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Comment Attention Astroturfers... (Score 1) 477

Don't worry, your Win 7 will cease to be functional soon, and you will be assimilated. The coming shit-storm of security "upgrades" and bug "fixes", as with previous releases of Windows, will ensure that your system will slow to an unacceptable crawl and reliability will drop rapidly.

I haven't seen anything about Win 10 that makes me want to "upgrade". If anything, my years of experience with Windows have defined upgrade to mean leaving windows behind as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are still just a couple programs that keep me stuck with Windows. I am always on the lookout for ways to replace those programs and when I find them it will be goodbye MS forever.

I refer specifically to CAD (Onshape looks like a possible replacement that I can run in a browser under Linux), and the software for my 3D scanner (Fuel3D). I'm not real big on the whole cloud thing, but I'll accept the risks involved if it lets dump Windows. I can do everything else I need to do under Linux.

OK, astroturfers, come and get it...

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 374

And when you're out to eat at a restaurant, never buy the cheapest wine- go for the second cheapest! That way the girl you are trying to sleep with will think "he knows about wine so he must be cultured and that makes him a good choice for mating", or she will think "while he is conscientious about finances, he doesn't pinch pennies and that makes him a good choice for mating". It's a win-win!

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 886

There's a big difference between owning the house you live in and owning the houses/apartments other people live in. The tax code favors owning other people's houses by allowing depreciation of the value of the property. That helps offset (or even allows a profit) any mortgages and repairs required in the first 10 years IIRC.

Comment Whenever I go out to tie one on I always (Score 1) 210

wear an adult diaper. That way, when I get wasted and can't control my bodily functions, I'm OK. Maybe bars should start putting diaper machines in restrooms- the product will probably get a lot more use than the other products that the machines sell.

Comment Re:It's all about aging, stupid. (Score 1) 204

You're confusing anecdotes for science (assuming what they claim about their age and diet are true).

You can find lifelong tobacco smokers who are healthy into their 80s. That doesn't mean everyone who smokes is going to live healthy into their 80s.

Comment It's a bit of a sensationalist title. (Score 1) 249

I am sure the title was carefully worded to receive as much attention from the press as possible. When Fox-watching Joe Sixpack hears it he will think the sun's total output will drop that much. This will get the climate change deniers on Fox and in congress something great to misinterpret (even though they're not scientists, to use some of their words) and even though it is stupid and wrong, the debate over the "controversy" will run for years while they do nothing to attempt to prevent coming disasters.

Comment Re:It starts in med school. (Score 1) 191

Doctors/hospitals don't get the money that is billed. Insurance companies never pay the billed amount. Each transaction is negotiated between the medical office/hospital and the insurance company (think of the wasted time/ effort). Doctors in private practice still have to deal with insurance companies, unless they are doing cash only cosmetic work. Those guys deserve the money they get for putting up with the nutty patients they have to deal with.

Doctors who work for hospitals are employees like everyone else. Yes, they generally get paid more than check-out clerks at the grocery store, plumbers, etc., but they spend many years and a LOT of money getting trained (and abused) to do their work, and must continue training at relatively high expense throughout their careers just to maintain their licenses. They typically work long hours under stressful conditions. If that doesn't deserve higher pay than most I don't know what sort of work does.

Comment It starts in med school. (Score 4, Insightful) 191

They study for long hours without adequate sleep so they can learn to teach their patients how to live healthy lives. Then they get abused in the residency programs and work for less than minimum wage for 80 -100 hours per week. Then they finally finish and start to practice and have to work long hours without bathroom breaks, food breaks, or just letting off steam. They're getting screwed by insurance companies and hospital administrators at every turn. I'm amazed anyone still wants to go to med school in this country.

The reward for working hard is more hard work.