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Submission + - Obamacare repeal has gig economy worried (

dcblogs writes: Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement leaves some 18 million without health insuance in the first year alone, the Congressional Budget Office warned Tuesday. Millions more will lose insurance later on. The estimate includes independent, or gig, workers who use Fiverr's job marketplace. "The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is incredibly important," said Brent Messenger, Fiverr's global head of community. A wholesale repeal of the ACA, or Obamacare, will not only "negatively impact our marketplace but the gig economy as a whole," he said. Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump are promising an Obamacare replacement, but so far they haven't delivered it. That is making people nervous, because some of the ACA's provisions — including coverage for pre-existing conditions — are very important, especially to older independent workers, Jane Langeman, an independent management consultant and president of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), "Many of us are on our second-career as independent business owners and have a lot of life and pre-existing conditions under our belts," said Langeman. "The Affordable Care Act made it easier for business owners to even get health insurance, especially when faced with pre-existing health conditions," she said.

Comment Re:Shudder. (Score 1) 189

That's all fine and dandy until the day comes at MSFT stops maintaining the WSL subsystem and/or lets subtle incompatibilities creep in.

Bring it up with Microsoft? What do Windows app developers do when Wine doesn't run their application correctly?

How does it compare to offering a build linked against the Cygwin library?

Zero extra work and no need for a separate box or VM, and a Windows licence, to test the build.

Comment Re:Shudder. (Score 4, Insightful) 189

Sounds horrible to me. Why bother?

Not sure what MS' motivation is, but it's good news for a lot of scientific software developers. Small teams or single researchers rarely have enough time to even keep the main development going, never mind keeping up with multiple OS targets. With this everybody can simply focus on Linux, and tell Windows users to just run it under the Linux layer and stop asking about a native port.

Comment A "mutual obligation" ? (Score 1) 405

But last month a U.S. district judge ruled that Ivey and his partner had a "mutual obligation" to the casino, in which their "primary obligation" was to not...

I wonder if this judge also believes that casinos have a "mutual obligation" to problem gamblers to make sure that they're not gambling money intended for other purposes? Because the way I always notice the headlines, it's usually "Man embezzles funds, gambles it all away at the casino." No one ever seems to ask the casino for that money back.

This is just another way of the innate bias in the legal system - where corporations, no matter how sleazy their business practices, get different rules.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 3, Interesting) 205

A programmer who knows nothing beyond the likes of those is not well rounded and better get adjusted to the idea of being a galley slave for their entire career.

If you aspire to the boardroom, I strongly suggest you learn a bit of PowerPoint, excel, and basic business understanding, The language used at that level is all P/L calculations, by which I don't mean PL/I, but "Profit and Loss".

Insofar as fad languages are concerned, their main problem besides their terrible tool support, microscopic communities, non-existent code/library base to solve common problems, and lack of a clear niche that really only they fill best - is that the vast majority of actual programming work lies in understanding requirements and coming up with a reasonable set of approaches, designs, and patterns to fill them. For that, you don't need intellectual masturbation. You need to be smart and experienced enough to actually understand how to create a fully realized architecture actually capable of working, and not immediately falling over under load (with inscrutable error messages).

Really, the only use that so many different hobby languages provide is a form of job lock-in, and a gateway keeping out people who aren't smart enough to solve the company's real problems.

// Senior/Enterprise Architect

Comment Re: Scientists and doctors.. (Score 1) 296

No, the cheapest test for whether something is viral is telling patients to never go to a doctor until after they've been sick for 10-14 days.

Are you nucking futs, Anonymous coward? I'm currently on penicillin treating strep throat. I went to the doc after 2 days with a sore throat. Pus on my tonsils was a bit of a giveaway. If I'd waited 14 days the infection would be in my ears and I'd be battling rheumatic fever...

Comment Re:Correction... all AMERICAN millennials (Score 4, Informative) 495

I'm not bitching about white people. I am one. But when 20% of Trump voters openly believe that getting rid of black slavery was a bad idea, these people putting Trump over the top, I'm not going to pretend that it's not a fact.

Taking note of racists and racist attitudes isn't itself racist, guy. And trying to pretend that it is, is obvious projection on your part. So I'll let others decide who is in fact the racist pile of shit in this conversation.

Comment Correction... all AMERICAN millennials (Score 2, Insightful) 495

Worldwide, millennials are doing great. The World Bank Forecasts Global Poverty to Fall Below 10% for First Time.

The problem for Americans is that we can't exactly ask the Chinese to go back to having 45 million people starve to death in a new "Great Leap Forward", no matter how much taking their labor skills off the capitalist market might improve the labor demand for unskilled white Trump voting high-school dropouts. Globalism is a bitch if you were used to getting a free ride.

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 119

This is why when strangers photograph me, I flip them the bird, not a peace sign. Then they don't get my fingerprint, since it is not facing them.

Most parts of your skin has distinctive, unique patterns. You can get a unique print from your elbow, wrist, knuckles, knees... And you tend to leave such marks around too, if less commonly than fingers.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 119

Finger prints are fine for identification, not verification. They're your username, not your password. If you do use them like that they are not dangerous.

But of course nobody does; US, Japan and other countries all use fingerprints to verify the password identity for instance. And as a result they catch multiple people here in Japan every year that entered the country with fake fingerprints. And since they just catch people that happen to get arrested for some other reason, it probably means there's hundreds entering the country using other peoples' ID and fingerprints each year.

Comment Re:How much bandwidth per plane and how meany AP's (Score 5, Insightful) 71

The legacy carriers need to massively reform, particularly United.

The *are* reforming. The majority of the flying public have made it clear that the most important thing to them is low fares. They'd love blankets and pillows and hot meals and leg room but they're not willing to pay for it - They just sort by price in Expedia and book the cheapest option.

So United and Delta and everyone else are reforming to meet that need: They offer a rock-bottom product with no services, and then allow people to buy the services they want, a la carte. Want leg room? Buy up into Economy Plus. Want a hot meal? Buy it off the menu. Want to check a bag? Pay $X. Indexed to the cost of fuel + inflation, you're still paying less today even with all the a la carte items than you were 25 years ago.

Comment Re:How much bandwidth per plane and how meany AP's (Score 1) 71

Have you seen their latest effort in the race to the bottom (sub-economy seating like Spirit)??

You mean by copying what Delta rolled out three years ago?

The services are the same as Spirit - United's 'seating' is exactly the same as it's been for years.

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