Ahhh, capitalism - where no good deed goes unpunished by the marketplace!
Roanoke Electric Steel, now Steel Dynamics, Inc., is primarily and electric plant. I know because I designed the turning towers to bring the new primary service into the plant just 4 years ago. It's a profitable foundry.
Congratuations, you've just found out what the Republicans felt was the best system for healthcare. If the Democrats had had there way, it would be single payer - not "how much profit can we make" insurance companies.
I actually wish that the ACA had abolished employer paid healthcare. It would be a market-leveling action. Unfortunately, most people have no idea how much their healthcare actually costs, and when they find out they are overwhelmed.
You do realize that Medicare fraud isn't governmental, but rather fraud perpetrated by private corporations on the Medicare insurance system, right?
I think you didn't have what you thought you had. Qualifying HDHPs have had a minimum deductible of over $2500 for individuals and over $5000 (yes, deductible) for the last 6+ years. I know because I've been on one. And, yes, it's awesome.
FWIW, a standard, large group medical will run about $1000/mo for a family. If you're curious what the rates are for the biggest healthcare group (i.e. best leverage) in the nation are, see this: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-...
I am. Cost me 12% more than last year. Which is about how much my plan went up 3 years ago, and about 4% more than it went up last year. I cover myself, wife, and child.
And you must be the shittiest consultant in the world if a 1% penalty (this year) or a 2.5% penalty (cap, in 3 years) on your AGI will cost you more than losing your consultant income. If you get taxed on $100,000 a year, it will cost you $1000 this year; $2500 next year. If you're not making at least 50% more as a consultant as you do as a grunt, you're doing it wrong.
If you think MP3s are about sampling, you're already too far gone to save.
Which is fine. When you're listening in a perfect environment. But unless you've built a listening room, or listen in a quiet environment on good headphones, you won't. The only time I use headphones is in the studio, or when I'm editing tracks.
There's nothing magical about LPs; I grew up on them. I do not, in any way, miss their poor fidelity.
except for that last 1/10% who think they can hear a difference, or the 1/10000% who actually can.
Honestly, it's music we don't need. This is like arguing over whether x264 is sufficient to carry all of the visual information in a motion picture. It's not even close - the best BluRay throws close to 99.9% of the information away, but Neal's reckoning. Thing is, you can't tell. You can't tell in a good set up in a controlled environment, much less in a room where the visual/acoustic treatments aren't designed solely for the experience.
They already do that. That system failed for an unknown reason.
Also, at 900fps, a jet travels in the neighborhood of 50 miles just between 5 minute beacons. It's better than nothing, but a 50 mi x N mi grid search of the ocean floor is pretty much a non-starter in most areas of the globe.
The fine article states that L-3 (who has a bit of a conflict of interest) says that streaming all data real-time would cost $300M/yr. The mfr of the "glass box" says it wouldn't stream data until there was an anomalous event, and so it wouldn't cost nearly that much.
Who's right? Well, TFA states "Of course, that wouldn’t yield much information if a plane is blown out of the sky by a bomb, or suffers a sudden catastrophic structural failure at cruising altitude. But in those rare cases, conventional black boxes are really the only viable technology."
So you either stream data all the time, or you miss the really crazy disappearances. Which is exactly the ones you WANT this data from. So to the families of passengers of MH370 - we don't know where your plane is because we didn't spend billions of dollars to equip every plane and then spend an extra $300Million a year to run the system.
Oh, and since the transponder that relays back basic information failed on this flight, there's a chance that whatever took it out would have also taken out the full-data relay, and after spending all those billions of dollars we might *still* not be able to find it.
So I can go "semi-annually" for $16.50/mo, or I can "lock in" a rate of $16.63/mo for 2.5 years. On a service which has been falling in price (i.e. - metered mobile data).
Unless you happen to live in that magical land where you use between 5.2 and 6GB in 6 months, you may as well get the 6 month plan and take your chance on a better plan in the future. Like adding your car to your existing mobile plan for $10 and using your existing data pool.
"Clearly the proper metric that used here is to charge for LTE data use per individual"
AYFKM? Why would anyone, ever, charge you for one pool of data to purchase when they can charge you multiple times? Look, you could pay $50/mo for 2GB, and $10/GB after that, but where's the profit in it? You clearly have the money to purchase a phone, a tablet, a laptop, and a car - what's an extra $20-40/mo per device after you've spent 10-100-1000X that getting the hardware. It seems only "fair" that your internet provider should see a cut on the first byte on each device. Think of the expense and computing power required to keep those devices active on the 'net - $20 per device all of a sudden seems kind of low, doesn't it?
First you take away first device fees, then you want free texting (as if it's just surplus bandwith that is just being thrown away) - who's going to make sure AT&T execs can afford food and clothes for their kids, a new fur for the wife, or a second yacht? You take away per-device pricing and you may as well just sign every telecom executive up for welfare and food stamps. It's like you don't even care.
Note to the press: "Hackers" doesn't mean what you think is means.