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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

Bumbles Re:I'm sure they're grateful for COBRA (287 comments)

I was only replying to the statement that the insurers are taking massive profits compared to their costs. The MLR was instituted to limit profit vs costs.

The overall cost of our healthcare insurance is higher and I did not refute that.

about 8 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

Bumbles Re:I'm sure they're grateful for COBRA (287 comments)

In the US, you may want to look up the Medical Loss Ratios now in effect. There is some wiggle room in these but to call the profits "massive" with the current MLRs is only accurate if you look at overall dollars. If you look at percentages, the profits are no longer massive.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Bumbles Re:Robots (606 comments)

The UAW claimed the same thing when the auto industry in the US started looking at robots.

about 9 months ago
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

Bumbles Re:Ya well (453 comments)

You are making the assumption that politicians have enough working grey matter between their ears to be able to understand these things. Many of them do not. Many of those most fearful and hateful of firearms are those that know the least about them. At least a very knowledgeable gun hater knows what they are talking about and even they may back silly laws on the principle that any law is better than no law.

about a year ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

Bumbles Re:lack of unions and workers rights (541 comments)

The irony here is that right now, you work for the man, that man is rich, and you do not like it. In your future you described, you would be working for the man, that man is the lazy masses that do not have to work while you do, and you claim to like it. The only thing that changed in your world is the number of people that make up "the man."

The problem with that future ideal world you described is that either everyone has the same amount of skin in the game or there will always be folks that are getting pissed on.

about a year ago
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New Study Fails To Show That Violent Video Games Diminish Prosocial Behavior

Bumbles Re:Guess the military can save millions then. (113 comments)

The problem with a proper study upon violent video games and its impact on anti-social behavior is that you have to also expand it to gaming in general. The researcher would have to find a statistically significant number of gamers of violent games and a second set of gamers that only plays non-violent games and has little to no exposure to so called violent games. An additional problem would be showing that any conclusion was truly due to gaming rather than that the people attracted to violent games (or games in general) are not predisposed to being anti-social.

about a year ago
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Kim Dotcom Wins Case Against NZ Police To Get Seized Material Back

Bumbles Re:A confederacy of douchebags. (111 comments)

Silly rabbit. Rules are for people, not governments.

about a year ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

Bumbles Re:one less day of junk mail (582 comments)

This is false, depending upon your definition of delivery driver. In many areas, UPS and FedEx have been using USPS for the last mile delivery. UPS and FedEx accept the package, they ship it around, and then have USPS deliver locally. It is not used everywhere and also tends to be dependent upon the size of the package. I have received some items this way in the past year from both services. Thus, to say that UPS and FedEx always comes in by delivery driver is only correct if you mean the delivery driver may be employed by either UPS, FedEx, or USPS.

about a year and a half ago
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Health Care Providers Failing To Adopt e-Records, Says RAND

Bumbles Re:Are you kidding me? (228 comments)

To think that a single payer system only thinks about "the most net good to all their patients" and then implying that they have your back is overly simplistic and optimistic. The difference between a single payer and multi-payer system is the number of entities screwing you. You are still getting screwed regardless of the system.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Bumbles Re:Or inceasing the cost of ammo? (1388 comments)

Define onerous. Shooters and the anti-gun crowd will have vastly differing amounts in mind when asked the same question.

about a year and a half ago
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Motorola Wants 2.25% of Microsoft's Surface Revenue

Bumbles Re:Google Proxy War (278 comments)

Then, by extension, Apple, Google, and a few hundred more companies should also go away because of their histories or their recent and current activities. Once you are for profit you become a dirt bag. Once you grow to a certain large size, you become even worse. That is just how it is.

about 2 years ago
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Massachusetts "Right To Repair" Initiative On Ballot, May Override Compromise

Bumbles Re:As a classic car enthusiast... (238 comments)

That seems a bit short sighted. What about the classic enthusiasts coming up behind you, prehaps your children who might want to restore the car he remembers doing family holiday in from todays line up of cars?

