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Comment Re:What else would you expect (Score 1) 131

In the second week of my freshman year, 1960, I had an emergency appendicitis operation. The TOTAL bill (doctor, hospital and medicine) was $750.50, and BlueCross & BlueShield paid it all. The premiums were paid by the company where I had worked. The insurance companies competed to get the company's business.

Then Nixon listened to Halderman about Kaiser's HMO's and got government into healthcare, to "save the people money". Costs have been rising and coverage falling every since. The insurance companies stopped competing and started colluding on price. They also stopped using standard mortality tables and began dividing the population up into groups based on age and previous health.

  Today an appendectomy will cost about $10K and the patient would pay anywhere between $100 copay to 50% of the total cost. Obamacare has pretty much set the premiums for a family of four living on $48K/yr at $1,200/mo or $14K/yr. The ACA amounts to a tax on employment. It penalizes those who work and funds those who become dependent on the government. Backdoor socialism, which was its main goal. The ACA will cost $2 TRILLION dollars over the next ten years. For that money we could have put a free clinic in every town in America.

Comment Re:Seen on Twitter (Score 2) 520

Same people who wanted FCC to "treat the internet like a public utility" are aghast that there's an FCC investigation into Stephen Colbert.

Somewhere on the internet, someone is crowing over their world class wit, not realising even for an instant that they have just made exactly the opposite point from the one they intended.

The best part is, no matter how many times they read this reply, they're still not going to see the problem. But they'll spend the rest of the day vaguely anxious that maybe they really are the idiot that everyone knows them to be.

Comment Re:Joking aside (Score 5, Funny) 520

Russian flaunted the artic military base treaty, Trump said nothing.

Flouted. The word you want is flouted. It means to defy unashamedly.

To flaunt something is to brandish it about. You could use it in a sentence like this:

Putin flaunted his cock to the world before holstering it triumphantly in Trump's gaping mouth.

Comment Re:The language isn't the issue (Score 2) 300

"Major Banks and Parts of Federal Gov't Still Rely On Cagey Programmers Who Never Write Decent Comments To Support Programs Instead Of Hiring People To Write Decent Comments."

It's not so much "cagey programmers" as it is over-worked programmers, especially at the State level, where computer illiterate legislators continue to dream up new legislation that puts pressure on coders to modify existing software to meet the legal demands. Except for management, most of whom are computer illiterates as well, State programmers are underpaid and over worked. Many States are having severe financial tax shortfalls, so there won't be new programmers being added to their teams any time soon. I wrote extensive documentation INSIDE my code to explain to any coder who took on my projects after I retired what I did and why I did it that way. Documentation for the users were rarely written because it was the users (clerks) whose functions I was computerizing who dictated what the GUI interface looked like and the underlying software did. If they weren't happy I wasn't happy. So, I didn't need to write documentation for them. They usually trained their replacements and the newbie clerks could ask their fellow clerks if they had questions.

The State Dept of Revenue in the midwest state where I worked have been using a mainframe running COBOL for almost 50 years. About a dozen years ago the suites decided to deploy Oracle as a "replacement". Now they have two database systems and Ellison lies awake nights thinking how to charge more for existing installations. Oracle has ended up costing more in the last decade than the COBOL system has in the last half century. Now they are stuck with Oracle and the taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

Comment Re:Never understood the Ubuntu hate... (Score 2) 374

If memory serves, the initial attitude towards Ubuntu was positive. It was an easy to install and use distro for non-systems type users and newbs. I think the hatred set in when they adopted Gnome 3, and later, systemd.

Actually, I believe it began with Unity. That was when Canonical began pushing unripe features faster than they themselves could manage them, and the number of downstream bugs gave rise to what Shuttleworth calls the 'hate'. It wasn't hate. It was a bunch of us who just got tired of being rejected out of hand, and who couldn't get mission-critical bugs fixed through normal channels:

Canonical have stopped listening and – more importantly – working with the community. The number of defects is growing, but Canonical’s response is to make it harder for mere mortals to submit bugs. They seem to think that strong guidance is needed for their product to grow in new and interesting ways. Fair enough, but they’re confusing leadership with control. They’re simply imposing their views because they don’t value the discussion. They’re treating criticism as opposition and shutting themselves off from valid feedback.

Full disclosure: I was completely wrong in my estimation that this behaviour was going to kill the company quickly. I was not completely wrong that it rendered them irrelevant to a lot of us.

Comment Re:Netflicks? (Score 1) 71

People still pay for that stuff? Why?

You do know there are streaming sites out there which remove all the commercials, offer closed captioning, and a selectable quality from 360p-1080p.

I would be totally cool with a working Netflix plugin for my linux-based Kodi installation. I have no problem handing Netflix a tenner every month just to get reliable access to the content they host.

Comment Re:There's no law... (Score 1) 171

There's no law against using an email alias. Why is anyone even talking about this?

Er, because the NY Attorney General is accusing Exxon of contempt of court (though it's up to the judge to rule) because they were using deliberate tactics to obscure official emails from legal discovery.

But yeah, why would anyone want to make a big deal about someone sending and receiving official emails through unofficial channels? I mean, it's not like they should be locked up for it or anything.

Comment Re: Not surprise in the least... (Score 1) 457

...there is nothing un-American about weighing such evidence as we have and leading chants of "Prosecute Her"....

Again, I would agree. If that's what they'd chanted. But it wasn't. The chanters are the people I have no truck with. I applaud anyone with a healthy scepticism toward the application of the law in America... as long as they're focused on fixing the system rather than bringing its injustice and inequity to bear on a different (class of) victim.

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