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Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

517714 Re:Security? (89 comments)

Try reading the NYT or Washington Post more often.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

517714 Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

the point I was replying to was the contention that you could avoid a corporation which misbehaved, but not government.

I made no such broad statement. I didn't say we could avoid a corporation that misbehaved or that government couldn't behave properly, only that government hadn't behaved properly in those cases.

It is interesting that you think UPMC is led by people who behave badly, yet you want their services, and you seem to give a pass to Highmark which makes much more money. Highmark has already demonstrated in central PA that it does not treat other hospitals on an equal basis with its own. Highmark has higher deductibles and copays for Geisinger Health System, and would undoubtedly do the same with UPMC. One of the factors that contributed to the bankruptcy of West Penn Allegheny was Highmark's reduced payment scales to it, so Highmark hasn't demonstrated any concern for sustained healthcare availability in the region, nobody else would buy WPA because they would have to deal with Highmark on its terms and suffer a similar fate. UPMC simply chose not to be the victim back in 2009 or after the WPA acquisition. You were disadvantaged by Highmark.

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

517714 Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

Wow, yourself. You presented a plausible scenario with essentially no information, it is less than anecdotal evidence, indistinguishable from fantasy. With a city and the parties identified, it actually becomes meaningful and verifiable (or disprovable).

I didn't say government should be involved in any dispute between companies, so where do you come off claiming I advocate its involvement in all such disputes? You're trying to paint me as being extreme, and I may be, but on the other side from that you accuse me of being.

You paint UPMC as the villain, but I do not accept your contention. I think you've been watching too many Highmark commercials that have been attacking UPMC. What I see is two companies which are each involved in activities they should have been barred from by state (not federal) regulators. UPMC has been a healthcare provider for a long time, in 1998 it was allowed to offer healthcare insurance, Highmark has been a healthcare insurer for a long time and last year purchased West Penn Allegheny (which had sued both Highmark and UPMC for acting together to stifle hospital competition) to became a healthcare provider. I see two governmental agencies, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care, failing to represent the interests of the people of Pennsylvania by failing to prevent the obvious conflict of interest involved in allowing integrated delivery system providers (particularly in companies which already dominated one aspect of that system). The solution is for government to take actions to eliminate its need for further involvement, and the state went the other way, reminiscent of our" too big to fail" banks.

You portray UPMC as the bully using its position to dominate the market for healthcare when Highmark is a much bigger company in both revenues and profits that dominates the region in providing health insurance, which purchased the plaintiff in the antitrust suit against it to kill the suit, and is in the catbird seat as it has the revenue up front and can direct business to itself for its customers who would have little choice while UPMC can merely cut off its nose to spite its face by not accepting Highmark insurance thereby turning away business, I hardly think that is the abusive position you suggest. It was not the local government that dealt with the mess, it was the Pennsylvania Insurance Department which should have prevented the issue 26 years ago.

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

517714 Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

Please name, "my city", "one company", and "another company", or it didn't happen. If you think being able to vote for the people and policies in government is worthwhile, why does your city have the problems you have described? Those problems exist because politicians see those problems as opportunities and solutions. When a city grants a monopoly, they can put whatever requirements they like on those ISP's, but they don't. Ever.

about 3 months ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

517714 Re:How big is it? (184 comments)

Flatulence is usually associated with New Jersey.

about 4 months ago
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Chemists Build First "Buckyball" Made of Boron

517714 Re:Considering it rhymes with Moron... (39 comments)

Maybe the world would be better if instead of assuming what others will say, you would wait and listen. When YOU assume how others will respond, it is impossible that the response would be intelligent, but that has nothing to do with others.

about 5 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

517714 Re:TSA logic (702 comments)

That saved me back in 1993 in Korea when my laptop was dead.

about 5 months ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

517714 Re:On this 4th of July... (349 comments)

Easy to say, until you are the party wanting the content removed. Then you will be whining about how onerous it is to force someone to comply.

about 5 months ago
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Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

517714 Re:Already solved? (32 comments)

Technically, yes, there are solutions. Politically, no, the Federal Government would not allow BP to deploy booms and skimmers that, being under foreign registries, might not be unionized. In hindsight, BP should have used them and appealed to Congress, the courts, and the American people for relief from the Executive Department's overreach.

about 5 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

517714 Re:Same lie, two people, different outcome (560 comments)

You said the data is on the tape, therefore it isn't lost . You said you deleted the unneeded data, therefore you didn't lose it, you disposed of it. I see nothing accidental in your actions - or those of the IRS. The part about your whole life may be true nonetheless.

about 6 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

517714 Re:They will take the easy way out... (216 comments)

Solution on my smartphone: 1) Turn off GPS 2) Enter data into UI 3) Turn GPS on. It would add about ten seconds to the process since I have a widget to make it easier.

about 6 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

517714 Great Timing (216 comments)

They waited until the competition was (largely) eliminated by smartphone apps, and Google and Apple were finally in a position to start monetizing the service again (you used to pay for navigation hardware and/or programs) so we will undoubtedly see worsening map quality since there won't be enough revenue for those greedy sumbitches once the regulations are slathered on.

Call your congress critter and tell him to think long and hard before voting for this act.

about 6 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

517714 Re:For Republicans,... (216 comments)

Yeah, a Republican power grab sounds very plausible. We were all just wondering when the President would let his true colors show.

From the second link: "Earlier this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama and Secretary Foxx promised to present Congress with a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, and with the unveiling of The GROW AMERICA Act today, they have fulfilled that promise." It is the first sentence on the web page.

IDIOT!

about 6 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

517714 How convenient! (372 comments)

/church lady

about 6 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

517714 Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

"Armed" meant with the most sophisticated military weapons available. Several of the earliest engagements in the American War of Independence were made in response to the British seizing artillery and heavy weapons, that was fresh in the minds of those who wrote and signed the Constitution. "Armed" is used without limitation in the second amendment.

about 6 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

517714 Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

The number of (what you mistakenly believe are) assault weapons in the US has more than doubled in the last decade, yet their use in violent acts has not. If there were any truth in what you suggest, violent crime in the US would have risen with the increased per capita gun ownership. If people want them, who are you to suggest that they should not have them?

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

517714 Re:We are being bred for slavery (364 comments)

Median income isn't a particularly relevant measure. If the incomes are now flatter below the median, that would indicate fewer people are being excluded from the middle (I'm pretty sure that's not the case except at the lowest incomes), if the incomes are steeper above the median it means that there is more wealth in the hands of more people (again, I am sure this is not the case except at the highest incomes). Show me the 10th, 25th, 75th and 90th percentile incomes and then we'll talk.

about 6 months ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

517714 Quantum, eh? (298 comments)

At the moment, the Ministry of Defense's prototype resembles a '1-meter long shoe box,' so the next step is to miniaturize it.

And is there a cat in the box? And how do they intend to miniaturize it.

about 7 months ago

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