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Comment Re:$805M budget Why US Health Care is BROKEN (Score 1) 226 226

The upper class and the upper-middle class in the US probably do OK under republicare because they can afford it. (in some cases -- barely). Once you gt to the lower middle class, though, I'm betting that the US does worse than Canada (which is where I'm from)

I remember a incident, some years ago, when an American friend fell and hit his head. He was a small business owner, which means that health care was beyond his reach. The conversation went pretty much as follows:

Canadians: That's not good. You might have a concussion. We should take you to the hospital.
Paul: Hospital? No way man! How much is it gonna cost me? A hospital visit could bankrupt me!
Canadians: Huh?
Paul: The last time I went to the hospital with a headache, I ended up with a $20K second mortgage -- and they didn't even solve the problem!
Canadians: Seriously?

After a good deal of cajoling we managed to get him to the hospital, where things turned out fine. As a foreigner, the visit was a flat-rate $600 (a good hard hit, but it could have been a lot worse in the US.)

The fact that a simple visit to the hospital could bankrupt an average middle-class american is what makes the US system so dangerous. I have little respect for it. Many Canadian doctors have moved to the US for the money, and then moved back to Canada, where they could actually spend their time taking care of people, rather than worrying about whether or not they could afford to pay for that care.

Comment Networking 101? (Score 1) 173 173

You can pay a couple hundred bucks for a pre-built solution, or you can build a pair of OpenBSD routers to do the job. You can either use a pair of old machines that you've been too lazy to send for recycling, or you can buy a pair of Raspberry PIs with a second (USB) ethernet connector, for a low power solution. VPN them together, and set the default route for the router at network 'A" to be through network 'B'. Problem solved. People have suggested both IPsec and OpenVPN to build the tunnel. . Just make sure that both networks don't use the ubiquitous 192.168.1.0/24 network, or you'll be in routing hell trying to talk back and forth.

My question is: If you know what you're doing, why wasn't this the obvious solution for you before you posted?

As for needing enough CPU power, don't worry.. Back in the '90s, UBC Comp Sci was using a bunch of 30MZ pentiums to route between 10Megabit networks (mostly thicknet, with some thinnet). The reason why they used 30Mz machines??? The supplier ran out of 25Mz machines. .. So I figure that just about anything that runs over 300Mz would be overkill for your particular problem -- and anything less is probably no longer supported in many of the current distros.

Comment Makes sense it took 5 years (Score 1) 180 180

They put a trojan horse into pirated copies of code for a bulk mailer -- then used those servers to send spam. Who's gonna notice? Who's gonna be surprised that their machine gets 'accidentally' flagged as a spam box? Who do you complain to when you figure out that your 'cracked' spam software turned out to contain a trojan?

Submission + - Leggo store detains 11-year old boy for shopping alone

darkonc writes: An 11 year old goes into a Leggo store in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) with $200 in hard earned cash ... and doesn't come out. When his father comes to the store to meet him for lunch, he finds his son 'detained' by the store manager and a security guard — for shopping alone. Apparently, Leggo stores have a policy of apprehending young children who shop without their parents.

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 142 142

Apple definitely succeeded. By 1990, Mac was the de-facto standard for desktop publishing. Even many of the the biggest Window/DOS newsletters were being created on the Mac. When Windows95 came out, the mantra was "Almost as good as a Mac". Microsoft won the desktop war with anticompetitive practices, not quality.

I remember around 1989, a print shop in Edmonton was broken into one night. The thieves stole all of the shop's Macintosh computers -- even the ones in the back room, but didn't touch the many PCs.

If it wasn't for stiff competition from Apple, it's probable that Microsoft wouldn't have introduced a Graphical desktop until well into the '90s. Apple, The Amiga, Sun, SGI and many other companies led Microsoft in the graphical desktop field. Microsoft was very much a follower, not a leader.

Comment Re:Good. +1 for Google. (Score 1) 176 176

The warning about self-signed certs is just that. If you know that you're talking to the right site, you can add the cert to your trusted list.

"trusted" root certs are organizations that you are supposed to be able to trust to be proper with the certs that they give out. CNNIC is (properly) being removed from that list. The point isn't to 'punish' their customers. It's to protect the rest of us. If CNNIC manages to convince Google (and others) that they've fixed the problem anf won't let it happen again, they'll be admitted to the trusted group, again.

Comment Only if they were taking their time. (Score 1) 576 576

It took NASA about 20 years to find 90% of NEO asteroids bigger than 1KM in diameter. and most of those more than 100M... so if The Aliens have been stalking earth for the last decade trying to match orbit, and have a ship more than 1KM in diameter, then there's a 50% chance that we've mistaken them for an asteroid.

Comment Re:WTF - What they WANT us to think.. (Score 5, Insightful) 319 319

They're taking those rights away from all of us. Islamists are the excuse for that. If the general public realized that these restrictions are ultimately gonna bite all of us on the ass, they'd never be allowed to pass these laws.

You always need an identifiable "other" to justify laws that remove rights from all of us. In th McCarthy era it was 'the communist threat'. In Nazi Germany it was "The jewish threat". (then communists, gays, Gypsies, dissidents, and by the end of the war tanks were roaming the streets shooting at any window that was flying a flag of surrender).

The Patriot Act was supposedly to catch "Those damned (Muslim) terrorists", but then the NSA and the FBI used those laws to justify listening in on everybody . Do you really think that it's going to be any different with this new law? Do you really think that wasn't the intent of the old one? I'm almost disgusted enough to say "Yeah, go ahead -- give up your freedoms, and see what happens!" -- but the problem is that when you give up your freedoms, you give up mine too.

Comment Global warming is NOT a single incident. (Score 1) 222 222

Global warming is like suspecting that you have a pair of 'loaded' dice.-- loaded for 6es and against 1's. You can't just roll once and accurately say "I rolled 2. They must not be loaded. or "I rolled 12 they ARE loaded". both 2 and 12 will still occur, but you'll have MORE 12s and LESS 2's. and your rolls will be generally higher. You can only say something by examining dozens, or even hundreds of rolls and examining the the trends .

Asking if this single event is attributable to global warming is the wrong question. The best answer to (misguided) journalists who insist on asking this question (usually because they've been forced to talk to too many global warming deniers) is:

  • "Global warming is a trend , not an incident, and this incident is something that we'll see {more/less} of as time goes on.".

Comment ..and Bart Simpson is a Movie Producer (Score 1) 100 100

es, I'm serious. He's a freind of mine, and he's had the name since long before the show went on air. My point is that having the name 'Maggie Simpson' means nothing -- unlike the bogus content. I don't know if they did this, butit seems that a properly juried work should have the name removed from it during the review process.

Comment Can't I just post a message on Facebook? (Score 1) 130 130

Isn't that what status messages and timeline posts are for??

Status message: "I'm in Liberia and I don't have a fever (yet)..."
On Sarah's timeline: I just got a text from Sarah... Her hotel in Bermuda is OK, but power is out.

What does Facebook's great addition do that this doesn't (other than give them an excuse to track where I am)?

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