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Comment: Hospitals need to employ people (Score 3, Insightful) 434

by MorePower (#49629645) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
What bugs me about medical billing is apparently hospitals don't have any employees. Hospitals are apparently just flee-markets that provide space to hundreds of independent individuals and companies who all send separate bills for their services whenever they get around to it.

The hospital sends their own bill. Then the doctor sends a separate bill (WTF? The doctor isn't even employed by the hospital?) The EKG tech, sonogram tech, x-ray tech, all send there own bills (often months later). Anesthesiologist, separate bill.

What exactly is the hospital bill for? Apparently, the only employee the hospital has is the billing co-ordinator, who makes sure all these separate entities know who to bill.

Comment: Re:Future? (Score 1) 451

by MorePower (#49292991) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
I've already seen self-driving forklifts in some factory environments (they've existed for at least a decade). The process lines summon them when a large roll/bin/whatever is almost complete and they (slowly) drive over just as it finishes and take the product over to the warehouse. The vehicles automatically stop if you get within about 2 feet of them. When not summoned anywhere in particular they drive themselves over to a designated out-of-the-way spot and line up in a neat queue to wait for orders.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 197

by MorePower (#49168989) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
Wait what? Gas (combustion) Turbines have way higher efficiency than steam turbines, mainly because they operate at much higher temperatures than steam turbines.
Gas turbines these days are getting close to 40% efficiency, and close to 60% if you put them in combined cycle (where you use the exhaust heat to boil water to run a steam turbine).

Comment: Re:Correlation is not Causation (Cliche) (Score 1) 305

by MorePower (#49031699) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits
Count me in that group too. I used to be all uptight about alcohol, but I got over it with age. Now that I'm theoretically ok with making oneself stupider, I've tried to take up drinking. But I find that all the alcoholic beverages I've tried to drink taste horrendously bad. I've so far been unable to drink enough alcohol to notice any effects on myself (it takes me about an hour and a half to choke down a bottle of beer). I don't know how you all manage to consume that stuff.

Comment: How does deflating even help? (Score 1) 239

by MorePower (#48954413) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

What I really want to know about "deflate-gate" is how does it even work? What's the advantage of an under-inflated ball? It seems like it would be harder to throw an under-inflated ball accurately. It might help you grip a ball better, but how often do NFL players fumble (enough to really make a difference?)?

And how would the Patriots keep the other team from getting the same advantage? The deflated balls would end up being used by both sides right? Even if the Patriots were stealthily deflating them on the field wouldn't the other team get the same ball after the next turnover?

Or do they change balls after every turnover? If so, how would the Patriots rig it so only they got the deflated ones?

Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 1) 720

I don't see how you could possibly not believe that. The entire history of humanity, both individually and collectively, has been to drive ever closer to this ideal.

Individually, we all work toward the goal of retirement (hopefully early retirement). Collectively, the entire history of technology has always been to make it possible to achieve more with less effort.

Seriously, what other ultimate goal could we possibly have?

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 4, Interesting) 422

by MorePower (#48182443) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
I think the problem is that 2 different anti-HFCS campaigns reached the public conscience at about the same time.

One was the Passover Coke crowd, they were complaining that sucrose tastes better than HFCS in Coca-Cola. They were calling for sucrose to replace HFCS for taste (and nostalgia) reasons.

The second was the HFCS is causing obesity crowd, who were against HFCS because it was being added to everything, even stuff you wouldn't expect to be sugary. They were really calling for an end to adding sugar to everything, HFCS just happened to be the type of sugar that was being added. Their point was not that HFCS was somehow worse than sucrose, but rather that HFCS was AS BAD as sucrose (which you should only be eating as an occasional treat). They wanted the HFCS (and any other added sugars) removed from food and not replaced with anything.

These 2 movements collided in the public consciousness and led to people thinking "HFCS makes you fat, and it should be replaced by sucrose."

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by MorePower (#47759507) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
I'm not the original poster but - um what?

Do I lay down on an empty train/bus? No because its in public and people would stare.
Do I lay down in the office? No, because that's considered unprofessional.
Do I always lay down at home? Abso-fracking-lutely!
Do I lay back in my chair in front or the TV or while using my laptop? Well, I usually lay on the floor, not in a chair, but yes.
Laying down is the only position I find truly comfortable, and I generally do lay down either in bed or on the floor as much as possible except when eating (as that gets too messy).
Furniture is for guests.

Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 928

The big pluses of Southwest are no fees for checked baggage (there's no way my work stuff is fitting in carry-on) and the ability to change tickets for no extra fee beyond the difference in ticket price (I almost never correctly guess when I'll be finished with a work assignment).

This plus the fact that you can buy a ticket last minute and still have a shot at a decent seat (and now that I am A-list, I am guaranteed a decent seat) have always made Southwest super attractive to business fliers like me who usually book last minute and frequently need to change return tickets.

If God had a beard, he'd be a UNIX programmer.