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

Coolhand2120 Re:Really? (381 comments)

Pretty sure it's from the non-partisan GAO, not the "Republican house". Anyhow, why would the source matter, what matters is if it is true or not. It seems that's not something you even considered.

2 days ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Coolhand2120 Re:Correction: (338 comments)

If you're a farmer and you're getting charged more for deliveries you either get fewer deliveries or you charge more for your food. Either way the flow of resources is sane, that is, people pay for the services they receive and nobody pays for someone else. Once you start making arbitrary judgments that "these" people need subsidies you run the risk of massive abuse, which is what we undeniably have today. Nobody is wise or fair enough to compel other people to give up a portion of their wealth, which is the same as your time and therefore your life, to someone else.

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatable things, called by the same name—liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatable names—liberty and tyranny.

-Abraham Lincoln

about 1 month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Coolhand2120 Re:Correction: (338 comments)

People argue that the reason the USPS thing is different is because 'my taxes pay for the USPS!'. No, they don't. The USPS is funded entirely on it's product sales and services.

Actually, allowing the USPS to avoid paying taxes of any sort is really a huge subsidy from taxpayers. And that's just the tip of a huge iceberg of benefits that the USPS sucks from the taxpayer's teet.

The USPS doesn't have a choice in the matter and to boot are forced to fund their things into the future no private company could or would ever fund.

Actually, unlike government entities, all private companies are compelled by rule of law to not spend pension funds on their business. The government has never been shy about misappropriating pension funds, just look at how more than 50% of all social security is "borrowed" by the general fund, so much that over 60 TRILLION has been borrowed. If a private company did anything like that the execs would be serving very long prison sentences. But hey! It's the government! So it's all good!

This is the exact problem with the USPS - they are delivering to all the not-so-profitable rural areas for UPS, FedEx and DHL

And nobody likes it. Because USPS service is as slow as any government entity and terrible - and that's not just "my opinion" that's when compared to any other service by any measure including cost. People that live in not so profitable areas need to pay more for living there, not offset the cost on other customers that have done nothing to deserve it. People should pay for the services they get and shouldn't have to pay for someone else. UPS, FedEx or DHL would certainly deliver to these places if the price was right, they just find it more profitable to basically have their delivery service subsidized by taxpayers. And why would you blame them? If someone was walking around handing out $100 bills would you say no?

And despite all of that USPS is still failing. Just shows that you can't run a private company like a government bureaucracy even if you don't have to pay taxes. No wonder everyone avoids USPS like it was the plague. The only way people want to deal with USPS is if there's some money in it for them and that money eventually comes out of the taxpayer's backside.

The government breaks your legs and then gives you a crutch and says "See! If not for the government you wouldn't be able to walk!"

about a month ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

Coolhand2120 0.17% (184 comments)

So let's go ultra worse case and say that all 550 "dead zones" (I don't know why we're using quotes here, but everyone else is so...) are as bad as the Mississippi dead zone, with a little rounding let's say that it's 5000/square miles per dead zone, that's 550*5000/square miles = 2500000. Now according to Wikipedia ...

That makes our worse case 2500000 / 139000000 = 0.0179856115107914 or 0.17% of the worlds oceans. Is "killing" (more quotes) 0.17% of the ocean to feed the world with cheap and abundant food saving millions from starvation a good enough reason? I'm not one to judge! Who's to say what the value of 0.17% of the ocean in the middle of nowhere is worth!

What I think is a more pressing matter is the fact that the state of Connecticut has been used without going through the proper RFC process. How am I supposed to know how to accurately convert states of Connecticut to Pyramids of Giza or Olympic sized swimming pools. For that matter, I'm not even sure if I shouldn't' be comparing this to Libraries of Congress! It's 2014 people! We live in a society bound by laws! People have got to learn!

about a month and a half ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Coolhand2120 Re:Speed holes! (138 comments)

Ah, it's been too long! I remembered the speed holes but not the story! I know it's the mob that makes the speed holes ;)

about 2 months ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Coolhand2120 Speed holes! (138 comments)

From the Simpsons
Car salesman: "These are speed holes, they make the car go faster"
Krusty: "Oh yeah, speed holes"
http://www.mercedescla.org/for...

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Coolhand2120 Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

Ok, but 10 simultaneous HDD failures of key individuals related to the targeting scandal? Seems like quite the coincidence.

about 3 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Coolhand2120 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

You can't read Eich's mind. I am in favor of gay marriage but not in favor of the court's ruling against prop 8. Don't understand that? I didn't think so. There was a Constitutional amendment passed in the state that banned gay marriage, but somehow the courts decided that the amendment was unconstitutional! What?! You can't deny that the precedent set here is a terrifying one. The will of the people was thrown under the bus! I am a libertarian so I don't much care of some dude marries another dude, but I take issue with lawyers overriding Constitutional amendments! You can fight for your cause, but not like that, it erodes trust in our system. Today, the Constitution of California isn't worth the paper it's printed on thanks to a small group of people who felt their own right to marry was more important than the civil society itself.

