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Comment Re:You can perform science without the government (Score 1) 474

Why would the government know better than a particular person what is in that particular person's best interest for them to do?

Because they have more information about the global picture, a longer-term view, lack that person's bias and can consult expert opinion. How many of these are actually followed would be the difference between good and bad government IMO. And if you've read about behavioural economics, then you know that people don't act in their own self-interest a lot of the time due to how our brains work and evaluate things like sunk costs, risk vs. reward or relative value.

Also, asking about a particular person's best-interest is a straw man, government is about society as a whole, and because society is made of up of lots of people with all kinds of complex interconnections, often what is best for one particular person isn't what's best for everyone as a whole. Being a criminal might be best for one person, but negative for lots of other people - and you can't just have criminals, or they have nothing to steal.

Submission + - Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us (

spiralx writes: Based on TIME Magazine's feature this month, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on May 8 the list of prices (known as the "chargemaster") of 100 common medical treatments across all US hospitals, and the prices Medicare paid for the same treatments, showing for the first time the vast discrepancies across different providers, even those within several miles of each other. Nationwide for instance, inpatient services for joint replacement vary from $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, California.

Comment Re:Functional market (Score 1) 426

How do you even define cheating in that sort of task? If I go and search for it on Stack Overflow and find a decent solution, and then I can come in and talk it through showing I understand it, is that cheating? Or evidence of a useful ability to learn new things? I'd say the latter assuming they can talk through it... my current job had this sort of offline test before my interview and it's the best place I've worked at so far :)

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