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Comment UK is not HIPAA compliant. US is. (Score 2) 108

The United Kingdom has not adopted a HIPAA "like" policy that protects patient privacy and, as a matter of fact, the UK does not feel the same need for privacy and other human rights that the US embraces (we had a war over this, remember?). Remember the prank call where the radio show host posing as the Queen called the hospital for info on the pregnant Kate, wife of prince William? That ended with a suicide and some firings. In the US, that would have ended, at worse, with the firing of the person that divulged the info. More than likely, the "queen" would have been informed she needed to prove her identity and ask Kate to be added to the disclosure list signed by Kate. And while we're on the subject, your private (or public) insurance provider has TONS of information on you (diagnosis, meds, treatments). Be aware of when you assign rights for others to see your Protected Health Information (PHI). If someone gets your info in the US without permission, warrant, or, in an emergent setting, REPORT THEM! (and then sue). Sorry, we have a great system here in the US, but we all need to make it work and quit complaining.

Submission + - Microsoft Prepares Rethink on Windows 8 (

jones_supa writes: Microsoft has confirmed to be preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system. 'Key aspects' of how the software is used will be changed when Microsoft releases an updated version of the operating system this year, Tami Reller, head of marketing and finance for the Windows business, said in an interview with the Financial Times. Referring to difficulties many users have had with mastering the software, she added: 'The learning curve is definitely real.' Analysts warned that changing course would be a significant admission of failure for Steve Ballmer, chief executive, who called the October launch of Windows 8 a 'bet-the-company' moment as Microsoft sought to respond to the success of Apple’s iPad.

Submission + - Wifi Enabled Medical Devices May Be Used As Backdoors, DHS Warns (

chicksdaddy writes: A bulletin published by the Department of Homeland Security has warned that the increasing use of wireless networking technology to enable medical devices expands the ways that those devices could be hacked.

The bulletin, published May 4 by DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, warns that advances in medical devices, including Internet connectivity and the use of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in patient care “expands the attack surface” of medical devices.

“The expanded use of wireless technology on the enterprise network of medical facilities and the wireless utilization of (medical devices) opens up both new opportunities and new vulnerabilities to patients and medical facilities,” DHS said.

Beyond exposing patient data to attacks, smartphones, tablets and IP enabled medical gear can also be gateways for attacks on medical infrastructure, DHS warned.

“Since wireless medical devices are now connected to Medical information technology (IT) networks, IT networks are now remotely accessible through the medical devices. This may be a desirable development, but the communications security of MDs to protect against theft of medical information and malicious intrusion is now becoming a major concern.”

Submission + - CenturyLink's nationwide outage affects millions (

halfEvilTech writes: CenturyLink, the nation’s third largest telco network is experiencing an outage of its broadband service nationwide, leaving its support systems overwhelmed and even causing its website to hit a few snags this morning. The company, which at last count has 5.8 million broadband subscribers, has no estimates yet on how long it will take to restore service.

Submission + - How one man made an 1,800 player action game in his spare time (

An anonymous reader writes: Just Cause 2 Multiplayer has been getting a lot of press lately, but this making of feature points out how it raises a serious industry about the games industry: if 1,800 player massively multiplayer action games are possible on one server, why did it take one modder from Queensland to prove it?

Comment Don't start at the bottom (Score 1) 504

BFA and MFA with 20+ years in the supplier side of healthcare software and hardware field. 5 years as a DOD contractor/support specialist with no military experience. But times were different then.
Yes, you can get in and once you have the experience, your set. BUT why bother? Programming is a "rock pit" in most companies. Sales staff move to management. With a Psych major AND a background in software, you should be able to get in and go up. I think even kamelkev would agree that's a better fit for you.

Comment Sometimes the old ways are still the best (Score 5, Interesting) 101

While seeing the closest is a tempting thought experiment, it may not be a practical solution for your actual workday (nearest printer may be low on toner, you may want these results in someone else's hands, etc). I'd still recommend what we do in our hospital by setting the shared device name with a zone number to indicate where it is. Your idea would be a great application for an RFID system with a map feature. Anyone have an idea with an existing app?

Comment Please realize this is not the TV in your trailer (Score 1) 865

After 20 years of complaining, developing creative strategies, and watching my blood pressure rise, I finally came to the realization this week that in my town I WILL NEVER GO TO A MOVIE THEATER WHERE SOMEONE DOES NOT TALK DURING THE ENTIRE FILM. Objective proof: Only myself and ONE other person seated 10 rows behind during a showing of "Marilyn & Me" that laughed and talked to her imaginary companion the entire time. One of us was clinically insane and I can only suppose it was me for paying 8 bucks. Roger, Please ask the management to install a mute button for the audience.

Submission + - Ebert:I'll tell you why movie revenue is dropping (

schwit1 writes: And it ain't illegal downloads.
  1. No blockbusters like Avatar
  2. Ticket prices are too high.
  3. The theater experience.
  4. Refreshment prices.
  5. Competition from other forms of delivery.
  6. Lack of choice.

The message I get is that Americans love the movies as much as ever. It's the theaters that are losing their charm. Proof: theaters thrive that police their audiences, show a variety of titles and emphasize value-added features. The rest of the industry can't depend forever on blockbusters to bail it out.

Comment Re:two reasons. (Score 1) 1322

If you schools are bad: 1) DON"T RE-ELECT ANYONE to local positions that influence school policy and tell them why. 2)GO TO SCHOOL meetings, board meetings, PTA meetings and enlist help from other parents. 3)VOLUNTEER at a school. We have excellent, nationally rated schools in our area because we, as a community, have refused to give up the arts and classical studies, and we don't make concessions to fascists (right and left wing), status quo apathy, and realize that most administrators would starve if they had to get a real job. I agree with your comments about tenure and unions, but first, please god, TAKE YOUR COMMUNITY BACK! Pardon the rant.

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