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Comment Re:Less than public transit? (Score 3, Interesting) 66

Uber's venture capitalists and investors are eventually going to get skittish.

Which is why there was such a rush to try and IPO it over the past few years. That way the founders and investors could get out with their cash and Wall St. (read - your 401(k)) would be left holding the bag. After all, the Fed is pumping so much printed money into the system something has to soak up all that extra cash. Nowadays it's IPO's. But god help us when the bottom drops out of the market NEXT time...

Comment Re:"COMPLICATIONS OF SURGERY", i.e., they fucked u (Score 3, Insightful) 56

As usual. More than 88,000 people die in US hospitals each and every year for reasons that have nothing to do with why they were in the hospital. OBAMACARE! AT! WORK! and this is what Trump WILL FIX!

Quite possibly. No one who doesn't make a six figure salary or work for Congress or the Executive Branch will be able to afford to get into a hospital in the first place. Trump will remove the onerous regulation of treating everyone regardless of their ability to pay and replace it with the old timey wallet biopsy.

That alone should cut health care costs significantly.

Comment Re: definitions? (Score 1) 221

You're thinking direct computer hardware. Nebraska is thinking tractors and farm equipment. Locking farmers into long term hugely expensive repair contracts on absolutely critical pieces of equipment has become the norm for many "tractor" companies. When one piece of equipment costs millions and you need to spend thousands or more to recalibrate after some common mishap or loose your harvest then it's not so trivial.

This. Why do you think it's starting in Nebraska?

There are quite a few electronic objects out there that having nothing to do with Microsoft or Sony. There is a huge outcry amongst farmers and small industries with the trend towards essentially leasing complex expensive equipment even if you buy it. Farmers have been sued for the temerity of trying to fix their own gear. For John Deere stuff, you could not even buy parts that just plug into the system - they had to be 'installed' by the dealer. When they could get around to it.

IIRC, Deere got some really bad press about that a awhile back and at least lets you plug things back in (that you buy at the Deer store). It is a much larger problem than a dead X-box.

There are more things, Horatio, then are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 2) 902

Keep going. There's more:

a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock

b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics

: any one of the groups that human beings can be divided into based on shared distinctive physical traits

2: a group of individuals who share a common culture or history

3: a major group of living things

These are all from the very same page you linked. If you're going to use a dictionary to slap someone down, make sure you understand every way the dictionary says the word can be used. Not just the one that suits you.

Comment You've got to wonder (Score 0) 47

If these are 'real' drones or just the latest Unidentified Flying Object. Since there are very few truly unambiguous reports of drone incursions into airspace and virtually no proven drone strikes it is really, really unclear just what this represents.

More drones flown by idiots? Sure, that's a pretty reasonable interpretation. Good luck trying to fix stupid.

A new punching bag for anything floating around in the airspace?


Personally, I blame Trump. If he can take credit for the National Debt to drop 0.02% in his first month of office, he can take the heat for this.

Comment Re:American fasting diet? (Score 3, Informative) 151

Hell.. 1000 calories is nothing like fasting.. you can easily live on that 365 days a year..

Baseline for zero activity adult patients is 1800 calories per day. This assumes a hospitalized patient in bed all day. 1000 calories is just over half of what you need so it IS "fasting" even if it's not "starvation". You can NOT survive 365 days a year on 1000 calories per day.

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