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Comment Re:Hey! (Score 1) 70

>(wherein I don't even see anyone saying "just use an old box for pfsense and be done")

As I've gotten older and I do this stuff for my day job my enthusiasm for doing it on off hours has waned, especially now that there are consumer devices that will get you 99% of the way there with very little hassle and the devices are silent and small compared to even an old HTPC case. A lot of people aren't going to customize anything if they can get close enough with an off the shelf product. That said, I did throw Tomato on my ASUS RT-N16 so perhaps I am not 100% sold on off the shelf.

Comment Re:Hey! (Score 2) 70

I haven't bought a D-Link router in years. They used to be all right value for the money but over the last 6-8 years it seems like the quality vastly varied between even small model revisions so I got tired of the D-Link Russian Roulette and started buying other routers. ASUS routers have been consistently good in my experience so far, Linksys is a crap shoot like D-Link so I avoid, NetGear is utilitarian but acceptable.

Comment Re:It's the law (Score 1) 317

> Insurance covers unexpected high costs, NOT routine, day-to-day expenses. Consider home insurance. You use home insurance if your house burns down, or floods, not to change a light bulb or fix a leaky faucet.

I get that, but what I am saying is in Canada, UHC covers both for health related items.

> I can afford a $25 visit, for a flu shot or whatever. That's a routine, expected day-to-day expense. I used to pay for $25 and that was that. Now, the flu shot goes through multiple levels of huge bureaucracies, so it has a total cost of $75-$150 an it takes three months for the doctor to get paid.

Here if you want a flu shot and you fall into a high risk category - immune issues, elderly, children, the shot is free either at your doctor, a clinic, or at a drug store. If you don't fall in that group, go to Shoppers Drug or Rexall (drug stores) and pay $15-$20. Done. No claims, no forms, no bs.

Comment Re:Gotta love brutal honesty. (Score 1) 471

Exactly right. If we applied the same "but it's got to be safe" hand waving that we do today to historical ventures, we'd still be sitting in Europe wondering about crossing the ocean in sail powered craft and dreaming of flying craft - and the regulations we'd have to slap on them.

Comment Re:It's the law (Score 1) 317

Oh I am well aware of the ACA, and I'm also aware that there are a bunch of companies playing games with what constitutes "full time" or meeting the minimum requirements for full time head count, etc. Example: a company had 60 employees full time prior to the ACA's passing, and once that passed they decided to get rid of 11 FTE positions and replace those with 15-20 part time positions. Presto! No need to follow the ACA because now they only have 49 FTEs and the cutoff is 50. Or if that makes it too obvious they could cut back to 40 FTEs..

So a bunch of workers get screwed by having their hours cut from 40 to 30, that's not the owner's problem... he started his own company so he wouldn't be in that boat. If everyone who worked for him wasn't so lazy they could do the same and they wouldn't be whining about losing 25% of their wage. So really it's their own fault....... The preceding was sarcasm, but sadly yes there are some people who *really* think like that. Those people are usually the ones who end up playing games with headcount to get around regulations as well.

>You know, insurance, a system that covers unexpected high costs that I can't readily cover out-of-pocket.

Yes, that's what we have in Canada. When my mother was in the hospital for a month the only thing we paid for was parking and crappy vending machine food. I think the most expensive health care item that someone I know personally has had to shell out for was $60-$70 for a pair of crutches when they had a broken leg.

Comment Re:$6K each for you and your parents/kids (Score 1) 317

>$6000 on the government spending PERSON (plus $500 out of pocket). You probably have either kids or parents who are paying very little tax, if any. Guess who is paying the $6,000 each that they cost?

OK, so you seem to have a potential understanding of the term "per capita" and how that relates tangentially to a taxpayer.

So now you can go ahead and explain the following: if I the Canadian taxpayer pay $5292 per person for 4 people that makes 20k per taxpayer, how much does the average US taxpayer pay in healthcare costs if the per capita costs for the US are $9403 per capita? Sounds like $38000 to me.... Please, do explain how that's better than paying $20000.

>Employers provide health coverage in the US.

SOME employers. Many do not. Or many only partially pay.

>They said $1,200, but only $1,000 during off hours, and $650 if I filed the insurance form rather than having them handle it (which means they get paid immediately from my HSA). From $2,000 with the "normal" method that 99% of people do to $1,200 just by making one quick phone call! Another $200 saved if I came in after work, when they less busy. That's fully half the cost saved. What if there were a system that encouraged people to cut the costs in half by making a phone call and scheduling the appointment for 5:30, when they get off work.

