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Comment Re:single payer health care (Score 1, Informative) 531

No it won't. Single payer healthcare in the US will be run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Security (CMS). A wretched hive of scum and villainy.

An intensely bureaucratic, irrational and bloated system that will most likely keep most of bad points about American medicine. And add a couple new ones. You think the giant insurance companies are going to go away? Of course not. They will simply shed their skins and turn into 'third party' administrators of the 'single payer'. Exactly as they do now. It will be a giant shell game. Guess who is going to win and guess who's going to lose?

We're doomed.

Comment Re:Seattle has a huge homeless population (Score 2) 121

This is tied to your Amazon (probably Prime) account (you can't get in otherwise). If you are a bad customer,we lock you out of your account.

And then you die a slow, unpleasant death. You have no access to bulk toothpaste and clever little bits of Chinese electronics. Not to mention movies and books that no one has ever heard of (for good reason). Or whatever else we tacked onto the Prime subscription last week (I keep forgetting just what it was).

-- All the best, Jeff.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm more anal-retentive than most (Score 3, Interesting) 168

Actually, this article is much ado about virtually nothing.

According to this page there were 35 million passengers through Liberty International Airport in 2014. That's about 3 million / month. 70 laptops in that pile of people is less than a tenth of a percent. Lots less.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 2) 184

You must be an American because either your history or geography is completely confused. Most Saudi Oil currently goes to Europe. If the Sauds shut down production it would upset the EU big time and then the US as collateral damage to some degree. The increase in oil prices actually would HELP a number of foreign countries like Alaska and Russia.

    But you have to remember that Saudi Arabia really doesn't have all that much else to offer the world. Being annoyed at Iran and starting proxy wars in places no one can pronounce doesn't count. If they don't pump, they don't get paid.

The Golden Rule, again.

Comment Re: Possible solution (Score 2) 94

The point here is that commodity products, even with significant functional downsides will beat more expensive specialty products most of the time.

Yes, TomToms have a better GPS chip and antenna. But the smart phone works pretty well. Yes, GoPros can survive reentry from orbit but if you're just skateboarding you don't need that sort of build quality.

GoPro lost it's niche and then was unable to push the technology (4K, 5K video, decent battery). Wild expansion into everybody else's niche probably sounded great in the Board Room. In engineering, not so much. Remember, also, that GoPro relied on commodity electronics for it's core. The video and support chips were off the shelf Chinese. Available to anyone else with some cash (or credit or VC funding).

Nothing to see here, move along.

Comment Turn it off! Turn it all off! (Score 3, Insightful) 28

Feeling cranky today but I really wish ALL of this nonsense with calendar invites would stop. People are forever 'inviting' me to meetings that I don't have to go to. Typically when I'm supposed to be doing something else. It seems that whoever designed at least iCal made no allowance for the fact that I'm not available to everyone all of the time. I have work to do. Have you meetings but leave me out of your twisted plans.

Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

Comment Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! (Score 4, Insightful) 302

An off the cuff estimate of a complicated event with virtually no precedents. Made by an entity responsible for the disaster.

I think everyone who thought about it for more than a couple of minutes was figuring to multiply the 'estimate' by a factor between 2 and 10.

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