The issue isn't as simple as you make it out to be.

about 6 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Coolhand2120 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Why, for example, is one getting into all sorts of trouble for opposing — not gay sex — gay marriage, but, for example, glamorizing Che Guevara is deemed perfectly acceptable?

Amen brother! Che was a despicable murderer that promoted a despicable murderer and a murderous ideology. People who sport the Che shirt usually not communists, just really, really stupid.

about 6 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Coolhand2120 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Odd, I thought being a CEO made you an employer, you know, one of those "job creators"

No, as the CEO you're an employee. You can be fired. Although you may have a say so in hiring decisions, you are not an employer and you don't sign pay checks. It would be like saying a department manager is an employer because he can hire or fire people.

By the way - one point a lot of people seem to be missing here is that as CEO Eich would have the power to decide how the company he heads throws its weight around in the political arena

So you're basically saying that he's guilty of maybe doing something in the future? There is no evidence to suggest that he would allow his personal views to influence his decisions as CEO. If follow that logic then nobody that has any sort of political affiliation should be in any sort of decision making position lest they allow their personal beliefs to influence decision making.

And funny how you've convicted him of this behavior in your mind before you have any sort of evidence to suggest that he would do that.

I find it rather ironic that the supposed champions of intolerance are the ones that are demonstrably the most intolerant.

about 6 months ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

Coolhand2120 Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

On the other hand the "alarmist" logic is: "we already know the cause of the warming, it is humans saturating the atmosphere with too much CO2, we just need to gather and/or create the evidence to support this theory". That's called inductive logic, and is just as unscientific as what you describe coming from the "denialists".

"Real" science comes from gathering evidence and basing your theories on the evidence gathered. You then determine what it might take to falsify your theory and try as hard as possible to falsify it.

All I see from the "alarmist" camp is people trying to support their theories at all costs, calling things causation where there is barely correlation, and making very little if any effort to falsify their theories. This behavior is more akin to religion than any sort of science.

about 8 months ago
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White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

Coolhand2120 Re:We all know what this means..... (284 comments)

Good to know! I guess I can stop paying my federal income tax then!

about 8 months ago
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

Coolhand2120 They have made themselves political pawns (640 comments)

Refusing to look at alternative hypotheses speaks volumes of these "scientists". The reaction would be the same if a Catholic priest was asked to attempt to verify the existence of Vishnu.

AGW continues to be junk science by excluding itself from the scientific method. Scientific hypotheses must be falsifiable, when you conjure up a hypotheses that is not, you're not longer dealing in science, you're dealing in religion.

about a year ago
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Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

Coolhand2120 Re: Really? (767 comments)

I personally think most employers should get out of the health care and retirement system altogether.

Because the single payer VA system has done such a poor job taking care of our war fighters?
Or maybe it's because Social Security is nothing but a ponzi scheme that's slated to be insolvent in a dozen years?
But no, I'm sure you have a ton of valid reasons why the government has done a spectacularly poor job with their existing "single payer" healthcare system and retirement system.

Why take a system where you're paying for your own retirement and attempt to filter it through the leviathan of the federal government? Let me guess, you don't have a 401k.
Why would you take a system that a vast majority of the population is satisfied with, massively increase the cost for the sake of a tiny minority who should already be covered by the existing Medicare system? Unless... you're only interested in having the government envelope more and more of the private economy, and you really have no interest in providing "cheaper" or "better" health care.

I think at this point we can agree that government run health care is more expensive and worse quality. If you ask for proof I give you the VA.

about a year ago
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Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

Coolhand2120 Re:Really? (767 comments)

"savings"

about a year ago
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DNI Office Asks Why People Trust Facebook More Than the Government

Coolhand2120 Re:Executive Power (273 comments)

I would add that people give their information voluntarily to these third parties, while the government takes it using the threat of violence. People give their information to third parties because the third party offers a service for storing and distributing their information to select friends and acquaintances. The government takes and distributes information to an untold number of alphabet soup agencies for some abstract, unproven and unconstitutional notion of security.

Furthermore, the very definition of sharing information at all requires that you do it with a third party. So does the ODNI suggest that the government be privy to communication between me and my doctor? Lawyer? Wife?! That we're even at the point that government officials are asking these questions is proof that the government has grown too big and powerful for the good of the people.

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

Coolhand2120 Re:Who you gonna call? (304 comments)

While node.js may not be supported by a big company, the JS engine the runs node.js (V8) is run by Google.

about a year ago
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A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

Coolhand2120 Re:My solution for fixing Windows 8 (578 comments)

Thanks for the helpful reply. A few things I'd like to point out about your comments.

