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Comment: Re:Is it just me... (Score 1) 498

by XxtraLarGe (#49136011) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

...that thinks the new icons actually look quite nice?

Probably not, but the icons make me think they were created in Paint. Yesterday, I had a chance to work on a Windows 10 machine. I didn't have enough time to notice them, as the computer kept freezing up when I was trying to change the desktop image.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 593

by XxtraLarGe (#49131851) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

You seem to be desperate to make some kind of point in this argument, but I don't see evidence of that happening. Are you being paid to post on Slashdot on this topic?

Yes, I make mad ca$h posting anti-Obamacare posts on Slashdot. You figured me out!

He talked about how this has directly helped him. Can you explain how this has directly hurt you?

I can give you 2 specific instances where Obamacare has turned into a pain in the neck for me.

  1. 1) My work used to offer an FSA, which you could put money into for buying over-the-counter medicine, bandages, pain relievers, saline solution, etc. Obamacare changed that so you could only by prescription medicines instead of the other stuff. FSA's are use-it or lose-it, and it's hard to predict what kinds of medical expenses you might have a year in advance, so most people stopped using it, since they didn't want to have a pile of cash unspent that would go to the IRS.
  2. 2) Similarly, my wife's work offered an HSA, which could be used to buy over-the-counter medicine. Obamacare affected that so you could only get medicine by prescription as well.

So basically, what you could buy on your own now requires you to set up a doctor's visit, take time off of work, and wait for a pharmacists. This is what I have to do to get my OTC allergy medicine. You might not think that's a big deal, but this is a situation that affects millions of people. How many truly sick people aren't able to get a doctor's visit as soon as they might need because somebody who never used to have to visit a doctor now needs to waste a half hour just to get something they could have just gotten at their local grocery store before the rule changes in Obamacare? Not to mention the additional waits for people getting prescriptions and hours of productivity lost.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 2, Informative) 593

by XxtraLarGe (#49127947) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

Nothing you posted refutes anything at all.

And surprise, surprise I still have the same doctor & (a better) health plan, but my fiance w/ an expensive sleep disorder was actually able to get insurance.

Congratulations, I'm glad it worked out for you. For many others, not so much. Of course, you completely ignore that a promise was made: "Let me be CLEAR: If you like your doctor, you can keep them." And not only that, Obama knew this was not the case prior to making the statement, so he purposely lied to get people to support it. Then after that, he lied about the lie.

Even though SM doesn't give an explicit example related to the issue, this administration has a very long track record of saying they're going to do one thing, and then doing something else. That's not F.U.D. Stay classy, Jaysyn!

Comment: Re:News (Score 5, Insightful) 211

by XxtraLarGe (#49097085) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

But that doesn't mean that we are supposed to turn into Somalia.

I love how the idea of reducing the size of the federal government is always compared to Somalia. Guess what? In addition to a federal government, most people are also under a state, county, and city/township government. Removing power from the federal government isn't going to result in bands of roving warlords and pirates. It would simply shift the balance of services provided from a bloated federal government back to the state & local level, where they belong and people have more opportunity to provide input.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 532

by XxtraLarGe (#49096441) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

Well, he proposes that the people who want less aggression might want to leave the planet. Bad news - anyone out there that we encounter is very likely to be even more aggressive if they've survived longer than us. Survival of the fittest isn't just for puny earthlings.

Let's not forget about "Space Madness!" either. As soon as someone goes looney on the voyage, it's game over, man! Game over!

Comment: Re:OK, so this is our definition of Hacker now? (Score 1) 42

by XxtraLarGe (#49081369) Attached to: One Year of Data Shows the Hacker Community Is Tight-knit and Welcoming

However, because of the negative associations the word "hacker" has, the more mainstream name is now "makerspace" or even "createspace."

I think maker is probably a better term anyway, since people tend to associate hacker with computers/networks/software, and a lot of things makers create are more real-world physical objects. I know most of those objects involve computers & programming, but that is only a part of it. Tinker also works, but sounds more trivial than maker.

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 1) 131

by XxtraLarGe (#49079449) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

Exporting weapons that wind up being used against our own troops is fairly commonplace in this scenario, but hey, it's all about the corporate profits baby!

<sarcasm>Let's be reasonable. How else are we going to perpetuate the military-industrial complex if we don't give weapons to our eventual enemies?</sarcasm>

Comment: Re:Not a fucking chance. (Score 4, Insightful) 369

by XxtraLarGe (#49069035) Attached to: Two New Male Birth Control Chemicals In Advanced Stages

Well guess what? Maybe you should have taken a little bit of responsibility by using a condom?

That does not address the original issue. Would you find it acceptable for someone to say "Maybe you should have taken a little responsibility and not spread your legs" to a woman? If not, why is it o.k. to say that to the guy?

Comment: Re:Not a fucking chance. (Score 5, Insightful) 369

by XxtraLarGe (#49068487) Attached to: Two New Male Birth Control Chemicals In Advanced Stages

Birth control is a womens issue.

You won't get a judge to agree with you if you accidentally father a child.

I like how this issue is always 1-sided. It's a woman's choice if she wants to have an abortion, but the guy doesn't have a choice to not support the child if the woman wants to have it but he doesn't.

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court