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Comment: Re:At the risk of being flammed into oblivion (Score 1) 146

by GerryGilmore (#46779469) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers
I do. The thing that you're ignoring is this: the combination of my insurance premiums through work; my employer's premiums to the same insurers; medicare; medicaid; VA and a few others dwarfs - on a per-capita basis - what anyone else in the world pays for coverage. And that coverage, in case you haven't noticed, is ridiculously complex with tremendous gaps and inefficiencies that make the whole experience much, much worse than any dealings with the IRS - and I've had a few. In each case I found the IRS to be very helpful and pleasant to deal with. As opposed to, say, AT&T...

Comment: Re:Just think, you could have had universal health (Score 1) 722

by GerryGilmore (#46718921) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
Excuse me? That whole post made no sense whatsoever! How did you get health care without insurance or a very large wallet? And don't hand me that crap about ER coverage being "free". It's not! Once you leave the hospital, you're going to have to make a detour through the business office where you'll get a full walletectomy before you can leave, and if you don't have cash, you'll have the collection agency knocking at your door.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 1) 722

by GerryGilmore (#46718799) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
You are conflating 2 separate things: improvements in diagnostics and treatment, and access to those things. Plenty of acute care (and non-acute) treatments and tests such as CAT scans, etc have improved dramatically over the last few years, so what's your point again? Oh! Right! If the government is involved in making access to these things, it's Bad(TM). Obviously, the OP pointed out that world-wide experience shows that single-payer, universal coverage is far more efficient and - oh, yeah - compassionate than our layers upon layers of BS insurance companies and their "Utilization Review Committees", aka "Death Panels".

Comment: Re:"George Soros Institute for Economic Thinking" (Score 1) 91

by GerryGilmore (#46625085) Attached to: Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography
Since you're already modded to +5 I won't bother, but - Kudos for not being one of the mindless cumwads who automatically reject anything that anyone else says just because they are associated with ${political party or person's name who we've been conditioned to hate by propagandists}. Without critical thinking, there is no thinking possible at all.

Comment: Thinking of us as "resources" (Score 2) 323

by GerryGilmore (#46547749) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker
To me, the whole concept of the former "personnel" department becoming "human resources" is a reflection of the mindset that real people with real desires to advance, and real desires to keep up with technical changes and advances, and real desires to feel like we're really contributing to the success of our company are, well, passe. In that mindset, we're all just "resources" that can fit onto a spreadsheet or HR template. A true story from my days at Dialogic - a company that made telecom gear. After finally getting management buy-in to release a Linux version, I was in a meeting with engineering management and they started wondering about getting the "resources" to do the driver and porting work. I suggested looking at working to get some input from some experienced open-source driver maintainers on a contract basis to get some of our existing Solaris versions ported. They laughed and said "Oh, we can't do that! We'll just pull some resources from our Windows team and they'll be fine." Ha! For some reason, they just couldn't grasp the concept that there was experience, knowledge and - ultimately - passion for what you are doing that translates into real achievement.

Comment: Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (Score 0) 162

Besides which, what gives the Catholics the right to opt out of things they don't like? People who don't support war are "forced to pay" for it anyway. People who don't like corporate welfare are "forced to pay" for it. People who don't like government spying are "forced to pay" for it. etc. Hiding behind your religion like it's more sacred than the Constitution is what makes me, an atheist, arguably a Better American(TM) than you, so get off my lawn!

Comment: Re:True. Worst corporate bureaucracy = best govt b (Score 3, Insightful) 172

I'd say that you're buying into the whole "governments are bad, mkay..." syndrome that affects a large swath of the population these days. In my experience, I've had great government work experiences and ultra-crappy private sector experiences and vice-versa. Perhaps the reason that government project failures get more attention is a combination of a very active propaganda machine always on the lookout for any government failure so that they can hype it mercilessly and that - overall - government projects tend to be larger. Just a thought....

Comment: Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 860

by GerryGilmore (#46408225) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
Exactly! They had a perfectly fine OS that could have been extended ad-infinitum but instead chose after a comparatively small amount of time in the market to kill it for the new, shiny, sparkly, mobile-enabled interface that NOBODY WANTS ON THEIR PC. Fine, stick W8 on your latest tab or phone, MS, but why try to shoehorn a ridiculous interface on a PC?

Comment: Re:Risk? (Score 4, Insightful) 104

by GerryGilmore (#46360901) Attached to: Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years
I'll ignore the snark about Obama, but - trust me on this, white man - once you've watched a loved one like, say, your mother going through years and years of pain, confusion, terror and misery from Alzheimer's because there IS NO OTHER OPTION LEGALLY ALLOWED, you just might change your alleged mind on the subject. Have a nice day and I hope you never have to confront reality.

Comment: Re:Good idea (Score 1) 192

by GerryGilmore (#46198847) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?
Personally, I've had great and horrible experiences with cops. One locked me up just because I was freak (hippie to you outsiders!) and he was pissed about something. Another literally risked his life to save mine. On balance, I do trust the police as a group. Despite the first extreme episode I mentioned, I've found them to be professional, polite, dedicated, sorely underpaid and - considering the crap they have to deal with - resolutely patient.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen