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Comment: Re:Making smart choices (Score 1) 1146

by Dredd13 (#45705295) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Except the value of insurance isn't subjective from the perspective of everyone else. If one of those "reasonable, rational people who did not purchase health insurance" gets hit by a bus and has the good luck to survive, then almost certainly it'll be everyone else paying for their treatment in one way or another.

Only because some folks insist that society pick up the tab for people who make bad decisions. Some of us would have a society that says "oh, you didn't buy insurance and now you're really sick? That's a bummer. What are YOU going do to save yourself?"

Comment: Re:Americans: NSA needs more oversight (Score 1) 216

The trick is - the NSA has proven that you can't provide effective oversight if the overseers don't have actual direct access to that which they're overseeing.

If they rely on the folks they're overseeing to provide them with the data, it's trivial to provide the illusion of oversight with any of it's pesky actual observance of what is going on.

Comment: Re: They didn't know he also... (Score 1) 403

by Dredd13 (#44601683) Attached to: Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

You ABSOLUTELY can sign away your rights. People do it all the time.

I have the right to work for whomever will hire me. But in many states, I can sign away that right via a non-compete clause.

I have the right to say whatever non-defamatory statements I want to make. But I can certainly sign that right away as part of a confidentiality agreement, or non-disclosure agreement.

These are just the most trivial of examples. There are countless others.

Comment: Re:Mac? (Score 1) 290

by Dredd13 (#44536875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

I've been an Apple user for over a decade, and haven't found a need to open one up other than to increase memory or replace a hard drive.

Other people's mileage will, of course, vary, but the vast majority of folks don't need to tinker inside their machines (and in fact their lives would be so much simpler if they stopped).

The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack." -- H.L. Mencken