31 year old IT worker here, can confirm. The money is fantastic, unfortunately you trade in your soul.
How much would you make administering a LAMP server? I make almost $200K/year doing DevOps managing AWS automation and orchestration (look into DevOps, its where the sysadmin/linux admin market is heading).
I can kill virtual machines and EBS volumes anywhere in our infrastructure, and every service and site continues to hum like you're swatting flies. *That* is why people use AWS; its infrastructure as software, and you can do so much more with so many less physical servers and people.
The only thing I can compare it to would be someone who comes in and build and automated assembly line. Once its built and running, very little human interaction is required with it.
Amazon's S3 storage service has never been down. Ever. It has 11 9's of durability for your data, and in the event us-east-1 drops off the face of the earth, your data is still accessible from us-west-2 (oregon) without you having to do anything. From anywhere in the world. All for 9 cents/GB/month. That's a fucking steal of that level of accessibility and reliability.
Most SUV deaths are due to rollovers or loss of control, as people driving an SUV get a false sense of security.
This is no joke. While working at a DOE energy lab, one of my coworkers was riding his motorcycle and put into a vegetative state when a teenage girl was texting and plowed into his motorcycle at speed with her SUV. I've also been onsite at DUI crashes within minutes afterwards.
We can argue all day about driving skills, vehicle weight, etc. In 10 years or so, its going to be self-driving cars for everyone, because no insurance company would ever insure a human over refined software and precision sensor packages.
Your phone doesn't have to manage a $30K lithium battery pack. Those packs require constant health management, balancing, and cooling.
Because I can't edit my post, here is a paper battery management systems: http://www.stanford.edu/~adurieux/cgi-bin/Website/downloads/Antoine_DURIEUX_MSE303_Paper.pdf
RF receiver for remote, machine to machine GSM module to talk back to Tesla to push telematics and to pull software updates, but most importantly the battery management system. This babies the expensive lithium pack, and actively cools it if necessary to prevent damage.
But that tape isn't good for 20 years. And you're leaving off the cost of having Iron Mountain periodically bringing those tapes back, someone sticking them in tape drives, verifying the integrity of the backups, and shipping them back to Iron Mountain. At that point Glacier is dirt cheap at $0.01/GB.
Also, inbound data to Amazon is always free. Your upstream to them is free as well, as you're already paying for an Internet connection. Don't want to use your internet connection? Ship 8 4TB drives to Amazon and they'll load the data into Glacier at their facility for you.
If you're not verifying the data periodically (i.e. bitrot), it might as well not exist.
Disclaimer: I store several PBs of data in Glacier.
So incorporate your affiliate business in Delaware. Problem solved.
Hard drive storage > tape storage.
How quickly can you verify the integrity of your off-site tape backup? I can verify my hot backups in S3/Glacier in seconds.
I used to work on data taking for the CMS detector at the LHC. We were using Storagetek tape silos [http://computing.fnal.gov/cdtracks/2009/january/images/robot.jpg] for long-term storage of data at Tier1.
Tape allows for cheaper storage and large capacities, but you're then fighting contention issues (there are only so many robotic arms and tape drives for your tape library) as well as having data on tapes go bad without knowing it. When data is on disk, I can at least verify it immediately. Bit rot is definitely alive and well on tape.
So we provide incentives to doctors from other countries to come here (India, South America), and train them to US standards (most already are, as they came to the US to train in their profession). Not enough doctors? There are 7 billion people in the world. It's just a matter of getting them to move here or training them.
People are working on real problems. You are merely bitching.
Fact: OP's insurance was cheaper before and is now more expensive. Their previous plan is no longer available, because it doesn't meet ACA requirements.
It's not condescending at all; its completely rational that people had no idea what they bought or paid for with regards to their health insurance. That's the point of raising the minimum level of coverage. But go on! Everyone should have the god-give right to be ignorant and complain about something they have a limited understanding of!
Fact: People are disadvantaged against corporations; government's role is to protect their citizens, even from corporations.
Because they don't want to wait? That's the point. There is a minimum level of coverage for everyone. If you have disposable income and decide you don't want to wait on a procedure that is life threatening, you can go somewhere else and spend your disposable cash on it.
Tell me again why people fly to India to have procedures done instead of having them done in the US? Oh yeah, because American healthcare is ridiculously overpriced for a poor quality of care.
"Medical tourism is a growing sector in India. India’s medical tourism sector is expected to experience an annual growth rate of 30%, making it a $2 billion industry by 2015. As medical treatment costs in the developed world balloon - with the United States leading the way - more and more Westerners are finding the prospect of international travel for medical care increasingly appealing. An estimated 150,000 of these travel to India for low-priced healthcare procedures every year."