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Comment Re: My god, what has science wrought??? (Score 2) 245 245

How the hell is social security "welfare" when I pay the max into it every year?

You want to make the case for modifying it then go ahead, but these constant attempts to redefine it are garbage.

Is the mortgage interest deduction included in your 2.3 trillion? IMO that's much more of a welfare program than social security, so lets cut that first ok?

I say that knowing I'll lose close to 10k per year (net).

Comment No possible way this goes anywhere (Score 2) 318 318

This is such a wildly inappropriate idea that if it gets any legs at all the reasonable powers that be will jump on it and squash it good.

I cannot allow myself to believe we as a country are willing to seriously consider implementation of anything like this.

Comment Re:ORLY? (Score 1) 139 139

We saved cord blood for both our kids and and I remember the cord blood folks saying "we like to get at least 100 million cells for a good sample."

So of course I asked how many they got for ours and the answers were like 3 and 4 BILLION.

So while this may be true, it doesn't seem like they're exactly hurting for cells, based on my totally anecdotal account anyway...

Comment Re:Doom (Score 1) 427 427

Don't forget IRQ settings... I remember being so pissed off about having to learn all that stuff just to play games, but like you said once you got the games going, it was all worth it.

Elder Scrolls: Arena and Civilization were so unbelievably awesome in their time. The fact that both are still going strong validates my statement.

Comment More Phishing (Score 2, Informative) 304 304

Over under on new phishing e-mails is about 2 seconds.

From: Comcast
To: Joe Usar

NOTICE: Your computer has been infected

To who it may concarn:

Please be to aware that your computer has been infected by virus. Please click here and verify your payment information so we can authorize removal of your viruses. If you do not your account blocked!!!!

Comment Re:They can either do it openly or covertly (Score 1) 353 353

I can't imagine bandwidth usage is that much less predictable than energy. Same concepts apply really. People at home, AC use/energy goes up. People at home, broadband usage goes up. I know I'm oversimplifying things but hell, even the heavy users bandwidth is predictable; 24/7 heavy bittorrent traffic.

How hard is that really?

Comment Re:Dangers of EHR (Score 1) 182 182

Think of a company deciding whether to hire person A or person B. If they were able to get hold of health records and find out that person B has a higher cardiac index than person A, and therefore hire person A, how would you feel if YOU were person B? What if the cardiac index is due to genetics and not life choices? There was a stupid movie that dealt with this, maybe had Ethan Hawke in it?

Would you like a diagnosis on your chart preventing you from being employed?

This is just one of many examples. The last paragraph in the article has more.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.