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Comment: Re: Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning (Score 1) 591 591

The bill, as written, was designed to force states to do the federal government's bidding - namely expand Medicare and establish state-run exchanges... Failure to do either would result in the loss of ALL federal Medicare funding or the state's citizens would lose access to federal subsidies (respectively).

This was not a case of poor word choices or an in artful choice of words, this was discussed and debated before the bill passed.

Once passed, both measures were challenged in court, all the way up to the Supreme Court. After fighting to keep the all or nothing position on Medicare, the federal government lost and had to fund Medicare in states that did not expand Medicare. And in today's decision, the government argued their much-discussed threat to the state's was really a typo.

These were calculated risks to force the state's to act in certain ways, both failed in their mission.

Comment: Re: Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning (Score 1) 591 591

The regulatory agency rules and implementation conflicted with the legislation as passed. The words Democrsts passed were clear, subsidies only for customers on the state exchanges.

The IRS decided to give all customers, those on the state exchanges and those on the federal exchanges both subsidies.

SCOTUS argued that yes, as written it should go onecway, but darn it, we know what they would have wanted the law to be, so we'll just declare plain language 'ambiguous' and then invert the meaning of the words to suit our desired outcome.

Wait until the next head of the EPA decides to ratchet down legislated limits on pollutants because they know what the politicians really wanted, or when the IRS starts rolling back tax rates because they think the higher tax rates are detrimental to the economy...

Comment: Re: What about low-income boys? (Score 1) 473 473

It's really coming to something when victim culture is so bad people get upset when helping other people makes them feel like it's some giant feminazi conspiracy to keep them poor and uneducated.

Please point out the comparable computer education program that ONLY serves young boys that this program attempts to counter-balance...

Comment: Re: What about low-income boys? (Score 1) 473 473

A better example would be shower facilities. If you offered homeless people a shower, only had room for one communal facility so decided to limit it to just women, would that be sexist? There are good reasons for segregating communal showers.

Yes, it is sexist - can't you imagine a mechanism where by women and men take turns using the communal shower? You could alternate genders on the hour, for example...

Comment: Not surprising... (Score 0, Troll) 181 181

The FCC has removed incentives for monopolistic ISPs to increase backbone network capacity since they are not allowed to derive any additional revenue to offset the cost of those investments...

Local governments authorize geographical monopolies, and the federal government says that ISPs can't charge content providers for faster service, so what is the motivation for improvements?

What you wanted was competition, instead you settled for net neutrality, solving a non-existent problem and changing the nature of the Internet to a heavily-regulated telcom service, so that it would remain as it was before regulation.

You changed the very nature of the Internet, in order to save it - reminds me of something a previous President said - he had to violate free market principles to save the free market... And oh how you all laughed when he said it, now you borrowed his logic.

Comment: Re: Are these the Germans... (Score 1) 189 189

The conclusion was the Microsoft was a bit off with the numbers in its calculations, 17 million is way too low, that would only be the cost to upgrade from NT to XP with upgrade licenses. It doesn't include the cost for new hardware, the hours spend to upgrade, and more importantly the cost to upgrade to newer version of Windows since XP is no longer supported.

You don't have any experience with Microsoft corporate licensing, do you?

Microsoft doesn't have different license prices for different desktop OSes, they only offer licenses for current OSes, with downgrade rights to the previous version or two. For example, a desktop license sold today would cover Windows 8.1, with downgrade rights to Windows 7 (and maybe Vista). That same license, sold today (June 23rd, 2015) would entitle the purchaser to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29th, or keep running Win 8.1, and Win 7 (but maybe not Vista).

I can't speak to hardware upgrade costs, I assume the City of Munich has refreshed their hardware once or twice during this ten year experiment, and I further assume some portion of their current desktops could support Win 8.1 currently, some could probably be upgraded to support Win 8.2, and still some others would need to be replaced.

When you sign an agreement with MS, you are licensing the software for a 12 month period - in education,the environment I'm familiar with, an annual desktop license is about $35/yr, and includes not only the current desktop OS but also the current MS Office version, with downgrade rights for both. I would assume a commercial desktop license to run about twice that number, but that is just a guess.

Comment: Re: Equality (Score 1) 490 490

Hillary Clinton has been found to pay women less than men.

The math of the so-called 'gender pay gap' is calculated one way (add up the salaries of all women and all men, then divide each by the number of working women and men (respectively)) yet used to prove a completely different point, pretending the previous calculation considered the work done by each, the experience of each, etc. when that is *clearly* not what the study cited did.

BTW - we have had equal pay laws for decades - anyone that can prove a gender pay bias has a case they can take to the EEOC and get justice... The famous Lily Ledbetter bill Democrats claimed was to help eliminate the pay gap merely extended the statute of limitations of the *existing* laws...

Comment: Re: Are these the Germans... (Score 1) 189 189

Except "those Germans" that thought going to Linux would save them a ton of money are now going back to Windows. Apparently they found the investment involved in maintaining a 'free' operating environment too much work/too expensive.


Comment: Re: This would never have happened under Hitler! (Score 3, Informative) 189 189

Uh, check your history - the German government used many of what were called at the time computers to keep track of their progress on certain 'projects'. IBM supplied the machinery...

It was punched card tabulators, sorters, and printers, but they were programmed (arranged/wired) to perform calculations.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350