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Comment: Re:Officials say? (Score 1) 644

by wmelnick (#45571067) Attached to: Officials Say Site Now Performing Well
The US has the best health system in the world, what it is lacking is access to it for certain people. If the US system is so bad, why do we see all the really sick people from the socialized medicine countries coming here for treatment when things get really bad?

Comment: Re:Can't offer much (Score 2) 509

There is a not a single language used in the last 30 years that is not still being used somewhere. There are many businesses out there still running on RPG, COBOL and FORTRAN. If that person is good at what he knows, he will always be able to find a job. It may not be a "sexy" job to the 20-something crowd, but if he had a family, a job where his coding skills are appreciated, that only demands 9-5, is probably far more attractive to him anyway. I have seen many people throughout my career move into companies like that and be perfectly happy when I switched over to management instead.

Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 1) 1059

by wmelnick (#42527651) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin
Hate to tell you this, but most of us in the top 5% started in the lower 50%. When you get out of college you take a shit job to get experience but little by little you climb up the ladder. But today there is such a sense of entitlement that everyone wants to be in the top 10% right out of undergrad. Guess what? it does not work that way. Want to make the top 10 or 5%? Sacrifice. Give up going out with your friends to work 18 hour days. Nobody gave me what I have, but I am glad that I have it and I say "screw you" to those who want to take it away from me (ie: Obama). I made the sacrifices. I could have made more money off the bat by not going to college, but I did not. I could have made more money quickly by not getting a second degree part time while I was working but I stuck it out. Now I have a nice house and a new car with a kid in college and another to follow soon. I also was smart and went to state schools so I did not have to max out my student loans. You made bad choices? Tough shit. The info was always out there but you chose to ignore it.

Comment: Re:Government penalizers doing... (Score 2) 188

by wmelnick (#42513629) Attached to: Loss of a Single Laptop Leads to $50k Fine Against Idaho Hospice
BS - They have already gone after Blue Cross/Blue Shield and many large practices. There have been multi-million dollar settlements. This was a warning shot to smaller providers that they have to keep their patients' data safe too because many are too lazy to do so.

A Wish List For Tablets In 2013 453

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
timothy writes "For the last few years, I've been using Android tablets for various of the reasons that most casual tablet owners do: as a handy playback device for movies and music, a surprisingly decent interface for reading books, a good-enough camera for many purposes, and a communications terminal for instant messaging and video chat. I started out with a Motorola Xoom, which I still use around the house or as a music player in the car, but only started actually carrying a tablet very often when I got a Nexus 7. And while I have some high praise for the Nexus 7, its limitations are frustrating, too. I'll be more excited about a tablet when I can find one with (simultaneously) more of the features I want in one. So here's my wish list (not exhaustive) for the ideal tablet of the future, consisting only of features that are either currently available in some relevant form (such as in existing tablets), or should be in the foreseeable near future; I'll be on the lookout at CES for whatever choices come closest to this dream." Read below to see what's on Timothy's wish list.

Comment: Be careful! (Score 4, Informative) 168

If you live in the US, or your hosting is in the US, what you have done is technically cyber-crime. While I hate to say this, your best recourse is to move to another host and leave it all behind you. Should the hosting company start losing business because of you warning other users you could face all kinds of civil lawsuits and possibly even criminal penalties.

Comment: Buy a used Mac! (Score 1) 503

by wmelnick (#41717493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?
Go onto Cowboom or eBay and get a used Mac. Blizzard has great Mac clients and you will not have to worry about the viruses, etc. The upfront cost may be greater but the Total Cost of Ownership will be less. See if you can find a Mac Mini that meets the specs - any one made in 2009 or later will do as they have nvidia graphics.

Comment: Re:You basically just more economically said (Score 1) 1154

by wmelnick (#41270365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?
I am just about as old as you and pretty much have followed the same track. I do still use Linux as my server OS - Scientific or Centos, but I use OSX 10.8 as my desktop. It look good, it does not essentially change with each annual release, the mainstream apps I need are available and I can still do PHP/Apache/MySQL development on it. I loved Linux from the late 80s until around the release of the first Hackintosh distros when I was able to convert my Dell Vostro which had Fedora over to MacOS. It was fairly stable but the stability problems took me no longer to fix than the configuration files on Linux that I always had to tweak. Now I run a MacBook Air, and everything works well, including the unix console that I spend half my day using.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke