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Comment Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 177

I had some visitors with a young 11-ish child, and the TV was on (which wasn't my choice) but when the ad break came on I hit the mute button so we could talk. The child went ape-shit crazy cos she couldn't hear the ads. It's like she needed the audio fix that came with them or something. It was scary and reminded me why I don't make a habit of watching real time TV.

Comment Re:SHOCKED! (Score 1) 177

the device is also spying on their home 24/7

That has to be the least important aspect of all. If you have a contamination of some kind and you ask your friendly household information device for 'something to kill bacteria' and instead of a useful product, it tells you to use the most highly paid for response, and you buy something that smells pretty but kills no bacteria at all, then you have just been fucked by the advertising regime. Who gives a fuck about being 'spied on' if families are being misled and given bad solutions to their problems because they thought they should ask that piece of shit AI device. Get your priorities right.

Comment Re:Snake oil salesman: Michael Neu (Score 3, Insightful) 66

Gullible people were NOT his only victims. What about everybody who does not want to receive unsolicited shit mails in their inbox all the time? This crap keeps getting through all the SPAM filters and makes email a useless joke. Anybody participating in the misuse and abuse of the email system should be punished heavily, they are beyond redemption.

Comment Re:That's a nice tech company you have... (Score 2) 71

But Google is not and has never been the only search engine available.

People choose to use Google.

Sure, lots of people like to point out that some device users just purchased a device and it was the default search tool installed on it, but they have no right to complain about the company behind it if they never took the time to research it and/or switch to another search provider.

It's like if I put a hammer on a stand on the roadside with a sign saying "Hit yourself on the head with this hammer for free!", then somebody came along, hit themselves on the head, then went running for a lawyer because my free hammer harmed them.

Comment Re:Like a Medical Doctor (Score 1) 340

I guess I'm lucky in that most of my ageing relatives have had some end-user experience with a hospital or medical clinic (tho not so lucky for them). It was much harder explaining to my young niece what made my job so interesting for me, I don't think I convinced her really.

As for discharge summary reports, this requires extracting event information, medications, lab tests etc etc from numerous different patient management databases, LIS data etc, and presenting it all together as a single report. When you try explaining that to the people outside the organisation, you realize that in most people's minds, a hospital's patient record is all just one big computer "thing" to start with, like a folder full of papers. They don't expect every department would have it's own separate resources and near-incompatible data sources. So when they ask, my explanation of the great achievement of the month must sound like a small and simple piece of work.

Comment Re:Like a Medical Doctor (Score 1) 340

True, I was a little flippant with that statement. I work on both front-end and back-end layers, but when it comes to meetings with project managers etc. we try to stick to the business use case descriptions. This can hide the extent of work required and doesn't explain the complexities to the upper levels of managers, but at least that keeps the meetings shorter : )

Comment Re:Like a Medical Doctor (Score 5, Insightful) 340

Precisely that. If you can't explain the convenience or purpose provided for the end-user of your software in layman's terms, maybe you shouldn't be writing the software.
My relatives are happy to hear something like "I reduced the amount of copying and re-typing that nurses have to do when producing a discharge summary to be sent to the patient's doctor".
Nobody needs to know the complexities of database retrievals and layout crap that goes on in the code. Why would they want to know the details? They only ask what you have been doing to be polite, be polite in response.

Comment Re:I've seen a UFO, and it demonstrated science (Score 1) 384

My grandmother saw a craft of some kind, I believe this was in the late sixties. She was an intelligent and very rational person, and was accompanied by my uncle at the time, they both saw and recalled the same thing, so I don't think they were mistaken. Back in the last century living in a rural community, there was not much desire to talk about such things, so they stayed quiet for many years.

When we were talking about the moon landing and rockets etc once, she mentioned that she had seen one of the Russian ships, but sometime later she told me she now didn't think it was Russian at all, and finally gave me more details. Driving on a country road they saw a craft land in the field beside them. They can't recall if the car stopped running or if my uncle parked it. There was a classic saucer shaped craft, with port holes in it, and they believed there were people visible looking out. They both recalled that it was exceptionally silent at the time. The craft flew off in the direction of a remote harbor area which has been the subject of many sightings over the years, a favorite area of author Bruce Cathie. We also discovered later that the farmer who owned that piece of land had called investigators in to look at a burned circular patch in his field.

I have never seen anything I consider unexplained or unidentifiable myself, but I don't know what to make of my grandmother's recollection of an encounter with a vehicle she was pretty damned sure nobody was supposed to have at the time. I'm also not inclined to blame 'aliens' for anything odd which may be seen flying about in our skies, that is an awfully big jump to make from 'not a technology I believe humans have right now'.

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