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Comment: Joke about lawyers (Score 3, Funny) 42

by Futurepower(R) (#46803503) Attached to: General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause
"... when lawyers aren't kept on a short enough leash"

Here is a typical joke about lawyers in the United States: There was a terrible tragedy. A van carrying 5 lawyers went over a cliff. What was the tragedy? There was room for 1 more lawyer.

The common underlying feeling is that the legal profession in the U.S. is often out of control.

This is interesting: What country in the world has most lawyers per capita? Answer: The United States. There is one lawyer for every 265 Americans.

Comment: Re:"no indication ... site has been compromised" (Score 1) 76

by tlambert (#46803397) Attached to: Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

The site doesn't have any medical information at all. That's one of the advantages of outlawing the "pre-existing condition" scam - you no longer have to tell insurers your medical history to buy insurance.

No, you still have to tell them; that provision of ACA doesn't occur until the end of this year, after you are already enrolled (by which time, it's too late). Until then, they have to let you enroll, they don't, however, have to charge you a reasonable monthly rate if you have a pre-existing condition. They said they had to let you buy it, not that it wouldn't be expensive. That one of the reasons the first 'A' in 'ACA' is a bit misleading.

Comment: Re:Never forget where you came from (Score 1) 360

by Bryan Ischo (#46803213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

I could have used that cookbook. I bought some dried beans and onions and carrots and stuff once and tried to make soup. Of course because I had no idea how to cook I did not realize that you need some kind of stock to start with. I just put all my ingredients in a pot and boiled them together and ended up with a pot of boiled tasteless vegetables in water. It was disgusting.

Comment: Re:Never forget where you came from (Score 1) 360

by Bryan Ischo (#46803207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

In any college town, there are myriad ways to live on the cheap. So "actually poor" college students have as many avenues available to them as I did, which is basically the point. No college student actually starves, and college is a fun time to live cheaply when you are surrounded by other young people living as you are and enjoying a time of life when you can have lots of different kinds of fun that cost basically nothing. And you typically have no dependents to worry about.

Anyway, you're an anonymous coward and you suck.

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1, Interesting) 162

by Bryan Ischo (#46803173) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

It would be more accurate to say that when the service is free, as it more or less is for poor people, then the service is used by those people without consideration for the cost of providing that service.

My wife is a doctor, and has worked in the Bronx and also in low income areas of San Jose. In the Bronx it was not uncommon for people to call an ambulance when they had a cold and wanted to see a doctor to get some cough medicine prescribed, because they didn't have to pay for the ambulance and it was a free ride to a free doctor's visit for a condition that doesn't need an ambulance or a doctor.

In San Jose, she sees tons of drunks and drug users who end up returning to the hospital over and over again because it's the easiest way to milk the system for some attention (I suppose drunks don't get much out of it, but drug users can often badger the system into providing some pills; when presented with a persistent patient with unverifiable claims of pain, after a while the doctors have to prescribe something just to get the person out of the way so that patients with real needs can be seen.

Making everyone pay a nominal amount for every visit is not possible because hospitals cannot refuse anyone, even if they can't pay. But forcing people to get insurance, so that they pay ahead of time, seems like the next best thing.

Also virtually nobody in the USA chooses between a $90 doctor's visit and feeding their family. The choice is usually between a $90 doctor's visit and a $90 cable or cell phone bill.

Comment: Re:Sunk Costs (Score 1) 162

by JanneM (#46802747) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

[...] but getting a fake hand for the sake of a fake hand is just being vain IMHO.

People are vain. People do care what other people think of them, and people do want to make a good impression on others. And it's completely rational; we are being judged by how we look, what we wear, how we behave. What we think of that is besides the point.

So yes, it turns out most people care about what their prostheses look like as much or more than how well they function. Any maker that disregards that is setting themselves up to become a niche within a niche; and most likely a long-term failure.

Comment: Re:Sunk Costs (Score 2) 162

by JanneM (#46802403) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Idk about you, but I'd think an obvious robot hand would be easier to deal with than a fake looking piece of plastic mimicking a human hand.

It's probably impossible to know until you are actually in the same situation. There have been highly functional, highly useful hand prosthesis long before robotics - the classical hook is just one example - but the vast majority of patients have always preferred a hand mimic, even when it is completely nonfunctional and even when the mimiry is far from perfect.

Not getting stared at, and fitting in, is critically important to people, in this case as in others. Should'nt be too surprising when you think about it in such terms.

Comment: It's all about the dosage level (Score 1) 147

by Animats (#46801133) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Trouble from religion seems to be associated more with dosage level than theology. Once a week seems to be a safe dose for most people, while several times a day is an overdose. The nuttier religions tend towards the overdose end of the scale. Islam and the haredi branch of Judaism go for All Religion All the Time. Scientology goes in that direction, but more through intermittent intense experiences rather than constant daily obsession.

Fortunately, Scientology is stuck, by policy, with Hubbard's 1930s technology and their skin-resistance meter. If they were keeping up with technology, they'd have mobile apps tied to wristband sensors reporting to HQ in Clearwater, FL, auditing using functional MRI machines, and big data systems analyzing all member communications.

Comment: Re:paper...pencil (Score 1) 121

by fermion (#46801045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?
Keepping a notebook is critical, and for most application pen and paper is good enough. I learned that when I was young and working in small business and research. Everyone had a notebook. Some just a spiral bound notebook. Some a real research notebook. Many a Franklin planner with yearly storage cases. I myself keep many various notebooks around that I jot notes in.

Which is to say that not everyone has the same solution, and some find electronics notebooks useful. My main problem is that most electronics notebooks do not handle math and drawings will, which is what I do. I do have some stuff on electronic notebooks. Those listed are what I use. What we don't have are people who are proficient enough to teach the workflow of how to use them.

Comment: Re:The Harsh Light of Day (Score 1) 147

by turgid (#46800951) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

It's no more or less believable than any other religion. Do you think people really believe that a dead guy came back to life? How about an entire ocean was suddenly parted so the good guys could get away and then collapsed again on the bad guys? Or that the earth is 6000 years old? Or that the guy who created the entire universe 12 billion years ago and billions of light years large is really really concerned about if human penises wind up in human vaginas before the correct ritual is performed?

You can sort-of understand why ancient religions came about and stuck. People in general, without education, before the formulation of the Scientific Method, living in a very uncertain world where starvation and disease were all about (and life was short and harsh) would invent supernatural explanations for things and perhaps like to believe that there was someone looking over them in judgement all the time.

However, there is absolutely no excuse for Scientology to be as big as it is. It was conceived as a cynical exercise in demonstrating that gullibility, ignorance and superstition, which are fundamental parts of human nature, are every present and easily exploitable (for money) and that society has not advanced to the point that the human race has outgrown its primitive cultural roots.

You have to hand it to L Ron, it was a dastardly,cynical plan to make money out of the stupid, and it has been a soaring success.

As they say, a fool and his money are easily parted. There are a lot of Hollywood actors involved...

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 163

by Animats (#46800411) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

I wish this clown would shut up instead of trying to get 3D printing regulated just so that he can be famous.

Agreed. 3D printing is a lousy way to make a gun. This guy is doing this to get attention.

(Google result for "gun dealers": "About 44,300,000 results.")

+ - One week of OpenSSL cleanup ->

Submitted by CrAlt
CrAlt (3208) writes "After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

Check them out at http://anoncvs.estpak.ee/cgi-b..."

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