Did you know that hospitals and clinics in Canada don't even have POS systems or cash registers? That nobody gets a bill as they walk out? That nobody has to "file insurance forms" for anything other than eyeglasses and dental work?

> The systems are actually quite similar, just basically in Canada the government runs the one and only insurance company.

And that actually makes all the difference in the world. The Canadian government sets the prices that hospitals get paid for everything, advised by a rotating board of doctors. There are no middleman HMOs taking their share of profit and trying to gouge wherever they can. This is the primary reason the per capita costs in Canada are half of what the US's are. Here we treat it as a service, not a profit center.

You've still failed to address my point. What is your final take home pay after everything including your healthcare costs vs what it would be in Canada? Have you checked? There are tons of online calculators that can tell you in about 2 minutes. I ran them. My results were that if I was in Texas and I had to pay even $20 a month for any healthcare at all, I'd make less than if I stayed here in Vancouver. But you do have excellent tacos there so I can see how that might be a draw.

Comment Re:Glad you like it. Thousands vs hundreds (Score 1) 317

> The average Canadian taxpayer pays about $20,000 / year for health care costs.

Your numbers are off by almost a factor of 4, actually. The per capita costs for healthcare in 2015 was $5292 for Canada and $9403 for the US.

>Personally, I'd rather pay "hundreds a month in Texas" via my employer than thousands via the govt in Canada, but if you like what you have, great!

It's all about take home pay at the end of the day, right? I ran my income through a tax calculator for Texas and BC (where I live) and it tells me that in USD, I would have an annual take home pay of $132 extra living in Texas. $132 for the year. Before spending a cent on health care. So yeah, I'll stay where I am thanks.

Don't take my word for it though, run the numbers yourself and see. Then add whatever you're paying per month for health care to make it apples to apples and see how it all looks. You'll probably be surprised and not in a good way. For some reason to this day this bizarre myth that Canadians pay Scandinavian level taxes persists when we're in reality probably paying less tax than you are, especially once you roll in health care costs.

Comment Re:PS: A note to Californians headed to Texas (Score 1) 317

Or I could just stay in Canada and enjoy my universal healthcare vs paying hundreds a month in Texas to a private insurer. Plus I can go swimming in the ocean in the morning and snowboarding in the mountains a couple hours later so that's fun too.

Different parts of the world have different advantages and disadvantages. Some people live in Cali because there are things there that aren't in Texas. Or I live in BC for the same reasons. If everything was down to dollars, we'd all live in the middle of nowhere. But then that would get expensive with the rush of people going there.

Comment Re:Pretty cool (Score 4, Informative) 165

This looks like a solution searching for a problem to solve. Who really needs their Plex library "in the cloud"? The vast use case for it is as a home media server so if you go the Amazon cloud way instead you get to upload it all (at a painfully slow rate in many areas) then have it eat into your data cap a second time as you stream it to watch. Not to mention if you have any files of a less than 100% above the board nature, the MPAA/RIAA and a subpoena may start poking around in the PlexAzon caches to see what needs a closer look. No thanks.

Comment Re:That makes perfect sense (Score 3, Informative) 317

Not to mention their idiotic proposition 65 that forced the labeling of everything and every location that might cause cancer with:

"WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."

Which as it turns out is now posted EVERYWHERE. I remember going there for business and it was posted in the elevator of the hotel because I'm not even sure why, but probably one or more of the materials somewhere in the building triggered it. But it's everywhere, gas stations, grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, there's even a sign at Disneyland for God's sake.

The net effect is if the warning is everywhere, everyone ignores it.

Comment Operating an exit node privately is a bad idea (Score 3, Insightful) 241

It's one thing for libraries and nonprofits to operate them, but as a private citizen running one? Your misguided attempt to help some people will almost certainly end up badly for you because of bad people using that goodwill to do bad things.

To be perfectly honest, reading the linked story I was quite surprised the end result of the police visit was as positive as it was. I fully expected the cops to not know or care what Tor was and just round everyone and everything up and let the courts deal with it, which has happened several other times. Which again reinforces my point that there are precedents that show running a Tor exit node is just bad news and if you are still doing it, you're playing with fire.

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