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Comment: How long has the War on Drugs lasted? (Score 1) 439

by Bruinwar (#48632885) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Decades?

Trillions spent on it? And I can still go down the street & score. Why are people crossing into Colorado to score when Billy next door grows it? This really makes no sense.

Stressing their law enforcement resources my ass... Nebraska is making money on these busts, we know that. Now they want to double dip & get some of Colorado's tax windfall.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 4, Interesting) 191

Yep, my total cost of healthcare here went up by about 40% but not as a result of the ACA. My employer's raised it but not because their costs went up my 40%. They raised it because they could. We are a Fortune 500 company & are self-insured. Their costs did not rise by anything close to 40%. OH, the HR asshole brought up the ACA, hinting around about reasons why we got such a huge increase, but when I brought up current healthcare inflation, he had no straight answer.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 5, Insightful) 191

In the states, health insurance skyrocketed after obamacare forced insurance companies to carry high risk people as well as the 'rights' demanded by special interest 'social justice' groups that the rest of us must now pay for.

A fast search led me to factcheck.org where they disagree with you. Anecdotally I know of not one single case where this is true. Everyone I know got a better deal under Obamacare. Some stories are remarkable how much Obamacare helped them. This is personal experience only. But after a decade of alarming inflation of health care premiums, we are finally seeing it slow (4%).

The Affordable Care Act has it's problems. It could be fixed. But return to lifetime caps, dumping high risk clients, & no coverage for existing conditions, no thanks. & yes, we did have "skyrocketing premiums" regardless. Become a cancer survivor & your opinion will change.

Comment: Re:What we actually Need is some Bloody Panic (Score 1) 329

by Bruinwar (#48563219) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Back in the real world, all the computer models completely failed to predict the last twenty years or so of nothing much happening. Just as the models that predicted a new ice age in the 70s completely failed to predict twenty years of warming.

What models? Computer models from the 70s? Citation please. Or did you mean the pop science in the media? It was never a real theory, it was entertainment.

Comment: Re:Humans are supposed to be vegan (Score 1) 252

by Bruinwar (#48443863) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Killing a rabbit likely was done with the cooperation of a few people to corner it & hitting it in the head with a rock. Plus thanks to our sweat glands humans are the only creatures that can run for hours & hours in 90+ heat. That is how you catch an antelope! & hit in the head with a rock.

Yes, if that antelope was female & had milk, we consumed it.

Comment: Re:What about eggs... (Score 1) 252

by Bruinwar (#48443841) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Depends on who you ask. Those whom get there main income from Big Pharma will say eggs are bad. Others seem to be saying they are good. Still others are saying they are bad unless the are free range organic.

I say they are good! I just had three & they tasted delicious! They just happened to be organic as my wife bought them. Personally I would balk at the price & buy the factory eggs. But that makes her unhappy so I opt for the expensive ones. Happy wife=happy me.

Comment: Missing the point (Score 1) 331

by Bruinwar (#48286421) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

It seems that most are missing the point here. It's not just student loans, it's GI Bill money & other grants going to waste on bullshit colleges/trade schools. The potential student is sucked in by the intense marketing (ITT Tech & be a GAME DESIGNER!!) & goes to see the sales person...(counselor) & they hard sell them on some useless program & set up all the financing for them. Just sign here...!!!! RTFA

Quite often jobs listings actually specify bachelors degree from an accredited college. Phoenix University degrees SUCK! A waste of all our money, not just student loans.

Comment: Re:They deserve praise (Score 3, Insightful) 144

by Bruinwar (#47965509) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Don't get me wrong, I hate the MAFIAA as much as the next guy, but people seem to forget about following the money.

Music is one beast that can thrive from independant distribution and marketing. It's relatively cheap to build your own recording studio and make a name for yourself on facebook.

Movies on the other hand, do take years and millions to make. The money comes up-front from a studio and the studio hopes (expects?) to make money off of ticket sales, merchandise, DVD/Blu-Ray, etc... Yes, there are independant film makers out there, but without those box-office sales, we wouldn't have Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or a slew of the other CGI-dependant movies with big-name actors/actresses.

Would anybody mind sharing how we can get to this eutopian world where every multi-billion dollar produced movie can be made free to the unwashed masses? It's not like a movie can tour the countryside and get money from concert sales...

Make a kick-ass movie, I will likely buy a ticket. Make a decent movie, one that I really want to see but not at current ticket prices, I will wait for it a while. But not forever. If it does not show up on Netflix I might rent it, burn it, then watch it at my convenience, then toss the disk. If I really want to see it & missed it at the flicks due to time constraints, I will download it. If the entertainment industry wants me to pay, make it convenient, let me watch it how & when I want to, & keep the price point reasonable. $6.99 for On Demand is too much as I can rent it for less. They can make money this way, but they might have to let go of their old business models.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 290

by Bruinwar (#47888327) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

from what i understand of the definition of "customer", a "customer" means "someone who is paying for a service". here, there's no payment involved, therefore there is no contract of sale. i would imagine that it's fairly safe to say that we're most definitely *not* quotes customers of google quotes.

if on the other hand these individuals are actually _paying_ google for service and are not receiving a response, _then_ i could understand.

Google Play Music. $9.99 a month. I'm sure some people, including Germans, pay for it.

Comment: Re:Love my Pro (Score 2) 337

by Bruinwar (#47646651) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?
I use it much the same as the Android tablet I used to use. The keyboard helps also but is certainly not the reason I like it so much. It's FAST! That is why I love it. No more tap tap tap fuckmeyoupieceofshitadroidLOAD! Plus I don't have to be forced into using bullshit mobile sites that are difficult to deal with & have no option to "view full site". IMO most apps (iOS/Android) are useless, the full web site is usually much better. The Surface Pro also runs my employer's Cisco VPN client, useful for logging directly on to my machine at work when some light stuff needs to be done.

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