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Comment Re:As someone who has to deal with HIPAA Requireme (Score 1) 130

Thank you. I was aware that they were in technical compliance, but I was not aware that Azure had started offering the business associate agreement. The link below seems to indicate that AWS is still "looking into" the matter, but I haven't found anything conclusive that says they will offer it. Needless to say, I'm starting a project immediately to begin an Azure deployment for my organization.

Comment As someone who has to deal with HIPAA Requirements (Score 4, Informative) 130

This will be revolutionary for the healthcare industry.

Let me explain for those of you who have never dealt with HIPAA. HIPAA requires that an entity possessing protected healthcare information(PHI) keep that data safe and secure. Additionally, any outside entity coming in contact with PHI must sign a business associates agreement also agreeing to keep any PHI in their possession safe. None of the major cloud players will sign such agreements, which means any PHI can't go into the cloud. This means any practical deployment of say a hadoop cluster to reduce the process time of a large ETL job isn't feasible.

Now there is a tiny loophole in that encrypted PHI isn't treated as PHI at all. This means we can pass data through cloud services to backup for example, but doing any manipulating of the data is impossible due to the fact that as soon as you decrypt it, it's PHI and that's a big no-no. And this is where we lead back to homomorphic cryptography being revolutionary for the world of healthcare data.

Comment Should have looked further (Score 5, Informative) 112

"Among the largest breaches reported was TRICARE Management Activity, the Department of Defense's health care program, which reported 4.9 million records lost when backup tapes went missing."

Submitter should have dug a little bit further. TRICARE was the agency where the records originated, but SAIC was the "business associate" that actually lost the records belonging to TRICARE.

Comment Re:It's not an exploit, it's a feature! (Score 2) 271

I applied for a job earlier this year, and the pool company rejected my 'text format' resume, insisting on a resume submitted via Linked In. The last thing I wanted to do was have to join some social network just to get a job. I lived 10 minutes away from the of the job and offered to meet to interview and hand them a hard copy resume. No dice, it had to be done by this Linked In.
        Now, after reading this news, I know it was the right decision.
This internet sure has gotten wacky.

I've noticed this as a growing trend. Generally the reasoning behind such things is people are far less likely to outright lie on a linkedin profile where former co-workers and classmates will also see it than on a resume that is only read by a hiring manager and HR.

Submission + - SimCity 5 Reveals new Glass Box Engine (

An anonymous reader writes: EA released a video walkthrough of the engine which showcases its unique features.

The new engine will alter the SimCIty formula as it powers buildings and construction sites utilizing people from the player's city.

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