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Comment Re:Tinfoil hats! (Score 1) 91

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Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 1) 79

Probably quite difficult. That said, miles probably don't mean what you think they mean. United has three categories of air miles:
  • Lifetime flight miles are the total number of miles that you've flown. These count towards your million mile status (when you get enough in this category, you get status for life).
  • Premiere qualifying miles. These are the number of miles that you've flow, with a few small tweaks, which count towards your premiere status for the next year (25K for silver, 50K for gold, and so on).
  • Award miles. These expire if you don't fly with them for a while (18 months, I think), accumulate roughly in proportion to the number of dollars you spend with them (with a multiplier for your premiere status) and can be used to buy flights, upgrades, and so on.

I believe that this person was given 15 million award miles. That doesn't mean that he can use them to fly a million miles. For example, a transatlantic flight (around 2.5-6K miles, depending on the route) booked with award miles costs either 30K or 60K (depending on whether you want a guaranteed flight or a chance to be bumped). And you still need to pay airport taxes for the trip (likely around $100-150). If you want to upgrade to business class, I think it's another 20K miles and a $500 fee.

That said, 15M award miles is probably enough that he'd never need to pay full price for a flight ever again. It's enough for 125 transatlantic round trips, which is a lot more than most people take in a lifetime (though some people obviously do: you can spend all of those miles without reaching million miler status).

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Comment Re:Windows 10 is a virus according to your definit (Score 1) 259

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To be honest, I don't miss Windows anything since I have been running Linux (now Fedora 24 KDE spin) for well over seven years and although I do play computer games I am quite happy with my backwards compatible PS3 (it still works) and my PS4. Also, I have yet to find an MS Windows application that I can't find a Linux equivalent for.

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Comment Re:It's a dispute between zebra specialists. (Score 1) 295

A fine theory, except that Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy isn't regular child abuse.

Numbers are hard to come by, but unlike 'regular' child abuse it looks like it's on the order of perhaps a couple hundred per year. It seems like a "zebra" no matter who is looking at it (judge or doctor.)

I mean just think about this for a second. Most people do not like hanging around in hospitals and doctors' offices, and within that strange group we're looking at a further subset of people who are willing to poison their own child just for the pleasure of doing exactly that (plus the occasional sympathy hug and Hallmark card, presumably.)

Correlation of symptom severity and the mother's visits is extremely weak for a variety of reasons (not the least of which is confirmation bias.) Unless there's some other dramatic piece of evidence that hasn't come out yet, this appears to be a rather large fuckup, not an easy-to-make mistake fueled by a little too much self-righteousness.

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