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Comment: I have this "problem" (Score 2, Insightful) 224

by linuxguy (#46691643) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

I have been doing this since usenet days. I got hooked to newsgroups early. I was about 18 years old and this was 1990. I have not been able to read ordinary books since then. I can read technical books just fine. The kind that pack a lot of information. I have tried several times, but have utterly failed to read fiction. Something inside me tells me that I am wasting my time. Not that I don't waste time. I do that a lot. I watch plenty of movies, TV, hang out with friends and family etc. etc. and I "skim the Internet" a tonne. I have a good job, wife and two kids. It is not entirely clear to me how this "problem" is hurting me.

Comment: Not the first time for her to be in hot waters (Score 2) 162

by linuxguy (#46525467) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Several whistle-blowers came forward and said that this lady, Carolyn Lawson, was "abusing and misusing state resources". Oregon's OHA director Bruce Goldberg thought that these were personality conflicts.

Also, she was accused of and investigated for mismanaging contracts when she worked for the state of California. In one instance she tried to award a no-bid contract to her previous boss.

I don't think she has a leg to stand on.

Comment: $130 million question (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by linuxguy (#46525313) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

I live in Oregon. I have been trying to buy health insurance for myself and my family of 4. Because of my income, I am ineligible for any subsidies. My case is a very simple one. I am paying full price for a health insurance plan. However I cannot register on the damn website or buy insurance. The only way for me to register an account on the website is by mailing in a paper application. I have done that. They called me to confirm that they have received the application and are processing it. They have hired 500 people to process paper applications. These people have yet to enter my paper application into the computer.

How did Oracle receive $130 million for developing this website when I cannot even register a damn account on this website, much less select and buy insurance?

Comment: The better solution is to buy Nikon (Score 1) 88

I was a Canon man. But they have seriously dropped the ball in the image sensor department. They continue to use ancient sensors that simply cannot compete in today's market. I sold all my Canon cameras and lenses and moved to Nikon and could not be happier. I do not have to resort to hacks to get an image that is close to a Nikon image.

Comment: What is the big deal? (Score 1) 225

by linuxguy (#46052421) Attached to: Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

I am trying to understand what the big deal about any of it is? If I am a phone manufacturer or a hobbyist, I have the option to use Android as-is without Google Play.

With Android you get a lot for free. With Apple, RIM and MS, not so much. The poster is complaining that with Android *everything is not free*. Horror of horrors! It is an extremely stupid post!!!

I'd take a mostly open mobile OS where you have to pay for some things over a mostly closed mobile OS where you have to pay for most things.

Comment: Re:Paying the fine makes more sense (Score 0) 586

> Well, the Obamacare compliant plans cost literally over four times as much per month to get comparable insurance.

Please provide information about the policy you had. Policy name and the provider. This would allow us to verify the claim you are making. If you cannot, then we'll assume you were making it up.

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