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Comment Re:59% to go (Score 1) 52

"Medical doctors" perform lab tests?

Yes, in a theoretical (layman's definition) sense, that's true. Pathologists, the MD/DO educated physicians that run the medical laboratories producing lab tests, are responsible for the results which come from the labs they run. We medical laboratory technologists, along with other medical lab professionals like cytotechnologists, who do the actual manual labor of performing the tests, are the "hands" of the pathologists that would actually be running the tests if we weren't trained to work in their stead. At core, we lab techs all know and understand this, and the med lab field is an ancillary medical field. A lot of medical tech field operate the same same, being the laborers for the doctors for a particular field. Nuclear med techs and radiation dosologists are similar.

Comment getting users to MOVE FROM CHARGING STATION (Score 1) 304

I don't know if this is possible yet, but how about when your car is charged your given a leeway time and then if you don't remove your car it starts DISCHARGING the BATTERY. An app could let you know when it's almost fully charged (the time preference would be yours) and then you would be ready to be there when your car is fully charged.

Comment Quest Care360 (Score 5, Informative) 69

It seems a lot of the posters here really didn't read the article, and/or have no idea just exactly what got hacked.

Disclosure: I work with their major competitor. We have an online app almost exactly like Quest's, as do many of our competitors. Most of these online apps have about the same functionality, more or less, and work very similarly.

Care360 is Quest's online results delivery online app. The app itself belongs to Quest, and is run on hardware they own/lease. Provider offices ask for access to this app to receive their patient results. Typically this access is very restricted and narrow. The provider office only see the results they need to see. Some offices only see a couple new results a day (if any), other offices may see hundreds, even thousands of new results a day. An optional piece of software is an autoprint utility, which allows the office to get results automatically printed to some office printer, or even as PDF files on a receiving computer. Even another option is to have the results automatically received into the office management system with an electronic data interface.

Another part of these systems allows the client to make a test requisition that can either be given to the patient, put into a system that the blood draw centers can receive, or go along with the specimens the office draws themselves. This is what I think got hacked. This requisition making system has all the patient demographics needed to process and bill the patient's lab work, including their address info, responsible party info, and insurance subscriber info including any needed billing info. It is everything the lab needs to know to bill, and in most cases also includes diagnosis codes. It is quite a lot of info for each patient, and has to be current for a successful billing.

Comment Re: This is the Dubai model... (Score 1) 50

you go to the embassy to get a replacement.. not a big deal?

Well, you still have to get to your embassy or consulate. Oh, wait, that's in a city the other side of the country, a nice long trip. You have to travel to that office. If you can get past the armed guards whose primary job is not to let you leave the compound. And replacements cost money. Money that is being withheld from you until you pay certain job "fees" that just never seem to get paid. And you need to show proof of citizenship. Fun thing when you only have the clothes on your back.

Yea, not a big deal...

Comment The Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20 (Score 4, Funny) 235

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

Comment Re:Would they believe (Score 1) 348

I'm 55, only have a Facebook account to keep up with a few family members. Easy to share a photo or a dumb memory that way. Otherwise, Twitter and all the rest of that crap garner not a hint of interest to me. A limit of 140 characters?! And we bemoan the inability of so many millennials from being able to express themselves fully. I just really have no desire to get and keep up with a half dozen or so different such accounts, when I have a bunch of old personal and business accounts I hardly use much, any way.

Comment "Possum-sized"?! (Score 1) 265

Why use a opossum as a size indicator? They are a marsupial, not a mammal like ourselves. An opossum is about the same size as a standard house cat, and a cat is a mammal, same as a human. And very possibly more familiar to folks outside North America.

Only thing I can think is it gives some credence to that link, showing that the opossum's existence is due to the same event that lead to the proto-mammal that later split into simians and felids. Still would have made more sense to a banana.

Comment RIP Kuro5hin *and* my world-famous chili recipe (Score 2, Interesting) 264

Well damn, that's a real shame. When that site was up 'n running, it was such a great site. Yea, a lot of trolling on the front end, but behind that, there were some great technical posters that kept me coming back. Sadly, that death of that site means my world-famous chili recipe may also be gone. There was a call for chili recipes, I posted mine. Meat steamed in beer, no beans, and let the chili stew (ie ferment) overnight. Gawd-dam! was it good.

It was especially good, as I made it all completely up. Loosely based on my mom's recipe, but mostly a total fake-er-roo. Yet people made it, a lot of them. And they all loved it. Yep, I trolled K5 with a bogus chili recipe.

Then Rusty kept doing shit that made it no so much fun to visit as often. Then kept doing more of that shit that made it even less fun to visit. So I quit visiting. Other favorite sites have also disappeared: fuckedcompany.com and stilenetwork.com among them. At least http://everything2.com/ is still going, kind of.

Comment Re:This is not a partisan issue, never has been (Score 1) 420

When I switch from Republican registration to Democratic, it wasn't because I was 'in love with the DNC', but because the GOP had clearly become so 'bat shit crazy',

Then why go Democratic? There are other parties, even if minority. They are minority because people see the numbers and think that party is powerless. True, but it's self-fulfilling. It's like a perfectly great restaurant that's empty, and can't afford a decent advertising budget because it just doesn't have the traffic yet. I'm an old liberal Democrat that's in my mid-50's. I've watched my party go from the party of the people to just a bad clone of the "bad" guys, the Reagan-Bush area Republicans. Neither party has the morals or will to represent the people now. So I've gone over to the party that actually *is* the Democratic party of its golden age, the McGovern candidacy of the early 70's.

My party will probably never win anything not local, but I'll still put my vote there every time: The US Green Party.

Comment Re:monitors (Score 1) 406

I intend one day to haul out the old TRS-80 Model I and see if it still works. If not, I stand a really good chance of successfully repairing it myself, unlike most electronics released in the last couple of decades. (Of course, it's more likely to work than more recent equipment, if only because it predates the biggest capacitor-quality catastrophes.)

Yes, please do check for dry caps on that old mo-bo before powering it on! Even with the old cap-quality being much better 20+ years ago, it can still be a problem. And little is more disheartening that frying an antique mo-bo that probably would have worked fine with a few new caps on it. I say this as a proud owner of an ancient Kaypro 10 who's had to replace a few of its old caps to keep it humming. Gawd, the thrill of 9" green screen CP/M goodness!

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