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Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 283

by chrismeidinger (#32808762) Attached to: Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

Most cut out the middle man. the insurance company and have the money go straight into the health care.

I've experienced both systems, and they don't necessarily cut out the middle man. Here in Germany there are multiple insurers, both public and private, and all children (even ones that were stupid enough to get sick) get cared for. You can't make the assumption that the uninsured simply can't afford to have health care, the assumption is that the nation can't afford to let people go uninsured. Then the math changes.

Comment: Re:No Surprise... (Score 1) 283

by chrismeidinger (#32808674) Attached to: Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

There is an assumption of profit on the part of the insurer, but once that runs out rates will either have to go up or the insurer will have to go out of business.

Gravely ill, yet previously uninsured children are generally declined today because caring for them costs an inordinate amount of money

So why is it that the rest of the industrial world manages to care for gravely ill children while spending less in total of GDP than the United States? Are there simply more gravely ill children in the United States, or what's the difference?

Comment: Re:Lost my interest (Score 1) 268

by chrismeidinger (#31182266) Attached to: <em>StarCraft II</em> Closed Beta Begins
If the full product is actually as good as the original StarCraft, + Brood Wars, I will happily pay three times for it. Compare that to the number of games that cost $50 that are nowhere near 1/3 as good as StarCraft was. Everyone accidentally buys them from time to time (Spore anyone?) and I would rather pay through the nose for something I am sure will be awesome than waste money on crap.

Comment: Re:This is about finding a common infection point (Score 1) 180

by chrismeidinger (#30587044) Attached to: Adobe Flash To Be Top Hacker Target In 2010
That's not accurate. Even if you have a common infection point, the same payload doesn't run on Win, OSX and *NIX. The interesting bit for attackers is the fact that .swf and .pdf files traverse both corporate and home security pretty easily. It requires deep inspection to find issues in those files beyond simple pattern matching. So the infection rate - given a constant payload - is higher that with many other attacks that need to be initiated from outside the organization.

Comment: Re:Let sleeping dogs lie (Score 1) 136

by chrismeidinger (#28158251) Attached to: Software Enables Re-Creation of 'Lost' Instrument

Rome being sacked, people on the move. There was little permanency in Europe during this time. This instrument was too clumsy to move around/got easily broken. Thus gave way for the modern Brass instruments which are bent to allow a similar effect but in a smaller size. They used the instrument for centuries before so it wasn't like a quick fad that died.

Not to mention the fact that musicians moved around back then just as much as here. They were always having concerts and festivals here-and-there and motion was a much more manual process. This thing is somewhere between drum-kit and upright bass on the Unwieldiness Scale. Musicians themselves much prefer lighter instruments that are easier to move.

Comment: Re:...Not originally designed... (Score 1) 253

by chrismeidinger (#27856717) Attached to: External Airbag Designed to Protect Pedestrians
Actually, all cars are designed with pedestrian protection in mind. One of my customers for a lob time was a lab that worked for automakers simulating pedestrian impact, and designing the cars to do as little damage as possible. For example, pedestrian protection is why there are no cars with extremely acutely angled grills - those break people's legs much more seriously than getting hit by a grill that's more-or-less parallel to the ground.

Comment: Re:Making Linux Work (Score 1) 440

by chrismeidinger (#27122909) Attached to: Quick Boot Linux Hopes To Win Over Windows Users

Although I agree that a shorter boot time would be attractive, I doubt this will increase the number of people using Linux. A lot of the resistance to using Linux is tied up in the number of applications that don't port to the operating system, not the boot time.

That's the whole point: you don't need to boot all the way into Windows to do those things like web-browsing that Linux does well. If you need full fledged win32 apps you can boot into Windows. I see there being sort of a slow uptake here, where people boot less and less often into Windows, and at some point quit entirely except to play games or do similarly resource-intensive tasks.

Comment: Re:Good thing it's a beta (Score 1) 496

by chrismeidinger (#27112471) Attached to: UAC Whitelist Hole In Windows 7

* OS X has a pretty big hole: any admin user account can write to the Applications directory willy-nilly. Just like with Windows, people tend to use admin accounts for day-to-day work. From a high-level perspective, Vista does more things right than OS X does

Actually, that's not entirely true. You can write new files willy-nilly, and overwrite your own files, but you need a password to overwrite other users' files. Which seems like pretty solid security to me.

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