You have to have a CC# and/or have an iTunes account to update? Nonsense

The following is from a reply I posted a little earlier to the same comment:

As soon as I received my computer (from my company) it was asking me to update three programs. One was the OS (I think) the other two were built in apps that required I put in my CC# to update. It did make me create an iTunes account (I have the spam to prove it), if there was a way to opt out of this it wasn't obvious and I looked hard. I think the apps were iphoto and imovie. I canceled out of giving my CC# several times, I didn't want to give it up for no reason, but I couldn't "activate" my account until I did, and until I activated the account I couldn't get rid of the "you need updates!" message. That I even need to create an account at all is pretty lame, that I have to enter a CC# to update other software is super lame.

As for my critique about the file system, I just wish /Users/ was /home/ really.

I have the full sized mac keyboard, and option does say alt on it but it doesn't behave like the alt key (maybe if I hold down the fn key that replaced insert?). When using emacs the alt (meta) key is essential. The removal of the other keys is pretty bad with insert at the top of that list.

about a year ago
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A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

Coolhand2120 Re:My solution for fixing Windows 8 (578 comments)

Thanks for the informed reply. I'm happy you're trying to help and some of your suggestions will help me transition to the new system. That said, I have a few comments about your comments.

As of Lion, you sign in with an Apple ID. That is not iTunes, but iTunes also uses this ID. You do not need a credit card number [apple.com] to update your OS.

As soon as I received my computer (from my company) it was asking me to update three programs. One was the OS (I think) the other two were built in apps that required I put in my CC# to update. It did make me create an iTunes account (I have the spam to prove it), if there was a way to opt out of this it wasn't obvious and I looked hard. I think the apps were iphoto and imovie. I canceled out of giving my CC# several times, I didn't want to give it up for no reason, but I couldn't "activate" my account until I did, and until I activated the account I couldn't get rid of the "you need updates!" message. That I even need to create an account at all is pretty lame, that I have to enter a CC# to update other software is super lame.

It sounds like you are using the mini bluetooth wireless keyboard. You would probably prefer the full-size keyboard [apple.com] which has many of the keys you are concerned about.

I have the full sized keyboard. It lacks the keys I mentioned. I use emacs a lot and by using iterm2 I can replace option with alt, but that's hardly the same as having an alt key because it then disables option. It does not have an insert key, scroll lock, num lock, pause etc.. but it does have 19 F keys that have no apparent function. I tried switching to a PC keyboard, but it lacked the command key so that didn't work out very long. I've resolved to just getting used to it. But the lack of these keys is pretty crappy. Especially the insert key.

When you full screen an application, a virtual desktop for that application window is created on the fly. Your other windows are still there on their original desktop. You can still Opt-Tab back to them or use Mission Control/Expose. I don't understand what the issue is here?

The issue is that the button is useless. I don't know why anyone would ever use it given that it hides all the windows on your other screens. I don't much care what it technically does. What it effectively does isn't terribly useful. Seems a little like a crippled maximize button. How exactly is it useful?

This is another one those scenarios where you have to unlearn Microsoft paradigms. The green button is not a maximize button, and no one ever said it was. It is referred to as the "zoom" button [macyourself.com].

So it's called the zoom button, but it doesn't zoom? That really doesn't make any sense, but ok. It really should be optional how you want it to behave if anything. The unpredictable behavior makes me hesitant to use it. For example, on chrome it resizes vertically only (apparently no web pages can benefit from extra width?), but in my IRC client it resizes both. Why? Who knows? It just does. You're going to be flipping a coin on any new program you install as to what this button actually does. That, in my opinion, is bad design. It doesn't have a maximize button? Well it really should, that would be helpful.

It's not perfect or intuitive, but Command+Shift+G will bring up a dialogue to allow you to type in a path.

Which would be halfway good if it showed the path to the folder you were currently in or had tab completion. As it is, Finder really sucks and I'll more often than not just use the console. I don't really like nuCommander either.

If you don't like the Apple Magic Mouse, you aren't forced to use it.

Yeah... I sort of am forced to use it, for now. It's provided by the company I work for. I don't think they'd be upset if I brought my own mouse in, and that's what I'll probably end up doing. The right mouse button thing is really a pain though.

I have to completely disagree with you here. Multi-monitor support is an area that OS X really shines. Windows in a multi-monitor scenario on the other hand is a total frustrating experience.

I'm not sure why we're talking about windows monitor support all of a sudden. The biggest problem I had was that I have to be careful when I close my laptop. If there are other monitors hooked up and the dock is on one of them when I close it, it means time to hard reboot the computer to get anything back.

* Child windows open up on random monitors seperate from their parent. * God forbid you boot up without one of the monitors

That's up to the programmer. You can center the dialog on the parent window, or you can spawn it on the center of the main monitor. If it's doing something wrong that's hardly the OS's fault. To your second point, I use multi monitors in windows quite a lot and that was an issue pre vista, but it has been fixed for a few years now.

