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Comment Re:The big picture (Score 1) 211

Help me out here, because I really don't understand how it works....but how are you supposed to pay for private health insurance if you lose employment?

I think that the argument was that you could leave your job and become self-employed or join a small business without a company plan. I did that. I left my job to start my own business, and I insure myself and my family through the marketplace.

It has not been a particularly pleasant experience. While yes, I am able to get insurance, the marketplace has an extremely limited number of options. For 2014, I had 3 choices in my state. For 2015, it's better and bigger, but choice basically amounts to "choose your hospital system."

The worst part, though, has been the repeated bureaucratic barriers the system puts into place. First, I had to prove the citizenship of me, my wife, and my children. Our birth certificates were not initially accepted as proof. After a back and forth with the Marketplace, I eventually convinced them that we were, in fact, citizens of the US. I should note that for at least four generations from me and my wife, our ancestors were born in the US. It's probably more than four.

The issue we continue to battle, though, is "proof of income." My income decreased dramatically -- it was to be expected as I went from a dependable salary to starting my own business. Every few months, I get a request from the marketplace to submit a W-2. After getting on the phone and explaining that I'm self-employed, I get asked to submit an income ledger. As I am an attorney, many of my financial transactions are legally privileged and I am not permitted to disclose them except in a general sense. The first several times I submitted my self-employment ledger, it was rejected on the grounds that it did not contain sufficient information. Additional calls followed, and I have some small hope that my most recent submission (done this month) will be accepted without further objection.

In any case, someone who says that it's easier to start your own business now than before may be technically correct (the best kind of correct), but it's no cakewalk now.

Comment Re:Multiplatform? (Score 5, Informative) 164

It does indeed appear to be OpenBSD only at present (from ):

Multi OS support will happen once we have

        Flensed, refactored, rewritten, and fixed enough of the code so we have stable baseline that we trust and can be maintained/improved.
        The right Portability team in place.
        A Stable Commitment of Funding to support an increased development and porting effort.

Comment Re:No so much (Score 1) 637

If the answer is "No," then I've got some even worse news for you: we already have "socialized medicine." The patient will, in fact, be treated, and you and I will, in fact, pick up the tab. It just costs us several times more than it would in any other civilized nation on Earth, because unlike those nations, we insist on kidding ourselves.


This is where the debate ends. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act passed in 1986 ( made the US a single payer system, we just haven't been honest about it. Because of this law, anyone who enters the ER with an emergency must be treated. If the person does not have an emergency, they may be sent away; however, if they have an actual condition (e.g. cancer), the hospital must treat it later when it is worse and an actual emergency.

I dislike the concept of the government being the purveyor of healthcare for philosophical reasons -- because if it provides it, it is at least implied that it can take it away. It also gives the government essential control over the medical profession (again, if you're the only payer, you can set the rules). The government manages to mess up most things it touches. That said, the current situation is both morally and economically untenable. At some point, reality and practicality triumph over philosophy. Everyone is living longer, and nearly everyone is going to need some form of long term care. The only economically efficient way to handle that is to have a single payer. Or let them die.

Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Informative) 31

What are they referring to here? This seems like a quote pulled out of context and now it makes no sense.

"It's only 40 lines, but every line carried some careful thought. "

Indeed it is taken totally out of context -- it's from pg 4 of the article, talking about a library called d3.js, which is apparently a library "to make things move on the screen"


Umbilical Cord Blood Banking? 409

Maestro writes "There must be many parents (and soon-to-be parents) here at Slashdot. What are your thoughts on umbilical cord blood banking? This seems like a major question for our newborn; the question is almost as stressful for us as naming the baby. Given Obama's stance on stem cells, the topic is timely. My understanding is that while the current uses for cord blood are limited, the sky's the limit for the future of stem cell therapies. But with the initial cost over $1000, and ongoing yearly fees, is it worth it?"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Kismac development discontinued due to German law. (

BDaniels writes: Kismac is an excellent wireless sniffer app for OSX. The original developers announced today that they are ceasing development due to upcoming changes in German law that will make it illegal to possess this sort of 'hacking tool':

"German laws change and are being adapted for "better" protection against something politicians obviously do not understand. It will become illegal to develop, use or even posses KisMAC in this banana republic (backgound: the change of 202c StGB)."

They are asking for others outside Germany to take over the code and continue development.


Submission + - Global Warming Oppression Goes Both Ways ( 1

Reverend Darkness writes: "With all of the stories about climate change scientists being silenced by the Bush Administration comes an EPA investigation into a letter from the president of ACORE that threatens the career of a scientist who dares question the cause of climate change. From the article (in the Washington Times):

"It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar," Mr. Eckhart wrote. "If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity. I will call you a liar and charlatan to the Harvard community of which you and I are members. I will call you out as a man who has been bought by Corporate America. Go ahead, guy. Take me on."

... and it's not the first time he's made such threats."

Operating Systems

Submission + - Historical Look At First Linux Kernel (

LinuxFan writes: KernelTrap has a fascinating article about the first Linux kernel, version 0.01, complete with source code and photos of Linus Torvalds as a young man attending the University of Helsinki. Torvalds originally planned to call the kernel "Freax", and in his first announcement noted, "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones." He also stressed that the kernel was very much tied to the i386 processor, "simply, I'd say that porting is impossible." Humble beginnings.
The Media

Submission + - Benoit Murder on Wikipedia Before Publicly Known?

An anonymous reader writes: Fox News is reporting that the Wikipedia page for Chris Benoit was updated with information on his wife's death at least 13 hours before police found her body. According to Fox News, the IP where the edit came from is located in Stamford, CT, home of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Submission + - LightZone for Linux free

wolflarsen0 writes: "Like many companies, Light Crafts releases its flagship application — the RAW photo converter LightZone — for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But although the Windows and OS X versions of LightZone cost hundreds of dollars, the Linux version is absolutely free. It is a lucky break, too, because LightZone is a powerful tool that bests many of its expensive competitors on both quality and ease of use."

Submission + - Spyware given seal of approval to be installed

smooth wombat writes: Just when you thought headway was being made against spyware, along comes TRUSTe which has certified the first ten applications that have passed the certification process for TRUSTe's Trusted Download Program.

From the press release:

"The companies whose applications have passed the challenging certification process for the Trusted Download whitelist are all demonstrating a commitment to protecting consumer privacy," said Fran Maier, executive director and president of TRUSTe. "By completely informing users about the particulars of the downloads they offer up front, the participating companies are increasing transparency and giving control to users."

Some of the software which has been certified includes Coupon Bar 5.0 from Coupons Inc, Crawler Toolbar 4.5.0 from Crawler LLC and Save/SaveNow from

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