With all the electronics that are in cars these days, they will likey be called something other than classics (mostly reserved for what we consider to be classic cars today) and you are out of luck unless you have the training and access to diagnostic equipment.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US

Bumbles Re:Let's hear it for the beancounters (432 comments)

I disagree - if more corporations were playing the game honestly, and actually shouldering their share of the tax burden,...

At issue is an agreed upon value for the share each tax payer has.

The corporations you speak of probably believe that they are paying their share - especially since they are following the tax law. You believe that their share should be larger than what they are really paying.

There are a few things virtually every tax paying entity has in common:

- they believe that they pay their share or more than their share

- they believe that someone else does not pay their share

about 2 years ago
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California AG Gives App Developers 30 Days To Post Privacy Notice

Bumbles Re:Open source privacy policy (108 comments)

A lawyer could enumerate all the things the app does and doesn't do, in absolutely clear language,...

Clear language? Legalese is about as far from clear as one can get.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: More EULA, Fewer Rights.

Bumbles Re:Time to put a EULA on everything. (470 comments)

There are two major differences between your statement and the EULA from MS.
First, Windows is something you can use or not, you driving is not something that I use. You do not have to use Windows on your personal computers. You may have to use it for work but your employer would be the entity following up with MS regarding issues. I do not have a choice if you drive.

Second, Windows is unlikely to cause physical harm on its own. That is quite different than some numbnuts running a red light and T-boning my car then saying - see my bumper sticker.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality

Bumbles Not Net Neutrality (272 comments)

Unless something changed since the last time /. posted about this Xfinity/Comcast topic, people are simply not reading the documentation on Comcast regarding this.

The FAQ at Comcast stated a few things.
First, you must have Comcast cable box service already at the location.
Second, the programming you have access to through the Xbox is the same as or a subset of the programming you have access to through the on demand service with Comcast.

Effectively, it turns your xbox into another cable box for on demand programming. Instead of paying Comcast to have a cable box in your living room and another one in your kid's bedroom, you can force your kid to use on demand through xfinity on his/her xbox. Your kid does not get anything through the xbox that you cannot get on your cable box in the living room.

Programming that is not available on the cable box on demand service supposedly counts against your cap. The only programming that is supposedly exempt is the stuff that is on the cable box.

The only time this is really a net neutrality issue is if the xbox delivers content that the cable service does not - and does not count against your bandwidth cap.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap

Bumbles Not necessarily a Net Neutrality issue (284 comments)

Assuming the following is true and that the content on the xbox app is a subset of the VOD service offered on the cable tv service, this should not have anything to do with network neutrality. It is simply turning an xbox into a second cable box for VOD.

" Q: Does a customer need to have a Comcast cable box connected to the TV, along with the Xbox 360?
        A: No, but the customer does need to have a cable box or CableCARD-enabled retail device connected to at least one TV in the house. This means, for example, an XFINITY Digital customer could access XFINITY On Demand content from the Xbox 360 in their rec room, as long as they have a cable box or retail CableCARD device in another room of the house, such as the living room. This is the first time that customers will be able to watch Comcastâ(TM)s On Demand service via a gaming console." (Emphasis mine).

If the xbox app offers items that are not on Comcast's On Demand service, then people may have a right to complain. If the xbox app only offers a subset of the on demand service, then this is a second cable box and only useful on a tv in your home that is not already hooked up to the cable tv service.

One would have to look into the service to verify whether the documentation from Comcast is correct.

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

Bumbles Re:Welcome to our world (1205 comments)

People can throw around all the metrics they want depending on which side they want to be on. US more gas hog - compare estimated populations of ~315M US vs ~500M EU then calculate as you have done. EU more gas hog - compare land mass of ~9.8M km2 US vs ~1.7M km2 EU. Using this, the comparison swings wildly in the other direction. Statistics is all about choosing which best matches your opinion, view, or talking point.

more than 2 years ago

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