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Submission + - Hackers Steal Data On 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Community Health Systems said the attack occurred in April and June of this year, but it wasn't until July that it determined the theft had taken place. Working with a computer security company, it determined the attack was carried out by a group based in China that used 'highly sophisticated malware' to attack its systems. The hackers got away with patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers of the 4.5 million people who were referred to or received services from doctors affiliated with the company in the last five years. The stolen data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information.

Comment I don't get the hype at all (Score 1) 197

I was in a cinema recently with Atmos sound and to be honest I didn't think there was a huge deal of difference to other systems which offer spatial sound. It was nice boomy sound but I wasn't thinking this is nothing like I've ever heard before. It was more or less the same.

I find it unsurprising that Atmos will fall on its ass in home cinema. Who is going to plaster their walls and ceilings with speakers?

Comment Re: There's more to EU transport than cheapness (Score 1) 341

1. In Germany, insurance that covers passengers is mandatory for anyone driving a car.

Insurance policies always have legalese which absolve them of paying out when the vehicle is used in an improper fashion. At best it might offer basic 3rd party insurance which might not include you as a paying passenger or limit your claim. And you assume someone has insurance to begin with.

2. All cars have pass inspection every two years.

Taxis are considered as small public vehicles and usually have additional standards they must meet with regard to cleanliness, luggage capacity, suitable vehicle models, safety equipment (fire extinguisher, first aid kit etc.), accessibility features like handholds, floor lighting etc. That's in addition to inspection to ensure the car is roadworthy. In some countries the schedule for testing is stricter for taxis too due to the additional wear and tear. And you assume someone has their car inspected to begin with.

3. The tests to get a drivers license are quite stringent and you have to take driving lessons at a licensed school.

Which doesn't test a person's geographic knowledge. Nor does it say if the person was caught drink driving and banned for a year, or if they previously raped someone. And you assume they have a licence to begin with.

5. The Uber app should be able to warn users if the driver takes a longer route than necessary.

A feat which can be accomplished with any other navigational app, e.g. Waze.

6. AFAIK, the Uber app provides ratings for drivers and customers and both drivers and customers can be rejected beforehand by the other party.

I should hope so too. I doubt those ratings have much to say about a driver's criminal background or compliance with public transport laws.

Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 164

I thought that was hysterical. If their standard was the quart, it could have just said 1 cup.

And if their standard was the schmoo it could have said 12 sczars. I shan't explain how many sczars are in one schmoo because I find it hysterical that people use some other form of measurement and not know this.

Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 164

If the Telegraph is using imperial, it's probably as some weak protest against Europe (and almost the entire world) and their fangle dangle standard system of weights and measures.

Comment Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (Score 1) 393

It then became co-opted by Republicans and enough right-wing extremists to drive away most moderates and all right-leaning Democrats.

Or more to the point: It became co-opted and taken over partially by Karl Rove and his cronies and then successfully painted by establishment Republicans and their Democratic peers as an extremist movement. All this because entrenched Republicans and Democrats neither want to be disrupted from their position of power or ousted by outsiders. Government by and for the government.

While third parties have historically done poorly in US elections, given how little functional difference there is between the two ruling parties, we're sorely in need of change.

Although my voter registration says "Republican," I have increasingly less and less respect for most "Republicans," including Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, many of the establishment incumbents, and dozens of others who happen to be as big (or bigger) spenders as their DNC compatriots they rail against. It's like someone else said earlier in the thread: It's not that either party is opposed to regulation, they just can't agree on what needs regulating.

Comment Re:I have a Lenovo Miix 2 11" (Score 1) 337

The clue was where I said Surface Pro 2/3. It sits somewhere between the 2 and 3 in terms of spec. It has a similar form factor as the 3, a choice of i3/i5 processor, similar storage and RAM options and a resolution of the Surface 2. It's a lot cheaper and comes with proper chiclet keyboard which also adds some extra ports and speakers.

Comment Re:I have a Lenovo Miix 2 11" (Score 1) 337

I haven't had such problems with the Miix. My biggest gripe is the touch pad doesn't have software for me to set up gestures (e.g. vertical scroll), and the keyboard stand is perfectly fine for desks but it isn't much good for perching in bed - it's too easy for the tablet to topple forward.

Comment Re:Confusing the issue (Score 5, Insightful) 337

RT was a stillborn concept from the beginning. Windows without Windows compatibility is a stupid idea. It was even worse for having a desktop mode and all that bloat as a kludge to support a half baked port of MS Office.

Perhaps it might have enjoyed more success if they had added x86 emulation and LLVM-esque runtime support to Visual Studio and C++ so a large portion of desktop apps could be recompiled for it.

Comment I have a Lenovo Miix 2 11" (Score 5, Insightful) 337

It's similarly specced to a Surface Pro 2/3 but considerably cheaper and includes a keyboard. I think by far the biggest issue with the Surface Pro is the keyboard is a pricey extra for an already pricey tablet.

If they bundled the keyboard with these things they'd sell a hell of a lot more of them. They're not bad devices, just too expensive. And let's be blunt, Windows without a keyboard is worse than fucking useless.

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