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Comment: Re: This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 382

...but at smaller offices, if you are un-insured, you can get routine visits for a fairly affordable price. Before you call BS on me, I have done this before, as me and my family went without insurance for a year or two when I was getting my own business going.

I know you can, if you're quite lucky, find a cheap primary care physician, especially pediatricians. I heavily emphasized cheapness, but "readily available" and "universally applicable" were also in there, and your post is full of exactly how neither of those apply.

USB, it ain't. It's a travesty is what it is.

Comment: Re: This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 2) 382

It is almost always better to self insure portions of risk if you can reasonable do do -- why pay middlemen? Do you buy the "extended warranty" on every USB cable you buy from BestBuy or NewEgg?

No, but that's a useless analogy. There is NO medical equivalent of the USB cable I buy from NewEgg. Readily available, universally applicable, and most of all, cheap. There is nothing whatsoever in the US healthcare system that qualifies as cheap. Anywhere. Even the most trivial of routine checkups required by law (e.g. college admissions) has a cash price of hundreds of dollars. It only costs less than that if you (or your employer) has paid money into the protection racket called health "insurance." Which a) is not insurance and; b) serves as nothing other than a profit-taking gatekeeper to the services you actually want.

The Affordable Care Act, better known as RomneyCare, because that's the closest system that had previously been enacted in the US, is indeed a travesty. It's a giant giveaway to an industry that does not provide health care! The insurance industry. It's crony capitalism at its finest, sold to the American people with the carrot dangled by the Democratic party and the stick wielded by the Republican party. Only in America can a population of 300 million be fooled into paying so incredibly much for so very little.

If we were a civilized nation, we'd have enacted single-payer when Canada did in 1966 and we wouldn't be having this conversation. But we're not. We're blind and stupid and consistently vote against our own interests by voting for the interests of oligarchs.

Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 1) 323

by Areyoukiddingme (#47941847) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Similarly if you start inhabiting Siberia and Antarctica with more human activity resulting in greater melting of these regions you'll simply be flooding coastal regions elsewhere and making them uninhabitable.

But think of the savings in air conditioning costs. It's a huge win-win.

Florida shouldn't be populated by anybody but the alligators anyway.

Comment: Re:It's a very small problem (Score 1) 200

by Areyoukiddingme (#47932619) Attached to: Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

Fuel for an imaginary reactor you hope you can build at some indeterminate point in the future. Or are you aware of someone building a commercial one?

Yes, he is. Did you not see the reference to China? China sent representatives to tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They patiently listened to all the nanotech PR, then asked about molten salt reactors. They got everything. They're working on continuing the work Oak Ridge stopped doing decades ago, starting from what Oak Ridge had.

He made up the bit about 2020, since they said nothing about schedule, but they've publicly admitted to working on molten salt designs.

Oh, and the person leading the project is very tightly connected to the ruling party. Meaning they will get resources and approvals and whatever it takes to get the job done. China has a massive latent appetite for electrical energy. They're pursuing every possibility in order to get more.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 391

by Areyoukiddingme (#47930213) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

That battery will NOT last forever, and when it needs a new one you'd be better off scrapping the entire car and buying a new one.

At today's battery prices, sure. But the whole premise of the gigafactory is today's battery prices need to be made obsolete, and a new factory could do it. Will do it, unless every number crunched by Tesla is wrong, and that doesn't seem likely.

Today, yeah, replacing a complete lithium ion battery pack is prohibitively expensive. Tomorrow? Likely it will be a lot less.

Comment: Re:Boeing gets free money because why? (Score 1) 187

Why the fuck does Boeing get $1.6 Billion extra for the same job?

Because it isn't the same job. Boeing hasn't built anything. They have a pile of paper they have to turn into a spacecraft. SpaceX has been flying the pressure vessel they're using for over a year, on three missions. They have a lot less to do.

