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Comment Re:VA Benefits vs Military care/TRICARE (Score 2) 283

But as I understand it, VA benefits are applied to all veterans -- which generally requires you to go to a VA hospital for treatment; and there are other restrictions and constant eligibility reviews.

For the most part, you're right. If your income is low enough, there's no copay. If you have a service-connected disability, any treatments, medications or equipment needed to treat that condition are free, regardless of your income. (My hearing loss is 0%, but my hearing aids and batteries are provided at no charge.) And, I have a card in my wallet that confirms my right to go to an outside practitioner and charge the VA if the distance to the nearest facility is too large or the wait time for an appointment is too long. I've not needed it yet, but it's good to know I have it. Among other things, I'm now diabetic. I've woken up in four different ERs in the fifteen years since I was diagnosed, all because of low blood sugar, and all I've ever had to do is give them my VA info, and the bill's been covered, 100% Yes, there are problems at some VA facilities but I've never run across them, nor have any of my friends. And, with that new card that I mentioned above, there should be far fewer cases as time goes on, which is exactly what it's for.

Comment Re:It's not the highway infrastructure (Score 1) 469

In Los Angeles, public transit is a complete joke.

One of the reasons is that it's set up strictly to get people from the suburbs to Downtown and back. As an example, there's no practical way to go from the San Fernando Valley to the San Gabriel Valley by bus without going through Central Los Angeles.

Comment Re:Solving the wrong problem in the wrong way (Score 1) 142

I don't know about you, but I'd be very reluctant to have one of those phones in my hand when the thermite went off; that stuff is hot! Maybe it would be better to embed a coil of wire in the memory's casing and have the self destruct short the battery through it, both EMPing the memory and draining the phone's power. That way, they'll have to recharge the phone before they find out that the evidence is gone while you're making complaints about them holding you without good reason and demanding to see your lawyer. Then, when it turns out that your phone's been trashed, it's going to be that much harder for them to keep you.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 2, Insightful) 834

That's because most Slashdotters are either too young to remember Reagan, or not old enough to have understood what he was doing. Not only did he spend four years keeping as many campaign promises as he could, he ran for re-election on his record and earned another four years.

Comment Re:Surely an inadvertent target (Score 4, Interesting) 163

I'll go one further: have it run off of a Live USB that's mounted inside the box where the users can't get at it and no persistent storage. That way, even they leave personal data behind, it goes away at reboot. Not only that, but if you set it up in kiosk mode, with Firefox opening at boot, they'll never even know they're using Linux.

Comment A serious question from an outsider (Score 1) 172

I haven't used Windows for over a decade, now, running a strictly Linux household, so I'm in no position to judge the relative merits of different versions of Windows. I understand that some people have to use Windows 10 at work, because their company mandates it, or in a home office because they need to use software that insists on it. However, what, if anything, is so great about Windows 10 that would make you prefer it over any other version of Windows if you're able to decide for yourself which version to install?

Comment Re:VirtualBox (Score 4, Informative) 88

Using multiple VMs with different distros won't help a bit here, because when you come right down to it, they're all using the same hardware, and that's what this is exploiting. Now, if you had multiple graphics cards and let different distros use different cards, that might throw them off.

Comment Re:Did Europe just ban sex bots? (Score 1) 173

No, Asimov never set out to prove that his three laws are worthless. He did, however, write many stories showing under the right circumstances those laws could interact in unexpected ways causing problems that only a human could solve. One of the best examples is the story Runaround, where a robot is confused by a conflict between the Second and Third Laws, and is only brought back under control by use of the First Law to override the other two.

Comment One possible solution to the problem. (Score 1) 305

You can probably reduce the stress in the workers monitoring the porn by giving them two extra breaks to work off some of the physical tension their work leads to and a private fapping room so that other workers don't have to watch them. It probably won't help much with those watching the violent videos, but then again, we all know about people who get turned on by that.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 285

I wasn't trying to suggest that the damage was, or was likely to get as bad as those battlefields. I just wanted to remind people that the damage adds up over time and gave the most extreme example I knew of. I've been at Ground Zero in Nagasaki, and it's safer there than in the Zone Rouge because the radiation level has dropped so much over the years.

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