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Comment: Re:No single payer (Score 1) 184

by Greyfox (#49629857) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
One bill, and that they be able to provide you with a reasonably accurate estimate of the costs when you go in. I had a moth fly into my ear, craziest thing, I'm just sitting there minding my own business and this moth just comes out of nowhere, hits the side of my face and disappears. And I freak the fuck out because a moth is now raping my goddamn ear. So I get my room mate to drive me to the emergency room to have the fucker removed. They don't believe me, have a look, and say "Yep, something's in there." And I'm like "Yes! It's a fucking moth!" So they make a couple of attempts and finally get the damn thing out, and it cost $1000 for that, in three separate bills. If they'd told me that in advance, I probably would have decided that I can put up with an awful lot of ear raping for $1000.

Hell of it was I'd just switched jobs and didn't have a new insurance card yet, but was actually insured. Over the course of my career, I've probably paid $20,000 or so worth of medical insurance and I've had the insurance companies weasel out of paying anything every single time I've had to have a medical procedure. And the total cost of those procedures so far has been significantly less than $20,000. I've had three trips to the ER or urgent care over 25 years, totaling about $3000 worth of care. $1000 of which was for a moth raping my ear.

So fuck the medical system and fuck the insurance providers. Over the past three decades, I'd have been better of with a jar of leeches. At least those are honest about sucking your blood.

Comment: Re: So what? Feel free to move into a cave. (Score 1) 132

by Grishnakh (#49628303) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

But CO2 wise taxis are a lot worse since they have lots of dead mileage when they aren't transportning anything.

That's the thing: this simply isn't true in NYC. They aren't ever not transporting anything there: as soon as they drop off one person, a new rider is right around the corner.

In other American cities, taxis are horrible ecologically because they spend so much time empty, just like you say. Not in NYC, because the ridership is very high.

Comment: Re:Carcinogenic (Score 1) 300

Thats some good sleuthing on me being a shill, with one problem: that quote was pulled verbatim from wikipedia.

It also sources the National Library of Medicine, among a number of other fairly reputable bodies. The statement you seem to have issues with-- the ppm one-- is sourced here:

Great to see the knives come out when someone throws out publicly available research tho.

Comment: Re:Correlation != causation (Score 1) 300

Im not sure I have the gist of your argument, but heres what I'm getting:

1) Chemical that is used everywhere, and also by the fracking industry, is found in our groundwater.
2) The source is unclear.
3) The chemical has been generally approved for use in food
4) Sometimes the FDA is wrong.

Ergo, the fracking industry is at fault for releasing a chemical that is toxic, and we're all at serious health risk.

Let me know if / where I missed a step, but if thats the entirety of it, it seems like a pretty weak argument.

Comment: Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 1) 333

by Grishnakh (#49626959) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Ironically, one of the few things that I will say that Microsoft, to this point, has done right on their desktop computers.

Not really. They did OK with handling updates to their own software, but for anything 3rd-party, it's a complete and utter mess, with every application having its own update checker process running constantly looking for updates. There should have been some kind of update service (like Windows Update already is) but which 3rd-party applications can hook into easily and use to keep that software updated.

Comment: Re: So what? Feel free to move into a cave. (Score 2) 132

by Grishnakh (#49626925) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

Using taxis for everything because the lower classes take the train is a lifestyle choice.

That's still a lot more efficient than what most other Americans do, which is drive 30-60 minutes each way on their daily commute, using their own car. The NYers who do take cabs tend to take them short distances (since everything is closer together there), and they're sharing the same vehicles, instead of all having their own, and then needing giant parking lots for them all.

Yes, it'd be better if everyone just took the subway, but if you compare to any other American metropolis, NYC is very efficient. And yes, NYC is probably more wasteful than a lot of other non-American cities, but that's apples and oranges.


The World's Most Wasteful Megacity 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-new-york dept.
merbs writes: The world's most wasteful megacity is a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia where we buy, and throw away, a staggering amount of stuff (abstract). Where some faucet, toilet, or pipe, is constantly leaking in our apartments. Where an armada of commerce-beckoning lights are always on. Where a fleet of gas-guzzling cars still clog the roadways. I, along with my twenty million or so neighbors, help New York City use more energy, suck down more water, and spew out more solid waste than any other mega-metropolitan area.

Comment: Re:...eventually put people on butt (Score 2) 126

by Greyfox (#49624429) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Reaches Martian Day 4,000 of Its 90-Day Mission
Well another problem is that we actually know what conditions are like there. It's one thing to ask a bunch of religious fanatics who are being persecuted in their current setting to move to someplace nominally more rustic where they'd be free to practice their heathen rituals. It's another to ask someone to leave their gravity well for a long trip to a much crappier gravity well. It's kind of a hard sell. "Yeah, Mars is a shithole with nothing but dust and more dust, but we'd like you to move there so you can scrape out a subsistence living that we'll probably lose interest in the next time the budgets come up." At least in the new world you could live off the land hunting beavers in the event the budget for new world colonization ever got cut.

Comment: Re:"But Rust isn't competing with XYZ!" (Score 1) 246

by Grishnakh (#49623775) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

I don't know much about Rust besides that the Wikipedia entry says, however just because some other people use it for comparisons with some other languages doesn't mean you can bash Rush just because it isn't as good as some other language at some arbitrary feature; you're just doing the exact same thing as them in that case. Besides, what other languages are they comparing to anyway?

It's one thing to compare Rust to a language which maybe it was intended to compete against, such as C++. It's another thing to compare it to some entirely different language, such as Lisp or Haskell or COBOL or even Perl; Rust certainly wasn't intended to directly compete against any of these.

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