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Comment High tech whizbangs are the problem. (Score 1) 70

Electronic medical records, and other use of computers mandated by Congress have been the bane of health care's existence. The one thing EPIC and all other EMR software companies need to dedicate themselves to is ease of use. To say they are complicated for doctors, nurses and administrative staff to use the the greatest understatement ever uttered. I know, because I work at a medical company's call center. A blockchain isn't going to help ease of use at all.

Comment Floating warehouse? (Score 1) 128

Do you know what spot crosses the Cincinnati and Kentucky border? The Ohio River. Are they building a floating warehouse? The author should have done some more homework before writing that they will build on land that does not exist. The source of the confusion may be that the airport that services the Cincinnati region is in Kentucky. Local politicians fighting kept it from being built in Ohio. It is like the New York football stadium which is actually in New Jersey. Another thing that makes that airport confusing is that its abbreviation is CVG, which stands for Covington when the airport is in Florence, but Florence really wasn't a thing yet when the airport was started.

Comment Censorship (Score 1) 26

Locking up ideas as property is no less a form of censorship than trying to suppress them, and shutting down groups chatting about file sharing is suppression of ideas. Copyright is an idea whose time has passed. They will just find another place to meet online beside Facebook, which no one should be using anyway. It exists solely to datamine people and sell info to advertisers.

Comment Blame Washington (Score 1) 198

Technology has been a boat anchor dragging down the industry thanks to regulations like Hippa, and requirements that all records be kept electronically. Paper charts are banned. now. This is a classic example of what happens when legislators regulate something they know nothing about. I see it everyday, as I work at the helpdesk of a major midwestern hospital chain. I am convinced all the technology that end users can't figure out has led to dead and injured patients. I am a perma-temp, where I work, not an employee. Outsourcing in healthcare is another problem, but not the one we are talking about here. Anyway, many people working in healthcare are technically illiterate, and refuse to learn. Also software like Epic is too complicated for anyone but engineers. My mother, who was a nurse, is now happily retired. Epic and other high tech whizbangs made her last years in the industry hell. The worst part of it all is cost. Computers, commercial software, and all the support staff needed cost so much more than paper charts did. All they really needed to do was to make PDF of the old paper charts, and let people type into them That would have fixed the problem of scribbly doctor's handwriting. Washington broke it. Will they ever fix it?

Comment Re:A Great Opportunity? (Score 1) 151

Without having to turn tricks for the gamblers at the Wall Street Casino, maybe they will get back to caring about the customer. They have become the new IBM since Big Blue got out of small computers. They can be that forever if they don't screw it up, which they had been well on their way to doing.

Comment Is it promoting progress? (Score 1) 191

Patent is based on the same constitutional clause as copyright. It is meant to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by granting temporary exclusive rights to authors and inventors. A patent held by someone other than the inventor goes against that. Grabbing a buck by stifling progress is what corporations that buy patents do. I am not aware of a single case where a corporation that bought out a patent promoted progress.

Comment Virus too narrowly defined (Score 1) 183

The problem with every antivirus I have ever used in my computer business, not just Norton and McAfee, is that virus is too narrowly defined. Most miss spyware and all miss scamware, which they cannot tell from legitimate competing products and shakedowns like the FBI scam. Malwarebytes or Spybot while running in safe mode are the best bet for scamware and shakedowns.

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