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Comment Re:This shows we still haven't really learned (Score 2) 894

What do you mean the ACA didn't do anything? It expanded the Mental Health Parity Act to include all insurance. Starting in 2014, you can no longer find insurance that excludes mental health and substance abuse treatment.

These two acts have made professional mental health treatment accessible to most Americans now. We certainly have a long way to go, but things are a lot better today than they were 5 years ago.

Comment Re:Unbalanced (Score 3, Informative) 383

This was the comment I was looking for. I can't believe a 150 person company needs 4 (or 3.5) developers working on its ERP system. You either have the wrong ERP for the job or incompetent developers.

That's between $250,000 to $500,000/year to support an ERP system. You could outsource the whole think to the most expensive provider and not pay half of that. We do massive ERP automation projects for Fortune 500 companies at a fraction of that cost with even lower on-going maintenance.


Leave a Message, Go To Jail 486

Okian Warrior writes "A man in Weare, New Hampshire was charged with felony wiretapping for recording the police during a traffic stop — based on a cell phone call he made as an officer approached his vehicle. From the article: Police considered it wiretapping because the call was being recorded by a voice mail service without the officer's consent."

The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally 703

jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"

Searching For Backdoors From Rogue IT Staff 328

WHiTe VaMPiRe writes "When IT staff are terminated under duress, there is often justification for a complete infrastructure audit to reduce future risk to a company. Here is an exploration of the steps necessary to maintain security." Of course the first piece of advice is to basically assume you've been rooted. Ouch.

Music Festival Producer Pre-Sues Bootleggers 422

An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, if you even have been *thinking* about bootlegging the Mile High Music Festival this coming weekend in Denver you've already been sued. No joke. Event producer AEG has already filed trademark infringement claims against 100 John Does and 100 Jane Does in anticipation that they're going to bootleg the event. Since none of the sued parties have actually done anything yet, no one's showing up in court to protest the lawsuit either, so it moves forward... meaning that AEG can use it to get all sorts of law enforcement officials (US Marshals, local and state police and even off-duty officers) to go seize bootleg material."

Comment Our Cost (Score 4, Informative) 420

Our data center provider offers storage on their FC SAN ( > 150mbps I/O) at a cost of $2.50/GB/month and an additional $2.50/GB for backups. This includes 24x7 support, 99.99% uptime, and is hosted in a tier 3+ data center. My guess is that smaller SANs cost more per GB, but you are getting boned at $30/GB.

On the other hand, if you are requiring some sort of high performance DAS with off site replication, then I bet the cost is considerably higher.


A New Take On the Fermi Paradox 388

TravisTR points out some new research that aims to update and supplement the Fermi paradox — the idea that if intelligent life was as common as we expect, we should have detected it by now. The academic paper (PDF) from scientists at the National Technical University of Ukraine is based on the idea that civilizations can't expand forever on their own. The authors make the assumption that an isolated civilization will eventually die out or go dark through some other means, which leads to some interesting models of intergalactic colonization. "In certain circumstances, however, when civilizations are close enough together in time and space, they can come into contact and when this happens the cross-fertilization of ideas and cultures allows them both to flourish in a way that increases their combined lifespan. ... Bezsudnov and Snarskii say that for certain values of these parameters, the universe undergoes a phase change from one in which civilizations tend not to meet and spread into one in which the entire universe tends to become civilized as different groups meet and spread. Bezsudnov and Snarskii even derive an inequality that a universe must satisfy to become civilized. This, they say, is analogous to the famous Drake equation which attempts to quantify the number of other contactable civilizations in the universe right now."

Comment Not surprising... (Score 4, Informative) 135

I recently had a hotel leave one of those quick check-out forms partially slid under my door. The problem was that it had my credit card information printed on it. It would have been quite easy to walk down the how and grab a dozen names, credit card numbers and expiration dates. On top of that, who knows what happens to the forms once you sign them as I highly doubt they go through a shredder.

Submission + - Droid X Has Landed 9 Days Early? (

An anonymous reader writes: Well just as with the HTC Droid Incredible, it looks like some lucky ducks have gotten their Droid X over a week ahead of schedule. This of course could just be a fluke, or an order that got changed from an Incredible to the Droid X. It remains to be seen if anyone else will be seeing the Droid eye staring them down ahead of schedule,

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