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Comment Re:Everybody uses health care (Score 1) 311


Yes I do use health care, however i negotiated with my doctor and pay cash! He gives me better discounts than he gives the insurance companies because

1) He knows he will get paid.
2) He does not have to pay someone to manage the paperwork.
3) He knows it is paid in CASH which is far less hassle than checks, credit, or insurance.

My advantages are

1) When I call him, I am at the front of the line.
2) It is cheaper than paying for insurance.

So I have skin in the game, it comes out of my pocket and I pay for services rendered. You should try it some time and stop asking for handouts from the government. No more long lines, no more rejections from the insurance company, no more problems.

Submission + - "Hundreds of Studies Show..." Yeah, right! (

Anon-Admin writes: Regularly, on various media, you hear experts say "there are hundreds of studies that show..." how important music is for kids, that minimum wage increases have little effect on employment, that self-criticism is neurologically destructive, that creatine supplements affect athletic performance, or that electromagnetic fields have no effect on human cells,... This plethora of studies is supposed to quell any doubts you may have about the assertion they support. And hundreds of interviews have shown that it works, and that this glib statement often ends the line of questioning.

Submission + - Apple dismisses diversity proposal for board of directors as 'unduly burdensome' (

Mark Wilson writes: A call by shareholders to do more to increase diversity on Apple's board of directors has been soundly rejected by the company. The board is currently predominantly white and male, leading to calls for an "accelerated recruitment policy requiring Apple to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors".

But in a proxy statement, the board can be seen to have voted against the proposal, saying that it would be "unduly burdensome and not necessary because Apple has demonstrated to shareholders its commitment to inclusion and diversity". The result of the vote will come as something of a surprise as Tim Cook has admitted that the company has much to do to improve diversity.

Submission + - Diary of holocaust victim subject to copyright dispute (

Bruce66423 writes: The Diary of Ann Frank, a Jewish teenager killed by the Nazis whose writing survived in the Amsterdam building where she had hidden, is causing problems. It is 70 years since she died, but her father, who edited it for publication, died later. A French academic has made it available online. The profits from it go to charity

Comment Re:This is not seious science (Score 4, Informative) 44

The way you can tell is that the article mentions that their plants had been attacked by mold. Really? And why were mold spores allowed to come into the plant growth facility?

I take it you have never worked in mycology.

You can't eliminate them, they are everywhere and in amazing quantities. Even in my ISO Class 100 clean room working under a laminar flow hood, I still get the rare unintended mold growth in a culture. Normally from a simple procedure mistake.

You have mold spores on your skin, in your hair, on everything you own, etc.

Just for the fun of it I set up the laser particle counter in my kitchen one day, gave an average reading of 6,954,652 particles, at a flow rate of 0.1 CFM, between .3 microns and .5 microns per cubic foot of air.

Submission + - Urban Raccoons Invade US Cities writes: Annie Correal reports at the NY Times that although New York City may be better known for its rat population, the city’s 311 help line received 1,581 inquiries about raccoon control in 2015 as of mid-December, up from 936 in all of 2014, according to official data. Raccoons are often thought of as forest-dwelling creatures, but raccoons can reach a very high density in cities. “They’re truly incredible in their adaptability,” says Samuel I. Zeveloff, author of “Raccoons, A Natural History." Raccoons are omnivorous and opportunistic, easily switching from eating grubs or bird eggs to devouring human and pet food, and from living in tree hollows to inhabiting attics and chimneys. This flexibility, combined with a relative lack of predators, can lead to rapid population growth. Flexible about where they den, willing to eat just about anything, raccoons transit seamlessly from forest to city. Brick walls prove as easy to climb as trees. Attics and chimneys turn out to be perfectly cozy places for sleeping and for rearing young. Compared to other wildlife species living near humans, such as coyotes and deer, raccoons are in a league of their own.

The problem is that is difficult to dispose of a raccoon. New York City law dictates that any captured raccoon must be killed in a humane fashion, because raccoons are known to carry rabies. But many trappers, as well as homeowners who do the job themselves, say they transport raccoons to parks or wilderness areas and set them free instead, because they don’t have the heart to do what is legally required. “Now, everybody is just releasing them," says one urban trapper. "They’re letting them go in any quiet place.” The problem, experts say, is that from there, the animals tend to wander into the nearest neighborhood. People see wooded areas as the animals’ natural habitat, where they belong. But these are city raccoons that tend to make a U-turn for civilization when dropped off in nature, says Stanley D. Gehrt who has studied urban raccoons for two decades. “When you take them and drop them off in a natural environment, they’re going to look for buildings,” says Gehrt. “It’s what they’re used to.”

