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Comment Microsoft just trying to level the playing field (Score 1, Interesting) 57

Microsoft has been uninterested in cross-platform gameplay since....well, forever. They've actively tried to kill PC gaming (or at the very least, make it a second-class gaming experience to the Xbox). Not to mention they double-dip with their accessories ( For example, Xbox One Kinect having a proprietary connector so they can sell the USB 3.0 Windows Kinect).

Now Microsoft has suddenly seen the light! They want to enable cross-platform play with Sony! Hmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with the low sales for Xbox One compared to PS4. Sony's refusal makes them the "closed" bad guy now. Great marketing, but it doesn't actually improve anyone's gaming experience. Psyonix's leadership is either naive about the console business or willfully acting as Microsoft's proxy to attack Sony.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 325

I used to run the IT department at hospital years ago. There was a sizeable budget set aside for transcriptionists, who entered written/scanned notes or recorded notes into the medical IT application. There are even managed services that offer that to hospitals which don't have their own transcription department.

Major critical piece; my director was demoted after a VPN outtage affected a lot of remote transcriptionists for almost a week and he had made the decision all by himself to do with vendor support for the VPN appliances. Things I learned don't mess with pager systems, telephone, transcription and the main medical app; everything is best effort including e-mail, Internet, Wifi, printing, etc.

Comment Re:Burnt out doc here: (Score 1) 325

I can give another perspective. I have worked with "clinical working groups" that are composed of nurses, doctors, therapists, communicate care, etc. Typically the docs and nurses dominate the conversation because they have complex and heavy workloads (not that the others don't, but I digress). It's actually very hard to get medical folks (even paid) to participate.

So every little UI, technical change, login process, etc get debated for a LOOOOONG time when finally there's finally consensus or quorum on what the decision is made. 90% of the time it's what the doc wants in the various settings; emergency department, general practice, palliative care, etc.

When the change is implemented, half of the people who clearly stated that they wanted something done one way, have had a change of heart or argue that this is not what they wanted. Documentation, sign-offs, mock-ups be damned. "This is not I what I signed off".

When it actually makes it to larger pilot group, we get feedback from one extreme to another. Even when we have colleagues from the same docs AT THE SAME INSTITUTION IN THE SAME DEPARTMENT.

At the core is patient safety and the crazy checklists that come with it. The best thing to do is to pass those check lists to someone specialized (i.e. not a doc or nurse); like a medical cleric (or like someone else mentioned, a scribe).

TL;DR; Everyone has an opinion and every doc appears to have their own preferred way of doing things. This is not unique to the medical field. I see that in CSRs as well.

Comment Re:comparison (Score 1) 135

They're releasing it because it has no commercial value. Probably costs them more in energy doing all the compression and decompression than it would to just put more storage in their datacenters. Nice technically, but the niche of useful applications is probably pretty small.

That's a very valid point; what's the cost in cpu-power versus storage costs?

Now, the issue is that storage is permanent, in the sense that you're using your disk/SAN/tape storage space with the file. Compression happens only once, the quicker decompression only happens when someone accesses it. So the 22% storage savings of JPGs across TBs may be worthwhile.

It's not totally clear how much of their space is being used up by JPGs? Also tiered storage may have been an option? Generic compression using already established libraries for other file types, etc, etc.

Comment Re:Surge should fire their admin (Score 4, Informative) 565

From the article now that I took the time to read it:

According to a series of tweets from the Surge twitter account, the NRA sent a legal complaint to Cloudflare, which then forwarded it to Digitalocean. Surge responded âoewithin 22 minutes.â Digitalocean asked Surge to provide counterclaim documents. Some minutes later, Digitalocean shut down Surge.sh. According to Surge, 38,000 sites became unavailable.

That at least seems more plausible. I wonder if Surge will spread their services accross several hosting providers after this incident.

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