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Comment: There is NO "mystery". (Score 1) 450

by Futurepower(R) (#49633701) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
There is NO "mystery". Health care companies are stealing from customers. There is nothing that limits how much they charge, especially if a customer has no insurance.

The new health care law in the U.S. forces healthy people to pay huge amounts for health care. Everyone must pay an extremely high yearly cost.

Comment: Re:Licensing, mostly (Score 2) 262

by swillden (#49632957) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Other than Xenix what do you mean by Microsoft

Er, nothing actually. TFA mentioned "Microsoft's take on Unix", which I took to mean NT's stab at POSIX support, or maybe something else equally ridiculous. Looking at the article again, it actually says "Xenix, Microsoft's take on Unix". Not being more than vaguely aware of Xenix, I didn't realize it was bought by Microsoft and I took that text as two separate items in the list (should have paid closer attention to commas vs semi-colons).

Also you forgot SCO if you are including commercial Unixes for 386

Indeed. There I claim selective memory, driven by the massive stain on the Unix world left by SCO's successor-in-ownership, The SCO Group.

Also one that gets forgotten about but was quite good in those early days was: Coherent

I heard good things about Coherent back in the day, but never touched it.

Comment: Re:Libertarians are to the right of Republicans (Score 1) 227

Rightists don't need government force. They want the gov stalk and harass anyone with the troves of information they collect, why resort to force when you can blackmail and intimidate. The few cases where force are necessary are edited out and impossible to prove.

Comment: Re: nonsense (Score 1) 450

by pnutjam (#49632585) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
Ahh, the venerable "skin in the game" argument. Because everyone should be a specialist in health care billing. You should compare the bill of someone who pays cash to someone who has insurance and someone on medicaid. We all know who is getting ripped off less.

Call your nearest hospital and ask them how much it costs to deliver a baby, tell them you are budgeting. You'll never get a clear number out of them, you might get a ballpark estimate. I'll bet you can't even get a number for a specific procedure.

Now user your compassion, we'll wait while it spins up, to imagine doing this while your child is bleeding, or you are riding in an ambulance.

Comment: Licensing, mostly (Score 5, Interesting) 262

by swillden (#49632065) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

It was because Linux more or less worked, and people could use it and add to it because of the GPL. The competitors all had problems:

* Minix was cheap but not free, and couldn't be redistributed with modifications. People worked around that by maintaining patch sets, but that was even more painful then than it is now (we have better tools now).
* The BSDs were in a quagmire of legal uncertainty and competing claims. Nobody knew for sure if BSD was free or not, so everyone assumed it wasn't.
* Xenix: Not free.
* Microsoft: Are you kidding me?
* SYSV: Not free
* HURD: Didn't work, and had such an elegant architecture that it wasn't clear if it could ever work.

That was the space when Linus Torvalds started hacking around (except HURD didn't even exist yet). If he'd been able to hack on Minix, he would have. But the license prevented it, so he took the opportunity to start his own. Lots of other people saw exactly the same situation and joined him in hacking on something that (a) worked, more or less and (b) they could hack on.

It's not that Linux lucked out and the rest of the competition failed. There was no other competition that satisfied the requirements of being free and hackable. It was also important that Linus was an excellent Benevolent Dictator that gave people few reasons to fork. Actually, on that last point it's rather impressive that Linus is still in charge, even after it's become an incredibly valuable property, used and contributed to by lots of megacorps.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 104

by cbhacking (#49631347) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Or, for those that prefer a GUI experience, Resource Monitor (can be launched directly, or from the "Performance" tab of Task Manager) has a "Network" tab that shows all processes with network activity or listening ports, and what those ports and protocols are. It's basically the same info as you get from Netstat, but in a conveniently clickable format.

+ - Surveymonkey CEO Dave Goldberg's death highlights treadmill dangers->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber writes: The tragic death of Dave Goldberg, Surveymonkey CEO and husband of Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/05/03/1943245/surveymonkeys-ceo-dies-while-vacationing-with-wife-sheryl-sandberg) is bringing attention to the dangers of high-powered treadmills and digital distractions that make the machines even more dangerous.

According to CNN, Goldberg fell and hit his head while using a treadmill. He was found shortly thereafter, still alive. He was then transported to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Goldberg suffered from traumatic brain injury and hypovolemic shock, a condition tied to severe blood and fluid loss. [http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/04/technology/dave-goldberg-cause-of-death/index.html?iid=Lead]

The freakish accident actually isn’t that rare. Treadmills account for the majority of such exercise equipment injuries, according to Janessa M. Graves, a professor at the College of Nursing at Washington State University. In a study of 1,782 injury reports from 2007 to 2011, she found that “treadmill machines comprise 66% of injuries but constitute approximately only one-fourth the market share of such equipment.”

Graves says she was shocked not only by the proportion of injuries caused by treadmills but also by the victims. “We were surprised by the number of pediatric injuries that we saw,” she says. “There was a pretty high incidence among kids, especially 0 to 4 years old, also 5 to 9 years old.” In many cases, kids turned on their parents’ treadmills, only to burn their hands on the fast-moving tracks or, worse, get their fingers caught in the powerful machines.

According to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) [http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/General-Information/National-Electronic-Injury-Surveillance-System-NEISS/], roughly 19,000 people went to emergency rooms in 2009 because of treadmill injuries, including nearly 6,000 children.

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Comment: Re:skating on the edge of legal? (Score 1) 249

by ancientt (#49630819) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

I'm not well versed and it sounds like you are. So is it against the law for me to get a text from a friend who says he'll give me $20 to drive him to his dental appointment? How about if I refer him to someone else I trust? Where does the line get drawn?

I'm not saying that there shouldn't be rules or laws or lines in the sand. I'm just curious what separates legal behavior from illegal behavior since I can't really tell from what I've read so far.

Comment: Re:They are burning down a city (Score 1) 202

by pnutjam (#49630311) Attached to: Inside the Military-Police Center That Spies On Baltimore's Rioters
It's a classic strawman, you are equating robbing a bank because you got speeding ticket to burning down a store that takes advantage of the community. Look at the LA riots for a clue. This is the burbling resentment that our current economic policy encourages, not the lashing out of a madman, like you claim.

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