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Comment: Re:Fall of imperialist America would be helpful (Score 1) 219

by halivar (#47972695) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

There aren't even hundreds of countries on earth. There are 195. That's a nickel short of "hundreds".

and the last lunatic imperialist regime on earth that routinely attacks other countries, in its own imperial interests

You need to pick up a newspaper some time. They contain information vital to making you not look like an idiot.

Comment: Re:Patch? (Score 1) 4

by smitty_one_each (#47972023) Attached to: Watch Slashdot Fix Their Code!
Are you such an utter simpleton as to think that, for example, Lois Lerners emails just kinda went "poof"?
For this administration to stand there and just take a continuous piss in the public face,
and then you to mewl on, I want a pony-style about the logical consequences,
is so laughable as to invite the question of whether you need a diaper change.
Contempt, like respect, is earned. This is separate from the question of forgiveness.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 402

by Jhon (#47971219) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

"I have one thing to say. Fuck you. "

An excellent point. I must be wrong.

"Don't demand other people act as you think they should, and drop the annoying superiority act."

I don't think I "demanded" anything. I did strongly suggest that it's wise to learn to live with our limitations rather than say "I don't want to live not being able to do what I want when I want". I've too many happy 80+ year olds in my life who despite their pain and/or infirmity are enjoying their life and family. And if you can't see that then maybe my "annoying superiority act" isn't an act -- at least where you are concerned.

"There are living fates much worse than death. "

And of course I said exactly the opposite of that, didn't I? Or are you reading your own fears and insecurities in to what I ACTUALLY said?

Comment: Re: Science vs Faith (Score 1) 649

by DigiShaman (#47970773) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Deeper. Where did that quantum event come from? At some point, everything came from zero (nothing). Unless however, the universe or multiverse is truly infinite.

I'm not saying you're wrong about there being a quantum event that started the Big Bang. However, it too has a point of origin of creation from nothing; does it not?

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 381

Nah. You just talked about subsidies. You said: "They're not going to help here, because our situation is exactly what the law calls for. If you're making more than $60k, you don't GET subsidies, you have to GIVE subsidies to other people (like you)."

Exactly. If you don't qualify for subsidies, then there IS NO CHEAPER MAGIC SOLUTION than those that the regulated insurance companies in the state advertise. They don't have the option of having secret cheaper-than-the-exchange plans. So if you call a hotline and complain that your new insurance plan is too expensive, their ONLY OPTION is to try to find a way to qualify you for a plan that somebody else is forced to help you buy. Otherwise, the price is what the price is.

Especially the one that pointed out that it was those very same insurers that you implicitly praise that raised their rates to where they are now.

For which they had no choice. They are required by law to suddenly provide a range of coverage that was not previously built into their pricing. If you were suddenly told that you had to provide a bunch of new services or else, would you just eat the loss, or raise your prices in order to maintain your business? Insurance companies work on smaller margins than companies in many, many other industries. Remove that margin, and they are out of business. Now, that may be what the ACA backers secretly want, but in the meantime, you raise your prices to deal with the fact that your government has just substantially raised your costs.

They *knew* that they had just a few years before those rates became government controlled

They've always been government controlled. Every state in the union has an insurance regulating body to which those companies must turn for approval in order to change rates. And each of those scenarios plays out in something of a vacuum, because laws prevent insurance companies from providing services across state lines. The government has been entirely in control of this stuff for decades (as if you didn't know that!).

In civilized parts of the world, that would be considered collusion and price fixing.

No, it's known as state regulation. The companies who have a very innovative way to deliver the same (government approved) class of services with less overhead MAY be able to offer a lower price if they can survive doing so. But there's generally very, very little latitude in the cost/price recipe before the insurer is on intolerably thin ice.

Comment: Re:And who is to say... (Score 1) 83

by DigiShaman (#47970715) Attached to: Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

Not even. Just use a deadman switch. You just have a website that you log into once a day/week/month what-have you. I for any reason you fail to do so, the information is released publicly on the front page. If it's of any interest, the community will spread it via P2P and other methods; like wild fire.

Comment: Re:Too many secrets (Score 1) 83

by mythosaz (#47970263) Attached to: Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

                            - Setec. - What?

                            Setec Astronomy.

                            I just love it when a man says that to me.

                            Setec doesn't mean anything.

                            Excuse me.

                            Carl... ...can you get me some cable and that l/O interface, please?

                            "Monterey's coast."

                            Does "Monterey's coast" mean anything to you guys?

                            - No. - No.

                            Here, help me with this.

                            Carl, get the diagnostics.

                            How about "my Socrates note"?


                            - No, I don't... - No. No.

                            Got it. Move to another one.

                            Give me another one.

                            Stay in that quadrant.

                            It's kind of the same thing. Try another quadrant.

                            Mother, what was that? Go back one.

                            All right.

                            Holy cow.

                            What the hell is this?

                            "Too many secrets."

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr