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Advent Calendar For Geeks 65

bLanark writes "Well, as children and adults all over the world begin their day with chocolate, with the traditional Advent calendar, I'd like to remind you that there's an alternative for geeks. The Perl Advent calendar will give you a new Perl tip every day right up to Christmas."

Comment HIPAA privacy regulations are problematic (Score 2, Interesting) 191

Haven't these people heard about HIPAA? You can't just transmit personal health information over arbitrary text message networks. It doesn't matter if they have a "secure server" somewhere(*). The whole network needs to be secure and auditable. And something tells me that this isn't the case for text messages.

(*) Google can find exactly two mentions of text4baby and HIPAA, both of which just say that there is a secure server.

Comment Re:I have to admit (Score 2, Insightful) 1540

> if it wasn't for Microsoft, we would probably still be using IBM PC's.

That's just plain wrong. IBM opened up the architecture of the PC, so that anybody could make compatible products. Some engineers at Texas Instruments, frustrated by the shortcomings of the "nearly compatible" TI-PC, started Compaq. THAT is why we've got so much variety in the computer industry. Microsoft was just willing to sell to anybody.

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