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Tax deadline extended

In email today from Indiana Department of Revenue, dor@subscriptions.in.gov

Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18 to file electronically. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Indiana freefile. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

Both the IRS and DOR advise taxpayers to continue to file their taxes –electronically or paper – if they have not already done so.


Good Old Games

Picture of GOG Sale Page

GOG Sale Page

 

GOG.COM has a sale today. They negotiate, re-vamp for Windows 10, and re-release old games, such as Witcher, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Deus Ex, Fallout NV, SIM City, Ultima, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry.

Many of these re-released games are under $10, often $2-$3 and are DRM free. The license usually says that you may install them on as many computers as you control.

The link for the sale is https://www.gog.com/


Legislation to watch

Sen. Todd with his Watch Dogg

This in email today from Sen. Todd Young, Indiana.

Drain the Swamp

On Thursday, I introduced the DRAIN Act that requires federal agencies to relocate their headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. and closer to the communities they serve throughout the United States.  By relocating these agencies to smaller and less costly cities, not only will this legislation help our federal government become more efficient, it will help create new investment and opportunities in areas of the country that are struggling to compete economically.

Strengthen Oversight of VA Health Care

It’s unacceptable that VA health care, such a critical component of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mission, remains beset by problems, delays, and failure to address pressing deficiencies. That’s why Senator Amy Klobuchar and I introduced a bill on Thursday to strengthen Congressional oversight and ensure that this Department addresses the issues identified by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.


Be sure you are registered to vote

Indiana voters web page on IN.GOV

Primary Election is MAY 8, 2018. You must be registered by 29 days prior to the election (April 9, 2018) to be allowed to vote.

Before the last election (Nov 2016) several thousand Hoosiers were denied their right to vote because a 3rd party had illegally altered Republican (only Republican) voter registration information to change their name, address, or other information in an effort to prevent Republicans from voting. CHECK YOUR STATUS.

Use the OFFICIAL INDIANA web site, https://indianavoters.in.gov, not knockoffs that could be run by groups intending to alter your registration information instead of registering you! It is free, fast, easy – USE THE OFFICIAL STATE OF INDIANA SITE: not any other! Official GOVerment web sites always have a domain ending with .GOV! .com, .org, .biz, .me, are NOT official government sites!

Register to vote. Primaries are almost here. https://indianavoters.in.gov/

From the OFFICIAL INDIANA web site:

ELECTION ALERT
IMPORTANT NOTICE: ONLY the version of the state voter registration form (VRG-7) and the county voter registration form (VRG-11) published on this website (or earlier revisions of these state forms approved since September 2013) will be accepted by county voter registration offices. Older versions of the VRG-7 or VRG-11 will NOT be accepted for processing. Federal voter registration forms may continue to be used.


Security Fixes Kill Hospital Patients

2015 ‘security fixes’ on computers resulted in 34 to 45 more deaths per 1,000 heart attack patients

From another article in Dark Reading. The data is old (most recent from year 2015) and updated data should be collected because we learn and change how we deal with security breaches. The underlying reason however seems very timely: clinicians trying to use hospital computer systems after a vulnerability is “fixed” face radical problems getting access to care for patients, and as a result more patients die due to the security “fix” preventing timely care. In medical terms, we would say “The cure is worse than the disease.”

Healthcare IT systems may show that shock in slower and more disruptive change than those in other industries because they start from a relatively weakened position security-wise. “For the most part the healthcare industry, and especially the providers, has been a laggard for information security,” says Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute.

When hospitals respond to a breach, the response tends to have a major impact on their legitimate users. According to Choi’s research, “new access and authentication procedures, new protocols, new software after any breach incident is likely to disrupt clinicians.”

That disruption is where the patient is affected, through inaccurate or delayed information reaching the people caring for them. And how much, in blunt terms, can that effect be? The study says an additional 34- to 45 deaths per 1,000 heart attack discharges every year.

Read the article at https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/privacy/fixing-hacks-has-deadly-impact-on-hospitals/d/d-id/1331386. I had a link to the study here also, but the link goes to a “registration” web site. You can follow that link in the Dark Reading article if you so desire.