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Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 288

by Digital Mage (#46804861) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Why piss on the doctors and not the hospital bureaucrats who actually set the pricing rates with insurance. Unless the doctor is running his own practice, it's the hospital network managers who are setting the rates and creating the 2 tier system.

This is akin to pissing on developers for charging a higher price for business level software and a lower price for consumer grade software. In most cases it's not the developer setting the price on that.

Comment: Re:Depends on the Area (Score 1) 242

by Digital Mage (#42604271) Attached to: IT Job Market Recovering Faster Now Than After Dot-com Bubble Burst

I don't know what your situation is but I can tell you Detroit has a huge demand for tech workers. Ford and GM are hiring a lot of tech workers causing a supply shortage of skilled tech workers in the area. I get calls from recruiters all the time looking for people in the area and recruiters are telling me they are having a hard time filling positions. Don't bother with with job boards and instead make sure you have a LinkedIn account visible to recruiters and post your resume to the local hiring firms.

Comment: Web 6.0 (Score 4, Funny) 65

by Digital Mage (#40363833) Attached to: Book Review: Digital Vertigo

Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the fucking vanguard of the internet. The Web 2.0 was the technology to own. Then the other guy came out with a Web 3.0. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called Web 4.0. That's Web 3.0 + 1. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened—the bastards went to Web 5.0. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling Web 4.0. Suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fuck it. We're going to Web 6.0!

Comment: Open Secrets (Score 2) 1167

by Digital Mage (#38237106) Attached to: US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00029617&type=I

I don't see any obvious IT related industry donors from the past that might be influencing her (who knows about now). She is on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee so thats probably where it came from. Strange.

Comment: Re:Not reform, capitulation. (Score 1) 2424

by Digital Mage (#31568264) Attached to: House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

veterinary care and LASIK show exactly what happens when providers have to compete.

Both examples are optional procedures. The real competition isn't with other vets and LASIK practitioners but with the customer's choice to perform said procedures. When it comes to life saving health care people don't look at the cost. Unless people are unwilling to pay X amount of money for life saving procedures and walk out the door (assuming you can in an emergency), health care will always be expensive unless other regulatory limiters bring it down.

Comment: Re:Unintended consequences? (Score 1) 2424

by Digital Mage (#31567794) Attached to: House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

I wouldn't worry about people emigrating....odds are they would move to a country with a government run health care system anyway...they just don't realize it. Even Rush made that mistake with this quote:

I don't know. I'll just tell you this, if this passes and it's five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented -- I am leaving the country. I'll go to Costa Rica

By the way, Costa Rica has a health care system subsidized by the state:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/357920/costa_rica_a_look_at_its_national_healthcare.html?cat=5

..and with the way real estate prices have gone in the U.S. they won't be moving anytime soon. In 5 years they'll have forgotten about what they were bitching about anyway.

Comment: Re:So, what you going to do? (Score 1) 418

by Digital Mage (#30782908) Attached to: $4,400/Yr. Coders May Work On Dept. of Labor Project

We need to work in our local cities and communities to retrofit our urban designs so that we aren't forced into a very expensive lifestyle.
Two great sources to start:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/james_howard_kunstler_dissects_suburbia.html

http://www.amazon.com/Suburban-Nation-Sprawl-Decline-American/dp/0865476063/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263584896&sr=8-20

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