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Old 13 February 2018, 11:22 PM
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Casey, that is a part of Obama care that doesn't receive much notice and that is controlling unneeded testing. Physicians are supposed to be keeping track of testing so that if a patient is referred to a specialist, that specialist doesn't order the same tests as previously done. That part of Obama care is liked by insurance companies. I personally try to understand what tests are being run on me so that I don't have to put myself through something not needed. I also keep track of what test results are. For example, every blood test I have had for the past several years shows high potassium levels. Not overly high, just a little bit high. So unless that changes, I don't worry.

ETA: One reason to order extra tests is to reduce the liability to the physician. If a patient comes in complaining of a stomach ache and then dies of a heart attack, you might be liable for not ordering an EKG (assuming I got the initials right.)
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Old 14 February 2018, 12:31 AM
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Yeah, but I think a lot of the unneeded testing is due to doctors owning shares in the testing places. I had extreme neck pain and went to the ER to get it looked at (the urgent care place had shut for the night.) I figured it was a major infection. The doctor ordered a MRI and a CAT scan. Officially, it was just to make sure that there wasn't anything more than an infection. In reality, it was since the testing place was owned by the hospital, and they got to charge me a couple of thousand dollars. In the end, I got what I would have gotten a lot faster if the doc in the box was open: a bottle of antibiotics.
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Old 14 February 2018, 02:04 AM
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Dear Casey: You may want to have this on a continuous loop in your office.
If you get tired of the song, I'll provide a few Scrubs clips to have on playback. Doctor Cox saying No! and Wrong Wrong Wrong!
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Old 14 February 2018, 11:17 AM
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You would have turned 14 today. I still can't believe you left this world so suddenly. One minute you were fine, five minutes later, you'd lost the use of your back end. Earthly life can really suck sometimes.
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Old 15 February 2018, 06:46 PM
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Casey, that is a part of Obama care that doesn't receive much notice and that is controlling unneeded testing. Physicians are supposed to be keeping track of testing so that if a patient is referred to a specialist, that specialist doesn't order the same tests as previously done. That part of Obama care is liked by insurance companies. I personally try to understand what tests are being run on me so that I don't have to put myself through something not needed. I also keep track of what test results are. For example, every blood test I have had for the past several years shows high potassium levels. Not overly high, just a little bit high. So unless that changes, I don't worry.

ETA: One reason to order extra tests is to reduce the liability to the physician. If a patient comes in complaining of a stomach ache and then dies of a heart attack, you might be liable for not ordering an EKG (assuming I got the initials right.)
I get the reduction of liability, but the insanity was one particular doc. He would order CTs on everyone. That's not a reduction of liability, that's just sloppiness. I know that I don't own any part of any imaging center (nor does the PA or the other MD) but I don't know about that doc we let go.

If you're tracking results, that's the kind of thing I love to see. Makes my life infinitely easier!

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Yeah, but I think a lot of the unneeded testing is due to doctors owning shares in the testing places. I had extreme neck pain and went to the ER to get it looked at (the urgent care place had shut for the night.) I figured it was a major infection. The doctor ordered a MRI and a CAT scan. Officially, it was just to make sure that there wasn't anything more than an infection. In reality, it was since the testing place was owned by the hospital, and they got to charge me a couple of thousand dollars. In the end, I got what I would have gotten a lot faster if the doc in the box was open: a bottle of antibiotics.
Some cases, I'm sure. I know I don't own part of anywhere, but that other doc may have.

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Today we've just been pointing to the Canadian CT Rules or the New Orleans Rules. It's shutting that corner up quite nicely.

What also worked (at least for now) was reiterating that excess testing makes problems for me- you can lose your license for that. It doesn't affect them at all, they can look all they want, but if there's trouble, I'm the target.

I refuse to be.
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Old 21 February 2018, 05:39 PM
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Dear Microsoft,

If you're going to make me restart my computer to install updates, there is exactly one time when I want this to be done: overnight when I'm not on the computer, and I want it to shut down after.

What I don't need is to have the restart scheduled for sometime within the next few minutes, right after I've turned the computer on.
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Old 21 February 2018, 07:40 PM
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Dear Microsoft,

If you're going to make me restart my computer to install updates, there is exactly one time when I want this to be done: overnight when I'm not on the computer, and I want it to shut down after.

What I don't need is to have the restart scheduled for sometime within the next few minutes, right after I've turned the computer on.
The only thing more annoying to me than these prompts is when I clicked "shut down" instead of "hibernate" the night before, and get up for my precious ~30 minutes of internet time-wasting as I adjust to being awake only for the update cycle to slow to a crawl so I wind up watching various loading/update in progress screens for 10 minutes. And then the computer thinks REALLY REALLY HARD as it opens my browser. And REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SLOWLY loads the websites I check each morning.
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Old 22 February 2018, 12:37 PM
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Dear Microsoft,

If you're going to make me restart my computer to install updates, there is exactly one time when I want this to be done: overnight when I'm not on the computer, and I want it to shut down after.

