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Comment: Re:That would be a nightmare. (Score 1) 190

Point taken ;-)

I have reluctantly become a regular Facebook user because it is my only interface to certain "groups" that I participate in. Having it available as such has been very important to me.

I am greatly concerned that Facebook knows so much about me, but I don't know of any alternative that isn't similarly a panopticon.

But if you've kept your life off of Facebook, et al, my hat's off to you, sir.

Comment: Asperger's Geeks (Score 2) 190

Something tells me that this will be used to make Asperger's geeks into pariahs even more than they already are. It will make the already enormous pressure to conform to the group 100x heavier than it already is. Suicides will occur because people are embarrassed by their "timeline".

Comparing "timelines" could make body image issues look like child's play.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599

by rock_climbing_guy (#49136623) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
It sounds like I haven't reached you. Insurance companies share some of the blame, but insurance is simply one way of paying for healthcare. The insurance will always be stratospherically expensive as long as the health care that it must pay for is expensive. In a way, the insurance companies enable the charging of high prices by not pushing back harder against unscrupulous providers who charge high prices.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599

by rock_climbing_guy (#49130921) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
As someone who opposed the ACA, I would say that it is a huge failure because it did nothing to stop the increase of premiums to stratospheric levels. Today, I am paying nearly $700 per month for a family of three to have a policy with a $4000 per person, $8000 per family deductible, plus co-insurance.

That's right: I must pay over $12,000 in premiums and deductibles before my insurance will cover a single penny of my health expenditures, and my "patient responsibility" can reach up to $20,000 per year with co-insurance added on.

I wrote a bit about what I think is the best solution to the problem. You can see my remarks here:

TL;DR; PPACA isn't working to make healthcare because it doesn't address the fact that unethical companies are charging inflated prices for healthcare products and services.

Comment: Why hire someone to contribute? (Score 1) 130

For those of you in the know, I have a question. I understand that some companies do pay their people to work on the Linux kernel on company time.

Why do they do this? On the one hand, they may have some profitable use for the Linux kernel, but on the other hand, Linux is GPL'ed, so they are effectively giving away the work to the world at large. That may be fine for Joe Average volunteer kernel developer, but why would a company want to contribute to a public project like so?

Comment: Re:FDA due for reform (Score 1) 80

by rock_climbing_guy (#49053205) Attached to: Unearthing Fraud In Medical Trials
I understand that there are risks involved and the benefits are dubious, but I'm one of those odd-ball whackjobs who thinks that it isn't Uncle Sam's business what foods I choose to eat. Maybe in a few more generations, people like me will die out and we'll have a docile population of people who do what they are told without question.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.