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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Bigby Re:This doesn't sound... sound (257 comments)

It was NOT a good investment, because there was only one bidder and that bidder had deep pockets. If it were a good investment, someone else would have stepped up,

7 hours ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Bigby Re:Problem was underinvestment (339 comments)

I don't know what model was used, but AccuWeather and Wunderground were both predicting 8-16 in from Friday through Sunday. Despite this, all I heard was 24 in in the news and from politicians. I don't know where they got this information, because my information was not nearly as bad. We wound up getting about 6-7 in; the low side of the prediction. Even on the high side, it isn't crazy.

7 hours ago
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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

Bigby Re:WebMD a starting point (79 comments)

I do a similar thing these days. I lost my trust in doctors (which appear to be turning into the IT industry real fast...bad) one an emergency visit. I was having heart palpitations at seemingly random moments. When it happened on an airplane, it really freaked me out. So I went to a doctor as I was going to fly to Europe and didn't want it to happen again. They did an EKG and blood tests. They found nothing and said it must be anxiety. Anyone who knows me knows I am the least anxious person out there. And this didn't happen when I was actually anxious. I told that to the doctor, but his diagnosis stood. I don't know what the heck he prescribed. I never used it.

No problems overseas for that whole week after it was happening nearly daily.

After I got back, it was happening again. It was really bad when I was driving home one day after work. I thought about what I did that day that was WAY more than typical. I thought about how I drank like 60 oz of Coke Zero. I stopped drinking it for 2 weeks. No issues. Drank it again to see if it was an issue and had heart palpitations in about 12 hrs. So I looked at the ingredients, cross referenced the Internet for heart beat issues, and BAM. I found aspartame. I stopped drinking Coke Zero again and had no issues. Then I chewed some gum as a test and the symptoms came again.

The next time I went to the doctor (swine flu), I told him that I found the palpitation issue and described everything I found. He appeared shocked. Maybe he took it to heart, but I don't know. Every time it happens now, I can look back at the last 24 hours for anything different that I ate. I always find aspartame. It now happens like once a year, which happens to be when someone puts that crap in brownies or something.

For the record, no issues with other fake sugars.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

Bigby Re:Can I leave out ESPN and CNN ? (196 comments)

Why comment on this news then? There are plenty of non-ESPN options, like Netflix and Hulu. The fact is, ESPN is the most expensive for a reason. It is BY FAR the most watch cable channel. This is BIG news because the biggest cable channel is now accessible as a stream for as low as $20. That is the cheapest one can pay to legally watch ESPN related channels. You can watch ESPN3 for free, but no live games. The live games has been the big missing cog.

With this change, expect your al la carte option in a couple years. TV contracts are breaking down and direct feeds to providers is the future. HBO toppled the first domino with their annoucement last year. When ESPN falls (this is the first step), the whole thing will come tumbling down.

about three weeks ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Bigby Re:Put up a wall at the border. (484 comments)

I know it is in jest, but that is actually illegal per the Constitution. "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States." Not necessarily a toll or random inspections, but you can't treat it like its a border of the country or someone is going to take it to the Supreme Court and likely win.

about a month ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

Bigby Re:boat anchor (118 comments)

There is a reason why IBM sold their PC business, Dell went private, and HP is selling theirs off. PC production shrinking and too competitive. The need will always be there, but the margin is like running a convenience store. They are sending it off to "die". But only die in the wall street sense.

about 4 months ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

Bigby Re: Let me guess... (118 comments)

Packard Bell

about 4 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Bigby Re:COBOL (387 comments)

I am CS and no languages were required. CS is about theory which goes into types of languages. Schools that teach CS by teaching a language are teaching tech, not science. But not all CS are tech.

about 5 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Bigby Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Do it for any reason other than being "uncompetitive". What the heck is so "uncompetitive"?

about 5 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Bigby Clothes (161 comments)

They require me to wear clothes at work. Should they reimburse me for that?

about 5 months ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Bigby Re:n/t (278 comments)

How can you assume the hot air is warmer but the cold air isn't? That is the fallacy of the argument.

about 6 months ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

Bigby Re:Problem Solving (313 comments)

High school math should include classes on algebra, geometry, logic, and calculus. Logic should be treated as a class in an of itself...not a second class citizen. It can include the math side, as well as interpreting statistics, verbal phrases (politicians/news), etc...

about a year ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Bigby Guns (351 comments)

So seemingly innocent misuse of pills to feel better, kills more people in the US than mass gun shootings?

