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Comment: Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (Score 3, Informative) 1063

by jgdobak (#42564423) Attached to: US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

The higher pay and less taxes mean nothing because even simple medical procedures or healthcare can bankrupt us.

I had a meniscus repair in my knee last year. My health insurance sent me a nice itemized letter saying that, were I not insured, I'd have had to pay another $43K out of pocket for my surgery. I walked into the hospital at 5:30 AM and left at 11:00 AM the same day.

A few years back I had to get a root canal and crown for a tooth I broke. Out of pocket cost for the procedure, with insurance, was a hair over a thousand dollars.

The median household income in this country is $48K. Most Americans simply cannot afford what healthcare costs here, with or without insurance.

Comment: Re:Subjectivity (Score 4, Insightful) 1130

by jgdobak (#40926397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Verhoeven's Starship Troopers adaption was a brilliant parody of the original material and made a pointed joke of everything Heinlein claimed to stand for.

If you consider the original novel to be profound I can't imagine you would have the sense of self-awareness required to enjoy the film, anyway.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 1046

by jgdobak (#39543883) Attached to: Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

"Latino" or "Hispanic" are markers of cultural background, not race.

That Slashdot posters don't know this and keep confusing this shows us how little 18-34 year old white males with no children (per Alexa) understand the politics of race in America.

(FYI, 69% of Mexico self-identifies as white or mixed-white per 2012 demographic info.)

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 1046

by jgdobak (#39543819) Attached to: Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

The police dispatcher told him not to follow because Zimmerman was known to the Sanford PD, having made calls to them forty-six times since the beginning of 2011, for everything from a pothole to the presence of a black child, age seven to nine years of age.

The dispatcher said not to follow because the police dispatcher likely knew he was a lunatic who self-appointed himself the "neighborhood watch" (Zimmerman was not a member of any such sanctioned organization; his authority was the same as if I were to call myself the Queen of Spain), and had a history of violence.

Considering an unarmed boy who was out to buy skittles and iced tea is dead now, the dispatcher was correct.

Comment: Re:Did the rules change? (Score 1) 292

by jgdobak (#39447807) Attached to: As Nuclear Reactors Age, the Money To Close Them Lags

Regulation is almost always written by industry representatives to be as beneficial as possible to that industry, see healthcare,mortgage, and automotive industry regulation.

We're willing to yell at some poor uneducated asshole who is homeless because he took on an investment he couldn't afford (apparently he is omniscient)


When industrialists fuck up in a fashion that may directly impact the health and safety of millions (let alone their finances), you "see no fault with them."

You're a horrible human being, eat shit.

Comment: Re:That's what America needs to be competitive! (Score 4, Interesting) 969

by jgdobak (#39379383) Attached to: Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

Doctors are protected by the AMA, which keeps the number of medical schools and doctors in practice limited. No matter what motivation you assign to doing so, it helps protect the income of members.

Young lawyers, on the other hand, are screwed.


Comment: Re:Yes (Score 5, Insightful) 1040

by jgdobak (#39181253) Attached to: Are Rich People Less Moral?

We hire experts in various fields when our knowledge is not sufficient for the task at hand.

Medical problems? Call a doctor.

Legal problems? Call a lawyer.

Tax problems? Call an accountant.

Don't understand how mortgages work? Call your local bank/mortgage broker.

What, the nice mortgage broker tells you that you can afford a mortgage far above what makes sense to you? Well, he IS the expert and he's on your side! He works for your bank, after all...

Of course, he may get a commission on pushing through as many mortgages as possible and he may be falsifying paperwork and credit scores out of whole cloth at the urging of the lending institution, which is selling these bad mortgages up the chain, but hey... He IS the expert.

Expecting a home buyer to understand the purposely-obfuscated home buying process is as stupid as expecting him to understand why chemo may be necessary. Banks took advantage of the trust of their customers and cheated them, end of story.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst