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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 410

> Because no one's Insurance Company ever told them what doctor's were covered before Obamacare.

Before Obamacare, the private insurance plans in my state were better. You could buy a proper insurance plan on the open market. Now those types of plans are gone. Can't buy them at any price.

That means that the best facilities are out of your reach if you're on Obamacare and have cancer.

I've actually had to go BACK to being on an employer provided plan because of Obamacare.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 410

> Yes, I'm sure taking away subsides of millions of people will work great, they can stop paying $150 per month

I don't know anyone like this and most of my family are the sorts of people that white knights like you claim to champion.

I'm not sure this mythical "obamacare beneificiary" even exists. Are you capable of describing what such a person should look like?

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 410

How about the opportunity to spend your money on more immediate necessities rather insane insurance premiums.

Remember, Obamacare only gives you the "privelege" of paying a lot for something you may never need.

If you are normal person hysterically fixated on the possibility of medical bankruptcy, then the liberal media has already damaged you. Your mental problems are the fault of liberals, not republicans.

Comment Re: Ahh (Score 1) 66

From one device, you're right. From a few tens of thousands or more, it does, and the costs of storing it all on the server add up very quickly. Even if it's only 9.6Kb/s (enough for telephony), ten thousand users adds up to around 100MB/s, or about 7.7 TB/day. With a million users, that's a pretty difficult cost to justify.

Comment Re: Ahh (Score 1) 66

Typically, these things use a very low-power DSP to recognise the pattern of plosives and sonorants that match the trigger word. They keep a very small ring buffer of audio and wake up a more power-hungry chip if there's a possible match. They won't record all of the audio, because it would be too power hungry and they won't stream it all to a remote server because the bandwidth costs would be too high.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 248

And California would be sucking pretty badly without Silicon Valley too.

Without Silicon Valley, California would still have Hollywood, which adds a lot to the state's economy. California would look pretty bad if you took out San Francisco, Los Angeles, and their surrounding areas, but most states would look pretty bad if you took away 75% of their population.

Comment Re:How is this different from arbitrage on the NYS (Score 1) 208

It can sometimes work that way, but there's no guarantee. If the buyer meets the sellers price, there's no one in between - the deal is done. But the moment that happens, the market is back to normal, with a gap between buyer and seller.

If the highest current outstanding bid (WTB) is $100, and the highest current outstanding ask (WTS) is $104, how's the bot going to make money - buy at 104 and sell at 100? No. The bot makes money when someone wants to sell "at market" the bot buys at 101, and the seller makes $1 more. Later, if the price hasn't moved, and someone is buying "at market", the bot may sell at 103, and the buyer saves $1.

Do you understand how this works? And why it's risky? If there's only 1 bot, it is reasonably safe, but it benefits both buyer and seller, so why complain. But there's usually more than one bot racing each other, so it's more like buy at 101.95 and sell at 102.05, which is great for the casual, small-time guy like me. I remember how it was last century, and it sucked.

Comment Re:So.... Yik Yakked? (Score 5, Insightful) 68

Yik Yak was all the rage for a few months because it was billed as an "anonymous" hyperlocal message board. As soon as the kids figured out that "anonymous" bomb/shooting threats over Yik Yak would still get them arrested, the user base went away. I don't understand how they managed to raise $73.5 million fucking dollars for this; apparently I need an introduction some of these venture capital people...

Comment Re:How is this different from arbitrage on the NYS (Score 2) 208

If the bot goes overboard it will get stuck with an overpriced stock. That's always been the risk market makers take.

Front-running is illegal, bot or not. Without illegal front-running, bots just increase liquidity through competition with each other. Providing liquidity is the way that market makers make a profit - they buy when no one else is willing to, then later sell when no one else is willing to, and make a profit off the sporadic timing in thinner markets - but the result is a better price for "real" buyers and sellers.

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