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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 13 declined, 1 accepted (14 total, 7.14% accepted)

Submission Slimy Health Insurance companies

chromaexcursion writes: Aetna seems to have declared war against Xarelto.
It's a new (still under patent, no generic) drug to fight blood clots. Xarelto has some issues, it does not work well with a small percentage of the population, but there's a test for that. After passing that blood test it is very effective. It has few side effect, and few drug interactions (other than the obvious aspirin and Nsaids).
The problem is there's a cheap drug Coumadin (warfarin) that has a ton of side effects, and a list of bad drug interactions a mile long. Worse the effect of a given dosage of warfarin varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Even as bad as one production run to another from the same manufacturer. These problems mean any wafarin user needs a blood test AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH, sometime more often. Doctors have been switching long term blood thinner need to Xarelto. For obvious safety and convenience issues. The real slime of Aetna's choice is that blood tests, which are covered variably. patients may pay considerably out of pocket for the blood test they need. How do I know. I just cancelled my Aetna policy, got a new one from a different company. I've spent the day on the phone with my doctor's office trying to deal with this. They've had a LOT of problems with Aetna. I'm a high priced computer geek. I had a gold plan with Aetna. Aetna isn't trying to cut out the low end.
The worst part is, Xarelto come up on Aetna's web site as Formulary Brand, which means it might cost a bit more depending on the plan. But Formulary means covered. Somehow Aetna has warped Formulary into non-preferred.
Thank god there's a Feb 15 change deadline. I have a new ins, and Xarelto is even brand preferred (cheaper).
Ins companies can be stupid. Some only see the direct cost. Not the indirect cost of ER visits due to bad drug interactions.
Doctors NEED to decide medication. Aetna has crossed the line.
For the idiots that said the US government is setting up kill lists with the affordable healthcare act. Well, they're just stupid, because I didn't get the Aetna policy through
some cheap ass corporate accountant decided.
Corporate America is trying to kill me, and you. Figure it out

Submission DigitalGlobe Images it's newest Satellite launch->

chromaexcursion writes: DigitalGlobe recently launched it's newest satellite, which features 31cm resolution (just over 12 inches).
The images were taken from another DigitalGlobe satellite. A neat way of demonstrating what you can do when you own multiple satellites.
The new satellite has the highest resolution imaging capability of any civilian satellite.
There's a good video of the launch at the bottom of the page

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Submission Independance Day from big corporate campaign money->

chromaexcursion writes: This is Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.

I am stunned.

In the last 24 hours, literally thousands of PCCC members responded to our call of Mayday! — and donated to our "Super PAC to end all Super PACs."

Our ambitious goal is to raise $5 million by the end of July 4, to declare our independence from the big-money funders who hold our democracy hostage. We have one day left!

We just passed $3.3 million raised. I don't know where we'll end up by midnight tomorrow, but between now and then, we need to give this everything we've got.

Can you watch our video explaining MayDay PAC — and with just one day left, chip in $3 to help take back our democracy?
This has always been a long shot. And until today, our shot was looking even longer.

But I'm seeing a glimmer of hope. Every minute, new people are coming in to save our democracy.

If you've been waiting to pledge, or learn more about this, now is the time.

Watch our MayDay PAC video. And chip in $3 or more to be part of history.

With hope,

Lawrence Lessig

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Submission Lawrence Lessig 2nd round of Mayday funding may not reach its goal

chromaexcursion writes: With 8 days to go Mayday's 2nd round of funding is coming up short.
Recent stories in the news, such as have highlighted this bold approach at campaign funding reform.
The first round had a goal of $1 million, and raised $1.2 million. The second round goal is $5 million, and is currently at a little under $2 million.
I first heard about Mayday from a slashdot story, during the first round of funding. Others might be interested in an up date.

Submission Thunderbird upgrade utter fail!

chromaexcursion writes: It will list all my mail boxes, but will only access one.
NOT the one I care about. multiple mailbox access is totally broken.
I had to delete the mailbox it wanted to use fortunately one that is backed up elsewhere.
Still can't access my other email accounts
Utter failure! (was so tempted to milk this story and say udder)
way to go guys

Submission The current Slashdot comment system is terrible

chromaexcursion writes: The first comment or two get all the responces, even if they are stupid.
Most just add to the noise
Instead of defaulting to showing all comments, only showing the first comment for a thread; and in cases where the first comment was deemed to be flamebait not bothering to show the thread at all.
Looking at comments on a post over a few hours old is waste of time. Too much filtering the crap.

Submission SO. global warming doesn't kill....->

chromaexcursion writes: Deadly forest fires are just one aspect of global warming.
Sandy was another one.
When will the average person connect the dots?
This is a horribly sad story. Too many things went wrong. Everyone involved on the ground is dead. Everyone should be screaming, WHY?
The people that put them there need to be investigated. If only to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Better to let the fire burn than kill so many firefighters.
The US southwest is a tinderbox, this will happen again.

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Submission Aurora Borealis likely to be visible in southern NY and PA tonight

chromaexcursion writes: Several news source are reporting the likelihood of an impressive show of the Aurora Borealis visible as far south as even Washington DC this evening. NPR and AccuWeather both have the story. Check the map, if you're in a fair to good zone head out after sunset to see the show.

Submission my bank is run by a bunch of idiots->

chromaexcursion writes: "I can't use firefox or chrome to access this credit union's website. Each rejects it as a security risk.
I've sent several emails to the credit union, all ignored. I'm hoping a severe public outing will get a few idiots fired.
A good credit union (in the USA) is a good thing. Management that uses sites that have invalid SSL certs is abysmal.
How many other slashdot users have been faced with such profound idiocy?"

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