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Comment So What (Score 0) 88

These standards are just media propaganda. Upgrade because we iterated the standard!

This happens every time. A company says hey, we are improving service, then irrelevant new organizations like Yahoo! publish articles saying it is not really an upgrade, hoping the user will click the link so they don't go bankrupt.

Comment Fix LinkedIn website first! (Score 1) 196

Microsoft should focus on more important things, first, like fixing the LinkedIn website that they broke.

I speculate that they've already tested this initiative - to make the recent changes that broke the site.

Now, to set things right, how about putting the UI and UX designers that did those awful things to Linked in through some proper schooling?

But I might be wrong, and forcing everybody to click-to-reveal most everything of relevance, and constantly have to click to "see 5 more" is a GOOD thing.

But.... no.

Comment Re:Common (Score 1) 50

What is frustrating about this is how easy it would be for the cops to roll these guys up if they wanted to. I mean they're providing a mailing address, even if it is a PO Box that isn't going to keep them anonymous for long. I bet it wouldn't even take too many arrests before the volume of mail really dropped. The people who do this need to mail fraud thousands of times every week just to get a few bites.

For the scam to work at all they need a US address. Ain't nobody gonna fill out a SCE "bill" and then mail it in an international envelope to Belarus or something. I guess they could be using a remailing service, but at the least the cops could get their account shut down.

Comment Re: theodp (Score 2) 196

they actually need to have a degree to practice.

Sure. Said degree is not granted by a medical school though. It's granted by some other school - of chiropractic, of acupuncture, etc. I never said they were "quacks" - after all what is medicine anyway? I will state, however, that they do not follow the scientific method and cannot back up their claims with scientific studies. Even though they have thousands of testimonials from people who say they feel better. At the end of the day feeling better is what medicine is supposed to be about. But god help you if you see an acupuncturist for malignant melanoma...

Comment Re: theodp (Score 3, Interesting) 196

Yeah, my next doctor is going to be someone who didn't go to medical school.

There are plenty of those around and there have been for a long time. Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Acupuncturists and a whole lot more. They succeed because any given illness has an 80% chance of being self limited and going away on its own. That's a phenomenal success rate for these "alternative doctors", although it's no better than if you had just stayed home.

The problem is when you have something that falls into the 20%.... we who did go to medical school don't claim to be able to save anyone, but we have documented proof that we can usually offer you a more desirable outcome than doing nothing at all.

Comment Well (Score 1) 541

We've been living in an economic climate that actually punishes savers for almost a generation now. This is to be expected. I honestly don't care because I will be dead soon. But those robots had better get good at making stuff extremely cheaply because hungry people are the surest way to tear a civilization apart.

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