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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon To which wreckage are you referring? (519 comments)

Do you mean the 10 million more people who have access to healthcare now? or the dramatic reduction in the rate of increase of healthcare costs?

48 minutes ago

Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon What mess? By all measures it's working great. (519 comments)

Do you have any data which shows that it isn't working? Lots more people are covered and the rate of rise of health costs has been significantly and measurably slowed. The economy is doing great; any assertions about Obamacare destroying the economy are absurd on their face.

about an hour ago

How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Brannon You're an idiot. (393 comments)

The wall plug is the same as for the iPhone or iPad, it uses an inductive connector on the watch side so that the watch doesn't have exposed terminals and can therefore be water-resistant.


Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Brannon I honestly don't understand this sentiment. (276 comments)

I don't think Obama is perfect--but I'm completely befuddled at any notion that he's worse than Bush. Do you have any idea how bad things were under Bush? Think about it for a second:
1. We went to war in Iraq under a false premise at the cost exceeding a trillion dollars and thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of troops deployed
2. We suffered a nearly complete collapse of the economy. worst recession since the great depression ultimately resulting in unemployment >10%.
3. Andrew Card & Karl Rove exposed an undercover CIA agent for political reasons--Bush pardoned Card and lets Rove slide
4. Disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina
5. 45 million+ Americans without health insurance with skyrocketing health care costs
6. September 11th ...the list goes on and on...

Now think about: what Obama has accomplished:
1. A nearly completely recovered economy, Unemployment around 5%.
2. Dramatic reduction in uninsured people and a significant slowing of health care cost increases
3. Competent responses to disasters (BP oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, etc.)
4. Withdrawal of nearly all military personnel in Iraq & Afghanistan, no new wars.

2 days ago

Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Brannon Could you possibly be more of a cliche? (145 comments)

> 1. Proprietary Software/Closed Source

Like the software that runs on your microwave and your automobile? Do you plan on protesting outside of GE and Ford?

> 2. NSA Spying

Do you realize that the NSA is actually not the same as Apple? Do you also realize that no company has made more of a stand against the NSA than Apple?

> 3. Corporate Spying


> 4. Cannot (easily) change battery on IPhone

Then don't buy one. It's not a political party--pick the product you want, you don't need to march on Washington because you made a different choice than other people.

> 5. Proprietary power/data cables on IPhone


> 6. In the 80's, unlike my TRS-80, Apple computers required a boot disk just to fire up.

That one is actually pretty original and funny. It's not actually true because the TRS-80 did require a boot disk--but at least you finally said something original that wasn't fed to you verbatim by the Slashdot orthodoxy.

> 7. Steve Jobs is a weiner (Wozniak, by comparison, is a minor deity). ...groan...what is it with wannabe nerds and their geek-hero worship?

3 days ago

Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Brannon Apple doesn't sell personal data to third parties (145 comments)

It's amazing how often that straight-up lie is bandied about by people who just wish it was true soooooo much.

Enjoy your open source droid made out of hemp or whatever. The rest of us will be here in the real world.

4 days ago

Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Brannon That'll show 'em. (145 comments)

All those billions of iPhone users won't have access to your critically super-important app, left only to make due with the literally 1 million other apps that are available on Apple's app store.

And think of Apple, having to wallow in misery that your app isn't available to their customers; forced to lead a hopeless existence of swimming in their hundreds of billions of dollars like Scrooge McDuck while not even knowing that you or your breathlessly important app even exist.

4 days ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Brannon Doesn't seem completely unreasonable to me. (697 comments)

The bad chips are advertising themselves as genuine FTDI parts. The FTDI driver is making a reversible change to the EEPROM of the imposter chip so that it nolonger masquerades as a genuine FTDI part.

I agree it's a borderline case, but I think in this case it's defensible.

about a week ago

Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Brannon If you have a job that involves math, please quit. (256 comments)

1. 21 stops * 0.5 hours / stop != 17 hours
2. 170 miles * 21 == 3570 miles. 3570 miles / 65 miles / hour ~= 55 hours (which is > 2days even if you drove straight).
3. 170 miles / 65 miles /hour == 2.6 hours; 0.5 hours / 2.6 hours ~= 20% additional road time for the electric car, not 50%

about a week ago

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Brannon Git can handle large repositories. (244 comments)

If by large you mean tens of megabytes. Downhill, with a stiff breeze at its back.

about two weeks ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Brannon Armchair CEOs (328 comments)

I'm not sure what any of this has to do with Microsoft--Apple sells Microsoft software in its stores right now. Apple has by no means broken ties with every non-Apple company. They have to make nuanced decisions about how to deal with partners and competitors and they just might have more information on which to base those decisions than you do.

I just always find it hilarious when some random internet dude living in his Mom's basement is certain that Apple is doomed. I found it hilarious when Apple was at a $10B market cap, and again at $50B, and then again at $100B, and then again at $200B, and then $300B, $400B, $500B and now $600B.

about two weeks ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Brannon Here's my problem with that argument. (312 comments)

It's so misleading that it is effectively dishonest. Apple makes approximately 0% of their revenue off of ads; they make hundreds of billions of dollars selling actual hardware to willing consumers. It would be absurd for them to threaten their main cash cow by building a perception that they are spying on their customers.

The truth is: they needed to enable advertising supported applications and so they created a platform which supported demographic targeting and analytics while properly anonymizing user info and keeping third party companies in-line.

Again, this has nothing to do with their 'ethics', it has everything to do with economics.

about two weeks ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Brannon Can you prove that you're not a pedofile? (312 comments)

It needs to be robustly demonstrated or else it is essentially a worthless claim.

That's the problem with insisting on a proof of a negative--it's really just a transparent way of spouting lies.

about two weeks ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Brannon It is opt-out in OSX. (312 comments)

So...we all done here?

about two weeks ago


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