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Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 284

The same thing happened to me. I'd been buying my own health insurance since I sold my company in 2011. It cost me $83 per month. I'm in my early 30's and healthy. Only time I used it was for a sinus infection and annual check ups. Deductible was $3500 with max out of pocket of $11,000. Office co-pay's were $30, $50 for urgent care and drug coverage worked well enough for me. My last antibiotics cost me $20 co-pay. Then I was informed last fall my plan was not "ACA" compliant and would be cancelled at the end of last year.

So I went shopping on the exchange. The closest plan to what I had was a silver package. It was $280 a month. 3x what I was paying. That was more than I wanted to pay. So I looked at a "Bronze" plan. Still $156 a month and eventually what I selected. It had a $6000 a year deductible and $17,000 max out of pocket per year.

Then I actually had to use it for an Urgent care visit. Under my old plan, Urgent care was a $50 visit. Well it was $90 co-pay under my new plan. I was prescribed the same antibiotics as the previous time. Cost: $45 co-pay instead of $20.

Fortunately I got married and now on my Wife's company plan (although they're likely to pay the fine as it will be cheaper than providing insurance so not sure for how much longer). It was about the same as my bronze plan (~$180 per month to add me). But coverage is a hell of a lot better.

Comment: He's not actually interested (Score 1) 111

by Sycraft-fu (#47956881) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

It is AMD fanboy sour grapes. For some reason some people get really personally invested in their choice of graphics card. So when the other company comes out with a card that is substantially better than what their company has, they get all ass hurt and start trying to make excuses as to what it is bad. The nVidia fans did that back when the AMD 5870 came out and nVidia had no response. Same deal here. The GeForce 900 series are a reasonable bit faster than the AMD 200 series, and way more power efficient. At this time, AMD doesn't have a response, so the AMD fanboys are going on the defensive.

The real answer is, of course, buy the card that works best for your usage, which will vary person to person.

Comment: Re:Yes and yes... (Score 1) 218

by gnasher719 (#47953773) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Best selling means that most actual consumers think that 16 GB is enough. That means that while _you_ want more storage in a smartphone, most people don't. That doesn't make them wrong. :-)

Up to now, you had to pay a lot of money to upgrade from 16GB to 32GB. Now you get 64GB for the same money. I'd think the percentage of 64GB purchasers will go up.

Comment: Re:I've never shorted a stock (Score 1) 97

by TheRaven64 (#47953737) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
XP also tweaked the VM subsystem in a way that was quite noticeable if you had more than about 256MB of RAM (better performance), but the main feature it added was remote desktop (although only in the Pro version). I was quite tempted to upgrade from 2K for the remote desktop stuff.

Comment: Re:What for? (Score 1) 182

by TheRaven64 (#47953219) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't
I'm not a huge fan. The goal of D was to produce a better C++, but if you're designing a new language then C++ really isn't where I'd choose to start. It's not as bad as Ruby (I can't imagine the kind of person who would look at Smalltalk and say 'what this language really needs is Perl-like syntax'. Actually, I can't imagine the kind of person who'd say that about any language. Including Perl). Rust is probably the modern language that I like the most.

Comment: Re:Apple Pay? (Score 1) 77

by gnasher719 (#47947789) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Great -- now the hackers that got my credit / debit card numbers could, instead, get my PayPal info! We all know how nice PayPal is to customers when their accounts are compromised!

Excuse me - Apple Pay. Not PayPal. Unless you lived under a stone for the last two weeks I would have expected that you've heard of Apple Pay.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 4, Informative) 340

Once Amazon started selling MP3s, I jumped ship from iTunes and never looked back. I imagine even if there was no court order mandating they remove DRM they would have for competitive reasons anyway.

That's what you call rewriting history. The only reason why there was ever DRM on the iTunes store was because the record labels demanded it. The only reason why Amazon was allowed to sell DRM-free music in mp3 format was because they record labels wanted a strong alternative to the iTunes store - I wonder how happy they are with this nowadays and when Amazon will turn on them like they are turning on the book publishers. At the same time Apple was still not allowed to sell DRM free; only after Apple agreed to raise all the prices.

Just a reminder: The two A's in AAC stand for "Advanced Audio" and have nothing to do with Apple. And AAC = mp4.


U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music' 340

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the role of album artwork. Marco Arment has some suitably skeptical commentary: "Full albums are as interesting to most people today as magazines. Single songs and single articles killed their respective larger containers. ... This alleged new format will cost a fortune to produce: people have to take the photos, design the interactions, build the animations, and make the deals with Apple. Bono’s talking point about helping smaller bands is ridiculous ... There's nothing Apple or Bono can do to make people care enough about glorified liner notes. People care about music and convenience, period. As for “music that can’t be pirated”, I ask again, what decade is this? That ship has not only sailed long ago, but has circled the world hundreds of times, sunk, been dragged up, turned into a tourist attraction, went out of business, and been gutted and retrofitted as a more profitable oil tanker."

Comment: Very much so (Score 1) 276

by Sycraft-fu (#47944575) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I always thought it was an awesome idea to have a bigass set of computers at home... Ya well now I get paid to manage a bigass set of computers professionally and I'd rather just leave them there, thanks. Also there's no compelling reason to want my own servers for the sort of things I do, VMs work so well. I'll just lease one from somewhere, or spin one up at work.

At home, all my gear is related to, well, home use. More than a non-geek would have for sure but no data center.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 1) 229

by gnasher719 (#47944129) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Any encryption can be broken with enough processor power and time.

As explained elsewhere, there is encryption for which "enough processor power and time" doesn't exist in the universe. The limit is (total energy in the universe) divided by (smallest possible amount of energy to make any change, as dictated by quantum physics). That limit isn't anywhere close to 2^256.

New crypt. See /usr/news/crypt.