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Comment: Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 75

by tomhath (#49605197) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System
Pay close attention to the "Privacy Statement" you are required to sign when you fill the prescription. There's a chance it could contain something about sharing your data; if I ever saw that I would let the pharmacy know that they lost a customer. I haven't had that problem with the neighbor hood pharmacy I use though.

Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 1) 75

by tomhath (#49605187) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

While in theory, EMR's can do a lot of good by providing any doctor instant critical info

That's not just a theory, it's a fact. EMRs aren't perfect but they're getting better, and the security issue will be addressed.

That said, my wife and I both have gotten prescriptions for things that would be obvious if that information was leaked to a spammer, but it hasn't happened.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 218

Just because the cop said he faces charges that could result in prison time doesn't mean he's going to prison.

If (as you seem to think) he is a poor misguided child who displayed bad judgement on this one occasion, he will certainly be given counseling and probation.

On the other hand, if he's a thug who has already been arrested several times and has shown no indication of improved behavior after the usual help provided to first and second offenders, there isn't much else that can be done besides keep him away from the rest of society

Comment: But this is not a free market (Score 2) 123

by tomhath (#49599395) Attached to: Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets

Chicago and LA are bad examples because those are popular destinations.

An regional airport about an hour from where I live only gets four flights in and out a day, and the planes are usually 3/4 empty. The only reason the airport is open is because the government requires the airlines provide service to it; tickets on those flights are heavily subsidized - I read an estimate that each ticket sold represents a loss of about $600. I can get a ticket to fly into a major hub airport about 2 hours away or a ticket to the regional airport for a bit less because of that subsidy. The airline doesn't want to sell you or me the cheaper ticket, but they're required to offer them.

I don't blame the airline for trying to stop people from using that subsidy to get a cheaper flight into the hub.

Comment: Sounds like hype to me (Score 3, Funny) 72

by tomhath (#49592259) Attached to: How an Open Standard API Could Revolutionize Banking

Through a self-perpetuating ecosystem of developers, the banks will continue to gather high-value data from customers through third party integration.

I read the article but don't really understand what a "self-perpetuating ecosystem of developers" would do for me. It sounds like they're planning to breed.

+ - Results are in from psychology's largest reproducibility test: 39/100 reproduced->

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An anonymous reader writes: A crowd-sourced effort to replicate 100 psychology studies has successfully reproduced findings from 39 of them. Some psychologists say this shows the field has a replicability problem. Others say the results are "not bad at all". The results are nuanced: 24 non-replications had findings at least "moderately similar" to the original paper but which didn't quite reach statistical significance.
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