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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

BringsApples Re:I'm wrong, shouldn't figure trillions in my hea (363 comments)

Welcome to the club of non-perfect-people! I think that, like you, Obama had a good intention, but somewhere down the line, shit went south. But unlike you, he didn't not correct the problem once he noticed that it was wrong.

At some point it went from "You will be able to keep your current plan" to "Oopsies!" But he didn't stop and do anything to correct his mistake.

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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

BringsApples Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (363 comments)

Yeah, it's great, healthcare, YAY! I mean, unless you were one of the people that had a healthcare plan from blue cross that covered your entire family at $400/month, and then were told by blue cross that the government has mandated that policies have to change and include things that you don't even care about, and now it will raise the price to $800/month, and you cannot afford it. So you get with healthcare.org folks, get your tax break, and have a blue cross plan that only covers you and your wife, while your kids now have to be on medicaid, where no doctors will see them.

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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

BringsApples Re:What? (175 comments)

If you deliver something by mail you have no guarantee they got it, unless you use a service that requires a signature on delivery.

You could have a sheriff deliver the papers for you.

yesterday
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

BringsApples Re:What? (175 comments)

Why is it any more absurd than passing around pieces of mashed up tree peppered with black gunk?

1) Because there is no proof that said facebook account is used by the person that's name is on the account.
2) Mashed up tree peppered with black gunk is a physical item that can be physically traced, proving that the person that needs to see it did in fact see it.

There are a lot of subtler reasons, but they only server to make either point #1 or #2 more valid. I don't use facebook, but I did log in, create my username, set the password to some really long string of random characters that I cannot remember, and closed the account. This way no one can open an account under my name and then allow a bunch of BS like this to take place.

yesterday
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

BringsApples Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (63 comments)

How about a word filter for ACs?

This is a good idea. Slashdot could simply ban certain words from an AC post: "You are posting as AC but used the following word(s): $WORD_LIST. Please edit your post to not include this word(s)." I imagine it would detour some people from posting AC, but certainly would disable trolling to a large degree. If you look at the number of people commenting on slashdot today, and look at the numbers 10 years ago, staggering difference.

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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

BringsApples Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (63 comments)

Yup. There was a guy here the other day talking about how much he hates slashvertizement, and asked if anyone had a recommendation for another site. Sadly the people that make up the world today are what sucks, it's not just these websites that allow for such talks. It seems that there's a newer generation of folks that are here to stay, and their main understanding of the world is derived from arguing. If you watch TV these days at all of the reality shows, that's all that they really do, argue intensely.

One thing that you didn't point out about how weird it is at slashdot lately is the mods. Man, what the shit? People get mod points and just seem to go silly-willy. I suspect that some folks just get on their hate-wagon, and seek out certain people's comments, and regardless of what they say, they mod them down, purely based on the screen name. The result is that a lot of AC posts make it to the top (maybe there are folks that mod their own AC post up, dunno). Either way, it's a sad truth - slashdot isn't as informative as it used to be. I kind of wish they'd do away with AC, or only allow moderation privileges to certain folks. But both of those are shitty ideas.

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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

BringsApples Re:what's the point? (110 comments)

Instead of weird exceptions like this, which are likely to cause only further problems, the US should reduce the intrusiveness of law enforcement in general.

Well, no shit!? But the thing is that they're not going to because of the mindset that so enjoys the freedoms of being separated from a working class of people that are miserable anyway. If you have the power to make mindless people do what you want them to do by enacting laws that serve only you and your rich buddies, why would you suddenly stop that? Rather than saying: "The government should...", we should all start saying: "The People should..." All of the power that the government has, they only have because the people allow it to be that way. A lack of obeying these laws, in a peaceful manner, is what needs to start happening.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

BringsApples Is it just me... (98 comments)

...or does anyone else get a slight chub hearing that M$ is not doing so hot anymore? Will there be a day that the M$ lawyers get the axe, and all this BS about their licenses will go away too? I don't mean that I'm glad to hear of the job losses, but I mean come on, we're talking about some of the brightest people in the world. They should be able to use their brains in ways to make a living - even if that means that the computing world gets better due to lack of restriction by M$ on these people's ability to design things.

