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Comment Re:Interoperability starts at the server (Score 1) 111

There are options being looked at that don't go as far as forcing a single system. One is this: http://www.commonwellalliance....

If I am not mistaken I believe Canada is supporting multiple EMRs using standardized record and interchange formats for some amount of the patient record. CMS also sets standards if you want to send to them electronically.

Until we have easily transportable records and the ability for a consumer to actually shop their need for medical services to the "best" (however said consumer defines that) provider, then all this talk about letting the market drive down costs is kind of BS. Now of course the hospitals/networks don't want this and the big EMR companies don't want this, so that leaves the government to force it. I just don't see it happening anytime soon in this country.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 292

Also, if I was the NZ government, I would be asking FedEx some pretty hard questions. Like: "Considering that you helped a foreign power conspire to break NZ law, why should we allow you to continue to work in our country?"

The mistake you are making is the belief the US Government, FedEx, and/or, heck, the Kiwis themselves, actually give a shit about what is right or what is wrong. That said, I commend you for still believing in, and recognizing that which is right and proper.

Comment Re:No surprises here (Score 4, Insightful) 278

Not so much sue, but license. You will have to pay a "knowledge usage" fee each time you utilize your learned knowledge for monetary gain. With the correct "lobbying" this fee will be captured on your tax form and levied based on the work you do (engineer, doctor, etc) coupled with the money you earned (salary) and the cost of the education you paid to "gain" your knowledge.

If you just happen to be smart and able to have meaningful and well-paying employment, without any identifiable higher education, then you probably just stole the information and skills from someone and will be open to punishment.

Comment Re:Duh. (Score 2) 897

Yes, they'll need to spend money to do it, but how is that different from any other R&D to advance your product?

Parent nails the issue I feel. This world is full of corporations that act as if R&D is a waste. The business environment has changed so that once a company makes a profitable something, they act if they shouldn't have to continue to evolve and adapt. It is laziness and greed all wrapped up with lawyers, lobbyists and the never ending patent/trademark extension scam.

Comment Oh, Mr. Obama (Score 1) 278

Once again you have proved to me that I was wrong in supporting you (both in time and financially). It doesn't matter who we elect here as either party is beholding to special interests above all. And, hell, it is almost always the same ones - those that pay well. The only "change" I am seeing is the change I am going to keep in my pocket and never donate to any national political group or candidate in the future.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here (Score 3, Informative) 664

In the case of Three Mile Island, and with approximately 50% of the rods in meltdown, the walls of the reactor pressure vessel were ablated about 5/8" (out of of a total wall thickness of 9"). So, yes a containment vessel can contain the material. Actually, considering that in just about 2 minutes, 15,000lbs of Corium (that molten mass of melted fuel, cladding, steel, and other fun stuff) was formed and pooled in the pressure vessel, a loss of just 5/8" of thickness is pretty impressive.

Now in the case of Chernobyl, the Corium was released and flowed downward. This Corium flow didn't make it outside of the facility build and into native earth though.

Comment Re:Citation Needed (Score 1) 225

No, what Wikileaks did was more productive and helpful.

It's not right from wrong, it's about the world moving on while the dinosaurs lie, cheat and steal to keep their power. A bunch of citizens in the middle east just figured that out. I suspect the average American will get to that point as well - especially as the middle class continues to be herded into the lower class. Government is supposed to fear their people...not the other way around.

Wikileaks shining a light on the lies, cover-ups and dirty dealing that is SOP for most governments is not only a good thing, but a necessary thing given that your vaulted profession of true journalism is pretty much dead - especially from the investigative side. Reporting on Charlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan just isn't going to cut it. Wikileaks is just filling a need that used to be met by that profession. It might look and feel different, but the need for transparency hasn't left and something will always fill it. And transparency sure as hell isn't going to come from our government - no matter which party is in charge.

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