What I don't need is to have the restart scheduled for sometime within the next few minutes, right after I've turned the computer on.

Tell your machine you are on a metered network and it will only download updates when prompted by you.
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Old 22 February 2018, 12:53 PM
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What I don't need is to have the restart scheduled for sometime within the next few minutes, right after I've turned the computer on.

That happened to our training laptops during a training class earlier this winter. Maddening!
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Old 22 February 2018, 02:12 PM
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I had a gig last week where I was going to be using some laptops that probably hadn't been used since late last year and I made sure to message the boss to make sure that he'd opened them up and run all the updates before I was going to be using them in front of an audience.

I remember a gig we had in a previous year where the laptops hadn't been used for several months and we had to sit there while one chugged through 50+ updates, hoping that it would finish before the show was supposed to start.
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Old 22 February 2018, 05:58 PM
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Dear DC Police: yea, someone will really report this! Good luck with that!
https://wtop.com/dc/2018/02/dc-polic...affic-cameras/


Mixed Emotions*



*I do not condone vandalism, but I completely get why people vandalize speed cameras. I certainly would not vandalize any property, but if I saw a vandalized speed camera, to report or not to report would be an existential crisis for me.
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Old 22 February 2018, 06:12 PM
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I do not condone vandalism, but I completely get why people vandalize speed cameras.
Because they don't like being caught breaking the law, which they do mostly because they think their desire to get somewhere faster outweighs the safety of others?
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Old 22 February 2018, 06:33 PM
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In DC, it's more about making money than it is about safety, and, IMO a roundabout way of collecting a commuter tax.
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Old 22 February 2018, 07:11 PM
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In DC, it's more about making money than it is about safety, and, IMO a roundabout way of collecting a commuter tax.
So effing what? If people didn't violate the laws, the city wouldn't make money. Why shouldn't the city make something from violations of the traffic laws? Why is it so horrible to try and force people to obey them?

In case you can't tell, I think whining about how the jurisdiction makes money off the speed (and light) cameras is meant to take the focus off the fact that the people who owe the money got caught violating the law. You ran the yellow light and got a ticket? You sped through a school zone and got a ticket? Too bad, so sad.

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Old 22 February 2018, 07:13 PM
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Red light cameras are unconstitutional in Ohio, unless an officer is stationed there.
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Old 22 February 2018, 07:24 PM
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In DC, it's more about making money than it is about safety, and, IMO a roundabout way of collecting a commuter tax.
That's always the popular theory, but it may not be true.

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The number of speeding tickets pumped out by several automated cameras — and the corresponding revenue raked in — have dropped by more than half since the District bumped up speed limits on the roadways they monitor.

Five of the most prolific speed cameras issued 54,226 fewer tickets in the seven months after the speed limit change, a loss of almost $8.4 million in revenue, than they did during the same period last year, according to data compiled by AAA.

“There is no empirical evidence that traffic safety was compromised along these roadways,” said AAA’s John B. Townsend II. “It’s proof that the city can strike the right balance in enhancing public safety.”

The District increased the speed limit by 5 mph on a half-dozen of the city’s busiest roadways late last year, listening to the complaints of drivers who said those limits were unreasonably low. At the same time, District officials responded to criticism of the speeding fines by lowering them to an average of $92.

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Old 23 February 2018, 03:12 PM
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Dear Coworker,

If you think doing X is such a good idea, then you do X. I don't think we need to do it, so I'm not going to.

ETA: Backstory, a coworker thinks that a background part that users won't see should be changed. Such a change is complicated and time consuming. I don't think it needs to be changed and the coworker is perfectly capable of making the changes themselves, but is arguing that I should do it.

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Old 23 February 2018, 07:34 PM
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Red light cameras are unconstitutional in Ohio, unless an officer is stationed there.
That concept to me is insane!

I don’t think I will ever understand that (Or most of the “Probable cause” laws!)
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Old 23 February 2018, 07:58 PM
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Probable cause laws have a very simple premise. If cops are allowed to use evidence they obtain illegally, there would be nothing to stop them using illegal means to obtain evidence.

What part of the Ohio thing is insane? The idea of a state finding something unconstitutional? It shouldn't be that odd, the UK does the same thing. As the UK Parliament has devolved some matters to the Scottish Parliament, the US Constitution has delegated some powers to the Federal government and the rest to the states.
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Old 23 February 2018, 08:11 PM
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The speed limit is 65. At 66 you will DIE! It is raining heavily but the speed limit is 65 so it is still safe to drive 65.

The speed limit is 65. It doesn't matter if you are a trained race driver or trained in police pursuit and driving a new Corvette. It is still unsafe to drive 66. Meanwhile, traffic is heavy and you are driving 75,000 pounds of truck. The speed limit is 65 so it is safe to drive 65.

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