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Comment Re:Affordable Care Act (Score 1) 137

I think they really missed a trick with the ACA. What they should have done was figure out how much the Medicare tax would have to be if everyone was covered under Medicare. I'm guessing the increase would be less than what people have to pay for private insurance, given that Medicare currently covers only the absolute most expensive possible demographic for healthcare. Then give people the option of using Medicare just by increasing their tax to the calculated amount. If it's cheaper, there would be a stampede away from private insurers, and we'd basically have our national healthcare without people feeling as if they'd been forced into it. Hopefully getting some extra money in the system would also make it possible to compensate providers better.

Comment Re:Happens in all vertical market applications (Score 4, Insightful) 116

It's not just medical devices. Anything reasonably proprietary has historically had the security by obscurity defense and that hasn't changed. Why do you think manufacturers of SCADA gear, connected sensors, etc. beg customers to put them on their own disconnected network?

Putting systems that could cause death or widespread mayhem on isolated networks is a good idea regardless of the security of the applications. It's one more layer an attacker has to bypass.

The problem is that doing so has become an excuse to NOT secure the applications.

Comment Re:Makes me wonder (Score 1) 262

So how do I skew the evidence? I chose my nickname in 1986 when I was young, and I still use it today. Since it hasn't changed at all I wonder how they presume to associate any "age" data with that.

Well, if you had chosen a childishly obscene user name back then, and still considered it appropriate to use, that could still provide some insight into your potential behavior today.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter who "should"... (Score 1) 239

That's generally true here on Earth. It's a lot easier to defend yourself here (and also prove that there was actually an agressor).

Out in space, the environment is bad enough, without someone coming along and purposely sabotaging stuff. Add to that the difficulty of knowing exactly what's going on unless you actually have people there. Letting someone else do the work of finding a good site, then moving in and taking over might be an attractive business plan for some.

Comment Doesn't matter who "should"... (Score 1) 239

Who actually WILL have "rights" to them are large economies like Russia and China (those with the ability to send stuff up there) who are perfectly willing to make sure others' operations have "accidents," and who don't care about other countries' opinions of their actions. You can't really enforce any laws out there effectively, so the first person to say "oops! looks like your equipment is dead!" wins.

This is especially true if the returns from the mining operations outweigh any kind of sanctions.

Comment Re:Yes? (Score 1) 367

Is it a good game? Sure, but people never seem to learn that you should always wait a few months for modders to fix any Fallout or TES game.

Yes, Bethesda does seem to have a habit of letting their customers do all the bug-fixing work. They seem to have realized that they can get away with it, because my experience is that they never bother to fix much of anything. F3:NV was un-playable without a stack of mods, so I didn't even bother with F4.

I've found that a good rule of thumb for me is just not to ever spend more than about $20 on a game, because there seems to be an inverse relationship between cost and quality these days.

Comment Re:I love beating the dealers to pieces (Score 2) 439

Problem is, that really only works with cars that not enough people are buying, and will be sitting around on the lot. Anything where they know a sucker will come in within the week and buy it, they'll just ignore you.

I buy cars very infrequently, which means I can usually pay cash. This gives a few interesting options. My favorite was doing enough homework to figure out what a good "all-in" price was (includes all the fees, etc.) for a specific car in inventory. Then wait till the end of their month (or quarter, if you can figure that out).

Get your test drive out of the way somewhere else. Get a cashier's check for the "all-in" price made out to Dealer's Name OR Your Name (so you can easily re-deposit it). Go in, find a sales individual, give them the inventory # and show them the check, and let them know a) you have no checkbook/credit card/cash with you, and b) if they say anything other than "yes, we have a deal," you're leaving.

As long as they aren't losing money on the deal, and that model hasn't been selling for high prices because it's popular, they have little reason to refuse.

Comment Re:So ... boo hoo then? (Score 1) 273

Boo hoo, teh Russians are going to spy on us the same way we spy on everyone else. Waahh, how unfair.

Well, at least most of what the US intercepts this way, it would probably keep to itself. Anything Russia gets that's economically valuable (ID theft, etc.), I'd expect to end up in the hands of organized crime.

Comment Re:"capability to cut cables" (Score 1) 273

Not to mention bombs make noise, which carries for a long way under water. You'd probably attract a lot of unwanted attention very quickly if you started that.

If I were trying to cut cables on purpose in deep water, I would probably go for a sled designed to be dragged across the sea floor with a hooked blade that penetrated a foot or so down. Maybe with some lights/cameras to verify a good cut.

Then all you have to do is drive back and forth across the cable's known route until you snag it. Bonus if you can grab one of the cut ends and drag it miles away from the cut to make it harder to find and repair.

Comment Re:Try being poor (Score 1) 444

I think relationships between people of differing means can be challenging no matter where they are on the spectrum.

If you're doing comfortably well, you'll probably want to go out to eat occasionally, or do things that have some cost attached to them that you can afford. Your friend who's just scraping by will either have to decline to join you, put themselves in a bad situation by spending what they can't afford, or rely on you to pay for them (which YOU may not be able to afford). Uncomfortable all around. Even if you're willing to go do things your friend can afford, they might still feel bad about it.

Your friend who's doing a little better than you may put you in the opposite situation.

Thus, you'll naturally end up spending more time with people of similar means, just because it's easiest.

Comment Or maybe not... (Score 2) 362

It could just be that the people with experience (and wisdom to go with it) want nothing to do with Silicon Valley.

In the IT dept I'm in here in the Dallas area, I would say the average age is somewhere between 40-45.

Funny thing... our EVP came from a place that hired a lot of those cheaper people and outsourced/off-shored a lot. He was absolutely boggled that our department managed to successfully complete over 40 major "combined arms" projects in a year (with barely that many employees), where the places he'd been previously could barely manage 4 with a similar number of people. So they're paying maybe 50% more, and getting 1000% more.

Oh, and we're all generally able to keep it to between 7-9 hrs/day, too.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 97

I'm not sure what Dell or EMC would gain out of this merger, if it is even true. Dell already owns Equallogic which covers the low to mid-range of the storage market pretty well in Dell's offerings.

Well, the merged company would be "DMC," which would allow them to make storage that sends IO requests back in time, resulting in their completing instantly in the present. Should reduce latency considerably.

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!