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Comment What about their web site designers? (Score 4, Insightful) 215

Are the people who produced the horrid piece of trash they now call a web site part of the 15% being sent packing? What used to be a fairly easy way of getting stories in an easy-to-use format is now a jumbled mess of shitty colors and blocky outlines.

I, and many others I have heard, have stopped going to their site as a direct result of the change. If Mayer, or the morons in charge of web design, were hoping to get more eyeballs to their site, they have failed miserably.

Comment Re:Everybody uses health care (Score 1) 311

Please find me a single person who never uses health care and incurs no cost to the system. Go ahead, I'll wait.

You're asking two different questions, one of which is ridiculous.

Everyone at some time will need to see a doctor. Without exception. That is not the issue. The issue is why should someone be forced to hand over thousands of dollars every year but get nothing in return when instead they can pay when they need to?

Do you walk into a store every month, hand over a couple hundred dollars and tell them, "When I need it, I'll be back."? Of course not. You pay when you purchase your goods.

Yet somehow people have been swindled into believing that handing over their money now means they won't have to pay in the future. Which is of course completely false. You continue to pay even after you've already paid.

I have a minor medical issue, nothing which will kill me. Even though I and my employer have paid tens of thousands of dollars over the years to provide me with medical coverage, I have to convince my doctor that to get this issue resolved it is a medical necessity, otherwise I am on the hook for hundreds of out of pocket expenses.

What the hell have we been paying for all these years if I have to cough up more money? It is demonstrably cheaper and more efficient for me to pay when I need the service than it is for me, and my employer, to lose money down the black hole of insurance every year. If I were to pay as I need, I would incur no costs to the system.

Comment It's a start (Score 0, Troll) 250

Considering the redesign they went through within the last week, I certainly hope the incompetent web designer and the person who signed off on the new look are both fired. Talk about a giant steaming pile of yak manure.

As to the women given preference, considering they're paid less, on average, than men, it only seems reasonable for a company to cut costs where it can. If the woman can do the same work as a man but for less money, that's a good business decision.

Or are the men now going to whine that they're being discriminated against when all along they've been saying there is no discrimination because it's all based on ability?

Comment It's U.S. technology anyway (Score 4, Interesting) 49

When one considers the $8 billion we taxpayers are forced to hand over to the apartheid state of Israel each year, combined with technology stolen by traitors such as Jonathan Pollard, it's not as if we didn't have a right to the images.

Besides, since they deliberately attacked the USS Liberty in international waters, claiming they couldn't see the American flag flying and didn't know it was a U.S. ship despite repeated radio transmissions in the clear stating as much over a 20 minute period, we need to be sure the next time they attack us they can't use the same excuse.

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406

Granted, I have to with the Thinkpad Yoga as well, or use the docking station, so in the end it doesn't matter that much.

Which is why Lenovo Yogas suck. Between their piss poor battery life and only 2 usb ports, one of which must be taken up by the docking station if you want to have a real machine to work with, I do my best to dissuade people from buying them when we do our hardware refreshes.

If you want to accomplish something, get an Ultrabook if you must. At least they don't force you to drag around a stupid docking station which also acts as the pass through for video and for your network connection.

Comment Re:Militia ? (Score 5, Informative) 336

It's distinguished from terrorism because the tactics are a bit different - they almost never aim to directly create mass civilian casualties or property damage

This is what the FBI has to say about the definition of domestic terrorism which you will note does not include the need for casualties:

"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
  1. Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
  2. Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
  3. Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

18 U.S.C. Â 2332b defines the term "federal crime of terrorism" as an offense that:

  1. Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
  2. Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including  930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and  1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).

Link for reference

Comment Re: Repeal and Replace. (Score 0) 285

That's fine. I have no problem with helping such people since quite obviously they did not choose their condition.

Helping such people would be much more cost effective in the long run than the process we have now where everyone can do whatever they like secure in the knowledge someone else will pick up their tab.

Comment Re: Repeal and Replace. (Score 1, Interesting) 285

Health is the responsibility of the person, not the community. Since the community has no say in how a person lives their life, whether that person smokes, gets drunk, uses drugs or is obese, why should the community be responsible to pay the medical bills for that person? Obviously the person doesn't care about their health or they wouldn't have chosen the lifestyle they lead.

A civilized society wouldn't force its citizens to hand over their money to protect those who choose to kill themselves through their own bad choices, especially when that society has endlessly informed its citizens about the dangers of such lifestyles choices.

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