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Comment Re:Furloughed workers (Score 4, Insightful) 346

do you REALLY want these people in charge of your healthcare? I don't.

Congrats you baited me. The Government is not in charge of your healthcare any more than the SEC is in charge of your stock portfolio. ACA created a regulated market for private insurance. The person deciding whether or not you get surgery is a medical director at a *private* insurance company. Not a government official. If anything, ACA made it harder for insurance companies to deny coverage for certain types of care. This Republican talking point is way over-played and not based on facts.

Comment Re:Furloughed workers (Score 5, Insightful) 346

Add something meaningful.

Go-live fiascos like this are quite common in the private sector. Large corporate bureaucracies can be just as bad, if not worse, than government. The difference is that this particular SNAFU is getting dissected in the press. It's a great opportunity to learn about the complexities involved when deploying large, complex, federated systems. I guarantee you there are people in the private sector pushing these articles to their corp. IT as a way to shame CIOs and CEOs into cutting the red tape, procurement hurdles, fiefdoms, and archaic development methodologies in their own organizations. If you want something meaningful from this event, learn from it rather than pointing fingers at "The Government." These are problems in most large organizations.

Comment Re:Not stupid at all (Score 1) 225

Not as authoritative as you thought:
"A coalition of electronics recyclers are disputing the Retina MacBook Pro's newly minted EPEAT "Gold" status, noting that the industrial-strength glue holding the battery in place runs afoul of rules designed to make computers easier to recycle. It turns out that the Gold rating was handed to Apple by none other than Apple itself, though EPEAT can require Apple to remove the rating after evaluating its assessment of standard criteria."

Comment Re:Nothing (Score 1) 879

Mostly enterprise planning incompetence. We have "legacy" corporate encryption and security cripple-ware that only works on XP machines... the 2-year project completed last year.

Comment Re:But it's not wrong when corporations do it! Rig (Score 1) 173

You want to be able to tell the New York Times, the BBC, Google, your local radio stations, Microsoft, all of the bloggers that ramble online, every book publisher, people who choose which songs to perform songs in bars (or used to be able to choose, before your illiberal Orwellian anti-freedom kicked in) ... you want to define freedom for them by denyin them choice.

Just so we are clear, the GP is saying that the companies above should have the freedom to reach their audiences and customers without being selectively blocked by ISPs.

Comment Re:Why fit in? (Score 1) 659

He needs a mentor that can keep up with him. Rather than focusing on high school vs. college, I'd focus on finding the best possible person to set him down a fulfilling path for his life. That teacher or mentor could be in a University or high school. Putting this kid in any classroom is like handing out the keys to a Formula 1 car. You'll want to make sure that the driver can steer this mind towards reaching its full potential (both in achievement and personal fulfillment).

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.