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Comment: Really (Score 1) 170

by tsqr (#47704539) Attached to: Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

If I am one of the 50 million Americans who are uninsured ... and I need a million-dollar heart transplant, for $250 I can get a complete medical record including insurance company details.

It would be less painful to just kill yourself than to receive an organ transplant based on someone else's medical record and then wait for rejection to set in.

Comment: Re:... information ... (Score 1) 359

by tsqr (#47696333) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

For some reason people like to equate "ignorance" with the lack of access to information --- which I think is patently false

Perhaps the "some reason" you're searching for is the fact that they are right and you are wrong with regard to the definition of ignorance:

ignorant
adjective
1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned
2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact
3. uninformed; unaware
4. due to or showing a lack of knowledge or training

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 1) 250

It is about slander and libel. You can, in fact, sue people for making untrue statements that negatively effect you.

In general, you can sue anybody for pretty much anything. Winning a lawsuit is another matter. And neither slander nor libel is applicable in this particular instance.

Slander is the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation. Libel is the action of publishing a false statement damaging to a person's reputation. Whose reputation was damaged in this case?

Comment: Re:If you tried fixing that you did it wrong (Score 1) 128

by tsqr (#47522153) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

Even something as basic as the difference between To: and Cc:, I've seen people assume "first goes in To:, rest goes in Cc:, and that's not how it works.

Personally, I like the people who don't understand the difference between Reply and Reply All. When HR sends a company picnic invitation to Everybody, the invitation is immediately followed by a Reply All flood of RSVPs from that crowd. Lately, though, HR seems to have discovered the Bcc: field as a solution to that issue.

Comment: Re:Cost of smartphone service (Score 1) 753

by tsqr (#47448481) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

But then you have to pay hundreds of USD for an iPhone (or maybe one hundred for a compatible Android phone) and hundreds of USD per year to upgrade from voice-only cellular service to smartphone service. Or what am I missing?

That most people already have a smartphone.

The data plan issue is a bigger one, I think.

According to this survey, 56% of all US adults have smartphones (61% of cell-phone users). So yeah, "most", but not exactly an overwhelming majority. Note also that smart phone ownership is heavily skewed toward the upper income brackets, especially among older age groups.

Comment: Re:Useless coins (Score 1) 753

by tsqr (#47448403) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

On the other hand... have you ever had a wallet full of bills? Dollar bills, like pennies, can really add up. Add a couple fives, tens and twenties and your wallet will be about to burst, not wanting to close properly.

Right now I have $98 in currency in my wallet (mix of 20s, 10s and 1s), and my wallet is showing no signs of distress. Personally, I'd rather have eight 1-dollar bills in my wallet than a small pile of heavy coins in my pocket, all mixed in with my thumb drives, keys, and pocket knife. I also prefer not to make jingle-jangle noises when I walk, but I suppose some people like that sound.

Then the next time you pull your wallet out, you have to deal with the nightmare of wading through tens of loose pieces of paper, all folded and bent and deformed in any way imaginable, to get to the bills you need.

First world problem. If your currency is "all folded and bent and deformed in any way imaginable", you're not doing it right. Are you one of those people who keep their currency all wadded up in a ball? Anyway, if you think straightening out a pile of money is a nightmare, you should count yourself lucky in life.

Comment: Re:Global warming is only the start (Score 2) 265

by tsqr (#47420465) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

What will happen when eventually, inevitably, the oil and gas of the UAE starts to dwindle, the economy correspondingly does the same, and the energy supply to keep the whole thing cool becomes prohibitively expensive?

Here's some information for you. Oil and gas are a minor (and decreasing) part of the economy. Not sure about pizza and beer, though.

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