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Comment Re:So they're only very slightly optomistic? (Score 1) 527

But I'm saving to full retirement at 50. Because you never know what cards you get dealt.

I'm actually torn between working towards early retirement at age 53 (I expect to be dead by 70 based on family history), and taking more time off now to enjoy more of life today. With kids now I'm leaning toward the latter.

Comment Re:So what's the issue? (Score 1) 205

Yes, why set a limit at 110?

Fraud prevention? I've seen several stories over the years of people collecting pension cheques issued to dead relatives. The odds of people trying to collect pension cheques for a dead relative is probably orders of magnitude higher compared to the odds of someone over the age of 110 being a member of that bank and collecting an actual pension cheque.

This page suggests there is one other person in Mexico over the age of 110 (I'm sure there's a few more unlisted), so the odds of this happening were somewhere around 2/127,000,000.

Comment Re:So what's the issue? (Score 1) 205

First, apparently no programmer on the job was smart enough to consider people over 100 years old.

Programmers don't generally throw in arbitrary rules like that (I'm sure everyone has an anecdote though). I'd say it's more likely they were given a specific business rule that prevented people over 100 from claiming pension cheques to reduce a fraud vector. Perhaps this use case was supposed to coincide with a business process to otherwise make payments available to actual centenarians, but that got lost somewhere along the project.

Comment So they're only very slightly optomistic? (Score 5, Insightful) 527

Millennials expect to retire at 59, two years younger than the working age average of 61

So they're only slightly more optimistic than actual stats would play out? I bet that's par for the course for any generation when they were still 20 years out from retirement.

Comment Re:Depends on the game (Score 4, Interesting) 268

Any decent game will have lag compensation

Yes, many games compensate for this by kicking players with bad latency because...

low-ping players will see side effects such as bullets seeming to bend around corners to hit them

...that kind of shenanigans ruins the gameplay. This is also why in most twitch shooters, all other things equal, fortune favours the aggressor.

Comment Re:So move to Chicago. (Score 2) 268

Certainly it's feasible, but higher latency reduces the quality of the game experience. People with more money also buy expensive gaming rigs and better quality mice/keyboards, but nobody suggests they all play with a basic standard mouse to level the playing field for the poorer gamers. For an actual tournament with significant money on the table, if they need that improved ping they'll simply have to travel to attain it.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 65

What the hell happened to the Slashdot layout? The right-hand sidebar ads are now covering a significant chunk of the comment text. I literally am unable to read the discussion when larger ads are displayed because the text is completely covered by the ad. This is happening in both IE and Firefox. I can't even find a way to submit a complaint...

Comment Re:Not just "rare" diseases (Score 1) 311

The drug is licensed to Indian manufacturers at low prices (due to government negotiation). If India's drug tourism industry takes too big a bite out of other markets that the pharma company is gouging, that company might end those licensing agreements leaving India without (legal) access to the drug.

Comment Re:Not just "rare" diseases (Score 4, Informative) 311

The drug is licensed to drug manufacturers in India who produce it and sell it. The difference is that the Indian government negotiates an acceptable price range for the drug. Most western governments do the same price negotiation. The US does not, at all, by law. Source

However, in the United States, price negotiation for medicine doesn’t exist. Medicare is required to accept the price given by the pharmaceutical company. Federal law doesn’t even allow Medicare to bargain or negotiate bulk discounts. It is only logical that under these circumstances the prices skyrocket, and it becomes the norm to pay high prices for medication.

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