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  • What Corruption Looks Like: FCC Commissioner Takes Job At Comcast Months After She Voted To Approve Its Deal With NBC Universal

    umccullough ( profile ), 12 May, 2011 @ 09:09am

    Money in the wrong place

    As Lessig points out, when money shows up in the "wrong place" it makes us unsure and untrusting - especially of Congress who seems more focused on increasing their campaign contributions for the next election than they are in passing good laws that benefit their constituents.

  • It May Soon Be Illegal For Doctors In Florida To Ask About Gun Safety

    umccullough ( profile ), 09 May, 2011 @ 02:48pm

    Re: What are your qualifications ?

    I agree - a doctor shouldn't be directly giving the advice, but they should at least be able to point their patients to someone who can in the event that they want/need it.

  • It May Soon Be Illegal For Doctors In Florida To Ask About Gun Safety

    umccullough ( profile ), 09 May, 2011 @ 02:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, I'll concede that the question would naturally start with: "Do you, or anyone you know, own a gun?"

    But I would still rather avoid that, and go with: "Do you wish to learn about gun safety?"

    By re-forming the question as such, you relieve the patient from giving up personal details, and you turn gun safety into an "opt-in" for any patient.

    As someone who only has vision in one eye, my eye doctor doesn't ask me: "What do you do on the weekends and your spare time?" before attempting to educate me about the importance of safety glasses - instead he says: "You should take extra care to wear safety glasses at the appropriate times, and keep them handy."

    It's just a matter of how you approach a risk-related subject. I guess I just get annoyed at that aspect of human social interaction. Coming up with criteria for when they should be educated instead of simply offering the education and/or advice and letting them decide if it applies to them.

  • It May Soon Be Illegal For Doctors In Florida To Ask About Gun Safety

    umccullough ( profile ), 09 May, 2011 @ 01:52pm

    Re: RE: umccullough

    And, using similar logic, should a teacher ask children what they want to be when they grow up before teaching them skills that they may/may not use?

    I realize that's a ridiculous comparison, but I just don't see why a doctor must ask a patient what they do in their personal life before giving them advice - the advice should be available to the patient regardless of what they do - and the doctor should ask if they want it.

    I just don't understand why you must first be a gun owner in order to learn gun safety.

  • It May Soon Be Illegal For Doctors In Florida To Ask About Gun Safety

    umccullough ( profile ), 09 May, 2011 @ 01:48pm

    Re: RE: umccullough

    Every time I've gotten a new doctor, they ask general questions about whether I know the risks of smoking, drinking, etc.

    Rarely do they ask first: "Are you a smoker?" or "Do you drink?"

    But even if I didn't smoke or drink yet, why shouldn't they educate me in advance?

    I realize they can't educate someone on every possible health risk, but I think there are certainly risks that are worth educating people on regardless.

  • It May Soon Be Illegal For Doctors In Florida To Ask About Gun Safety

    umccullough ( profile ), 09 May, 2011 @ 01:44pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I certainly didn't say everyone *must* learn gun safety, I just said it's important to non-gun owners because their friends *might* own a gun.

    Don't put words in my mouth.

  • It May Soon Be Illegal For Doctors In Florida To Ask About Gun Safety

    umccullough ( profile ), 09 May, 2011 @ 01:27pm

    Re:

    And that's the problem - the assertion that educating people on proper gun use requires them to own a gun first.

    The discussion shouldn't even ask about whether the parent "owns a gun" - it should be: "are you familiar with gun safety, and if not, we recommend you learn about it".

    Gun safety is important even if you don't own a gun, as you may have friends who do - and if you ever visit their house with your children present, it is partially your responsibility as a parent to ensure you don't put them in danger.

    So I can understand the NRA's point of view: Doctors shouldn't be asking people if they own guns. They should, instead, be offering education regardless.

    Same with pool safety, BTW, many people don't own a pool, but I bet they know someone who does.

  • Rick Reilly's Advice To Journalism Students: Please Don't Compete With Me And Undercut My Salary

    umccullough ( profile ), 06 May, 2011 @ 05:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yeah, if I'm super busy at work and in the evenings, it can take me a couple weeks before I get around to fixing that machine someone "dropped off to get fixed"...

    So I always warn them beforehand that it might be a while before they get it back...

    It's a "get what you pay for" situation, and people better understand that going in.

  • Rick Reilly's Advice To Journalism Students: Please Don't Compete With Me And Undercut My Salary

    umccullough ( profile ), 06 May, 2011 @ 05:41pm

    Re: RIGHT!!!

    There are plenty of CEOs that actually do "work for free" - often in the capacity of participating on the board of a non profit corporation or even a colleague's company as an advisor.

    Everyone can have a hobby - and if that hobby includes helping others, or inspiring others, what's the problem with that? If it just happens to overlap with what you do for a living, that's awesome!

  • Rick Reilly's Advice To Journalism Students: Please Don't Compete With Me And Undercut My Salary

    umccullough ( profile ), 06 May, 2011 @ 02:36pm

    Re: Re:

    Ok, I felt bad after that, because I do the same thing...

