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Comment Re:Probrem! (Score 1) 696

My point was about the code pinkers and Cyndi Sheehan types who were protesting both wars and now can't be found anywhere.

Since Obama's inauguration, Cindy Sheehan has been arrested twice in front of the White House for protesting. She's demonstrated outside of his vacation home in Martha's Vineyard, and was doing the same on the streets of Oslo when he was getting the Nobel Prize. Code Pink is still protesting; I can easily find a reference to them doing so last Halloween in front of the White House.

Now ask yourself; is the problem with the protesters going away, or is the problem with the news media?

Comment Re:Mixed feelings (Score 2, Informative) 2424

Well under the current system they are either turned away or forced to pay some exorbitant amount.

Actually, under the current system they are turned away if their condition isn't dire. Otherwise, they get treated and billed an exorbitant amount. Usually they are unable to pay, so in most cases the hospital has to eat the cost, but they'll try to defray it by raising the rates that they're charging the insurance companies, which gets passed on to the rest of us.

Comment Re:Not until 2014 (Score 5, Informative) 2424

But there are provisions that will take place immediately -- things like making sure that young children can't be denied from a new plan due to a pre-existing condition, prohibit dropping people from a plan when they get sick, letting dependents stay on their parents' policies until the age of 26, adding tax credits to small businesses to allow for coverage purchase. It would be pretty easy for Democrats to spin taking those things away as a bad thing.

Comment Re:healthcare debate (Score 2, Informative) 999

There's one thing I noticed in the health care debate, none of the Democrats proposed voters get the same health care as congress gets.

Actually, Congress uses an insurance exchange system (the FEHBP) that serves as the model for the Democrat's health care overhaul -- the FEHBP has a variety of plans in the exchange, and they can pick the one that best suits their needs. In fact, the Democratic plan actually states Congress and their staff will have to move from the FEHBP to the main insurance exchanges.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 965

I disagree, and the usability bugs I currently have open on Apple's bug tracking system agree with me.

I love the fact that your corroborating witness here are your own bug filings. It's actually less compelling than "I'm totally right, because my mom agrees with me."

Not to pick on you, because I basically agree with your point, but I found that statement rather humorous.

Comment Re:Houston Has Similar Plans (Score 5, Informative) 456

A real "nerd" would recognize that the distinction between city and town is essentially a nebulous one, and do more research to determine what the distinction would be before calling something an "elementary mistake" or labeling people they don't know a "sensationalist manipulator".

For example, in the US, the designation of "city" is controlled by state laws, and as such is determined by any of a number of factors, such as type of government or incorporation status of the community. Vermont has nine cities, the smallest of which has fewer than 3000 people.

Comment Well, it paid off...she has a job now (Score 4, Informative) 1251

Just found this article in which the "Ski Channel" is going to offer her a job:

"Either Ms Thompson is a cunning out of the box thinker and we want her," said Bellamy, "or she isn't, and her position would not last long. Either way, the law suit would no longer be clogging up the courts because there are now no damages."

Comment Re:Let it die. (Score 1) 554

- destruction of diversity in radio broadcasting (something the music industry ironically pushed for) via the death of media ownership regulations mid-'90s

Wrong. Radio hardly has any influence on what music people listen to these days.

I'm not sure that's true -- I actually think the ownership regulations have affected the music being produced. I look at it this way: after the Telecommuncations Act of 1996, companies like ClearChannel now could own stations across the country. In order to lower their costs, they would program all stations of a certain genre out of a central location. Hence, in order to get heard on a ClearChannel station, you can't appeal to local tastes and rely on a good set of customers in just, say, the Southeast markets; instead the music needed to be something that would appeal from Albany to Abilene to Anchorage. When a record company is aiming for as wide a market as possible, they're going to end up going for simpler melodies and sounds to avoid turning people off.

So, in order to get airtime across the country, you're going to tend to push rather pedestrian music. I think this is also why record companies have started pushing fewer artists in the last decade -- it's just not cost-effective to do more variety when every single artist needs to be marketed nationwide.

It all stems from the radio ownership rules. Even if radio no longer influences tastes directly (which might actually just be a case of the tail wagging the dog), it doesn't mean it doesn't have an influence on what's being produced.

Comment Re:Damn! What a shame! (Score 2, Insightful) 834

They do use the digital. Believe me, they're watching the numbers for iTunes, Hulu, and DVRs. And if those numbers are strong, they can help (signs are that they helped Joss make his case for Dollhouse). But fundamentally, Internet and DVRs don't bring the ad revenue, and that's where the network's bread is buttered.

Comment Re:I[t]'ll be back.. (Score 4, Insightful) 834

They gave Dollhouse another season because although the people watching the show live were pretty low, the number of people watching the show on DVR, iTunes, and Hulu were big and kept growing. More importantly, Joss convinced them that he could do the show for less money, and had an episode that he'd basically put together for free to seal the deal.

Everyone says it's because Firefly turned out to be huge after the fact, but I doubt that would have swung the guys at Fox if they weren't able to see a real increase in the bottom line.

Comment Re:Google Maps to calculate costs (Score 2, Insightful) 1137

The amount you pay in state and federal taxes isn't going to change based on which commuting option you take. So, they're treating it as a sunk cost in that comparison, which seems reasonable.

Your point about the cost of owning and maintaining the car would be a better one, but if I recall correctly, Google's cost values are based on allowable tax deductions (and as such are probably already on the low side).

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