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Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 1) 135

In my state there are only one or two insurance companies participating in the healthcare exchange and even their crappiest plans with outrageous deductibles and HSA accounts are unaffordable, and to make matters worse my employer also dropped their PPO plan and replaced it with a high deductible insurance plan with an HSA so, for me personally, I found it was cheaper to not buy into the system and just pay all my own healthcare on top of the tax penalty instead of having to pay for all my healthcare anyway on top of outrageous premiums for insurance I'll likely never get to use.

Anyway I figure with the tax penalty there might be the chance the money going to the government will do some good whereas if I bought into the ACA healthcare exchange my money would only be used to buy some insurance executive another gold plated sports car.

Comment Re:Lost in Space? (Score 3, Informative) 166

I guess that show is in the eye of the beholder because I have the series on DVD and I really enjoy it. Yes it did get cornier in the later seasons which is why it probably got canceled but the first season really stimulated the imagination (in particular the episodes 'Mr. Nobody' and 'Wish Upon a Star' comes to mind) and I'm looking forward to seeing someone trying to bring it back.

Comment Re:PHP SUCKS IT IS STUPID AND LAME (Score 1) 143

I am an experienced web developer who has worked with both PHP, ASP, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC.

In my opinion PHP is very powerful and I enjoy working with it because of how flexible it is but it has a lot of legacy baggage it must carry for the forseeable future but I don't believe PHP in itself is bad as people paint it but rather it's the inexperienced and the incompetent that give PHP its bad name because they don't write or setup their scripts with security in mind so you end up with all these PHP sites with security holes big enough to fly a 747 jumbo jet through.

Comment Re:Microsoft didn't see the high usage coming? (Score 1) 330

Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be free with no monthly or yearly charges. Is Microsoft going to renege on that also?

Actually they only said Windows 10 would be free for existing Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 machines for up to a year. Users that don't already have Windows (or a recent enough version) will have to buy retail copies.

Comment Re:New from scratch Opera (Score 1) 140

uses chromium as the base...

I was hoping for a completely new engine, or a resurrection of Opera, so I was disappointed with this especially given how disillusioned I've become with Mozilla's insanity lately. It seems every "new" browser is actually Chrome with a different veneer.

Comment Re:women in service (Score 1) 469

Given that US police seem to hit ten innocent bystanders for every bad guy they shoot, I'd recommend they downsize to Nerf Guns.

Part of that is that some places like NYC require police to have outrageous poundage on their service weapon trigger pulls* all in the name of safety and the result is a gun that is difficult to aim because you have to pull so hard on the trigger.

This is what happens when you have politicians dictating things they know nothing about.

* A typical handgun might have a factory trigger pull of about ~5 lbs give or take a pound whereas NYPD has a trigger pull of at least 12 lbs.

Comment Re:Psh (Score 1) 171

I'd like to play an HD remake of Tomb Raider II but I don't trust Square Enix to not screw up such a beloved title like they did with Thief.

I think Crystal Dynamics did an excellent job with a remake of the first Tomb Raider and had a good thing going but Square Enix decided to reboot the TR franchise as an angsty teenage girl adventure discarding everything CD built up in the process.

Comment Re:There's a surprise... (Score 1) 132

The fact that they're not HIPAA-covered should, really, be enough reason to not let them handle your sample

Even then the government doesn't seem to pay much attention to HIPAA given the SAFE act in New York and similar legislation in California where they presume people are automatically guilty by mass searching through health records that meets some vague criteria like if you were ever referred to a mental health specialist by your general doctor because you had trouble sleeping at night and needed something to relax.

I had an oral swab done once as part of a diagnostic lab work by my doctor so I'm sure I'm in some CODIS like database somewhere.

Comment Re:Wikipedia will delete the info as "not notable" (Score 1) 125

I agree with you. I've tried to contribute to Wikipedia before, with sources, and every time my edits were reverted by some self-proclaimed editor whose pet article I happened to stumble upon. Most of the times it seems these "editors" want to push an agenda or a particular idea and will always revert anything contrary regardless of how NPOV it is or how many credible references there are.

That being said I consider the people who run Wikipedia to be the same obsessive compulsive wanna-be dictators that run housing associations and that is why I keep away from Wikipedia.

Comment Re:Bold print, 20% discount (Score 1) 215

If I were the judge, I'd not allow Lexmark to REQUIRE consumers agree to those terms. But that's not what happened. I might ALLOW consumers to choose between an unrestricted catridge for $15 OR agreeing to return it in order to save $3. That's the case here. Consumers could have their cartridges refilled any where they please, or they could instead choose to get a discount by agreeing to return them only to Lexmark. In general, I have hard time making it illegal to offer consumers more choices.

An interesting relevant law in my state is this:

N.C.G.S. 75-36. Certain contracts relating to toner or inkjet cartridges void and unenforceable as a matter of public policy.

Any provision in any agreement or contract that prohibits the reusing, remanufacturing, or refilling of a toner or inkjet cartridge is void and unenforceable as a matter of public policy. Nothing in this section shall prevent any maintenance contract that warrants the performance of equipment under the contract from requiring the use of new or specified toner or inkjet cartridges in the equipment under contract.

I'm no attorney but it appears there is only a very narrow scope (a maintenance contract on the printer itself?) under which Lexmark could enforce something like this in North Carolina.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

In Massachusetts, (unless it has changed) they pay a yearly tax on cars they own, does that mean they are renting them from the state?

No; you're basically paying for the right to use the public roads with that particular vehicle which in turn is used to maintain those public roads, and should you fail to pay those taxes the state revokes the right of that vehicle to be operated on public highways. On the other hand in stark contrast failing to pay property taxes the state typically evicts you and takes possession of the property.

Comment Re: Ha! (Score 1) 480

For reference, $1094 a month's rent gets me:

1) 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, living room, big kitchen, total 781 square feet, single floor unit and located on the first floor.

Rent in my area is almost as expensive so I figured rent was a huge ripoff and consequently bought a house for $800/mo through my local bank via the Federal Housing Administration at 3% interest; 3 bedroom, 2 bath, total 2300 square feet, 1 acre. Mortgage payments include home owner's insurance, mortgage insurance and property taxes in an escrow account.

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.