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How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

DarthBling Words directly from an Oregon Senator (275 comments)

Here's what Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse says about this in an email that I got:

I want to share some thoughts about Cover Oregon, or the insurance exchange...

We were one of five states granted federal dollars ($48 million) to develop the technology. The agreement was we would then share what we had developed with other states, which is a reasonable approach. The warning that immediately went up is the fact the State of Oregon has a miserable track record when it comes to IT development. In this case, even though much of the work was contracted out to a company called Oracle, we have held true to our record of failure. We have been assured all of the problems can be fixed, and maybe that is true over time, but here we are with a non-functioning web site and 400 new government employees to do manual processing....

The federal government also gave Oregon nearly 250 million dollars to operate the exchange for two years. Another pot of federal money in play is the subsidies for people buying insurance in the exchange. It is on a graduated scale, but everyone up to 400% of the federal poverty level (for a family of four that is an income of $90,000) can get federal dollars to help pay their premiums. This will, to a degree, offset the premium increases, but only short term. In two years the operational funds as well as the subsidies are scheduled to go away.

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

DarthBling Re:Ban samzenpus posts. (871 comments)

It isn't, but please delete your account anyway.

I consider myself to have strong libertarian leanings, and I don't think this article belongs here either.

1 year,16 days

When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

DarthBling Re:Require? (279 comments)


I marked "Less than 1 Mbp" because that is all I require. I don't *need* to stream movies, download videos, watch youtube videos, etc. I certainly like to do all those things, but I don't need to do them.

Of course, what I would love to have is "Over 100 Mbp". That would be awesome.

about a year ago

Former Demonoid Members Receive Email Claiming Resurrection, Get Malware Instead

DarthBling Good Advice (62 comments)

"New information just in suggests that if you logged into the fake Demonoid and used the same user/password combo on any other site (torrent, email, Steam, PayPal) you should change them immediately."

Yup. After all those LinkedIn passwords were leaked last year, I wised up and changed the passwords to all the websites I visit each to something different. So now if my username/password combo is compromised, it's only good for that one particular website.

about a year and a half ago

TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

DarthBling Did you bring your "bom"? (427 comments)

I guess Mormon missionaries sometimes/frequently get in trouble at airports because they will refer to the Book of Mormon as the B.O.M. and somebody will overhear them.

At least, this was a story I heard way back when, pre 9/11 days.

about a year and a half ago

The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself

DarthBling Keep Portland Weird (215 comments)

I'm not surprised that this guy is from Portland, OR. We got so many weird people here. sigh....

From the website, it says one of the votes was whether or not this guys should become a vegetarian. 453 votes for yes, 288 for no. Ah Portland, you never disappoint.

about a year and a half ago

Building Better Body Armor With Nanofoams

DarthBling Re:No real details about these... (74 comments)

Probably not quite what you're looking for, but have seen the armor made by Forcefield? Their back protector is soft and flexible, but it hardens up in a impact. It may not offer you quite the same level of protection from piercing damage as hard shelled armor, but it's every bit as good if not better for blunt force. ATGATT!!

about a year and a half ago

BBC Twitter Accounts Hacked By Pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army

DarthBling Re:Not in the best light? (129 comments)

For a second there, I though you were talking about the US.

about a year and a half ago

For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

DarthBling Not filed, expect refund (526 comments)

I have yet to file, but I've already completed all the form. Just need to double check things one more time. Expecting a refund from both federal and state, as usual.

about a year and a half ago

Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC's Top Gear

DarthBling Re:Exaggerations (385 comments)

So what?!

I have to plan out my trips too when I want to take my motorcycle.

about a year and a half ago

Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

DarthBling Re:My typing is faster, but I backspace a lot. (240 comments)

most keyboards have little tits on the F and J so you know where your hands are

I was truly confused for about 5 seconds, until I realized not everyone types in Dvorak.

With that said, I think you mean U and H. :)

about a year and a half ago

Troll Complaint Dismissed; Subscriber Not Necessarily Infringer

DarthBling Yeah! (189 comments)

Great news!

about a year and a half ago

I Get Most of My Caffeine Through

DarthBling Re:Coffee win/win/win (283 comments)

anti-prostate cancer? Is that cancer that attacks everything but the prostate?

Yes, sorry. I know, bad joke. Now excuse me, I have a shark I need to finish eating.

about a year and a half ago

I Get Most of My Caffeine Through

DarthBling Ex Coffee Drinker Here (283 comments)

I used to drink a quite a bit of coffee about two years ago. I'd brew up a pot in the morning, have a cup before leaving for work, and then bring a 16 oz thermos with me to work. Visiting my parents usually involved sitting around the kitchen drinking a pot of coffee in the morning and then another pot in the afternoon.

But, I started having really bad PVST episodes (heart palpitations) while I was exercising. So I dropped caffeine in the hope it would help, and it did. Instead of severe PVST several times a week, I'd have a mild episode maybe once or twice a month.

Luckily for me, caffeine withdrawal wasn't bad at all. What really got me was how dependent I was on caffeine to supplement my bad sleep habits. It took maybe three months before I could finally operate normally again, without feeling completely run down and like I needed a nap. In fact, I feel better now than when I drank coffee.

But what I really missed most about coffee wasn't the coffee, it was having a nice hot drink to sip on. And just recently I've discovered tea! Yes, tea does have caffeine, but for some reason it doesn't give me PVST when I exercise. So now I'm a tea drinker. I prefer black teas to green teas. For some reason, green teas seem to give me a weird headache feeling (like too much caffeine or something).

about a year and a half ago

Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

DarthBling Re:Not good for vehicles! (419 comments)

That's been pretty much my experience too!

Back when E10 was used in the winter and summer was still 100% pure gasoline, I was getting 24 mpg in the summer and 21.5 in the winter. Now, I always get 21.5 mpg because E10 is used all the time.

To travel 200 miles, I would burn through 8.33 gals of regular gasoline at 24 mpg. With E10 I would burn 9.30 gals of fuel, of which 8.37 gal was gasoline and 0.93 gals was ethanol.

I know the it doesn't make sense, but the numbers don't lie. My car literally burns more gasoline by volume when using E10.

I also found the same 10% mileage drop with E10 when used in my motorcycle too. It goes from 50 mpg on the highway to about 45 mpg.

about a year and a half ago

Software That Flagged For Piracy Will Power U.S. 'Six Strikes' System

DarthBling Re:Which ISPs? (292 comments)

According to the article, it is:
AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon

about a year and a half ago

New Asteroid Mining Company Emerges

DarthBling Oh please! (148 comments)

I want to work for this company as their Material Defender. You know, just in case those robotic satellites malfunction and turn hostile.

about 2 years ago

Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

DarthBling Ugh (286 comments)

Soulskill is killing my soul with this "story".

about 2 years ago

Russians Retrieve First Sample of Lake Vostok

DarthBling The real question is (52 comments)

what does the water in Lake Vostok taste like?

about 2 years ago



Illinois' Ban on Conceal Carry Found Unconstitutional

DarthBling DarthBling writes  |  about 2 years ago

DarthBling (1733038) writes "The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals may finally force the unthinkable. Within 180 days, Illinois will be forced to allow its citizens the right to carry a conceal weapon. For advocates of conceal carry, this is a momentous day. The court asked Illinois to prove "more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety." Ultimately, the court found that Illinois "has failed to meet this burden." Opponents to conceal carry are still going to put up a fight where they can. Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says, "If we need to change the law, let us at least craft a law that is very severely constrained and narrowly tailored so that we don’t invite guns out of control on each of our city’s streets. I don’t want people out of control wandering the streets with guns that are out of control.”"
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