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Comment The Problem is... (Score 1) 990

that I am not rich enough to buy a car that doesn't do everything I want it to. I LOVE the idea of electric cars, but... every now and then I need my car to get me 800 miles or so down the road in a day, for a few days straight. My Subaru WRX will do that just fine, probably on 2 tanks of gas. The electric car won't. Possibly the Tesla with the supercharger will, but it won't do it on a single refill like the WRX.

The electric car has a long way to go to be a viable general purpose vehicle. it is a niche vehicle, for near-home travel. I can't buy a car _just_ for that.

Comment As If Blutooth... (Score 1) 536 some kind of foolproof answer to anything. My Android currently has a blutooth function that is hosed - does not pair with either the phone interface in my car's radio or the phone interface in my big GPS. When it does pair, then it drops out the next day. And, its like pulling teeth to get it to see my fitbit. Its toast. But neither of these functions are all that important. OTOH, if I couldn't use headphones with it 'cuz the blutooth is toast, that would be a repair or replacement bill. Replacing my HTC-1 with the new HTC-10 appears to be about a $699 expense due to the "$100 off" offer going around. Pricey damned thing. May have to drop around to one of those repair places that have sprung up and see what a new mobo would cost to have installed...

Comment Re:This is Why... (Score 2) 128

I investigated that and decided I wasn't rich enough. Plus, there's the problem of exactly where do you ship it to, your motel, and then were do you ship it from. That last one is NOT your motel because they won't do it - I tried that with the post office. They wouldn't mess with it at the motel. OTOH, there are specific shipping companies for exactly this problem that are cheaper than UPS and FedEx, and if I get back to this sport for which I need to ship baggage / equipment all over the country, I may fall to the task of determining which one is best and which one is cheapest.

My problem is, not rarely, of having to have certain equipment until just before I fly. That is, I can't dump it in UPS or FedEx a week earlier and let it bounce around on a semi out to California for a week, I need to send it maybe a day or 2 before I fly. With the regular services, this gets into "2nd day air" or "Overnight" and my bags are always on the teetering edge of the 50 lb limit the airlines have. Pricey pricey.

Comment Re:You're talking about solving... (Score 1) 519

Yeah, the game of economics is still not understood. We still can't definitively show what caused the great depression, nor whether government intervention such as WPA and PWA and "relief" shortened or extended the great depression. There is disagreement amongst the experts. Economics in not an exact science yet.

Comment This is Why... (Score 4, Insightful) 128

I traded in a 3 year old car last year with 124,000 miles on the odometer. I very, very rarely fly any more due to the TSA nonsense. I load my junk in the trunk, climb into the driver's seat, and drive 2,500 miles to and 2,500 miles back from an event in Arizona, and then I have events to go to in St. Louis, Indianapolis, La Crosse, Madison, Pittsburgh, and Southern New Jersey. If I do an event in California, I MIGHT fly. I also MIGHT ship my bags by other means, too. Enough of the nonsense of violating the 4th Amendment by having GOVERNMENT agents blanket searching people just because they want to travel on an airplane. The GOVERNMENT can't legally do that, but they ignore the Constitution and do it anyway. Lots of the Constitution is being ignored, more every day, and I for one am not going to cooperate. They can stick it.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 1) 326

"But why does the USA let babies die?"

I think "let" is too strong a word, implying willfulness. We certainly fail to prevent these infant deaths, but lightly tromping thru the linked documents didn't come up with a reason for the differences. It seems nobody knows how to get the IM deaths to decrease, although the last paper hints that at-home nurse visits would help a lot. But, after reading them, I don't know. The 1st paper says something to the effect, "No, its not because we don't have universal healthcare" which I find surprising. So, I figure that I now "know" less than I thought I knew about the subject before reading the 4 linked papers. No, I didn't read 'em in full, I have other things to do today, but read the conclusions, and... the solution just doesn't seem to be there.

Comment What's Really Wasteful (Score 1) 326

What's really wasteful is that when I have an appointment with a new doctor, and sometimes one of the old ones I haven't seen for a while, I get a ream of papers with questions and boxes to check, and so forth. I fill them out, it often takes 15 - 20 minutes (How many operations have you had? I'm 69, and that would be answered "a bunch.") and then give all this paper to the office staff. Is there any doubt that some poor schmuck has to enter all this garbage all over again into a computer, maybe more than once? They could easily either send me a web link to fill all that stuff in directly to the computer, or provide computers in the waiting room where I could still do it myself. It would get entered once, and it wouldn't involved doctor or his people expending time on it.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 0) 326

"I'm not really sure I care that a US millionaire can get outstanding care"

I'm not a millionaire, far from it. I'm just a retired gov't engineer that worked in the defense industry, never broke $100K / yr except for "hazard pay" when I went to Iraq a couple times, and... I get the best care available in the USA. The middle class has access to the best care in the USA, its not millionaires.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 0) 326

