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Comment Re:Technology Is Making Doctors Feel Like Glorifie (Score 4, Insightful) 322

Burn down the private healthcare industry and start over. As a society, we need to get back in touch with the basic fundamentals of what constitutes healing and caring for one another.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, has driven modern medicine so far away from the business of healing as has the insurance industry. Google the term "managed care", and weep for the days when physicians and other caregivers decided how to treat their patients. Worried about "government death panels" that decide who gets life saving care and who doesn't? Congratulations, sucker. That blatant misdirection worked on you too. In the U.S. we spend more (far more) and get less (by any credible metric) than any other industrialized nation when it comes to health care. To blame the physicians for this is absurd.

Comment I never thought I'd say this to farmers... (Score 1) 636

...who are, by and large, a remarkably conservative lot, but...
Oh, just shut up already, you whiny liberal bitches. This is the free market we're talking about here. You can't just call for the government to step in a regulate a sacred thing like that. What you should have done is shopped more carefully. If you wanted a piece of equipment you could service yourself, that's what you should have bought. The invisible hand can fix all ills. Shame on you for not wielding it more responsibly.


Comment Re:Welp... (Score 3, Funny) 282

... so much for anybody ever using a British ISP for anything. Aren't "conservatives" supposed to support corporate interests, instead of killing businesses outright?

Yes, but they're also supposed to be almost completely clueless when it comes to "all that computer stuff", so a little "mixed messaging" is to be expected.

Comment Re:It's your turn, Mr Assange (Score 3, Insightful) 289

Troll? Seriously? Look, I will stipulate that Hillary and her people did a poor job of handling sensitive communications IF you Republican fan-boy asshats will acknowledge that poor security practices are the norm in most federal agencies, including the State Department during this administration and the previous one.
Agreed? Fine. Let's move on.

So I guess we really are left with nothing but a party that is desperate to deflect attention away from the colossal embarrassment that is their presumptive nominee for president. Y'all really should hope that Hillary wins, because the damage that your boy will do the Republican brand if he actually gets elected will make your current discomfort look like the good old days. But hey, if the NRA likes him, it must be safe to support him. Right?

Comment Re: tl;dr (Score 1) 209

Only the phones get you the full, real time attention of an agent.

The people put on phone support are at the absolute bottom of the hierarchy. They are the least knowledgeable about your problem, and the least empowered to do anything about. Oh, and they also hate you.

Yeeeees... and again, that is exactly the problem - companies don't value their customers enough to properly support their products or services. How do you think it is that AT&T or Comcast are reaping record profits? It sure as hell isn't because they offer service that is superior to their "competitors".

Comment Well past time... (Score 4, Insightful) 117 move to a public utility model for telecom. Government owns and maintains the right-of-way and the copper/glass. Everybody who wants to gets to buy access to it, be it last mile or peerage

No. Please spare us the tired, "the guvamint will screw it up" argument. It's bullshit. I can show you public utility districts that make their commercial counterparts in the electrical service delivery business look like third-world pretenders. It works as well as it does for one simple reason, the district is beholden to the electorate, not shareholders.

Comment That's right, bitches (Score -1, Flamebait) 565

We take a very dim view of speech that makes us or our firearms industry masters look bad. We will take you out... er..., we will have your web site taken down without a moment's notice. Don't believe us? Just ask your Congressman why he never votes for common-sense gun safety legislation. That's right. He knows who's running the show. So just play nice and nobody gets hurt.

- Your Friends at the NRA

Comment Re:cost reduction (Score 1) 595

Closer to saving $0.005 per unit. Yes less than a penny. That jack might cost you $0.05 or a little more if you were to buy a one off, but in the 10,000s that Apple purchases them in bulk they are super cheap.

It's just a dumbass move by a dumbass company who is totally out of touch with the end user.

Hey. We resent those remarks. We are too in touch with our users. Totally. I mean, how else would we be able to get you tools to spend as much as you do on our carefully metered stream of shiny new things? We pay a LOT of attention to what makes you tick and our profits show that we're masters at it. We know what you like, baby. So take your whiny little bitch ass down to the store and buy.

--Your Friends at Apple

Comment Re:Why would I want 2 step (Score 2) 136

Actually, my phone number is one of the things I would most trust Google with. Unlike all that web data Google has on me, there are long established regulations that govern what an entity may and may not do with my phone number.

Don't be naive, Google will violate any "long established regulations", with impunity, whenever they want, to advance their core ADVERTISING business.

[citation needed]
How has Google run afoul of regulations governing mobile or wireline telephony? Right. They haven't. Given that they're Google, if they were going to behave in the manner you fear, they would have done so by now. They have not and they will not because there's nowhere near enough profit in telephony efforts compared to what they are already squeezing out of search, Android, Chrome, etc.

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