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Comment Re: Cultural ethics won't allow work-free life (Score 1) 236

A lot of people look at the VHA (which is a single-payer healthcare system in the US) and say, "I don't want that."

Apparently those are people who don't use the VA, people who use it rate it higher than private hospitals (source). Medicare patients are more satisfied than private patients as well (source). People think they "don't want that" because they have been brainwashed into thinking that any government healthcare is bad. They aren't using evidence to make that judgement, it's based solely on political ideology.

Single payer is less expensive, gives higher patient satisfaction and has better patient outcomes but we can't have it because there is big money to be made in healthcare and the politicians immediately shut down any attempt to cut out the middleman. From a businessman's view healthcare is a great business -- customers rarely have any choice on buying it, prices are very murky and complex and the consumer doesn't directly pay - there is a middleman that pays the bill (and that middleman makes a bunch of money too). People who would be better off supporting a single-payer system won't do so because they have been told by their "leaders" (who take their marching orders from business) that it will inevitably lead to a communist state. Even when congress passes something that might be useful, like Medicare part D, they prohibit the government negotiating with the pharma companies because it might cut into the profits of their corporate masters. It's infuriating to me that the handouts to healthcare businesses are so transparent yet most people act like they don't notice. Making massive profits off of people's medical misfortune should be a shameful activity but in the US it is lauded and further enshrined into law.

Comment Re:Idiotic school IT admins cause trouble. (Score 1) 74

No offense, but your nephew is very possibly guilty of the offense, no matter how you try to frame it and how "darkly" the administrator talked. There are a variety of reasons he could have attempted something like that, eliminating one motive does not mean there are no other motives. This sounds like a classic presentation of "My snowflake doing something wrong? Impossible!" syndrome (MSDSWIS to its sufferers). If it were my child, I certainly would demand to see any evidence against him but I certainly wouldn't get all huffy and threaten the administrator like your brother [in-law] did, no matter how technically accomplished I am.

Comment Re: How can we give a fuck? (Score 3, Insightful) 146

According to the article, it's so they can recall the packs. Here is the quote from the CEO:

"The first closed loop food safety system that allows us to remotely disable Produce Packs if there is, for example, a spinach recall. In these scenarios, we’re able to protect our consumers in real-time."

I don't know about you, but I have never been affected by a food "recall" and I don't know why they would anticipate such a need happening. I know there have been recalls of food (even the spinach in their example) but they are usually pretty narrow in scope and in my view shouldn't need a machine enforcing them. If you put bad spinach into your product, how about sending me an email, or calling me, or publicizing it through the media? Once I buy something I would like to do what I want with it, in most situations I no longer want the company involved. If I want to squeeze expired packets or packets from another manufacturer, that's my business.

Comment $70k? (Score 5, Insightful) 268

Wow, we're saving $70,000 over 4 years. Why would you even say something if it's such a low figure? Seriously, it's 0.000000018% of the budget. That's like a guy that makes $100k trumpeting the fact that he saved $0.0018. Less than 2/10s of a penny. I'm sure nobody expected anything different from this president, when your whole reason for getting elected is so your family and friends can loot the treasury "openness" isn't high on your agenda.

Comment Re:A good chunk is (Score 1) 133

[citation needed]. Where are you getting your data? The linked article doesn't give data like that and Uber is still private so there aren't SEC 10-k filings for them. From an accounting standpoint, Uber doesn't pay drivers, they give them the portion of the fare that the driver earned (at least in the US). Drivers are not Uber employees, they are independent contractors that have a relationship with Uber for booking and payments in the driver's taxi business. Uber doesn't recognize the portion of fares it gives to drivers as revenue, so how can you say that that money is the bulk of the loss when it wasn't revenue to begin with? You can't lose something you never had. That's like saying my bank incurred a $100 loss because I made a withdrawal.

If you have a source of data that is not public then it's not worth discussing here. If you do have a public source of data on where Uber is spending its money, I would love to see it. How much are they spending on W-2 employee salaries? Marketing? Lobbying? R&D? Inquiring minds want to know...

Comment Re:Seeing is believing (Score 4, Informative) 202

If solar panel lifetime is shorter than 15-20 years like you say, why do solar manufacturers offer warrantees for 25 years or more? For example, here is LG's warranty page for their solar panels, they guarantee that their panels will produce at least 80.2% of their rated output at the end of the 25th year. Panel lifetimes are certainly better than the "few years" that you claim.

Comment Works for me (Score 5, Informative) 113

I have been on a municipal fiber network for over 10 years and it's been great. A high bandwidth symmetrical connection with a wide choice in ISPs. Previously I had cable internet through Comcast and the network stability, level of service and price have been like night and day. Internet is pretty crucial to living in modern society, it should be treated as a utility and a basic level of service provided to each home by the government. TV, phone and internet service providers still compete for the customer's business, they just do it on a level playing field.

Comment Re: over suspected "hacking" that helped Donald Tr (Score 2) 312

Also, pay attention to "My primary beef with Trump is that HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE." which didn't factor into anything when Obama was elected. If it wasn't for double standards, some people would have none.

Obama was elected to the Illinois state senate in 1996, 1998 and 2002. He was elected to the US senate in 2004. His BA was in political science with a specialty in international relations. He graduated from Harvard Law magna cum laude and was the president of the Harvard Law review. He taught constitutional law for 12 years and worked as a civil rights attorney.

Yes, Obama had less experience than many presidents but compare that to Trump. No previous elected experience, no law experience, no previous interest in politics. The only item on his resume that even remotely resembles qualification to be president is a BS in economics from 49 years ago. What was that you were saying about double standards?

Comment Re:Madoff is small time compared to Musk (Score 1) 289

What the fuck do rare-earth metals have to do with Tesla? Their current model (Model S) uses no rare-earth metals at all.


Tesla does not use rare earth metals in our battery or motor. Typically, rare earth metals apply to DC motors, which use magnets. One of the reasons we use an AC induction motor is it does not require magnets, which often contain the rare earth metals.

Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 1) 289

GM's If investors had *any* sense, GM's P/E ratio would be 16

Maybe they are worried that GM will undergo another "restructuring" like the last one, where the current stock of the company is rendered worthless and the executives sell the assets of the company to a "new" company. The execs made plenty of money but the stockholders lost everything and the taxpayers lost around $12 billion.

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