US presence, and can be served here.)

Comment: Errr... that's not that unusual (Score 1) 125 125

I work in DR Architecture, and diverse routes are a pretty common customer request, and for us that just means diverse routes from the customer's IT facility to our DR data canters. Industrial firms, banks, health insurance companies, whatever.

Comment: Mainly the retailer (Score 4, Informative) 90 90

With entirely fabricated coupons, the manufacturer knows which offer codes are legit, and what amounts they should map to. They'll simply reject all counterfeits, and the retailer takes it in the proverbial shorts for the discount. Manufacturers could fix this by sharing all legit coupon codes with retailers (similar to the UPC system), but this would be cumbersome and since there's little benefit to the manufacturers, they don't.

For the second type of counterfeit where it's a fake copy of a legit coupon (you see this a lot with "free item" and deep-discount coupons that are sold by consumer product companies to say, appliance manufacturers or retailers. (i.e. "Buy this overpriced washer and get a six-month supply of Tide Detergent") it all depends on if the manufacturer spots the fake or not... If they do, the retailer eats it; if they don't the manufacturer does. Most of this type of coupons increasingly have security measures like holograms, thermo-sensitive colored ink, etc. to make the job easier on the manufacturer; doesn't help the retailer much though... they'll be able to know that, for instance all P&G coupons have certain security measures, but this won't work for smaller brands.

Comment: It's a terrible method, but the best we know... (Score 3, Insightful) 220 220

The SAT/GRE/etc. are terrible ways of selecting students; they can be specifically prepped for, students can cheat, they exclude otherwise-worthy students who don't "test" well, etc. But for better or worse, they are about the best available.

An "ideal" admissions method could somehow magically select the "best" students, but as any person who interviews and hires people can tell you, is rather difficult to do well. And impossible to do well on a mass scale. Employers, who have a huge vested interest in hiring only employees who will "work out" (given the utterly ridiculous costs of bringing somebody up to speed in a new workplace) haven't been able to figure this out yet. Colleges, who have a much smaller cost for admitting mediocre students, certainly aren't going to perfect this skill.

Given the cost/time/scale constraints of a better process, heavily weighting admissions decisions on SAT scores is not the worst compromise that could be made.

Comment: I didn't block ads for a long time... (Score 5, Insightful) 618 618

For many years, I didn't block ads, viewing them as a necessary part of all the free content on the internet. But starting with pages of animated ads that really slowed down browsers of old, and progressing to ads that play audio by default, ads that play video (with audio!) on even a momentary mouseover, etc.,, not to mention ads containing or linking to malicious content, I have no choice but to block them.

Comment: Good thing climate change isn't real! (Score 4, Insightful) 293 293

Gee, it's a good thing Anthropogenic Global Warming is just a Big Leftist Conspiracy, or imagine how bad things would be!

How much evidence is required before denialist clowns will be convinced that Global Warming is a thing, and it is almost certainly Our Fault? It's kind of amusing that the same people that will shovel 100's of $B and sacrifice thousands of lives to counter theoretical threats posed by countries all over the world somehow require absolute irrefutable "I must personally get burnt before I'll ever admit fire exists" proof when it comes to climate change?

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 532 532

Refusing to tell somebody what the codes on the bill mean as a "security" measure is silly... that's "security by obscurity" at it's best/worst. Nobody is going to rely on that as an actual security measure, but it IS a good way to get people off the phone when they want to question their bill.

Comment: HIPPA is healthcare's "classified" (Score 2, Informative) 532 532

While HIPPA has good parts and bad parts, one of the things it is routinely used for is to provide "privacy" as an excuse for anything a healthcare organization doesn't feel like talking about, in the same way that "privileged" or "classified" is used by governments.

But this article could have done a LITTLE research. ICD codes are for diagnoses, CPT are codes for treatment. CPT is a subset of the HPCPS codes; colloquially, "CPT" is used to refer to all HPCPS codes, even if technically Level II and III HPCPS codes are not CPT codes.

So, a lab would bill for CPT codes, and a physician will record an ICD code in the patient's chart.

I don't necessarily think it's unreasonable that it's going to be hard to find plain-english explanations of the codes... there is inevitably going to be a lot of specialized jargon for such a complex field. But certainly the error rate is shameful. And all patients should receive an itemized bill, or have it easily available (like on the hospital's billing website.)

Comment: BTW... (Score 1) 347 347

About my "Moms" crack... that was not meant to diminish the contribution of Mothers everywhere to science, procreation, or common sense. I was just making fun of the idea that "Moms" have some sort of special superpower that gives them powers of intuition that can ignore science.

"It takes all sorts of in & out-door schooling to get adapted to my kind of fooling" - R. Frost