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Comment Re:Because insurance pays for them (Score 1) 629

Yep. No market pressures to lower the price. Sucks if you don't have or can't get insurance.

Am I the only one that read this as two completely contradicting statements?

No, he's saying that the insurance companies pay either a set price or don't negotiate a lower price than the maker asks. So, since people don't balk and walk away from the higher price (because insurance gets it for them), there is no incentive to lower the prices. Kind of like how the US Gov't is forbidden from negotiating down medicine prices, and consequently us Americans have to pay an arm and leg for meds. Essentially, Insurance companies decouple the supply-demand relationship by hiding the true cost to consumers.

Comment Re:Simple economics (Score 1) 128

Exactly. If I lived in the middle of the nearest city I'd have 100Mbps cable broadband. I'd also be paying twice as much to live there, have no garden, nowhere to park and lots of noise. I live out in the sticks where I get 5Mbps broadband

Wow. Maybe England would like to run the broadband to the rural areas of the US. I can barely get 1.5Mbps. And I only live two miles from town along a main road.

Comment Re:What a surprise! (Score 1) 214

My local library has paper forms, but good luck to someone that isn't smart enough to earn $25 a month to pay for the internet on figuring out those instructions. I consider myself pretty intelligent, but I still need a computer to help me through filling out those crazy forms and checking for errors.

That's why you get on the internet at the library and do your taxes there. Duh.

Comment Re:Large Deployments (Score 1) 180

I can only hope they can get Calc up to the responsiveness of 2007 Excel, especially in the area of charts and graphs. I'm a big fan of Libre, but when it comes down to interoperability between Word Processor and Spreadsheet, Word and Excel win hands down. Add to that the fact that Excel seems to do a better job with charts and visual representation of data, and that's why I prefer (for now) to do my scientific data processing with Excel.

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