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Comment Headphones absolutely required (Score 1) 262

I type medical transcription for a living. Without headphones I'm pretty much fucked because I'm not only violating HIPAA, but I also can't hear the subtle nuances in some folks' voices, especially when dealing with English as a second language speakers. I just had a laptop go dead on me, leaving me not willing to spend more to repair it, so while I waited for a cheap replacement I worked on an older laptop that didn't have bluetooth, so I couldn't use my headset with it. I dealt without the headset for a bit, but I had to leave more blank spots than usual in some of my work for it.

Comment Sign me up! (Score 4, Interesting) 57

Around Christmastime 2011, I developed paroxysmal non-nodal reentrant supraventricular tachycardia, likely stemming from my maternal grandmother's history of similar cardiac problems, and underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation of the bad conducting circuit in my atrial tissue. I'm left with no fast pacing circuit to increase my heart rate on demand when I'm exercising. I know people with implanted pacer/defibrillators, and I work as medical transcriptionist and have typed a zillion of those procedures, and the things they despise about it is the problems with tissue pocket infections and interval battery replacements, requiring the site to be reopened, the equipment removed and replaced, antibiotic washout, reclosure, etc. I'll be bugging my doc at next visit to research it and determine if I can get one of these.

Comment TL;DR: Bennett Hasselton is a dumbass (Score 1) 871

Really, you should have ended right here:

"...Fifth Amendment lets you refuse to answer the question of whether you even committed the crime at all, and I didn't see what was so great about that, because it is everybody's legitimate business whether or not you committed the crime."

Here's why: You don't have to say shit to anyone about anything who is accusing you of a crime. The onus is completely on them to provide the evidence. They can ask a judge for warrants to search your person or property, but NO ONE can compel you to answer any questions as long as you tell them that you invoke your 5th amendment privileges and refuse to answer *any and all* questions. Once you begin answering questions you open yourself up to having anything you say used against you in a court of law, and NO ONE wants that.


Why Google's Display Ad Business Drew FTC Antitrust Probe 50

First time accepted submitter jahard writes "It's not clear yet whether the preliminary look will result in anything more. The FTC and the Justice Department don't investigate behemoths like Google on a lark, so there's at least a decent chance they'll find reason to look deeper. But according to several online ad sources, the evidence is mixed, and some–even at least one competitor–say Google is playing fair with its so-called 'stack' of ad technologies. Contacted for comment, Google provided only a terse statement: 'We have not heard anything from the FTC regarding any new antitrust investigation.'"

CISPA Passes US House, Despite Privacy Shortcomings and Promised Veto 231

An anonymous reader writes with a story at the Daily Dot: "Despite the protests of Internet privacy advocates, the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the House of Representatives Thursday. The vote was 288-127. ... CISPA saw a handful of minor amendments soon before passage. A representative for the EFF told the Daily Dot that while they were still analyzing the specifics, none of the actual changes to the bill addressed their core criticisms. ... But also as was the case the year before, on Tuesday the Obama administration issued a promise to veto the bill if it reaches the president’s desk without significant changes." Techdirt has a short report on the vote, too — and probably more cutting commentary soon to follow.

Comment Re:Ad companies could get bankrupt? (Score 1) 317

To quote the master:
"By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I'm doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalization for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show. Seriously, I know the marketing people: 'There's gonna be a joke comin' up.' There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself...borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something...rid the world of your evil fuckin' presence."
Bill Hicks

Comment Re:Just kick him out. (Score 2) 338

My son seemed to be exactly like this. He was living with me and had gotten us to allow his girlfriend to move in. After 6 months of broken promises regarding rent money and work around the house exchanged for missing rent, I finally blew a nut and told them both they had 90 days to get out. They're still living in my sister's basement, but he's now a manager at a sandwich chain and his girlfriend is being considered for management training with the same chain. That kick in the ass is what it took for him to realize that his life was his responsibility, not that of anyone else.

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