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Brother in law was so disgusted with one states old legacy spaghetti software that he quit and went back to work for private industry. He was hired to modernize the states computer systems. So much is still old legacy systems and software. He was shocked.

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"CMS still programs their software in COBOL. They need to hunt down retired programmers to keep their stuff running."

They should check to see if the crackerjack coders at SLS might have time to moonlight.

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Fun fact: In 1983, Rohm and Haas (a large chemical company) made an error in their payroll withholding check to the IRS.

It was supposed to be $4,448,112.98.

It was actually $4,448,112.88. 10 cents short.

This is the IRS we're talking about. They assess (in 1983, anyway) penalties based on the base amount, not the amount of the error. They assessed a penalty to Rohm and Haas of $46,806.37.

Rohm and Haas spent months fighting this. They eventually settled out of court with the IRS for an undisclosed amount.

I really hope it was $0.10.

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Fun fact #1

For the 6th (out of 7) time since 2012, CMS has failed to release their inpatient pricing software in time for the actual structure taking effect.

In other words, on Oct. 1, 2016, hospitals and health plans had to - by law - bill CMS for Medicare cases at Medicare rates. But as of 5 minutes ago (4 months late) they still are not published.

Commercial software writers take the raw CMS data and make their own, but when (eventually) CMS DOES publish theirs, in the event of any discrepancies, the CMS pricing software is right, and the commercial is deemed wrong.

How fucked up.

Fun fact #2:

CMS still programs their software in COBOL. They need to hunt down retired programmers to keep their stuff running.

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Another fun fact:

Everyone also tests positive for morphine, given a sensitive enough test.

And no, not just because of poppy seed bagels. As it turns out, your body synthesizes (in fantastically low amounts) it on its own from L-DOPA, which is itself synthesized from the common amino acid tyrosine. Patients who take L-DOPA for neurological disorders like Parkinson's show increased morphine content in their urine.

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Fun fact: Nicotine is found in a great many plants, especially tomatoes (which are related to tobacco), cauliflower and even tea.

Not in large amounts, mind you. And tomatoes lose their nicotine significantly as they ripen. Green (unripened) tomatoes have much more than ripe ones. Eggplant is higher still - but you'd have to eat 22 pounds of eggplant at once you get the nicotine from one cigarette. However, just 1/3 of an ounce is about the same amount as 3 hours of passive second hand smoke inhalation.

This "fun fact" was discovered because in testing patients (smokers and non-smokers) for cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine), it was discovered that EVERYONE tests positive - i.e. everyone gets small amounts of nicotine in their diets.

Made me think of the Simpsons' episode involving "tomacco"....

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Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $800 in 1976. If he held on to that stock it would be worth $63B today. That's billion dollars.

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Fun fact: Apple has $264 billion in cash on hand.

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The song "Let's talk about sex" was written about phone sex.

This may be another of my MOTO (master of the obvious) moments but I really didn't know that til just now when I googled it to see who sang it.

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40 years ago today, the Blizzard of 1977 began. It struck the Niagara/Buffalo area of Ontario/New York. I was not even 3, but I remember my mother opening the front door and snow being up past the top. A bricklayer who only spoke Italian was trapped in our house for 5 days because he couldn't go anywhere. Made for an interesting few days, apparently.

For 3 days, winds of 45-70 mph persisted, along with total snowfall exceeding 100 inches in some areas, and some snow drifts up to 40 feet tall that didn't melt until June. At least 30 people died, mostly from hypothermia, either freezing to death in their trapped cars or dying of exposure trying to find their way in -40 wind chills and blinding snow.

It remains the only natural disaster to ever lead to a declaration of a state of emergency in both the US and Canada.

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