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Comment: Re:Health Insurance (Score 1) 430

by Gr8Apes (#49615785) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'
Sorry, doesn't work that way, unless you're going to withhold emergency medical assistance until proof of insurance is provided, allowing potentially insured individuals to die. Otherwise you're supporting the concept of universal health care as I pretty much describe it above. There is no grey area on this one, much as some like to think.

Comment: Health Insurance (Score 4, Insightful) 430

by Gr8Apes (#49614905) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

The real issue behind the "young movement" and a way to stop it cold is to deal with health insurance. Disallow health insurance to use age as a pricing factor, and watch how quickly the job market changes. I had a buddy that just went to an interview, and was flat out told that they have too many "old" people in the company and require some 20-somethings. Their insurance rates were too high.

In fact, I'd go so far as to state that basic health insurance (wellness visits, accident coverage, and basic illness diagnosis) should be 1 price for everyone, with no disqualifications allowed, with some base high deductible capped coverage for general illnesses. This would be relatively cheap as it stands today. Then additional coverage for whatever as we have today could be purchased on top.

Comment: Re:Plot Hole (Score 2) 162

by Gr8Apes (#49613909) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

How can you miss the entire story - the whole plot line was to keep the whereabouts of the ring hidden, distract Sauron and company, and get the ring into Mt Doom. Flying eagles (which Sauron would be able to see) would just instantly attract his attention and locate the ring. Mission over.

OK, my geek card is burning.

Comment: Re:Suicide mission (Score 1) 943

by Gr8Apes (#49613767) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas
Atheism is a label others apply to those that don't subscribe to one or more sets of recognized cultists. Some categorized as atheists may have beliefs, but a true atheist doesn't really think or call themselves "an atheist". They usually call themselves "David", "John", "Sue".... There are exceptions, of course.

Comment: Re:Inventions vs. Engineering (Score 1) 60

They reject quite a few, try submitting one sometime. It takes time and effort to push it through. The real issue is that a patent should come with a working prototype described by the patent. No prototype, no patent, no patent filing date, no submarine extensions. Solves a whole host of issues right out of the gate not to mention removing entire classes of "ideas" or "business process" patents, reducing the latter back down to trade secrets which is where they should have stayed.

Comment: Re:Require patents to advance the state of the art (Score 1) 60

Beats me, but I wrote a notification service in 2007 using Kannel and that goes back to Oct 2004 date as the reference implementation for WAP 2.0.... Something tells me it's older than that. In fact, IIRC, I wrote an email/SMS sending app back around 2003 that leveraged some commercial service for another job, and they weren't new either, but I can't recall who that was.

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