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Comment Re:stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 305

A very strong case can be made for Doctors not even prescribing specific drugs. Even the best docs don't really know the drugs that well, but pharmacists do. Doctors should do the diagnosing of the issue(s) and if they wish to use a pharmaceutical treatment send the information to the pharmacist and let them consult with the patient and choose the appropriate drug(s) and dosage. This is especially important when dealing with multiple medications from multiple specialists. Pharmacists are by far the most under-appreciated medical professionals.

Comment Re:Ah, yes, "toxic". (Score 2) 262

I'm a gamer who's been playing longer than you and I have never felt that trash-talk was appropriate. You should also keep in mind that there have always been plenty of non-competitive games. PVP gamers frequently seem to think they are the only ones that count for some reason. Someone who only plays solo 4X games is just as much a gamer as you are.

Comment Re:SO when you pay people... (Score 1) 500

Citation Needed

The evidence I've seen is that a strong safety net increases business startups because people are less afraid of what will happen when they fail, which most of them will do.

Here's a few sources for my view:

Comment Re:OMG -- We only had ten years to get ready (Score 1) 232

ICD (all versions) are not about insurance. Yes the insurance companies use them, but the primary push comes from the World Health Organization and they aren't the least bit concerned about insurance companies. It's generally been adopted much faster in countries with socialized or single-payer systems.

Comment Re:My sister is a nurse (Score 1) 232

The doctor's and nurses don't need to know any of the codes. However, they do need to document things much better than they have been doing so far in order for the coders to categorize things correctly.

As far as the software goes it varies a bit by vendor, but I expect that the real slowdown part is in tracking down the documentation in the record, not assigning the codes. We are slowly moving away from free-form dictation by doctors into more data-oriented documentation which makes this part a bit easier.

It's just insane how long it's taken us to do this. My wife learned to code ICD-10 in college because they didn't think ICD-9 would be around much longer. This was 20 years ago.

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 3, Insightful) 91

Remember: "Man pays $50 and gets what he paid for!" doesn't make for very exciting news. The vast majority of Kickstarters work relatively well, perhaps with some delays, but nothing too serious.

Certain projects categories are a bit more volatile than others. Software and gadgets are among the most risky, which happens to be the categories of primary interest to slashdotters. In comparison, board games are an extremely safe bet. In the vast majority of cases the creator already has a print & play version available. Kickstarting is becoming positively routine in the board games world, and that's despite having one of the most famous kickstarter screw ups (The Doom that Came to Atlantic City).

Comment Re:Sad (Score 2) 452

Keep in mind that ads aren't reddit's only source of revenue. They also have reddit gold, which is a pretty bizarre thing: It functions basically as a subscription to the site with some of the typical perks.

The strange thing is that in general people don't buy it for themselves, they buy it for other people in recognition of good comments. Basically, if UserX makes a comment I really like I might click on the "give gold" button at the bottom of the comment. I pay money to reddit, reddit gives UserX some perks for a month. It's very bizarre when you think about it, but it gives reddit real incentives to make it a place where users post good comments.

Comment Re:How did the mods lock down parts of the site? (Score 1) 452

I can think of 2 primary reasons:

1. That's quite a lot like fighting a fire with gasoline and would piss people off even more.

2. Who would do the job of modding those subreddits then? Modding a large subreddit takes a lot of work. I'm semi-active in one sub which is just over 100k subscribers. I'm not a mod but I'm facebook friends with many of the mods. It's basically a part-time job for roughly 8 people. iAmA and other subs are even larger and crazier. Good modding can make or break a sub. iAmA in particular is one of the biggest drivers of new people to reddit. Imagine the traffic they must get when major celebrities put something on their facebook feed that they'll be doing an AMA on reddit.

Comment Re:TV seized back the crown? Not likely. (Score 4, Insightful) 194

He's not really using his terms very well. He seems to be defining Netflix and Hulu as primarily television companies as opposed to internet companies. He says so at this point:

Netflix bills itself as a disrupter of television - except that it is television, paying Hollywood and the TV industry almost $2 billion a year in licensing and programming fees.

You can certainly make an argument for that. They are certainly a blend of the two. His argument is really much more about subscription services versus ad-supported services.

Comment Re:You bet it won't (Score 0) 479

Be careful there. There is "evidence" for just about anything you can imagine. The evidence may be weak, or hearsay, or highly subject to interpretation, but that doesn't mean it isn't evidence. Simply stating there is none won't likely get you anywhere and just completely shuts down any potential dialogue. Showing how their evidence is actually your evidence, or that it is inconclusive, is going to be much more productive.

Comment Re:Truck ? (Score 1) 837

> You and I do NOT benefit from private passenger vehicles other than our own.

That's not entirely true. If I drive to McDonalds but there's nobody working there then it's pretty useless. I suppose in theory they could take public transit, but that's spotty at best in many areas of the country. If I'm disabled to the point of being effectively unable to drive then I do not directly use roads at all, but am far more dependent on them. And lets not forget the joys of pizza delivery!

In general, there are lot of benefits to having a good infrastructure regardless of whether I use it directly. I'm not sure it's worth even trying to determine who uses it the most.

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