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Comment: Shitvertisement (Score 2, Insightful) 53

No thanks. The "Internet of Things" isn't happening, your shitty video isn't getting played, and some shitty product isn't getting my attention.
And for future reference, all thigns on the internet are things - the internet is already an internet of things.

In fact, everything is a thing, and no thing is nothing. So please go Fuck Yourselves as a Service on the Cloud you rode in on, you worthless marketing fucks.

Comment: Re:No matter how common you think it is... (Score 3, Insightful) 203

Always fucking expand the first instance of your acronym in your summary. Always.

Many of have absolutely nothing to do with Enterprise resource planning in our day-to-day lives. A lot of us don't care about a strategic business unit. Most slashdotters are in the field of making software, not babbling almost-but-not-quite-meaningless business jargon about software.

Thank you. I was confused because I didn't know what ERP and SBU meant, but thanks to your post I now know that they're just 2 more completely useless terms bandied about by PHBs.

Comment: Re:Lies and statistics... (Score 1) 565

by Shakrai (#47568823) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Pre-existing condition exclusions are required because of adverse selection. Flood insurance works the same way; you've got no coverage at all until the policy has been in effect for 30 days. If your house washes away on Day 29 you're SOL.

In any case, I didn't share my story to indict the insurance companies. It was more of an indictment of the healthcare system in general. There was one unavoidable expense: the $4,500 immunoglobulin shot. Why then did the total bill come to nearly $7,000? It came to that much because treatment was routed through the most expensive delivery system (the ER) available in our healthcare system. Why is that? The rabies series is not time sensitive, waiting a few days causes no ill effects. The taxpayers ostensibly pay for it anyway so why not just have it at the County Health Department Monday through Friday?

I try to route my healthcare through my PCP, because 1) I like him, 2) It's cheaper (both for me and society) than the alternatives. Of course, we're killing the PCP providers, they're barely paid cost as it is (less than cost for medicare patients) and there's no incentives for med students to pursue primary/family medicine as a specialty. The ACA didn't do anything to address this either, a fat lot of good having insurance for the first time is going to do you when you can't find an MD that's taking new patients.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 847

by interkin3tic (#47566623) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
I can't imagine how you got "democracy is good... but... hm... ehm... [cognitive dissonance]... except in Israel" from my post. I'm saying it SHOULD be democracy even though I won't like the result very much. I'm simply acknowledging that Palestinians aren't saints (no country is), their understanding of human rights is different than mine (again true of nearly every other country including the US), and that Palestinians aren't particularly fond of US interests (with good and obvious reasons).

If it were a true democracy, I think there would be very real safety concerns for Israeli Jews immediately. Going from one group being persecuted to the other group being persecuted isn't good. But at least that would be democracy rather than persecution WITHOUT democracy.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 847

by interkin3tic (#47566563) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
A treaty doesn't dictate reality. The US and Israel pretend Palestine is a seperate country when it suits them, but do everything possible to prevent it in reality. Look at how bent out of shape they got when Palestine wanted a seat at the UN. It's a part of Israel in reality governed by Israel and totally subject to Israel's rule, but they have no vote.

Read this and tell me why Gaza is the terrorist state.

Comment: Re:Lies and statistics... (Score 1) 565

by Shakrai (#47566549) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

That's a valid point but you kind of missed the bigger picture. With my history and health status they shouldn't be on the hook for more than $300-$500 annually. That's the cost of an annual physical and standard blood/urine lab work. All it took was one incident to largely wipe out their earnings on me and in this case the costs really weren't inflated all that much. Despite what the other poster thinks, the immunoglobulin really is that expensive. It has a very short shelf life, production is a bitch, and there's little economy of scale because it's so rarely needed. Socialized medicine won't fix any of that....

Comment: Re:Lies and statistics... (Score 5, Insightful) 565

by Shakrai (#47562169) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Yes, since the bills would be covered by insurance.