    I *hate* telling people to pay me money to simply help them clean a virus off their machine or whatever.

    But, after a couple times, I do remind them that I don't have unlimited spare time after work to help others with their computer problems - and at that point, one of two things usually happens:

    1) they offer to pay me
    2) they decide to buy a new computer and give me their old POS (which I then reformat and put to good use somewhere)

  • Rick Reilly's Advice To Journalism Students: Please Don't Compete With Me And Undercut My Salary

    umccullough ( profile ), 06 May, 2011 @ 02:31pm

    Re:

    Good for you! You're *not* ruining it for the rest of us, because you're the sucker they go to every time now :D

  • Rick Reilly's Advice To Journalism Students: Please Don't Compete With Me And Undercut My Salary

    umccullough ( profile ), 06 May, 2011 @ 02:21pm

    Re:

    What he really meant to say is: "is a skill that 99.9 percent of people didn't pay tuition to have."

  • As People Realize That There's Tons Of Mobile Phone Tracking Data Out There, Fingers Start Pointing

    umccullough ( profile ), 29 Apr, 2011 @ 03:40pm

    Re:

    IIRC, tinfoil amplifies the signals - what you need is a wire mesh hat :)

    I'm probably wrong though - I heard that somewhere.

  • Apple Takes Credit For 'Uncovering' Its Patented Location 'Bug' That Isn't Really Tracking You, But Which It'll Fix

    umccullough ( profile ), 27 Apr, 2011 @ 11:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    then do not carry ANY phone, because they all work the same way and use Shykook or Google to acquire location data.

    I suspect you meant smartphone, but no matter, I don't own/carry a cell phone. Check.

    Do not drive ANY car.

    I assume you mean cars with OnStar or GPS... I don't have one of those. Check.

    Do not use ANY computer connected to the internet.

    I assume you mean: don't login to a website using a computer in a location where you don't want people to know you're there... well yeah, fortunately I have a choice when using a computer to 1) not use the internet and 2) not do anything that identifies who I am (I can delete all cookies before connecting, I can route my traffic through a proxy, or use something like Tor - thank god for people who build privacy safeguards into these things eh?). As for using the internet at home/at work - I don't care if people know I'm using it there, those are places that I am likely to be found anyway, and this information is already well known. Check.

    Do not use ANY credit card, debit card, or store loyalty card.

    Ah, right - I pay with cash most places these days, at least for small purchases. Nobody needs to know where I eat lunch every day, or shop for most items. Check.

    Burn your wallet too, because if lost and found it could

    At least I know what's in my wallet at any given time - so I know precisely what information I'm about to give away if someone was to go through my wallet and/or find it after I lost it.

    So... as you can see, there are some of us who actually *do* value our privacy moreso than others, and thus, we still reserve the right to actually comment on privacy-concerning issues.

    You'll note that I'm not an AC, because I don't intend to hide my opinions.

  • Apple Takes Credit For 'Uncovering' Its Patented Location 'Bug' That Isn't Really Tracking You, But Which It'll Fix

    umccullough ( profile ), 27 Apr, 2011 @ 03:43pm

    Re: Silver lining

    "Wow, wouldn't it be evil if we tracked the location of every iPhone out there, stored the data on the phone, and synchronized it with their computers for later retrieval, possibly useful for criminal investigations and illegal search and seizure purposes?

    Damn, we gotta patent that shit before someone comes up with it... good thing we're not that evil."

  • Sony Admits That Playstation Hacker Got Tons Of Info, Including Passwords

    umccullough ( profile ), 26 Apr, 2011 @ 08:45pm

    Re: So....

    I'll only buy a used PS3 if it's hackable/modable - maybe $20 at a garage sale in the near future, we'll see, who knows.

    If I can't install OtherOS or equivalent on it, I don't want it.

  • Righthaven Demands Servers Of Website Sued, Even After Court Rejects Demands For Domain

    umccullough ( profile ), 25 Apr, 2011 @ 02:34pm

    Re: Hosting provider?

    "The court awards plaintiff a Godaddy past-due virtual-hosting bill which they must pay immediately as receipt of property from defendant."

  • Righthaven Demands Servers Of Website Sued, Even After Court Rejects Demands For Domain

    umccullough ( profile ), 25 Apr, 2011 @ 02:24pm

    Consistency check?

    Maybe Righthaven is really just some benchmarking tool that someone has employed to make sure our Justice System is actually working...

  • UK Music Publishers Issue DMCA Takedown On Public Domain Sheet Music

    umccullough ( profile ), 21 Apr, 2011 @ 02:24pm

    I hate doing this...

    But I guess I better move my domains and sites off of GoDaddy... They obviously can't be trusted to take their customer's best interests into account first ...

  • Weird Al Denied Permission To Parody Lady Gaga… Releases New Song For Free Anyway [Updated]

    umccullough ( profile ), 21 Apr, 2011 @ 01:26pm

    Re:

    You mean his Couch Potato song? I like that one :)

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