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Comment Re:If you like it (Score 1) 171

"If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, period". Why would you bother parsing what he said word by word. He lies, period. What he says means nothing.

Well in that case, there were some things that needed clarification. For one, the people without actual heatlhcare plans - the guys who payed their dealer in monthly installments weren't eligible to keep their plans. But the biggest issues was, the government doesn't actually control private enterprise, so they found a loophole where they could switch people off the plans they had before the cutoff (of the plans they could keep) to a brand new one with the same benefits. Then when the law came into effect the insurance companies said "oh darn, your cheap plan doesn't meet the minimum requirements, and it's too new so you can't keep it - Obama made us cancel it".

If Obama was a dictator, then he could say things about the future, but since corporations don't listen to the president, and Congress certainly isn't going to do exactly what he wants, it means the statements are what he hopes to happen - he doesn't have a crystal ball.

The president especially should be forward thinking in government - and we want him to share those thoughts with us. Since he's actually in charge of running a lot of the government, it might be a good idea to listen to him. Some speeches like this NSA one are full of weasel words, but since he's stating what the policy is going to be (at least officially), it's worth figuring out what he's saying.

Comment Re:Private enterprise to the rescue (Score 2) 292

I am sure they will ask for a rate increase to perform the maintenance that they should have been doing all along

They do one better - they charge the customers now for the line-loss as a percentage of what they use. They actually have incentive to have leaky pipes because it means they're selling more gas to the same number of customers.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 214

Isn't it illegal to secretly infiltrate a computer system and remove legal software from it?

Yes it is.

Fortunately, the software isn't exactly legal (it was illegally installed by a virus that is), and the machine isn't being secretly infiltrated (you get notified about the Malicious Software Removal if you look at the Windows Updates), so that's kind of a moot point.

Comment Battle (Score 5, Insightful) 214

No one, not even the Tor developers themselves, knew how Microsoft had gone on a silent offensive against such a big opponent and won a decisive battle

It seems pretty obvious - the people who's machine had Tor removed didn't know it was installed and weren't using it to begin with. When MS removed it, they didn't notice or complain.

Comment Re: Freakin' Riders. (Score 2) 767

I've had one in my lamp running for about a decade now. It sounds like you might have power fluctuations in your house if they keep dying. Also make sure you don't try to dim them unless they say they're dimmer safe.

Fortunately with LEDs down to a few bucks each - it's an easy choice to make these days.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 265

Well considering the Tea Party considers itself a political group, looking at groups with "Tea Party" in the same seems pretty logical. They also looked at more left-leaning groups with names that included "Progressive" or "Occupy", so the net result wasn't just right wing groups The IRS's job was to investigate all the groups, but they don't have the resources to do it. If the "mostly conservative" groups weren't getting non-profit status because of the investigations, then they were likely breaking the law since a legitimate non-profit would have no trouble.

Comment Re:Track your every move (Score 1) 257

Even with the recent cold snap here when temperatures 'as cold as Mars' our Nest never failed to start the furnace.

My thermostat also did that and it's a rolled up piece of metal that contracts and expands to complete a circuit. No batteries required! I haven't seen a thermostat that "failed to start the furnace" just because it was cold..

Comment Not sure this is a "Cave" (Score 5, Interesting) 198

With offline mode, EA can now shut down the servers that were once required while still selling the game. Since SimCity isn't subscription based, the servers are just a drain of money for them at this point since the hype died down and not many are going to pirate it.

Come a few months they'll be announcing that the online portion will be shuttered, but look forward to the next great EA release!

Comment Re:second whine (Score 1) 1043

Oh and the inevitably make 2 transactions, one in cash for all the "goodies" that you can't buy with food stamps and one for the stapes that they are allowed.

That just shows a lack of education or old technology in use. The system is designed so they can use a SNAP card to pay for the SNAP eligible items, and use cash for the rest - only 1 transaction is necessary.

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