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+ - What's wrong with American health care-> 1

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "1) Americans pay way, way, way more for health care than anyone else
2) We pay doctors when they provide lots of health care, not when they provide good health care
3) Half of all healthcare spending goes towards 5 percent of the population
4) Our health insurance system is the product of random WWII-era tax provisions
5) Insurance companies have small profit margins
6) Getting health care in the United States is dangerous
7) One third of healthcare spending isn't helping
8) Obamacare is not universal health care"

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Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 0, Flamebait) 513

by walterbyrd (#47801745) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

In general, there are 4 stages to Islamic conquest.

1) When they are a tiny minority they only want to live, and worship, in peace.

2) Once they are a bigger minority, they start demanding special laws to respect their religion and culture. This is happening in many European nations right now. These special laws may directly oppose fundamental rights in western countries.

3) Once they are a sizable minority: they drop the mask, and the gloves come off. Time to violently overthrow the existing religion and culture. This has been going on throughout Islamic history. This is going on in Thailand right now.

4) Once Muslims are in charge, it is no different than any other mid-east nation.

Even getting to stage 2 is too much for many Americans. Lots of Americans do not want to give up stuff like freedom of speech, or freedom of press, freedom of religion.

+ - Feds creating database to track hate speech on Twitter->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project."

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Comment: "Paleolithic diets" now vs then (Score 3, Interesting) 281

by walterbyrd (#47752289) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

I doubt so-called "Paleolithic diets" are anything like people ate during that.

For example, people ate fruit then, but it was seasonal, and very different from the fruit we eat today. Same with veggies. The stuff we eat is nothing like the stuff that grew in the wild.

Also, people during that age were not especially healthy. They probably died in their 40s.

The Arctic Inuit may not have high blood pressure, but what about other diseases? Is there average life span any longer than ours?

Then there is the question of physical activity. During the stone age, getting too fat and/or being too inactive, were probably the least of your worries.

Are we really willing to give up coffee, or salt on our foods?

Comment: I am not seeing faster startup or shutdown. (Score 1) 811

by walterbyrd (#47751041) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I have two desktops: one is running centos 6.5, the other was running centos 6.5, and is now running centos 7.0.

I am not seeing any improvement in startup, or anything else, with Systemd.

OT: Centos 7.0 interface (gnome3) is *far* worse than the centos 6.5 inface (gnome2).

Just my experience.

+ - Microsoft Admits Keeping $92B Offshore to Avoid Paying $29B in US Taxes-> 3

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft Corp. is currently sitting on almost $29.6 billion it would owe in U.S. taxes if it repatriated the $92.9 billion of earnings it is keeping offshore, according to disclosures in the company’s most recent annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount of money that Microsoft is keeping offshore represents a significant spike from prior years, and the levies the company would owe amount to almost the entire two-year operating budget of the company’s home state of Washington."
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Comment: Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (Score 1) 159

by walterbyrd (#47725687) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

> Do you honestly think, if Linux was superior to Windows in all the right ways, it would have achieved something better than single digits in terms of desktop usage?

Mostly it's about apps. Windows hugely wins on apps. Since windows has the huge majority of market share, everybody writes apps for windows. Nobody runs a PC just to run the OS.

> The issue of use goes further ahead than just clicking an icon. What if you try to go to a web site with a particular Flash widget you want to use, but it fails to work because it requires at least Flash 13 and the main Linux Flash plugin was abandoned at Flash 11? Yes, this is a problem at times that does occur. Maybe not for you, but it has for me and my wife.
> Or what about if you can't print in borderless mode because the people who made the printer drivers for your printer in Linux didn't add a GUI option for it?

Minor annoyance. Windows has tons of them.

> In Windows 8 the desktop is still there, the desktop conventions are still there.

Windows 8 is completely different, and it sucks. That is not just my opinion. Sales have been in the toilet, even with MS trying to force it on everybody.

> You can find Windows admins a dime a dozen, and with that selection on offer it's easy to pick the good ones as well. I don't know ANYONE who uses Linux as a primary desktop operating system, much less admins available.

Sorry about your ignorance. I used Linux desktop at my last job - a contract job at IBM. I know lots of people who use Linux desktop.

> Why must we keep explaining this? Can't you just accept Linux, on the desktop, has deficiencies?

And Windows doesn't? You MS shills just keep parroting the same crap you did ten years ago. "Linux is sooooo hard to use" etc. Ten years ago, maybe you had something of a point. Lots has changed since then. Desktop Linux has become much better, and windows has gotten much worse.

> Not all of those are of its doing, but rather Microsoft's dominance, but they do add up to make it less desirable than Windows for most people regardless. Just accept this as a fact of life and fucking MOVE ON already.

WTF are you posting about? I was asking what is hard to use about Linux. In Linux you launch your apps, and close your apps, in very much the same way as has been traditionally done in Windows, or MacOS. You MS shills constantly blather on about Linux being so difficult, as you have to be a software engineer to use Linux. But you cannot really defend your silly memes.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)