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Comment 17 going on 26 (Score 0) 50

For example, Ubuntu 16.10 uses the letter "Y" -- "Yakkety Yak". The next version of the operating system will use the letter "Z" [and] Canonical has chosen "Zesty Zapus"...

Version 17 will use the letter "Z" and yet there are 26 letters in the alphabet. Hmm... Did I miss a Sesame Street episode somewhere?

Comment I feel the same way. (Score 1) 259

And the question wasn't addressed in the video.

Can this function like a normal tablet? Will I be able to remove the controller modules and carry it around and read email, use Chrome and Google Now and Microsoft Office apps and snap photos? Or is this a dedicated gaming machine that's just modular?

If the latter, I wouldn't buy it. If the former, I'd buy it to replace my current 8" tablet, as a tablet PLUS gaming experience. But I need a tablet, and I don't want to have to have TWO tablets just to get slightly better gameplay on one of them.

If it's a one tablet concept (would have to be Android, I assume, to have the ecosystem) then great. If it's just a game console with fancy industrial design? Pass. I have good enough gaming on my current tablet.

Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 5, Interesting) 180

Someone should go to jail for a very long time as soon as we figure out exactly what was screwed up.

Really. Criminal conviction, huh? Programmer in prison? Are you even listening to yourself?

Would it be the Programmer? Or the Tester? Or the Project Manager that signed off on it? Or should it be the entire team?

Hillary Clinton. Trump says we should blame her for everything that has gone wrong - ever. :-)

Comment addicted ? (Score 3, Interesting) 403

Americans are addicted to their jobs. U.S. workers not only put in more hours than workers do almost anywhere else. They're also increasingly retiring later and taking fewer vacation days, ...

Perhaps we're just afraid of being unemployed and destitute. Employers show little loyalty to their employees (Pro Tip: If your company says "employees are our most valuable asset" start looking for another job.), the social safety net is not as strong as in Europe and it's clear that our politicians don't really care about the poor and (arguably) middle class -- look at the various budgets, including the latest Republican House budget which gets 62% from low/moderate income programs while also including tax cuts for the wealthy. (see below).

House GOP Budget Gets 62 Percent of Budget Cuts From Low- and Moderate-Income Programs

Comment Re:Why not covered by insurance? (Score 1) 195

Socialized medicine doesn't somehow equate to free and unlimited health care. We could spend 100% of GDP on health care and people would still eventually get to a point where there's nothing that can be done.

The most obvious are that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to subsidize the consequences if your unhealthy lifestyle.

People need to be more realistic about medical outcomes and doctors need to be more straight-forward with patents. According to many articles, a LOT of health care spending in on (usually) elderly people during their last year of life. From the articles mentioned below: (Google: end of life care costs:

Medicare, the health insurance program for the elderly, spends nearly 30 percent of its budget on beneficiaries in their final year of life. Slightly more than half of Medicare dollars are spent on patients who die within two months.

But the costs of patients in critical care with chronic disease and multi-organ failure — heavily the elderly and those for whom death is a common but not an immediate outcome — are exceedingly high. The top 5 percent of such patients account for nearly half of spending (more than $600 billion a year), ... Those patients are typically the ones whose doctors do not level with them or their families that their chances are not good, and who are put in hospice programs much later than they should be.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/opinion/costs-of-medical-care-at-the-end-of-life.html?_r=0
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2690284/
  • http://www.thirteen.org/bid/sb-howmuch.html

My wife Susan died, literally in my arms, on Jan 13, 2006 of brain tumor, just seven weeks after diagnosis. She had a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), for which (basically) no one lives past two years and even that is with constantly declining quality of life, and it was right next to her brain stem. As a result, she declined surgery as it wouldn't have extended her life by much and would have left her severely impaired - she didn't want to live or be remembered like that.

Remember Sue...

Comment Re:Why not covered by insurance? (Score 1) 195

You highlight one of the problems: too much complexity. Nobody should have to worry about "deductibles" or "calendar years" or any of that shit.

Things are about to get a little simpler. According to this NY Times article: HealthCare.gov Will Add ‘Simple Choice’ Plans in Effort to Improve Value

“All Simple Choice plans in the same category (like Silver) have exactly the same core benefits, deductibles and co-payments,” states a message to be displayed on the federal website. “When viewing Simple Choice plans, you can focus on other important features that may be different: monthly premiums, additional services covered, doctor and hospital networks.”

Under the standardized version of a silver plan, co-payments would be $30 for a visit to a primary care doctor, $65 for a visit to a specialist, $15 for a generic prescription drug, $50 for a preferred brand-name drug and $100 for a non-preferred brand-name drug. Consumers may be responsible for up to 40 percent of the cost of specialty drugs, including certain high-cost medicines for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

For the lowest-income families, the charges would be lower.

Comment Re:She's not charged for being a journalist (Score 2) 356

Yeah, if I robbed a bank as part of a gang and told the police that I was only along for the ride as a journalist and should be immune from charges, I kinda expect they'd not let me go. Can't feel too sorry for the journalist if she was actively trespassing.

Is your day job robbing banks or reporting news? Her day job is being a journalist, not protesting. She was there to cover the protest and protesters. If a reporter is embedded with solders and those solders commit a crime, is the reporter also guilty? Are they responsible for not stopping the crime?

Reporters are, for good or bad, only supposed to cover events, not be part of them.

Comment Don't confuse the worst and the best. (Score 1) 97

"[F]raud, cheating, plagiarism, etc." in *low-end* research, which we also have in spades in the U.S. and in the West more generally (it's really bad in a lot of the also-ran European countries). At the top end, Chinese research is every bit competitive with other players in serious global research, and they have more resources available to them, which they can apply to problems without nearly so much systemic overhead thanks to their particular governing system.

Comment Re:Why not covered by insurance? (Score 2) 195

"Affordable" in the Affordable Care Act is very much akin to "unlimited" in unlimited bandwidth in a mobile phone contract. It's not so much an adjective as it is a branding label.

Still. Every insurance plan has an out-of-pocket maximum and the law prevents life-time limits on benefits. While it's possible for deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums to be quite high, I'm dubious about the claim, "depleted his savings and insurance benefits" -- unless he's not good at managing his own money. To be fair, the summary did say this happened over 18 months, so there could be some cost build up due to his case exceeding a calendar year and the deductible and out-of-pocket fees being reset (I don't know if it works that way for a continuing treatment).

Comment Re:OK but misses a larger problem (Score 1) 367

Actually it's just a case of what-goes-around-comes-around. Some of the women have explicitly stated that they were motivated to come out by his denials during the second debate.

Poetic justice, IMO, after featuring Blll Clinton's accusers as the centerpiece of his strategy last weekend. He's outraged that anyone would be interested in the same accusations against him.

Trump's outrage: Donald Trump Calls Allegations by Women ‘False Smears’

“The establishment and their media neighbors wield control over this nation through means that are very well known — anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed,” Mr. Trump said. “They will seek to destroy everything about you, including your reputation. They will lie, lie, lie, and then again, they will do worse than that. They will do whatever’s necessary.” [emphasis mine]

And *anyone* that challenges Trump ... um, well... pretty much the same thing.

[ He -- and the RNC (establishment) and Fox News (media neighbors) -- really shouldn't be casting these stones. ]

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