The quality of care that is _available_ in the US is the highest in the world. Yep, its expensive - we have a sue-happy society that sends malpractice lawsuits into court more than anywhere else in the world and that is expensive because it causes hideous malpractice insurance premiums. Also, our drug companies spend billions of dollars developing new drugs that they then send to other places in the world out of altruism, because those places have price controls on the drugs. If being straight capitalistic, the drug companies would say, "Nope, this is the price. If you don't want to pay it, you don't get this drug" but they don't do that. What they do instead is to charge AMERICANS enough money to cover the costs of the development of the drug, while giving the rest of the world an almost-free ride. And, of course, you have to pay doctors commensurate with the education required to be doctors. The most intense electrical engineering program I came across when considering careers was Ohio State's at 5 years to get it all done, but doctors are just getting started at 5 years. And, thanks to the profusion of gov't money available to students via the student loan programs, the Universities, as do all similar offerers of goods and services that perceive a bottomless pit of gov't money, have jacked up their tuition prices to suck as much of it as they can out of the students and gov't and into their coffers. Additionally, the US has, more than other countries, a proliferation of illegal aliens are poor, and also put other Americans out of work making them poor as well, so there are hordes of people that show up at hospitals that cannot pay for the services, while the US laws say the hospitals have to treat them. So they do. How do they do that and avoid bankruptcy? They charge those that _can_ pay a much higher price. Hospital bills for the most innocuous visits to the emergency room can range to 1000's of dollars. They're making up for the losses from all corners as just described.

What is not a ridiculous comparison is that, if the USA institutes "socialized medicine", the superior care that is available to US citizens that can pay for it will go away, cease to exist. It will be gov't run boondoggle that takes its place, and our cancer cure rates, for example, will fall to match those in other countries. As a cancer survivor, I'm against that - I may have to attempt to survive yet another cancer before its over, and I don't want _less_ capable cancer care than exists now. I could end up dead before it's really necessary. That's my big objection - dying earlier than absolutely necessary. The solution isn't to degrade our healthcare to the level of the rest of the world, it is to make our healthcare available to all our citizens. As I said, the best way to do that is to restore prosperity. Pass the Fair Tax, and that will happen.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 1) 326

Yes it is, but it is a delivery issue, not a healthcare quality issue. We need to work on being able to get healthcare to everyone. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that the government absolutely cannot do at the same quality level as people buying their own healthcare. As soon as someone other than the recipient of the care starts paying for it, those providing it start NOT caring how much it costs, and do everything that they can to make it more expensive because they perceive a bottomless pit of money that is supposedly the government, and are going to ensure that they "get theirs." They also cease to seek ways to make it cheaper.

The solution to this is restore prosperity to the USA, and reject this "globalization" idea that has made the rich richer and the poor poorer, and get back to fair trade instead of free trade, and tariffs where appropriate. We ran the whole country on tariffs and excise taxes before the income tax was passed in 1913 (at the behest of the rich, of course, who were tired of paying almost 100% of the costs of running the country, since these were both consumption taxes and the rich were the only ones with significant money to be able to consume. America was hoodwinked into passing the 16th Amendment, and the income taxes have been dragging down the economy ever since. We need to abolish the income taxes, go back to a consumption tax as described by "The Fair Tax", and make the economy roar. Then everyone would have the money to buy their own healthcare, except for those comparative few (compared to the millions on welfare now) that would be left that still couldn't provide for themselves.

"It's like a C average student claiming: "I'm really a straight-A student! I got As in all the classes I didn't flunk. (And BTW, for some reason my education cost twice as much as that of any other student.)" "

I don't think that's a descriptive analogy for this case. I think the better analogy is that the schools in City X are capable of delivering the best education in the world, _if_ you can get into them and pay for all the class fees, but the fact that the residents can't all afford the class fees for chemistry, physics, or even the shop class means that a significant number of students graduate without the skills that are taught in these classes. Those less knowledgeable students are our "lower income" citizens that also don't get the best healthcare that America has to offer. It doesn't change that America has best healthcare on the planet, but the problem is that our AVERAGE healthcare outcomes are lower than the rest of the world because of those not receiving care, or receiving minimal care.

Lets abolish the income taxes, all of them, and make our economy roar, and this problem will become light-years easier to manage.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 1, Insightful) 326

No, "better healthcare outcomes" is a measurment anomaly. When an American CAN PAY FOR his healthcare, either directly or by insurance, the US healthcare systems beats the pants off the furriners. Where the distortion comes in is that many Americans _can't_ pay for healthcare, so they get limited or no healthcare, and they die at accelerated rates that drag down our average. Our average cure rates suck because the less-well-monied have much worse outcomes, which drags down the average. But if you compare out "best" with their "best", we win, hands down. You don't think all those foreign political leaders and rich business guys fly themselves and their cancers to the USA because we do a worse job, do you?

Comment Re:Bull Stuff (Score 1) 326

I didn't ask for it, I want the gov't the H out of the healthcare inner workings. I'm just fine with written paper records, and see no advantage to having them in a computer - just lots of disadvantages including malware such as ransomware as well as data entry errors, which had me supposedly taking a drug I've never heard the name of before, as well as the wrong dosage of a drug that I am taking. Got those worked out, but probably the best thing to do for this is to build screens that patients can work with - I'll enter what drug I'm taking, the dosage, how many dozen operations I've had (I'm 69, and have had a LOT of them) and other medical history, yada yada. And you know what? I'll save it off on a CD (not an thumb drive that can introduce a virus to your computer) and sneaker-net it to the next medical provider. Just like the time-honored way of the financiers who use OPM - Other People's Money - this thing needs set up so that much of this burden can be transferred to OPL - Other People's Labor, as in data entry, which I could mostly do... Oh, and give me a scanner, and I'll just bring in my bottles of drugs and scan them in, and it'll be faster yet....

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