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Comment Re:"COMPLICATIONS OF SURGERY", i.e., they fucked u (Score 2, Insightful) 139

As usual. More than 88,000 people die in US hospitals each and every year for reasons that have nothing to do with why they were in the hospital. OBAMACARE! AT! WORK! and this is what Trump WILL FIX!

Quite possibly. No one who doesn't make a six figure salary or work for Congress or the Executive Branch will be able to afford to get into a hospital in the first place. Trump will remove the onerous regulation of treating everyone regardless of their ability to pay and replace it with the old timey wallet biopsy.

That alone should cut health care costs significantly.

Comment Re: definitions? (Score 5, Informative) 257

You're thinking direct computer hardware. Nebraska is thinking tractors and farm equipment. Locking farmers into long term hugely expensive repair contracts on absolutely critical pieces of equipment has become the norm for many "tractor" companies. When one piece of equipment costs millions and you need to spend thousands or more to recalibrate after some common mishap or loose your harvest then it's not so trivial.

This. Why do you think it's starting in Nebraska?

There are quite a few electronic objects out there that having nothing to do with Microsoft or Sony. There is a huge outcry amongst farmers and small industries with the trend towards essentially leasing complex expensive equipment even if you buy it. Farmers have been sued for the temerity of trying to fix their own gear. For John Deere stuff, you could not even buy parts that just plug into the system - they had to be 'installed' by the dealer. When they could get around to it.

IIRC, Deere got some really bad press about that a awhile back and at least lets you plug things back in (that you buy at the Deer store). It is a much larger problem than a dead X-box.

There are more things, Horatio, then are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Comment You've got to wonder (Score 0) 52

If these are 'real' drones or just the latest Unidentified Flying Object. Since there are very few truly unambiguous reports of drone incursions into airspace and virtually no proven drone strikes it is really, really unclear just what this represents.

More drones flown by idiots? Sure, that's a pretty reasonable interpretation. Good luck trying to fix stupid.

A new punching bag for anything floating around in the airspace?

Aliens?

Personally, I blame Trump. If he can take credit for the National Debt to drop 0.02% in his first month of office, he can take the heat for this.

Comment Re:Pirate vs. Entrepreneur? (Score 1) 103

Yep. Just look at any Police / Law Enforcement magazine. All sorts of things you can't (easily, legally) get. Those really cool looking H&K automatics that various Government Nasties run around with - you get the semi auto version. And the little clip. Useless in a firefight against Zombies.

Flash bangs. Cell phone intercepts. MVRAPS.

Makes you jealous, it does.

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