1 year,5 days
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Bigby Re:The religion of science or else. (770 comments)

And it should be included alongside the science of Sasquatch and Ghosts. Interesting concepts, but not verified. And go over why they are not falsifiable.

1 year,10 days
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

Bigby Re:In other news ... (292 comments)

That is what happens when you have autonomous public companies. Most of Jersey City works this way, including trash collection, parking authority, etc... Everything but the police and fire departments. And guess what? Jersey City is like 90% Democrat.

This isn't a party issue. It is an issue with autonomous public companies. A company is either private or public. And guess what? Public companies are the ones that need most of the regulating. They are the ones raking profits that are not checked by other companies, since they were granted monopolies. The only check is to vote for someone else to appoint a new leader of the autonomous public company. But that never changes anything, because no one can overcome the power of free money when they are put in that position.

Where else does the leader of the parking authority making $250K a year? Yes, the leader of the group of people that issue parking permits and drive around ticketing people. The leader...not the one doing it.

1 year,10 days
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

Bigby Re:Shouldn't be a surprise... (292 comments)

They could have all meters reporting into a central database and have a computer make sure the end-point meters are showing the same values as multiple distribution point meters. The more distribution/split point meters, the more quickly a leak could be narrowed down.

I'm sure they've thought of this. They just don't want to do it, because there is not motivation to do it. They probably have no liability for explosions on public property.

1 year,10 days
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

Bigby Re:Private enterprise to the rescue (292 comments)

Secondly having spent half my life in the public and half in the private sector, the private-sector is just as bad, it just doesn't have public investigations into waste.

It just has private investigations into waste.

1 year,10 days
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Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

Bigby Re:Not sure which is news... (122 comments)

Well, a lot of people and institutions can't handle tech...government being one of those. With competition, at least when one fails someone else could theoretically pick up the slack. Government solutions suffer from the same problem monopolistic solutions suffer. Sure, they can do it cheaper, but without any competition in place, how do you keep prices and quality in check, let alone know they are out-of-whack?

about a year ago
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Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Bigby Re:Step 1, open up the bidding process completely (494 comments)

If that is the way your pay is structured. When it is, I see most employees charging 40 hrs regardless of whether they worked 36 or 44 hours. It is disheartening. Not to mention it completely screws up the metrics.

When a manager tells me to charge 40 when I work 48, I refuse. If they want to hit their budget/numbers, then I usually work in a paid day off, because they can't stomach reporting the actual numbers. I had one that tried to force me. I took it to the ethics department. It was squashed immediately.

about a year ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Bigby Re:Booze Bus (783 comments)

Highway driving culture is much more mono-cultured. I am specifically talking about city street driving. In Newark, rules aren't followed. It goes FAR beyond driving. They don't follow much of any rules at all in life.

Around roads themselves: they don't wait at a red light; they run it. People don't use crosswalks; nor do they run across the street or even look before crossing. They just leisurely cross, like they actually want to get hit by a car...which is probably the case. When driving, they make maneuvers much like people crossing streets...they want to get hit. It is the only way to describe what they are doing. Like turning left from the right lane on a 4 lane road, but flooring it to get ahead of the other 3 lanes to their left. They will pass you at traffic lights because there is a little extra room to the side. They will pass you at stop signs because you had the audacity to stop. And don't get me started with parking rules...

about a year ago

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