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Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 314

by fahrbot-bot (#49630457) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

This is one of the biggest bullshit issues with the system. Why is a simple prescription $550 "retail" but the negotiated insurance rate is 1/5 of that? It's like they are trying to screw over people who have to pay out of pocket.

Real-world example: When my wife, Sue, was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma multiforme (brain tumor) in Nov 2005 (she died 7 weeks later) the list price of a 1-month supply of her chemotherapy medication Temodar was $11,000. The co-pay on my BC/BS plan would have been $1,100 (10%). The co-pay on her Optima plan was $40.

Pro-tip: It's never a good thing when the pharmacist says, "I hope you have insurance."

Remember Sue...

Comment: Sure. (Score 3, Interesting) 248

by fahrbot-bot (#49622055) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

Nice that TFA titled, "Should You Learn a Little-Known Programming Language?" shows a screenshot of JavaScript, but I digress.

Little known languages aren't always actually little known or used, just less and/or not main-stream. They are often languages used in specialized areas or use less common syntax and or structure - like PROLOG and LISP. As such, using them can often help a programmer think and problem solve in new/different ways that may help programming in more common languages. I know learning LISP help my recursion skills.

My LISP and PROLOG skills two are a bit rusty, but I've used (and was proficient with) several dialects of LISP and would probably enjoy a job using either language again.

Comment: Native? (Score 1) 538

by fahrbot-bot (#49613785) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Native? As in the ones who were here first or showed up later? The older folks who actually created the systems and infrastructure everyone uses and now takes for granted, or the youngsters who just use those systems and infrastructure, but have little/no idea how anything actually works? I'm not sure who to thank most, the people who created Ethernet or Angry Birds.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 245

Did you try to set fire to your schools property because of a bad grade?

According to TFS he set fire to the computer because he was , "mad and frustrated because he could not hack into the system." I'm not condoning his actions, but who amongst us hasn't, at least, entertained the idea of destroying a computer after simply trying to *use* it? I have bad thoughts about my Windows 7 desktop at work all... the... time. And to quote the movie "Office Space," "PC LOAD LETTER!!? What the fuck does that mean?" - didn't work out so well for that printer, did it?

Comment: Re:This is Boeing Tech Support (Score 1) 248

by fahrbot-bot (#49600355) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

"have you tried turning it off and then back on?"

  • Customer: How do I do that?
  • Tech Support: Use the big red switch at the back of the fuselage, just under the elevator. Flip it to 0/Off, count to 10 and flip it back to 1/On.

True story: Back in the early 1980s, I actually had a long-distance phone call with someone in which I was the "tech support" part of the above conversation. ... Me: "Are you sitting in front of the PC? Lean to your right... See that big red switch at the back of the case? ..."

Comment: Re:Struggle (Score 1, Funny) 399

by fahrbot-bot (#49586999) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

Honestly though, if HP released web cameras which couldn't see black folks, I find this strangely unsurprising.

Apparently people who build these things assume everyone is the same shade of pasty white.

The show Better Off Ted addressed something like this in their episode Racial Sensitivity when Veridian Dynamics installs new security sensors in the building, which detect employees based on the light reflecting off their skin and they can't detect black people. Veronica assures Ted that the company cares about the issue:

Ted: The system doesn't see black people?
Veronica: I know. Weird, huh?
Ted: That's more than weird, Veronica. That's basically, well... racist.
Veronica: The company's position is that it's actually the opposite of racist, because it's not targeting black people. It's just ignoring them. They insist the worst people can call it is "indifferent."
Ted: Well, they know it has to be fixed, right? Please... at least say they know that.
Veronica: Of course they do, and they're working on it. In the meantime they'd like everyone to celebrate the fact that it sees Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Jews.

Though, as true for most corporations, only cares just so much...

Veronica: "Money before people," that's the company motto. Engraved on the lobby floor. It just looks more heroic in Latin.

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score 1) 177

by fahrbot-bot (#49577721) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

So if I drive a Ford and it catches on fire when someone rear-ends me at low speed and I narrowly escape burning alive, all because of a faulty design, it's "childish" for me to continue holding a grudge against Ford?

(Note: I haven't had any such problems with Ubuntu (nor have I ever used mainline Ubuntu, only derivatives), so note I'm just making a point here, not bashing Ubuntu for any reliability problems.)

But I'm guessing no one has yet rear-ended your Linux system, so you don't actually know if it will catch on fire and you'll narrowly escape burning alive. Or did I misread things?

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score 0) 177

by fahrbot-bot (#49577673) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

This is what happens when the users have NO WAY to influence direction, you get [stuff] like Pulse and Systemd rammed down your throats.

I've been pondering the creation of a corollary to Godwin's Law that'is specially formulated for Slashdot. Just substitute "systemd" for "Hitler."

(Oops, looks like I just invoked both Godwin's Law and its new corollary - all in a single sentence!)

I think the actual issue/problem goes beyond the words "systemd" and "pulseaudio" back to the word "Poettering". You know, root causes and all that...

Comment: Re:Terms and Conditions. (Score 1) 329

by fahrbot-bot (#49563847) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Verizon entered this contract with ESPN to be able to sell ESPN content ...

Typically, these contracts are of the sort where Disney says if Verizon wants to carry the Disney channel, they must also carry all the ESPN channels @ a certain rate etc ... basically saying that if they want the more desirable channels Verizon must carry the less desirable channels - because Disney has sunk a fuck-ton of money into ESPN ...

I also don't see your analogy as being the same. Customers pay Verizon for the bandwidth and Verizon is a customer paying Disney for Disney, ABC, ABC Family and ESPN* but with the added bonus of being required to buy them all to get the ones Verizon and its customers actually want.

You're correct in that it's a contract dispute between Verizon and Disney, but w/o actually seeing the contract we don't actually know who's in the right. My guess is that Verizon found a loophole and Disney isn't happy about it.

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