That being said, however, the GP is right - Slashdot is a lousy place to get advice on what electronics to have on any sort of sailing vessel - seek out places like Sailing Anarchy for more pertinent ideas and suggestions.
There is no such thing as "free health care"
Of course there is. Like public roads and public libraries, free health care is free to use.
As opposed to toll roads, bookstores, and for-profit hospitals, which all cost money to use.
Perhaps they are considered free to use. Somebody still has to pay the bills for the staff, the buildings, the supplies, the hardware, etc. That's why so many hospitals are going bankrupt, closing their emergency rooms because people come in yet can't pay for the services rendered. TANSTAAFL All of the "free to use" things still cost money, and they have to get paid for by someone - and guess who gets to foot the bill? Yes you, the overburdened taxpayer!!!
So let me get this straight. The richest country in the world can't afford free health care for all of its citizens?
There is no such thing as "free health care". Someone has to pick up the tab, and that tab is accelerating upwards at a pace faster than the GDP. Do you want the State to pick up the costs? Fine, then prepare to have even more money siphoned from your paychecks. Health costs need to be brought under control, and unless you like a bureaucratic state solution like Britain, you have to push the decisions back to the individual who can decide for themselves as to whether a certain procedure is necessary or not. Yes, people will make bad choices, and that happens - but people also make choices to eat fatty foods and die at an earlier pace than healthier individuals.
Look any way you slice it Nokia is dead and they were dead before Elop ever walked in the door, why? Because their big business is about to go the way of the 8-track, that's why. Nokia made their money on dumbphones and we can all see the writing on the wall, as the chips drop dumbphones will disappear. Hell Walmart has begun offering smartphones on their cheapo prepaid plans at $125, when that gets down to $50 that's it, its over.
Not necessarily, though for a growing-smaller percentage there will always be a need for a dumb phone option. My mother-in-law just got such a phone to replace her old phone through Verizon (may they rot in some abyss). My wife and I tried to gauge her ability to use anything with a higher degree of tech (such as a tablet) and she absolutely cannot do it (even with a couple weeks of work). We broke down and got her a very basic pre-paid phone plan, with a very basic telephone, and she's thrilled.
Now, for those of us able to use smartphones, we'll never go back - but there will always be a segment of society that needs a minimal phone.
Flowers for Algernon"
Very interesting but sad story.
Their idea of an offer you can't refuse is an offer... and you'd better not refuse.