Comment: Re:Please See: (Score 1) 630

by Areyoukiddingme (#47914599) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

anthropomorphic global warming (AGW) is a fact.
In fact, it's so simply even you could devise a test.
1) Visible light strikes the earth Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes
2) Visible light has nothing for CO2 to absorb, so it pass right on through. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes
3) When visible light strike an object, IR is generated. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes
4) Green house gasses, such as CO2, absorb energy(heat) from IR. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes
5) Humans produce more CO2(and other green house gasses) then can be absorbed through the cycle. Testable?...

...and right there your argument runs off the rails. The answer to #5 is No. No one can devise a test. Why? Because no one understands the entire system. You can not test a cycle that you can not describe.

But all of the blah blah above doesn't even matter. If it was as simple as you persistently and repeatedly claim, no climate model would ever be wrong. But looking around, we discover that, in fact, not a single climate model has always been right. Not one. Every single one of them has been wrong in its predictions, some of them laughably wrong. Yes, each one of those tiny little factoids you like to write is true. And if the Earth was a bell jar full of CO2 that might matter. It's not. A bell jar full of CO2 is an utterly useless model of Earth when talking about temperatures. It has nothing to do with anything. It's so far removed from reality that it makes a spherical cow look like an optimal model of friction. The real system is vastly more complex. It's so complex that no current climate model contains every aspect of it, as evidenced by their continued failure to match reality, by the (published, peer-reviewed) admission of their own creators.

If and when a model successfully predicts half a century to within the commonly accepted rate of statistical significance, we will know the model is a reasonable simulation of reality. Predicting next year or next decade is not enough: that's just weather. Until then, they're just spitballing. Unless and until the model meets the commonly accepted evidentiary standards of science, it's neither complete nor worthy of consideration as a guide for public policy, especially when some of the public policy proposed on the basis of unproven models will actively harm a very large number of humans. Possibly all humans everywhere.

Perhaps before you advocate actively harming each and every living and future member of the human race, you should have a more accurate model.

Comment: Spoiler (Score 2) 191

by Areyoukiddingme (#47914091) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

According to the structural engineer, yes a 20 km tower is probably possible. There's nothing in material science preventing it. The detailed engineering to figure out how to build and assemble the largest structural members in the base have not been worked out, but at least in theory, it can be done.

Presumably Neal Stephenson will finish a story telling us what the hell it's for.

Comment: Re:Bad way to conduct policy (Score 1) 131

by Areyoukiddingme (#47912235) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Whether you like or dislike net neutrality, you should NOT like government regulatory agencies setting public policy unilaterally without legislators involved.

The legislators were involved. This whole situation was supposed to be a good thing.

The theory was the government could be more responsive and more able to keep up with changing times than the legislature could be, so the law was written to broadly authorize the Executive branch to come up with the details on its own, rather than having every tiny little thing argued over by Congress itself. All the various federal commissions and most of the administrations were set up under that theory. Congress broadly sets policy and writes up the authorizations and the Executive branch takes care of the details. In an attempt to preserve a little democracy, Congress did mandate this public comment thing. At least the part where comments have to be solicited. Of course, odds are good that nothing says those comments have to be in any way heeded.

If regulatory capture wasn't a thing, it wouldn't be an issue. Unfortunately, the phrase "for the public good" has fallen out of favor. The Almighty Dollar speaks, and the government falls all over itself to listen. As if somehow all things business does are guaranteed to be good for the general public. Apparently all of history happened in vain. People never learn.

Comment: Re:Lame (Score 1) 730

by Areyoukiddingme (#47867119) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

It's very possible that this method of charging was mandated by safety considerations. A direct electric connection to a sweaty wrist worn device is sort of scary.

It's not at all possible because it's not scary. All smart watches run on low voltage DC, just like every other battery-powered watch since the dawn of the electronic age. Human skin has no difficulty resisting the voltages involved. Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery? Or know someone who has? They don't have a burned tongue. And smart watches run on less than 9 volts. Sweat is only a corrosion problem, not a conductivity problem.

Household power should be low voltage DC, not AC. Edison was right, at short distances. It's much much safer than even the 110 AC we use in the US, let alone the higher voltages used elsewhere in the world.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz