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Comment: I didn't block ads for a long time... (Score 5, Insightful) 616

by sirwired (#49710853) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

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

by sirwired (#49700221) Attached to: Larson B Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disintegrate Within 5 Years

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

by sirwired (#49632405) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

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

by sirwired (#49629311) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

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: What's next, hiring Carly? (Score 4, Interesting) 194

by sirwired (#49531439) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

I wonder what is coming next, hiring good 'ol Carly Fiorina as "Chief Vision Officer" or something like that? I'm sure that'd improve morale greatly. That worked out so well for HP. (Not that their subsequent two CEO's were much of an improvement...)

Where do CEO's learn to talk like this? Weren't they ever front-line employees who rolled their eyes at the exec-speak? (Judging from the breathless and sycophantic comments I see posted on my company's intranet to every word from our Fearless Leaders, I'd say no.)

Comment: Why all the complaining? (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by sirwired (#49530775) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service

This deal is good for some people, not good for others. If you think it'll work for you, sign up, if you don't, then don't. It seems more than a bit of a stretch to proclaim that the plan is a colossal failure because it does not meet your particular needs.

For somebody regularly near Wi-Fi (and therefore a low user of data), it's a pretty good plan, with only $20/mo for the unlimited T&T, and data that is reasonably priced if you don't use that much of it.

Comment: It's about more than immagration (Score 1) 294

by sirwired (#49489513) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

Firstly, nobody is prosecuted for discrimination. Discrimination is not enforced by criminal law; it's enforced by civil ones. You are sued, not prosecuted, for violating them.

Please go back in time, and ask black Americans their view on the matter before such practices were outlawed. Ask some women how harmless it is to get paid less than men for the same job.

By no means are things hunky-dory today, but they are indisputably much better than they used to be. You certainly can't change attitudes through laws, but when attitudes keep people from wanting to do the right thing, laws certainly nudge them to do it anyway.

If you are an immigrant, you are going to choose a place because it's less-bad than the one you came from. That doesn't mean that they deserve to be taken advantage of simply because it's possible. I'm pretty sure that if those Indians in Dubai could find a job in say, Europe, doing the same work for the same pay, they'd certainly choose to go there.

Comment: That was some pretty stupid political commentary.. (Score 1) 75

by sirwired (#49441931) Attached to: FTC Creates Office Dedicated To "Algorithmic Transparency"

Timothy, that was some pretty lame and obvious political axe-grinding there... and completely off-topic from both the summary and the article.

The Federal Trade Commission, by it's very nature, regulates trade (as in, private businesses.)

The TSA and IRS are completely out-of-scope of their jurisdiction. (This kind of role is usually handled by the GAO.)

Comment: Errr... Duh (Score 3, Interesting) 250

by sirwired (#49432499) Attached to: Verdict Reached In Boston Bombing Trial

The defense, in their opening statement, admitted the defendant committed the crime. A trial to determine his guilt was merely a formality leading up to the penalty phase. Everybody, including the prosecution, defense (and presumably the defendant), and the judge all understood this. But it must be a slow news day, as every media outlet is making this out to be a big deal.

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