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Comment: 99.8% of all mobile malware is on platforms (Score 1) 176

by Brannon (#48392219) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

which have a "well buried switch"--basically 0% of all malware is on iOS. It looks like the iOS strategy works pretty well and it looks like, thus far, you have been proven to be completely wrong that "one platform can provide both".

It's almost as if the company that's worth $600B understands what their customers want better than you do. Weird.

Comment: You are a whiney little brat. (Score -1, Redundant) 257

by Brannon (#48392093) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

There has been no President who has been more consistently progressive in the last 70 years. The health care overall is a *big* deal; probably the greatest legislative accomplishment since the New Deal. No, you didn't get everything you want--that's not the way the world works. You think you would have gotten more if Obama had stamped his feet like a petulant child and demanded more?

It's morons like you that are going to lead to another Bush as President with a GOP House & Senate.

Comment: If that matters to you then don't buy an iDevice. (Score 3, Insightful) 176

by Brannon (#48381487) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

The manufacturer of my microwave actively prevents people from creating and running programs on it--that doesn't stop me from eating popcorn.

There are reasonable reasons to want a walled garden device (do a Google image search for a pie chart of the percent of mobile malware out there by platform, iOS doesn't even show up) and there are reasonable reasons to want something you can tinker with. Guess what? the market provides both choices and you get to pick one. Isn't this supposed to be about choice?

Comment: The Model S is a high-end luxury sedan. (Score 1) 111

by Brannon (#48329745) Attached to: Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

It competes against $70K+ cars from Mercedes and BMW, and it's doing very well in that segment. Sure, that's a niche market.

Tesla has plans to work their way down into more volume markets. Lots of automotive technology started out initially in luxury segments (because those segments can tolerate high capital costs associated with new technology) and then trickled down to the volume markets as the technology matured (air conditioning, automatic transmissions, fuel-injection, etc.). Tesla is following that curve and all indications are pretty good--that's what people are excited about.

Comment: They've sold 50,000 of them so far (Score 1, Insightful) 111

by Brannon (#48326943) Attached to: Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

At an average price of >$80K, that's >$4B dollars

At one point everything you are saying was true of gasoline automobiles. There are lots of places in the country which have a good supercharger & showroom infrastructure now, and more chargers & showrooms are showing up every month. You can drive cross-country in a Tesla right now. Obviously they are focusing on the parts of the country where people have a lot of money and don't have an irrational hatred of anything new or different--so it will be a bit of a wait for you.

If change is so unsettling for you then why do you cruise technology sites? maybe just go sit in your Ford F150 and listen to AM radio?

Comment: By that logic then oceans also don't exist. (Score 1) 111

by Brannon (#48326785) Attached to: Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Objects can exist even if they aren't in your direct view, it's called object permanence.

Every company that has ever dramatically changed an industry was at one point a niche company--and I'm sure in each of those cases some jackass from a red state went out of his way to point that out.

Comment: There was no scam. (Score 1) 739

by Brannon (#48310397) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Your side lost an election and elections have consequences. Democrats had a majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate and a very popular new president. They passed sweeping health care reform which by any reasonable measure has been successful. You feel like you got the raw end of the deal and maybe you did--but that doesn't mean that there was anything nefarious going on.

Rate increases are essentially public right now and they look very reasonable. All this data is out there. ACA has been a godsend for many people, including people I know personally. The macro-economic effects are stunning.

You are just wildly lying about people losing their insurance. That *is not* happening. Look at the curves, millions and millions more people have insurance now than had it before--that's not a matter of opinion and not something I'm interested in debating because it can easily be resolved using Google. Sure, some people are paying more than they did before--generally people who had crap insurance before but were lucky enough to not have noticed it.

You hate the president and democrats and that has nothing to do with your health care costs. Let's be completely honest, if Mitt Romney had passed the exact same plan then you wouldn't have any problem with it.

Comment: So you're in Maryland. (Score 1) 739

by Brannon (#48307443) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

You're over 55, self-employed. Two people. Fairly expensive area, probably on some sort of a Bronze plan. Given all that, your health care costs look pretty reasonable to me. I can understand if you feel screwed, but in all likelihood your previous insurance was crap and [thank god] you never had to use it enough to learn that. You are getting to an age where health problems are unpredictable and costs are high--perhaps you've been lucky until now but statistically this is what it costs to insure someone in your area at your age.

I think you have this vision that your rates have been jacked up to pay for welfare queens or something; that's just not true--most of your increase is due to the new requirements blocking predatory plans (low caps on lifetime expenses, exclusions for pre-existing conditions, etc.).

Comment: I just think Libertarianism is stupid. (Score 1) 551

by Brannon (#48304173) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...

And I like to screw with stupid people.

It's not hard to find 10 people who call themselves 'Libertarians' in that they all agree the government should be smaller and pay for less. It's impossible to find 10 Libertarians who agree on which parts of the government should be cut. And that's the fundamental conceit of Libertarianism, it's just another way of saying "I don't want my tax dollars to pay for anything other than the stuff I personally need, but I want everyone's tax dollars to pay for the stuff I need." I'll give them this, Libertarians generally don't want to be associated with the shrill social conservatives and for that they should be commended.

Communism is also stupid, as far as that goes. I've yet to encounter anyone arguing for communism in my life, but if I do then I promise I will mock them, too.

Comment: The problem is that I don't believe you. (Score 1) 739

by Brannon (#48304089) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Approximately 100% of these Obamacare horror stories have collapsed on deeper inspection. It's possible that you fall into some gap that is disproportionately worse off if the planets aligned just right. That would require a number of conspiring factors (too high income to qualify for rebates, replacing junk insurance, not covered by an employer plan, no chronic medical problems, etc.). It's certainly possible, but factor in your irrational ranting about Obama and Pelosi and drug addicts and it smells very much to me like someone who has just read a lot of conservative blogs and has constructed a faux martyr persona.

> (which now requires us to buy things like no-deductible comprehensive child-bearing services despite no longer young enough to even have kids, and comprehensive no-deductible drug treatment coverage for addictions we don't have)

You also don't have Ebola, but your insurance covers that. That's the way insurance works. It covers you for things you don't have yet and things you might never need--that's how risk pools work.

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