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Comment Re:millennials/college (Score 1) 257

The other problem is they were sold a bill of goods that says you HAVE to have a traditional 4 year degree, to get a job.

Certainly sold that along with their parents.

In the early 70's, my HS counselor was asking me what college I wanted to go to. I told him I didn't really want to go to a "normal" college and learn all the crap they make you learn. He asked what I really wanted to do. I told him I LOVED playing around with electronics. He said how about a technical college.

Wow - you gotta be my doppleganger! The only real difference was I took both the Technical route plus the Academic classes - which they tried to discourage. "You're such a smart boy, Ol! If you do this, some peopel will think you are stupid." Tough, says I. I was a real oddball, thinking of alternative career paths even in High school.

Today, getting a 4 year BS degree can leave you in such debt, and the jobs in some markets if you can find one in your degree field, pay squat, forcing some to have 2 jobs, 3 jobs, just to pay rent (that is if they move out of mom & dads).

Many graduate with the equivalent of a modest house mortgage. And unless you are in one of the few really good paying fields, you better be prepared to make maybe 30 K a year.

Everyone complains about "big oil" big pharma" etc, but this country needs to have a SERIOUS discussion about "big college". A major university can pay their presidents way over 6 figures, over 7 for their sports coaches, professors earn a ton, sometimes using teacher aids to actually teach the class because they are too busy writing books and what not. Universities are nothing more than money generating.

As the research money passed from places like Bell Labs to Universities, much of the drain started. Now they are in competition with each other not only for research money, but compete for The pay at the top, for buildings, for sports of course, and are at this point teetering with top-heaviness.

They have squeezed that turnip as far as it can be squeezed. Graduating with 80-100K of debt, and trying to start life as an adult on the meager pittance most degrees afford is simply a non starter any more.

And a note to the Universities. Those things that you are really interested in, the sports stadiums and coaches that must be paid millions, and fleecing fans you extract more and more from every year. Here's something that might make you shit your Kalvin Klines. Who is going to make the millions in donations to your football programs, and give your universities special "gifts" in order to pay the face value of your sason tickets and come to your stadion and pay the crazy prices just to park and get shit faced? When they don't make enough total money a year to pay for one season?

Your product just isn't worth it, and in many places attendance is showing, as the crowds grow positively ancient, and teh new crop of fans aren't showing up. This cash cow is dying from being overmilked and underfed.

Comment Re:Healthcare Reagan style (Score 2) 184

True. The problem of course, is that very often the traits that make for a good physician are not those that make for a good social conservative. Doctors do have a tendency to want to treat sick people.

For free? No, for cold, hard cash. A doctor still works in his self interest. Don't kid yourself, we all have to eat. You just want to eat on someone else's dime.

Oh so very clever, to take may statement and say that I'm saying that Doctors work for nothing.

That is so incredibly weak, most trolls wouldn't think of it.

This is going to be shocking, so cover the kids ears.

Not everyone adheres to the concept of I don't give a fuck unless I'm getting wealthy, and if you don't pay me, you can FOAD. Some people are actually nice to others without being paid for it. That doesn't mean they don't want paid, it just means that they don't connect the two.

And don't for a minute thing that the farthest right leaning social conservative doesn't have a bucket list of things that people are supposed to do for them on others dimes.

Comment Re:Selling for $5B is sexist (Score 1) 184

And... how is it doing now? The poorest people I know are still getting no health care for themselves-- their employers give them fewer than 33 hours so that they don't have to subsidize it-- and you can't pay for even the cheapest plans on $30,000. At least their kids are on CHIP.

Obamacare has been given enough time to have results, and all it's done is tax the middle and lower class. Obamacare is a failure.

First off, there is no doubt that Obamacare sucks. Then you have to ask yourself why.

It's a bastardized system, this Romneycare, that tries to apply greed to a system that shouldn't be run by greed.

Any system that requires profit via healthcare is doomed to failure by it's very nature. When you need higher profits the next quarter, and when you can profit largely be making expenditures go away, it simply isn't going to work.

I'm a firm believer that there are some things in this world that show how unbridled greed makes them run well. And I believe that the US healthcare system is starting to show that we are the big powerful nation that can't. - any more. The profit model doesn't work so weell in matters of life and death.

So under our healthcare, and especially under the way it was heading, the adage of "die quickly" wasn't anything other than the profit model, as when people die off before they can extract money from the system, the system profits. As much as some opponents of that pejorative might have bristled, it is a path to profit.

Comment Re:Selling for $5B is sexist (Score 1) 184

The reason most of the healthcare costs are the way they are because of what we used to lovingly call hillarycare.

Jeebuz christa on a pogo stick. Your post is just like people blaming President Obama for world war 2 Thanks for playing, I have no need to read any posts that blame the healthcare Issues on a person who didn't have a gaddamned thing to do with them.

Now get bact to infowars, because next you'll tell us that the Clintons, th eO'bamas, and FDR have time machine where they go back in time to make certain things are all fucked up

Comment Re:It's one study... (Score 1) 47

Wait for independent duplication

Well, the study took 10 years, so hopefully there are others going on in parallel. Because that's some pretty slow progress on a real bane of a problem.

What is fascinating is that this might now extend the "All of your problems are your own fault" crowds finger pointing to the final frontier - dementia.

It even seems like a plausible premise, that using the mind keeps it healthy, but it could very well mimic a slow cognitive decline. If a person disengages from intellectual activity, it might just be that they were already naturally declining anyhow.

anyhow, if it is true, I shouldn't have much problem - since retirement I've taken on many new mental endeavors. Tho' some think I am already demented.

