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Comment Re:Basica (Score 1) 623

Yup, I started with BASICA on an IBM PC, took a course at my high school's brand new modern "computer lab" (it had 6-7 PC's and a couple of them even had CGA monitors!). A few years later I taught myself C, ASM, Pascal. With that basic foundation I have no trouble understanding any new language, from Java to Lua to Python. Oh, and I program strictly as a hobby.

Comment Re:Compassion (Score 3, Insightful) 446

You misunderstand me. It's not about being "snooty", it's about professionalism. And I only speak for myself. Whether I am biased or not stays outside the exam room but first I have to realize that such bias is possible. If I was "snooty" and "special" then I could do no wrong in my own eyes anyway. That's not true. I know I am very human, so I make a special effort NOT to be biased in any way. All patients deserve the best medical care no matter what shape or size. I fail to see what is "snooty" about that attitude.

Comment Compassion (Score 4, Informative) 446

Compassion is supposed to be a hallmark trait of the medical profession. Any doctor who lets his personal beliefs get in the way of his practicing medicine in the best possible way to ANY patient - be s/he fat, thin, muslim, atheist, black, green, prisoner, retarded, or just an average joe - is a bad doctor. If a patient is obese then yes, it poses a serious health risk and a problem. My job as a doctor is not to lecture that patient or make fun of them, but to try to help them as much as I can with the tools I have at my disposal. The same for alcoholics, drug addicts, and anyone else. Because at the end of the day said behavior is usually just a symptom of a different, underlying problem.

Comment Re:Government efficiency (Score 3, Insightful) 326

When private enterprise screws up it doesn't come out of your pocket. Unless of course you're a shareholder - but then again, you knew there was risk involved in buying shares. When government screws up it comes out of your pocket whether you agree or not. And government screws up a lot more, and a lot bigger, than private companies - they can afford to! There are no consequences.

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