2 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

BringsApples Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (316 comments)

See, to my way of thinking, and probably netflix's too, TV is a stream of information built by the network that doesn't generate "members" but rather "subscribers". These subscribers know that the information stream is going to have stuff that they don't want to see (forced Canadian commercials). Netflix has "members", but those members get to choose their own stream of information. What's the problem with Canada making movies, and putting them on netflix for everyone to choose to watch? It'd be the same thing as dictating to stores that rent videos (do these still even exist?) that not only do they have to make available videos made by Canada, but they have to force their members to rent those videos - this or pay a tax to Canada.

Where am I thinking wrong?

2 days ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

BringsApples Re:In case of emergency (240 comments)

You're right, but with the NSA snooping on everyone, it could be a good idea, even if just to cut out that snooping. The NSA basically destroyed the concept of LAN/WAN. If all you can do to guard your country from spying is to cut them off from the "snoop-wire" then you should prepare to do just that. I'm not defending Putin, but he does have a job to do for his country.

2 days ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

BringsApples Re:The US already had this power for a long time (240 comments)

They control all of the root traffic across the internet so they could not only shut down the entire internet

This is a silly concept. I mean "the internet" is a bunch of lines (I know some are wireless) that connect in some way. And in this way, each country has their own internet, and they, so far, all agree to connect their figurative LAN to the figurative WAN. If the U.S. decided to cut off it's connection to the rest of the world, that wouldn't stop France from still communicating with Africa, or any other country besides the U.S. I'm not sure that is true for Canada, and/or Mexico (even all of South America), they may be routed through the US to the rest of the world. Seeing that google has servers world-wide, this probably wouldn't be such a problem for other countries if the U.S. did cut itself off.

2 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

BringsApples Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (316 comments)

I didn't know that, probably many here didn't. But it does seem a bit odd, as I've never even heard of such a thing happening in any other country. Why doesn't Canada just take justin beiber back, call it even?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

BringsApples Passion (257 comments)

Only from loss of passion can there be that stale state that you call 'being complacent'. All complacency is, is passion bottled up. If you really do have a passion to do something, then do it for yourself - open a business, or just do it as a hobby (or both?). If that passion is real, then you'll be successful - this is not just some theory. If you really like to do something, then give yourself an unlimited arena by which to act that passion out. If you're just stuck paying the bills at some job (many of us have been there), then look at that job for what it is, a paycheck, leave passion out of it. Then when you get home, do what you love. If people followed this concept, they'd be worth more to their employer, and themselves.

2 days ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

BringsApples Re:"could help explain the origins of human confli (218 comments)

Completely depends on the animal being studied. Many animals behave very differently if they know humans are watching.

Very true. However animals do not have the ability to go beyond their own nature. I mean to say, regardless of how happy your dog is to see you, it will not stop it from licking it's ass when need-be. Whereas humans will generally not even pick their nose in front of others.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

BringsApples Re:Not my cup of tea (281 comments)

Obviously not much pride in your post there, AC.

2 days ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

BringsApples Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (177 comments)

Frankly speaking, I'm mostly surprised that this doesn't already exist.

It does exist, but it's in a real-world setup. You know, if you want to have a discussion with your buddy that lives 1,500 miles away, you can email/chat/facebook/twitter them. And there you are, holding your $device in your hand looking silly to anyone that's not doing the same. But you don't see really wealthy people standing around with their eyes glued to some $device. That's because they can just get in their private jet and go talk to their friends, or vice versa. They can afford the time to do so because they have people that do their lawn, people that clean their houses, and people that make them money. Rich people would have the poorer people believe that time=money, but they know that time is waaay more valuable than money. If you spend your time making money, then they can spend their time living life.

So what we have is not so much the need for a private club that keeps the 99% out, as it is a need for a free place for the 99% to go to stay out of the way of those in the 1%.

3 days ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

BringsApples Re:Blatant slashvertisement (177 comments)

You're #72931. There's no way that you haven't seen slashvertizement before. Also there's no way you're leaving, as you're obviously hooked.

But good alternatives? ..dunno... soccer, baseball, jogging, learn a musical instrument, farming, politics, write a book...
Or did you just want another site that will advertize to you?

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

BringsApples Re:old school (281 comments)

Rolodex 1753, Smith-Corona Super12, roll of stamps.

You left out the desk. ;)

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

BringsApples Re:Not my cup of tea (281 comments)

There's some pride when I show friends my setup

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but pride in what? If it takes more time to manage it than it should, what's there to be proud of? Computers are supposed to be about efficiency (uptime included).

3 days ago

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