After the deductibles and co-pays. I have a "platinum" plan through my employer; better insurance than anyone else I know and the co-pays still total up to a considerable amount. No deductibles for in-network on my plan, which makes me extremely fortunate. As a single guy I can afford the co-pays even with my modest salary but I can see how quickly they would bankrupt someone with a family, particularly if said family had one or more members with a chronic illness.

Incidentally, I was just exposed to rabies a few months ago:

Strike One: The only place to get the immunoglobulin is the ER, because it's very expensive (>$4,500) and has a short shelf-life. ER co-pay: $150
Strike Two: There's a set schedule for the vaccine, Days 0, 3, 7, and 14. You can get the vaccine from your primary, in theory, but of course my primary has a months long waiting list because we're driving PCPs out of business. Bottom line, I can't get appointments with them for Days 3 or 7, so that's two more trips to the ER. Additional co-pay total: $300
Strike Three: New York State ostensibly has a fund to pay for out of pocket expenses related to rabies exposures, but they only reimburse for the rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin. Since the ER decided to give me a tetanus shot on Day 0 NYS won't reimburse me, even though my out of pocket would have been $150 with or without this extra shot. Hooray for bureaucracy!

Totaling all this up, that stupid bat that found its way into my apartment has personally cost me $465 ($450 of ER co-pays, $15 of PCP co-pay) while my insurance company is on the hook for close to $7,000. My annual premium is about $6,000. So this one incident wiped out every penny they made on me and then some. I'm an otherwise healthy 32 year old marathon runner that ought to be subsidizing those who are less fortunate. Now imagine a family of four that were all exposed to the same scenario I was.....

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 3, Informative) 847

by interkin3tic (#47560823) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
"Undue influence" is quite an understatement. Israel doesn't allow Palestinians to leave, and prevents anyone it can from entering. They're not allowed to import anything aside from life-sustaining rations Israel approves of. Israel did all it could to prevent Palestinians from voting for who they wanted to in their own elections. They're not allowed to have an army. Israel encourages extremists to take Palestinian territory with force. On top of that, Israel is attacking Palestine in an extremely one-sided conflict.

Aside from the freedom to reproduce, there doesn't seem to be much that Israel doesn't attempt to control about Palestinian life.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 176

by interkin3tic (#47560691) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
You'd suggest what? Cynicism is warranted with politics, but when it gets into resignation, then it's usually a contributor to the problem. People who would stand against the spying are too busy lamenting how the country is going to hell in a handbasket to actually demand something real. People who like their politics to be like a wrestling match in the meantime cheer on their team and let everything else get trampled.

Comment: Re:What's the market for this? (Score 2) 65

by sexconker (#47560287) Attached to: $299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

What if the ultimate goal of the design concept was not stream from a PC, but stream over the internet from a datacenter using many Tesla or other high-end nVidia GPU's in a datacenter? Think about it... the client hardware becomes thin (most importantly less expensive) and the heavy lifting is done on the server-side in the cloud. By the way, now the costs for hardware are passed onto the game publisher rather than the end-user. Transitioning from a end-user component designer to a complete game system solution provider may be very viable for nVidia's future. Gaming is where nVidia is strong, why doesn't this make sense to develop the IP for future markets and opportunities? After all, if Google or other large companies force a faster better stronger Internet fabric...we may actually see end to end latencies drop low enough and bandwidth to be high enough to do this well. Sounds like a smart plan to me.

Welcome to 3 years ago with OnLive and Gaikai.
The compression and latency make it a fucking terrible experience.

Comment: Re:doesn't matter (Score 1) 176

by sexconker (#47560183) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Not that I disagree with part #2 (that penalties are needed), but a law without penalties isn't necessarily completely useless. Right now, if I went to court to protest the treatment I'm getting, I'd get nowhere because the behavior is legal. At least making it illegal may give people some legs to stand on.

If this is even an increment in the right direction, it might not be enough, but it's more than we've been getting.

The behavior isn't legal at all, it's completely unconstitutional.

What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.

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