Comment Re:Healthcare Reagan style (Score 1) 184

This was, interestingly, a Reagan initiative: the law that hospital emergency rooms cannot turn away patients simply because they cannot pay. (Reagan was not quite as heartlessly libertarian as he is now portrayed.)

This was the single most expensive government-imposed healthcare mandate ever passed in the US. Obamacare (or, as you call it with some accuracy, Romneycare) is more or less just a tweak to try to ameliorate some of the side effects of that law.

True. The problem of course, is that very often the traits that make for a good physician are not those that make for a good social conservative. Doctors do have a tendency to want to treat sick people.

My guess if that the emergency room initiative hadn't gone through, that Doctors Without Borders would have most of it's operations inside the US, as we would need it.

Comment Re:Selling for $5B is sexist (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Wow! A whole 10%! What a disaster...oh by the way, you were subsidizing the poors healthcare anyway. Where do you think it came from? The magic fairy tree?

For all of the bluff and bluster of the anti-Romneycare folks, the USA was in a positive feedback loop of the poorest using emergency rooms as basic healthcare - the most expensive healthcare in the world. The costs were passed up the foodchain, and as you note, subsidized by us via larger insurance premiums. What was happening was as the premiums were increasing the people who were increasingly unable to afford healthcare was increasing, which was moving more to the emergency room model of healthcare, which was then charged upwards .......

The health insurance system in use was going to die in a few years, and we would have ended up with the weirdest Universal healthcare system imaginable.

Comment Re:thats (Score 2) 184

1) Fiorina has not declared bankruptcy. 2) HP did not declare bankruptcy under Fiorina. 3) Hillary Clinton has not had to declare bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, Trump has had four bankruptcies and is the subject of multiple class action suits over the scam that was Trump University.

If the only choice is between a disaster that doesn't bankrupt the country and an apocalypse that does, I'll take the disaster.

Agreed. It is the height of dumbshittedness for males to point to any female top executive that has failed or is failing and declare that is some sort of proof that females cannot lead or are otherwise unsuited because of their gender.

Certainly Yahoo's problems were well in place before Mayer ever showed up.

Fiorina is a bad CEO, as witnessed by her trying to make her way as a political candidate, where many of her traits that caused problems at HP have shown up, which is an inability to alter course or change her mind when given irrefutable proof that she is wrong. Which is not remotely a female trait - history is littered with men with the same issue.

And who would even know about Clinton? Once you have that last name, there are people who will attempt to use any infraction and amp it up, and take much worse actions performed by their preferred political leaders and outright ignore them. Interestingly enough, before she showed presidential aspirations, she was generally admired and dare we say liked by Republican colleagues. Now Behghazi is called the worst disaster ever, ignoring the orders of magnitude more embassy attacks and deaths during the first 8 years of this century, and what was at best a security violation now merits a call for imprisonment, the attack dogs just make it difficult to assess her actual performance.

But back to the subject, given that the vast number of bankruptcies and poor business management is performed by males, it probably isn't a good idea to point at Mayer and declare Yahoo's problems at base are because she is female.

Comment Uh huh (Score 2) 92

A Glassdoor spokesperson said "We are extremely sorry for this error. We take the privacy of our users very seriously

No you don't you stupid assholes. Because you just showed how frivolously you take their privacy by telling the world who they are, in as mindlessly careless a way as can be imagined.

May all of your employees find new jobs, and may you go out of business in as humiliating a way as possible.

Comment Re:Cool, now just wait. (Score 1) 56

So if I rush out to buy this thing because I can clip a projector on it, there'll be better phones with better projectors built in long before my phone's out of contract.

Even if, there will not be actual good projectors, only slightly better toy projectors. This just isn't a thing remotely good to bolt or embed in a phone.

Speaker module, though... Those things should come with a built-in shaped charge to take out the asshat who doesn't understand what headphones are for.

Well that was harsh! Good idea though!

Comment Re:Verge, Posting Douche alleged Tech coverage aga (Score 1) 56

OK hipster douche nerd wannabees. Let's see you design and build something better. If it was a Google product, they'd likely suck up to it real good.

Why? If I need a projector - I'll use a projector that is a real projector, not some My little Pony toy thing. It's the same with most Smartphone "innovations". Camera? I only use my phone's camera if I have to, because the phone camera is just a semi-shitty toy. Speakers? Unless the laws of physics have changed, they'll just be little shit things as well.

Battery pack? Okay, but a dedicated battery pack? That's not remotely innovation, just an accessory that will enable you to forget charging for a longer time, then have to buy a generic charger at WalMart when both the phone and dedicated battery go dead.

This thing isn't remotely innovative. It's trying to be a Swiss Army Knife of smartphones. I have a Swiss, but it only sits in the glove compartment of the car. Meanwhile, I'll actually use a Buck Tac knife because it functions well as a knife.

This phone is thinking so far inside the box, it's pathetic.

Comment Re:Suuure (Score 1) 56

clip on accessories make a lot of sense from a mobile perspective. Only having one device to carry over multiple means you have less chance of forgetting or leaving it somewhere and an easier time carrying it. The projector sounds really cool. I'd never carry around a wireless one, I might do the clipon.

Seems to me that this device does have lots of stuff to forget or lose.

Comment Re:Comment Deleted (Score 2) 90

I'm curious too. I guess we'll have to wait and see if this is going to happen more often. Unless you feel like experimenting by posting messages that would qualify for the same treatment, of course. Personally, I don't.

Posts don't get deleted, they get modded up or down.

Some anonymous cowards get much butthurt when anyone disagrees, so they make up this censorship meme.

That being said, when the cowards go on one of their weird psychosexual or ridiculously offtopic binges, we have the ability to set the topic settings so we don't see the stuff. That also causes much butthurt.

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