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Comment: THIS is why we of the dark side hate Obamacare (Score 1) 307

We recognize that a large segment of the population can't afford healthcare and need to be subsidized by the public. We realize that because the pharma and hospital lobbies are not about to allow a free market to develop (imagine if medallion cab drivers had the nationwide ability to behead people who used Uber - that's the power of the lobby we're talking about here), that is going to cost a lot more than it would if a free market did exist. What we fear is that as the costs inevitably mount, policy Twinkies like Emanuel are going to cement the "suggestion" of this article into national policy. Like the people in Isaac Asimov's "Pebble In the Sky" we will be required to be gassed at a specified age to keep the system solvent.

My hiking club in northern Arizona includes about 400 members, most of them retired. At age 75 most of them are still hiking every week, enjoying more of the outdoors than city folk half their ages. Hikes are routinely led by people in their eighties. Our oldest member recently hung up his cleats at the age of ninety-three. As time goes on we get titanium knees and hips, implanted teeth, and pacemakers, and we stay on the trail farther and farther into senescence. We're going Borg, and that's how we like it.

My case is typical. When I was a child I had to wear huge Coke-bottle eyeglasses. For high school graduation, I got contact lenses. That was already fifty years ago, and now I'm about to take the next step up, to implanted lenses. Ezekiel Emmanuel, please take your early exit option and never get to set health policy in this country.

Comment: Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (Score 1) 173

by Applehu Akbar (#47964057) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

But KIckstarter, as a new financial market, has the opportunity to take the same innovative approach to the reporting area as it has to investing itself. Can it come up with a financial reporting system that investors will actually pay attention to, rather than toss in a drawer unread? THAT's what I'm looking for here.

Comment: Re:Style (Score 1) 111

by Applehu Akbar (#47960803) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

The hope is that Alibaba's status as a Cayman Islands shell will allow it to develop a black tulip, which will not only be significantly more valuable than all the other tulips,but will be tradable on social media. And because Alibaba owns its own credit subsidiary, you will be able to buy them on thin margin, putting up very little of your own money.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 125

by Applehu Akbar (#47960613) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

The other important fact about human colonization is that was never, at any time in history, an example of waiting until until all problems "at home" were fixed before jumping off and colonizing a new place. Corollary: there is also no instance of a person who advocated not attempting to achieve X until all current problems have been resolved either (1) solving all current problems or (2) achieving X.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 4, Informative) 475

by Applehu Akbar (#47960293) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Apple devices "degrade" with OS updates in the same way that Windows updates do on PCs, gradually. But even after an Apple starts no being upgradeable to the latest OS release, it stays useful for years to come. My mother is still using my hand-me-down 2002 desk-lamp iMac, which has the old PowerPC processor.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1, Troll) 475

by Applehu Akbar (#47960249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Another one reporting for duty, infidel scum.

iOS8 on my Mac Mini Retina: no difference in the speed with which apps load and handle. I also have an iPhone 4S, but we have been advised not to load it onto iPhones earlier than the 5 because the hardware would not support all its features. That may be GP's problem.

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer. -- Dean Acheson