Also, since the introduction of the Windows 8 disaster, there's been much discussion as to why a touch-screen on a laptop is generally considered a bad idea.

I thought that touch screen was useless too, then I got one, kinda used it a little then really started using it. I don't use the touch screen features, I just use it instead of the trackpad/mouse. The PC trackpad on the Vizio (ct15tb1) (10 point multitouch with mac-like gestures) isn't bad at all and is quite comparable to the Mac's, but even so it's much faster to use the touch screen. The only down side is fingerprints :(

Also, since the introduction of the Windows 8 disaster...

I like 8 more than 7 just for the minimalist UI. Never liked the start menu - no love lost there. The much improved file copy and task manager are really cool too. Other than metro - which should go rot in hell - win 8 is just like 7 which is just like vista. I don't care for a lot of the extra steps they put in to get to common tasks (get to your network adapter for example). I could write a few paragraphs on "the stupid things in windows" but this isn't a critique of windows. But the popular idea that "Windows 8 [is a] disaster" I think is a little hyperbolic.

However, don't mix personal-preference with "This OS sucks." You seem to be doing that a lot in this rant of yours.

I didn't say "This OS sucks". I actually said I could switch to this OS full time. I was just pointing out some things that can really be improved upon.

No this is not FreeBSD. It's OS X. The userland core it is built upon is its own BSD variant called Darwin. It has roots in Mach, FreeBSD and even NeXTStep/OpenStep. As far as conventions go, care to elaborate? What exactly about the file system layout do you take issue with?

I come from FreeBSD/CentOS systems so I would really like a /home/ directory to store user profiles in. I don't like the capitalization of the directory names either. Not that my opinion matters at all.

In the meantime you always have the option of bootcamp. You don't lose anything by going with Mac. You can always install a Windows partition and enjoy all of the software available to PCs, and boot back into OS X when you're done with your gaming.

Or I could just use windows for everything. I don't really like dual booting. Seems like a waste of precious SSD space. It would be great if I could just play my x86/x64 games on my x86/x64 processor somehow without installing another OS/partition.

Like I said before, it's not a bad OS. Both OSs have their good and bad parts. I could write a critique about a lot of the stupid things that win8 has, but this one was about OSX. I'm not trying to pick a winner here. If I'm wrong about something, like I'm not doing it right, that's one thing, outside of that people will either agree with my criticisms or they won't.

Anyways, this was a good discussion, thanks for the feedback. I'm happy to continue and thanks for being civil in the debate, I know people can get pretty passionate about their OSs.

about a year ago

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Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released.

Coolhand2120 Coolhand2120 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Coolhand2120 (1001761) writes "Met Office quietly releases numbers on global warming revealing no warming for the last 16 years. Phil Jones after claiming "Bottom line: the 'no upward trend' has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried", has now extended this threshold to 20. Why "worry" about good news? Why doesn't the Met office report news like this with optimism that the world may not end as predicted in a Venusian cyclic warming oven?"
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Space Balls land in Africa. There goes the neighbo

Coolhand2120 Coolhand2120 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Coolhand2120 (1001761) writes "Proving once again that science fact is stranger than science fiction. Large metallic balls are falling from the sky, and apparently have been doing so for some time. The 13 pound ball is about 43 inches in circumference and landed roughly 480 miles from the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Authorities are baffled as to the origin of the balls. No news on when the space egg will hatch."
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Frequent gamers have brain differences, study find

Coolhand2120 Coolhand2120 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coolhand2120 (1001761) writes "Gamers always felt they had more grey matter. The LA Times reports there is now proof:

Fourteen-year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards center of the brain than peers who didn't play video games as much — suggesting that gaming may be correlated to changes in the brain much as addictions are.

European scientists reported the discovery Tuesday in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Psychologist Simone Kuhn of Ghent University in Belgium and colleagues recruited 154 healthy 14-year-olds in Berlin and divided them into two groups. Twenty-four girls and 52 boys were frequent gamers who played at least nine hours of video games each week. Fifty-eight girls and 20 boys were infrequent gamers, who played less than nine hours a week.

Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed differences in the test subjects' brains. Frequent gamers had more gray matter in a portion of the brain known as the left ventral striatum, which affects the interplay of emotions and behavior. Previous research identified striatal function as a "core candidate promoting addictive behavior," the authors wrote."

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Gore:AGW skeptics are this generation's racists.

Coolhand2120 Coolhand2120 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Coolhand2120 (1001761) writes "One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, or so says former Vice President Al Gore.

In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcasted on UStream on Friday, Gore explained that in order for climate change alarmists to succeed, they must “win the conversation” against those who deny there is a crisis.

“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,” Gore said. “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”"

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