Comment Loosing them here (Score 2) 138

The old swap meet is no more. That went back to the days when it was held in the Heathkit warehouse parking lot. I do miss wandering the meet in the early hours of the morning getting good used items.

Just recently the last of the big surplus parts stores closed. I remember getting parts for my Commodore 64 from them, bought my first PC from them (A Compaq Desk Pro), Heck I bought a couple of CPM systems from them in the day. They just had a big going out of business sale and closed the doors. It was a loss as I used to wander there isles and get component parts, power supplies, and other jewels. Heck, many of the parts for my 3d printer came from there shelves.

I do miss the old surplus parts stores, guess there was not enough business to keep them going.

Comment No kidding! (Score 5, Informative) 117

I am my no means an expert on EHR. However I have dated a couple of RN's and have several in the family.

What I can say is that who ever develops this crap does not seem to ask the Doctors or RN's how they do there job.

There was a different 15digit code for every procedure, option, action and the RN had to key each in for every step and often had to click a "yes that is right" box or have a Dr come over and acknowledge that yes that is the correct prescription, etc. Im not talking about new prescriptions, Im talking about standard daily doses given in a care facility.

In every case it took 3x longer for them to do the computer entry than it did for them to do the job and add written notes to the charts. Every RN I know complains that it is cumbersome, time consuming, and takes away from their time caring for the patients.

It really reminded me of some of the time keeping systems I have used. Ones where Accounting laid out the system so you had to enter the time code for each task in no smaller than 15min increments and you had to make sure every min of your day was accounted for.

Comment Re:People in Texas must be loving this (Score 1, Offtopic) 88

Go back to Mexico already.

Why do people say this?

We won our independence from Mexico and were an independent nation before we joined the US.

Strange how people will say "Remember the Alamo" but then forget that it was the relaying cry for Texas to declare our independents from Mexico and become a Nation.

Comment Re:Moving jobs is often the only way to get a payr (Score 1) 258

The thing is, unless you switch jobs, you are actually doing the same job. Why do you deserve more money simply for the fact that you have been doing the same thing longer than everybody else?

I realize that with people who do IT work such as programmers or system admins that there is an increased level of productivity you can get from those who have more knowledge of the code and/or systems that are dealt specifically at a single company, but after a point, you fail to actually provide more value than you did the previous year. Essentially, you plateau. Once you plateau, you probably aren't worth getting paid significantly more than you were before.

How long it takes to plateau is going to depend on the actual job you are doing. Something like a but driver, fast food worker, or assembly line worker, you might actually plateau quite quickly, whereas a job where having specific knowledge pertaining to where you work might take longer to reach a plateau. But you will reach a plateau.

The only way to actually be worth more is to move on to another job, either internally or externally. Most smart companies will allow you to move up within the company so that they can continue to use the knowledge you have about how the company works. Others will try to keep you in the same position for as long as possible so they don't have to retrain somebody else.

While I agree with you in principal, you missed the point.

IT jobs are a supply and demand market. In my area the supply is low and the demand is high. As such I have worked at the company I am at for the last 2 years making 100k a year. Current companies looking for people with my skill set are offering 130k a year to start. That is a 30% raise for changing jobs, compared to the 0% raise I have gotten at my current job!

The value you are looking for is the market value of my skills compared to the value I bring to the company. My skill set is what I am selling in exchange for a pay check. If the value I bring to the company is not > the market value of my skills, then there is a good chance Ill move to another company who is offering more for my skill set. As such the company I was working for can search for a new person with my skill set, and pay them the market rate, or they can search for someone with a lower skill set and pay them the lower market rate.

By not providing raises at market value they are basically setting themselves up for a 2 to 3 year turnover. Where they get the added cost of training a new person and getting them up to speed in the environment.

It boils down to the simple question. Which costs more, giving me a raise at market value or bringing in a new employee at market value and adding the cost of retraining as well as the lost time for them to come up to speed?

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