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Comment: Re:Why GPS? (Score 1) 825

by linuxguy (#49737489) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

> This law seems to be a good reason to leave Oregon.

This isn't a law. At least not yet. And people leaving Oregon would be a good thing for the rest of us. Portland population is growing rapidly. Too fast for some of us. Portland area population is expected to swell by about 1 million in the next 6 years.

Comment: Re:Not my type of show either.... (Score 2) 148

by linuxguy (#49463791) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

You're not alone. I mostly like science fiction. Star Trek, BSG, Firefly yes. Star Wars no. And LOTR and Hobbit did not do anything for me. But, Game of Thrones is in another league. I love Game of Thrones. For me, it is as good as the hype suggests it is. I was surprised by that.

Watch first first season of Game of Thrones and then come back and give us your feedback here. I am interested in finding out if your opinion changes.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599

by linuxguy (#49128377) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

"As for your fiance, you should thank me. My insurance went up 90% while my deductibles went up over 200%. What? You thought your fiance's insurance was in a vacuum?"

Horse shit!

Provide evidence to back up your claim. Provide the name of the policy you had before. Cost and what it covered. And the provide the name of the new policy you have. Cost and what it covers.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 4, Informative) 599

by linuxguy (#49128333) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

"Congratulations, I'm glad it worked out for you. For many others, not so much."

I don't think there are many legitimate cases where it did not work out. People who had junk insurance (insurance where you pay money but get nothing of value) had to drop it. Sure. I'll give you that.

In my particular case, I was denied insurance. And I did not even have any existing conditions. I went 8 years without insurance or having to see a doctor. I guess I saved some money. But now they can no longer deny me insurance. I fail to see Obamacare as a bad thing.

Comment: Re:It will never pass and not for the reasons (Score 1) 109

by linuxguy (#48532717) Attached to: Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

If he really gave a rat's ass about it, he wouldn't have waited till he was in a lame duck Senate to propose this.

Ron Wyden isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He is in office until 2016!

This is all about getting some good press for himself and possibly the Dems in general, and bad press for the Reps coming in next month who'll actually have to vote on this bill. "See?!? WE wanted to fix this horrible thing, but those EEEEVVIIILLL Republicans stopped us!!!!!!"

Honest question. Why would Republicans not support this bill?

Be a terrible shame if there were enough Tea Party types (or sympathizers, at least) in the Senate next year to actually approve this bill and make it law....

Last time I checked, tea partiers were all Republicans.

Comment: Re:Not anywhere near "dead easy" yet. (Score 1) 400

"Actually. Most conservatives understood intuitively that you could not add tons of poor to insurance roles and cover all pre existing conditions without raising prices heavily on the healthy."

I think you are forgetting a few things. ACA increases the insured pool by mandating that everybody get insurance. That certainly helps offset the increased cost of insuring people with pre-existing conditions.

On a side note, I was denied insurance before, because on the application form I could not tell them when I had last seen a doctor. I haven't in probably 15 years or more. They came back with a quick rejection. With ACA I was able to get insurance. Now they get easy few hundred dollars from me every month. I still have not seen a doctor. Don't need to.

Comment: I have an Intel tablet (Score 1) 91

by linuxguy (#48379031) Attached to: Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

I personally have owned several ARM based Android tablets and recently bought an Intel Atom based 7" ASUS Android tablet for my kid on sale for about $100. For that kind of money, I was not expecting much, but have been pleasantly surprised at how fast it is. It is as fast, if not faster than most modern Android tablets. And it lasts just as long as my Nexus 7. I was not expecting Intel to have achieve parity at this time. But they have. If they are able to offer a solution that is a little more performant while using less power than the ARM chips, I think they can succeed.

People have shown willingness to spend money on high end phones and tablets. I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S5. A $700 device. Do I wish it was a little faster and lasted a little longer? You bet! There is a lot of room to improve the mobile experience. At the pace that Intel has been developing their mobile solution, I think they can and will succeed in this space.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.